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ROOM TO BREATHE

Old buildings have many charms, although these go hand in hand with a reputation for being damp and drafty. But this doesn’t have to […]

GREENING YOUR RENOVATION

A sustainable renovation or addition to your period home doesn’t have to cost the earth, EMMA CLARK writes. So you’ve decided to renovate? Great! And […]

MASTER CRAFTSMEN

Traditional craftsmen are masters of specialist skills and trades that have been passed down for centuries. But cheap imports and mass production are putting […]

THE ICONS

Over the past century, these influential designers and architects have been responsible for shaping the way we live, work and play, writes EMMA CLARK. […]

WALL TO WALL

No matter what condition the wallpaper in your heritage home is in, restoring it will often yield better results than attempting to recreate the […]

ROOTED IN TRADITION

It’s easy to create a garden like the one your grandparents enjoyed, using time-tested designs and heirloom plant varieties to be relished for generations […]

HONOURING THE ROOTS

Owners of historic properties face the dilemma of what to retain, what to refresh and what to jettison, both inside and out. Wander with […]

DEVIL IN THE DETAIL

From Old Colonial Georgian through to Post War, clues to your home’s history can be found hidden in features unique to that period. Period […]

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

Australia’s heritage-listed stately homes are true national treasures, offering visitors a window into life in another era. We take a peek inside two historic […]

TREASURE HUNT

Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on a home decorating project or looking for inspiration to get started, these regional treasure troves will surprise
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GRAND OLD DAME

One of Australia’s most striking nineteenth century mansions, Labassa is a mirror of Melbourne throughout the ages, from boomtown to bohemian paradise and beyond. […]

AN ADELAIDE BEAUTY

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Creating room to move was the initial reason for renovating the Galloway’s 19th Century Federation cottage. We take a look at how incorporating modern […]

BALANCING ACT

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Applying green principles when renovating a period home is fast becoming common practice in Australia

Is there such a thing as a ‘green’ period home? […]

INSIDE THE BOX: Decorating period homes

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Once the hard work of renovating has been completed, it’s time to think about the inside of your home

 

Creating beautiful spaces is a journey […]

VISITING THE WHITE HOUSE

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Tasmania’s very own White House offers a stunning example of 19th Century Tasmanian Heritage and is filled with historical treasures that represent the past […]

HIDDEN TREASURES

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Wrapped carefully into a piece of brown hessian cloth and carefully hooked onto a nail in the back of a cast iron fireplace was […]

RENOVATION REALITIES

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A major renovation can be a bit like a marriage – it’s a lengthy commitment and you don’t get the rewards without weathering a […]

WALLPAPER: Classic Appeal

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The trend is turning back towards wallpaper as renovators seek authenticity in their interior furnishings

Just as in the world of fashion, 19th Century to […]

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

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When if comes to renovating for the first time, knowing where to start can make the difference between DIY success or disaster

So, like millions […]

MARVELLOUS MOSAICS

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Tessellated tiles can be used to create mosaic masterpieces when completing a renovation on one of Australia’s best-loved home features, the verandah

 They come in […]

LIVING THROUGH A RENO

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When FRAN CUSWORTH and her husband decided to stay put during their home renovation, thing didn’t exactly go to plan.

Being a fan of camping, […]

NATURAL PLEASURES

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There is much inspiration to be found in the natural wonderlands of heritage gardens. Here, we present you with three truly special green spaces […]

SACRED SPACE

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From city edge apartment to contemporary gothic, a heritage church inspires divine reincarnation

If you drive past the magnificent gothic façade of the Cairns Memorial […]

RURAL RETREAT

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Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat is an Art Deco hotel that had several lives before being taken on by Chris Malden and master builder Wayne […]

VAUCLUSE: A Return to Glory

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A visit to magnificent Vaucluse House in Sydney provides a unique glimpse into Sydney’s colonial past, where a meticulous recreation offers an authentic experience […]

THE BIG BOOM

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Taking the plunge and investing in period home renovation for profit can be a daunting and risky challenge. We talk with property investment expert […]

PLEASURE GARDEN: Rippon Lea

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The expansive green oasis at Rippon Lea Estate provides a place for people to retreat from the bustling city, while also showcasing an impressive […]

OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION: The Johnston Collection

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After his death in 1986, antiques dealer William Johnston bequeathed to Victoria his former home of Fairhall, and his substantial antiques collection. Today the […]

BY DESIGN: East View

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The renovation of East View, a grand Victorian mansion in Malvern East, Victoria, was never going to be easy. But for Janene Young and […]