See Inside Victoria’s Great Private Gardens + Art Collections, From Home!

In any other year, the NGV Women’s Association Garden Day would be held in person, with walking maps and refreshments provided. But this year – like everything else – the popular fundraising event is all taking place online!

At the NGVWA’s first-ever Virtual Garden Day next week, visitors will discover some of Victoria’s most splendid private oases. Working with the theme ‘Artists + Collectors’, the ticketed virtual event will explore the gardens of prominent artists and collectors via a guided tour with the owner, and even catch a glimpse of their spectacular art collections. Owners the likes of artist Bill Henson will discuss their favourite plants and spots to retreat to, as well as the parallel creative impulses behind landscape design and art creation or collection.

The video above made by our friends at SIRAP has some beautiful sneak peeks at some of the incredible garden tours on offer –

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Shop These Brilliant Country Road Gifts With An Exclusive Christmas Discount!

From their canvas tote bags to the classic logo sweats, Country Road pieces have been a staple of Australian wardrobes for decades. 

Originally founded back in 1974 as a women’s shirt business, the label quickly became one of Australia’s leading lifestyle brands. Today, there are 86 Country Road store locations in Australia and New Zealand, 4 stores in South Africa, plus the global online store, all of which offer timeless apparel, accessories and homewares for women, men, and children. 

To make your Christmas shopping as easy as possible this year, we’ve teamed up with Country Road to bring you our very own curated guide to their best gifts – at a discounted price! 

From your workplace Kris Kringle, to the Dad that has everything, there’s something for everyone, and at a variety of price points. 

Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

– A quality beach towel that never

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Get Your Christmas Bling On With 20% Off Jewellery At Medley!

After the year we’ve all had, the impending festive season feels more highly anticipated than ever before. But while you’re scrambling to fulfil all your Christmas shopping lists, don’t forget to treat yourself!

Local bling designers Medley are all about bringing quality, affordable jewellery to your fingertips. The label’s pieces are available in either 10-carat solid gold or 18K fine gold plated, in yellow or rose gold, which are paired with natural and new-age stones.

Small but solid earrings like the Powerhouse Hoop are perfect for adding a pop of glamour to an everyday look, while the Pearl Hook Up Earring is definitely more of an end-of-year office party vibe.

In anticipation of a socially-distanced Christmas lunch, layer up the décolletage with the Mini Paperclip Chain and Weaver Choker for dramatic effect. Or REALLY go all out with the Micro Ms. Brightside Diamond Studs.

It’s going to be a

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Get Your Christmas Shopping Sorted With 25% Off All Thames & Hudson Books! – The Design Files

Whether it’s your office kris kringle, parents, friend or niece you’re buying for this Christmas, you can never go wrong with a great book!

Thames & Hudson are Australia’s leading publisher of illustrated visual arts books, and we’ve teamed up with them this Christmas to offer TDF readers a special 25% discount! 

This discount is available site-wide on the Thames & Hudson website, but our top picks are of course in the design section. Standouts include MMXX – a survey of the most influential, innovative and exciting Australian architecture over the past 20 years – and Design Lives Here that spotlights contemporary Australian interiors. 

Green thumbs meanwhile will love the lush, local gardens influenced by mid-century modernism on display in Living Outside.

We’d probably purchase Truth Bomb for the incredible cover alone, but the pages filled with inspiring and unfiltered words from groundbreaking female artists are even more impressive.  

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The Most Sophisticated Family Home In Toorak Is For Sale

This grand home in Toorak is one of those enviable Melbourne heritage homes that you drive past and can’t help but wonder what lies behind the front door, and perhaps even momentarily imagine your own dream family life here (is that weird?). In this case, the heritage 1930s character of the home is complemented by a crisp and contemporary renovation – and one seriously amazing garden! 

For the past seven years, this incredible space has been the home of Georgia Danos, creative and brand director of James Richardson Furniture (JRF), her husband Julian, and their two children. After a renovation and new kitchen by award winning design studio Hecker Guthrie, the home has a relaxed, bright and breezy layout, and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise natural light and views across the garden and pool. ‘The open-plan kitchen and family room area is the heart of the home. We spend more

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A Compact Perth Home Filled With Arches + Innovation – The Design Files

When the clients of this North Perth project engaged architect Nic Brunsdon, they requested a house that would maximise the compact site, much like a Japanese urban-infill house, and ideally be made from concrete. 

Budget restrictions meant using in situ concrete wasn’t possible, so Nic Brunsdon’s team devised an alternative: concrete precast panels. These panels would not only be utilised as the actual building structure, but as the finishing material throughout the interiors. 

‘By using this commercial construction system as the main conceptual organising principle, the project was able to gain significant budget and time savings, while maintaining legible design integrity and innovation in housing type,’ says practice director Nic Brunsdon.

Two panel types were selected for the project – one for the ground floor running east-west (parallel to the street), and another for the upper-storey running north-south and pointing to the city. 

Each panel is punctuated with one

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