Trad with a twist

Posted on Tue, 5 Jun 2018 by midcenturyjo

It’s one of my favourite styles these days. Traditional with a twist. Sophisticated but with a touch of whimsy. Elegant with a pop of the unexpected. Historical references and a touch of modern muscle. It’s interior designer Bennett Leifer‘s own Manhattan apartment.

Wind in the grass

Posted on Tue, 5 Jun 2018 by midcenturyjo

Wind in the grass, ripples on the pond, kids splashing in the pool. Alfresco conversations, family gatherings, native wildlife paying a visit and the joy of an Australian garden that is more than a lawn and the latest “it” plants. Low maintenance, drought resistant, sustainable and beautiful. Musk Cottage garden in Flinders in country Victoria by Eckersley Garden Architecture.


Stalking on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 2 Jun 2018 by midcenturyjo

It’s Saturday and in between coffee dates with friends, grocery shopping and a few hours pottering in the garden I’ve been real estate stalking as I tend to do. I love to see what is waiting behind a firmly closed door or a conservative facade. Like this Federation era townhouse in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton North just a stone’s throw from the city centre. All Edwardian propriety on the outside. All light, bright, modern family fun on the inside. Fuschia pink kitchen anyone? Link here while it lasts.


Weekend inspiration

Posted on Fri, 1 Jun 2018 by midcenturyjo

It’s Friday. The weekend is looming and a girl’s (or boy’s) mind turns to weekend activities. For me it’s all about gardening. (I must be getting old. It used to be all about partying.) A little inspiration via this Port Melbourne garden by landscape architect Ben Scott. Traditional with a twist out the front and modern alfresco fun surrounding the new extension out the back. Just about perfect!


Just the pool house

Posted on Fri, 1 Jun 2018 by midcenturyjo

Don’t get excited boys and girls. It’s just the pool house. Just the pool house!? Who am I kidding? It’s fabulous. I’d happily move right in and make it my main home (which makes me wonder what the main house does look like). Brentwood Pool House by West Hollywood based residential design firm STUDIO LIFE/STYLE.