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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, Australian Women’s Weekly, Delicious and SBS. 


This Renovated Victorian Terrace Is Like Living In A Day Spa!

How Timmins+Whyte Architecture and Design turned a dark, Victorian terrace in North Melbourne into a flexible, light-filled home.


A Dramatic Riverfront Home In Tasmania

Views of the river, mountains and surrounding vegetation are all cleverly captured in this house at Otago Bay, by Topology Studio.

Sustainable Homes

A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused

Rammed earth and recycled timber come together in this creekside Melbourne home by Breathe Architecture.


A Dreamy, Generous Coastal Garden

This Mollymook property's incredible front garden by Dangar Barin Smith has inadvertently become a local tourist destination.


An Action-Packed, Compact City Home

A formerly unliveable art deco house in Northcote gets a major overhaul by Rob Kennon Architects.

Building Better

The Best Building Materials For A Sustainable Home

From rammed earth to concrete, which building material is the most environmentally friendly? The answers may surprise you...

Creative People

Business Is Blooming For This Idyllic, Family-Owned Flower Farm In NSW

Meet the family of six behind Jonima Flowers, a flower farm in in Yanderra, NSW, on the border of the Southern Highlands.

TDF Design Awards

These Australian Designers Are Changing The Textile Industry

Which one of these innovative textile design projects will take out the 2020 The Design Files + Laminex Design Award?


A Victorian Terrace Gets A Chic New Lease On Life!

Bespoke joinery and designer furniture gives this Victorian terrace in South Yarra a totally new identity, perfectly complementing the owner...

Sustainable Homes

This Sustainable Apartment Is A Little Slice Of LA, In Melbourne!

Illustrator Samantha Curcio and primary school teacher David Waddell share their sleek, sustainable and personality-filled North Fitzroy apa...

TDF Design Awards

Australia’s Most Stunning Gardens, Revealed!

From rugged coastal gardens, to historic suburban estates and family backyards, take a closer look at the 11 Landscape Design finalists of t...


A Toowoomba Family Home, Designed To Transcend Time

The long awaited second project of architect Jesse Bennett is now complete!

Building Better

How To Approach Interior Design, Sustainably!

From choosing the right materials, to improving energy efficiency, here’s everything you need to know about sustainable interior design -


A Swedish-Inspired Garden In Suburban Melbourne!

Landscape designer Penny Starr creates a garden for all seasons, for a young family in Rosanna, Victoria.

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Fred’s Head Chef, Danielle Alvarez

Follow the daily routine of Danielle Alvarez, head chef of the renowned Paddington restaurant, Fred's!

Sustainable Homes

An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home

In this country Victoria project, MRTN Architects prove even the coldest period houses can be updated to achieve incredible sustainability s...


A Sophisticated, Modern Day Treehouse

A garden-immersed extension by Archier has turned this Victorian home in Coburg into a modern day treehouse.


The Complete Restoration Of An 1842 Tasmanian Cottage

An 1842 Georgian sandstone cottage in Oatlands, Tasmania, has been rescued from ruin and restored by Taylor and Hinds Architects.

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