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WARM YOUR HOME IN­SIDE AND OUT THIS WIN­TER WITH TH­ESE STYLISH YET EN­ERGY-EF­FI­CIENT HEAT­ING IDEAS.

Country Style - - YOUR PAGE - WORDS CATHER­INE MCCOR­MACK

GO POR­TA­BLE FOR DECKS AND PA­TIOS

Com­pact and low-slung, fi­fire pits look great in the gar­den, but decks, ve­ran­dahs and pa­tios of­ten bene­fi­fit from some­thing more ar­chi­tec­tural. Dan­ish brand Morso’s Kamino tall and por­ta­ble wood-bur­ing fi­fire­place, $2750 from Thorn­ton & Blake, in­jects a con­tem­po­rary Scan­di­na­vian feel to outdoor spaces. Made of cast iron, it emits ra­di­ant heat that will warm hands and legs, but isn’t, “de­signed to heat a space — it’s more about cre­at­ing am­bi­ence,” says Mandy Hart­nig from Thorn­ton & Blake. To take your outdoor en­ter­tain­ing to the next level, look for a free­stand­ing style with a built-in oven. >

DE­SIGN AROUND THE HIS­TORY OF YOUR HOME

When John Watkin­son and Colleen Guiney bought their award-win­ning Drift House in Port Fairy on the south-west coast of Vic­to­ria, the build­ing had an un­sightly 1960s add-on. In the process of knock­ing this down, they dis­cov­ered a hid­den orig­i­nal gem: an 1850s-era fire­place built of lo­cal blue­stone. “We think it’s the old­est built form on the en­tire prop­erty,” says Colleen. De­spite plans to cre­ate a new and very mod­ern ex­ten­sion, the cou­ple chose to pre­serve the fire­place and worked with ar­chi­tec­tural firm Mul­ti­plic­ity to de­sign a walled court­yard that an­chored and res­ur­rected the fire­place, pro­vid­ing shel­ter and pri­vacy. Now a guest favourite, the rus­tic-look fire­place pays homage to, “the hun­dreds of peo­ple who have gath­ered for warmth and com­pany for more than 150 years,” says Colleen. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (03) 5568 3309, or visit drift­house.com.au

KEEP IT MOD­ERN WITH A FREE­STAND­ING STYLE

Built-in fire­places with a hearth ground a liv­ing space, but free­stand­ing styles act much like sculp­ture, draw­ing the eye to their shape and form. Con­tem­po­rary styles, such as In­victa’s slow com­bus­tion cast-iron ‘Al­cor’ fire­place, $5900, from Thorn­ton & Blake in­ject a sleek, industrial feel, or look for a model that stands on legs. “I like the way you get to see the floor un­der­neath,” says ar­chi­tect Claire Scorpo. “That way the fire stands as an in­di­vid­ual ob­ject within the room.”

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