Home Beautiful - - EDITOR’S LETTER - ka­t­rina KA­T­RINA O’BRIEN, ACT­ING EDI­TOR

When my el­dest sis­ter ren­o­vated her home a few years ago, the laun­dry was never go­ing to be just an af­ter­thought. The space, de­signed by our other sis­ter, who’s an ar­chi­tect, was one of the most talked about and dis­sected – from its size and lo­ca­tion to its pre­cise, fam­ily-friendly lay-out. And it was big. When I first saw those ini­tial plans, I thought it might have been a slight case of laun­dry ob­ses­sion. But now, ev­ery time I walk into that light and bright room, with its white floor-to-ceil­ing cup­boards hid­ing a mul­ti­tude of fam­ily life busy­ness, and its spa­cious shower in the cor­ner, I think: “Yes. In­spired de­ci­sion, sis­ters.”

There’s some­thing about a well-de­signed laun­dry that gets the heart rac­ing. It may be the last place on earth you’d want to find your­self on a win­try Sun­day af­ter­noon af­ter a par­tic­u­larly muddy Aus­tralian rules un­der-17s match, but if a laun­dry is bright, func­tional and in­cred­i­bly well thought out, it makes the chore of keep­ing your house, and life, run­ning more than bear­able.

In our de­fin­i­tive guide to laun­dries (‘10 steps to a dream laun­dry’, from page 131), you will fall in love with all the de­sign pos­si­bil­i­ties avail­able for this hard­est work­ing of rooms. The idea that I love most and have men­tally scrib­bled on to my ren­o­vat­ing mood­board? A dis­tinct fea­ture splash­back, all of its own.

There is plenty of de­sign and dec­o­rat­ing in­spi­ra­tion in this much-an­tic­i­pated an­nual ‘Magic Makeover’ is­sue of ours. While it’s prob­a­bly not an un­der­state­ment to say that most of us dream of the ‘big’ ren­o­va­tion, of­ten it is the smaller project that is a lit­tle more man­age­able right now. In our 38-page spe­cial, you will find plenty of ideas to trans­form your spa­ces into rooms to en­joy for years to come – from an un­used lounge room that is now a li­brary to linger in with a book, to a fan­tas­tic out­door room that takes you straight to dreamy hol­i­days in the sun. I hope you are as in­spired as we are to make a lit­tle bit of magic in your own home.

This is­sue we take you a few steps closer to your dream laun­dry (above left) and make over ev­ery room in the home, in­clud­ing this in­ti­mate li­brary (left).

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