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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, SBS, and more.

Sustainable Homes

A 1980s Bushland Home Built Entirely From Recycled Materials

A mudbrick home in Healesville, Victoria handmade by the owners using salvaged materials.
Amelia Barnes
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Interiors

The Central Coast Home Of The Block Alumni Kyal + Kara

The Australian coastal meets Mediterranean family home of former The Block stars Kyal and Kara Demmrich, on the NSW Central Coast.

Architecture

A Contemporary Brunswick Addition That Contorts Out Of Sight

A major Brunswick home extension by Lisa Breeze Architect takes its cues from the surrounding neighbourhood and its Edwardian facade.

Interiors

A 1915 Horse Stables Turned Family Home In The Adelaide Hills

SpaceCraft transformed a circa 1915 horse stable into a family’s elevated version of a traditional farmhouse in the Adelaide Hills.

Architecture

A Floating House Entangled In Brush Box Trees On North Stradbroke Island

The tree canopy takes precedence over ocean views in this holiday home for three families, designed by Conrad Gargett architects.

Stays

An Architect’s Handcrafted Home + Bathhouse Turned Unique Accommodation

Take a look inside Liptrap Loft—a one-of-a-kind cabin with a Japanese-inspired bathhouse in Walkerville, Victoria.

Interiors

A New Kitchen Designed To Look Old, With No White Joinery In Sight!

A Reservoir, Melbourne kitchen with the look of the past and functionality of the present.

Interiors

A Charming Victorian Cottage, Reorientated + Optimised For Decades To Come

Pipkorn Kilpatrick goes back to basics to enhance the interior and natural light of this Victorian cottage.

Architecture

A Modern Court House For Yackandandah

Archier director Chris Gilbert returns to his hometown to design Court House, signifying a new era in Yackandandah's residential landscape.

Interiors

Revive Your Home With The 2023 Summer Colour Trends + WIN Dulux Paint & A $2000 Castle Voucher!

Discover the 2023 Dulux summer trends + your chance to WIN 25 litres of Dulux paint and a $2000 Castle voucher!

Architecture

An Architect’s Own Mid-Century Beaumaris Home Restoration

Architect Wilko Doehring saved a 1956 Beaumaris brick house from likely demolition and restored it for his own family.

Interiors

A Considered Reworking Of A Mid-Century ‘Lowline’ Home

This Geelong home's renovation by Genevieve Wallis Studio and Studio 101 Architects draws on its original mid-century design.

Shopping

The New Australian Brand Making Sculptural, Sustainable Candles + Ceramics

New Australian label Jon Netti makes sculptural candles and ceramic vessels from organic, unscented beeswax.

Interiors

Danish Design Brand HAY Opens Its First Melbourne Store!

Design lovers rejoice—the Danish home and furniture brand has officially arrived in Melbourne.

Architecture

A Contemporary 1950s House Renovation For Homebodies

Everyday living is prioritised in this 1950s Melbourne house renovation inclusive of a 'periscope' designed by Mihaly Slocombe Architects.

Sustainable Homes

A Compact Passive House Built Around A Pepper Tree

A Wollongong home gets a secondary, sustainable dwelling by Alexander Symes Architect wrapped in and around a 60-year-old pepper tree.

Interiors

A Builder’s Warrandyte Family Home, Over Eight Years In The Making!

Over eight years, director of Sanctum Homes Hamish White and ecologist Lucinda Gow turned a falling down Warrandyte property into their drea...

Stays

A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula

Bookings are open at Timba Rtreet—a stunning new accomodation in South Australia’s McLaren Vale region.

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