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Amelia Barnes

Staff Writer + Researcher

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, SBS, and more.


This New Northcote Home Takes Its Cues From Italian Villages

Think of West Bend House — a new Northcote home designed by MRTN Architects with Brave New Eco — as an ‘inhabited pathway,’ inspired...


An Architect’s Own Tranquil, Terrazzo-Filled Home

Melbourne architect Lisa Breeze is the master of taking unremarkable homes and making them unique - including her own family home in Northco...


Restoring A Mid-Century Apartment In Brisbane’s Famous Torbreck Building

A sympathetic renovation inside Brisbane’s heritage Torbreck building, brought back to life by Kin Architects and the owners.

Sustainable Homes

Two Sustainable Rental Properties In Melbourne’s Middle Ring

Bardolph Gardens by Breathe Architecture is an environmentally-sustainable and well-designed rental housing project in Melbourne's Glen Iris...


A Compact Modern Treehouse In Otford, NSW

A man and his dog's treehouse-inspired timber home designed by Barnacle Studio and located south of Sydney.


A Fresh Update For This Incredible Plant-Covered, Small Footprint Home

David Luck's famous 'Grass House' in Fitzroy North has been given new life by architecture studio Multiplicity.


A Fijian Resort Meets Australian Barn In The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

The Barn by Sparks Architects is a new off-grid home on the Sunshine Coast inspired by Fijian resorts and country Australian barns.


An Exhilarating Melbourne Home That Embraces The Great Outdoors

An inner-north Melbourne home firmly connected to nature, designed by Ben Callery Architects.


A Restored ‘60s Beach House On The Mornington Peninsula

Book your stay at Coota – a restored 1960s house in Capel Sound on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula now open available to rent on Airbnb....

Sustainable Homes

A Sustainable Retreat In Rural Queensland Inspired By Classic American Glass Houses

Drawing inspiration from famous American projects the Glass House by Philip Johnson (1949) and Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe (1951),...

At Home With Sheridan

An Entrepreneurial Couple’s Relaxing Beach Getaway

Bread Club co-owners Daniel and Shirin Pulitano share their Mornington Peninsula beach house, styled with Sheridan bedding and textiles.


A Refined Reworking Of A Renovated Arts And Crafts Home

Pipkorn Kilpatrick have returned this Caulfield North Arts and Crafts home, renovated in the 1980s, to its original design intent.


Introducing The 2022 Dulux Colour Awards Finalists!

The finalists for the 36th annual Dulux Colour Awards have been announced! See our favourite residential projects.

Sustainable Homes

A Modest Contemporary Home Inspired By Classic Tasmanian Shacks

Big Red by Architect George is a contemporary interpretation of an Australian shack in Primrose Sands, in south east Tasmania.


A ‘Folding’ Edwardian Home, Designed To Maximise Natural Light

Alterations and additions by Timmins + Whyte Architecture + Design have improved this Edwardian home in Abbotsford, 10 fold!


A Fire-Resistant Bushland Home Made From Shipping Containers

Rama Architects repurposed shipping containers into an innovative family home on a steep Northern Beaches site in heavy bushland.

On The Market

A Pioneering Sustainable Home Is For Sale In Fitzroy North

One of Melbourne's pioneering sustainable homes, designed by Zen Architects, is for sale in Fitzroy North.


A Fifth Generation Farmer’s Homestead Turned Boutique Accommodation

Book your stay at Woolbrook Homestead – a heritage-listed 1856 home turned boutique accomodation just west of Geelong.

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.

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