A couple of years ago, Kirsten Roberts was on a career trajectory most people dream of. She had a successful international women’s mentoring business alongside CEO stints, management consultancy roles and even stand-up comedy gigs, until she suffered a life-changing neurological episode in 2019.
Forced to stop for the first time in her life, Kirsten turned to art to heal herself. What emerged was a revelation for the born-again creative: a powerful painting practice that grapples with the strength of women and the artistic spirit. Now she uses her art as a way to spread a fierce political message of self-worth to other women. It’s a truly inspiring story.
Being the fan favourite on a cult television reality show (in arguably its best season ever!) was just the beginning of everything for Marion Grasby. After Masterchef, she started Marion’s Kitchen with her mum, Noi, to bring the family recipes from her childhood to local kitchens and dinner tables.
Eleven years and 8 million digital followers (!) later, Marion’s products are stocked in supermarkets and speciality grocers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia (and direct-to-consumer in the US). She generally describes herself as a creator and founder, but these days her job encapsulates author, chef, publisher, food product developer, dishwasher, coffee-maker and soon-to-be homewares and lifestyle product developer!
This is a day in her tasty, colourful, super fun Noosa life.
Ines English is self-admittedly ‘obsessed’ with her converted warehouse apartment, and it’s not hard to see why!
Located in the iconic 1915 Griffiths Building in Surry Hills, the apartment has been rented by the actress and student since mid 2020, alongside her partner, Caleb Harrower, tattoo artist and owner of Tattoo Rosies.
The couple fell in love with the apartment’s wide timber floorboards, original ceiling beams, and New York City feel, all of which have been a dream to decorate!
The most-read content on The Design Files covers Australian homes, so it’s no surprise that Residential Architecture is the most popular category in our annual TDF + Laminex Design Awards!
In a year dominated by material shortages and project delays, it’s amazing to see so many projects not only being completed, but setting new standards of design excellence.
As always, our judges (Aaron Peters, director of Vokes and Peters; Kerstin Thompson, principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects; and Tristan Wong, director of SJB’s Melbourne studio) struggled to whittle down the shortlist to just these 18 projects. Take a closer look at them below, and stay tuned for the winners announcement in September!
So often, good architecture is assessed on the successful connection it establishes between building and place. A less frequently mentioned criteria is its capacity to engage people with each other.
The clients of this home in Auckland, New Zealand are a pair of hospitality professionals, and were very vocal about their desire for a hospitality-focussed home design! Multiple gathering zones, a generous kitchen and a pétanque green were requirements, and architecture firm Maud delivered!
Late last year we brought you the family story of Holly Thompson and Stephanie Lane, owners of homewares and vintage furniture business Goodspace, who parent their respective daughters Lola (5) and Frida (6) under the one Melbourne roof.
That alone makes this home special, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to also spotlight the incredible mid-century interiors in a little more detail!
The pair came across the Kew East rental property in 2019, and while it wasn’t quite right practically, they knew they had to have it.
With their styling flair and clever interventions, they’ve turned a two bedroom house (with green carpet in every room) into an impossibly stylish, love-filled home for four.
Sydney landscape designer and editor of The Planthunter joins us again today with Plant / Life, her monthly garden column! Today Georgina introduces the lush Redfern garden of fashion designer turned garden designer Ian McMaugh. It’s a treasure trove of unusual plantings and epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants) – the perfect treatment for a challenging and very tiny outdoor space! – Lucy
Michael Bates of Bates Landscape started work on this garden 12 years ago, under different owners. Once the property was sold, the new custodians re-engaged the landscape designer to rework the garden, to complement a new renovation.
Centred around the new Madeleine Blanchfield-designed residence, a bold sculptural artwork, and a desire to activate all parts of the steep and windy site, Michael’s new garden layout connects a variety of functional and aesthetic pockets through a central lawn.
Each outdoor space in this vast and varied garden is its own moment!
A new month is upon us, which means a new Tasty Tuesday contributor. This month we welcome Kate Berry, aka the ‘Lunch Lady‘! Lunch Lady is Kate’s blog and quarterly print magazine, all about food + family.
Kate is kicking off the month with her amazing ‘Chocnana Pops’, which are such a genius yet ridiculously easy snack idea, they barely warrant a recipe!