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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.


A Rambling, Romantic Garden For A Third Generation Farmhouse

A five-acre English-style garden surrounds The Farmstead Tatura owned by a third generation farmer and his partner.


A Classic 1960s Australian Beach Cabin, Renovated With Soul

A sympathetic makeover of an original beach shack by Lian prioritises its special place in Anglesea, on Victoria's surf coast.

On The Market

Sigrid Thornton’s Amazing Inner-Melbourne Compound Is For Sale!

SeaChange actress Sigrid Thornton is selling her North Melbourne family property, comprising a converted stables, terrace, and garden.


A Contemporary Extension For A Much-Loved Warrandyte Family Home

A sustainable family home addition by Sanctum Homes in Warrandyte, Melbourne embraces its surrounding bush landscape.


A Treehouse Companion For An Architecturally-Significant Noosa Home

An innovative 1983 Gabriel Poole house on the same site inspired this new home by Bark Architects embracing the bushy Noosa landscape.


The New Australian Housing Company Creating Customisable Small Homes

Dimensions X aims to be the ‘Tesla of housing’, creating energy-efficient, prefabricated homes that can be assembled in just six weeks.


An Inside Look At Domain Park: Melbourne’s Revolutionary 1960s Apartment Building

Once the tallest residential building in Melbourne, Robin Boyd's Domain Park (1962) paved the way for a new era of apartment living.


Book Your Stay In This Architectural Home On 25 Acres In Kangaroo Valley

New accommodation The Sticks has been dubbed ‘Kangaroo Valley’s most spectacular home.' Book a holiday at this luxurious property!


Before + After: A Dated Sydney Apartment Turned Refined Family Home

A 1960s apartment with uninspiring ‘90s interiors is now a stylish and functional family home by Sequence Studio.


Before + After: A Gorgeous Owner-Designed Renovation Of A 1950s Melbourne Apartment

How Christopher Cassidy and David James project managed the renovation of their tired and mouldy St Kilda East apartment into an inspired ho...

Sustainable Homes

An Ultra-Sustainable Home On An ‘Undevelopable’ Melbourne Site

Hütt is a Melbourne practice setting a new standard of sustainable residential design, starting with the CEO’s own family home!


Former The Block Stars Dan + Dani Reilly Reveal Their Dream Home

Inside the Mornington Peninsula home of Dan and Dani Reilly, former The Block stars and co-founders of Manna Made.


Before + After: How This Simple Beach Shack Was Transformed In Just 6 Weeks!

Designer Rachel Collard turned her modest beach shack into a delightful holiday home in just six weeks. Here's how she did it!

Sustainable Homes

A Timber Beach House Inspired By Its Humble Predecessor

An extensive renovation of a Mornington Peninsula beach shack by Agius Scorpo Architects that explores craft and ingenuity.


A Thoughtful Transformation Of A Worker’s Cottage In Richmond

A 'periscope' and clever space-saving joinery enhance this Richmond worker's cottage transformed by Architecture Architecture.


A Tropical Sydney Tree House Assembled Like A Meccano Set

Perched in the treetops above Palm Beach, this home by CplusC Architectural Workshop delivers everything you'd want in a tree house.


An Architect’s Family Home That Embraces The Landscape

A new addition designed by architect and owner-builder Oscar Sainsbury opens his Fairfield home to the Yarra River surrounds.


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.

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