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An Unconventional Country Home In The Southern Highlands

Directors of Other Architects, Grace Mortlock and David Neustein, describe the quintessential modern Australian country house as a ‘machine for living in’ that dramatises the idea of dwelling in the landscape, by exaggerating the harshness and remoteness of its setting. 

Their recent project, Highlands House, offers a deliberately different experience. Rather than defined rooms, this project adopts an older and more universal mode of country living, where generations of people have lived in simple, open structures. 

The modestly sized home seeks not to be a bold architectural statement, but simply, part of the fabric of ordinary life – exactly as Other Architects intended. 

The Magic Of City Living, With Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank

Inner city living feels surprisingly uncommon for Australians, and yet those who choose to dwell in the CBD are passionate about doing so. Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank are two of those people!

The pair of theatre professionals (a writer/director, and composer/music director respectively) have lived in their beautiful art deco apartment in a 100-year-old building for the last ten years. In our new series, The Urbanists, in partnership with the City of Melbourne with support from the Victorian Government – we picked the couple’s brains about the places they frequent in the city, the activities they spend the day doing and why they love living right in the thick of things.

And Melbourne? More like Manhattan! Those city views are giving us Big Apple vibes – but better.

A Delightfully Rustic, Country Style Getaway in South Gippsland

Just looking at photos of Marge’s Cottage, it’s hard not to feel instantly relaxed. Located in Poowong, South Gippsland (about 90 minutes from Melbourne), this perfectly idyllic Airbnb looks right out of the pages of Country Style magazine.

Owner Cheryl Guzzardi shares how this once rundown cottage came to be a dreamy accommodation spot.

Winter Garden Tips With Phillip Withers!

GardensWinter Garden Tips With Phillip Withers!

SAVING WATER

Now’s the time to mulch ready for spring, before the sun starts to shine down onto the bare soil. Mulching can also help to put healthy nutrients such as nitrogen back in the soil, and increase water retention in time for summer.

Late winter is a great time to consider new planting in the garden. Plants that have been dormant and are starting wake up with warmer soil, and better still, the soil is soft and easy to work with. Increased rainfall in the southern states of Australia can help naturally establish plant life. Ensure you have a consistent program for watering for the initial first few months, then, if you’ve planted the right species, you can turn the tap off once establishment takes place. Using the right plants can adapt a landscape to survive off rainfall alone, such as with Banksia robur.

On balconies or in semi-sheltered areas, consider utilising the many self watering or wicking planters that are now available. These gives a plant’s roots more frequent availability to water, which is especially helpful for situations where rainfall is limited or not available.

Legendary Local Landscape Designer Phillip Withers. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.


The Yarraview garden, where Phillip and team planned their installation for The 2020 Melbourne International Flower + Garden Show, which sadly did not go ahead! Photo – Amelia Stanwix.


Phil at one of his favourite places, Point Addis. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.


Banksia marginata. Photography – Amelia Stanwix.


Photo – Amelia Stanwix.


Photo – Amelia Stanwix.


Photography – Amelia Stanwix.


Photo – Shutterstock, courtesy of Phillip Withers.


Photo – Amelia Stanwix.


Photo – Amelia Stanwix.


Correa Reflexa (also known as ‘native fuschia’). Photography – Amelia Stanwix.


Callistemon and Grevillea.Photography – Amelia Stanwix.

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