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Stays

A Quaint Miner's Cottage In Dubbo Made For Slowing Down

A sympathetic renovation to a dilapidated 19th century cottage makes it the perfect regional getaway.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Dramatic Riverfront Home In Tasmania

Views of the river, mountains and surrounding vegetation are all cleverly captured in this house at Otago Bay, by Topology Studio.

Textiles

The Mindboggling Artistry Of The Opera House's Nearly-Forgotten Tapestries

In a brand new podcast series, Australian design aficionado Tim Ross takes a closer look at the four enormous textiles by Le Corbusier, John...
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

Two Inspiring Kitchen Transformations - From Affordable Update To Complete Overhaul!

Lauren Li shows us what can be done in two very different kitchen renovations on two different budgets – one tiny, and one rather large!
Lauren Li

Design Eye

Mardi Doherty on The 80’s Revival Interior

From bold colour, to chunky, curvy furniture forms, the 1980s is back, baby! Interior Designer Mardi Doherty gives us her take, in partnersh...

Homes

A Creative Couple's Lovingly Renovated 1950's Home

Lucy Spartalis and Alastair Innes of She Takes Pictures He Makes Films share their renovated 1950s home in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.

Architecture

An Open-Plan Home Partially Inspired By A Hitchcock Film!

Modo Architecture challenge the standard open floor plan in this Melbourne family home – taking partial inspiration from the house featur...
Amelia Barnes

Sustainable Homes

A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused

Rammed earth and recycled timber come together in this creekside Melbourne home by Breathe Architecture.

Art

Intricate Bark Artwork From The 'Top End', On Show At Koskela

'Top End Bugi' at Koskela showcases 36 incredible bark artworks from three art centres in Arnhem Land.

Gardens

A Dreamy, Generous Coastal Garden

This Mollymook property's incredible front garden by Dangar Barin Smith has inadvertently become a local tourist destination.

Shopping

Create Your Own Salon Wall With These Affordable, Vintage-Inspired Artworks

Interior designer and stylist Jono Fleming pioneers a new affordable art alternative, with the launch of his limited-edition, stretched-canv...
Sasha Gattermayr

Art

Announcing The Finalists For The Record-Breaking 2020 Archibald Prize

From 1068 entries, the 55 shortlisted artworks for Australia's most prestigious portraiture prize have been unveiled!

Interiors

The Cosy New Australian-Made Sofa Range, Inspired By Togetherness

Jean-Pierre Biasol talks us through his lush new collection of locally manufactured sofas - inspired by the feeling of companionship!
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Spectacular, Art-Filled Home In Melbourne's Outer Suburbs

Interior design extraordinaire Chelsea Hing conducts a sweeping transformation of this sprawling family home in the Victorian suburb of Park...
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Action-Packed, Compact City Home

A formerly unliveable art deco house in Northcote gets a major overhaul by Rob Kennon Architects.

Homes

A Local Post Office Transformed Into A Meaningful Family Home

How photographer Alexandrena Parker, and carpenter Michael Riseley, turned a rundown former post office in Beaconsfield Upper, Victoria, int...

Building Better

The Best Building Materials For A Sustainable Home

From rammed earth to concrete, which building material is the most environmentally friendly? The answers may surprise you...

Food

Julia's Salmon + Potato Spring Salad With Yoghurt Dressing

A versatile salad of salmon, potatoes and vibrant zesty greens from Julia Busuttil Nishimura.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

The Northern Rivers Ceramicist Crafting Vessels With A Soft Edge

Ceramic designer Layla Cluer shows us around her farmyard workshop in the Byron hinterlands.
Sasha Gattermayr

Creative People

Business Is Blooming For This Idyllic, Family-Owned Flower Farm In NSW

Meet the family of six behind Jonima Flowers, a flower farm in in Yanderra, NSW, on the border of the Southern Highlands.

Studio Visit

Painting Wild, Abstract Scenes With Diana Ellinger

The painter and graphic designer returned from expat life in Mumbai due to the onset of the pandemic at the beginning of the year - and now
Sasha Gattermayr

Dream Job

Taking The Opera House Online With Digital Programming Associate, Sophie Penkethman-Young

An inside look at what it's like to help produce digital events for one of Australia's most important cultural institutions!

TDF Design Awards

These Australian Designers Are Changing The Textile Industry

Which one of these innovative textile design projects will take out the 2020 The Design Files + Laminex Design Award?

Gardens

A Powerful Landscape Of Earth And Sea

Landscape architect Jane Irwin creates a surprising yet understated clifftop garden in Sydney.
Sasha Gattermayr

Creative People

A First Look at Knit! - A Global Textile Exhibition Showcasing Extreme Creativity

Australian designers Adam Goodrum and Benja Harvey are part of this Danish design initiative - and you don't have to go to Copenhagen to see...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

An Artist's Thoroughly Sophisticated Brisbane Rental

Decorated with vintage furniture, treasured artwork and handmade ceramics, potter Nicolette Johnson and web designer Tom Dawson share their

Architecture

Two Best Friends Create A Spacious Contemporary Apartment In A Former Chocolate Factory

Lighting designer Jess Perry and Michael Roper of Architecture Architecture collaborate on a contemporary apartment in one of Fitzroy’s mo...
Sasha Gattermayr

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents 'I've Missed You, But Not That Much' By Emma Currie

The Melbourne-based artist's solo show elegantly balances abstraction with figurative forms, and it launches online today!

Architecture

An Architect’s Own Momentous Home, Buried In The Tasmanian Bushland

This modular, totally moveable home by architecture firm Archier is a feat of local craftsmanship.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Victorian Terrace Gets A Chic New Lease On Life!

Bespoke joinery and designer furniture gives this Victorian terrace in South Yarra a totally new identity, perfectly complementing the owner...

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Rae Johnston, Trailblazing TV Journalist And Organisation Super-Woman!

We follow the groundbreaking NITV & SBS science and tech reporter and proud Wiradjuri woman around for a day, to learn just how she gets it
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Compact Heritage Bungalow Becomes A Functional Family Home

Interior designer Georgie Shepherd maximises every square inch, in this sleek renovation of a 1920s bungalow in Adelaide.
Sasha Gattermayr

Creative People

A Landmark Collaboration Between Bábbarra Women's Centre x Kip&Co

After two years of development, the Bábbarra Women’s Centre x Kip&Co collaborative collection is finally ready for the world to see!

Creative People

Meet The Emerging Artist Using An Unexpected Year, To Make Unexpected Objects

Melbourne-based artist Lucy Tolan shares her new collection of wonderfully wobbly ceramic objects + what it’s like to be a full-time artis...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Collingwood Warehouse Transformed With Paint + Plants

Artist Ellen Porteus and Ryan Klewer of Plant Charmer share their colourful Collingwood warehouse home!

Architecture

A California-Style Summer House In A League Of Its Own

A serene contemporary home by Pandolfini in Sorrento combines modernist Palm Springs with seaside Santorini vibes.
Sasha Gattermayr

Sustainable Homes

This Sustainable Apartment Is A Little Slice Of LA, In Melbourne!

Illustrator Samantha Curcio and primary school teacher David Waddell share their sleek, sustainable and personality-filled North Fitzroy apa...

Interiors

The Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 Is All About Soothing Shades

Amid the turmoil of 2020, the industry-leading annual colour forecast puts forward a palette emphasising comfort, security, and optimism.
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

A Converted Dairy At One With Its Roots

Named after a Paul Kelly song, the Firewood + Candles project by Rachcoff Vella transforms the interiors of a derelict tin shed into a quain...
Sasha Gattermayr

Sustainable Design

Creating Alternative Food Systems With Melbourne Food Hub

We visit Melbourne Food Hub's urban farm in Alphington to learn more about their Grow/ Source/ Eat program - a subscription-based delivery s...
Sasha Gattermayr

TDF Design Awards

Australia’s Most Stunning Gardens, Revealed!

From rugged coastal gardens, to historic suburban estates and family backyards, take a closer look at the 11 Landscape Design finalists of t...

Architecture

A Historical-Style Beach House That Expands With The Seasons

The Township Residence by Wolveridge is a new home, fully informed by Sorrento’s traditional vernacular.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

12 Of The Most Fabulous Floor Lamps

Lighting is THE key ingredient in creating a warm and inviting at-home atmosphere. Our resident interiors expert Lauren Li shares her favour...
Lauren Li

Gardens

A Luscious Inner Suburban Garden With An Enormous Ethereal Lagoon (In Northcote!)

Sam Cox Landscape transcends time and place with his designs for a harmonious green extension (and a jaw-dropping poo!l) to this rolling inn...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

An Art-Filled Melbourne Family Home, With Santorini Vibes!

Artist and interior decorator Phoebe Rolleston, and husband George Rolleston, share their relaxed and elegant family home in Glen Iris.

Design Eye

Jean-Pierre Biasol On The Modern Classic Interior

Award winning Melbourne designer Jean-Pierre Biasol shares his design wisdom - and introduces us to heritage Austrian brand, Wittmann, avail...

Food

Two Recipes From Julia Busuttil Nishimura's New Cookbook, Out Now!

'A Year Of Simple Family Food' has FINALLY arrived! Today we share recipes for soba salad and pork gyoza, from this instant classic!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Art

Sam Michelle's Realist Still-Lifes Capture The Beauty Of Two Landscapes

The New Zealand-born artist explores her dual citizenship and the pull between the two countries she calls home, in her upcoming exhibition
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

A Harry Seidler Apartment Renovation That Champions The Arts

An apartment in one of Brisbane's iconic buildings has been thoughtfully updated by interior designer Alicia Holgar, with an emphasis on bes...
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

A Contemporary Update For This California Bungalow In Sydney

A Californian bungalow receives a soft, understated interior makeover by Sydney interior design firm, Bone Made.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

4 Big Ideas For Small Spaces

From storage to styling (no, you don't have to be a minimalist), we bring you the best tips and tricks for making the most of a tight spot!

TDF Design Awards

These 12 Innovators Are Forging The Path For Sustainable Design In Australia

From sunglasses made from 100% ocean waste, to lighting created using discarded phone screens, these are the impressive Sustainable Design f...
Lucy Feagins

Architecture

A Toowoomba Family Home, Designed To Transcend Time

The long awaited second project of architect Jesse Bennett is now complete!

Building Better

How To Approach Interior Design, Sustainably!

From choosing the right materials, to improving energy efficiency, here’s everything you need to know about sustainable interior design -

Homes

A True Family Home, Passed Down Over Generations

The 1923 Moonee Ponds home of Martin and Jennifer Tighe has been passed down over generations, and features two former dairy buildings and a...

Architecture

A Light-Filled Forever Home With A Uniquely Australian Outlook

Architects Ink design a striking, contemporary home around two ancient sugar gums, in South Australia.
Sasha Gattermayr

Food

The Ultimate Working From Home Salad

Sweet and crispy roasted Brussels sprouts, toasted hazelnuts and tart apple makes this the perfect late winter lunch!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

Meet Sydney's Newest Furniture Maker, Architect-Turned-Designer Jun Kim

Jun Kim is a multidisciplinary designer making handcrafted furniture under his new brand - Oure.
Sasha Gattermayr

Gardens

A Swedish-Inspired Garden In Suburban Melbourne!

Landscape designer Penny Starr creates a garden for all seasons, for a young family in Rosanna, Victoria.

Father's Day Favourites

Shop Brilliant Basics + Accessories For Father's Day - With An Exclusive Discount From Country Road!

The last instalment of our week-long gift guide of PERFECT Father's Day products!
Lucy Feagins

Family

Cormach Evans and Coco Eke On Aboriginal Excellence, Pandemic Parenting And Their No Dickheads Policy

We visit the inspiring pair of not-for-profit leaders and their young family at home on the sun-soaked shores of Jan Juc.
Ashe Davenport

Father's Day Favourites

Sleek Luggage + Carry-All Bags For The Travel-Yearning Dad - With This Special Offer From July!

As part of our Father’s Day Favourites shoppable gift guide, we’re taking a closer look at this brilliant new local luggage brand!
Lucy Feagins

Architecture

An Architect’s 'Treehouse' In The Heart Of Bronte

Madeleine Blanchfield transforms a narrow, vertiginous site in Sydney's eastern beaches into her own slice of serenity.
Sasha Gattermayr

Father's Day Favourites

Shop Slick Homewares, Lamps + Designer Accessories For Father's Day With 10% Off From Cult!

Browse cult-status kitchenware and slick home accessories in this edit of sure-fire Father's Day hits from one of Australia's most iconic de...
Lucy Feagins

Homes

A European-Style, Beachside Melbourne Apartment!

The 1920s St Kilda apartment of friends John Wares and Peter Papadopoulos has been completely reconfigured in a beautiful renovation.

Father's Day Favourites

Browse These Father's Day Favourites With 25% Off Thames & Hudson Australia!

From iconic local architecture to nontraditional takes on Australian history, browse our top picks for Dad, with 25% off from Thames & Hudso...
Lucy Feagins

Art

The Winners Of The 2020 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

We share highlights and winners from the country's most anticipated award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists!

Studio Visit

Entering Lost Worlds With Oh Hey Grace Ceramics

Ceramicist Grace Brown explores dystopian landscapes and fallen civilisations in her debut solo show in Kyneton.
Sasha Gattermayr

Father's Day Favourites

Announcing... The Design Files Father's Day Favourites!

We're making Father's Day easy with our first ever SHOPPABLE gift guide! Shop gift ideas from four Dad-worthy brands - and score special dis...
Lucy Feagins

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Fred’s Head Chef, Danielle Alvarez

Follow the daily routine of Danielle Alvarez, head chef of the renowned Paddington restaurant, Fred's!

TDF Design Awards

These Emerging Designers Are The Next Big Things!

Introducing the 8 showstopping finalists in the Emerging Designer category of The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020!
Lucy Feagins

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents 'Portalis' By Hannah Nowlan

A series of 15 richly textured paintings exploring retreat, regeneration and the rapidly changing world around us from the talented Victoria...

Art

Sally Anderson's New Works Explore 'Home' As Landscape, In A Pandemic Age

The NSW-based artist's new exhibition explores the poetry of everyday spaces.
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

The Colourful Family Home Of Fenton & Fenton Owner, Lucy Fenton!

The Malvern home of Lucy Fenton, owner of Fenton & Fenton, is a vibrant, eclectic and thoroughly sunshine-y space!

Architecture

A Sorrento Beach House Devoted To Its Modernist Past

Cera Stribley architects bring this 1960s delight into the 21st century, with careful restraint.
Sasha Gattermayr

Sustainable Homes

An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home

In this country Victoria project, MRTN Architects prove even the coldest period houses can be updated to achieve incredible sustainability s...

Mid-Century Modern

This Modernist House Has The Best Lounge We’ve EVER Seen, And It’s On The Market

Alongside ocean views, this 1975 modernist homestead contains a feature pond and a pink Italian marble bathroom!
Sasha Gattermayr

Food

Learn From Free To Feed's Favourite Cooking Instructors, In The Comfort Of Your Own Home!

Learn how to cook a delicious Persian feast at home with All Together Now, a new community cooking initiative from the beloved Melbourne-bas...
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Kitchens

Kennedy Nolan Design The Quintessential Modern Australian Kitchen, With Laminex

The award-winning Australian architecture practice collaborate with Laminex to create two clever contemporary kitchens.

On The Market

A Rare Mid-Century Gem Near Heide Is For Sale!

This Bauhaus-influenced family home in Eaglemont was built in 1966 - and boasts some serious mid-century credentials!
Sasha Gattermayr

Dream Job

Reporting The News In 2020, With Sydney-Based New York Times Journalist Isabella Kwai

How the young journalist scored this dream gig, and what it's like working for one of the world's biggest news organisations in what has bee...

TDF Design Awards

Australia’s Most Inspiring New Furniture Designs, From The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2020!

From a modular sofa to a cabinet inspired by musical notes, these 14 finalists represent the best furniture designers in the country right n...

Interiors

So What's The Deal With Textured Walls?

Wondering why it seems like all the coolest houses right now look like a Mediterranean villa? Lauren Li schools us on this interior design t...
Lauren Li

Furniture

Swoon-Worthy Coffee Tables From Studio Mignone

Adelaide-based couple Aldo Mignone and Isabella Wood started their slow furniture business in 2018 - and are now making Instagram's next fav...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

The Delightful Home Of The Design Files’ Managing Editor, Sally Tabart!

Take a tour of The Design Files' managing editor, Sally Tabart, and partner Jeremy's, wonderful 1920s Thornbury home!

Shopping

Rachel Castle Adds Luscious Bath Towels To Her Kingdom Of Colourful Homewares!

The queen of sunshine dishes up a heavenly collection of colourful bath towels! Handmade from 100% cotton and love.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Sophisticated, Modern Day Treehouse

A garden-immersed extension by Archier has turned this Victorian home in Coburg into a modern day treehouse.

Architecture

An Ocean-Side Sanctuary Designed To Age Gracefully

This awe-inspiring Ocean Grove house by Auhaus Architecture is a warm but robust home, designed to withstand ferocious weather conditions.
Sasha Gattermayr

Gardens

Winter Garden Tips With Phillip Withers!

The legendary local Landscape Designer gives us his top tips for your garden in the tail end winter, in preparation for spring!
Phillip Withers

Architecture

The Complete Restoration Of An 1842 Tasmanian Cottage

An 1842 Georgian sandstone cottage in Oatlands, Tasmania, has been rescued from ruin and restored by Taylor and Hinds Architects.

Gardens

An Earthy, Low Maintenance Garden In Victoria’s Macedon Ranges

Kathleen Murphy Landscape Design creates a robust yet welcoming garden that is contemporary in design, and responsive to its conditions. 

Design Eye

Kerry Phelan on The 'WOW' Factor Couch

Interior Designer Kerry Phelan of KPDO gives us the low-down on one of her favourite classic design pieces, the de Sede DS-600 sofa.

Architecture

An Expertly Renovated 1930s Home + Lush Garden

A 1930s Malvern house is transformed with a new concrete addition by Taylor Knights, and stunning garden by Ben Scott Garden Design.

Studio Visit

Coco Flip Celebrates 10 Years In The Biz With A New Showroom!

Furniture and lighting designer Kate Stokes reflects on a decade operating her small business - and shares a peek inside Coco Flip's new Nor...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Creative Family’s Inner-City Converted Warehouse

This design-filled warehouse in Melbourne is home to Lightly founder Cindy-Lee Davies, her husband Willie, and their adorable son Teal!

Building Better

Everything You Need To Know About Installing Solar

The complete beginner's guide to installing solar power at home.

Architecture

A Breezy Waterside Oasis, Designed For Multi-Generational Living

Owner-architect Emili Fox of Fox Johnston transforms a derelict dwelling into her own light-filled family home in Sydney's Birchgrove.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

The Most Stylish Early Learning Centre We've Ever Seen!

Sign us up to this totally bespoke early learning centre in Richmond, by acclaimed interior designer Danielle Brustman - designed with a stu...
Sasha Gattermayr

TDF Design Awards

The Outstanding Interior Design Finalists In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2020

These 14 residential interior design projects will blow you away!
Lucy Feagins

Art

Sunday Salon Is A New Affordable Art Platform Curating Local Talent

Mirka Mora’s granddaughter, Lily Mora, launches a new online art platform for emerging Australian artists.
Sasha Gattermayr

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