I must confess. I didn't always love plywood. When my husband and I were building our house, plywood was a readily available and relatively inexpensive material. Living in the tropics, we didn't need insulation, so we created purely functional plywood and exposed stud walls. For many years, I reluctantly tolerated their unfinished, rustic...

          Is it just me or does it seem that Australians have taken the design world by storm? They have trademarked an aesthetic of contrasts that just work: modern, rustic, bright, moody, bohemian and polished. In addition, they know how to bring the outdoors in, seamlessly. Every time I go to Bali, I love...