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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 things to buy an Architect for Christmas…(*hint hint*)

Ok, so following on from my previous post about the five best architecture gifts for kids, I thought that you may also be interested in five best architecture-related gifts for adults (not just for architects!) although yes, these are all on my wish list! 1. Lego Architecture  So you know that Lego isn’t just for…

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…

5 Recycling Ideas When Building Your Home (reduce/re-use/reclaim/salvage/up-cycle)

Did you know that it is National Recycling Week this week?! Founded by Planet Ark, it aims to bring awareness to the environmental benefits of recycling. The focus is mainly on kerbside recycling of waste at home/school/work, so I thought I’d give you some ideas beyond those basics and focus on how recycling can be…

Design is not a dirty word!

I think that outside of the design-community, sometimes the word “design“ has a bad reputation. Put ‘designer’ (or ‘customised’) in front of anything – clothes, -cars, -homes, etc… and the immediate associations can be expensive, elitist, egotistical, expensive, unrealistic, impractical, ahem….wanky, luxury, and oh, did I mention expensive?! I admit that in some cases, this…

5 Ways To Celebrate World Architecture Day!

Ok, so it’s not a public holiday, and you’re not an Architect, but there’s still plenty of ways YOU can celebrate World Architecture Day TODAY! In fact you have all week to celebrate, so here’s five ideas for you, to get you more excited about Architecture! 1. WATCH: An episode of Grand Designs If you’ve…

Spring has sprung!

Don’t you just love blossom and the fragrant scent of flowers in the air? I sure do! Spring seems to lift our moods, with sunshine and blue skies, and the optimism of brighter days ahead! New life, new energy, new beginnings… And Spring seems all the more glorious after a pretty cold and wet Ballarat Winter.…

Talina Edwards Architecture FOLIO project: “Miller and Co Studio”

When I was presented with the opportunity to design a hair salon, I was excited by the prospect! But at the same time I realised I knew very little about hair and beauty salons, as I have not been inside one in over a decade! (other than to get hair and make-up done when I…

The future is ‘green’ for big roofs

I attended the seventh Ballarat Green Drinks last night at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar. Green Drinks events are held all over the world, and are a fantastic community event where like-minded folk can get together, have a drink, hear informative and inspiring speakers from varying disciplines with regards to the environment. It’s become one of…

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What is democracy? Visit M.A.D.E. to find out

Over this school holidays, we took a visit to Australia’s newest museum, recently opened here in Ballarat! It used to be known as the Eureka Centre on the site of the historical Eureka Stockade, but the building has now been renovated, with a whole new identity as the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) I…

The secret recipe for great buildings!

Whether you are looking to renovate, build your dream home, or have a shop/café/office that needs an internal fit-out, there is a secret recipe to getting the best possible result! Let’s break down it down into easily digestible parts. INGREDIENTS You more than likely have your list of ingredients already – this is your wish list…

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

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…

“So, what is your blog about?”

“So, what is your blog about?” What is Talina Edwards Architecture: ELEMENTAL DESIGN? Who or what is elementalina? They’re good questions, and I keep getting asked because I’m new to this blogging adventure, and we’re going to find out the answers together… starting with this attempt at an explanation. Talina Edwards Architecture is the business name for my recently established…

The self-doubting creative soul… sound familiar?

Recently I’ve been thinking about creativity, passions, dreams, and also about fear, self-doubt, and a lack of confidence and courage. I’m probably not alone here. What am I afraid of? Failing. Making a mistake. But I’m human, we all make mistakes. Fear shouldn’t stand in the way of our dreams. I know I can learn…

When I grow up, I want to be…

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be an Architect. All the signs were there from early childhood. In my preschool years I loved stacking wooden blocks, and this turned into a big love of Lego! I’d ask for Lego house sets for every birthday/Christmas and loved building them to the plans…

David Gillespie's "Sweet Poison" - a very interesting read

“You are what you eat”

A wise woman told me the other week ‘that to become the most beautiful and empowered version of ourselves, we need to first and foremost nourish ourselves with life-giving food (food that keeps us vibrant, energetic and provides us with mental clarity to do the things we need to do), with a focus on healthy…

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…