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AT HOME WITH
When I first ask Murray and
Sue Bailey, owners of Baileys
and Cocoon in Subiaco, what
makes their house a home,
Sue answers without hesitation.
"Murray!" she says.
Which is lucky, considering they have
upped sticks 18 times together, living in their
fair share of different abodes.
Sue was a real estate agent before working
in the couple's furniture and interior's
business and admits there was a time her
husband was scared to come home.
"Being in the real estate industry, we
regularly bought new homes and renovated
them," says Sue. "Murray would be scared to
come home in case there was a 'for sale' sign
out front -- but I always say a busy husband is
a happy husband."
And Murray certainly will be kept busy;
their new home is on just over half a hectare
in Bouvard, about 30km south of Mandurah,
yet Murray still travels to work in Subiaco
five days a week.
"We originally came down here just for
the weekend," says Murray. "I'd leave the
shop at 5pm on a Saturday and I'd be driving
down thinking -- why on earth would people
want to drive this distance every day?"
Before selling their previous home in
Shenton Park, the couple decided to live
there for three months to see if the distance
would be a problem.
" e freeway has made a difference, but
it's still a horror in the peak," says Murray.
"It's half an hour quicker on the train, so
I drive to Mandurah and sit on the train
reading a book -- I've finally got used to
the etiquette now, you sit down and ignore
people, it's amazing."
Despite berating Murray for complaining
about the traffic ("Sue said to me once
'Murray we're going to be living down here
for a long time, I don't want to hear about the
traffic every time you drive'," he laughs), Sue
also had her concerns about moving away
"Sue's attitude was 'I'm not ready to go
down there and die yet' because in her mind
people went down there to retire," says
Murray. "Sue's a real city slicker, but she
loves it down here and is a bit of the pain
when she has to head back to Perth."
It isn't hard to imagine why Sue has
adapted quickly to her new surrounds; the
New Zealand-style house is filled with bright
and breezy with wide, sliding doors allowing
plenty of light, an open plan living area that
looks out onto a big deck complete with an
outdoor entertaining area and lap pool.
e main living area was designed around
Murray and Sue's dining table, which has
been in the family 25 years. e circa 1875
timber dining table is no stranger to having
its needs catered for.
"We've actually designed two houses
LAZY DAYS: Sue and Murray spend a lot of time on the deck,
reading the papers, drinking co ee and taking regular dips in the
swimming pool. TABLE MOUNTAIN: (below) Two of the Baileys'
homes have now been designed around the huge circa 1875 timber
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