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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.


Everything You Need To Know About Working With An Architect

Four of Australia's best architects answer your frequently asked questions, from what an architect does, to how much they cost!


A Colour-Drenched, 'Grandmillennial' Home In North Sydney

Bold colour, and both English and Moroccan influences come together in this North Sydney home by Lisa Burdus.


A Clever Hobart Extension That Captures Mountain + Garden Views

A new extension by Preston Lane Architects opens this 1910 Hobart home to its established backyard and views of Kunanyi / Mount Wellington.


A Stylist’s Instantly Calming Northern Sydney Home

A former magazine editor turned interior designer takes on her most difficult client yet - herself!


Inside Australia’s Most Beautiful Live-Work Space

Jeremy Bull and Tess Glasson of Alexander &CO bought the house next door to their own, and turned it into their design studio's dreamy headq...


A Beachside Home With Richly Layered Interiors + A Brand New View!

Duet have opened this 1930s Wollongong house to beach views and contemporary living.


A Refined Country Home That Celebrates The Seasons

A simple floor plan, tactile materials, and generous garden capture the changing seasons in Kyneton House by Edition Office.


A Richly Detailed Edwardian Makeover

A carpenter's square and the home's original Edwardian architecture are among inspirations behind Architects Eat's latest project in Caulfie...


Seven Local Kids Design Brands We Can’t Get Enough Of!

Seven of our favourite local kids brands, and where to find them!


Everything You Need To Know About Working With An Interior Designer

What does an interior designer do, and how much does a residential project cost? Here's everything you need to know, with info from leading


An Architecture Power Couple’s Extraordinary Concrete Home

Inside 'La Scala’ – the contemporary, concrete Brisbane home of architects Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence, co-founders of Richards an...


An Architect’s Reworking Of Sir Roy Grounds’ Former Balmain Home

A heritage 1970s house in Balmain once owned by Sir Roy Grounds has been its re-engineered by its present owner, architect Conrad Johnston o...


A Dessert-Inspired ‘60s Home Makeover!

From banana Paddle Pop yellow, to chocolatey timber, this 1960s home makeover by Wowowa brings colour and personality to this mid century ho...


A Grandmother's Accessible, Flower-Filled Dream Garden!

Outdoor Establishments have turned a barren acreage in outer Sydney into an elderly client's dream garden featuring Eco Outdoor products.


A Minty Fresh Addition For A Beloved Family Home

This Flemington home in the hands of one family for 80 years has been given a sympathetic update by Lisa Breeze.


An Adventurous Apartment Interior For Avid Art Collectors

YSG turn a dark and dated 90s apartment into an inspiring, character-filled home.

On The Market

An Architect-Renovated, Three-Storey Converted Warehouse Is For Sale In Collingwood!

This rare, architect-renovated, converted warehouse with three bedrooms and a garage is for sale in Collingwood!


A Renovated Victorian Cottage That Unfolds In Waves

An inspired, rippling extension by FMD Architects brings light into this Victorian cottage in Melbourne.

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