Tanya Buchanan, Fol­low us


Belle - - Editor’ S L E T Ter - Editor

S pring is in full swing, con­jur­ing up thoughts of lazy days by the pool or beach­side, tak­ing full ad­van­tage of ev­ery­thing our sen­sa­tional Aus­tralian cli­mate and land­scape has to of­fer. For some, ev­ery spare mo­ment over spring and sum­mer dic­tates a re­treat to their sea­side bolt­hole and in this is­sue we take a look inside six very dif­fer­ent coastal prop­er­ties with one thing in com­mon – lash­ings of style in­jected by Aus­tralia’s lead­ing in­te­rior de­sign­ers – see p89.

You may think we have gone to­tally Smart Spa­ces-mad as we in­clude our rst Smart Spa­ces-zine with this is­sue – see p221 – but the trend, and the up­side of downsizing, or smarter liv­ing, can’t be ig­nored and we know from our read­ers that a lot of you are mov­ing to beau­ti­fully ap­pointed pent­houses, apart­ments, town­houses or ren­o­vated ter­races – all with con­sid­ered oor­plans, stor­age and as­pects. There are projects from de­sign lu­mi­nar­ies like Thomas Hamel and Wil­liam Smart, and two of the spa­ces we fea­ture are from one of Aus­tralia’s pre-em­i­nent devel­op­ers Mir­vac – one dec­o­rated in a so­phis­ti­cated scheme with King Liv­ing pieces in be­spoke fab­rics se­lected by Belle in­te­rior de­sign editor Lucy Mccabe (p222) and the other dressed in a se­lec­tion of chic fur­nish­ings from Coco Re­pub­lic (p268).

You may have watched the con­fronting SBS series Filthy Rich and Home­less fea­tur­ing for­mer PR doyenne and phi­lan­thropist Skye Leckie. For a to­tal con­trast we visit Skye in her real home on Cre­ative Home, p58.

We love the seem­ingly ef­fort­less aes­thetic of in­te­rior de­signer Sarah Dav­i­son and show her re­cently ren­o­vated of ce in a lovely old ter­race in the heart of Syd­ney’s Kings Cross on p84. Her pen­chant for dash­ing vin­tage pieces and an ex­cel­lent art col­lec­tion against crisp paint­work, un­usual stone and be­spoke join­ery must make her team very happy to be work­ing in such a thought­fully con­ceived en­vi­ron­ment.

En­tries for our Belle Lux­ury Home Build­ing Awards close on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2, so if you know an in­cred­i­ble builder or are one – start work on your en­tries now. The win­ners will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 14 and of course their work will fea­ture in Belle. For in­spi­ra­tion take a look at one of last year’s win­ners on p170 – the Best Land­scape cat­e­gory was taken out by builder, Con­cept Build, with gar­dens by Jack Merlo and in­te­ri­ors by Christopher El­liott.

En­joy this bumper is­sue – we trust you nd plenty of vis­ual mo­ti­va­tion for your next de­sign mis­sion and we will be back with our Luxe Christ­mas Gift Guide in the De­cem­ber/ Jan­uary is­sue – on sale Novem­ber 19. And if you are start­ing your Christ­mas shop­ping now – par­tic­u­larly if you are a wine lover – sub­scribe to Belle (de­tails on p136) and you will re­ceive a de­li­cious three-pack of wines from Mag­num+queens.

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