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Among the many
furnishings in the
showroom is an
extraordinary dining suite.
Known as the Oxbow,
this stunning setting
is made from a single log of highly figured
180-year-old Otways blackwood. According to
Dunstone Design owner Evan Dunstone, it is
exceptionally rare for a large dining suite -- that
totals 10 chairs and a table - to be made from
solid timber out of one log. The detail timber
used on the Oxbow is a West African timber
called wenge . The dark browns and black of
the wenge emphasises the colour and grain of
the highly figured Otways blackwood. Due to
the rarity of the timber and the renown of the
craftsmen at Dunstone Design, the value of the
suite will surely only appreciate over time. The
Dunstone Design furniture gallery has many
examples of the company's work, from one off
pieces to production pieces like its multi award-
winning and hugely popular Waterfall stool.
DUNSTONE DESIGN A: Cnr Townsville Street
and Albany Street, Fyshwick P: 6280 9093
What makes Benedict House an ideal location
for your business?
When we bought Benedict House we didn't have
any specific intentions for a business but I felt
that it had potential for a business. I bought it
because it had a lovely atmosphere, it still had
a monastic feel and it's a flexible building so it
could be used in a variety of ways. I live on the
premises, I create here, I teach here, I cook here
and now I've written about it.
As a space offering everything from workshops
to high tea, what was the inspiration behind
Firstly, I came here as a painter and I used
one of the larger rooms as a painting studio, I
then expanded to jewellery design, I then set
up a retail gift shop... because I had exhibition
openings and held fashion events here, I slowly
expanded into the food. I put in a commercial
kitchen and established a cafe and then once
I got into the food and people stated asking
about recipes I wrote a book about the food
influences in my life.
What's your favourite recipe in your book Love
of a Laminex Table?
My favourite recipes in the book are the summer
salads. They are another art form because
you're combining so many colours and textures.
I look at the salads visually. I've been painting
pomegranates for many years and now I grow
pomegranates and use them in most salads.
What happens at Saturday Creative Retreat?
Saturday Creative Retreat is designed for
women to withdraw from everyday life, to
withdraw from all their stresses and their
times pressures, to immerse themselves in the
colours, shapes and textures of beads and then
to feel comfortable enough and be encouraged
to design and to create with those colours,
shapes and textures. We serve wine, coffees,
cakes and meals as part of the day where
women can forget their responsibilities.
What materials do you use in your jewellery?
I buy a lot from Italian bead makers, hand
blown glass beads. I don't like to use mass-
produced beads, I like to support the work of
small workshops and artisans.
Address: 39 Isabella Street, Queanbeyan
Phone: 6284 2868
Dressing your windows in
the right way can make or
break a room.
Choosing the right blinds, or
whether to go for curtains or
shutters, is an important part
of any renovation process but
help is on hand if you can't make a
Taking your time to do research is
important to get the look and feel of a
room right, according to a Blind Man
"I would say 80 per cent of people
come to us knowing exactly what
they want because they've done their
research and have a vision for their
room" she said.
"But that leaves 20 per cent who don't
know and we are on hand to help them."
Stylish honeycomb blinds and roller
blinds are among this season's
favourites across Canberra, while
custom-made awning and furnishings
are also popular at The Blind Man
"People choose different things for
every room. Some people want privacy,
some people want a good night's sleep
but then lots of natural light during the
day. Everyone is different."
From plantation shutters to solar view
light filter roller blinds, the breadth and
range of window dressings is impressive
and most companies, including The
Blind Man Company, offer obligation-
free measure and quote for custom
made blinds and curtains.
Also available for those who are
looking for that extra bit of privacy is
window tinting, while enerlogic window
film is available to add to existing
glass to increase insulation.
THE BLIND MAN COMPANY
A: Unit 3, 39-41 Grimwade Street,
Mitchell P: 6241 8887
Kate Shelton describes her
business as a holistic approach
to design. Benedict House, a
former boarding school and
convent, serves as a painting and
jewellery studio, bead shop and
cafe. RACHEL PACKHAM spoke to
Shelton about this hub of activity.
Creating the right image
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