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On my visit to Andresen O’Gorman’s Rosebery House in Queensland, I was taken by the intensely immersive experience engendered by both the landscape and the architecture. This is a home that reminds you to live in the moment and enjoy a genuine connection to place.

This Zen-like ambience isn’t limited to standalone houses in luscious rainforest settings. In Melbourne, an apartment renovation by Baracco and Wright Architects has been instilled “with the comforts necessary to enjoy ‘the small pleasures in life.’” This design celebrates domestic rituals and coaxes us to relish the simple moments of daily life.

With so much vying for our attention in this rapidly digitizing world, our need for a private sanctuary in which to recharge and reflect is becoming more and more integral to a balanced existence. Many of the beautiful homes in this issue encourage us to slow down and be present. A timely reminder for all of us!

Katelin Butler, editorial director

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Published online: 28 Mar 2019
Words: Katelin Butler
Images: Adam Gibson, Christopher Frederick Jones, Kasia Werstak, Mindi Cooke, Murray Fredericks, Rory Gardiner


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