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Finding Equilibrium

Finding Equilibrium

  When the Parlour team asked me to be a part of this inspiring series of ‘Letters to my younger self’, they posed a few questions I could reflect upon. The BIG question that is always asked is about work-life balance, and the answers are as elusive as the quest for the holy grail… So, this…

Ethical is the new black

Ethical is the new black

  Is green the new black? Or perhaps ethical is more in fashion? I really think this is more than a passing ‘trend’, and is an ethos that is here to stay. Do you agree?

Know the way, go the way, show the way

Know the way, go the way, show the way

Hello there! How’s the new year treating you so far? Hope you’ve got off to a good start, and had a chance to have a break and some time for reflection about what your dreams are for 2016! I’m really excited about the year ahead, and this is for a number of reasons, and today I want…

It’s all about me…and sharing the love! (Liebster Award)

It’s all about me…and sharing the love! (Liebster Award)

So, my blog has been nominated for a Liebster Award! Thanks so much Louise! Which means you get to know a bit more about me on the blog today! (Feel free to change channels now…or if you’ve ever wondered where my name came from, read on and you’ll get to find out the answer)! Some people may think of…

Charity begins at home: an alternative giving guide to help ‘save the world’

Charity begins at home: an alternative giving guide to help ‘save the world’

[UPDATED 01.12.14] Well as the year draws to an end and with the smell of Christmas is in the air already, it engages our spirit of generous giving to loved-ones… But I do hate the over-spending and over-consumption of so much non-ethical and non-sustainable “stuff”!  But this post is not a gift guide (you can find one of…

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014 I have a confession to make… … I do rather like attending a home-show! Whether they’re industry-specific and more of a trade-show for construction-professionals, or a show aimed at DIYers and the average-joe, I’m all for it! There is always plenty to learn – not only from exhibits showcasing new products,…

Staying connected (and why I’m grateful for social media)

Staying connected (and why I’m grateful for social media)

Do you like social media? I’m not ashamed to admit that I do. I first joined Facebook around the time my first son was born in the winter of 2007…and for me it was perfect timing as while I was hibernating at home with a small bub,  I felt like I’d lost connection with the…

Do what you love, make money, and save the world. #BHB2014

Do what you love, make money, and save the world. #BHB2014

Wow! What a weekend I’ve just had. I’ve just attended Clare Bowditch‘s AWESOME Big Hearted Business (un-)conference for the second year…and to think that both times I almost didn’t go! Last year I wasn’t sure that I (or my new business) was “creative” enough, until I kept getting signs front the universe that indeed I was and…

‘Sustainability Day’ at Design Build Expo 2014 Melbourne

‘Sustainability Day’ at Design Build Expo 2014 Melbourne

At Talina Edwards Architecture, we’re committed to keeping up to date with the latest news and developments in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes, specifically relevant to our local climate here in Ballarat (where our studio is located and much of our work), but also surrounding areas including Melbourne where many of our past and…

Happy 1st Birthday to our blog!

Happy 1st Birthday to our blog!

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes.  Hey, Guess What?! It’s our birthday! Yes, its been one year whole since this blog began! So to celebrate, I thought I’d share a few stats, and a recap of the posts…you never know, you might’ve missed out on something…

World’s Biggest Green Drinks Ballarat

World’s Biggest Green Drinks Ballarat

Shortly after I moved to Ballarat, a new monthly event started up called “Ballarat Green Drinks” (BGD), which was about getting local like-minded people together for a drink and a chat, with a guest speaker to discuss something related to climate-change. The first ever event was Clive Blazey, executive chairman and founder of Diggers Club…

A Creative Conversation

A Creative Conversation

Recently I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop generously funded by the City of Ballarat for creative businesses. It was held in the award-winning Annexe at The Ballarat Art Gallery, and was presented by Susan Nethercote of “Creative Conversation” Australia. Susan  happens to be a dear friend of mine (and we’re also second-cousins!) so I’ve…

My big-hearted tribe

My big-hearted tribe

Phew! Can you believe it is ONE MONTH until Christmas? The silly season is well and truly upon us now! It’s the time of year when I start to reflect upon the past 12 months. A LOT has happened here! It’s been a year of new beginnings – starting a new life here in Ballarat after…

5 Architecture Gift Ideas for Kids

5 Architecture Gift Ideas for Kids

Do you know a little creative person who loves architecture? They might love building cubbies and forts, constructing sand-castles or making dolls-houses for their toys out of cardboard boxes! However if you need a few MORE ideas for what else they might like for Christmas, here are my top five gift ideas for encourage your…

Five ways to acknowledge World Environment Day

Five ways to acknowledge World Environment Day

Today is United Nation’s World Environment Day! I was inspired by a blog post over at the local tree-planting/carbon-offsetting business at Fifteen Trees about ways to celebrate/take action on  World Environment Day! It got me thinking about the top 5 ways I would be ‘celebrating’ today, and was worthy of a mid-week post! 1. I Will Appreciate…

Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture

Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture

I attended an enlightening event last week, which for me was a great follow-up to the Big-Hearted Business conference I attended earlier this year. “Transform” was industry-specific for me, about Women and Architecture. It was very empowering to be in the company of so many amazing women in my profession. The day was organized by…

The first day of the rest of my (amazing) life!

The first day of the rest of my (amazing) life!

My life has changed. The planets are aligning and everything seems to be falling into place. This is my first post of my new blog/website which will not only give me a presence for my new business (architectural practice), but also a voice with which to share some passions, and perhaps inspire others in the…