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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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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A Coastal Family Home For Furniture Designers

Coastal Pavilion, as it’s known, is a new house designed by Mim Design on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. 

The family home belongs to Lou and Ross Nichols, owners of much-loved local furniture and lifestyle brand Coastal Living. Drawing on the relaxed, beachy style and pared-back palette of their design brand, Mim Design principal Miriam Fanning, director of architecture and Luca Vezzosi, and project architect Stella Lien, set out to create an authentic, timeless home to support contemporary living.

Miriam describes the house as a series of pavilions over split levels that respond to the site’s sloping nature and rear views. These pavilions are defined externally by differing materials, from zinc that riffs off charred timber, to painted brick, off-form concrete, and a curving breeze block wall.

A staggered hallway on entry reveals the home’s split levels separating the quiet and communal areas. ‘As regular entertainers, the design needed to integrate

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An Original 1860s Terrace In Melbourne’s Inner North Is Up For Grabs!

Of all the desirable streets in Melbourne’s inner north, Gore Street, Fitzroy is king. Surrounded by Brunswick, Smith and Gertrude Street shopping strips and nestled right on the cusp of the CBD, the leafy location is right in the thick of everything! And most of all, it has the BEST Victorian terraces.

This brick dwelling built in 1860 is one of them. Through the iron latticed facade and arched entry hallway, the ground floor front rooms retain all the details of its heritage grandeur, such as marble fireplaces and polished floorboards. The main living area at the rear is flanked by shuttered French doors, which open to a paved brick courtyard. As is customary for residential architecture of the era, the three large bedrooms are located on the second storey of the house, the main of which opens out onto a sweeping upper floor balcony (goals!). Perfect for overlooking all

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Get The Best Drinks Delivered For Christmas With A 10% Discount!

With Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and summer dinner parties all just weeks away, it’s officially time to start stocking up the fridge!

This year we’re avoiding hectic car parks, overwhelming bottle shop aisles, and inevitable checkout queues in favour of online drinks shopping from our friends at Diggin’ In The Cellars.

Diggin’ In The Cellars are the online store of acclaimed Melbourne wine bars Toorak Cellars, Milton Wine Shop, The Alps Wine Shop, The Hills and The Moon.  Since 2010, they’ve been stocking the best selection of interesting wines from Australia and the globe, and they also offer free same day delivery to all Melbourne metro customers! 

As part of our Christmas Countdown online shopping event, we’ve selected our favourite drinks available from Diggin’ In The Cellars, who are offering them to TDF readers with a 10% discount! 

First up is the Survival Pack Juice Box – 6 Pack,

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