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Studio Visit

The Haunting, Shadow-Inspired Paintings Of Melbourne Artist Ella Dunn

How the imaginative banter of two children on a set of swings inspired the artist's latest body of work.

Interiors

A Vintage Furniture Collector’s Humble Family Home, Filled With Iconic Pieces

IT engineer Trung Tu's Melbourne home hides an enviable collection of designer furniture and art from different eras!
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Contemporary New Home Grounded In An Earthy, Natural Palette

Inspired by his client's extensive art collection, interior designer Brahman Perera creates a stunning, timeless home.

Homes

An Elegant Art Deco Apartment Rental With Water Views

Jill McCormick's fashionable home for one, in Sydney's dreamy Elizabeth Bay.

Architecture

A Treehouse Companion For An Architecturally-Significant Noosa Home

An innovative 1983 Gabriel Poole house on the same site inspired this new home by Bark Architects embracing the bushy Noosa landscape.
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Art

The NGA’s Cressida Campbell Exhibition Celebrates Her Glorious 40-Year Career

A studio visit with Cressida Campbell, ahead of her exciting survey exhibition at the National Gallery Of Australia.

Shopping

Meet The Business Creating Fully Customisable Furniture Right Here In Melbourne

We visited Zenn Design at their brand-new Melbourne showroom to learn about their bespoke, luxury furniture offerings!
Christina Karras

Architecture

The New Australian Housing Company Creating Customisable Small Homes

Dimensions X aims to be the ‘Tesla of housing’, creating energy-efficient, prefabricated homes that can be assembled in just six weeks.

Art

This Vibrant Exhibition Brings Together Traditional Sculpture + Contemporary Art For A Story On Legacy

Brunswick Street Gallery presents 'Aak Puul: Art From The Wik & Kugu Region'; a bold showcase of the strength of Wik Kugu culture. 

Architecture

An Inside Look At Domain Park: Melbourne’s Revolutionary 1960s Apartment Building

Once the tallest residential building in Melbourne, Robin Boyd's Domain Park (1962) paved the way for a new era of apartment living.

Shopping

Sarah Ellison + Pantone Team Up To Create The 70s-Inspired Sofa Of Our Dreams

Meet Sarah Ellison's luxurious retro-inspired sofa, FLOAT, wrapped in its custom Pantone colour; a rich coffee brown called Piccolo!
Christina Karras

Interiors

How To Embrace Colour + Pattern With Mexican Maximalist-Inspired Style

Interior designer Lauren Li demonstrates how to capture this distinctive holiday vibe in your own home!
Lauren Li

Creative People

A Scientist Turned Interior Designer On Why It's Never Too Late To Change Careers

Rebecca Jansma worked in pathology and managed mining laboratories in Tasmania before finding her calling in interior design.
Christina Karras

Homes

An Under-The-Radar Modernist Masterpiece In The Dandenongs

Janine and Sam Harris live in an incredible architectural home on the edge of the Dandenongs, complete with an indoor garden!

Stays

Book Your Stay In This Architectural Home On 25 Acres In Kangaroo Valley

New accommodation The Sticks has been dubbed ‘Kangaroo Valley’s most spectacular home.' Book a holiday at this luxurious property!

Studio Visit

An Artist’s Home Bursting With Her Own Beautiful Golden-Toned Paintings

The Melbourne artist's home has been taken over by her abstract, expressive artworks ahead of her latest solo exhibition!
Christina Karras

Interiors

Before + After: A Dated Sydney Apartment Turned Refined Family Home

A 1960s apartment with uninspiring ‘90s interiors is now a stylish and functional family home by Sequence Studio.

Shopping

Seed Heritage’s New Home Collection Is the Spring Refresh Your Home Needs

Interior stylist Steve Cordony shares how to breathe new life into your home with the help of Seed Heritage's latest Home collection.
Christina Karras

Shopping

15 of TDF's Favourite Independent Design Stores In Melbourne

Ever wondered where we go to shop homewares, gifts, art and more? We've rounded up some of the best local stores we love to visit!
Christina Karras

At Home With Sheridan

A Mediterranean-Inspired Home In Melbourne’s Beverley Hills Flats

A 1930s Melbourne apartment updated on a budget with a hand painted mural upcycled furniture, and playful Sheridan bedding.

Interiors

Before + After: A Gorgeous Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1950s Melbourne Apartment

How Christopher Cassidy and David James project managed the renovation of their tired and mouldy St Kilda East apartment into an inspired ho...

Studio Visit

Meet The Award-Winning Young Ceramicist Making Intriguing Sculptures

Local ceramicist Jess Graham’s organic, 'bulging' creations won two awards last year, and the emerging maker's star is on the rise!
Christina Karras

Shopping

CASTLE’s Latest Range Is The Explosion Of Colour Your Home Needs!

Inject some fun into your home with the homewares brand's new bright and happy collection of bedding, cushions and adorable pjs.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Thornbury Cafe Turned Delightful DIY Home

Sculptor Lucas Wearne of Neighbourhood Studio and social worker Lucy Hyslop bought a gutted cafe and turned it into their charming home!

Stays

Stay In A Converted 1920s Train Carriage In The Otway Ranges

Steam Carriage is a former train carriage turned boutique getaway less than two hours away from Melbourne, filled with old world charm!
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

An Ultra-Sustainable Home On An ‘Undevelopable’ Melbourne Site

Hütt is a Melbourne practice setting a new standard of sustainable residential design, starting with the CEO’s own family home!

Interiors

Former The Block Stars Dan + Dani Reilly Reveal Their Dream Home

Inside the Mornington Peninsula home of Dan and Dani Reilly, former The Block stars and co-founders of Manna Made.

Creative People

Inside KeepCup's ‘Reuse Revolution' + Impressively Sustainable Melbourne HQ

Co-founder Abigail Forsyth shares an inside look at the brand's innovative new Helix range and office, complete with solar power, native gar...
Christina Karras

Stays

Before + After: How This Simple Beach Shack Was Transformed In Just 6 Weeks!

Designer Rachel Collard turned her modest beach shack into a delightful holiday home in just six weeks. Here's how she did it!
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One Room Wonders

A Luxe Parents Retreat Makeover

Watch us transform an under-decorated bedroom into a luxe parent's retreat - with hotel room vibes!

Travel

A Victorian Cottage In The Grampians Filled With History + Charm

Salt Creek Cottage has thoughtfully curated interiors, vintage details and serene views that transport you to another place and time!
Christina Karras

Stays

WIN A Dreamy Tiny House Stay & $500 French Linen Voucher Thanks To In2TheWild and ​​Carlotta + Gee!

​​In2thewild tiny holidays and linen label Carlotta + Gee have teamed up to deliver the ultimate cosy giveaway. Enter here!

Interiors

Dulux Reveals The 'It' Colours + Trends For 2023

The must-have paint colours have been revealed in the annual Dulux Colour Forecast, featuring natural tones and bright, playful hues!
Christina Karras

Homes

Comedian Aurelia St Clair’s Eclectic Melbourne Apartment

The colourful, rented #regularapartment of Melbourne comedian Aurelia St Clair!

Shopping

Mrs Tablescape Has Everything You Need For Your Dream Dinner Party Setup!

Step inside Mrs Tablescape's dreamy new Sydney store, filled with whimsical ceramics, printed linen and and all-things tableware.
Christina Karras

Food

Julia's Fragrant Sticky Pork Ribs With Cabbage Slaw

Get your fingers sticky with Julia Busuttil Nishimura's mouth-watering pork ribs, served with a side of tangy cabbage salad.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Sustainable Homes

A Timber Beach House Inspired By Its Humble Predecessor

An extensive renovation of a Mornington Peninsula beach shack by Agius Scorpo Architects that explores craft and ingenuity.

Studio Visit

Beci Orpin’s Shared Studio Is Just As Colourful + Cheerful As You’d Expect!

Inside the charming studio of Beci Orpin, Ellie King and Hoddle, decked out with all the best things from local makers and creators.

Creative People

The New Melbourne Brand Making Must-Have Minimalist Furniture

Made By Morgen has joined forces with Charles Sandford for a new collection of impeccable and warm wooden furniture.
Christina Karras

Gardens

How This Young Photographer Transformed Her Rambling Coastal Garden In One Week!

With a little help from her friends, photographer Kate Shanasy transformed her jungle of a garden into an entertainer's coastal delight!

Architecture

A Thoughtful Transformation Of A Worker’s Cottage In Richmond

A 'periscope' and clever space-saving joinery enhance this Richmond worker's cottage transformed by Architecture Architecture.

Art

Iwantja Arts Take To New York City, With A ‘Rock N Roll’ Exhibition!

Celebrated Indulkana artists Vincent Namatjira and Kaylene Whiskey spent a week in ‘The Big Apple’ exhibiting their work.

On The Market

A Tonal Ocean Grove Home Among The Gum Trees For Sale!

This builder’s own residence is for sale on the Bellarine Peninsula, featuring impeccable timber detailing and a coastal colour palette.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Noughties Northcote Townhouse Turned Beautiful Family Home

A notice to vacate their previous rental prompted Patrick and Ally Smith to buy a drab 2009 pad, and transform it into an inviting home!

Stays

This Pastel Pink Former Schoolhouse Is One Of Brisbane’s Dreamiest Getaways

Step inside Miss Midgley’s – a 160-year-old building that's been thoughtfully transformed into a serene boutique hotel, with a pool!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Tropical Sydney Tree House Assembled Like A Meccano Set

Perched in the treetops above Palm Beach, this home by CplusC Architectural Workshop delivers everything you'd want in a tree house.

Architecture

An Architect’s Family Home That Embraces The Landscape

A new addition designed by architect and owner-builder Oscar Sainsbury opens his Fairfield home to the Yarra River surrounds.

Studio Visit

The Melbourne Designer Who Found His Niche Making Sculptural + Sustainable Plant Stakes!

Melbourne startup 'Secateur Me Baby' has turned the humble plant stake into something worth smiling about.
Christina Karras

Architecture

Turning Back Time In A Classic Melbourne Brick Home

Agius Scorpo Architects strip a Yarraville, Melbourne house back to basics, revealing and enhancing functional spaces within.

Stays

Escape To An Adorable Country Cottage Overlooking The Grampians

Stoneycroft Cottage features a 1864-built bluestone cottage and converted shearer's quarters, on a picturesque farm in regional Victoria!
Christina Karras

On The Market

A Former Shopfront Turned Architecturally-Designed Home In Coburg Hits The Market

Behind an unassuming facade unfolds a brilliantly designed and sun-filled Coburg home, and it's for sale!

Father's Day Favourites

Elevate Your Dad's Wardrobe This Father's Day With An Epic 20% Off Seed Heritage!

Seed Heritage has everything you need to level up your gift-giving efforts and dad’s personal style - and we have a special 20% offer for
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Inside Elena Strohfeldt's Beautifully Therapeutic Ceramics Practice

How the self taught artist started making ceramics as a way to work through a painful trauma, channeling it into whimsical vessels.
Christina Karras

Father's Day Favourites

Find The Perfect Book For Dad With 20% Off From Hardie Grant Publishing!

From the best barbecuing recipes to epic travel inspiration, you'll find the perfect book for dad in our edit of Hardie Grant Publishing's f...
Christina Karras

Homes

A Historic Melbourne Apartment With Artful, Lived-In Interiors

Interior designer Leigh Ellwood invites us inside her 1930s Beverley Hills apartment in South Yarra.

Shopping

Kip&Co Team Up With Robert Gordon For A Fun-Filled Ceramic Range

The loveable local brands have created a new playful ceramics collection, bringing prints and colour to range of hand-crafted vases!
Christina Karras

Father's Day Favourites

Give Dad A Dose Of (Stylish) Wanderlust With Bespoke Luggage From July!

Gift dad bespoke luggage from our favourite travel brand July and receive a complimentary personalised luggage tag worth $85!

Interiors

How This First-Time Renovator Transformed Her Pint-Sized Melbourne Apartment

A tiny renovation (34 square metres, to be precise) – that packs a big punch!

Father's Day Favourites

Shop Luxurious Outdoor Essentials For Dad With 20% Off The Grampians Goods Co.

This one is for the dads who love camping, picnics, and a hot cocoa by the fire! We've got 20% off The Grampian Goods Co.!
Christina Karras

Father's Day Favourites

Announcing The Design Files Father's Day Favourites 2022!

Find the best gifts for dad and score special deals with our Father's Day Favourites online shopping event!

Interiors

A Majestic Garden House That Transcends Aesthetics

The landscape is the mesmerising star of the show in Garden House by Arent&Pyke and Polly Harbison Design.

At Home With Sheridan

The Minimalist Inner-City Sanctuary Of Skincare Guru James Vivian + Ben Esakoff

A Prahran Edwardian cottage meets a minimalist architectural addition, with exposed materials, an impressive art collection, and textured Sh...

On The Market

For Sale: An Ultimate Sydney Dream Home, With Waterfront Views

This new Balmain family home has it all - a resort-style backyard, swimming pool, gym, steam room, home theatre, and it's for sale!
Christina Karras

Stays

A Serene Architectural Getaway Overlooking Vineyards In Central Victoria

Barfold Estate's new boutique accommodation is the best kept secret in the Heathcote / Kyneton region – for now!

Gardens

A Thoughtful Native Garden Anchoring A ‘Floating’ Home In The Byron Hinterland

Explore the diverse and lush landscaping of Coolamon House, perched on ancient volcano crater with uninterrupted views to the ocean.
Christina Karras

Homes

An Artist’s Spanish Mission Home In Newcastle

The recently-renovated home of artist Annie Everingham and family feels like a piece of California… in Newcastle!

Art

Announcing The Winners Of The 2022 Telstra NATSIAA!

See the winners and finalists from the most prestigious award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the 2022 Telstra NATSIAA!

Interiors

The Colourful, Creative Home Of Adelaide Designers, Daniel + Emma

The renovated home of Daniel To and Emma Aiston is perfectly playful, complete with a charming yellow kitchen, and plenty of personality!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Contemporary Barn-Style Home On A Working West Gippsland Farm

Green Hills Farm owners Neil and Kristy Plumridge share their barn-inspired West Gippsland home designed by Slap Architects.

Food

Julia's Handmade Strozzapreti With Tiny Meatballs

Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares a recipe from her new cookbook 'Around The Table' – an instant family favourite!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

Byron-Based Artist Bianca Pintan's Vividly Colourful World Of Ceramics

The Brazilian-born artist now works and lives in Byron Bay, pushing the boundaries with her bold and bright ceramics.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A New Timber Home Inspired By Music + Performance

Music Box by Multiplicity is a new Elwood, Melbourne home inspired by its musician owner, and the surrounding landscape.

Stays

A Nostalgic Mid-Century Beach Shack On Victoria's Coast

Escape to Miles Away, a dreamy 1950s accomodation in Ocean Grove, filled with retro details and coastal vibes!
Christina Karras

Creative People

Meriam and Yupungathi Man Chris Bassi On Capturing The Nostalgia Of Home

In her latest column Koorie woman Jirra Lulla Harvey visits artist, Meriam and Yupungathi man, Chris Bassi.
Jirra Lulla Harvey

On The Market

A Textile Factory Turned Family Residence Hits The Market

This North Melbourne property has been transformed into a grand family pad over two decades, and it's finally for sale!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Refined Bronte Beach Apartment Rental

The Bronte apartment of Monica Colla and architect Ben Feher is equal parts refined home, design studio, and weekend surf shack!

On The Market

The Most Glamorous 1970s Melbourne Beach House Is For Sale

The 1975 ‘Saade House' designed by modernist architects Holgar & Holgar is for sale in Black Rock.

Art

The Must-See Artists + Galleries At Melbourne’s Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair is returning to Melbourne in September with a spectacular line-up of artists, and we have VIP passes to give away!
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Lucy Hersey Creates Emotive Landscapes With Natural, Homemade Pigments!

Lucy Hersey paints landscapes from her South Gippsland studio, creating her own pigments from natural materials!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Cascading Queenslander Embracing Year-Round Outdoor Living

John Ellway Architect transforms a Brisbane Queenslander with a compact, cascading addition that celebrates outdoor living.

Studio Visit

Artist Meagan Streader Brings Worlds To Life In Epic Light Sculptures

Meagan Streader shares how she creates her spectacular art pieces from her Melbourne studio, and why working with light is like magic!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Transformed Queenslander That Celebrates Its Undercroft

A renovated Queenslander by Kieron Gait Architects activates its previously underutilised undercroft.

Interiors

A Picture Perfect Heritage Cottage Extension

Design studio Heartly revived this Richmond home with a subtle extension, while preserving its historic charm.
Christina Karras

Family

New Yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins On Her Multicultural Family + Life As A Teenager On Tour

Tsehay Hawkins shares her adoption story and what life's like as a 16-year-old Wiggle!

Shopping

Dinosaur Designs' New Collection Is Inspired By Woodland Landscapes

Dinosaur Designs launches its new Woodland collection featuring traditional resin homewares and jewellery, rendered in earthy tones.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Bright + Happy Family Beach House

The Palm Springs-inspired beach home of Wowhaus artist Kate Jansen and family in Mount Martha.

Interiors

Designer Tamsin Johnson's Historic Family Home, Overlooking Sydney Harbour

Interior designer Tamsin Johnson has transformed this period residence into her dream family home, filled with vintage details.
Christina Karras

Food

Julia's Delicious Apple + Sour Cherry Strudel

From her new book Around The Table (out today!), Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares her nostalgic recipe for strudel - with a sour twist!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Interiors

A Quality Over Quantity Childhood Home Makeover

A renovation of a client's childhood home that champions custom joinery by Amanda Barnett Design.

Studio Visit

Caro Pattle's Plush, Woven Vessels Channel Ancient Artefacts

The Melbourne-based artist uses traditional hand weaving techniques in her spectacular sculptures, reminiscent of ancient relics.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Surprising Extension To A Family Home On A Small Block

C.Kairouz Architects have maximised this Edwardian cottage, creating new spaces in surprising places - like the netted canopy above the livi...
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

Architects Team Up To Ditch Gas In Australian Homes

Leading Australian architects are pushing for all-electric homes. Here's everything you need to know to ditch gas for good.

Stays

Relax In A Hilltop Cabin Overlooking The Blue Mountains

Hilltop Cabin is a cosy new accomodation offering from Logan Brae Retreats, with incredible views across the Blue Mountains.

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life With Cook + Best-Selling Author, Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Join our very own food columnist for a day in her life and a look back at her impressive career – with insights into her latest book!
Christina Karras

Exhibition

Three Artists Celebrate The Natural World In A Tactile New Exhibition

Painter Minna Leunig, ceramicist Monique Robinson, and sculptor Lana Launay explore the world around us in Saint Cloche's latest showcase, '...
Christina Karras

Homes

An Adults Only Terrace, Channelling Mid-Century Party Houses!

The home of Hugh Crothers and Matt Badura playfully champions the couple’s lifestyle and sexuality, eschewing heteronormative ideals withi...

Architecture

A London Mews Meets Brooklyn Loft Home… In Brisbane!

Inspired by the client’s desire for a ‘London mews house mixed with a Brooklyn loft apartment’, the architects built an entirely new h...

Studio Visit

The Captivating Landscape Paintings Of Marina Rolfe

The Melbourne artist and masters student at the Victorian College of the Arts takes us behind her abstract landscapes.
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

A Relocated Edwardian Home Gets A Sustainable Second Chance

Developers Melbourne Vernacular relocated and transformed this Melbourne home into a liveable, 7-star abode in Woodend.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Sympathetic Renovation + Extension Of A Modernist Caulfield Home

'The Bridge House' by Kister Architects successfully bridges old and new in this updated 1970s home.

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First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net