Tanya Buchanan, Fol­low us


Belle - - Editor’ S L E T Ter - Ed­i­tor

Wel­come to 2019 – how did we get here? Some­times I feel like I am still in 1999 typ­ing away on my cut­ting-edge ‘grape’ imac with my be­spoke laven­der pow­der-coated in­dus­trial fil­ing cab­i­net next to me com­plet­ing the whole techno in­dus­trial scheme. Yet the past two decades have zoomed by in­cred­i­bly quickly and here we are again at the fresh start of the year full of ex­cel­lent res­o­lu­tions: ideas for world dom­i­na­tion, in­ten­tions for ex­treme mind­ful­ness and kind­ness – def­i­nitely no swear­ing, only gen­tle lingo – and as­pi­ra­tions of go­ing fully tee­to­tal and never touch­ing caf­feine or a grain of sugar again. Let’s see how all of that goes!

So much has changed in the past few years with an ex­pec­ta­tion that all de­mands can be met at break­neck speed – we don’t re­ally even have a chance to re­flect on how our lives have moved on. Now I have a 20-year-old son, I look back and can’t fathom where the time went and wish I could re­mem­ber all the mo­ments over those pre­cious years. Per­haps the key re­ally is liv­ing a sim­pler life – not a less fab­u­lous one – just a less com­pli­cated and clut­tered ex­is­tence. So again we ded­i­cate lots of pages to Smart Spa­ces, a col­lec­tion of luxe and el­e­gant abodes that con­sider de­sign and stor­age and the lifestyle of their owner/s who want to seize ev­ery mo­ment and en­ter­tain, travel, work, dine out, go to the the­atre, visit gal­leries and have a home main­te­nance-freeish life. For a se­lec­tion of ex­quis­ite sanc­tu­ar­ies de­signed by names like Poco De­signs, Alexan­dra Kidd and Am­ber Road, see p89.

Speak­ing of beau­ti­fully crafted spa­ces, we re­veal the win­ners of our sec­ond Belle Lux­ury Home Build­ing Awards, see p81. The win­ners were cel­e­brated at a re­cent event at the Aus­tralian Mu­seum and it was re­ally grat­i­fy­ing to meet these tal­ented crafts­peo­ple and hear them speak with pride and much emo­tion about their projects and clients.

The cre­ative tal­ents of the west fea­ture promi­nently in this is­sue with ac­claimed Perth­based in­te­rior de­signer Chris­tian Lyon’s stun­ning work on a Mel­bourne home show­cased on the cover and on p138. And the work of ar­chi­tect Neil Cownie fea­tures in a so­phis­ti­cated de­sign for a fam­ily home in Perth, p154.

Gar­dens have been on our minds at Belle re­cently as we just pressed the print but­ton on a weighty tome, Aus­tralian Land­scape De­sign­ers, fea­tur­ing 26 of our most cre­ative land­scap­ers and their work. One of the gar­dens that fea­tures in the book (pic­tured, above right), which is set for re­lease in March this year and was con­ceived by Belle’s cre­atives, is the Chi­na­man’s Beach project de­signed by Matt Cantwell and team at Se­cret Gar­dens, see p172.

We hope you en­joy spend­ing some gen­er­ous quiet time with the dap­per de­signs on the fol­low­ing pages. At least there’s one res­o­lu­tion that’s easy to ad­here to – keep on read­ing Belle!

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