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Alberto Pinto

Alberto Pinto is a master of elegance and sophistication. His interior design agency employs a whopping 55 people and have designed residences, vacation homes, offices and even yachts and private jets. Stunning mixes of textures, patterns and colours are abundant in his designs. Check his website for more extraordinary (and some over-the-top) spaces.


The epitome of good taste (part 2 that is)

Time to revisit How to Decorate Without a Decorator, A Realistic Guide to Interior Design by Mary Gilliatt, Thames and Hudson, London, 1977. More rooms that were the height of fashion in the decade many think taste forgot. Love the batik cushions in the Central Park apartment. (Who am I fooling? I really want that view!) The green in that entry way/greenhouse is just beautiful and I spy a peacock chair! See I am a child of the 70s. I must be reliving my youth. Can't get enough retro then visit my Flickr set retro modern.


Polly Eltes

Polly Eltes started her career in front of the camera as a fashion model. Now the London based photographer captures interiors, people and still life with a wonderful sense of immediacy as if you have just walked into a room or been introduced to her subjects yourself. Her fashion eye is apparent in her composition and great grasp of colour and light. Don't miss the rest of her portfolio. It's a treat!


Weekend score

I am seriously lacking in outdoor furniture and since I have a pretty big yard, a front porch and a deck in the backyard, I knew with spring here that I would soon have to start looking. I regularly search Craigslist and Kijiji for furniture, and the other day I came across some amazing rattan patio furniture - 2 chairs and a loveseat. I picked them up yesterday in Aylmer, Quebec, and I am soooo in love with their rounded shapes. They need some paint, and they are pretty old and showing their age, but I can't wait to have at 'em. I'm seeing some fun bright colours, in paint and some cushions. Sorry for the kind of crappy photo, but we still have so much snow that I had no where else to put them outside.

When we arrived at the seller's home I was totally smitten. The house was absolutely gorgeous. There was a for sale sign out front so I checked the agent's website and found some photos. It's a heritage home, in downtown Aylmer, 3000 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms. This home is dreamy - such incredible architectural details, but it seems just about every room is wallpapered which could be a nightmare to deal with. Regardless, it would be such a blast to decorate.


Dog days and bus rolls

Summer is lingering in my part of the world but a chill in the evening air is a reminder that winter is coming. I was up early this morning to attend the local farmers market. Shopping and sampling fresh local produce is so tiring. Time to relax in my new thrifted garden chairs. I love Colin at my favourite thrift store. "How much for these two chairs Colin?" "$5 the lot." A generous drink of marine grade teak oil and they're ready for the last dog days of summer. I'm lounging comfortably drinking guava cordial from the markets thumbing through magazines. Bliss!

What else is new? I managed to score some vintage bus rolls on eBay. Lots of numbers and letters. These are destined for a series of large collages. Can't wait to get started. Biggest news at Casa Jo is the imminent arrival of a peacock chair. Yes my four step plan is complete. Where did my not so little lovely come from? Curb side collection, the ultimate in community recycling. Thank you to whoever threw out the chair for council rubbish collection in New Farm because it now is heading my way. Thanks to Ron my regular delivery guy who spied it and nabbed it for me. With slight damage to the seat it's spending the week at the restorer but fingers crossed it's here next week.