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A Minimalist Home Where The Landscape Takes Centre Stage

The brief for this masterful home in the Sunshine Coast’s Mount Mellum region was to create a luxury mountain escape that maximised views at every opportunity.

The resulting home by Sparks Architects is simple in plan, but complex in its relationship to the site. Arranged as two pavilions in an ‘L’ shaped formation, the home wraps around a raised courtyard that becomes the focal point of the entire project.

This outlook, paired with the infinity pool opposite, creates the ultimate home to observe the landscape. Its secluded, elevated position offers constantly shifting views of clouds and their play over the ocean and Glass House Mountains.

A Contemporary Beach House Designed By An Architect For Her Parents!

When creating a new home surrounded by owner-built properties on the NSW South Coast, the owners were intent on ensuring the result was modest, not ostentatious, and respectful of the local community. The perfect person for the job? Their daughter, architect Madeleine Blanchfield!

Not only did Madeleine perfectly understand the desires of her parents, her architecture expertise enabled a sympathetic design response perfectly suited to its Bendalong context. 

The 2019-2020 bushfires threatened to destroy this home not long after completion (as evidenced in photos of the surrounding trees), but fortunately it was built to BAL – 19 standards, and thanks to the tireless work of the Rural Fire Service, it is still standing strong!

These Hazy, Sunburnt Paintings Are A Call For Climate Action

When Kane Lehanneur was a teenager, he and his brother used to paint business signs at the local pubs and cafes around Manly. It’s only in the past few years that he’s begun to pursue his art-making seriously.

Forever taking nature as his subject, Kane’s latest body of work How Soon is Now reflects his aggravation at the frustrating government inaction on climate change. It’s a move into a much more abstract, expressive style than his previously figurative works – and comes with a greater sense of urgency.

Cook with pumpkins this Halloween

FOODCook with pumpkins this Halloween

Cook with pumpkins this Halloween

Pumpkins are an excellent soup base, add richness to baking, and marry well with a variety of other ingredients. Try out these pumpkin recipes for Halloween!

Nothing signifies Halloween quite like the masterfully carved jack-o-lanterns glowing on the front steps of houses around the neighbourhood. But pumpkins are much more than just a canvas; they are an excellent soup base, they add richness to baking, and they marry well with a variety of other ingredients. Plus, cooking with pumpkin is a far greener venture than pumpkin carving, which can create a lot of waste if we’re not diligent.

In addition to pumpkin’s ability to perk up a variety of dishes, it has a nutritional profile to be envious of, boasting a heap of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Just one cup of cooked, unsalted pumpkin contains more than twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin A, a known antioxidant, protecting the body from nasty free radicals.

To get the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, give the following recipes a shot.

  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll with Orange Cream Cheese Filling
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Pumpkin Chickpea Hummus
  • Baked Pumpkin Custard
  • Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Rice Pudding
  • Maple Pumpkin Tea Loaf

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