This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

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.


Turning Back Time In A Classic Melbourne Brick Home

Agius Scorpo Architects strip a Yarraville, Melbourne house back to basics, revealing and enhancing functional spaces within.
Amelia Barnes
  4 hours ago

Father's Day Favourites

Give Dad A Dose Of (Stylish) Wanderlust With Bespoke Luggage From July!

Gift dad bespoke luggage from our favourite travel brand July and receive a complimentary personalised luggage tag worth $85!


How This First-Time Renovator Transformed Her Pint-Sized Melbourne Apartment

A tiny renovation (34 square metres, to be precise) – that packs a big punch!

Father's Day Favourites

Announcing The Design Files Father's Day Favourites 2022!

Find the best gifts for dad and score special deals with our Father's Day Favourites online shopping event!


A Majestic Garden House That Transcends Aesthetics

The landscape is the mesmerising star of the show in Garden House by Arent&Pyke and Polly Harbison Design.


A Contemporary Barn-Style Home On A Working West Gippsland Farm

Green Hills Farm owners Neil and Kristy Plumridge share their barn-inspired West Gippsland home designed by Slap Architects.


A New Timber Home Inspired By Music + Performance

Music Box by Multiplicity is a new Elwood, Melbourne home inspired by its musician owner, and the surrounding landscape.

On The Market

The Most Glamorous 1970s Melbourne Beach House Is For Sale

The 1975 ‘Saade House' designed by modernist architects Holgar & Holgar is for sale in Black Rock.


A Cascading Queenslander Embracing Year-Round Outdoor Living

John Ellway Architect transforms a Brisbane Queenslander with a compact, cascading addition that celebrates outdoor living.


A Transformed Queenslander That Celebrates Its Undercroft

A renovated Queenslander by Kieron Gait Architects activates its previously underutilised undercroft.


New Yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins On Her Multicultural Family + Life As A Teenager On Tour

Tsehay Hawkins shares her adoption story and what life's like as a 16-year-old Wiggle!


A Quality Over Quantity Childhood Home Makeover

A renovation of a client's childhood home that champions custom joinery by Amanda Barnett Design.

Sustainable Homes

Architects Team Up To Ditch Gas In Australian Homes

Leading Australian architects are pushing for all-electric homes. Here's everything you need to know to ditch gas for good.


Relax In A Hilltop Cabin Overlooking The Blue Mountains

Hilltop Cabin is a cosy new accomodation offering from Logan Brae Retreats, with incredible views across the Blue Mountains.


A London Mews Meets Brooklyn Loft Home… In Brisbane!

Inspired by the client’s desire for a ‘London mews house mixed with a Brooklyn loft apartment’, the architects built an entirely new h...


A Look Inside South Yarra’s Magical 1930s Beverley Hills Apartments

Step inside South Yarra's Beverley Hills flats (1935-36) — Melbourne’s best known historical apartment complex.


A Cheerful Brick Addition To A Weatherboard Home

A sunny brick addition by Olaver Architecture has optimised this Brunswick weatherboard — without extending upwards or losing the entire b...


An Art Deco Renovation That Champions Brick

A new brick addition by Clare Cousins Architects embraces and extends the character of an art deco home in Melbourne's Glen Iris.

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.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email