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This Lower North Shore Family House Feels Like A Permanent Vacation!

Principal of Manolev Associates Architects Kiril Manolev fought long and hard to retain the impressive, mature palm trees on this Lower North Shore property.

The architect was engaged to design a new house onsite that retained the trees, but the original clients ended up selling the property before construction could commence.

Recognising the trees’ likely fate in new hands, Kiril contacted a buyer he knew looking to purchase in the area, and after looking at his design, they decided to buy the property and save the day! 

The resulting ‘Whisper House’ embraces its surroundings, particularly those two Bangalow palms, which frame the entry and provide a solid identity.

A Swedish-Inspired Garden In Suburban Melbourne!

Beauty meets practicality in this Swedish inspired garden, designed by Penny Starr Design.

Both the front and rear gardens of this Rosanna home have been redesigned, with family use in mind. The inspiration? An unlikely, international throwback – Ulf Nordfjell’s ‘The Daily Telegraph Garden’, winner of the best show garden at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show!

Exploring Queensland's Spectacular Western Scenic Rim

After a chilly Melbourne winter, we’ve been doing a spot of desk dreaming of getaways in warmer Northern climates. Enter, our Brisbane contributor Jo Hoban, with this epic travel experience in Queensland’s southeast!

Having recently hiked the iconic Spicers two-day Scenic Rim Trail, Jo was bubbling with enthusiasm for the western Scenic Rim region, just over an hour’s drive inland from Brisbane. While there have been devastating bushfires in some parts of the Scenic Rim recently, this section has luckily avoided the burn so far.

Jo, along with photographer, Mindi Cooke, showcase some appealing stops for exploring, eating, drinking, and shopping, from Kalbar to Spicers Peak.

'Rosy Posy' Smoothie – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

FOOD'Rosy Posy' Smoothie - The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

This smoothie recipe was such a fun one to create and name. It’s my take on the typical strawberry breakfast smoothie, but a slightly fancier version with the addition of rosewater and rose petals.

This smoothie is made with love, and I always like to make it for the special people in my life. Besides tasting delicious, Rosy Posy also has a great hit of natural antioxidants contained in the rose petals.


Ingredients (Serves 2)

1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1⁄2 cup cashew nuts, soaked for 2 hours or overnight, then rinsed

1 tsp rosewater

1⁄2 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped

2 tablespoons raw honey

2 cups of almond milk

Edible rose petals, to serve


Place the strawberries, cashews, rosewater, vanilla seeds, raw honey and almond milk in your blender and process until smooth (this will smell amazing!).

Pour into glasses and top with a few rose petals. A fun, girly creation!

Rosy Posy smoothie. Kartell Jellies water glass in transparent crystal and transparent pink from Space Furniture. Kartell Jellies carafe in transparent crystal from Space Furniture. 16/16 Arita Japan plate from Minami. Recipe by Lola Berry. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

Rosy Posy smoothie ingredients. Recipe by Lola Berry. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

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