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Architecture

A Classic Victorian Terrace, Reimagined As Three Light-Filled Pavilions

A series of mews-like buildings designed by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design have expanded this Fitzroy home for added light, air and space...
Amelia Barnes
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Homes

An Incredible 1896 Waterfront House, Accessible Only By Boat

Garden designer Richard Unsworth shares ‘Trincomalee’ – his magical 1896 waterfront home in northern Sydney, accessible only by boat.

Architecture

A Traditional Queenslander Turned Multigenerational, Japanese-Inspired Home

Arcke architects lifted this Queenslander to accommodate a two-bedroom apartment underneath, and provide better connections to the outdoors

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life With Trailblazing Curator, Shonae Hobson

Inside the day of Kaantju woman and curator of Indigenous art at the NGV, Shonae Hobson!

Stays

Stay Off-Grid In A Tiny House, Or Restored 1890s Hut, On The One NSW Property!

Escape to one of two tiny houses or a restored 1890 hut at Wildernest, located on the edge of the NSW Southern Highlands.

Architecture

A Minimal Intervention Weatherboard Home Makeover

A Seddon weatherboard renovation by Circle Studio Architects that doesn’t erase its past, but firmly enhances its future.

Shopping

The Ultimate Outdoor Furniture Guide

From sleek and chic to fun and playful, here are four different schemes for the outdoor dining situation of your dreams!

Words From The Wise

Pushing Against The Status Quo As A Creative Professional, With Designer Timothy Moore

Sibling Architecture director and co-founder Timothy Moore shares refreshing advice about embarking on a career in architecture and design -...
Haroula Karapanagiotidis

Homes

The Experimental Melbourne Home Of Two Artists

The 'warped maximalist colour feast' home of artists Nabilah Nordin and Nick Modrzewski in Newport, Melbourne.

On The Market

The Perfect Mid-Century, NSW South Coast Beach House Is For Sale

This mid-century Mollymook Beach house is perfect in its proportions, feel and water views... and it's on the market!

Studio Visit

The Graduate Designer Pushing The Limits Of Traditional Furniture Design

Brigitte Owers-Buccianti is the designer behind Real Non-Real, an exciting new practice making multi-functional furniture pieces.

Family

Artist Miranda Skoczek On Single Parenting, Smelling The Roses + Spontaneity

Artist Miranda Skoczek shares her multigenerational family life in the Dandenongs with son Harper and aunt Margaret.

Creative People

Creating Original, Ever-Changing Gardens With Kep Horticulture’s Andy Kepitis

Kep Horticulture founder Andy Kepitis talks how to create dynamic gardens, and his aversion to 'certain' plant palettes!

Homes

Designer Anna Spiro’s Heavenly Island Home

The celebrated interior designer shares her relaxed yet luxurious Minjerribah/North Stradbroke holiday house.

Food

Julia's Herby Prawn Mayo Sandwiches

Julia Busuttil Nishimura serves up the ultimate summer sanga. YUM!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Gardens

Heide Museum’s Enchanting New Healing Garden

Heide Museum of Modern Art opens a new healing garden – a therapeutic space to benefit the mind, soul, and body.

Creative People

Seven Standout Emerging Creatives of 2021

Discovering talented new creatives is our favourite thing we do – here are the artists, designers and makers who got us talking in 2021.

Food

The Tastiest Recipes Of 2021

From savoury galettes to triple tiered vanilla sponges with craem and lemon curd, these are our five most popular recipes of last year.

Tiny Homes

The Most Inspiring Tiny Homes Of 2021

From converted shipping containers to prefabricated dwellings available for purchase, these were our favourite tiny houses of 2021.

Architecture

9 Outrageously Beautiful Australian Coastal Homes

From humble shacks, to architectural masterpieces, these are our favourite beachside homes of 2021!

Stays

The Most Dreamy Getaway Spots Of 2021

From beach shacks on Stradbroke Island to a Blue Mountains weekender that floats among the clouds, these are the hottest holiday spots of la...

Homes

The Top Five Apartments Of 2021!

From a tree-top art deco flat filled to an interior designer’s personalised Bondi pad, these are our favourite apartments of the year!

Roundup

The Top 10 Architect-Designed Homes Of 2021

The Design Files' most-read architecture features of 2021 - these 10 houses are cream of the crop in Australian residential design!

Mid-Century Modern

The Most Memorable Midcentury Homes Of 2021

The top homes we toured in 2021 from this iconic design era!

Gardens

8 Glorious Gardens That Blew Us Away This Year

From a magical hidden flower garden to a rambling plot that has evolved over a lifetime, these are the best gardens we featured this year.

Homes

The Design Files' Top Ten Australian Homes Of 2021

It’s official – these were our most popular Australian homes stories of 2021!

Architecture

An 1800s Stable Turned Contemporary Home Connected To Bushland, History + Family

Sibling Architecture director Qianyi Lim and her sister are converting an 1800s cottage and brick stables into two family homes in Forest Lo...

Shopping

New Holiday Table Linen That Will Take You Straight To Summer!

Bonnie and Neil teamed up with CLO Studios for the ultimate seaside-inspired summer collection of table-cloths, napkins, cushions + more.

Homes

A Delightfully Cheerful Melbourne Family Home

Artist Madeleine Stamer's bayside Melbourne family home is filled with colourful art, vintage furniture, and treasures by local makers.

Creative People

An Illustrator’s Delicate Wallpaper That Looks Like Art

Sarah Hingle's hand-drawn textiles and wallpapers are designed in Burleigh Heads, QLD and manufactured locally under her brand, 'These Walls...

Gardens

A Rambling Garlic + Dahlia Farm In The New South Wales Hills

Tenterfield Creek Organics is a productive farm, a Mediterranean-inspired garden, a yoga retreat (!) - and home to lifelong gardener Rose Ha...

Architecture

A Spectacular Central Otago Home That Retreats Into The Landscape

On an exposed Central Otago, New Zealand site with historic mining tailings lies Black Quail – a breathtaking new home designed by Bergend...

Studio Visit

Inside The Delicious, Uncanny World Of Painter Emma Creasey

The emerging artist invites us into her studio to learn more about her narrative-fulled, distinctive painting style.

Art

An Epic New Exhibition Celebrating The Women Bark Painters Of Arnhem Land

A conversation with Myles Russell-Cook, Curator of Indigenous Art at NGV, about 'Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala', which is on now...

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Food Entrepreneur + Media Mogul, Marion Grasby

The internet-famous chef, author, product developer and media mogul (of Masterchef Australia acclaim!) takes us behind the scenes of her ube...

Interiors

A Peachy, Beachy Apartment On The Sunshine Coast

CG Design Studio gives this Mediterranean-style pad on the Sunshine Coast from the late 80s an aesthetic update!

Shopping

Excellent Ideas For The Ultimate Stylish Summer Dining Table

Up your entertaining game with these on-trend tablescaping ideas, filled with pieces from local creatives!

Shopping

Fill Up Your Fruit Bowl With These Remarkably Lifelike Candles From Nonna's Grocer!

Inspired by her great grandparents' grocery store, Madeleine Hoy creates fruit and veg candles that look exactly like the real deal!

Homes

A New Era For Melbourne’s Iconic Featherston House, Designed By Robin Boyd

A sensitive update to one of Melbourne’s most architecturally significant homes, weaving together past, present and future.

Interiors

An Inspiring Renovation Of A Post-War Melbourne Home

Director of Maike Design, Mairead Murphy, saved a post-war Brunswick East house from demolition, and transformed it into her beautiful famil...

Interiors

A London-Inspired Victorian Terrace With 'New Classic' Charm

Interior architect Sophie Davies transforms this 19th-century Melbourne residence into a contemporary family home in a New Classic style. It...

Architecture

A Fremantle Home Addition Immersed In Nature

Over a 12 year period, Simon Pendal Architect extended this 1940s Fremantle home with a series of ‘cave-like chambers' and luscious garden...

Creative People

Making Accessible Gardens That Enhance Your Life, With Miniscapes!

Clea Cregan of Miniscape Projects is passionate about creating green spaces that offer a powerful remedy to the stresses of modern life.

Architecture

A Perfectly Proportioned Marrickville House

The Marrickville House by Aileen Sage sees a sympathetic renovation of a heritage home turned from dilapidated to luminous!
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One Room Wonders

A Timeless Heritage Bedroom Makeover

It's our final room makeover in this series! Watch us transform this traditional bedroom in a heritage home.

Architecture

A Dreamy Interior Update For A Coastal Summer House

Arent&Pyke steered clear of the typical beach-house aesthetic when creating this layered holiday house in Palm Beach, NSW.

Words From The Wise

Finding Your Groove In A Creative Career With Artist + Professor Callum Morton

Renowned artist Callum Morton's brilliant wisdom for emerging artists and creatives - in partnership with Monash University.
Grace Slonim

Interiors

Interior Stylist Steve Cordony’s 19th Century Country Home

Inside Rosedale Farm – the restored 1877 country property of interior stylist Steve Cordony and Michael Booth in Orange, NSW.

Homes

Poppy Lissiman + Harrison Kennedy’s Fashionably Rustic Fremantle Home

The renovated Tuscan villa-style home of fashion designer Poppy Lissiman and Harrison Kennedy in Fremantle.

Architecture

A Quietly Robust Brunswick Home That Fits Together Like A Puzzle

Brunswick House is a quietly robust project by Placement Studio, utilising joinery that fits together like a puzzle to cleverly define rooms...

Food

Julia's Summery Mango And Passionfruit Semifreddo

Summer festivities are upon us and as usual, Julia Busuttil Nishimura's got us covered!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Shopping

An Impeccably Styled Showroom For Vintage Furniture Opens In Essendon

LH Design Hub has recently opened the doors to their new by-appointment shopfront, a constantly evolving showcase of secondhand treasures.

Architecture

A New Chapter For An Eclectic 100-Year-Old Cottage

A subtle update to an eclectic 100-year-old cottage in Ivanhoe, designed by Inbetween Architecture.

Architecture

A Japanese-Inspired Heritage Home Transformation

Ha Architecture overcame heritage restrictions to transform this Hawthorn home into a Japanese-inspired tranquil space.

Family

Finding Harmony In Life, Business And Family, With Meg Tanaka Of CIBI

CIBI's Meg Tanaka on growing up in Japan, running a family business with three young boys, and living life the CIBI way.

On The Market

Victorian Charm Meets Dramatic Modern Luxury In This Princes Hill Home For Sale

Featuring so many modern, custom made elements, every room in this house has its own distinct personality!

Shopping

11 Curated, Independent Homewares Stores We're Obsessed With!

The gifting season is upon us, but these local stores have an impeccable selection of items all year round!

Architecture

A Breathtaking Coastal Home On The Tasmanian Shoreline

This serene holiday home by Tanner Architects makes the most of its rugged Tasmanian outlook.

Homes

A Perfectly Personalised Art Deco Rental

The colourful, art deco South Yarra apartment of Skinny Wolf owner and florist Leila Sanderson, and sound engineer Tony Espie.

Shopping

Shop Local At This Fabulous Pop-Up, By Four Of Our Favourite Creatives

Hattie Molloy, Sunday Salon, Curio Practice and Nicole Lawrence Studio come together for a month-long retail residency in Fitzroy. Retail is...

Architecture

A Flood-Proof Transformation Of A 1960s Brisbane Home

Lineburg Wang saved a 1960s Paddington, Brisbane home from future flood damage, and added an inspired indoor-outdoor extension.

Modernist Australia

A Pristine Mid-Century Family Home Buried In Greenery

A North Balwyn home designed by architect Alan Nance and built in 1957 is on the market, and it's amazing!
Trish Callan

Designers At Home

At Home With Architect Shin Kil + Visual Merchandiser Jessie Choi

The minimalist Fitzroy apartment of architect Shin Kil and visual merchandiser Jessie Choi, featuring the sleek Samsung The Serif TV.

Podcast

Cormach Evans On Creating Space For Aboriginal Excellence, On TDF Talks

In our podcast season finale, Yorta Yorta man Cormach Evans talks to host Lucy Feagins about the two organisations he founded and directs: S...
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One Room Wonders

A Classic, Colourful Kids Room Transformation

We transform a simple baby's bedroom, with Surround by Laminex wall panelling, and a playful injection of colour, pattern and texture!

Shopping

Greenhouse Interiors Have Transformed This Heritage Warehouse Into A Fully Shoppable Interiors Mega Space!

Julia Green’s latest venture is her most ambitious yet - a completely shoppable interior project spanning 600 square metres and two floors...

On The Market

A Chic Family Home In The Heart Of Fitzroy Is For Sale!

A unique renovated home with crazy paving, double height ceilings and a north-facing backyard in the most tightly held pocket of Fitzroy.

Interiors

Summer 2022 Colour Trend Predictions + WIN Dulux Paint & A Rachel Castle Artwork!

Get inspired by these vibrant and joyous Dulux paint colours set to take over home interiors this summer. Plus, your chance to win 20 litres...

Stays

A Secluded Alpine A-Frame In The Kangaroo Valley

At every opportunity the choice is to be unplugged rather than switched on in this architecturally designed accommodation in New South Wales...

Homes

An Art Deco-Meets-Warehouse Apartment With A Private Rooftop!

Charlotte Ree's Potts Point apartment is a unique mix of art deco architecture and warehouse features, with one very enviable rooftop!

Architecture

An Equally Practical + Aspirational Family Home

A transformed St Kilda West home by Lucy Clemenger Architects, that takes advantage of its park-side site.

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Writer + Fearless Feminist Advocate, Clementine Ford

We spend a day with author, broadcaster and public commentator in the midst of the release of her new book - 'How We Love'.

On The Market

This Eclectic Terrace House Opposite Edinburgh Gardens Is For Sale!

Live opposite Edinburgh Gardens in this Victorian terrace, featuring an architect-designed renovation with sustainable features.

Architecture

A Truly Sympathetic Mid-Century Home Renovation

Pop Architecture returned this 1960 mid-century home in Ivanhoe East to its former glory through interior alterations.

On The Market

A Masterfully Renovated Victorian In Kensington Is For Sale

This four-bedroom Victorian home with an extension by Nicholas Murray Architects has hit the market in Kensington.

Christmas Countdown

Stuff Your Stocking With Some Suave Staples + Score 10% Off At Designstuff!

We’ve curated the perfect gifting lineup from the Scandinavian-focussed design store including Ferm Living, Købn and Krof!
Lucy Feagins
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Travel

A Perfect Day In Melbourne, With Melissa Leong

Food writer, TV presenter and judge of MasterChef Australia Melissa Leong shares some of her absolute favourite spots in Melbourne CBD.

Christmas Countdown

Tick Off All Your Christmas Shopping With 25% Off Thames & Hudson Titles + Games!

Thames & Hudson is your one-stop shop for any gift giving occasion, and they're offering a site-wide discount exclusive to TDF readers as pa...

Studio Visit

This Emerging Textile Designer Creates Handcrafted Homewares That Feel Like Future Heirlooms

Megan McNeill started her textile brand Trinket Solo just over a year ago, and she's killing it!

Christmas Countdown

Get The Bottles On Ice From Archie Rose Distilling Co. This Christmas!

Stock up your fridge and get your Christmas shopping our favourite drinks from the local distilling company!
Lucy Feagins

Homes

This Family Home Is A Slice Of Europe In The Perth Hills

Classical Greek, French and English influences all come together in Bronte Taton and Joshua Casey's dreamy home, in Darlington, Western Aust...

Christmas Countdown

Sort Your Christmas Shopping Today With 10% Off Country Road!

Country Road is our go-to gifting destination, and they're offering TDF readers 10% off everything this Christmas.
Lucy Feagins

TDF Collect

TDF Collect Presents: 'My Life' By Maggie Green

An exhibition of 13 glowing, vibrant works from Mangala artist Maggie Green of Spinifex Hill Art Centre, 'My Life' tells the story of the ar...

Christmas Countdown

Give Christmas A Glow-Up With MECCA + WIN A $1,000 Voucher

There is something for everyone in our crowd-pleasing Christmas wishlist from these makeup masterminds!

Christmas Countdown

Announcing... The Design Files Christmas Countdown 2021!

We're making Christmas easy this year with a SHOPPABLE gift guide plus exclusive TDF Reader deals and discounts - shop NOW from Country Road...
Lucy Feagins

Podcast

Stylist Turned Designer Sarah Ellison On Building A Cult Status Furniture Brand, On TDF Talks

In this podcast conversation, the insanely popular Byron Bay-based creative talks transitioning from stylist to designer, the value of being...
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One Room Wonders

A Serene & Stylish Sitting Room Transformation

We transform a simple art deco room with Surround by Laminex wall panelling, a rich colour palette, and a mix of vintage and new design piec...

On The Market

This Architect-Designed Family Home Is For Sale In Brunswick

This deceptively roomy architect-renovated Victorian has hit the market in Brunswick.

Words From The Wise

Chelsea Hing's Pearls of Wisdom On Building A Successful Career in Interior Design

Words from the Wise is a new series of career inspo from Australia’s leading creative makers, thinkers and professional practitioners -
Megan Phillips

Architecture

A Radical Reimagining Of The Suburban Family Home

PW Studio set out to design a house that integrated the two fundamentals of architecture, humans and nature, into one calm family home.

Homes

An Idyllic Family Home On The Mornington Peninsula

Interior designer Billy Innes joined forces with her father (a semi-retired architect) to design her family's dreamy coastal home.

Architecture

A Cottesloe Family Home That Revolves Around The Sun

Gabled House by Clayton Orszaczky is a dreamy family home bathed in natural light and gardens.
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Shopping

Nami By Nau Is Australian-Made Furniture Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Strong, beautiful, solid and... flat-packed? Meet the new NAMI furniture range by nau, designed by Tom Fereday.

Art

A Colourful Collaboration Between A Cape York Artist + MECCA

Southern Kaantju/Umpila woman Naomi Hobson’s original artwork will be realised as packaging and window features in 100 of the beauty brand...

Shopping

Fenton & Fenton Has Your Design-Savvy Gifting Sorted With This $5,000 Giveaway!

‘The Art of Gifting’ by Fenton & Fenton brings together a stellar edit of art and design presents - PLUS one seriously epic give-away!

Art

Celebrate 100 Years Of The Archibald Prize At Archie 100

Celebrate 100 years of the Archibald Prize at the Archie 100 exhibition, opening November 6 at Geelong Gallery. Tickets on sale now.

Architecture

An Unconventional Country Home In The Southern Highlands

Highlands House by Other Architects turns it back on the quintessential modern Australian country home, instead exploring the idea of living...

On The Market

The Last Remaining Robin Boyd Home In Beaumaris is On The Market

Featuring the first example of Robin Boyd's iconic 'window wall', The Browne House is looking for its next custodians!

Food

Julia's Hazelnut Meringues With Roasted Rhubarb

Party season is ON and these nutty meringues are what we're bringing out at our next dinner party!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

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