20.3 C
Los Angeles
Sunday, May 26, 2024

Bobbi Lockyer On Solo Parenting, Birthing On Country + Fettuccine Carbonara

Bobbi Lockyer is an artist, photographer and designer living on Kariyarra Country (Port Hedland, WA) with her four boys Sebastian (13), Zenith (9), Lawrence (6) and August (4). 

We got to chat with Bobbi about her Birthing on Country photography, healing from birth trauma, and hanging onto your sanity as a solo mum. These heavenly photos of her coastal home were taken by Bobbi herself.

Preserving Plants Forever At Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Not your average photographer, Angharad Johnson is the Digitising Officer at the National Herbarium of Victoria.

Highly knowledgeable yet modest, she’s a charming ambassador (our word not hers!) for Women in STEM and her fervour for furthering global, collective knowledge is infectious.

From Mandurah to Melbourne, with a stint at London’s esteemed Natural History Museum in-between, this mother-of-two gives us an insight into her next-gen career!

Will Taking a Break from Your Diet Help You Lose More Weight?

When it comes to losing weight, diet matters. But sticking to a strict calorie-counting regimen might not be the best approach to move the needle on the scale. In fact, recent research published

A Space-Saving Courtyard That Makes Something From Nothing

GardensA Space-Saving Courtyard That Makes Something From Nothing

Kathleen Murphy of KMLD took out the Landscape Design accolade at last year’s TDF + Laminex Design Awards for her own luscious country garden at her home in the Macedon Ranges. The site for this project was located in Woodend, approximately 9 kilometres from this award-winning location.

Though close in geography, Kathleen’s garden and the new Morris Street courtyard couldn’t be more different.

The sparse site consisted of one patch of dusty grass that stretched alongside the side of the house and a patchwork fence made from sections of timber with varying heights. Kathleen’s new design is a complete transformation of this space.

Timber decking spread across the few metres from the back door of the house to the rear boundary line, ending at a set of cantilevered bench seating. The metal garden beds that wrap this back corner provide the perpendicular backing from which the inbuilt furnishing extends, neatly nestling the seated outdoor space into an abundant green nook.

From there, healthy lawn with an adjacent pavement stretches the length of the house towards a second benched area at the bottom of the garden, this time paved and anchored in a tall outdoor fireplace. The towering chute is flanked by raised steel beds, tall greenery concealing the fence-line and more cantilevered seating.

‘Everything is this garden was edited down so that what remained had to work in several ways,’ Kathleen explains. ‘For example, the custom-designed pizza oven also acts as an outdoor fireplace.’

The iron column is made from the same Corten as the surrounding veggie beds, which are raised to ensure a layered planting palette at various heights could be achieved. Concentrating this distinct, robust material in one section of the garden clearly distinguishes the spot as a functional spot primed for utilitarian activities such as vegetable harvesting, firelighting and cooking.

But as is the case with everything in this garden, all elements serve both practical and beautifying purposes. The rough metal is attractively rusted to a dark caramel hue, which presents a deep and dramatic contrast to the verdant plantings overflowing from the veggie beds. Tall plants like slender weaver bamboo offer a softening effect against the narrow metalwork and double as a screen to shield the garden from the neighbours. The pavers, lawn and timber decking all sit at the same level to ensure no bulky lips or awkward transitions interrupt the flow of the compact space. As they are, each material glides into another in the same way their functions blend and multiply.

Considering what was here before, this project is an utter revelation.

See more of Kathleen’s inspiring projects here.

Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.


Photo – Marnie Hawson.

Check out our other content

Check out other tags:

Most Popular Articles