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space for bigger parties, just the other day
we had a 50th birthday there and had a lot of
people in that space."
Not any old lawn, one side is punctuated
by a suite of sculptural spheres.
At the end of the lawn, three Balinese
stone wheels on plinths emerge from the
shade of a large fig tree, providing a primeval
and earthy focal point to the lawn area.
Beside the lawn is the "Flame Tree
Forest", which aims to provide a quiet
contemplation space with two "dancing
seats" (black and pink). e seats are
situated in the centre of the space, which is
" e seats are curved in form and
entwined in their placement, so together
they convey a sense of movement and
rhythm," says Jeremy.
A sculptural focus is also included in
this outdoor room, being a marble wall
(composed of "mammoth slabs of marble
that are cut and composed") that forms a
dramatic backdrop. e "Forest" space also
overlooks a small swimming pool, which
was another must-have for the family.
e "Classical Garden" is a reflection of
the architectural character of the house. is
outdoor room is entered through a vine-
covered pergola and framed by a traditional
ornate timber and wire trellis.
" e garden revolves around the
Emperor's Lounge," says Jeremy. "It's
reminiscent of the detailing of Ancient
Greece or Rome and the seat is a playful
interpretation of an antique divan."
Paying homage to the type of garden
historically associated with Queensland
Homes, the "Cottage Garden" is massed
with old-fashioned, yet hardy, flowering
perennials. A pond filled with water lilies
and goldfish is the centrepiece and is
highlighted by an urn of trickling water.
Despite many gorgeous aspects of the
Ferrier's garden, the most functional space
is where you'll find them most often. e
"Terrace" is shaded by a giant mango tree
and with a built-in barbecue, the space has
become the hub of the family's entertaining.
"We live out there in the summer months
and even in the winter we take a little
fireplace out there," says Jeremy. "Put it this
way, we rarely entertain inside the house!"
It appears the six individual outdoor
rooms provide everything the family
could want, so perhaps Lisa will forgive
Jeremy for the old bathroom
remaining untouched. I
Jeremy Ferrier Landscape Architect,
jeremyferrier.com.au, (07) 3844 0700.
DANCE ALL NIGHT: In Flame Tree Forest, two dancing
seats add colour and a lovely, quiet place to sit. The pool in
the background was a must for the whole Ferrier family.
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