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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
  10 hours ago

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.
Lucy Feagins
  18 hours ago

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.

Interiors

A Tonal Sorrento Beach House Inspired By The Italian Coast

This captivating Mornington Peninsula home brings together warm and minimalistic interiors in homage to the owner's Italian heritage.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Look Inside South Yarra’s Magical 1930s Beverley Hills Apartments

Step inside South Yarra's Beverley Hills flats (1935-36) — Melbourne’s best known historical apartment complex.

Shopping

10 Emerging Ceramicists To Add To Your Pottery Collection

The up-and-coming ceramicists across Australia making the sculptures, vases, dishes and homewares we have on our shopping wishlist!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Cheerful Brick Addition To A Weatherboard Home

A sunny brick addition by Olaver Architecture has optimised this Brunswick weatherboard — without extending upwards or losing the entire b...

Shopping

A Thoughtful Quilt Maker’s Fully Recycled Collection With IN BED

Heirloom Quality Supplies and IN BED have collaborated on a sustainable range of six patchwork quilts made from upcycled textiles!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Very Melbourne Share House Rented By Creative Beekeepers!

The sprawling open-plan Fitzroy apartment of beekeepers and artists, Samantha McIntyre and Elsa Bryant.

Gardens

A Serene Courtyard Garden Inside A Spectacular Converted Bakery

This former bakery and corner store turned dream home in Sydney hides a stunning seasonal courtyard by The Garden Social.
Christina Karras

Architecture

An Art Deco Renovation That Champions Brick

A new brick addition by Clare Cousins Architects embraces and extends the character of an art deco home in Melbourne's Glen Iris.

Stays

A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Stay In Tasmania, Created By A Renovating Power Couple

Tasmania's newest accomodation, Sabi, is a beautifully rugged space inspired by wabi-sabi principles located on the Bay of Fires.

Shopping

Inside Ma House Supply Store's ‘Magic' Mix Of Vintage + New Objects

We featured Ben Mooney's eclectic 'Ma House' home earlier this year. Now he's opened up a Collingwood store, selling his curated selection o...
Christina Karras

Art

Stacey Rees' Latest Exhibition Explores Flamboyant Colours + Feminine Forms

Artist Stacey Rees shares insights into her latest exhibition of portraiture, 'Tropic of Capricorn' – on now at Saint Cloche!
Christina Karras

Shopping

David Jones Spotlights New Zealand Designers In A Major New Showcase

The most exciting New Zealand brands (including those never offered in Australia before!) have landed at David Jones for a one-month event.

Interiors

A Delectable Revival Of An Original Sydney Shopfront

YSG nail textured neutrals, interesting accents, and the perfect amount of contrasting colour to create 'Soft Serve' in Sydney's Rozelle.

Interiors

The New Minimalism is Warm Minimalism - And We're On Board!

Minimalism makes a comeback with this warm, textured new look. Interior designer Lauren Li takes us through how to get the look.
Lauren Li

Art

A Reflective Exhibition At Craft Victoria Exploring 'The Everywhen'

Koorie/Yorta Yorta woman Shahn Stewart and Koorie man Eden Fiske of Alchemy Orange have guest-curated an exhibition at Craft Victoria, explo...

Homes

The Charming Fitzroy Rental Of Two Artists

Artists Jordy van den Nieuwendijk and Kate Isobel Scott have made their rented Fitzroy property a warm, eclectic home… without a single st...

Interiors

Josh + Jenna Densten’s Retro RV Renovation

Renovation pros, Josh and Jenna Densten, have transformed an outdated Winnebago Sundancer into the ultimate family holiday home on wheels!

Studio Visit

An Interior Architect’s Impressive Side Hustle - In Ceramics!

Alana Crosby is an interior architect by day – and a ceramicist by night! She's just launched a collection of hand-built ceramic lamps.

Interiors

A ‘Jarring’ Victorian Home Resolved With Colour, Art, + Joinery

A previously mismatched Victorian home in Mosman, NSW, resolved by Ioanna Lennox Interiors with colour, art, and joinery.

Architecture

A Mindful Multi-Generational Family Home In Clifton Hill

The sculptural Esplanade House by Clare Cousins Architects shows how even the most modern builds can respect their heritage surrounds.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Colourful Extension Inspired By Clinker Bricks

Wowowa’s Presto House is a vivid and respectful addition to a 1930s art deco home made from 'clinker' bricks.

Gardens

A Hawthorn Home Enveloped In Dreamy, Layered Gardens

This new family home is brought to life with lush gardens designed by Peachy Green – reminiscent of a flowering ‘woody meadow’!
Christina Karras

Art

Artist Cressida Campbell Is Finally Getting The Spotlight She Deserves

A new exhibition at the NGA brings together more than 140 works from the artist's life and unique practice.

Food

Julia's Irresistible Double Chocolate + Tahini Brownies

Is there anything more irresistible than a brownie? We think not! Especially Julia's, which come with double the chocolate, and a nutty swir...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Shopping

8 Local Creatives Making Furniture That Doubles As Art

Meet our favourite designers and makers pushing the limits of traditional furniture with their sculptural and striking pieces!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Stylist + Podcaster’s Layered, Textured Seaside Home

Kerrie-Ann Jones’ renovated retro pad in Sydney’s southern beaches is a sun-drenched dream home!

Architecture

The Treasure-Filled Sydney Home Of Two Global Art Collectors

House Gezellig by Studio Prineas reflects their clients’ love for modernist design principles and collection of fine art.

Studio Visit

Kuku Yalanji Artist Tiarna Herczeg Creates Colourful Maps Of Country

The emerging artist shares how they found their creative voice and intuitive painting style, as their latest solo show opens in Sydney.
Christina Karras

Creative People

Landscape Studio Ayus Botanical On Creating Calming + Enduring Gardens

The husband-and-wife team of Ayus Botanical share the thoughtful processes behind their lush residential and commercial projects!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Compact + Colourful Extension Of A Fun Family Home

Foomann Architects replaced this Melbourne home's dated extension with a personality-filled renovation, behind a vibrant pink door!
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Mediterranean-Inspired Holiday Home Right On The Water’s Edge

CLO Studios styled the interior of this new Noosa home (dubbed Sky Garden) with earthy tones and pieces by local artists.

Creative People

Artist and Yindjibarndi Elder Wendy Hubert On Mapping Country + Culture

Our new columnist Jirra Lulla Harvey talks to respected Yindjibarndi Elder, artist, Cultural Custodian and linguist, Wendy Hubert about Coun...
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Interiors

A Green New Addition For An Ageing Edwardian Home

Brave New Eco revitalises an existing Brunswick home for multiple generations with a new extension, natural material palette and clever use

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Costume + Production Designer, Catherine Martin

The four-time Oscar winning designer shares insights from her career working alongside husband Baz Luhrmann, and how she helped bring 'Elvis...
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Kelly Thompson’s Playful Preston Showroom Clashes Colour In The Best Way

The clever creative behind online store, Makers’ Mrkt, gives us an inside look at her fun Preston stockroom-turned-store!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Creative Couple’s Loft-Style Pad, With Brooklyn Vibes!

Designer Phi Do and his husband Yaniv Brayer give us a tour through their warehouse-style Richmond townhouse.

Interiors

Two Sleek + Stylish Side-By-Side Homes On One Block!

This dual-occupancy build by Boutique Developments proves developments don't have to be generic, with each unit offering up its own contrast...
Christina Karras

Stays

A Dreamy Getaway With Panoramic Views In The Heart Of Hobart

Edwardian architecture meets a Japanese-style extension at this peaceful Tasmanian retreat, complete with spectacular views of the city, riv...
Christina Karras

Interiors

The 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards Winners!

From Troye Sivan's divine Flack Studio residence to a converted warehouse abode, the industry’s best designers and projects have been reve...
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Timeless Renovation Incorporating Three Eras Of Design History

The Autumn House by Studio Bright unites a Victorian terrace with its 1980s renovation by architect Mick Jörgensen, in one contemporary des...

Creative People

A Cottagecore Folly Buried At The Bottom Of A Grand Garden

Cameron Kimber’s pocket-sized patch contains a folly and a sweet guest cottage mirroring his stately home in the Southern Highlands.

On The Market

Simone Haag's Magical Mid-Century Home Hits The Market

The renowned interior decorator has listed her renovated family home in Ringwood.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Sweeping + Secluded Suburban Home

An old family home in Glen Iris is transformed into a sleek modern haven by Luke Fry.

At Home With Sheridan

Interior Designer Natalie Walton’s Restorative Cottage Escape

'The Still House' is designer Natalie Walton's shed turned self-contained studio, styled to perfection with Sheridan textiles.

Creative People

Helen Redmond’s First Solo Exhibition Explores Light + Modernist Architecture

The artist explores Brutalist and Modernist architecture through her mysterious paintings in a new Melbourne solo show this month.
Christina Karras

Homes

This Rustic Melbourne Apartment Is A Zen Retreat From Inner-City Life

Content creator and creative director Loui Burke has created the perfect rustic retreat in the heart of a bustling CBD.

Sustainable Homes

A Striking Sustainable Family Home In Flinders

Nestled on the Mornington Peninsula, the 7.5-star home proves you don't have to compromise on design when it comes to sustainability.
Christina Karras

Interiors

How To Upcycle A Timber Cabinet Into A Luxe Home Bar

Lucy's step-by-step guide, transforming a timber cabinet into a beautiful home bar, using Feast Watson's range of timber coat and care produ...

Studio Visit

Stained-Glass Artist Poppy Templeton On The Finding The Beauty In A Lost Craft

The Melbourne-based creative shares the intricate process behind her beautiful retro glass art!
Christina Karras

On The Market

A Heritage Home With Tropical Gardens For Sale In Carlton North

This family home pulls together past and present with a taste of 'tropical Queensland', tucked away Melbourne's inner north!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Mid-Century Brisbane Home Redesigned For Modern Life

A subtle renovation by Kin Architects has enhanced this mid-century home, making it functional for years to come.

Architecture

A Compact Wellington Home Built Around A Flowering Internal Courtyard

Spacecraft Architects design a compact home in Wellington, New Zealand, surrounding a cosmos garden in Finally A Court House.

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of ABC Radio Host, Lisa Leong

The host, presenter and author shares the positive affirmations and productivity hacks she uses to get through a busy day in her life.
Christina Karras

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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