Interiors
Freedom spotlights Australian design with its new furniture and homewares range
Design

Freedom spotlights Australian design with its new furniture and homewares range

With everything that's been happening in the world this year, we've spent more time in our homes than ever before. As a result, we've fostered a new-found appreciation for furniture and homewares – the things that make a house a home. Popular furniture retailer Freedom is responding to our desire for quality pieces with a creative pivot – enlisting an acclaimed homewares designer to curate a new collection that reflects Australia's lifestyle. Freedom's new Australian-designed range arrives in stores this month – here's a look at what you can expect ... more

Property
West Village's historic Ice Cream Factory now offering boutique office suites and co-working spaces
Design

West Village’s historic Ice Cream Factory now offering boutique office suites and co-working spaces

Brisbane is home to a number of iconic buildings that boast a rich history and amongst this family of architectural gems is West Village's Peters Ice Cream Factory. Built in 1928, the historic landmark continues to stand out against the modern lines of our thriving city – and for good reason. In a win for small businesses, this bespoke heritage address is now offering 2021 opportunities for boutique office suites and flexible working spaces. more

Architecture
Live out your futuristic dreams with this totally extra Bubble House
Design

Live out your futuristic dreams with this totally extra Bubble House

At some arbitrary point in time, architects and home builders became obsessed with squares. Sure, they're practical for furniture placement and maximising space, but where's the fun? If you sometimes feel like you're a little bit too extra for this world and possess an appreciation for things that go against the grain, take a squiz at The Bubble House in Karalee. The unique property is accepting expressions of interest so go ahead and book an appointment with your finance people. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson
The world is changing so fast, and your time has come. Be clever, frugal and optimistic ... ~ Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson more
Property
World's greenest residential building proposed for South Brisbane
Design

World’s greenest residential building proposed for South Brisbane

Prolific Brisbane-based developers Aria Property Group has submitted a development application for a 30-storey residential tower that claims to be the world's greenest residential building. The development, known as Urban Forest, has drawn comparison to the world-famous Bosco Verticale in Italy, Nanjing Green Towers in China, Kampung Admiralty in Singapore and PARKROYAL on Pickering also in Singapore, and is set to accomodate more than 1,000 trees and 20,000 plants. more

Property
Karaoke stages, waterfalls and Turkish bathhouses – five baller Queensland pads that you can call yours
Design

Karaoke stages, waterfalls and Turkish bathhouses – five baller Queensland pads that you can call yours

We’ve all fantasised of living in a huge mansion with enough rooms to get lost in. In reality, however, our budgets are a little (lot) more modest – though it doesn’t hurt to dream. With a little help from a certain search engine, we can have a sneak peek at extravagant addresses that just scream luxury. We're not talking your standard six-bedroom, five-bathroom mansions here – we're talking straight-up 80s-drug-dealer yes-I-have-my-own-helicopter ridiculousness – and there are SEVERAL (well, at least five) of these mansions currently on the market in Queensland. So if you've got a spare $8 (or $45) million lying around, time to get out the cheque book and live your Tony Montana dreams. If not, it might be time to arrange that sugar daddy. more

Product
Trade in your old flat-pack furniture for shiny new things with IKEA's buy-back scheme
Design

Trade in your old flat-pack furniture for shiny new things with IKEA’s buy-back scheme

We are going to come right out and say it – we have a love/hate relationship with Gumtree and various other selling platforms. On the one hand, it’s like getting free money when you sell something you no longer use but on the other, you have to endure low-ball offers and more ghosts than a haunted house. Thankfully, there is an alternative courtesy of IKEA’s innovative buy-back scheme. more

Play
Sleep with the fishes at Australia's first underwater accommodation in the Whitsundays
Design

Sleep with the fishes at Australia’s first underwater accommodation in the Whitsundays

After many months spent mostly indoors and our plans to travel both interstate and internationally on the back-burner for now, you could say we've caught a bad case of the travel bug. The good news is that Queensland is open for Queenslanders, making now the perfect time to start exploring our sunny state. We've found a spot to add to your Queensland bucket list – Reefworld, an undersea accommodation in the Whitsundays where you can spend the night sleeping amongst the colourful aquatic garden that is the Great Barrier Reef. This nautical experience gives a whole new meaning to ‘a room with a view’. more

Property
Go off-grid in your very own tiny holiday house just 2.5-hours out of Brisbane
Design

Go off-grid in your very own tiny holiday house just 2.5-hours out of Brisbane

We've been stuck in isolation inside our homes for what feels like forever but now, restrictions have eased and Queenslanders are free to travel within Queensland – hurrah! If the thought of trading four walls for rolling green hills and untouched wilderness (with limited-to-no mobile reception) sounds like an excellent idea right about now, In2thewild's tiny holidays offer a refreshing break from civilisation and could be just what the doctor ordered. The company's latest tiny house, Norah, is ideally situated on a property 2.5-hours out of Brisbane and is their first off-grid offering in Queensland. more

Property
Post-pandemic positivity – Scenic Rim set to flourish thanks to major Hazelwood Estate eco-tourism redevelopment
Design

Post-pandemic positivity – Scenic Rim set to flourish thanks to major Hazelwood Estate eco-tourism redevelopment

The Gold Coast hinterland and the greater Scenic Rim region are set to receive a post-pandemic boost with a major eco-tourism project to come to life in the rolling hills of Beechmont in 2021. Established polo venue and wagyu-cattle farm Hazelwood Estate, which spans 75 acres of lush hinterland, will undergo a multi-million-dollar expansion to incorporate a new accomodation offering, a luxury day spa and a paddock-to-plate dining establishment. more

Product
Get deep and a little dirty with Crockd's at-home clay kit
Design

Get deep and a little dirty with Crockd’s at-home clay kit

Despite being more connected than ever before, loneliness is on the rise. Right now in Australia one million adults are living with depression and over two million with anxiety (according to Beyond Blue). Rather than become statistics themselves, Gold Coast locals Rosa-Clare Willis and Andrew Ford made the decision to get out of their heads and into their hands by dabbling in a little at-home pottery. The result was something unexpected – not only did they connect over a shared (sober) experience but there was a real sense of achievement having created something from nothing and just like that, the idea for Crockd was born. more

Property
Wynnum Plaza shopping centre set for multi-million dollar upgrade
Design

Wynnum Plaza shopping centre set for multi-million dollar upgrade

Brisbane's bayside could be set for a major facelift if an application for a multi-million dollar redevelopment of Wynnum Plaza shopping centre is successful. The development application has been submitted by Shayher Group to Brisbane City Council for a large-scale integrated mixed-use development that will comprise new shops, casual-dining precincts, a cinema and eight new apartment buildings.  more

Product
Rest easy on deliciously soft (and sustainable) bamboo sheets from Ettitude
Design

Rest easy on deliciously soft (and sustainable) bamboo sheets from Ettitude

Let's talk about sleep deprivation for a moment – it's a very real and merciless form of torture that sadly, many us know all too well. Without a decent night's shut eye, it feels like you are existing in a state of permanent jet lag that no amount of green juice can remedy. If you are currently sipping your third latte for the day or feel like you're in desperate need of a really good sleep, it's time to ditch your current bedding and say hello to the life-changing benefits of CleanBamboo from Ettitude. more

Property
Lamington Markets set to revitalise Lutwyche Road with integrated mixed-use development
Design

Lamington Markets set to revitalise Lutwyche Road with integrated mixed-use development

Hold on to your hats Brisbane – this one is going to be big! Ambitious plans have been submitted to council to redevelop the Inner North Busway site on Lutwyche Road into a large-scale transit-oriented mixed-use development and marketplace known as Lamington Markets. The proposed project will incorporate a fresh food hall, a variety of retail spaces such as a hotel/microbrewery, boutique cinema complete with candy bar and event space, urban-farm restaurant, a stand-alone three-storey office building, short-term accommodation, health services and two residential apartment buildings. more