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An Artist's Thoroughly Sophisticated Brisbane Rental

It’s not easy to turn a rental into a lived-in, yet sophisticated home, but if there’s anyone who has nailed this feat, it’s artist and ceramicist Nicolette Johnson!

Nicolette and her husband, web designer Tom Dawson, have been renting this home in Bardon, Brisbane for over four years. Thanks to their incredible collection of art, vintage furniture, and handcrafted objects, including Nicolette’s own spectacular ceramics, the couple have made the Queenslander cottage feel distinctly ‘them’. 

The Garden Of A Lifetime

Leona Romaniuk has lived on the same property in Brisbane’s Chapel Hill for most of her childhood and adult life.

Recently, she enlisted landscape architect Sidonie Carpenter to help her edit the stunning greenspaces, incorporating a Japanese rock garden originally commissioned by her Ikebana-master mother, and a palm-flanked rainforest walk created by her late husband. And if that wasn’t enough, this exceptional garden surrounds an incredible modernist house by Vitaly Gzell!

 

Michael Cooke – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Garden designer Michael Cooke is a real plantsman.  At 11-years-old he would ride his skateboard down to the local plant nursery after school and help out, and when he was 22, he bought the business.

Michael’s 10 acre property in Central Mangrove on the Central Coast of NSW is a ‘botanical garden lab’, filled with a diverse range of plants, a dam, pontoon, chook house and much more.

Our gardens columnist, Georgina Reid of The Planthunter recently caught up with Michael to learn a little more about the garden he has spent 28 years creating.

Have some milk (alternative) with your cereal today

FOODHave some milk (alternative) with your cereal today

Have some milk (alternative) with your cereal today

Even those who do not have lactose intolerance are choosing milk alternatives for health and dietary reasons.

For the approximately 7 million Canadians who are lactose intolerant, and the countless others who have some degree of sensitivity, a tall glass of milk is just not an option.

But milk alternatives are gaining momentum—some such as soy and almond milk are even available at our local coffee shops.

Even those who do not have a physical aversion to cow’s milk are choosing milk alternatives for health and dietary reasons.

Goats’ milk
Probably the “original” cows’ milk alternative, goats’ milk has less of the milk sugar, lactose, and the milk allergen, casein alpha 1, making it easier to digest in those with sensitivities. In addition, goats’ milk is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and is dense in calcium, iron, and magnesium, among other nutrients.

Soy milk
In terms of nutritional protein, soy milk is the closest to cows’ milk. However, cows’ milk is higher in calcium and vitamin D, so choose a soy product that is fortified. Also, beware of sweetened soy beverages, which contain added sugars.

Almond milk
Boasting low calories, sugar, and total fat, almond milk is an excellent choice for those on a health kick. With its light, nutty flavour, almond milk works well in baking and other desserts, as well as curries and smoothies.

Rice milk
Many people say this milk alternative most closely imitates the flavour of cows’ milk, and is therefore great for pouring over your favourite cereal.  Be aware, however, that rice milk contains no calcium, so it those who frequently use rice milk as a milk replacer need to be sure they’re getting enough calcium elsewhere.

Hemp milk
Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and 4 to 5 g of protein per cup, hemp milk is the perfect beverage for athletes looking to go dairy free. In addition, hemp milk supplies the body with a variety of other nutrients such as magnesium, iron, and zinc, making it an all-around good choice for any health fanatic!

Oat milk
Probably the youngest of all milk alternatives, oat milk is free of lactose, cholesterol, and is a great choice for those who are also trying to reduce their soy intake. Oat milk may also contain fibre; however, because oats contain gluten, oat milk is not the best choice for those with a gluten allergy, sensitivity, or those with celiac disease.

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