It could be called a modern dilemma. ‘The owners of this historic house wanted to transform it into a contemporary city home that reflected their passion for art, travel and fashion without diminishing any of its architectural origins,’ says Claire Delmar, creative director of Studio CD, who took on the challenge. Great lengths were taken to honour the bones of the Italianate, Victorian-era mansion in one of Sydney’s inner-city suburbs and retain as many original features as possible. Ornate plasterwork ceiling mouldings, arched doorways and marble fireplaces were all restored, along with the antique parquet flooring in the kitchen-diner/living area.
With a beautiful canvas in place, Claire introduced bold contemporary furniture, covered the walls with witty and whimsical art and introduced sumptuous textiles. Her love of mixing materials – brass with marble, velvet with metal, stone with gloss – is evident everywhere. A scattering of joyful touches catch the eye as they pop up unexpectedly in nooks and crannies around the house. It helped that Claire knew the owners from a previous project and, with their tastes established, she was able to go bold with this one. ‘They are lively with a strong love for art, fashion, travel and culture and it’s those things that became the driving design concept,’ she says. ‘Each room tells its own story while linking to the next with a sense of journey and playfulness.’
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LA DOLCE VITA
Collette Dinnigan and Bradley Cocks have restored an ancient Italian farmhouse with stunning vintage pieces, natural fabrics and the colours of the olive grove in which it sits
For the first time, we’ve brought the Livingetc aesthetic to life, decorating houses that are now for sale. Pip McCormac explains how our collaboration with FABRICA led to some elevated homes
Karen Roos, Owner of The Newt, knows good gardens
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LUCINDA CHAMBERS, CO-FOUNDER OF LUXE FASHION LABEL COLVILLE, TALKS COMBINING COLOURS
ARTIST CAMILLE WALALA SHINES A LIGHT ON THE DELIGHTS OF OAXACA, MEXICO
As the light falls
Evelyn and Stefaan’s neoclassical townhouse beautifully blends modern design with period details – which all gleam in the rays of the sun
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DAYS: JAN TAKES CLAIRE HOSTAGE
After discovering that Belle and Shawn know she woke up from her coma and left the hospital on the night Charlie died, a furious Jan holds Claire at gunpoint and reveals that yes, she is the one who killed Charlie. “Jan loves to be in control and Jan thinks she’s smarter than everyone, so she’s obviously gone to great lengths to plan this murder and fake a portion of the coma,” points out her portrayer, Heather Lindell. “She is excited to finally be rid of Belle and be with Shawn, so this is kind of her moment, where everything that she’s ever been dreaming of is coming together. So then to find out that someone outsmarted her and out manipulated her? That’s the thing that makes her totally crack. That, coupled with the fact that she assumed Claire would be very, very grateful to her and Claire is anything but. Claire is still telling her, ‘I don’t want to be your friend, I don’t want you to be my stepmom,’ and Jan is confused, like, ‘Why wouldn’t you want me to be your stepmom? We’re going to be family.’ So now she’s like, ‘You know what? I’m done. I’m going to get rid of all of you to get what I want.’ ”
Khloe & Tristan: BETRAYED AGAIN!
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5 completely honest confessions from Ruth Righi
You know Ruth Righi best as Sydney Reynolds on Disney’s Sydney to the Max (back on Disney Channel for a third season starting March 19). And while the 15-year-old actually has a lot in common with her onscreen alter ego (to start, they're both biracial and amazing bass players), we decided it was time to dig even deeper. Below are five brutally honest, real-life confessions straight from Ruth herself.
Days of our lives
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Wild Sun Catchers—Seaweed
days of our lives
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PHISHING PLOY TARGETS COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION EFFORT
IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyber espionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on the World Health Organization’s initiative for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to developing countries.
RUNNING OF THE SHEEP
Lots of people have heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, but did you know that in New Zealand, there is an annual running of the sheep? The Te Kuiti Shearing Championships Running of the Sheep is held in late March or early April. The Saturday afternoon event is part of the Great New Zealand Muster.