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“A lot of peo­ple have that mem­ory of stand­ing around a lit­tle fire­place as a child,” says Mel­bourne-based ar­chi­tect Claire Scorpo, who spec­i­fied the fin­ishes in the liv­ing room of Hart’s Farm B&B in Shoreham on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, Vic­to­ria (see more on page 34). “Fire­places in­stantly cre­ate a so­cial space and a sense of warmth, and we like that they bring peo­ple to­gether.” To en­sure the free­stand­ing, Aus­tralian-made Nec­tre fire­place was the fo­cus of the room, the ma­sonry wall be­hind was painted in Porter’s Paints Liq­uid Iron, $94.78 for 1 litre, with In­stant Rust so­lu­tion, $31 for 500ml, over the top.

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