Michelle has the work-life balance down to a fine art, living with her family near the beach and running her successful PR company from a home office that’s ablaze with colour from the photographic mural by Aussie Murals.


This well-known mansion in the Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill has seen many changes since its construction 40 years ago. Now the Del-Ben family has given it a dramatic makeover with spectacular results. ‘Chateau de Benelong’ is instantly recognisable to those who have lived in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for any length of time. With its towering white pillars, it is something of an icon in the city.

Tess Lloyd, a co-designer of the sustainable jewellery and homewares label, Polli, has turned her inner-city abode into a designer haven.

The owners of this striking modern abode knew what they wanted – right down to its overall style.

“Our previous home was based on the ones to be found in the Greek islands,” the lady of the house declares, adding this was because her family comes from that idyllic area and the distinctive look was dear to her. Their new one, however, couldn’t be more different. “It was my husband’s turn,” she smiles, “and as he is from South Africa, he wanted a strong African feel to it.”


Cherie Barber is widely known as Australia’s Renovation Queen™, so it’s not surprising that her own lovely Balmain home has been meticulously renovated.

Cherie Barber knows a thing or two about renovating, so when she saw a crumbling old shack, this seasoned pro knew it could be transformed into a bright, modern home.

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