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around that table," says Murray. " e
previous house, which Sue designed, the
formal lounge was based on that table."
Sue had admired a similar table at a
friend's home, so when the friend spotted
another in an antique shop in Mosman Park,
he rang Sue straight away.
"He knew Sue loved it and luckily it was
still there, the guy had some trouble selling
it because it was just too big for anybody's
house. We think it was built for people with
servants because it's so wide, you can't
stretch over and hand someone on the other
side of the table the salt or pepper," says
Murray. Despite fitting in such a grandiose
table, the couple's current (and final, they
have promised) home was kept to the
"It's a three-bedroom, two-bathroom
home so it's not a big home, but everything
is functional and we live in every space,"
"I always want to keep adding more
rooms," says Sue. "Murray's very disciplined
and I've really had to hold back because
where we're at in life, we really don't need
e house perfectly caters to their needs.
Sue and Murray each have their own
bathroom, as Sue considers it a precious
space she likes to call her own.
"I love my bathroom because it's like
being outside with a huge window letting the
outdoors in," says Sue. "My favourite thing
is a hot bath when it's raining, I open the
windows and it's such a sensory experience."
Murray's bathroom is slightly less
luxurious with just a shower, until you
delve deeper and hear the history behind
"I carried this bone china Chinese general
statue on my lap on the plane home from my
first trip to Shanghai for a trade fair," says
Murray. " e guards are supposed to protect
the home against evil."
After being burgled twice back in Perth,
despite having a dog ("Our last dog Kate
was a golden retriever and didn't care, she
let them in and showed them where the
jewellery was," Murray laughs), the Baileys
felt the need for extra protection.
ey needn't have worried with the latest
additions to the family.
Gus and Archie bark the house down
when I arrive (before lavishing me with
wagging tails and friendly licks).
"We've always had golden retrievers,
this is the first time we've had little dogs,"
says Murray. "Gus is a shitzu-poodle cross
and Archie, the little orange one, is shitzu-
"I always love going into a house where you can tell something about the
people," says Sue. " e expensive houses aren't necessarily the best --
I think as long the house reflects the people in it, it's a successful house."
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