A Tour Of Paul Bangay’s Own Legendary Garden

Just a couple of weeks ago, Lucy joined Paul Bangay at his resplendent private garden, Stonefields, in Daylesford to launch his new book. Paul created this grand country garden from scratch, and it has been a labour of love for 16 years! Over that time, Paul as witnessed the impressive and dramatic ways it changes with the seasons. (In turn, it has witnessed the evolution of his stratospheric career!)

But it’s not just the months of the year that dictate how this incredibly detailed, multifaceted garden looks and feels over time. The iconic landscape designer’s tastes and interests have changed in the last decade and a half, and all of this is mirrored in the ever-changing landscape at Stonefields. Take a look for yourself and see the ways his more formal, structured zones give way to patches of cultivated wilderness which are now softened by an abundance of

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Trader Joe’s Is Selling “Grinch Trees” That Are Meant to Be Kept All Year Round

Trader Joe’s has brought back its perfectly imperfect “Grump Trees” for the holiday season, and these Grinchy-looking things are meant to be kept and admired for years to come—they can even grow impressively tall if planted outdoors in the right location.

Instagram account @TraderJoesList announced the highly-anticipated arrival of the Trader Joe’s Grump Trees on Nov. 11, noting that each tree, wrapped in a red burlap sack (à la the Santa Claus toy sack the Grinch hauls with him around Whoville), topped with a sparkly Christmas ornament, and adorned in red ribbon, is selling for $8.99.

The Grump Tree is actually a lemon cypress tree, native to California, and when planted outdoors it can grow upward of 15 to even 30 feet, depending on the variety. These trees will keep their Suess-like conical shape as they grow, but if you want to keep the bend, you’ll have to keep

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A Nostalgic Heritage Home Renovation

Alex Hopkins, director of interior design practice Studio Tate has worked on numerous residential projects over career, but never on a house she previously frequented as a babysitter! 

When this family asked Alex to design some bespoke joinery for their 1899 home, the designer decided to go a step further. ‘Upon further discussion, and looking over the floor plans more generally, we found there was an efficient way to extend the life of the home, allowing for the changing needs of the family,’ Alex says. 

The vision was to update the dated interiors (a combination of period features and ‘90s renovations), and better connect the floor plan. 

Studio Tate devised a new glass walkway in response, connecting a former ‘tack room’ (a storage room used for stable gear), turned main dining area, to the rest of the house. This minor addition meant all other works could be completed within the

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The Cookbook You Need For Summer Entertaining, From Melbourne’s Newest Food Writer

Clementine Day’s delectable spreads and home-cooked meals were a bright light during lockdown. The Melbourne-based cook started her Instagram account Some Thing I Like To Cook during the first round of lockdown restrictions in March when her teaching work dried up and, suffice to say, she hasn’t looked back since!

Originally trained in fashion design (she’s worked at Monk House Design, Verner, Bul, Country Road and Alpha60!) and education, Clementine’s interest in food was only ever a hobby; a way to remember the big family gatherings of her childhood or experiment with her creativity in a low-stakes environment.

‘My cooking is a lot more freestyle than pattern making or sewing is, I don’t have to think too much about it and it’s a very therapeutic process for me,’ she says. ‘I like to think of it kind of like a dance session, just use your senses and move!’

This refreshing

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The Construction Specialist Turned Conceptual Sculptor!

At pretty much the exact time Hailey Atkins developed an interest in art, she also became a construction specialist. Her love for creating art and an interest in designing homes blossomed simultaneously, and Hailey went straight into drafting and building design from high school. 

Despite loving that job, the creative impulse would not subside, and Hailey ended up studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art while she continued her work at a roofing company. ‘Initially I had planned to major in printmaking, but I ended up thriving in the sculpture department where the possibilities seemed endless,’ she says. ‘The boundaries are very flimsy and so there’s a lot of room to play.’

Hailey uses industrial materials such as concrete, plaster, joint finisher, timber, steel to create her structures, as well everyday materials like paper and textiles or discarded construction debris. These are mulched, squeezed and

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From Unliveable To Unbelievable!

From Unliveable To Unbelievable!


by Amelia Barnes

Flos ‘String’ pendant light from Euroluce. Mark Tuckey ‘Tripod’ dining table. Cassina ‘412 Cab’ chairs from Cult. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

 Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH ‘Curve’ barstools from Space. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

Cassina ‘412 Cab’ chairs from Cult. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

B&B Italia Tufty-Time Sofa from Space. B&B Italian ‘Le Bambole 07’ sofa from Space. ‘Oxo’ coffee table from Mark Tuckey. Moroccan rug by Beni Ouarain from Loom. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

Right: B&B Italia Tufty-Time Sofa from Space. B&B Italian ‘Le Bambole 07’ sofa from Space. ‘Oxo’ coffee table from Mark Tuckey. Moroccan rug by Beni Ouarain from Loom. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans.

Vibia ‘Wireflow 0300’ pendant

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