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Belle - - Edi Tor’ S L E T Ter -

P ro­cras­ti­na­tion is re­ally my only re­li­able friend when it comes to try­ing to dis­til the con­tents of each is­sue into the ed­i­tor’s let­ter – every­one else falls away and I nd my­self com­pletely off topic, not writ­ing but read­ing in­sight­ful sto­ries about princesses Eu­ge­nie and Beatrice and how dif cult it is to bal­ance be­ing a young work­ing woman with royal du­ties, fol­lowed by a scan of gal­leries of celebrities with the most dis­as­trous plas­tic surgery! Just to give you a lit­tle more back­ground on how my side­kick, pro­cras­ti­na­tion, op­er­ates: he high­lights that it is a sunny Fri­day morn­ing in Au­gust and there’s a hint of Syd­ney spring in the air and tempts with ideas of frol­ick­ing out in the sun har­bour­side. Then he gets every­one day­dream­ing about what we would like to have de­liv­ered to the of ce while we nish our dead­line. Flutes of rosé Cham­pagne and a tray of salmon bli­nis would be very wel­come – he’s not sure if De­liv­eroo can do…

Then he’s gone and thank good­ness in­spi­ra­tion ar­rives, lit­er­ally leap­ing off the pages driven by the cre­ativ­ity of all the amaz­ing de­sign­ers who are in the new is­sue. This is our kitchen and bath­room edi­tion and, as some­one in need of an ex­tremely ur­gent bath­room ren­o­va­tion and slightly less press­ing kitchen over­haul, I have been scan­ning ev­ery stun­ning project with height­ened in­ter­est, from tal­ented and in­no­va­tive de­sign­ers like Tam­sin John­son, De­cus, Chelsea Hing and lots more – see p165.

Renowned in­te­rior de­signer Greg Natale has wowed again with his magni cent and highly pat­terned take on a coun­try home for a de­sign-savvy cou­ple who love dark, lux­u­ri­ous spa­ces – even in the chil­dren’s wing – these young­sters get used to sophistication early – p104 and p196. Greg’s new book, The Pat­terned In­te­rior pub­lished by Riz­zoli, fea­tures this project and many other fab­u­lous homes and goes on sale in Septem­ber.

If you’re a tal­ented young artist who’s not rep­re­sented by a gallery, drag out the easel and start paint­ing. Belle Art­start, sup­ported by Belle Prop­erty and Stu­dio Gallery, is back and we are look­ing for Aus­tralia’s most in­cred­i­ble young painters. This year the rst 80 con­tenders to en­ter and pay will re­ceive their can­vas for free, gen­er­ously pro­vided by Stu­dio Gallery. And, speak­ing of re­ward­ing tal­ent, we are also look­ing for Aus­tralia’s best bou­tique builders so if that’s what you do or you know some­one in the eld we urge you to en­ter the Belle Lux­ury Home Build­ing Awards – see p73.

If the Aus­tralian win­ter is get­ting you down – yes we are all a lit­tle pa­thetic when it comes to shorter days and chill­ier nights – you’ll want to hop on a plane af­ter read­ing Carli Philips’ lovely story on Florence and some of its hid­den gems – as she says, the city is vir­tu­ally an open-air mu­seum.

En­joy the is­sue and we will be back with Luxe Coastal Homes in our Novem­ber is­sue.

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