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Wednesday
Oct212015

Inside Out and the first sighting of Xmas on the blog

October 21 ... too soon for Christmas! There seems to be an insidious spread of all things "ho-ho-ho" across the land. My response has been "la-la-la I can't see/hear you" until an email from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam popped into my inbox.

It's a headspin to think that our November issue is nearly on our doorstep (out Thursday, actually!) and it's an earlybird look at Christmas. I know, I know, it seems too soon, right? But the holiday season has a funny way of sneaking up when you least expect it, so maybe it's better to be over-prepared than to be feeling crushed with stress as Christmas Eve speeds upon arrival?

As inspiration, I'm sending you the incredibly laidback home that features on our cover. It's a Mornington Peninsula beach house – and it took the owners a year to find it. They picked up the keys on Anzac Day and resolved to be hosting Christmas guests by the year's end. And incredibly their builder did the most surprising thing – he finished the project on the exact date that he promised he would, on December 1. (I know, crazy right?) You can see how it would be a great backdrop for holiday celebrations – it's really lovely and open and family-friendly. No one is tripping over Christmas presents in this house! Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.

Love the house and the whole relaxed, beachy Christmas vibe. So Aussie. Can't wait to see more. Maybe when the November issue hits the stands on Thursday it won't be "la-la-la" anymore but "tra-la-la-lala" instead. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Wednesday
Sep232015

The latest from Inside Out

Can you believe another month has flown by? That it's time for the new issue of Inside Out magazine? Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam emailed a little sneak peek of what's in the pages of the October issue.

If you are after some house inspiration I've got some tasty pics you can snack on from our new October issue, out Thursday. This home is the ultimate example of a work-in-progress – the owners renovated it in bits and pieces for 13 years (!). They really played the long game – and had to deal with some crazy scenarios (one stage of the renovation involved four kids sharing one bedroom for six months; early on, they had to use the barbecue as a makeshift kitchen because only half the house was completed, and the small bathroom sink was assigned for wash-up duties)! But it definitely paid off as you can see in the photos of this updated 1924 weatherboard cottage. Styling by Jane Frosh. Photography by Phu Tang.

I've recommenced renovations at my old house after a longer than expected break so it's good to see a family who have made it through the long haul. Anyone else lusting after that old pine table teamed with the white Thonets in the kitchen? Can't wait to see more in this month's issue out tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play,  the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Wednesday
Jul222015

Inside Out & the living with white issue

The August issue of Inside Out magazine hits the newsstands tomorrow and alright it's all white! (Oh bad pun.) Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam explains a little more in her latest email.

I know that white can seem a little intimidating – and too much white can conjure an image of those clinical science labs in the movies, you know the kinds where some horrible virus is unleashed? So we wanted to show how you can have white interiors that still have warmth and personality (and still are practical, because we all know how much of a stain-magnet white can be)!

This featured home belongs to textile and wallpaper designer Karina Pires, who runs House of Six. Even though the home is near Bondi Beach and she has two young kids, the strong use of white throughout has not been a nightmare to clean. And that's despite (boldly) painting the floors a good shade of white! "It doesn't chip, it's not shiny. It's been two years and we haven't repainted," she says. "The floors are also easy to maintain and, surprisingly, they don't ever look very dirty." She did spend a long time experimenting with the right paint to coat the floors with, so it seems like her constant juggling of many test pots paid off! She's also added vivid rainbow hints throughout, so it's not an overly bare home – these well-deployed bursts of brightness definitely add a mood-lift to each room. A small dose of colour goes a long way. Megan Morton styled the home beautifully and Françoise Baudet did a great job photographing it.

Wow! It's like dropping Skittles into a milk bottle. What fun! Can't wait to see more in the latest issue out tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play,  the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Inside Out

Every month an email arrives from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam and every month I get excited. The sneak peeks from inside the latest issue of the magazine are always amazing. Today's is no different. It's winter down under and it's just a little grey and chilly. Inside Out's antidote to the cold-weather blues is a cheery home. As Lee Tran explains ...

"I feel like the house belonging to The Family Love Tree's Katie Graham is a perfect example of this. It's so vibrant and instantly jumpstarts a good mood. It appears in our July issue and definitely brightens our pages! When her family moved into the home , the 1970s bungalow was "quite Liberace" and they needed to dial it down a bit. I think they've done a fantastic job – especially with the exuberant wallpapers. Katie is such a wallpaper fan that she managed to sneak one behind the kitchen splashback, too (despite people telling her it was impossible)! She also managed to pull off the renovation in seven weeks, too – which is pretty impressive."

Love the wallpaper, the Falcon chair, the West German and Bitossi pottery, the black wall and those dining chairs. Hang it I'm moving in. Styling for the story is by Rachel Vigor, photography by Derek Swalwell. Can't wait to see more in the July issue out Thursday. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play,  the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Wednesday
May272015

The latest from Inside Out

Has half the year flown by already? Is June just a day or two away? It must be because I found an email in my inbox from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam with a sneak peek at the June issue. June! The blow of somehow having frittered away six months of the year was soothed by the pictures of the amazing home she shared.

So it's that time again and given the drop in temperature, I've got a home from the new June issue of Inside Out (out Thursday) that I think you might warm to. It belongs to photographer Harold David and it shows that the waiting game can really pay off. He first spotted this Blue Mountains home back in 2005 – it was not too far away from his weekender – and fell quite dramatically for it. He would look into the windows and say, "I want this house". Then – years later, in 2013 – he happened to be stumbling across real estate sites and saw that it was up for sale. And even though he had no plans at all to move at that point (in fact, he had settled into a Sydney home that he'd extensively renovated only two years prior), this Blue Mountains cabin just had such a hold on him that he couldn't resist. And now it's his. (Ceri David's story about this in the mag is great – she asks Harold David why he was looking at houses online if he had no intention to relocating, and he replies: "I just love property porn! I bawl my eyes out when I watch Grand Designs.")

Wow! What a house! The styling in the story is by Lara Hutton, photography by Harold David. Can't wait to see more when the June issue of Inside Out hits the stands tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You don't have to miss out. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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