A Day In The Life Of Fred’s Head Chef, Danielle Alvarez

Danielle Alvarez has always been interested in cooking, but she never imagined it would become her job, let alone in a restaurant on the other side of the world. 

The Florida native initially studied art history, before switching to professional cooking. Her first cooking job was an internship at three Michelin star restaurant, The French Laundry, in the Napa Valley, followed by a stint in San Francisco, where she began defining the type of chef she wanted to be. ‘I was very interested in the small farms and the incredible tasting organic produce that finds its way into so many kitchens in San Francisco,’ she says. 

Danielle went on to spend four years at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, before a holiday to Australia changed everything. ‘It was actually on that first trip that I just had that feeling that I needed to come back here,’ she says. ‘I

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These Emerging Designers Are The Next Big Things!


A young studio helmed by architect Pete Kennon, Kennon works on projects of various scale and function, from single residential buildings to commercial projects, striving to create value socially, environmentally and economically.

In contrast to the might of commercial property development, Kennon’s ethos is centred around making valuable, purposeful additions to urban landscapes. Their work is an exploration of how our built environment can elicit an emotive response.

Read our story on Kennon’s most recent project here.


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Sally Anderson’s New Works Balance Home And Nature In A Pandemic Age

Artist Sally Anderson moved her young family to a 10-acre property in Newrybar, NSW at the tail end of 2019, while their permanent Sydney home underwent renovations. What sounds like foresight was actually just luck, as the artist, her partner and 3-year-old son Augie moved to the Northern Rivers just before one of the most seismic years in living memory.

Now, they are waiting out the storm in an old farmhouse close to the sea, where Sally paints in a temporary studio she has set up in a spare bedroom. 

The relocation has represented a shift in Sally’s practice, one that can be tracked through the body of work which make up her new exhibition, Bridal Veil Falls, the Window and the Piano Lesson. The pieces in this exhibition are deliberately lighter, less dense and more direct than earlier works, and reference the work of Matisse, Bonnard and Richard 

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A Sorrento Beach House Devoted To Its Modernist Past

The owners of this 1960s McGlashan Everist home in Sorrento held off renovation plans for a decade until they found the perfect architects for the job. Armed with a back catalogue of the McGlashan Everist’s mid-century designs, and a reverence for this coastal piece of mid-century architecture, Melbourne-based firm Cera Stribley were the perfect collaborators for the job.

‘The client’s brief was not to create a new home, but to amplify and respect the existing architecture,’ explains principal architect and director, Chris Stribley. ‘It was very important that we retained as much of the original as possible.’

Rather than focusing on introducing new materials, or significantly changing the home’s footprint, Chris and his team worked on updating structural systems and making slight alterations to the floor plan to suit contemporary family living. Installing hydronic heating and double glazed windows were the first port of call, while replacing the original canvas

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This Modernist Homestead With The Best Lounge EVER Is On The Market

Designed in 1975 by modernist architecture partnership H. Ruskin Rowe & Elmes, the incredible double brick late modernist home is the ultimate party house, with a panoramic entertaining wing and a covered patio which wraps around almost the whole house! The kitchen sits at the centre of the home, in order to service both formal and informal dining spaces, and tucked away via a spiral staircase, the turret-like second floor contains just one room: a bedroom slash office space, whose in-built gingham (!) lounge looks out over the treetops.

Though the refined modernist details throughout the rest of the house deserve attention (we’re looking at you, pink Italian marble lining the diva-esque master bathroom), who could draw their eyes away from the spectacular lounge?! The psychedelic fitted sofa suite is built into the wall, forming a semi-circular arrangement around the statement gas fireplace. A suspended copper hood is the centrepiece

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A Rare Mid-Century Gem Near Heide Is For Sale!

The suburb of Eaglemont in Melbourne’s north-east sits at the centre of the city’s bohemian history. With architecture steeped in mid-century tradition and located a stone’s throw from the Heide Museum of Modern Art (a hub for Australia’s early modernist painters!), the tightly held locale is rich with cultural esteem, and some seriously hot heritage property. 

So there will surely be fierce competition for this double storey, freestanding family home that just hit the market!

Designed by architect Michael Heffernan in 1966 in the style of Robin Boyd and Frank Lloyd Wright, this incredible brick home has only changed owners three times in its lifetime. Joceline of Mount Eagle General Store and her husband Jake bought the property for their young family in 2017, citing the distinct architectural features and ‘picturesque neighbourhood’ as the reasons for their purchase.

The house was inspired by Fritz Janeba’s iconic residential designs, dotted through

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