We are HUGE magazine addicts. Unapolagetically - loud and proud - we feel both indulged and inspired by them and retreat to their pages weekly!
One of the highlights of the year for us mag-addicts, is the Top 50 Rooms feature from Australian House & Garden magazine.
Each year, readers can vote for their favourite room but the overall category winners are judged by an esteemed international panel. This year Hotelier and Interior Designer Kit Kemp joined the expert panel (we featured one of her stunning hotels - Ham Yard Hotel in Soho London here).
One of our favourites is the winner of the Best Kitchen category by Mim Design, for a property on the Mornington Peninsula (our stomping ground). We absolutely love the mix of materials (take a look at that limestone island!) - the soft palette and texture achieved. This is one design that is going to stand the test of time.
The strong colour in the rug above centres your eyes to the amazing window and vista beyond - framed by the timber joinery. This extension to a rural Victoria residence won the category Best Indoor Outdoor Category for Luke Stanley Architects.
The overall winner for Room of the Year was taken out by Decus Interiors with the very graphic quality of this Reading Room. The inky blue sofa and jewel like tones in the coffee table add a layer of luxury that draws you into the space.
Marylou Sobel Interior Design were awarded the Best Use of Colour and Soft Furnishings for this sitting room. For a relatively small space the designer has combined wallpaper, fabric, art, three types of flooring (sisal, timber and a rug) to great effect.
Finally, the winner of the Best Bathroom goes to Mr. Mitchell for this timeless bathroom in a classic South Yarra (Melbourne) residence where original features are artfully combined with a contemporary aesthetic.
If you can't get hold of Australian House & Garden Top 50 Rooms edition - for more info on all these plus the rest of the Top 50 Rooms, take a look at the Australian House & Garden site here and hopefully be inspired!