Welcome to the April issue – the team here at Belle has got off to a super busy start to 2018 with lots of issues, books and award programs to plan. Just looking at our giant wall calendar sends everyone’s heart rate soaring. So you might be asking how the resolutions from last issue are going? The yoga is happening – tick, the imbibing of organic Champagne – easy – tick, the stress less – not so good, the reading a lot more – tick tick. I have just finished Meryl Gordon’s book Bunny Mellon: The Pursuit of Perfection. Forget Instagram – reading this induces the ultimate lifestyle envy. This is the style icon and US aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for JFK and counted Jackie Kennedy as one of her best friends. One thing that struck me was that despite the vast wealth, numerous properties, and the ability to dispatch a private jet to collect an errant scarf left at lunch, the pursuit that made Bunny happiest was gardening – in mink-lined Balenciaga gardening clothes no less! Simple pleasures really are what make us happy. On a more realistic scale, the garden in this issue (p132) was created by our longstanding contributor Jean Wright’s sister, Margaret, and is a wonderful example of the joy that immersing oneself in a big garden design project can bring.
Even when the pleasures are humble and involve daily rituals like cooking and grooming we all want our surroundings to be as beautiful as possible, and in this issue we bring you a stunning selection of chic kitchens and bathrooms (p157) from Australia’s top interior design stars.
We are calling for entries for our eighth Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards. By the time you read this there will only be a few days left – entries close on March 9 – so all you incredible designers need to get organised and submit your entries. We love the buzz when the entries start arriving and we get to preview Australia’s foremost interior design projects.
There’s a lot to shop in this issue. Steve Cordony, our style director-at-large, will have you channelling Miami Vice and injecting some shots of serene sage green into your rooms from our SPY pages, (p31).
Looking for super stylish storage? Head to p73 and see the gorgeous armoires selected by our interior design editor Lucy Mccabe and interior designer Justine Hugh-jones.
And of course our line-up of houses is exquisite – savvy design in platinum postcodes – what’s not to love? Brooke Aitken has reimagined a house in Sydney’s Vaucluse that was originally going to be a knockdown (p114); Dylan Farrell applies his distinctive style to what was a soulless house in an exclusive Melbourne enclave (p122), and we visit a passionate art collector’s apartment in Paris (p98), plus more!
Make sure you take a couple of hours to indulge in the beauty on the following pages, and stay in touch with us in between issues by subscribing to our twice weekly e-letters at newsletter.bellemag.com.au.