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A Toowoomba Family Home, Designed To Transcend Time

A Toowoomba Family Home, Designed To Transcend Time


by Amelia Barnes

Tjuringa by Jesse Bennett Studio features a central courtyard with an existing rosewood tree.  Photo – Kristoffer Paulsen.

The new home has been constructed using a custom brick mix in reference to the previous brick house, with an elevated, concrete structure suspended between five monumental columns that ‘floats’ over the top. Photo – Kristoffer Paulsen.

The concrete superstructure element protects the home from harsh Toowoomba westerly winds, and offers privacy away from a trafficked road above.  Photo – Kristoffer Paulsen.

The interiors opens to the landscape on the east side, while bunkering down on the western side to suit the site conditions. Photo – Kristoffer Paulsen.

A terrace off the dining area. Photo – Kristoffer Paulsen.

The main bedroom completely opens to stunning views. Photo – Kristoffer Paulsen.

An expansive lawn wraps

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Landscape Paintings: Brief History

Landscape paintings are one of the most tried and true art forms. Artists have tried to capture the world around them since the beginning of time. That being said, the art form has definitely evolved over the centuries to become the concept it’s known as today. From a mountain landscape painting to a beautiful sunset, this is a brief history of landscape paintings.

What Defines a Landscape Painting?

A landscape painting is generally accepted as a piece of art that focuses on natural scenery. While some landscape paintings feature human or manmade components but they aren’t the focal point of the painting. Common themes include mountainscapes, bodies of water, skyscapes, forests, coastlines, and more.

The First Landscape Paintings

While paintings of natural scenery have been around since the drawings that humanity’s prehistoric ancestors drew the sun on cave walls, the concept of landscape paintings as they’re known today first came … Read more

A True Family Home, Passed Down Over Generations

A True Family Home, Passed Down Over Generations


by Lucy Feagins, Editor

The kitchen was refurbished by Cantilever in 2019. The tiles are a tribute to the original dairy fit-out with an original iron window. Anchor ceramics planters . Lidded vessels, banded vases, bowls and small painting by Martin Tighe. Yuko Ando jug and bowl from Kyoto. Vintage ceramic storage jars from op-shop and vintage Chinese teapot. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Jennifer in the courtyard at a Tait Jack + Jil table setting. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Tran Cong Dung woodcut from Vietnam. Selection of vintage ceramics including Denby ‘Chevron’ tea set. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Main painting form Martin’s Werrimul series. Vintage Thonet chairs. Pine dining table made by Martin Tighe.

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Sale

Are you planning on selling your home anytime soon? Before putting the property on the market, it is always worth putting in a bit of work to get the home ready to sell as this could help you to earn more from the sale as well as find a buyer much faster. There are many ways that you can get a home ready for a sale which could make a huge difference – sometimes this will involve spending a little more, but you can usually get this back in the resale price and attract more potential buyers so it could even drum up some competition.

Get Any Repairs Carried Out

First, if there are any areas around the home that need repairing then this should be the first thing to do. People will be put off by a home that they know needs work or it could allow them to … Read more

The Ultimate Working From Home Salad

The Ultimate Working From Home Salad


Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Roasted Brussels sprouts ready for the salad. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Roasted Brussels sprouts salad with toasted hazelnuts and tart apple matchsticks. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Brussels sprouts are to be halved before popped in the oven. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

When cooked right, Brussels sprouts are a real winter treat. Sweet and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside – they are one of my very favourite vegetables. Sometimes I cook them in a hot cast iron pan so they become all nice and charred, or shallow fry them whole, and other times I like to halve them and roast them in a super hot oven. The outer leaves become almost chip-like and they caramelise wonderfully. Today for this incredibly simple salad, they get the roasting treatment, and while they are in the oven, the

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