Author Archives: Judy Echin

Trashed, then treasured.

Weaver Brooke Munro and woodworker Colin Munro work as Mr and Mrs Munro, foraging from the land for objects to create their work. The couple, who will join other local artisans at the inaugural Burrawang Designers and Artisans Festival, tell Melissa Reid ...

Worth the wait.

It is said that the best things in life are worth waiting for, and it’s certainly true when it comes to the wonderful flavours produced by slow cooking. Some of these recipes will take time, but they will fill your home with the warmth and delicious aro ...

Jimmy Barnes at home in Berrima.

‘Rock legend Jimmy Barnes’ and ‘quiet country life’ aren’t phrases that naturally sit together, but there’s an unknown side to the man who has sung the soundtrack to many Australians’ lives. In an unprecedented interview, fellow Berrima resi ...

The view from Jabiru.

Mike and Marian Rose didn’t set out to build a Highlands home but were won over by a property with extraordinary views. They’ve since created Jabiru, a luxurious haven for themselves and visiting family, which includes a renovated chapel. The property ...

August/September 2014.

The view from Jabiru Mike and Marian Rose didn’t set out to build a Highlands home but were won over by a property with extraordinary views. Jimmy Barnes – At home in Berrima ‘Rock legend Jimmy Barnes’ and ‘quiet country life’ aren’t phrases ...

February/March 2014.

At home with celebrity hairdresser Joh Bailey Armed with a pair of scissors, a hair dryer and an innate talent for making women feel beautiful, Joh Bailey has built a high profile reputation as Australia’s best-known hairdresser, but away from the celeb ...

December 2015/January 2016.

Breathing space The owner of a modern farmhouse explains how it was designed to make the most of a dream property which even has its own creek. The food lover’s farm Brigid Kennedy, the dynamo behind Sydney event venue Simmer on the Bay, has turned her ...

Hedging your best.

Rich soil and reliable rain mean the eight-year-old garden at South Acres is doing so well, its gardener spends more time pruning than planting. John Stowar discovers a beautiful structured garden where hedging plays a starring role When the owners of S ...

Horses with drive.

Carriage driving sounds like a demure pastime, but is an exciting, action-packed sport. James Cockington speaks to Bundanoon carriage drivers Trevor and Sheryl Leibowitz about a sport that, until recently, included Prince Philip as a participant. Carriage ...

home swede home.

Scandinavian influences, thoughtful planning and high-tech gadgets have transformed an ordinary brick farmhouse into a seriously stunning home. Better yet, an outdoor sculpture collection is on view from every room, writes Deborah McIntosh. It’s not oft ...