December/January 2022

Including Escape Southern Highlands


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Creative conversion

Retired interior designer Josette Cauchi bought an old church and hall in Robertson in 2017 knowing she’d found the ideal lofty spaces for open plan living. She shows Highlife how she converted the hall into a home, and the church into two accommodation apartments, letting her creativity run wild.

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Attention to detail

Susannah Blaxill’s artistic take on nature has won admirers around the world, including British botanic art collector Shirley Sherwood. In her Mittagong studio, Susannah shows Highlife how she creates her detailed works of flowers, vegetables and nature long past its prime.

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Harmony in the kitchen

Berrima’s best known residents, Jimmy and Jane Barnes, have another string to their bow: both rock the kitchen. The couple tell Highlife about their new cookbook, some family favourites (Thai feasts and charcoal barbecuing) and why they love feeding a crowd.

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Simply irresistible

Jeanne Villani tended and opened her well-known bushland garden in Sydney’s Bayview for 24 years – and then she saw Highdown. She bought the historic Bowral property in 2017 and quickly began rejuvenating its hillside garden. She shows Highlife many special old plants, including camellias and an elm that grows sideways.