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Wel­come to the April is­sue – the team here at Belle has got off to a su­per busy start to 2018 with lots of is­sues, books and award pro­grams to plan. Just look­ing at our gi­ant wall cal­en­dar sends ev­ery­one’s heart rate soar­ing. So you might be ask­ing how the res­o­lu­tions from last is­sue are go­ing? The yoga is hap­pen­ing – tick, the im­bib­ing of or­ganic Cham­pagne – easy – tick, the stress less – not so good, the read­ing a lot more – tick tick. I have just fin­ished Meryl Gor­don’s book Bunny Mel­lon: The Pur­suit of Per­fec­tion. For­get Instagram – read­ing this in­duces the ul­ti­mate life­style envy. This is the style icon and US aris­to­crat who de­signed the White House Rose Gar­den for JFK and counted Jackie Kennedy as one of her best friends. One thing that struck me was that de­spite the vast wealth, nu­mer­ous prop­er­ties, and the abil­ity to dis­patch a pri­vate jet to col­lect an er­rant scarf left at lunch, the pur­suit that made Bunny hap­pi­est was gar­den­ing – in mink-lined Ba­len­ci­aga gar­den­ing clothes no less! Sim­ple plea­sures re­ally are what make us happy. On a more re­al­is­tic scale, the gar­den in this is­sue (p132) was cre­ated by our long­stand­ing con­trib­u­tor Jean Wright’s sis­ter, Mar­garet, and is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of the joy that im­mers­ing one­self in a big gar­den de­sign project can bring.

Even when the plea­sures are hum­ble and in­volve daily rit­u­als like cook­ing and groom­ing we all want our sur­round­ings to be as beau­ti­ful as pos­si­ble, and in this is­sue we bring you a stun­ning selec­tion of chic kitchens and bath­rooms (p157) from Aus­tralia’s top in­te­rior de­sign stars.

We are call­ing for en­tries for our eighth Belle Coco Repub­lic In­te­rior De­sign Awards. By the time you read this there will only be a few days left – en­tries close on March 9 – so all you in­cred­i­ble de­sign­ers need to get or­gan­ised and sub­mit your en­tries. We love the buzz when the en­tries start ar­riv­ing and we get to pre­view Aus­tralia’s fore­most in­te­rior de­sign projects.

There’s a lot to shop in this is­sue. Steve Cor­dony, our style di­rec­tor-at-large, will have you chan­nelling Miami Vice and in­ject­ing some shots of serene sage green into your rooms from our SPY pages, (p31).

Look­ing for su­per stylish stor­age? Head to p73 and see the gor­geous ar­moires se­lected by our in­te­rior de­sign ed­i­tor Lucy Mccabe and in­te­rior de­signer Jus­tine Hugh-jones.

And of course our line-up of houses is ex­quis­ite – savvy de­sign in plat­inum post­codes – what’s not to love? Brooke Aitken has reimag­ined a house in Syd­ney’s Vau­cluse that was orig­i­nally go­ing to be a knock­down (p114); Dy­lan Far­rell ap­plies his dis­tinc­tive style to what was a soul­less house in an ex­clu­sive Mel­bourne en­clave (p122), and we visit a pas­sion­ate art col­lec­tor’s apart­ment in Paris (p98), plus more!

Make sure you take a cou­ple of hours to in­dulge in the beauty on the fol­low­ing pages, and stay in touch with us in be­tween is­sues by sub­scrib­ing to our twice weekly e-let­ters at news­let­ter.bellemag.com.au.

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