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An external staircase creates a dramatic entrance to this Mediterranean-inspired Sydney Harbour House. Photography: Brigid Arnott | Story: Belle

An external staircase creates a dramatic entrance to this Mediterranean-inspired Sydney Harbour House. Photography: Brigid Arnott | Story: Belle

Raw timber and strong lines give this Mornington Peninsula home by Planned Living Architects a seamless connection from indoors to out. Photography: Derek Swalwell | Styling: Natalie James | Story: Belle

Raw timber and strong lines give this Mornington Peninsula home by Planned Living Architects a seamless connection from indoors to out. Photography: Derek Swalwell | Styling: Natalie James | Story: Belle

Chic country retreat in the NSW Southern Highlands. Photography: Prue Ruscoe | Story: Belle

Chic country retreat in the NSW Southern Highlands. Photography: Prue Ruscoe | Story: Belle

Hill Plains Cottage by Wolveridge Architects. Photography: Derek Swalwell | Story: Belle

Hill Plains Cottage by Wolveridge Architects. Photography: Derek Swalwell | Story: Belle

Stately Melbourne home fit out by interior designer Adele Bates. Photography: Chris Warnes | Story: Belle

Stately Melbourne home fit out by interior designer Adele Bates. Photography: Chris Warnes | Story: Belle

Entertaining is the main activity at this sprawling French-provincial meets Hamptons home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Photo: John Paul Urizar | Styling: Kayla Gex | Story: Australian House & Garden

Entertaining is the main activity at this sprawling French-provincial meets Hamptons home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Photo: John Paul Urizar | Styling: Kayla Gex | Story: Australian House & Garden

Italianate Mansion in Sydney by Dylan Farrell Design. Photography: Prue Ruscoe | Styling: Karen Cotton | Story: Belle

The facade is painted in a custom mix of Dulux ‘Whitsunday Island’ in quarter, half and full strength. Galvanised steel doors and windows. ‘Lafayette’ wallmount sconces by Urban Archaeology New York.

Palm Beach weekender by Nina Maya Interiors. Photography: Felix Forest | Styling: Steve Cordony | Story: Belle

A three-bedroom beachside bungalow was extended into a six-bedroom multi-generational retreat by Nina Maya Interiors.

Palm Beach weekender by Nina Maya Interiors. Photography: Felix Forest | Styling: Steve Cordony | Story: Belle

A three-bedroom beachside bungalow was extended into a six-bedroom multi-generational retreat by Nina Maya Interiors.

Heritage Victorian home with contemporary extension by Hindley & Co. Photography: Shannon McGrath | Styling: Leesa O’Reilly | Story: Belle

Heritage Victorian home with contemporary extension by Hindley & Co.

With its strong geometric shapes and bold colours, this 1980s  Melbourne home designed by Mardi Doherty stands out from its neighbouring Edwardians and Tudor style homes. Photo: Derek Swalwell | Story: Belle

With its strong geometric shapes and bold colours, this Melbourne home designed by Mardi Doherty stands out from its neighbouring Edwardians and Tudor style homes.

A pocket-sized apartment renovation by designer Don Cameron. Photographer: Ross Honeysett | Story: Belle

A pocket-sized apartment renovation by designer Don Cameron.

A high-end Melbourne apartment designed by Hassell and styled by Simone Haag. Photo: Mark Roper | Story: Belle

A luxury lifestyle is encapsulated in this high-end Melbourne apartment development with interior design by Hassell and styling by Simone Haag.

An enchanting mix of antique and modern furniture creates a luxuriously bespoke look for this new build in Sydney designed by Natasha Levak. Photo: Maree Homer | Story: Belle

An enchanting mix of antique and modern furniture creates a luxuriously bespoke look for this new build in Sydney designed by Natasha Levak.

The Sri Lanka home of interior designer Judith Stewart. Photography: Nicholas Watt | Story: Belle

The Sri Lanka home of interior designer Judith Stewart.

Monochrome makeover of Sydney terrace by Pamela Makin of Les Interieurs. Photo: Felix Forest | Story: Belle

Monochrome makeover of Sydney terrace by Pamela Makin of Les Interieurs.