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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.


A Multigenerational Family Retreat In A Blue Mountains Valley

It looks like a Swiss Chalet, but 'Stonelea' is a uniquely Australian home in the Blue Mountains, by Matthew Woodward Architecture.
Amelia Barnes
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A Designer’s Fun, Mid-Century Makeover Of Her ‘90s Townhouse!

Studio Tate associate Liz Ryde shares her self-designed, Clifton Hill family home filled with mid-century elements and colour!


Everything You Need To Know About Working With A Landscape Designer

We asked expert garden designers Phillip Withers, Fran Hale, Kathleen Murphy, Katy Svalbe and Richard Unsworth to demystify the process of w...


A Contemporary Reinterpretation Of The Classic Australian Farmhouse

FMD Architects introduce their version of the classic Australian farmhouse in 'Coopworth', located on Tasmania's Bruny Island.


A Timeless Yet Characterful Federation Bungalow Update

A stunning renovation and extension in inner-west Sydney, by Studio Prineas.


A Fremantle House That Puts Its Garden First

Additions and renovations by Nic Brunsdon have brought the outdoors in to this East Fremantle home.


A Masterful Update Of New Zealand’s Famous Brake House

Inside the recently renovated Brake House (1976) – one of New Zealand’s most famous homes – featuring locally made wool carpets by Bre...


A Striking Cantilevered Extension To A ‘70s Country Home

MRTN Architects design a sculptural addition to a 1977 Kyneton home, supporting the clients to age in place.

On The Market

This Architect-Renovated Period Home That Brings The Outdoors In Could Be Yours!

Live next to the Merri Creek in this architect-renovated, period, Fitzroy North home with a lush garden, which is currently for sale!

On The Market

A Significant 1800s Terrace Goes Under The Hammer In Clifton Hill

This grand Victorian home in Clifton Hill is one of the most impressive homes in the area, and it's currently for sale!


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.

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 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!


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!


A Sensitive Reworking Of An 1872 Country Cottage

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


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!


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

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