Favourite Spaces to Relax

Favourite Spaces to Relax

Where is your favourite place in your home?

Many of us devote a great deal of our time and energy to our working life, looking to our homes as sanctuaries where we can get away and unwind. How these sanctuaries meet our needs differs from person to person, as evidenced by the following well-known people who took the time to give New Homes a glimpse into their private escapes.
They all love their veg-out TV, a good book and a simple home-cooked meal, but where they each choose to fully relax is where they differ. It is interesting to see they each choose to do this in different parts of the home.

DEAN CLAIRS 
Radio DJ Mix 94.5

My favourite room would have to be my office, which is also my music room. It has music posters and frames, a turntable to play all of my favourite records and way too many CDs and albums. 
It also has my favourite music books and a small desk where I prepare for my morning radio gig. 

MATT TINNEY 
Channel 7 Sunrise Perth Correspondent

Peaceful, inviting and the closest thing to feeling like you’re on holidays – that’s our outdoor room. It’s my favourite place in our home. Technically it’s outside, but Perth’s Mediterranean climate means there’s a blurring of lines. We bought the home from a couple who emigrated from the UK and raised their children here. 
This used to be a sunroom, but before selling the house to us the previous owners removed the big glass panes. We put in travertine tiles, timber decking and screening and big pots of succulents. One of our friends told us, “It feels like Santorini”. My wife Nikki, our kids and cavoodle love hanging out here, whether it’s for Sunday brunch, a barbecue or even recording an episode of my podcast, Good Chat. 

TREVOR COCHRANE 
TV Producer and garden expert

There are few things as relaxing and rewarding after a hard day at work as taking the shoes off and standing barefoot in the veggie patch with a garden hose in one hand and a cold beer or crispy cold glass of Western Australian wine in the other. 
Harvest is always so much fun. The kids love filling a basket full of fruit and veg for dinner, and then it’s off to my other favourite place in the house, the kitchen. We have a huge central granite cooktop to allow my wife Shiori and I to share cooking duties. It’s these things that make it as special as it gets.

SIMON GREENLAW 
Pindan Homes General Manager 

My favourite place in my home is the front verandah. I enjoy sitting out there all year round, come rain, hail or shine.
I enjoy watching the planes come in to land at Perth Airport and love it at night when you can see the lights of up to three planes banked up, all coming in for their approach. I am still in awe of the A380 as it comes in to land every evening.
I enjoy watching the lightning off into the distance when the storm clouds roll off the coast, and I enjoy the sound of the rain on the tin roof. The verandah is a great place to sit and watch the world go by and clear my head.
Simon Greenlaw’s verandah is a great place to watch planes landing. Simon Greenlaw’s verandah is a great place to watch planes landing.

DAMIAN COLLINS 
REIWA President

I’m fortunate enough to live in Cottesloe and enjoy the beaches and parks that 
it has to offer. My favourite place in my home is definitely our outdoor entertaining area. We’ve got a barbecue, lounge chairs and a pool for the kids to play in.
The area has complete privacy and it’s great to sit out there with friends and family and enjoy a glass of wine and a barbecue on a balmy summer night. If it’s particularly warm, sometimes we will walk down to the beach and watch the sunset setting over the ocean. We definitely love our home.

EAMON SULLIVAN 
Ex Olympic Swimmer, 
Restaurateur, Bib & Tucker, May St Larder

My favourite place at home is my TV room – it sounds bad, but it is the time of day where I get to completely shut off. I only get to do it once or twice a week, but my phone goes automatically to ‘do not disturb’ mode at 8pm. 
By then my son is in bed and usually (fingers crossed) dinner is cooked and we have cleaned the kitchen. This is when I just want to forget the day and focus on relaxing. My wife and I usually eat dinner and watch one episode of something on Netflix, then get into bed and read. 

 
Source: The West Australian- Jack McGill