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Creative People

Turn Your Kids' Artwork Into A Treasured Keepsake With Crumb Kids!

Local textile designer Bindi Howarth transforms kids artworks into custom made tea towels, tote bags, pencil cases and cushion covers - so C...

Travel

Our Guide To The Perfect Road-Trip On The NSW Central Coast

From Terrigal and Avoca beaches to the lush landscape of Bouddi National Park, here's where to eat, sleep, visit + swim!

Modernist Australia

A Modernist Mansion Fit For A 'Contemporary Goddess'!

Designed by architect Iwan Iwanoff in 1959, this incredible home in Mount Lawley, Western Australia is on the market.
Patricia Callan

Stays

These New Luxury Coastal Cabins On Phillip Island Really Raise The Bar!

A tour of Fives Acres, a brand new boutique accommodation offering on Victoria's rugged South Coast.

Design Eye

Suzanne Gorman on Modernising a Mid-Century Home

Taking into account considerations of form, function and scale, interior designer Suzanne Gorman shares her design approach for mid century

Homes

A Heartwarming Home Of A Stylist (And Family!)

Justine and Bob Murphy's warm and welcoming family home is like a slice of the country... in Northcote!

Interiors

How To Nail The Bathroom Basics, According To Reece

A crash course in very excellent bathroom design, courtesy of bathrooms + kitchens merchandising leader at Reece Bathrooms, Daniella Santill...

Food

Julia's Autumnal Weeknight Rocket and Hazelnut Pesto Linguine

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's linguine with a herby rocket and hazelnut pesto is a riff on the classic weeknight family meal by adding earthy,
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Stays

Northern NSW’s Newest Holiday House, Made From Recycled Materials

Book your stay at Rockhaven at Booyong – a new holiday house made from recycled materials located 40 minutes from Byron Bay.

Studio Visit

Experimental Designer Jessie French Is Shaping A Seaweed-Centric Future

The Melbourne artist shares her process of creating seaweed-based bioplastics, the beautiful resin-like homewares she makes from it + what t...

On The Market

A Corner Store Turned Architectural Home Hits The Market In Brunswick

An 1883 shopfront turned architectural home with a pool and sauna is for sale in Brunswick!

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Chrissy Lafian, Founder And Creative Director Of Suku

With teams in both Melbourne and Bali, Chrissy lets us in on how she runs the lifestyle brand she's built from scratch!

Interiors

A Crash Course In Renovating Your Own Home From Top To Bottom, With BuildHer Collective

Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon of BuildHer Collective bring us a new book containing all the info you need to embark on building or ren...
Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon

Architecture

A Surprise Garden Brings This 'Pop-Up' Home To Life

Figr creates a unique language between architectural and landscaped spaces to truly maximise this small footprint home for a family of three...

Architecture

This Clever + Compact Bondi Home Feels Like A Never-Ending Holiday!

Fox Johnston architects managed to expand the footprint of this small and narrow Sydney site to create a generous, private haven!

Homes

A Magical Alistair Knox-Designed Rental In Eltham!

The seriously dreamy 1970s rental home of Pop and Scott trade manager Lucienne Van Sebille, and her partner Sebastian.

Gardens

A Slice Of Primeval Paradise In Bronte

Situated on a steep site in a sometimes blustery coastal location, the planting palette for this stunning garden in Sydney is both soft, and...

Architecture

A Timeless New Home In Ballarat, With Lake Views + Mid-Century Vibes

With American ‘Brady Bunch’ house vibes (!) this new home in Ballarat by Kennedy Nolan channels mid century design, with a sleek, contem...

On The Market

This John Lautner-Inspired Sydney Home Is MAJOR House Goals (+ It’s For Sale)!

This dream house in Sydney's Castle Cove designed by Terroir architects and Pascale Gomes-McNabb is for sale!

Gardens

A Cultivated Wilderness In Inner Suburban Melbourne

Legendary landscape designer Phillip Withers completes a layered, three-tiered garden around a Toorak home designed by Cera Stribley.

Interiors

An Inspired Cosmetic Makeover Of A Perth Rental Property

This Cottesloe rental property has been majorly improved (with the landlord's agreement) by Ohlo Studio!

Stays

The Fabulous New Store And Apartment From Colour Queen Chela Edmunds!

The Takeawei Ceramics founder shows us around her sunny new store in Fitzroy, and the cutest-ever apartment upstairs (yep, you can stay ther...

Furniture

New Stripy Furniture From Sarah Ellison, Fit For A Palazzo!

The cult-status NSW designer releases ‘La Banda’, a capsule collection of decorative timber furniture. We love!

Homes

This New York-Style Warehouse Apartment Is The Dream Melbourne Rental!

The converted warehouse apartment of writer and founder of beauty brand Fluff, Erika Geraerts, located in Collingwood's old Foy & Gibson com...

In Print

Inside The Jaw-Dropping Palm Beach Weekender Of Fashion Designer, Heidi Middleton

The founder of Sass & Bide takes us inside her palatial Palm Beach villa courtesy of 'A Room Of Her Own' - a new book by Robyn Lea, publishe...
Robyn Lea

Interiors

A Pokey 1970s Unit Turned Sleek, Monochromatic Marvel

Influencer and fashion designer Rebecca Karagiorgos of Twice Blessed transforms her two-bedroom unit in Ringwood North into a sophisticated

Architecture

A Sensitive Reworking Of An 1872 Country Cottage

An 1872 Daylesford cottage reconfigured for the modern day by architect Murray Barker.
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Fundraiser

INTRODUCING... The TDF Kids Art Awards, With Honan!

We're so excited to launch the very first TDF Kids Art Awards to raise money for Children's Ground – and there's a prize of $2,000 each f...

Interiors

A Truly Fabulous 1970s Home, Untouched Since It Was Built

No, it's not a film set! Inside the home of mechanical engineer Ted Mason, lovingly documented by his granddaughter, stylist Cassie Smith.

Travel

How To Spend The Ultimate Weekend In Albury Wodonga!

The best places to eat, drink, shop, stay, and experience in Albury Wodonga, located on the NSW-VIC border!

Studio Visit

A Brisbane Artist Fusing Paper, Crochet + Porcelain In Her Sculptures

Liz Sofield fuses ceramics, paper and crochet in her highly original artistic practice from her home in Scarborough, 30 kilometres north of

Sustainable Homes

A Lush Inner-Melbourne Home That Powers Itself

The owners of Garden House by Austin Maynard Architects pay nothing for fuel or power – it all comes from this epic, high-tech sustainable...

Studio Visit

The Belarusian Sculptor Inspired By Her Sunny New Sydney Surrounds

Tatsiana Shevarenkova draws on her background in fashion to create sculptural, organic forms inspired by the female body - on show now at Sa...

Homes

The 'Stuff'-Filled, Off-The-Plan Fitzroy Apartment Of Two Architects!

The personality-filled, one-bedroom Fitzroy apartment of architects Kim Lai and Tom Orton, founders of We Are Humble.

Architecture

A Dramatic Extension To A Historic Melbourne Terrace... Made For Italophiles!

15th century Italian architecture and generous proportions characterise this grand North Fitzroy heritage home, renovated by Andrew Simpson

Art

See The First Museum Survey Of Artist Stanislava Pinchuk’s Work At Heide

The first career survey of artist Stanislava Pinchuk (formerly known as Miso) is now open at Heide.

Architecture

An 1888 Italianate Mansion Restored + Revived For A New Century

Pleysier Perkins and Sanders & King collaborate on this grand, ambitious family home in Armadale - with an extensive renovation and updated

Gardens

A Sweeping Country Estate Created From Dust

Dangar Barin Smith design an incredible Australian country garden in the Hunter Valley, complete with nearly 40 crepe myrtle trees and TWO m...

Architecture

An Elegant Off-Grid Home In Three Parts, On Magical Waiheke Island

Inspired by the idea of an encampment, Auckland-based firm Chesire Architects has designed a home with an intimate, immersive relationship w...

Family

Caring for New Mothers Shouldn’t Stop at Six Weeks, According To Author + Co-Founder of Mama Goodness, Jessica Prescott

The vegan cookbook author and postpartum doula talks about ending snapback culture, and keeping the meal train going.
Ashe Davenport

On The Market

This Dreamy Surf Coast Family Home Is For Sale, For The First Time Ever!

A designer kitchen and pool are among the standout features of this large Jan Juc property for sale.

Architecture

A Contemporary Renovation That Revives Forgotten Spaces

Studiofour create an elegant extension for a heritage home in Malvern - outside of the (literal) box !

Homes

A Rock Star + Fashion Designer’s Mini Californian Ranch... In Suburban Melbourne!

How Andria Kiefer of Limb The Label, and Cook Craig of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, transformed their Reservoir house through DIY cos...

Creative People

A Modern Bathhouse Oasis Hidden In Collingwood's Backstreets

Tucked away in a voluminous warehouse in Melbourne's inner-north is a new bathhouse and day spa with some serious design credentials!

Gardens

A Magical Family Garden As Productive As It Is Pretty

The lush suburban garden of passionate self-taught gardener Anastasia Elias - created from scratch in under two years!

Shopping

Weaving Country + Culture From The East Kimberley With New Textile Brand, Flash Minky

A new textiles brand creating limited edition rugs with the artworks of eight Indigenous artists from the East Kimberley region.

Studio Visit

Ceramicist Jess Choi On Feeling The Fear, But Doing It Anyway!

The Korean-born, Melbourne based ceramicist shares how she turned her side hobby into her full time gig!

On The Market

The Ultimate 1970s Entertainer Hits The Market

This show-stopping 1970s home in Melbourne's north east has everything an entertainer's heart desires - a home bar, billiard room, pool, sau...

Creative People

Celebrating + Advocating For First Nations People, With Social Enterprise Clothing The Gaps

A conversation with Clothing The Gaps co-founders Laura Thompson and Sarah Sheridan about activism, education, and running a social enterpri...

Creative People

Very Good Timber Furniture From A Trio Of Seasoned Makers

Nick Rennie, Dustin Fritsche and Brett Julian combined their skills and experience over 2020 to launch Oku Space - a collaborative furniture...

Interiors

Bring The Pizazz Back To Home Entertaining, With A DIY Home Bar!

Now that we can entertain in our homes again, we think it might be time to spruce up your cocktail game with these stylish cabinets, carts a...
Lauren Li

Interiors

A Sublime Darlinghurst Apartment With A Gallery Aesthetic

Taking inspiration from their client's passion for Japanese and Scandinavian design, as well as their unique collection of art and objects,

Homes

A Leading Architect’s Compact And Clever Fitzroy Family Home

Architect Karen Alcock and her partner Jojo bought the cheapest house in Fitzroy 15 years ago. See how the family have made it their own wit...

Architecture

11 Career Lessons From One Of Australia’s Leading Architects, Kerstin Thompson

Prominent Australian architect Kerstin Thompson shares 11 lessons she's learned across her decades long career, in this excerpt from the new...
Kerstin Thompson

Food

Julia's Super Scrumptious Chocolate Hazelnut Buns

These delightful pillows of twisted, chocolate-y dough from Julia Busuttil Nishimura make the perfect Easter treat!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Colourful Life Of Influencer + Entrepreneur, Flex Mami

Lillian Ahenkan (aka Flex Mami) is a guru for the modern age. So naturally, we want to know what happens in her daily life!

On The Market

An Architect’s Iconic Carlton House Is For Sale For The First Time

Tube House, one of very few residential houses ever designed by acclaimed architects Denton Corker Marshall, is for sale in Carlton.

Travel

A Stylist's Bookmark-Worthy Guide To Byron Bay + The Northern Rivers Region

Stylist Jono Fleming shares his impeccable recommendations for the best eating, shopping, swimming and sleeping spots on the NSW North coast...
Jono Fleming

Stays

This Origami-Style Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

This architecturally designed coastal retreat on Stradbroke Island looks out over the glittering Coral Sea. The most dreamy vacation destina...

Architecture

A Casually Confident Beachside Home

A falling down period home in South Fremantle has been brought back to life with a new extension by David Barr Architects.

Creative People

A Travel-Inspired Ceramics Collection That Will Take You On Holiday!

Queensland-based ceramics brand Marloe Marloe launches a new collection of vessels inspired by the seaside!

Homes

A Biophilic Family Home Among The Trees

The newly-renovated Warrandyte family home of Millie and Dave Wells perfectly blends indoors and out!

Shopping

Lockdown-Inspired Woven Outdoor Picnic Mats, From One Of Our Fave Local Stylists!

Stylist Nat Turnbull launches Laze, a new brand of outdoor mats for lounging and picnicking, with designs by Alice Oehr.

On The Market

This Elegant Victorian With An Eclectic Architect-Designed Extension Is For Sale

Period features meet unique, contemporary design in this Ascot Vale, Melbourne home.

Tiny Homes

The Architect-Designed, Prefabricated Tiny House Of The Future

FABPREFAB have teamed up with TRIAS to create Minima – a series of prefabricated, small dwellings suitable as home offices, living spaces,...

Architecture

A New Melbourne Home That Follows The Sun

This Eaglemont home has been cleverly designed 'to almost disappear', by Architects Eat.

Studio Visit

The Melbourne Artist Creating Ceramics Inspired By Ancient Mesoamerican Culture

From dub music to the Chinese Song Dynasty, the influences of Enrique Tochez Anderson stretch far, wide and into the past.

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s Glamorous Victorian Pad Hits The Market!

Chelsea Hing’s apartment in an 1890s Italianate mansion in St Kilda East is up for sale. This is *the one*!

Family

An Honest Conversation On Single Parenting By Choice + Donor Conception With Takeawei Ceramics Founder, Chela Edmunds

Chela Edmunds of Takeawei ceramics shares her story of becoming a mother to 18-month-old Ocean via sperm donor and IVF.

Creative People

Behind The Scenes Of 'Rone In Geelong’ – Opening This Weekend!

See a retrospective of artist Rone's work to date at Geelong Gallery from Saturday February 27 to Sunday May 16, 2021.

Interiors

A Social Sydney Home Elevated By Garden Views + On Point Decoration!

Following an architectural renovation by Welsh + Major, celebrated design studio Arent&Pyke elevate this Sydney home with a stunning array o...

Sustainable Homes

A Former Corner Store Turned Sustainable Family Home

A dilapidated, Federation-era shopfront is transformed into a truly unique, energy efficient home by CplusC Architectural Workshop.

Homes

Emily Green's Joyous Family Home, Filled With Local Makers’ Work

The fun and colour-filled Reservoir family home of designer and Pinky's store co-owner, Emily Green, and teacher Louis Turner.

Studio Visit

The Award-Winning Student Ceramicist Suspending Time In Clay

Bell Carver is the recipient of the inaugural Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize (and $10,000 in prize money!) - a new award for emerging cerami...

Stays

This New Byron Bay Hinterland Accomodation Is Equal Parts Luxury + Rustic

Book your stay at The Perch – a beautifully renovated 1970s property in Bangalow, NSW.

Architecture

This Lower North Shore Family House Feels Like A Permanent Vacation!

Two grand palm trees on entry provide a strong identity for the Whisper House, designed by Manolev Architects.

Art

11 Affordable, Emerging Painters You Should Know!

From landscapes and surrealism to portraits and abstract art, these local artists are going BIG places.

Gardens

A Slow And Thoughtful Garden, Designed With Functionality In Mind

Landscape architect Hugh Burnett and Ballast Landscape builders work closely with the long-time owners of this Sydney property to create a s...

Food

Julia's Perfect Savoury Galette – Three Ways

Casing ingredients in a flaky, buttery golden crust is the perfect way to spotlight gorgeous seasonal vegetables. Julia Busuttil Nishimura s...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Shopping

Introducing Twoobs x Cungelella – A New Footwear Collection Designed In Collaboration With Indigenous Artist Collective, Cungelella Art!

Australian footwear label Twoobs teams up with Indigenous artist collective Cungelella Art on a new collection.

Interiors

A Soothing, Autumnal Room Transformation + Win 50L of Dulux Paint, With Ceramics From Makers’ Mrkt!

A living room makeover by Bree Leech, using the colours in Dulux's soothing new 'Nourish' palette!

Stays

An Off-The-Grid Cabin In The Heart Of Tweed Hinterland

Escape to the bush at this secluded eco cabin just 38 kilometres north of Byron Bay! With 100 acres, panoramic views + an outdoor bath there...

Homes

A Sydney Warehouse Apartment With NYC Vibes

The stylish converted warehouse apartment of Ines English and Caleb Harrower, located in the iconic 1915 Griffiths Building in Surry Hills.

Studio Visit

Amazingly Colourful Abstract Art By Amalia Keefer

The self-taught Queensland-based painter creates palettes from everyday household moments and then transforms them into gentle, fluid artwor...
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Getting It Done

Getting it Done, With Wowowa!

A day in the life of Monique Woodward, co-founder of award winning Melbourne architecture studio, Wowowa – and the tools she uses to stay

Architecture

An Architect’s Breathtaking Beach House, Renovated Over 20 Years

Some things just get better with age, like the Mornington Peninsula beach house of Nik Karalis, CEO of global architecture practice Woods Ba...

Creative People

A Foraging Florist Making The Most Of Everyday Materials

Shahn Stewart is the Yorta Yorta woman behind Alchemy Orange, a new floral studio in Melbourne’s inner north.

On The Market

This Architecturally Designed Dream Home + Lush Garden In Blairgowrie Is On The Market!

More than ever we’re all dreaming of a coastal escape – and it doesn’t get more dreamy than this landscape architect's Blairgowrie hou...

Architecture

A Mid-Century Inspired New-Build That Looks The Real Deal!

This Brighton East home by InForm with Pleysier Perkins looks an authentic mid-century design, but is actually a contemporary interpretation...

Art

10 Unmissable Exhibitions To See In 2021!

From an immersive Mirka Mora survey to a record-breaking retrospective of Swedish visionary Hilma af Klint's lost artworks fresh from the Gu...

On The Market

The Cutest Melbourne CBD Apartment Is For Sale!

An adorable apartment in a 1875 Melbourne CBD former warehouse has hit the market.
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Small Business

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Top Tips For Building A Community Online

Our fave foodie and social media star has built a thriving, engaged online community. Here's how!

Gardens

A Super Swish Suburban Front Garden

Bethany Williamson Landscape Architecture subverts the traditional expectations of a suburban garden project... by bringing texture and laye...
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

An Ultra Stylish Rented Family Home, That Brings A Little NYC Glam to Melbourne

Interior designer Tali Roth has updated her late grandmother's Caulfield North home with treasures sourced over many years.

Stays

A Picture-Perfect Red Hill Winery Getaway That Has It All

Polperro Farmhouse in Red Hill is a newly renovated accommodation lodge designed by Hecker Guthrie,on a 25-acre vineyard property boasting a...
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These 18 Beds + Bedheads!

How hard is it to find the perfect bed?! From sleek and minimal to plush and upholstered, Lauren Li shares 18 of her favourites.
Lauren Li

Architecture

A Beach Cottage Turned Ultimate Entertainer!

A once rundown cottage is now an expansive home for entertaining, on the Mornington Peninsula, designed by NTF Architecture.

Creative People

The Heartbreakingly Beautiful Flowers Of Soho Rose Farm

The story of how former Melbourne florist Kristy Tippett uprooted, transported and re-planted 8000 rose bushes, saving one of Victoria's mos...

On The Market

This Epic Factory Conversion In The Middle Of Fitzroy Is For Sale!

Housed in the old Federal Trolley + Truck factory in the heart of Fitzroy, this conversion of the 1920s industrial building is an urban oasi...
Sasha Gattermayr

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