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In this episode of the Brickworks Discovery Series, design identity, Neale Whitaker sits down with leading Australian architect, Matt Gibson, to talk about creating the perfect Australian home using bricks.
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In this episode of the Brickworks Discovery Series, design identity, Neale Whitaker sits down with leading Australian Project Builder Clarendon Homes, to talk about what you need to consider when choosing bricks for your home.
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In this episode of the Brickworks Discovery Series, Australian design identity, Neale Whitaker talks us through the decision process of building a home using brick.
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In this episode of Brickworks discovery series, design identity, Neale Whitaker talks through the many different types of bricks available and the benefits of using them to build your dream home.
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Despite being a favourite motif of countless legendary architects, glass bricks have more recently languished as a misunderstood material. Now, a cohort of cutting-edge designers is proving the naysayers wrong, revealing the enduring beauty, practicality and versatility of glass bricks.
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In this exclusive extract from the Belle book Beautiful Australian Homes: Volume II, we select eight Instagram-worthy homes from the country’s leading architects and interior designers.
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Whether you’re working on a complete knock-down or looking to boost the eco credentials of your existing home, solar roofing should definitely rank high on your building wish list.
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Here at Brickworks, we understand building your dream home is both one of the most exciting and demanding times in life. Filled with often time-consuming decisions, it is important that you are able to talk to the experts when faced with this pressure.
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A suitably feminine and spiritual antidote to our turbulent times, Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year is the sublime, cosmos-inspired Ultra Violet. With a nod to the maverick spirit of music legends such as Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, this shade of purple is a rallying call for creativity and non-conformity that seems all-the-more crucial in our current cultural climate.
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From the factories of Manhattan’s East Side, where artists and their bohemian acolytes took residence in the 1960s, to the warehouse conversions inscribed in the popular consciousness by 1990s sitcoms, New York lofts have long ranked among the coolest and most covetable spaces to call home.
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With summer just around the corner, Australian home owners are increasingly thinking about how to harness the long, sunny days to meet their energy needs.
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Going alfresco shouldn’t mean checking your style at the door. With summer fast approaching, it’s time to elevate your outdoor spaces with these essential features, plants and furniture pieces that will help cultivate an oasis for relaxing, imbibing and entertaining over long, lazy days.
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Louise Olsen is undoubtedly one the country’s most gifted artists. As the co-founder of one of Australia’s most recognisable design brands, Dinosaur Designs, known for its inimitable use of resin, organic forms and rich colours, Olsen is a creative force to be reckoned with.
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Belle was proud to be a part of the third Denfair at the beginning of June this year at the Melbourne Convention Centre and it was great to see so many of Australia’s leading architects, interior designers, product designers and retailers supporting the fair.
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Everyone wants to be both practical and stylish when building their home. Being able to choose materials and colours whilst still being considerate of crucial aspects such as energy consumption is important. Enter cool roof tiles; a unique roofing solution that is not only beautiful, but energy efficient too!
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In today’s building environment, people are looking for that edge that will give their home an individual touch and differentiate it from the other cookie cutter homes on their street. What could be a better way of doing this then using building materials with their own unique history and story to tell.
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Let’s face it, your home is not always going to be pristine. Unforeseen spillages and stains are an inevitable part of life. Whether they’re from late nights with red wine, or early mornings juggling kids and coffee, trying to remove them is not always easy.
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Our Style Ambassador, Kate Waterhouse is Australian racing royalty, and a modern-day fashion icon. A journalist, presenter and media personality, her unique blend of brains and bold, unerring style make her one of the country’s leading tastemakers.
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Homes around the world support daily routine, shaped by local traditions and contemporary trends. They are places to celebrate, shelter, work and play, and need to be more than merely beautiful.
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What makes a beautiful home beautiful? Of course, you need stylish furniture, alluring colours and the right lighting. But there's a secret ingredient all great designers rely on to take a home to the next level. It's the one thing without which no room is complete: Texture!
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When building your home, you’re looking for a unique solution that suits your lifestyle, so naturally the materials you decide to use are an important and enduring choice.
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A home is more than just a collection of rooms, it’s about how it makes you feel and how it enhances your lifestyle. Starting from the very first moment you walk through the door.
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Alongside textures, materials and colours, architectural form plays a pivotal role in establishing the character of a building. Clever use of all of these elements, inside and out, creates a harmonious connection between the various spaces we live, work and play in.
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Speak to any design professional and they’ll stress the importance of colour in the home, throwing around words like hue, saturation and tonal value...
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Building a home can be a daunting experience. Which materials, colours, textures and patterns should you use? The options available are seemingly endless,...
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Many new home builders ask this question in the hopes of receiving a simple answer in response. However, in reality, it is not as easy as a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
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It’s all too familiar that when winter comes, which seems to be getting colder every year, we instinctively reach for the heater to keep warm. With this attempt to artificially heat our homes, our energy bills sky rocket, which is now made worse with the rising cost of energy.
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Anyone who’s built a new home will know what it’s like to breathe a huge sigh of relief and flick the ‘Off’ switch. No more tradies, no more deliveries, no more decisions, no more discussions about colour matching that seem to go round and round in circles – and (hopefully) no more bills...
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Broken plan living is a transitional movement between the modern open plan layout and traditional separated home layouts. It keeps all the functioning items we love about open plan living, but defines separate living spaces, giving an element of privacy and defining each zone as a separate function.
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Time to lift the lid and sort things out on the home front – or to be more accurate, the roof front. Sometimes, a roof makeover is the only way forward. Apart from domestic harmony, there’s any number of reasons why you might need to take the plunge.
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At Brickworks we continue to push the envelope in the building manufacturing industry with an unwavering dedication to innovation and forward thinking, recently enlisting Australian Trend Forecast to prepare an overview of global architectural colour trends for the coming year.
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Belle Magazine Market Editor Lucy McCabe teamed up with Austral Bricks to collaborate on Style. Lucy realised her scheme with the Austral Bricks ‘Governor’ range

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