Brrrr – it’s getting cold outside! If you’ve been busy digging out your winter throws, heaters and warm blankets and generally getting your home ready for winter, just remember to keep it bright.
They may not be as well known as our wildlife, beaches and weather as a feature of Australian life, but the terrace houses of Australia’s capital cities are both a beautiful and memorable feature of our cityscapes. Usually made of brick and covered in stucco, these houses, ranging from five stories all the way down to single-story cottages, date from the Victorian (1837–1901) and Edwardian era (1901–1910).
Down a winding road in the hills behind the small town of Berry in country NSW, is a picturesque house, called Indooroopilly. Originally built as a country escape by writer and poet Barbara Blackman (who was previously married to the artist Charles Blackman) and her then partner Marcel Veldhoven (Berry Getaways).
In 2009, American talent Katy Perry received a considerate Christmas gift from her then-boyfriend, actor Russel Brand. Rather than the usual bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates, Brand gave Perry a $3.25 (million) house in the Los Feliz area of LA. Quite a gift, even for a celebrity!
In the next couple of weeks, Australia will be rolling out the red carpet for American stand-up comedian, TV host and actress, Ellen DeGeneres. Before she arrives we thought we would take a peak inside the Malibu home Ellen shares with Australian-born partner Portia de Rossi.