Product
Greenfolk expands its urban jungle to a leafy new space in Burleigh Heads
Design

Greenfolk expands its urban jungle to a leafy new space in Burleigh Heads

When it comes to house plants, we firmly believe that you can never really have too many. In fact, on the contrary – the more the merrier! Adding pops of greenery to your abode is a arguably the easiest way to breathe some life into a space and a guaranteed way to lift your mood. Plants are also excellent at purifying the air, seriously – the only thing they can't do is look after themselves (if only!) and truth be told, some of them can be pretty needy. If you struggle to know how often to water or how much sunlight your seedlings need to survive – you need Greenfolk in your life. It's a happy place for green thumbs, plant nerds and lovers of homewares. more

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

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

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

Property
Luxe $70-million Rainbow Bay project Flow Residences hits the market
Design

Luxe $70-million Rainbow Bay project Flow Residences hits the market

Whether you've got a cool $1.175-million to spare or you're just here for the design inspo, Coolangatta's newly launched Flow Residences will surely catch your discerning eye. The dreamy 22-apartment residents-only project, featuring sweeping views over Rainbow Bay and the iconic Snapper Rocks surf break, has just hit the market. Take a peek inside ... more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

Becky Morton
It’s all the little things that can add up to great change ... ~ Becky Morton more
Hotels
Byron on a budget – The Surf House opens with boutique (and cheap) rooms just metres from the beach
Design

Byron on a budget – The Surf House opens with boutique (and cheap) rooms just metres from the beach

With the border reopening from July 10, we're no longer going to be deprived of our day trips and weekenders in beautiful Byron Bay – so it's time to start planning your next escape. If you're a little strapped for cash but don't want to kick it at the backpackers or camp ground, then the newly opened The Surf House could be right up your alley. Oh, and speaking of champagne tastes on a beer budget – it's also got a rooftop bar. more

Property
Southport on the rise – first stage of $2.3-billion Imperial Square project launched to the market
Design

Southport on the rise – first stage of $2.3-billion Imperial Square project launched to the market

The first stage of what will eventually become a $2.3-billion residential, retail and commercial precinct in the heart of Southport has been officially launched to the market. Imperial Square, located in the suburb's CBD, will be rolled out in four stages over the coming years. Upon completion, it will incorporate around 1,600 dwellings and more than 40,000-sqm of commercial and retail space – and it's also set to be home to Australia's tallest residential tower. 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

Hotels
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 – Gold Coast hinterland set to flourish thanks to major Hazelwood Estate eco-tourism redevelopment
Design

Post-pandemic positivity – Gold Coast hinterland set to flourish thanks to major Hazelwood Estate eco-tourism redevelopment

The Gold Coast hinterland is 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 covers 75 acres of Scenic Rim 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 and 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, Burleigh Heads-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

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

Product
Sip brilliantly with LARQ's self-cleaning water bottle
Design

Sip brilliantly with LARQ’s self-cleaning water bottle

Reusable bottles are great – not only are they better for the environment than single-use plastic ones but if you carry one, you're ten times more likely to drink more water than if you weren't carrying one and are one thousand times more attractive (okay, we made those last two up but the point remains that reusable bottles are pretty darn great). In fact, the only real downside to reusable bottles is having to remember to actually clean it from time to time. If you've been known to be a bit lax on the old maintenance regime, say hello to LARQ. more

Product
No more crying over spilt milk – sustainable coffee caddy Stay tray is here to help you carry the weight
Design

No more crying over spilt milk – sustainable coffee caddy Stay tray is here to help you carry the weight

Whilst most of us have well and truly jumped on the reusable coffee cup and water bottle bandwagon, there's always new eco-friendly products popping up that we had never even given a second thought to when using its one-use, wasteful comparisons. One of these instances is when you've just recited a long, multi-coffee order to your local barista for your co-workers or friends. Whilst you may have brought along multiple reusable coffee cups, they still have to place these in a disposable tray for you to carefully transport back to the office. Enter Stay tray, a reusable drink tray made from made from 100 percent recycled materials and the answer to our eco-friendly pleas. more

Product
E tū is turning festival waste into everyday bags
Design

E tū is turning festival waste into everyday bags

It may be hard to believe but there was once a time when camp gear cost a pretty penny because it was made from rugged materials and built to last. These days, you can pick up a two person tent for as little as $12. The availability of low-cost camping equipment coupled with the rise in summer music festivals has created a perfect storm with a report from Green Music Australia revealing that one in five attendees at Falls Festival, Party in the Paddock and Unify purchased a new tent for the festival and that punters were four times more likely to abandon it if their friend did it too. While it's indeed a bleak scenario, there is a glimmer of hope – Melbourne's E tū is turning the tide on festival waste and transforming discarded tents into everyday bags. more