Homes+ (Australia) - - WELCOME -

When it comes to spend­ing time at home, I find Jan­uary a bit yin and yang. On the one hand, it’s all about en­joy­ing the out­door life (prefer­ably sit­ting on a rat­tan sofa hold­ing a mar­garita) and, on the other hand,

I like to have a New Year de­clut­ter.

After a ca­sual straw poll I found other peo­ple lead sim­i­larly dou­ble lives. Con­se­quently, in this is­sue of homes+ you’ll find hun­dreds of ideas, tips and prod­ucts to help you cre­ate a won­der­ful sum­mer home, plus lots of sim­ple and speedy so­lu­tions to help you cull, throw, stash and store (with­out spend­ing too much time away from the rat­tan sofa!)

We also called in some of our ex­perts to help with the de­clut­ter­ing. Peter Walsh res­cues one fam­ily from be­ing buried by the con­tents of their wardrobe, and Mered­ith Kir­ton shares her se­crets to a more stream­lined gar­den (clev­erly merg­ing en­joy­ing the out­doors and get­ting or­gan­ised!)

The gor­geous read­ers’ homes in this is­sue are in­ten­tion­ally sum­mery and cel­e­brate our great out­door life­style. Lana’s home is coastal-in­spired (see how to cre­ate her sea­side vi­gnettes on page 38) and Ni­cole’s place in Syd­ney has a won­der­ful in­door/out­door re­sort feel. Fi­nally, El­iz­a­beth shares the out­side of her ren­o­vated coun­try weath­er­board with her fam­ily, a kit­ten and some gor­geous chick­ens.

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at homes+

DESERT WEAVE Home Repub­lic “Sa­hara” bas­kets, from $39.95 each, from Adairs.


ON TAP Cork and glass 6.2L drink dis­penser, $19, from Kmart.

BLUE SHEEN Uni­ver­sal Toledo vase in Denim, $34.99, from Spot­light.


CO: Home “Bo” dip bowl in Mint, $6.95, from Cot­ton On Home.

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