The Construction Specialist Turned Conceptual Sculptor!

At pretty much the exact time Hailey Atkins developed an interest in art, she also became a construction specialist. Her love for creating art and an interest in designing homes blossomed simultaneously, and Hailey went straight into drafting and building design from high school. 

Despite loving that job, the creative impulse would not subside, and Hailey ended up studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art while she continued her work at a roofing company. ‘Initially I had planned to major in printmaking, but I ended up thriving in the sculpture department where the possibilities seemed endless,’ she says. ‘The boundaries are very flimsy and so there’s a lot of room to play.’

Hailey uses industrial materials such as concrete, plaster, joint finisher, timber, steel to create her structures, as well everyday materials like paper and textiles or discarded construction debris. These are mulched, squeezed and

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From Unliveable To Unbelievable!

From Unliveable To Unbelievable!

Architecture

by Amelia Barnes

Flos ‘String’ pendant light from Euroluce. Mark Tuckey ‘Tripod’ dining table. Cassina ‘412 Cab’ chairs from Cult. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

 Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH ‘Curve’ barstools from Space. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

Cassina ‘412 Cab’ chairs from Cult. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

B&B Italia Tufty-Time Sofa from Space. B&B Italian ‘Le Bambole 07’ sofa from Space. ‘Oxo’ coffee table from Mark Tuckey. Moroccan rug by Beni Ouarain from Loom. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans

Right: B&B Italia Tufty-Time Sofa from Space. B&B Italian ‘Le Bambole 07’ sofa from Space. ‘Oxo’ coffee table from Mark Tuckey. Moroccan rug by Beni Ouarain from Loom. Photo – Eve Wilson. Styling – Larritt-Evans.

Vibia ‘Wireflow 0300’ pendant

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A Childhood Home Refreshed For The Next Generation

When Melanie Beynon  and her team were brought in to update this once-tired brick house in Toorak, it was clear they would have to tread carefully to create a sensitive modern update for their client’s childhood home.

The first port of call was opening the closed floorplan, ensuring natural light would penetrate through the home, and to allow a sense of connectedness between communal spaces. Working within the original footprint, Melanie completely overhauled the layout to create an open-plan space. A dining and living areas surround a central kitchen at the heart of the home, flanked by stately glazing to capitalise on the garden outlook.

A fine balance was struck between rejuvenating the dwelling for a new generation, and retaining the memory-filled character of the original home. The key lay in the material expression. 

‘The discovery of the original Tasmanian Oak flooring inspired the continuity in key timber elements throughout

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A Visit to Mitchelton Estate + Gallery Of Aboriginal Art, With Ford Puma

I know I’m not the only Melbournian who has been seriously itching to leave my 5km bubble ever since the ‘ring of steel’ lifted ! Luckily – I was able to take full advantage of  this new-found freedom recently, with a drive out to Mitchelton Estate in the all-new Ford Puma!

It was a breezy drive out to Mitchelton in the Ford Puma – it’s a stylish and sporty compact SUV, but seems somehow bigger on the inside that it is on the outside. It also comes with all sorts of nifty features, like the FordPass Connect remote unlock feature (unlock your car from a distance via your phone!), and Apple CarPlay, which allows you to access music and other apps from your smart phone using the screen on the dashboard, and – my favourite, a hands-free powered tailgate to open the boot with your foot – SO handy!

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Contemporary Curves with Lauren Li

Have you noticed CURVES everywhere in interiors lately? From couches to armchairs, and even rounded edges on cabinetry and tables – sensual, organic silhouettes are in the spotlight, and we’re here for it!

For interior designer Lauren Li, this trend is all about breaking up symmetry, and softening hard architectural lines. ‘More than ever, we are looking for comfort’ she says. And if you want a sofa that ‘gives you a hug’, look no further than a piece with an inviting, curved form!

Lauren’s latest project in Camberwell saw the studio inject rich colour and contemporary yet classic design pieces into a formal sitting room and dining room in a large family home. Using deep blue and teal as a base palette, Lauren selected furniture in a neutral palette of cream, gloss black and tan upholstery – and seating with soft, inviting curves, to balance the formality and symmetry of

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Putting On The Spritz With Radiant New Table Linen From Bonnie + Neil

At the beginning of March, beloved Australian homewares brand Bonnie and Neil opened up a brand new concept space in Reservoir. The part-retail-showroom-part-workshop was a chance for shoppers to see the brand’s products in a sumptuous styled setting, as well as glimpse the process behind production.

But we all know what happened in March 2020! During the last few months of restrictions and lockdowns, Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie have been busy scaling their small team of local hand makers up and down according to the flux of demand – even making face masks for Victorians. But now they’re back on their regular beat, with a stunning new collection of table linen!

‘Clover’ is a tropical celebration of the summer months to come. Added to the fold of regular fruit prints and botanical motifs are more coastal-inspired graphics and new florals, such as foxgloves and ornamental lilies. In addition to

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