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If kicking back on your own luxury banana lounge with a cocktail in hand sounds like your kinda thing, you need to get all over the reinvented InterContinental Hotel in Sydney's Double Bay. With a rooftop deck overlooking the harbour and some other very sophisticated inclusions planned for the redevelopment, it's set to be the city's new go-to destination for relaxation and grandeur.

As interiors legend Karen McCartney celebrates the new edition of her book 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses hitting stores, I caught up with her to find out exactly what it is that makes a house iconic - and why she's smitten with Aussie homes.