A Glamorous Holgar & Holgar Home Hits The Market

A  classic Holgar & Holgar home by architects John Holgar (1922-2006) and Helen Holgar (1923-2012) is ‘palatial in every sense’ according to architectural historian Simon Reeves. After emigrating to Australia, the Polish-born couple designed numerous Australian homes together from the 1960s to the early ‘90s in their ‘flagrant luxury’ style, one of which is currently for sale! 

Beyond a signature curvilinear facade lies four bedrooms and three bathrooms over two-storeys, before a north-facing backyard. 

Current owners Dean Cherny, DJ and retail tech entrepreneur (founder of Marketing Melodies, storePlay, and SocialQ), and family first came across the house 13 years ago, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own such an iconic 1970s design.

‘Technically we were just ‘researching’ when we stumbled across the listing, but we knew from the moment we walked through the door that this home was special. We both love mid-century

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An Art Director’s Effortless Apartment In A Former Spinning Mill

For art director Marsha Golemac, the secret to a welcoming and memorable home doesn’t solely lie in the styling and furniture choices, but rather – in the people you’re surrounded by.

“As much as I love my apartment, it’s having great neighbours that makes it even better,” she explains. “We all look out for each other. We often leave our front doors open so our pets can pop in for a visit, or in my English Staffy Raf’s case, to walk in expecting treats. Most of us don’t have outdoor areas, so the hallway has become our backyard.” 

Marsha’s Collingwood apartment, formerly the New Gibsonia Yarn Spinning Mill, is located in one of the old Foy & Gibson warehouses. Since being converted into a mix of studios and apartments, this building has remained a hub for local creatives. 

“There are several artists and creative studios based here, and many of

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An Incredible 1896 Waterfront House, Accessible Only By Boat!

‘Trincomalee’ is truly one of the most special properties we’ve ever seen. Accessible only by boat in northern Sydney’s Lovett Bay, the 1896 house initially belonged to a Scottish opera singer, then the family of famed businessman Mark Foy. 

The property eventually passed hands in 1979 to the family of Justine Johnston, who grew up in the home. 

Garden designer and owner of Garden Life Richard Unsworth was first introduced to Trincomalee as Justine’s guest 25 years ago. ‘I’d spend the festive period in the boat shed and I’d never visited a house quite like it. I fell instantly in love,’ he says. 

Six years ago, when Justine’s mother required a more accessible home, Richard, Justine, and their respective partners jointly bought the house to keep it in the family.

The house was renovated in the 1970s in a modernist style, but remains untouched by Richard and Justine

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A Queenslander Turned Multigenerational, Japanese-Inspired Home

Queenslanders are renowned for their traditional charm and high-set position, but less so their connection to the outdoors. When extending their home to better suit multigenerational living, the owners of this home in Northgate (nine kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD) saw potential to overcome this missing element. 

Recognising the under-utilised space beneath the original timber structure, the clients came to Arcke architects with a brief to lift the house and design a two-bedroom, self-contained apartment underneath. Designed for elderly parents, this apartment contains a generous bathroom (to accommodate wheelchairs), a concrete foundation prepared for a future elevator, bedroom, and laundry. 

Connection and separation became key themes of the project, allowing the family to lead independent lives but come together in mutual spaces. Arcke turned to Japanese architecture to accomodate – a style that provides surprising similarities to the typical Queenslander. 

Arcke architect Matt Kennedy explains, ‘In Japanese architecture, an “engawa”

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Stay In A Tiny House, Or Restored 1890s Hut, On The One NSW Property!

James and Amanda Tait moved out of the city in search of a slower pace of life – a lifestyle they now share with guests at their accommodation, Wildernest.

Over the past two years, the couple have developed three separate properties on their Tallong, NSW, property on the edge of the Southern Highlands (located about 90 minutes from Canberra and two hours from Sydney). 

The first two properties are tiny houses, created by Designer Eco Tiny Homes. Step inside either space and you’ll find beautifully a minimalist interior fitted with a hot shower, linen bedding, and freshly ground coffee.

‘We wanted people to be able to immerse themselves in the Australian bush, however not rough it by having to camp. We wanted people to be able to come back from a day exploring to hot showers, beautiful linen and other luxuries,’ says James. 

Both T1 and T2 come with

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The Ultimate Outdoor Furniture Guide

Minimalist Modern

Dagginess, begone! Contrary to popular belief, it is indeed possible to find slick, sleek and minimalist outdoor furniture. Powder coated steel, monochrome tones and craft metalwork in chic, angular forms is guaranteed to elevate your outdoor space.

Get the look:

1. Bird Feeder by Pidat from Designstuff. RRP $129

2. Havsten chair from IKEA. RRP $435

3. Don’t Leave Me table by HAY from Cult Design. RRP $355

4. Yuki 2 Seat Outdoor Sofa by Nau from Cult Design. RRP $8,256

5. Linear Steel Table from LIghtly. RRP $1,849

6. Ocean Table by Mater from Cult Design. RRP $1,320

7. Palissade Sun Lounge by HAY from Cult Design. RRP $1,310

8. Granada Hourglass Side Table by Globe West. RRP $635

9. Terrace Stacking Chair by Nau from Cult Design. RRP $711

10. Carrie Portable Lamp by MENU from Designstuff. RRP $399

11. Trace Drinks Trolley by Adam Goodrum

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