Australian Country Issue#20.5 August 2017

Australian Country is a magazine that lets you escape. This luxurious title delves into the world of sprawling homesteads, charming properties, working farms, contemporary cuisines, tasteful interior design and outdoor living ideas, with everything from antiques and collectables to recipes in between. Australian Country is dedicated to highlighting the best of the Australian country life, made for the people who are passionate about country living by the people who are passionate about country living because we understand that a love of country runs deeper than just a passion for decorating. The magazine provides readers with the inspiration to capture the essence of the country lifestyle, no matter where they live — whether city, coast or country. urchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

2 min
editor's letter

We had a fantastic time at the Vision Splendid film festival at Winton and that story, along with many others we found along the way, will feature in upcoming issues. The network always seems to kick in once we’re on the road and we are so appreciative of the recommendations and suggestions that come from the people we meet along the way. We can’t overstate how much we value our contacts and reader feedback. So please, always feel free to drop us a line. This issue we are super privileged to have visited John and Edwina Macarthur- Stanham at their historic Camden Park homestead. Designed by colonial architect John Verge and built for wool industry pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur, Camden Park is one of Australia’s most important and intact Georgian…

4 min
diary notes

SEP 6-10 (NSW) SYDNEY’S ANTIQUES & ART FAIR Unique offerings, intricate craftsmanship and fine treasures will draw visitors to Sydney’s Antiques and Art Fair. The five-day event will take place at The Kensington Room at Royal Randwick Racecourse and showcase more than 30 premium, world-class exhibitors including The Antique Guild, Antiquarium, Simpson’s Antiques and Greene & Greene presenting valuable pieces dating back centuries. aaada.org.au SEP 9-17 (NSW) DAFFODILS AT RYDAL Welcome the arrival of spring with the annual Daffodils at Rydal event. The small country village just west of the Blue Mountains welcomes the blossom season with thousands of planted daffodils in surrounding parks and gardens. Bathurst Tours will be running a free courtesy bus around Rydal from 10am to 4pm continuously, and guests can hop on and hop off. With open gardens, food and…

1 min
baker's dozen

6 min
monochrome magic

Jane Rennie-Hynes is fearless in her approach to life and renovating. Many wince at the thought of splashing a bit of colour on the walls, intimidated by any hue that ventures beyond the safe confines of myriad shades of white. Most wouldn’t dare paint them black, but Jane is emboldened by her innate sense of style, nurtured in her childhood home rearranging her mother’s furniture. Coating her home in lashings of inky black inside and out certainly raised eyebrows along the way, until the end result voided any need for explanation. “Most people seem to have to compute that the house is painted black inside and out, then allow themselves to admit that it looks great,” Jane says. Jane’s Black Shack, as she calls it, is perched gloriously atop a rise…

8 min
landmark & klegend

“What’s remarkable is that this is not a museum, this is a family home so things are used and, inevitably, things are broken.” You could create a timeline of Camden Park homestead through the china collections dotted throughout the house. There’s a Chinese exportware service ordered from Guangdong probably about 1812 and emblazoned with John and Elizabeth Macarthur’s initials. Then there’s a Coalbrookdale porcelain service decorated with the family motto Fide et Opera (By Faith and Work) and purchased by their older son, James, in 1838, on the occasion of his marriage to Emily Stone. Remarkably, thereceipt for this purchase from John Mortlock (China Man to Their Majesties Royal Family) also survives, and records that it set the couple back £100 4/- 11p. In a basement cellar there’s an astonishing array…

5 min
bold & beautiful

It takes a special gene to be able to successfully pair the classic and the quirky and balance the bold with the understated to create an inspired haven with surprises at every turn. Jodie Mae Ladhams has that gene in spades. In just three years, she’s transformed her character home on Brisbane’s north from “an explosion of peach and avocado with accents of the ’90s” to a sublime sanctuary for her family including husband Andrew, their children, Jesse and Sidonie, and three spoiled felines. “We were looking, looking, looking and this house kept showing her face in the searches, but she wasn’t in the area we were looking at,” Jodie recalls. “But eventually she said: ‘Oh come on, damn it’, so we went to have a look and the minute we…