KAREN COTTON

WORKING AND LIVING in New York at the time, the owner bought his new property -- on the other side of the world -- sight unseen.  It would be a further year before his hectic schedule allowed him to travel to Australia and view his purchase firs[...]

RENOWNED ARTIST LUCY Culliton loves her life in the country and admits to waking every morning excited about the day ahead. “I always plan a very busy day which starts with a pot of tea,” she says. “Then I’m greeting and feeding my family[...]

ENTERING THE HOME of artists Michael Pugh and Janey Pugh I feel a little like Alice in Wonderland -- suddenly falling into another world so special and unique -- a house hidden by tropical rainforest, surrounded by towering black bamboo and a tr[...]

WHILE MANY PEOPLE dream of escaping the city for the country life, a few years ago, Justin van den Berg and Michael Arends found themselves desperately trying to work out the best way back in to an urban existence.

"In 2004 we bought 23 hectar[...]

SUE BASSEGIO HAD never considered moving to the country. Ever. Being brought up in suburban Gladesville in Sydney, the 1970’s saw the young woman finish a hairdressing apprenticeship at a salon in the very hip and very urban Sydney enclave of [...]

MARCO MENEGUZZI IS more than familiar with this particular iconic waterfront mansion. He has now been involved with its decoration and design not once, but twice, and for two very different sets of owners.

“It was a compliment really to be a[...]

CLAUDIA CONNOLLY LOVES her peace and quiet. In fact, she jokingly refers to herself as a "half semi-recluse". Moving to the sleepy fishing village of Boreen Point on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast nine years ago, Claudia, in her seventies, was h[...]

JOHN MACARTHUR IS a man who knits for a living, so it's hardly a surprise to find that his beach house is a place that's less than conventional. John and his partner Julian Porter, who is the head concierge at a hotel on Bondi Beach's seafront, h[...]

FLEUR SCHELL HAS travelled and worked around the world as an artist and art teacher but when she and her husband Richard Noonan looked to settle down, it's unlikely that turning a rock legend's old school into a home and studio was on the agenda.[...]

IT WAS NEARLY 20 years ago that a quirky log cabin weekender with unattractive 70’s additions caught the eye of a young couple house-hunting on Sydney’s northern beaches.  Immediately recognising the potential and overlooking the negatives t[...]

WHO WOULD HAVE guessed that a quick glance into a real estate agent’s window would prove to be the answer to Annie Herron’s problem. There she saw an advertisement for a three-bedroom farmhouse set on 420 acres that stopped her in her tracks[...]

IT WAS IN early 1999 that Swedish-born interior designer Anna Carin McNamara and her husband Peter an internet strategist decided they had to buy the eastern suburbs terrace they had been renting. There were no other options, they just had to bu[...]