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Amelia Barnes

Senior Writer

Amelia is a writer and holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Monash University. Her work has appeared in The Age, Domain, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, The Guardian, SBS, and more.


Inside The Memo Co-Founder Phoebe Simmonds’ Family Home

Entrepreneur Phoebe Simmonds and builder Shaun Caton's 'contemporary Edwardian' Melbourne family home.


A Vibrant Transformation Of A Brown Brick Suburban Home

Play House by State of Kin in Marmion, Perth makes a strong case for the retention and renewal of suburban brown brick homes!

Sustainable Homes

A Hilltop, Off-Grid Family Home With Mountain Views

Inside the off-grid family home in Mansfield, Victoria designed by Robbie Walker.


Before + After: A Light-Filled Renovation Of A Heritage Sydney Terrace

Kitty Lee Architecture revitalise a small Enmore cottage with clever additions and personality.


Jeweller Sarah Gardner On Building A Brand, Managing Motherhood + Battling Blood Cancer

How jewellery designer Sarah Gardner manages business and motherhood while living with a Myeloprofilrative Neoplasm.


This California Bungalow Conceals A Deliciously Bold Interior

References to Le Corbusier meet bold citrus hues in Wowowa's latest project, Wrong Champ.


A Delightfully Kooky, Mid-Century Inspired Melbourne Home

Gloss House is a an equal parts futuristic and retro new home designed by Studio Doherty and Enth Degree Architects.

Sustainable Homes

This Sustainable, Architect-Designed Farm Stay Makes The Most Of Its 40sqm Footprint

Gawthorne’s Hut is a sustainable, off-grid 40sqm home located on a working family farm - built for a budget of just $250,000.


YSG + Tappeti Release Egyptian-Inspired Handcrafted Rug Collection

YSG teams up with Tappeti to design a 12-piece handcrafted rug collection, Real Majik.


Meg Gallagher Paints Textural Landscapes On Denim Offcuts in Her New Exhibition

Meg Gallagher's exhibition 'No Place Like Home' opens today at Sydney’s Totem Road Gallery.


Before + After: A $40k Makeover Of A Historic Adelaide Apartment (That You Can Stay In!)

Book your stay at Mini Mansion—a new accomodation designed by artist Billie Justice Thomson in a 1910s Adelaide building!


A Contemporary Farmhouse Immersed In Private Wetlands

A robust Wolveridge Architects home meets stunning new wetlands by Sam Cox Landscape on the Mornington Peninsula.


Step Inside St Kilda's Famous Crigan House With Tim Ross

The 80s are back, baby! Join Tim Ross for his new one-man show, Rosso 88, at the award-winning 1980s Crigan House.


An Architect’s ‘Quietly Radical’ North Bondi Family Home

The renovation of architect Anthony Gill's own family home in North Bondi is a compelling case for modest inner-city development.

Sustainable Homes

An Owner-Designed, Off-Grid Escape In Bay Of Fires

Lisa Hatfield and landscape designer Sam Cox designed their off-grid holiday house, Swansong, in Tasmania’s Bay Of Fires—and it’s avai...


An Inspired Reworking Of An Intimate Marrickville House

Studio Weave bring the backyard and northern light into an existing compact cottage to form an inspired family home.


A Coastal Garden That Revives The Native Landscape

House Revisited brings the natural landscape of Macmasters Beach on the NSW Central Coast, into a stunning residential property.


A Boundless Garden Immersed In Native Bushland

A new coastal home on the Mornington Peninsula buried deep within a native grassy woodland, with stunning gardens by Plume Studio.

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