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Welcome to the first issue of Australian Country Homes for 2019. As well as curating a collection of great homes for your reading pleasure, we’ve created accompanying looks pages to help you achieve each design style. We’ve also shone the spotlight on bathrooms in this issue, from the quaint and quirky to the sybaritic sumptuous. As poet and author Sylvia Plath observed in her novel, The Bell Jar: “There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Whenever I’m sad I’m going to die, or so nervous I can’t sleep, or in love with somebody I won’t be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: 'I’ll go take a hot bath’.”
All the stories in this issue include bathrooms where solace may be taken. And in her feature, Bathed in Glory, contributor Daria Kurilo takes you through the essential elements for a beautiful bathroom, from the fixtures and fittings to the pamper products, storage units, towels and even bathrobes for ideal ablutions. As Sylvia Plath goes on to explain, the bathroom can be a haven and a place to set the world to rights, albeit inside your head.
In order for the bath to work its magic she says the water needs to be very hot. “So hot you can barely stand putting your foot in it, she adds. “Then you lower yourself, inch by inch, till the water’s up to your neck. I never feel so much myself as when I’m in a hot bath.” We hope this issue helps you find your temple of calm and plenty of design inspiration as well.
Kirsty McKenzie, Editor