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A Personal Guide to Venice's Art and Culture

As Head of Art at Leonard Joel auction house, Sophie Ullin is one lucky woman who has the job of frequenting the world’s premier art fairs, exhibitions and biennales. Yet, of all her incredible experiences (we’re feeling the #FOMO!), the city that has captivated her the most, and inspired her own personal guide is… Venice!

After being part of the Australia Council tour group to the City of Canals for the past two decades, earlier this year Sophie decided it was time to release The Venice Book.  For this hardcover, she’s also enlisted an awe-inspiring band of creatives, travel editors, art aficionados and philanthropists to open their own ‘black books and memory banks’ and offer up the best of the city, from fabulous artworks, churches and museums to authentic eateries and artisanal treasure troves. There’s also a solid-gold guide to navigating the Biennale, the ‘Olympics of the art world’, which is on now.

Today, Sophie gives us an insight into her Venice highlights – get your itinerary app ready!

Jacky Winter Gardens – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

“What’s this.. another house?” I hear you say. ‘Why, but it’s THURSDAY!? Has the world gone mad? Am I experiencing some kind of Groundhog Day where Wednesday happens TWICE in one week!?’

No, no, rest assured it is most definitely Thursday, however today’s story is not a straightforward ‘Australian Home’. It is in its own category, you see, because this unique house in Belgrave, just 45 minutes east of Melbourne, is an inspired creative side project for serial creative entrepreneur Jeremy Wortsman and his partner, writer Lorelei Vashti. It’s called Jacky Winter Gardens, and it’s much more than just a very cute house.

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This Architectural Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

TravelThis Architectural Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

North Stradbroke Island is untouched and unpretentious – a glorious stretch of wilderness abundant with native flora and brilliant ocean wildlife like dolphins, turtles, manta rays and whales. No wonder the people that venture there for holidays keep quiet about it!

This architectural beach retreat is located at Point Lookout, on the most northeastern tip of the island. ‘As we looked from the balcony towards Moreton Island we saw breaching whales on their yearly migration,’ said owner, Judy Bauer, of the first time she visited the property. ‘It was a sign!’

Judy purchased the beach house in 2017 from the architect, Shane Thompson. His three-storey design privileges the site’s expansive views out over the Coral Sea, and employs clever operable machinery to unfold the house during summer. The exterior is clad in terracotta tiles is a nod to the cement sheeting of traditional beach shacks in the surrounding area.

The interior inspiration was drawn from the clean lines and raw materials of the build. Hoop pine walls and blackbutt flooring are complemented by Judy’s collection of furniture and vintage pieces, all of which create a contemporary coastal vibe. ‘We wanted to maintain the aesthetic of the exterior and ensure the furniture didn’t take way from the house itself,’ says Judy. ‘In a location as picturesque as Straddie, you want to maximise every minute taking in the views and enjoying the indoor-outdoor living.’

We hear that!

Book here to stay at this dream location on Stradbroke Island!

This architecturally designed coastal beach retreat is at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island on Quandamooka Country. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


The house was designed by architect Shane Thompson to unfold with the seasons. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


Straddie contains an abundance of native flora and fauna from whales and manta rays to natural gorges and pristine beaches. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


The top storey contains a generous verandah which looks out over the Coral Sea. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


The laid-back interiors are a combination of raw materials installed by the architect and Julie’s own collection of vintage pieces. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


The house contains three bedrooms across its three levels, a solar-powered heating system and underground water tanks. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


The interiors are clad with hoop pine walls and blackbutt flooring. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


A cosy bedroom nook. Photo – Cieran Murphy.


The exterior tiles are good for insulation, as well as nodding to the traditional beach shack character of the area’s architecture. Photo – Cieran Murphy.

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