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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 7 Days to Go! – Yellowtrace

Yellowtrace Truly, the people at Yellowtrace do not settle for anything less than amazing. This is evidenced in their super cool and fun, quirky designs.  A closer look reveals that these designs are not all crazy and kooky, some are just downright awesome. Each and every one of these photos tells the viewer something amazing…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 8 Days to Go! – Temple & Webster

Temple & Webster Oh, how cosy. How comforting and cosy. Temple & Webster’s Insta makes us want to crawl back into bed in the best possible way – preferably into one of their ultra-layered, plush settings!   Isn’t it nice to land on a gram where most of the stuff you can actually buy? It’s…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 9 Days to Go! – Ivy Muse Melbourne

Ivy Muse Isn’t is great how much of a thing it is nowadays to have an abundance of indoor plants? Of course, it’s good for your health, but it’s also so nice to be able to get a little Jumanji (the Robin Williams version, obviously) and we’ll admit to finding it a little bit addictive…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 10 Days to Go! – Zephyr + Stone

Zephyr and Stone The first thing you notice about designers Zephyr and Stone is their immaculate ability to mix the most basic of colors and have them look like a million dollars. They are like the black sedan you see carrying somebody important. Classic, authoritative, and timeless-and did we mention a serious command of respect? …
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 11 Days to Go! – Emma O’Meara

Emma O’Meara Family, freedom and an overall sense of happy reign supreme when it comes to the stylings of Emma O’Meara. Her cheerful, colorful components and expert way of arranging everything in a room to be just so makes you want to linger in the happy environment forever!     Photos of the stylists’ daughters…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 12 Days to Go! – Aus Design Review

Aus Design Review Today’s feature Aus Design Review is the account linked to the online version of Niche Media’s architecture and design publications – and it’s a little bit architecturally Extra with a capital E. Big picture and exteriors rather than interiors and decor, we’re all about their gram’s favourite camera angle – shooting from…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 13 Days to Go! – Bowerbird Interiors

Bowerbird Interiors Bowerbird Interiors are like the cool kids that are nice to you but still just so simply chic that you always initially feel a bit, well, frumpy. They love the details in the most simple and understated way that you’d almost think they put in no effort at all – like that perfect…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 14 days to go! – Rachel Castle and Things

Rachel Castle and Things Imagine the scent of sweet bubble gum, and then blowing a bubble with it and hearing it pop. But instead of just putting the confection back in your mouth for more fun, you realize that the bubble pop has left your room looking colorful with each piece radiating positivity and happiness,…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 15 Days to Go! – The Real Estate Stylist

The Real Estate Stylist If it is design worthy of a decorator to the stars you seek, you should stop clicking right now. The designer we want to show you today is TRES, or The Real Estate stylist. Sisters Sara and Amy took inspiration from the women who knows best – their mother, great grandmother…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 16 Days to Go! – Hunting for George

Hunting for George Who is George, and why are we hunting for him? We like a mysterious character as much as the next lady, but in this case, we’re led to two sisters who shared a passion for homewares and interiors and decided to develop an online store with a tidy selection of products. One…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 17 Days to Go! – Fenton & Fenton

Fenton & Fenton  Do you ever see a person or a space unashamedly layering colour, and wonder why it stresses you out so much? Even if we are self-confessed rainbow addicts, why do we play it so safe when it comes to putting more than two colours together in the home? Born from a desire…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 18 Days to Go! – Designstuff

Designstuff When we think of Scandinavian culture, many wonderful things come to mind. Some of us might imagine the strength and rich history of vikings. Others may think of sweet lingonberry pancakes, a delicious treat in the culture. However, this design will leave an impression you like none other you’ve seen before.  Like the ingenuity…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 19 Days to Go! – Inside Out

Inside Out Mag If one seeks to combine the right amount of atmosphere with the right amount of fun, then you have come to the right place. The concepts and executions of Inside Out will have you seeking ways to make your own space emulate the stylings captured here.  What we love the most about…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 20 Days to Go! – The Local Project

The Local Project Do you ever return from overseas travel and feel oh-so blessed to live in the lucky country? Australians on the whole love nature, and living an indoor/outdoor lifestyle is simply how we are raised. Therefore, the connection of any residential build to its surrounds makes or breaks its execution, and is demanded…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 21 Days to Go! – Interiors Addict

Interiors Addict Founded and managed by self-diagnosed interiors addict Jen Bishop, @interiorsaddict is the Instagram account attached to Jen’s renovation and interiors blog of the same name. With blogging as her full time employment for almost the last eight years, her gram is the slightly more personal version of her blog. Enjoy regrams of inspiration…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes –22 Days to Go! – Dot + Pop

Dot + Pop Today we introduce an inspirational blog turned interior design and styling guru! Dot + Pop is the vision of self-proclaimed interior design addict Eve Gunson. Lovingly named as a heart-warming tribute to her late grandparents, Dot + Pop prides itself on being enthusiastic about everything to do with architecture, design, renovations, and…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 23 Days to Go! – Norsu Interiors

Norsu Interiors The designs that come from the minds of the artists at Norsu Interiors combine a ladylike spirit with function, and the results are nothing short of the rooms you might see in Hollywood or Paris. The primary colors used in their designs include cream, pink, dusty rose, and white. Occasionally you might find…
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24 Days Of Christmas Crushes – 24 days to go! Habitus Living

Habitus Living Oh, for the love of design! Born from pure passion, Habitus living captures interiors, architecture and design products the Asia Pacific that break down the barriers between design and functional living. The team beg the question; be it your train station, your kitchen, or your kettle, why shouldn’t every new piece of design…
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BuildHer Student Story – UPDATE Clarke Street

Can you believe that two months has gone by since the first project update? And what a hectic two months it has been. Progress on paper, progress on site, two kids birthday’s and one European sojourn later and I am ready for a sleep in this weekend! I guess nothing inspires progress like paying rent…
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Friends of BuildHer….. Sage x Clare

This week I was super lucky to be able to chat with Phoebe from Sage x Clare about all things to do with her and her beautiful eclectic homewares business. “Every day we aim to delight and inspire our customers… But most of all, we want to take you on a journey”  Tell us a…
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The Outlook of this 1940s Home Just Got a Lot Brighter…

Designed by Baker Drofenik Architects One of the greatest improvements you can make to a house is to introduce more natural light. Light makes a home feel larger, more welcoming and fills those who live in it with life and energy. In the search for more space filled with natural light, Baker Drofenik Architects created a new living…
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Friends of BuildHer…… Harbro Furniture

When we needed a custom sofa to fit the space perfectly at our Alpha House perfectly, we called on Bryce and his team at Harbro Furniture knowing they could do the job….. and do the job they did! Not only once…. but twice! Based in Melbourne, they manufacture high quality and custom-made furniture for residential…
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A Modern Take on the Traditional Fibro Beach Shack

Designed by Bourne Blue Architecture “Blueys Beach is a popular holiday destination, on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The original houses in this coastal village are simple fibro or weatherboard structures. They are weather-beaten and basic, yet they generally offer a relaxing beach holiday experience. Unfortunately, when properties change hands, original buildings are often…
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A BuildHer Collective Student Story…… Alison Lewis

Meet Alison, another of our Masterclass Students. Alison is currently onto her second project and is owner building the process. A challenge for sure, but one she feels she can handle with the team from BuildHer by her side every step of the way. Here’s her story:  “My name’s Alison and I’m an interior designer…
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Friends of BHC…… Plyroom

Their ethos is simplicity, their furniture is beautiful. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Plyroom showroom and sat down for a chat with the lovely Elise, Founder of Plyroom. Elise’s heritage is Italian. Her Mum was born there and migrated to Australia when she was 10. In 2012, Elise and her husband decided…
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A Renovation Which Resulted in Less, Not More. But Who’s Complaining?

Set in an existing 1950s bungalow in Castlecrag this is an addition with a grand total of zero extra square metres. Castlecrag is a suburb originally designed by the infamous architect/husband and wife team Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin to blend into the environment; a suburb set in bushland. In contrast, “developer-driven suburban sprawl throughout…
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Friends of BuildHer……. Sarah Kelk – Artist

Sarah Kelk is a Melbourne based painter whose work is expressive, colourful and abstract. Energised blocks of colour are central to her work, and although traces of structure appear, references to decorative arts, patterns, architecture and nature are visible in a less ordered energy. Her approach is fluid and intuitive, exploring bold structure without abandoning…
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A BuildHer Collective Student Story……..Yolanda

This is Yolanda. Yolanda is part of our BuildHer Masterclass where we teach you to build and renovate just like us! Yolanda and her family have recently started their reno project and are currently knee deep in demolition (and loving it!) Since so many of you are either planning builds or renovations, halfway through, or…
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Hawthorn House Embraces the Challenge of Renovating a Terrace

Designed by Chan Architecture Renovating and extending a typical Victorian terrace always poses a unique set of challenges. The blocks are often long and narrow, with a symmetrical arrangement of period-style bedrooms at the front of the house divided by a central corridor, leading out to a small lean-to structure that was typically constructed in the…
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Could You Live at Home While Your Extension is Being Built?

Designed by Modscape A gaping hole in the wall. Builders constantly banging away. All. Of. The. Dust. Deciding to live at home while your renovation is being built is a living nightmare. And borderline insane. It can also cost you. Builders prefer to have full access and control over the site, so they’ll often add a…
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Do we really need a designer or can we design ourselves?

Whilst I have always advocated for using designers where required (Architects, Interior Designers, Building Designers and Draftsmen) I am also an advocate for research and well, nailing your design yourself. So, do we have to be ‘designers’ to create a designer space? The simple answer, well, no. If you can put time and effort into your…
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Stuck on Whether to Renovate or Demolish and Start Over?

Designed by TONIC Design How do you decide whether to renovate or demolish and start again? In need of a new master bedroom suite, better living spaces with a connection to the outdoors and separate children’s spaces, the owners of Garden View House in Moorooka, Brisbane faced this problem. But, with the help of TONIC…
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A Small Addition Creates a Home Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Designed by MRTN Architects Light and dark, east and west, new and old, Dark Light House’s new living pavilion contrasts without simply doing the opposite. When a humble, but beloved beach-house becomes a full-time family home, it becomes necessary for a little more living space. MRTN Architects’modest addition transforms and reorients the home, respecting the…
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A New Rear Living Area Creates a Better Connection to the Outdoors

Designed by McManus Lew Architects We love to get out and enjoy the backyard, but too often our homes are disconnected from our outdoor spaces. Saturn II shows you what you can do… Creating a great connection from living spaces to the backyard can offer you a whole other room of outdoor space. Even a…
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1970s Apartment Update for a Professional Couple and Their Bulldog

Designed by Studio Benicio This young professional couple and their adorable bulldog were lucky enough to snag an apartment in a great location (Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches). The only problem was, after being built in the 1970s, the apartment had barely been updated, leaving it feeling tired and out-dated. The couple came to Studio Benicio…
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Hold the Wrecking Ball! When Demo, Then Reno Is Not the Solution

Designed by Jos Tan Architects Oftentimes, the tiniest of renovations can have the biggest impact. Weighing (measuring?) in at 35 square metres of renovated space and mere metres of additional floor area, Coronet by Jos Tan Architects is undeniably small. The owner of Coronet, a keen cook, wanted an entertainer’s kitchen and dining area big…
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A Tight Site and Heritage Controls; Dealing With All the Constraints

Designed by Dan Webster Architecture Styled by Larritt-Evans, Built by Made Form, Photographed by Eve Wilson Have you ever noticed a small tree which has burst through layers of concrete only to emerge in the middle of a median strip with several lanes of traffic either side? The tree’s struggle, against all odds, makes for…
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Architects Use Renovation as an Opportunity to Chase the Sun

Designed by Davidov Partners Architects Chase the sun. Not just my favourite song of the early 2000s, but also a rallying call to all home builders and renovators, and exactly what Davidov Partners Architects have done in the reno of this Caufield North Californian Bungalow. Maybe they’re Planet Funk fans too? Derived from a destination…
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THAT House Defies Its Neighbours In Every (Good) Way Possible

Designed by Austin Maynard Architects The site of THAT House neighboured by huge houses. Austin Maynard Architects were asked to provide the family with ‘just the right amount of space’… By creating large openings and generous connections to the garden the architects aimed to make this modest-sized home feel abundant and broad. The result is…
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High House Reno Takes Light, Functionality and Space to New Heights

Designed by Dan Gayfer Design Living close to the city certainly has its advantages – good public transport, the buzz of the inner-city and easy access to all the coolest bars and restaurants. The downside – especially in older terrace houses – is the cramped and dark living conditions. High House is in Melbourne’s trendy…
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A Wash of White Unifies Old and New

Designed by Kennedy Nolan Architects Westgarth House Sitting on a corner site in a quiet, leafy street, Westgarth House would not be out-of-place in a sleepy country town. The original timber Edwardian home faces the narrow street frontage while a much wider, north-facing boundary faces a generous grass nature strip. Kennedy Nolan Architects transformed the…
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Narrow Terrace Hides Several Space-defying Surprises

Designed by Pandolfini Architects In spite of the voracious redevelopment that’s happened in Port Melbourne over the last 20 or so years, the original cottages and terraces are stamped with strict heritage and building controls. The design of this Port Melbourne home had to show sensitivity to these rules while aiming to create a family…
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Some Simple Modifications Transform This Unrenovated Family Home

Designed by Winwood Mckenzie Architecture Simple ideas = huge impact. Winwood Mckenzie Architecture transformed this post-war cream brick house into a light-filled and functional family home by maintaining and refreshing the majority of rooms, while making a few key investments… The architects were asked to “transform the unrenovated house into a contemporary light filled residence and reorient the…
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How Can You Fit a Family of Six in 140 Square Metres?

Designed by buck&simple As our houses get bigger (they’re already the biggest in the world), and our families get smaller, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to imagine how you could fit a family of six in a three bedroom home. We’ve become accustomed to all that space. But is it really necessary? Buck&simple show us it’s not with this…
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A New Living Pod Creates a Central Courtyard at This Brunswick Home

Designed by ArchiBlox A prefabricated extension in Brunswick by ArchiBlox is set well away from the original house to create a central courtyard which all living areas wrap around… The new addition contains a lounge, dining area, kitchen and study nook. A generous pantry and seperate laundry is also provided behind the kitchen. By creating an open-plan living space in the addition, the original…
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An Elegant Black Timber Extension Compliments a 19th Century Home

Designed by Ola Architecture Studio An elegant and restrained timber addition provides the perfect modern living space for a family of five (plus two energetic dogs). The home, in Melbourne’s Northcote was a dilapidated 19th Century home with a warren of back-room additions. OLA Studio’s solution removes the ineffective addition and replaces it with a double storey open-plan addition in brooding black…
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A Quirky Renovation Beautifully Reinterprets this 1930s Bungalow

Designed by Tribe Studio If you’ve got it, flaunt it. This modest, but well-constructed 1930s bungalow in Sydney certainly had its charms – complete with whimsical herringbone brick gables, a glorious brick sunburst over the door and a touch of Tudor detailing. By accentuating her assets, Tribe Studio made-over House Au Yeung with a series of decorative flourishes… While the brick bungalow…
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The Newest House on the Street Looks Like It Could Be the Oldest

Designed by Austin Maynard Architects Strolling down the back streets of Richmond gives you a different perspective of the hip inner-city suburb. Tightly-packed terraces turn their backs on bluestone laneways, the relics of an era of thunderboxes and nightmen. But the laneways of Melbourne are changing. People are finding new uses for these forgotten spaces. Brickface by Austin Maynard Architects is an example…
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Creative Entrepreneur Builds Home to Balance Design and Affordability

Designed by Hip V. Hype With land prices skyrocketing and housing affordability a distant memory, inner suburbs are becoming denser by the day. Unfortunately, this density often comes at the expense of quality of life, with pokey apartments and bare minimum balconies now the norm for inner-city living. Liam Wallis of Hip V. Hype set out…
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A Series of Airy Spaces Cascade Down the Natural Slope of This Block

Designed by Julie Firkin Architects Taking advantage of a sloping site (not something you get everyday in Melbourne), Julie Firkin Architects have created a series of bright, airy spaces which cascade down the slope towards a generous North-facing courtyard in inner-city Fitzroy… The new upper storey is clad in zinc and cantilevers dramatically over the rear courtyard, shading…
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Old Meets New – Creating a Northcote Family Home

62 Barry St, Northcote Built in the early 1900s, this inner northern city block was in need of a transformation. Hatch Design + Construction could see its potential and have brought the Victorian home back to life by creating a striking frontage and a contemporary rear extension. The heritage façade has been beautifully restored, presenting…
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In a Neighbourhood of Workers’ Cottages, There’s One Dark Horse

Designed by Architecture Architecture In a neighbourhood of workers’ cottages, there is one Dark Horse. With a stepped parapet, centred window, side door and an entrance awning, this home may, at first glance, seem like its much older neighbours. But this home is different – sleeker, more contemporary… As soon as you step inside, the…
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A Modern Wooden Box Extension Complements a Century Old Weatherboard

Designed by Moloney Architects If you take an elegant, century-old home in the regional Victorian town of Ballarat and add a modern, wooden box, what do you get? A delightful, light-filled, modern home, that’s what. Mick and Jules Moloney, co-founders of Moloney Architects created this delight for themselves, with their architecture studio in the front two rooms of the Victorian-era…
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Tiles, the make or break of your bathroom

Tiles can be daunting as they are a permanent fixture in the house and its not like you can change them on a whim. Bathrooms are now becoming show pieces of the house, they are luxurious and one of the most functional spaces of the house. When it comes to tiles  you have a few…
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Voids, Voids, Voids: Add drama to your renovation

The main feature of this house was a stunning two storey voids on top of the living room. It added drama and light to a south facing back yard which could have felt otherwise cold and dark. (In fact prior to the renovation dark and smokey was what the tini-tiny living room was all about.)…
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Modern Barn Outside, Minimal Studio and Gallery Space Inside

Review By Lunchbox Architect I’m a sucker for a good studio and this minimal, refined studio in the small Victorian town of Blackwood is a particularly nice one. Designed by Adam Kane Architects. The new garage and studio are seperate structures in matching materials clustered around a central courtyard to create a sense of community on the expansive…
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