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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 Traditional Queenslander Turned Multigenerational, Japanese-Inspired Home

Arcke architects lifted this Queenslander to accommodate a two-bedroom apartment underneath, and provide better connections to the outdoors
Amelia Barnes
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Stay Off-Grid In A Tiny House, Or Restored 1890s Hut, On The One NSW Property!

Escape to one of two tiny houses or a restored 1890 hut at Wildernest, located on the edge of the NSW Southern Highlands.


A Minimal Intervention Weatherboard Home Makeover

A Seddon weatherboard renovation by Circle Studio Architects that doesn’t erase its past, but firmly enhances its future.

On The Market

The Perfect Mid-Century, NSW South Coast Beach House Is For Sale

This mid-century Mollymook Beach house is perfect in its proportions, feel and water views... and it's on the market!

Creative People

Creating Original, Ever-Changing Gardens With Kep Horticulture’s Andy Kepitis

Kep Horticulture founder Andy Kepitis talks how to create dynamic gardens, and his aversion to 'certain' plant palettes!


Heide Museum’s Enchanting New Healing Garden

Heide Museum of Modern Art opens a new healing garden – a therapeutic space to benefit the mind, soul, and body.

Tiny Homes

The Most Inspiring Tiny Homes Of 2021

From converted shipping containers to prefabricated dwellings available for purchase, these were our favourite tiny houses of 2021.


The Top 10 Architect-Designed Homes Of 2021

The Design Files' most-read architecture features of 2021 - these 10 houses are cream of the crop in Australian residential design!


An 1800s Stable Turned Contemporary Home Connected To Bushland, History + Family

Sibling Architecture director Qianyi Lim and her sister are converting an 1800s cottage and brick stables into two family homes in Forest Lo...


A Spectacular Central Otago Home That Retreats Into The Landscape

On an exposed Central Otago, New Zealand site with historic mining tailings lies Black Quail – a breathtaking new home designed by Bergend...


An Inspiring Renovation Of A Post-War Melbourne Home

Director of Maike Design, Mairead Murphy, saved a post-war Brunswick East house from demolition, and transformed it into her beautiful famil...


A Fremantle Home Addition Immersed In Nature

Over a 12 year period, Simon Pendal Architect extended this 1940s Fremantle home with a series of ‘cave-like chambers' and luscious garden...


Interior Stylist Steve Cordony’s 19th Century Country Home

Inside Rosedale Farm – the restored 1877 country property of interior stylist Steve Cordony and Michael Booth in Orange, NSW.


A Quietly Robust Brunswick Home That Fits Together Like A Puzzle

Brunswick House is a quietly robust project by Placement Studio, utilising joinery that fits together like a puzzle to cleverly define rooms...


A New Chapter For An Eclectic 100-Year-Old Cottage

A subtle update to an eclectic 100-year-old cottage in Ivanhoe, designed by Inbetween Architecture.


A Japanese-Inspired Heritage Home Transformation

Ha Architecture overcame heritage restrictions to transform this Hawthorn home into a Japanese-inspired tranquil space.


A Flood-Proof Transformation Of A 1960s Brisbane Home

Lineburg Wang saved a 1960s Paddington, Brisbane home from future flood damage, and added an inspired indoor-outdoor extension.

Designers At Home

At Home With Architect Shin Kil + Visual Merchandiser Jessie Choi

The minimalist Fitzroy apartment of architect Shin Kil and visual merchandiser Jessie Choi, featuring the sleek Samsung The Serif TV.

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