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Those of you who read my let­ters may re­mem­ber that about a year ago, I ex­cit­edly an­nounced that a leak in my bath­room meant I could jus­tify ren­o­vat­ing the tired, multi-coloured space. I’m just go­ing to be hon­est... life got in the way of that. And not only life, but a feel­ing of be­ing over­whelmed by all the op­tions: even ba­sic de­ci­sions such as choos­ing tiles felt be­yond me! It’s about headspace, of course – I sim­ply need to take 20 min­utes with this (beau­ti­ful) mag­a­zine, tear out some pics and start think­ing about what would work for us. It’s the per­fect is­sue to do just that – 36 pages of gor­geous rooms with 75 in­spir­ing ideas to steal, in­clud­ing a whole lot of stun­ning buys that might just in­spire an en­tire fit-out. If bath­room ren­o­vat­ing or sim­ply up­dat­ing is on your mind, I en­cour­age you to do the same (turn to page 185).

Also in this is­sue we’re step­ping be­hind the scenes of Chan­nel 7’s

House Rules – we’ve picked the cream of the crop, our favourite rooms from the first six renos, to share with you (page 133). Some of the spa­ces far sur­passed our ex­pec­ta­tions, con­sid­er­ing how lit­tle ren­o­vat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence the con­tes­tants of­ten have. To quote judge and HB ed­i­tor-in-chief Wendy Moore, “We see some of the most cre­ative ideas come from them, sim­ply be­cause they don’t know the rules of de­sign. That can make for some in­cred­i­bly orig­i­nal, in­tu­itive de­sign that is truly in­spir­ing.” I’d have to agree – and it cer­tainly puts my year-long paral­y­sis about my bath­room into per­spec­tive.

For the dec­o­ra­tors, don’t miss our Big Edit, as we call it here in the of­fice. We’ve cu­rated pages and pages of shop­ping ded­i­cated purely to liv­ing rooms, so get your shop on from page 53. My favourite theme of this spe­cial is ‘Slow Liv­ing’ – it has the per­fect win­try vibe that I’m go­ing for this sea­son.


‘Ribb’ can­dle hold­ers, $59/pair, Clickon Fur­ni­ture.

‘Riviera’ cush­ion, $190, Bastille and Sons.

‘Gladom’ tray ta­ble in Red, $24.99, Ikea.

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