A Victorian Terrace Gets A Chic New Lease On Life!

Design studio Fiona Lynch have worked with the owners of this South Yarra home for years. In this latest renovation, the clients were looking to create a space where they could relax and entertain friends. ‘Prior to renovation, this west-facing Victorian terrace felt dark and unwelcoming,’ explains studio director Fiona Lynch. ‘The furniture was ill-fitting and awkward, particularly the oversized dining table.’  

The fireplaces also needed updating due to a previous, lacklustre renovation that saw the original marble fascia replaced with poorly designed, chunky sandstone replicas. 

Inspiration for the new scheme came from the client’s eclectic art collection and appreciation of design. ‘This was a delightful project where we took our client on a journey, discovering designers like Charlotte Perriand and Christophe Delcourt,’ says Fiona. 

The hero of the space is now the equally sophisticated and inviting curved Ben Ben sofa by Arflex, complemented by a range of

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A Day In The Life Of Rae Johnston, Trailblazing TV Journalist And Organisation Super-Woman! – The Design Files

Rae Johnston is an incessantly curious person. She has a system-minded brain and a constant thirst for knowledge, the perfect combo for a groundbreaking journalist at the top of her game. She is also a lifelong gamer and self-confessed geek, two passions that primed her for success in her first TV gig – a role as a video game TV presenter. This was the start of her windy, non-traditional route to journalism, one that involved no formal study and a LOT of on-the-spot learning.

‘I went through so much hate and harassment online during my early career, as one of the few female video game journalists in the country (and the world) that I’m pretty much indestructible at this point,’ she says. ‘There is very little about my own life that I keep private – I believe that by sharing the ups and downs in my life it helps break

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