Displaying posts from March, 2008

Joseph De Leo

Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2008 by midcenturyjo


Joseph De Leo started as an art director before concentrating on his amazing talent for photography. His work is masterful. The colours and the composition are almost painterly. You are drawn into the rooms. The colours jump off the screen (or the page) and as far as his food portfolio goes you could lick the screen it is so tempting. Check out the vignettes in his portfolio for the most inspiring colour palettes. YUM!

Busy weekend

Posted on Mon, 10 Mar 2008 by KiM

I spent the weekend shoveling snow and painting. OH. JOY. Thought I would give you a peak into my new teal dressing room. The colour comes across alot brighter in photos (because sun was shining in the room and glaring off the mountains of snow). It turned out perfect, and I am really happy with the results. Now I can’t wait to decorate the room – I have some black and white Jo art and Jocelyn’s portrait (photo #2) that will be perfect against the teal.

What to do with a white sofa

Posted on Mon, 10 Mar 2008 by KiM

Elena wrote the other day with a dilemma. A fun dilemma I’d say. “I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I’m officially hooked.You guys seem to have tons of inspirational room pictures so I was hoping you could help me out – see, my boyfriend and I just bought a gorgeous, plush white couch but I’m not sure how to decorate around it. We have white walls and the rest of our furniture is mostly brown. I was thinking jewel-toned accessories would go nicely and bring in some color, but I’m still not sure. Would it be possible for you guys to post some pictures of rooms with jewel tones and/or white sofas? I need some inspiration!” I readily agreed that jewel-tones would work, and went on the hunt for photos with white (or off-white) couches so Elena could see the endless options she has. Hope this inspires and be sure to send us photos when you’ve dolled up your couch!

Mary McDonald Ideal Home
Domino Domino
Lynn Morgan Lagerlings
Miles Redd John Loecke
Domino House to Home
Laura Arsie House of Pictures
O’Connor Design Partners Amy Lau
Décormag Lovelace Interiors

Tim Ebneth

Posted on Mon, 10 Mar 2008 by midcenturyjo


I’m in awe of the talent of leading stylists. A room or photo shoot is pulled together with apparent ease. It looks so good, it looks so easy but as we all know from our own attempts there’s a great deal of talent, call it a good eye or god given ability, involved. Here are some of my favourites from the portfolio of Tim Ebneth.

Images from Halley Resources

Growing groovy

Posted on Mon, 10 Mar 2008 by midcenturyjo


Whatever happened to the house plant as major decorating feature? Only a couple of decades ago a living room wasn’t complete without its own jungle or forty year old bonsai fig in the corner. Light weakly forced its way through a forest of african violets which had colonised kitchen window sills around the world and spider plants brooded sinisterly in macramé slings in every second bathroom. And those pom pom grandma flower arrangements? Are they now as dead as dodos? This week’s retro revelation comes from Decorating with Plants and Flowers, Creative Home Library, Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, 1972. Perhaps we don’t have to go to the extremes of years past but is there a little room in your house for our leafy friends?