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S pring is in full swing, conjuring up thoughts of lazy days by the pool or beachside, taking full advantage of everything our sensational Australian climate and landscape has to offer. For some, every spare moment over spring and summer dictates a retreat to their seaside bolthole and in this issue we take a look inside six very different coastal properties with one thing in common – lashings of style injected by Australia’s leading interior designers – see p89.
You may think we have gone totally Smart Spaces-mad as we include our rst Smart Spaces-zine with this issue – see p221 – but the trend, and the upside of downsizing, or smarter living, can’t be ignored and we know from our readers that a lot of you are moving to beautifully appointed penthouses, apartments, townhouses or renovated terraces – all with considered oorplans, storage and aspects. There are projects from design luminaries like Thomas Hamel and William Smart, and two of the spaces we feature are from one of Australia’s pre-eminent developers Mirvac – one decorated in a sophisticated scheme with King Living pieces in bespoke fabrics selected by Belle interior design editor Lucy Mccabe (p222) and the other dressed in a selection of chic furnishings from Coco Republic (p268).
You may have watched the confronting SBS series Filthy Rich and Homeless featuring former PR doyenne and philanthropist Skye Leckie. For a total contrast we visit Skye in her real home on Creative Home, p58.
We love the seemingly effortless aesthetic of interior designer Sarah Davison and show her recently renovated of ce in a lovely old terrace in the heart of Sydney’s Kings Cross on p84. Her penchant for dashing vintage pieces and an excellent art collection against crisp paintwork, unusual stone and bespoke joinery must make her team very happy to be working in such a thoughtfully conceived environment.
Entries for our Belle Luxury Home Building Awards close on Friday, November 2, so if you know an incredible builder or are one – start work on your entries now. The winners will be announced on November 14 and of course their work will feature in Belle. For inspiration take a look at one of last year’s winners on p170 – the Best Landscape category was taken out by builder, Concept Build, with gardens by Jack Merlo and interiors by Christopher Elliott.
Enjoy this bumper issue – we trust you nd plenty of visual motivation for your next design mission and we will be back with our Luxe Christmas Gift Guide in the December/ January issue – on sale November 19. And if you are starting your Christmas shopping now – particularly if you are a wine lover – subscribe to Belle (details on p136) and you will receive a delicious three-pack of wines from Magnum+queens.