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The Design Files' Best Australian Homes Of 2021

Today we kick off our annual tradition of revisiting the BEST OF stories of 2021! First up – we’re returning to the most popular Australian Homes we featured over the past twelve months. And boy, did we uncover some gems this year!

In between multiple lockdowns and ever-changing restrictions, we managed to shoot so many homes from across the country, from a restored mid-century house overlooking the Great Ocean Road, to a renovation of a ‘90s Tuscan-style villa in Fremantle, and a former boarding house in inner-city Melbourne.

The following properties were our most-read homes stories from the entire year – let’s get into it!

Mushroom Ragú with Creamy Polenta – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

A new month means a new TASTY TUESDAY, and we’re thrilled to welcome one of our FAVE foodies, Julia Busuttil Nishimura to TDF once more (yes, we’ve already exploited her talents not once but TWICE for this column over the past couple of years!).

For this series, Julia will share four hearty, comforting Autumnal recipes with a mediterranean flavour, kicking off with her incredible creamy polenta and mushroom ragú.  What makes this series extra special are the beautiful handcrafted serving dishes Julia has selected to serve each dish – she’s paired up with her bestie, Melbourne ceramicist Jessilla Rogers to create a range of plates and bowls which perfectly complement this month’s menu. DREAM TEAM.

 

A Simple Danish Rye Bread – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Simon Bajada is an Australian food and lifestyle photographer who relocated to Stockholm in 2012 with his Swedish wife, Linda.  Here, Simon developed a great interest in Scandinavian cuisine – a passion which has culminated in a new book entitled The New Nordic, published by Hardie Grant, out this month.

Today Simon shares his recipe for a simple Danish rye bread – a surprisingly easy recipe that doesn’t require a starter, unlike the authentic version. (Both versions are included in Simon’s book, but the ease of this ‘simple’ one appealed to us!). The resulting loaf is dense and malty, just waiting to be piled high with any number of toppings for a quick and easy lunch.

A Restorative Farm Stay Designed For Sydney Families

TravelA Restorative Farm Stay Designed For Sydney Families

There aren’t many opportunities for city-dwellers to partake in idyllic country-life activities such as picking fresh produce from the garden, fetching eggs from the chicken pen, and sighting newly born calves. Fortunately, Jamberoo Valley Farm is here to fill that void!

This farm stay accomodation near Kiama, on the NSW South Coast, comprises a peaceful two-bedroom home on a 65-acre organic working farm. Among the organic fruit and vegatables grown on the farm are carrots, heirloom garlic, beetroot, sweet potato, micro herbs and blood limes (a hybrid of an Australian finger lime and a mandarin originally developed by the CSIRO). Guests are invited to hand pick produce from the cottage’s kitchen garden and collect freshly-laid eggs from the chicken pen during their stay. They also have the opportunity to feed the farm’s cows, sheep and pigs at 9am each weekday alongside the full-time farmhand, Ooreh.

This accommodation was founded by interior designer Evette Moran. The farm was originally purchased by Evette and her husband for the sole purpose of supplying organic produce to their restaurant, The Botanica, in Vaucluse in Sydney, but upon viewing the property, Evette had the idea to completely redesign the existing cottage on-site as a holiday house.

Evette designed the home herself alongside stylist Styled By Love specifically for families. ‘I wanted to make this really cosy space where everyone could reconnect with one another and nature,’ Evette says. ‘I was going for that whole ‘Scandinavian homestead’ feel. It was all about cosiness and comfort.’  To empathise the property’s views, Dulux paint shade Domino was used on the living room walls to draw the eye outside. ‘You have the rural land and that beautiful ocean. I just think that’s such an unbeatable combination,’ Evette says.

The entire accomodation has been carefully considered to provide families with a quiet and restorative, yet luxury, getaway. Every season provides its own perks, from relaxing in the steaming outdoor Swedish spa or by the fireplace in winter, to heading to the stunning nearby beaches in summer. Evette says, ‘It is quite nurturing. It’s a got a really beautiful, calm energy where you just instantly unwind.’

Book a stay at Jamberoo Valley Farm here!

Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm. Interior Design – Evette Moran. Styling – Juliet Love.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm. Interior Design – Evette Moran. Styling – Juliet Love.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm. Interior Design – Evette Moran. Styling – Juliet Love.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm. Interior Design – Evette Moran. Styling – Juliet Love.


Photo – courtesy of Jamberoo Valley Farm. Interior Design – Evette Moran. Styling – Juliet Love.

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