Inside Out

January 2022

Australia's best interiors magazine, Inside Out delivers inspiring homes, clever design ideas and practical decorating solutions. Discover the latest homewares trends, stunning outdoor spaces, and what's new for the living room, kitchen, bathroom and garden.

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in this issue

2 min
shooting our cover…

For our summer holiday issue, we needed to find the right house to shoot for the cover. It had to be inviting, charming and give off big beachy vibes. We found all this and more in Sydney at the Avalon home of architect Graeme Bell. The renovation of his modernist dream home has been a labour of love for Graeme, with his faithful restorations scheduled in between building projects that have varied from mid-century-modern houses to grand city apartments and even an art deco eatery – the Niagara Cafe – in Gundagai. When Graeme first inspected the house, it was in a state of disrepair. “The place needed a lot of love,” he admits. “It was mainly original, but people had added bits and pieces here and there over the years.”…

1 min
editor’s letter

And just like that it’s summer… Or not, depending on where you are in this latest La Niña. However, we are manifesting summer vibes here at Inside Out this month with some hot projects and sunny decorating ideas. Maybe start with the great beach shacks, cottages and homes inspired to make the most of balmy nights and warm days. There are some clever material choices in those stories, and that fabulous Puglian house on page 84 is stirring up some big Mediterranean-style inspiration in its modern interpretation of a traditional local design. And there are practical solutions, too, including the best dressing-room design we’ve seen in a while on page 96, and some clever mini makeovers to freshen up your space that lead into the great story of Shannon Vos’s awning…

1 min
the cut

greenhouse hq The high-colour stream of consciousness that makes up the signature style of stylist and author Julia Green has manifested in a spectacular bricks and mortar project inside a heritage shopfront in Geelong’s cool laneways. Part creative space, part event hot spot and all retail, all the time, everything inside is for sale. Cruise Julia’s shoppable collections of local artworks, great soft furnishings, wall tiles and even a bathroom sink – all curated by her kaleidoscopic eye. greenhouseinteriors.com.au…

1 min
in the house

1 Home away from home A long-time Inside Out contributor, stylist and writer Julia Green has realised a dream with this incredible retail space, modelled on the concept of home. Step though the double-front doors and you’ll see a bathroom leading to a bedroom. The floor below includes a lounge space complete with a suspended fireplace, a dining zone and decked-out kitchen. 2 Gallery space Julia is a passionate advocate for art, so it’s no surprise that there’s a tailored gallery space dedicated to regular exhibitions for her Greenhouse Interiors cohort of artists, as well as events. 3 Designer details Practically every aspect of the retail space can be purchased — from paint, taps and tiles through to wallpapers and flooring. Each room even has a QR code for quick access to…

1 min
full of beans

The plush feel of a statement bean bag in a child’s room is just the ticket this summer with Lujo’s Kyoto collection for kids. Echoing the same exacting standards as the full-sized kit, these mini bean bags, $495, will hold their curvy form with structured back support and a high seat base engineered into this clever design. Add commercial-grade fabrics in a range of sophisticated hues to the mix and your child’s all set. LUJO.COM.AU WORDS: VIRGINIA JEN. PHOTOGRAPHY: ARMELLE HABIB (GREENHOUSE), DAVID WICKENS (NAMINAPU MAYMURU-WHITE AT BUKU-LARRNGGAY MULKA CENTRE), MARCUS ENO (UTOPIA GOODS), SHANNON McGRATH (GREAT DANE). GREENHOUSE INTERIORS STYLING: JULIA GREEN, AISHA CHAUDHRY, JUSTINE LANIGAN, JESSICA RETALLACK…

4 min

Eric Moroney started at the top, working as an apprentice plasterer on some of Ireland’s most historic buildings. In the 17 or so years since then, he’s retained the high-end work and earnt himself the title ‘master craftsman’ of Lusso (Italian for ‘luxury’ and pronounced ‘loo-so’) Venetian Finishes, a rapidly expanding business he began in 2019. From his Sydney base, Eric works on projects for those who want bespoke surface finishes in eco-friendly Italian lime and a mixture of additives – using techniques that are thousands of years old. He specialises in polished and rough-hewn plasters such as tadelakt (made with limestone), marmorino (marble and lime), tonachino (marble), travertino (travertine) and stucco. Other popular techniques he uses are microtopping (microcement) and liquid metals (using real metal powders). All are sophisticated textural…