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Lucy  The Design Files is Australia's most popular design blog. TODAY - Sydney painter Leah Fraser explores mythology on canvas for her upcoming show.

Today we revisit an artist we have long admired – Sydney painter Leah Fraser aka @lelefraser! Leah’s latest works are more haunting and complex than ever. We adore her naive, intuitive painting style, and those intense layers of flora and fauna. Spectacular stuff! Leah’s latest exhibition, ‘Within You Without You‘, opens March 2 at @arthousegallery. This pic by @nik_to - link to full story in profile 👆.

Still swooning over the Mount Martha beach shack of Jeff Provan ( @jaypee1 and @openjournal_neometro !) and Mariko Provan , which we shared earlier this week - such a sweet and humble yet perfectly pieced together little pad.👌🏻 shots by the master @evegwilson 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Today we take a look at ‘trace patterns’, the latest exhibition of vibrant painting, sculpture and installation from Melbourne artist @emma_coulter, now on show at @palmerartprojects in Sydney. Emma’s work first caught our eye back in 2011, and it’s incredible to see how her practice has evolved! Link to full story in bio 👆 with words by @ellesappelleelle and pics by @nik_to.

Today, we profile the beautiful, bare-bones little beach shack of Jeff Provan (@openjournal_neometro and @jaypee1 !) and his wife Mariko in Mount Martha. This relaxed family weekender is the ultimate summer sanctuary, and a case study in understated styling. Stunning shots by @evegwilson - link to full story in profile 👆.

Oh hello it’s ME again (Lucy) sharing another deliciously simple green salad for TASTY TUESDAY. Whenever I am called on to ‘bring a salad’ - this is it. Mixed leaf salad with pistachios and pomegranate dressing - 15 mins prep time, tops! Shot by @evegwilson with styling by me and @natturnbull - thanks to @est_studios for supporting this series! Link to recipe in profile 👆🏻

Drum roll… it’s CARNIVAL time! Today we’re showcasing a new line of home textiles by Kate & Kate (@kateandkatehome) x Arent & Pyke (@arentpykestudio / @arentpyke_inout). The ‘Carnival’ winter 2017 range includes bedlinen, blankets and table linen - we love the ‘Pom Pom’ printed linen throw with its bold, painterly pattern. See more on TDF (link in profile👆). Story by @ellesappelleelle, pics by @jasonloucas, and styling by @clairedelmar.

Once a chook pen and slimy-bricked space, David Whitworth’s inner-Sydney share-house garden is today a densely lush labour of love. For this young green thumb, the joy of gardening is found in the process – whether that be adopting ailing plants or searching for new ways to fit them in! Our gardens columnist Georgina Reid aka @theplanthunter gives us a tour on TDF today, with pics by @daniel_shipp - link in bio 👆.

Today our monthly columnist Madeleine Dore of @extraordinary_routines shares with us the daily routine of Amanda Henderson, founder and director of Melbourne's visual-merchandising phenomenon @gloss.creative. Amanda’s routine is about protecting her creative longevity and renewal. Find some relief in her outline of gains to be had from procrastinating, and advice on how to NOT get wound up by 'busyness'. Pics by @caitlinmillsphotography - link to full story in profile👆.

@electric_confetti is a Melbourne based business specialising in a range of fun, contemporary neon lights, both off-the-shelf and made to order. Today on TDF we chat to the designer behind the brand, Natalie Jarvis, about the immense growth of her business over the past 12 months, and her brand new retail store in Brighton. Shots by @caitlinmillsphotography (SHOUT-OUT to Caitlin for these amazing pics - neon is not the easiest subject but she nailed it!). Link in profile👆.

Today we visit a wonderfully warm and welcoming art deco home in Pascoe Vale in Melbourne’s North. This richly layered space belongs to photographic artist @lilliwaters and her husband Jake Cole, a musician. Shot by @evegwilson - link to story in profile👆.

This month it’s ME (Lucy) coming at you for TASTY TUESDAY! I’m kicking off today with a firm favourite at our place – blanched green beans with feta, pine nuts and zesty preserved lemon. An intensely savoury side dish that’s ready in just 10 minutes! Pics @evegwilson, styling assistant @natturnbull - THANKS to @est_studios for the beautiful props for this shoot! Recipe link in bio 👆!

Daryl Somers, Ned Kelly, Dame Edna, John Farnham, ’Our Kylie’… just name dropping some of the unreal references from AUSTRALIANA, a new collaboration between local store @thirddrawerdown and @artsprojectaust, an art studio and gallery for artists with intellectual disabilities. This fantastically kitsch range of souvenir-style products is now available at @ngvmelbourne. Read all about it on TDF today (link in bio👆) Story by @lisamariecorso, pics @dhzphoto and @samwongphoto_, styling @natturnbull.