Light Houses

These two thoughtfully planned architecturally designed homes by Urban Habitats are flooded with natural light, strong clean lines and plenty of texture.

Creating a natural sanctuary in an inner-city suburb was the aim of integrated design and build firm Urban Habitats when they purchased an old property in Adelaide’s east in 2019. The existing home was knocked down and two architecturally designed, light-filled residences have since taken its place, breathing new life into a suburb that continues to earn its keep as one of Adelaide’s most sought-after addresses.

In juxtaposition to the original dimly lit home that once sat on the block, the two new homes are filled with natural light, flooding in from purposefully placed full height windows and large-scale sliding doors that lead out to sun-drenched courtyards and balconies. 

“This property provided Urban Habitats with a unique opportunity to showcase both the in-house design studio capabilities while also continuing to show the construction team’s highly efficient, detailed and quality focused capabilities,” says Urban Habitats’ Jock Merrigan.

The incorporation of elongated skylights in the corridors, which link the front ends of the homes to the cleverly designed open-plan living spaces at the back, is another addition that further welcomes in natural light. “The expansive skylights provide a light filled void and a space that takes your breath away,” says in-house architect Sarah Stephen. 

The well-planned light-filled spaces are a theme throughout, as is the mid-century and Scandinavian style that can be seen in both properties. The palettes in both homes are different yet complimentary, with one favouring a moody Manhattan vibe while the other sticks to its Scandi roots with lashings of white and blonde timbers. “Both residences were purchased while under construction [and] the buyers resonated with our style, aesthetic and aspiration. We worked with them individually to further develop the interior,” says Sarah.

Classic mid-century moments include the custom curved cabinetry (such as the softly curved island 
bench and the statement fireplace breast in the south residence) and the connection between indoors and out. “We really wanted the external materiality to extend internally, blurring the line between the spaces,” says Sarah. The placement of large-scale windows and doors was paramount to successfully executing this vision – the hallway is a great example of this with a floor-to-ceiling window offering views to a breakout garden at the side of the home. 

The team also played with horizontal and vertical lines, an element that provides both functionality, aesthetics and another hit of mid-century. Fixed and operable louvres on the upper-level windows offer privacy and create a linear element that draws the eye up, creating the illusion of space and height. Other notable elements include polished concrete flooring, concealed lifts and custom concealed timber clad garage doors. 

But high-end gadgetry aside, the real winner in these two impeccably designed and crafted homes is the feeling of calmness you get when you enter – and that’s due, in large, to the abundance of light-filled spaces. This was no accident, careful planning and consideration went into every corner of these homes and it’s evident. Light, airy, ambient and calming all at once. Good lighting is everything.

Destination Wedding without the Distance

New venue House on Haines welcomes abundant light and panoramic views into its multi-level function space, making it the perfect location for a contemporary wedding year-round.

Only 30 minutes from the CBD, this just-opened wedding venue and event space resides in the Adelaide foothills, surrounded by overhanging gumtrees, lush lawns and picturesque views, making it perfect for couples searching for a destination wedding without the distance.

With floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed timber beams and a contemporary outdoor terrace, House on Haines combines subtle elegance with rustic charm. The multi-level space, designed by Studio Nine Architects, was purpose-built for magical moments year-round. 

“The design utilises the surrounding picturesque landscape and maximises on views out,” says Studio Nine Architects project director Tony Zappia. “With the main purpose being a function venue, it was important for the design to be simple – a blank, yet refined canvas for events.”

Inside, the main function space boasts lofty ceilings, a bar and an exposed brick wall featuring a seven-metre fireplace. Detailed brass finishes adds luxury to the warm interior, which welcomes the ambience of the natural surroundings through the large windows. The light-filled space can cater 120 seated or up to 200 standing. 

Curate your dream wedding and reception with expert help from the House on Haines function coordinator. Choose roving cocktail canapés or a customisable sit-down menu featuring dishes like kingfish ceviche, truffle butter stuffed chicken and slow-roasted pork served with parsnip vanilla puree, honey roasted carrots and crisp prosciutto. 

In summer, tie the knot on the outdoor deck, shaded by a vaulted glass ceiling – modern take on a classic chapel – and surrounded by Tea Tree Gully’s greenery and blooming magnolia trees. 

A two-way wood fireplace and operable wall keep events warm during the cooler seasons; the clever integration sheltering events from the elements. So, rain, hail or shine, House on Haines can accommodate your special day regardless.  

This functional multi-level space also enables guests to roam the expansive entertaining areas – on the double-level deck, you can soak up the views of the private garden and in winter you can cosy around the two fire pits. 

Spacious and inviting, this venue is enwreathed with foliage and a contemporary fit-out, making it perfect for your wedding or next event. 

House on Haines
1 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully
08 8264 2288 

Treatment to Try

We sent influencer Lucinda Nicholas for a skin pick-me-up at Laser Hair Removal at the Bay.

“When I arrived at Laser Hair Removal I was met by Veronica, the owner and a skilled skin professional with 20 years’ experience as a HydraFacial consultant.  

We started with a consult, where Veronica asked me a range of questions relating to my skin, including my skin history, the products that I currently use (morning and night) and any skin concerns I had. She also walked me through every step of the HydraFacial treatment so I knew what to expect throughout the service.

It was now time to get started. Veronica began by double cleansing my face to take off my make-up and to ensure my skin was clean before starting the treatment. She then used a patented spiral tip to exfoliate the skin and clear all of the blocked pores. This step was completely painless and felt so soothing on the skin. 

Veronica highlighted the importance of not forgetting your neck and décolletage when it comes to skincare. My mum always reminded me of this, so I’ve known how essential this is since I was a young girl. I was pleased to hear that Veronica included these areas in her services. Once my pores were clean, Veronica began to infuse my skin with a Vortex Fusion, including antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin.  

Veronica talked me through each step of the treatment, including the tools and products she used. It made me feel so comfortable and confident that I was in good hands, especially as this was the first time that I’d had a HydraFacial. I also felt well-informed about how to treat my skin post-treatment and improve it in the future.  

By the end of the treatment, my skin had an instant glow and felt so soft and hydrated. I could see the difference in my pores and how much they had reduced in appearance. There was no downtime, so I could continue my day as usual.

It’s now been one week post-treatment, and I am delighted with the results. I feel more confident going make-up-free and when I do wear make-up it sits on my skin much nicer than it did before. This experience really has reaffirmed to me how important it is to see a skin care professional such as Veronica regularly.”

1/61 Tapleys Hill Road, Glenelg North
16/13-23 Unley Road, Parkside
08 8295 7070

Fashion for a Good Cause

Shop the latest trends for a good cause this winter with boutique, The Style Capsule raising funds for charity this season. 

The popular Rundle Street store is hosting a fashion runway fundraiser for the Butterfly Foundation, showcasing the latest Valente The Label launch in-store on July 1. 

Having just relocated, The Style Capsule is taking the opportunity to welcome guests to an intimate event while supporting the charity close to their hearts. The event will be hosted by stylist Lauren Dilena, with only 50 tickets available for the exclusive catwalk. 

“The Butterfly Foundation is an important charity to me, and any chance to raise money for them is a great opportunity,” says Valente The Label owner, Lisa Ranieri. 

“Valente The Label has been around since 2019, but wanting to celebrate diversity in fashion never dies.”

Valente the Label collections focus on empowerment through power dressing, using block colours and bold cuts to create a look that embodies confidence. The brand was born from Lisa’s desire to represent a wide range of sizes, with every collection stocked from sizes 4 to 18.

The Butterfly Foundation supports individuals who struggle with body image and eating disorders, addressing issues that affect over 1 million Australians.

Gold tickets are priced at $30, including a front-row seat, welcome drive and a gift bag. 

All funds from tickets sold for the fundraiser fashion parade will go to the Butterfly Foundation alongside proceeds from various raffle draws. Currently, $5 from every Valente the Label purchase will be donated to the charity.

Further fashion walking the catwalk include Misha, SNDYS, Madison, Lexi and Style State. The July event is the perfect chance to find your favourite winter ‘fit for a good cause. 

Find The Style Capsule at 254 Rundle Street, Adelaide. The Fashion Fundraiser begins at 7pm, July 1. Buy your tickets here.

City Escape

This getaway has it all – delicious food, expertly prepared by one of Adelaide’s most revered chefs and paired with some of the finest local wines, and luxury five-star overnight accommodation in the heart of the CBD.

The experience starts with an aperitif at the popular Hennessy Rooftop Bar, located on the 13th floor of the Mayfair. Opulent and luxurious, Hennessy offers unique views from the glass-topped alfresco terrace. Indoors, a marble bar and crystal chandeliers will have you thinking you’re in a luxe Parisian wine bar. 

With the palette cleansed, it’s time to move down the sweeping ribbon staircase to the highly acclaimed Mayflower Restaurant for an indulgent five-course chef selected degustation menu. Executive chef Erwin Joven brings a global flavour to the table – freshly shucked oysters with Champagne mignonette dressing, hand-rolled gnocchi and pan-roasted Coorong Mulloway are just some of the carefully selected dishes, each expertly paired with delicious hand-picked South Australian wines. 

The evening starts and ends in the popular Hennessy Bar, with an after-dinner night cap from the famed rooftop bar overlooking the bustling King William Street. Here, you’ll take in the city lights before retreating to a spacious Deluxe King Room. Breakfast the next morning is also part of the deal, back in the Mayflower Restaurant. And, of course, overnight parking is taken care of.

This is a treat-yourself evening of pure indulgence in the heart of Adelaide; an unforgettable experience that is just a taste of what makes South Australia – and in fact the iconic Mayfair – so great. 

Mayfair Hotel
45 King William Street, Adelaide
08 8210 8888

What’s On In Adelaide This Weekend

Marion Hotel Winter Wonderland | June 17 – July 27  

Winter has arrived in South Australia, and to celebrate the Marion Hotel has transformed into a winter wonderland for the next six weeks. This Friday, listen to live jazz music in the decked-out garden, transformed by event experts, Hygge Studio. Treat yourself to whisky sours, southern-style fried food and the wintertime ambience. Month long, indulge in the special Yonder Smoked Feasting Menu, smoked whisky and apple pie or a cheeky spiked hot chocolate by Haighs.

Find out more here.

Endless Grooves 5th birthday | June 17 & June 18 

Endless Grooves is turning five! Teaming up with suburban cellar door, Oddio, the party collective is curating a birthday bash for wine and music lovers to get down on the dance floor across the weekend. The three-day event will see Sunny’s van roll up, slinging slices of their beloved pizza, a pop-up Porch Records vinyl store and homegrown musicians soundtracking the party. Several lo-fi wine producers and craft brewers will be pouring all night long, keeping you dancing from day to dusk. Endless Grooves is the collective behind events like the Dream Boat party of Popeye, coasting down the River Torrens during Mad March. Tickets start at $20.

Find out more here. 

Illuminate Renmark: In Depth | until July 2

Can’t wait for Illuminate to light up the CBD? The celebration of innovation has headed to the Riverland ahead of its July schedule, setting the regional town of Renmark aglow. Illuminate: In Depth uses technology, sound and light to transform the Murray River banks into a space of colour, history and luminescent art. Curated in collaboration with Craig Walsh, the Renmark Illuminate series draws inspiration from the stories of the regional community and riverbed.

Find out more here. 

Leigh Street Unleashed | June 17 

Lovers of Leigh Street will be treated to a host of entertainment at Leigh Street Unleashed this Friday. Spicing up after-work drinks, head to your favourite small bar for glasses of red wine, grazing plates and fun. As the the sun sets and the mercury dips, warm up around toasty fire pits and marvel at the roving entertainment traversing down the cobbled street. Fire twirlers will be lighting up the night sky as busy bodies seek out a Leigh Street haunt to escape the cold. 

Find out more here. 

Fork by the Fire | June 18 

Fire pits and food trucks: Fork on the Road is back, taking over Bonython Park for an afternoon filled with family-friendly fun. Listen to live acoustic music, sip tipples of wine and craft pints from Bowden Brewing and Sparkke at the Whitmore. Devour food from CAROclub, Nugg Lyfe and more as the kids blow off steam on the playground. As the sun sets over the city parklands, treat yourself to an Espresso Martini and groove to resident DJs taking over the decks. Fork by the Fire is free, and runs from midday until 8pm.

Find out more here. 

Brighton Winter Solstice | June 18 

Celebrate the impending winter solstice at Brighton this weekend. While the official solstice doesn’t roll around until Tuesday June 21, the City of Holdfast Bay is getting in early to throw a party for locals and lovers of the seaside. Jetty Road will transform, as local vendors and musicians crowd the road. Stay warm by the fire pits scattered along the street and listen to music curated by Porch Records. The Winter Solstice street party starts at 10am and finishes at 9pm.

Find out more here. 

Best Places To Enjoy a G+T in Adelaide This World Gin Day

South Australia is home to some of the best gin distillers in the country. From the CBD to McLaren Vale and the Riverland, our homegrown gin nuts bottle botanicals that make taste buds sing. 

This June 11, toast SA’s best for World Gin Day with a glass featuring nips of your favourite gin. Here’s our favourite places to sip a G+T in SA: 

Udaberri | 11-13 Leigh Street, Adelaide 

This Leigh Street bar, with its window seat dining, pintxos and bulging drinks list, is a love letter to tapas bars scattered across Spain. Settle in and select your drink of choice – gin, of course. 

Udaberri serves pimped up gin and tonics. Sip aviation gin served with Japanese cherry tea and tonic topped with apple; a nip of Fifty Pounds London Dry stirred with pomegranate molasses, tonic, hibiscus and a sprinkling of dehydrated strawberries; or a zesty Whitley Neill with tonic, coriander and dried lemon. 

The Howling Owl |10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide 

It’s suffice to say The Howling Owl knows a thing or two about gin. The cosy gin nook is home to over 200 bottles of small batch gin and boasts a 25-page menu! Trawl the gin bible and select your favourite find. The gin gurus and expert mixologists behind the bar will pair each spirit with select garnishes and mixes that make the botanicals burst. 

This June 11, visit the bar to celebrate its tenth birthday in style. The Howling Owl is hosting a mini block party – Gin City Limits – to toast its love for gin and their major milestone. 

Prohibition Liquor Co x Next Door Bar | 24 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 

This CBD distillery door takes you back to the prohibition era, where drinking a G+T was an illicit activity. Prohibition Liquor Co produces spirits that pack a punch with botanical notes. Visit the distillery’s contemporary cocktail bar, Next Door, to try the small-batch gins. Dabble in gin flights, sip on cocktails or choose one of the many gins on offer. 

Juniper on the Marina | 11/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg 

This Marina Pier gin haunt boasts an extensive array of SA and international gins stocked on its blue-lit back bar. Indulge in gin sours bayside as the bartenders wow you with their mixology skills. Enjoy an Applewood Coral Pink gin – paired with pink peppercorns, vanilla and Fever Tree tonic – as you slip into weekend mode. 

Ambleside Distillers | Cnr of Ambleside Road and Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf 

Ambleside Distillers puts the Hills’ spirit industry on the map. The distillery door handcrafts each spirit, utilising high-quality ingredients – mostly plucked from the surrounding garden – to build their small-batch gin. 

This World Gin Day, the Hahndorf-based distillery door is slinging classic G+Ts for a cause. Ambleside has teamed up with Monarto Safari Park to raise funds for the conservation of African White Rhino and Hippo, releasing two limited gins – the Kifaru and Kiboko gin – in the park’s honour.

23rd Street Distillery | Cnr 23rd Street and Renmark Avenue, Renmark 

The distillery’s namesake is not the only thing it derives from the location. The 23rd Street Distillery bottles botanicals and flavours synonymous with the Riverland. Think mandarin and blood oranges, ultraviolet butterfly pea flowers and tarty notes of Mulberry.  

This long weekend, 23rd Street Distillery is hosting gin flights, slinging pizza and playing live music for guests of the Renmark-based tasting room. Soak up the regional excellence across three days of fun.  

Never Never Distilling Co | 56 Field Street, McLaren Vale

Never Never Distilling Co has helped put South Australias gin capital on the map internationally, collecting accolades for their brilliant botanicals and distilling process at the World Gin Awards, amongst others. Their Triple Juniper Gin is renowned for its botanical notes, but the distilling mavericks also bottle unique flavours, like their Oyster Shell and Grenache gin. 

Visit the distillery door, adjoining sister venue Chalk Hill Wines, for a G+T and flight of Never Never’s best products this World Gin Day. Boasting panoramic views of McLaren Vale, the venue is the perfect place to celebrate it style. 

What’s On In Adelaide This Long Weekend

Adelaide Cabaret Festival | June 10- June 25

Get ready to shake, shimmy and shine with the return of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this weekend. The annual festivities are back with a bang with a star-studded program curated by artistic director and pop royalty Tina Arena AM. Catch cabaret opera How to Kill Your Husband or groove to disco legends in the Pina Colada Room, a glittery party inside The Famous Spiegeltent. The Cabaret Festival runs until June 25. Check out the program online now. 

Find out more here. 

Winter Weekends | June 10 & June 11

Cold nights and rainy days don’t have to be all bad. Winter Weekends is back, spicing up your Friday night knock-offs and Saturday bar hangs at several CBD haunts. Slip into weekend mode at your favourite city venue, warm up by the outdoor fire pits and marvel fire twirlers and entertainment. The roving City of Adelaide initiative is taking over the west this weekend, popping up at venues like Hains & Co, Shotgun Willies, La Buvette and Bibliotheca. Your winter weekends just got a whole lot warmer. 

Hutt Street Long Weekend Party | June 10- June 12 

Revel in the best of the city at the Hutt Street Long Weekend party this weekend. Taking over the east end of the CBD, venues, producers and musicians are setting up shop and celebrating the extra day off by throwing a three-day bash. Chow down on burgers from Gang Gang and sweet treats from Loukomades, sip tipples of wine and crowd around the outdoor fire pits scattered down the street. Dance until late, with a host of musicians taking the stage across the weekend. 

Gin City Limits | June 11 

The east end’s beloved gin haunt, The Howling Owl, is turning ten – and it’s just a coincidence the major milestone happens to land on World Gin Day. The gin bar and café is shutting down Vaughan Place for its birthday bash, alongside Senor Taco and an array of live musicians and DJs. Enjoy gin paddles from Happenstance Distillery, Heaps Good Gin and Little Juniper Distilling, sipping nips bursting with botanicals. The street party is free and kicks off at 3pm.   

Find out more here. 

Festival of Darkness | June 12

Celebrate the best in the brewing business at the Festival of Darkness this weekend. NOLA and The Stag have teamed up to host 18 independent brewers across two jam-packed sessions. Each brewer will be pouring pints and chatting about all things craft beer with punters. Tickets cost $50 and include free tastings, access to Festival of Darkness masterclasses, tasty BBQ treats and a custom tasting glass. Love a boogie? Head to the Festival of Darkness after-party and groove to live tunes played by homegrown musicians like Ollie English and Blue Lucy. 

Find out more here. 

Day Dance | June 12

Day Dance is back, and it’s here to shake up McLaren Vale this long weekend. The day party rolls together with a music festival and wine tour, moving punters between wineries and hosting homegrown musicians. Sip tipples from participating wineries – Simon Hackett, Paxton, Woodstock and Coriole – before walking to your second location for an afternoon disco set. Kick on at the after party taking over the West Oak Hotel. Tickets cost $90 and includes travel to and from McLaren Vale and a Day Dance wine tumbler. 

Find out more here. 

Six the Musical | until June 12

History meets pop music in Six the Musical, the stage show travelling through the trials and tribulations of Henry VIII’s infamous wives. You know how the story goes: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. But Six the Musical is switching up history, retelling the tales of the six women from their point of view in an electric pop performance. So sit back and re-learn history from the high energy 75-minute show. Tickets retail between $69 and $119. 

Find out more here.

Education: Same Sex Or Co-ed

Parents often find themselves weighing up the pros and cons of private, independent education compared to the more affordable public school options. If you are swayed in the direction of private schooling the next question will inevitably be same-sex or co-ed? We chat to Kate Barber, Head of Junior School at Walford Anglican School for Girls, about the benefits of girls-only education and more.

What are the advantages of girls-only education?

Girls’ education emphasises a robust sense of belonging and a strong culture of uniquely engaging girls as they embrace a range of academic and co-curricular opportunities. At Walford, we don’t just want our girls to experience a range of curriculum areas such as Humanities, STEM and The Arts, we want them to pursue as many of them as they can! It’s exciting to know that the girls we teach now will work in a range of industries across their careers and we are here to prepare them for this. This will be the generation that ensures girls and women are equally represented in the areas of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies. 

And digital literacies are no doubt equally as important…

Our girls come to Walford engaged by worlds of digital storylands, QR codes, virtual learning, videography, emojis, podcasting, coding and augmented creation. These are now non-negotiable inclusions of both the Early Learning and Primary school day. Our programs embed digital literacies and are continually progressing with technologies that help us to learn and create. Walford year five girls are each exhibiting their Unit of Inquiry via TED talk this term. This is what we’re about. It doesn’t mean replacing traditional academics such as Mathematics and English, it’s about using multimodal texts creatively, and to our advantage. Curriculum areas are no longer linear and stand alone.  

Mental wellbeing is also a key part of the teachings and learnings at Walford, how important is this for girls? 

Walford facilitates a tailored Wellbeing, Engagement and Belonging (WEB) program across the school. I’m an advocate for the explicit instruction of growth mindset, positive wellbeing and navigating relationships from our three-year-old program. It builds identity and the capacity for managing interpersonal interactions. In the Junior School, we identify and acknowledge that the middle primary years, the ‘tweens’, is an evolving and complex wellbeing space. 

When our girls are in years four and five, this time can be unpredictable for relationships, as the pressure of school, hormones and friendships begin to heighten. We tailor our WEB curriculum to flexibly address the needs of individual girls, class groups and year level experiences to support this.  

Ultimately girls respond well to good role models – how and why are you a good role model for students?

I see myself as much as a ‘lead learner’ as I do a ‘leader’. The Walford Junior School staff are an incredibly experienced team, with the warmest hearts. I’m here to role model the well-established values that shape our school and drive forward advancement as we continue the future Walford journey together.

A role model should be the type of leader that consults and collaborates, yet also self-advocates. It’s essential for our girls to have a nurturing and safe place to learn, and they should also be taken out of their comfort zones. Unpredictable curveballs are part of life’s journey and by genuinely sharing how I learn from my own challenges along the way, I intend to inspire our Junior School girls to be resilient and to navigate through changing times, as both thriving learners and courageous young women.

Walford Anglican School for Girls
316 Unley Road, Hyde Park
08 8272 6555

How to Elevate Your Space

Adding contrast using black can be daunting, the team at OZ Design Furniture show you how.

Incorporating black into your interior home style can be daunting, especially when you are used to the classic white palette that many Australian homes favour. When styled correctly, black can elevate your home by creating interest and depth to contrast your light décor. 

To make a strong impact you need to be bold, using black accents within your furniture – accessorising with dark-coloured homewares just isn’t enough. Try intertwining black with natural fibres for a safe and easy way to introduce darker tones into your space without creating a harsh contrast.

With the launch of OZ Design Furniture’s new season, you can refresh your living space with their Belmont dining chair (pictured). Featuring a black frame crafted from bentwood birch timber combined with webbed rattan, this piece is the perfect way to introduce a bold but natural look and feel into your home.

For the risk-takers, this collection also features full black stools that will make a striking impact in home bars or kitchens.

OZ Design Furniture 

800 Marion Road, Marion

08 8472 3630

Gepps X Home HQ 
750 Main North Road, Gepps Cross 
08 8472 3640