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A Queenslander Turned Multigenerational, Japanese-Inspired Home

The owners of this Queenslander in Brisbane’s Northgate came to Arcke architects with an idea: lift the original structure, and create a self-contained, wheelchair-accessible apartment underneath. 

Inspired by this vision and the client’s love of Japanese architecture, Arcke took this one step further, creating an ‘engawa’ (a Japanese covered area facing a garden) between the two storeys.

This shared space and its relationship to the garden provides social interaction between the multigenerational family occupants on both levels, and a serene green outlook able to be enjoyed from above, below, and within.

A Designer’s Richly Layered Rental Property!

The power of decoration is on full display in the gorgeous rented Melbourne home of Sarah Shinners, design manager at Simone Haag (you might recognise her from our Dream Job column!), and prosthetist Patrick Shinners. 

When the couple moved into the Clifton Hill property in 2013, the interiors were covered in the one shade of beige. Fortunately, thanks to their flexible landlord, Sarah and Patrick were able to cosmetically transform the property, introducing new paint colours and curtains along the way.

Their home today is a warm, welcoming and layered space, dotted with art and objects created and collected over many years. Just goes to show – you don’t need to own your home, to make it your own!

Seafood Stew – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

FOODSeafood Stew - The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

I was always so amazed when my Mum would make this stew as child. She would turn a fish head and some scrappy vegetables into the most amazing meal, bulked out with rice to feed our big family. With my dad migrating to Australia from Malta as a young adult, and my mum being first generation Australian (my maternal grandparents also migrated from Malta), making use of ends and bits was normal. It was in fact a celebration of how resourceful the cook could be, to create something satisfying and nourishing for their family.

My version is a little more dressed up than my mother’s version, but can easily be made the same way using basic fish offcuts. Any seafood can be also added, like blue swimmer crab, mussels or scallops (just be aware of cooking times).The combination of fennel and seafood is one that I love. But if you’re not a fennel lover, don’t let it put you off this recipe, I suggest omitting just the fennel seeds, as they are more pungent than the sweet bulb itself.

I really love eating this stew with a grilled baguette rubbed with olive oil and garlic, or as my mum did, with a scattering of rice, which you add raw into the broth 15 or so minutes before serving.

Seafood Stew ingredients. Handmade plates by Jessilla Rogers. Recipe – Julia Busuttil Nishimura, Styling – Natalie Turnbull, Photo – Eve Wilson.

Seafood Stew. Handmade plates by Jessilla Rogers. Cutipol Gold Cutlery from Francalia. Recipe – Julia Busuttil Nishimura, Styling – Natalie Turnbull, Photo – Eve Wilson.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura and ceramicist Jessilla Rogers at the table. Photo – Eve Wilson.

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