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A Casually Confident, South Fremantle Beachside Home

Until recently, the 1907 house on this South Fremantle site was in a poor condition. Rooms were falling apart, and multiple lean-to additions had been added over the years that needed to go.

David Barr Architects were brought in to bring the property back to life, resulting in a new two-storey brick volume containing the main living areas.

The new extension toes the line between contemporary and classic – ideal for the clients and their casual beach lifestyle.

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A Pint-Sized Coastal Home That Does More With Less!

Harriet Birrell aka Natural Harry aims to live as minimally as possible – a philosophy that extends to her Bellarine Peninsula home, shared with her husband, sustainable building designer Fraser West.

At just 40 square metres, this pint-sized home is smaller than the average one-bedroom Melbourne apartment! But the couple wouldn’t have it any other way. With multipurpose features galore and vast open surroundings, what the home lacks in size it makes up for in functionality and access to nature.

Not gonna lie, this pretty much looks like THE DREAM after the last few months of lockdown in Melbourne!

Bean to Bar-tini – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

FOODBean to Bar-tini - The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

It’s funny when you talk about growing up, the memories that are evoked by chocolate.  For many people, it’s memories of parents and grownups eating and enjoying liqueur filled chocolates and bon bons. I can still remember the box with all the individually wrapped mini bottles in various brightly coloured foils (and I still wonder whose job it was to get all the writing on the foil lined up perfectly with the bottle!).

Actually, the one chocolate that almost turned me off chocolate entirely was my father’s favourite. Cherry liqueur bon bons that remind him of growing up in Europe still remind me of the worst tasting medicine you could possibly find!

This chocolate cocktail came about after an afternoon at my local bar Mr Wilkinson in Brunswick, tossing around ideas with my friends Jack and Kitty, who run the bar.  As they will attest, this cocktail combines two of my favourite things, chocolate and rum. In my opinion, these two ingredients are always the perfect partnership. Whether as a rum and raisin chocolate bar, or a rum filled bon bon, it’s a combination that never seems to date.

So alongside these two signature ingredients, the addition of the Cointreau provides a lovely balance and freshness to the mix. What is really wonderful here though, is that we are using real chocolate, so you get the honest depth and richness of quality chocolate in your cocktail, and not the harshness of imitation chocolate liquor.

Chocolate dipped mandarin and blood orange segments, with a light dusting of sea salt flakes!  The perfect condiment for Jade’s luscious chocolate martini.  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Chocolate Martini, aka the ‘Bean to Bar-tini’!  Serves here with  choc-dipped mandarin segments, with a light dusting of sea salt flakes!   Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Chocolate liquor ingredients.  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Chocolate Martini Ingredients.  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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