Displaying posts from June, 2008

Coffee table conundrum

Posted on Mon, 30 Jun 2008 by KiM

A reader wrote in wondering what to do for a coffee table and has a couple requirements – she doesn’t want 2 smaller tables and her other half doesn’t want glass. I’ve been in the same predicament for several months now, and can’t seem to find anything suitable, although I will probably go for glass or acrylic since my room is so small. I think coffee tables are a perfect place to add a little bit of the unexpected – a bit of colour, a different style to the rest of the space, a bit of quirkiness….you can really do anything. Since our reader already has a blend of styles in her living room – a sofa (contemporary casual – Crate and Barrel-like), chairs (modern), side table (antique mahogany parlor table), and lamp (Tiffany-style), then why not spice things up? I am loving Moroccan tea tables at the moment as a great way to inject a little bit of ethnicity. Or perhaps something Asian flavoured? Below are a wide range of styles for some ideas.

Lynn Morgan Sköna hem
Sköna hem Ted Yarwood
Jack Levy Rebecca Bradley
Jay Jeffers Country Home
Jeff Herron Gaelle Le Boulicaut
Domino Domino
Fotene Design Location Works
Andrea Larsson Aero Studios
Robert Stilin Urban Spaces
Cabinet Jean Louis Deniot Homes & Gardens

Houses and things

Posted on Mon, 30 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo

I found a fabulous book Cose & Case, Forme,colori,oggetti, nell’arredamento. Robin Guild, Euroclub Italia S.p.A.,Bergamo, 1980. Edizione Italiana. So houses and things in a book with copious Italian text but thankfully also with lots and lots of lovely retro rooms. Early 80s here and I couldn’t be more excited. You have been warned it’s the next big thing in retro decorating. Ah…. knotty pine, pastels and beige back in our lives again.

A retro renovation

Posted on Sun, 29 Jun 2008 by KiM

Pam of Retro Renovation wrote the other day about a blast-from-the-past mid-century modern home she posted and I loved it so much I decided to post it today instead of doing my typical Flickr finds.

This 1962 home is owned by Greg McKinney and is located in Granada Hills, California. Like Pam, I really like the use of grasscloth on the walls, pops of orange throughout the spaces and the incredible vintage lighting. What a fabulous job you’ve done Greg! And thanks Pam for sharing this with us!

Winter at Jo’s place

Posted on Sat, 28 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo

I’d love some antique famille rose Chinese pots for my patio area but it ain’t gonna happen on my budget. Thought I’d cheer up the space with some teapots and teacups from Chinatown instead. It’s still winter here (if you can call 23° Celsius winter) so by spring my little plants should be green and lush. And the dump truck? I couldn’t resist a 50c rusty truck from a garage sale around the corner to hold a few transplanted daffodils. When they’re out I’ll move it onto my kitchen counter for some fun. Can you believe it’s mid winter here and the daffodils are almost out? I love the subtropics!


Posted on Sat, 28 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo

On my inspiration board at the moment…

WINKS – weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we’ve found and things we think you’ll want to see. If you’d like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we’ll link you. So what’s in this week?

  • Marta Belo & Leonor Feijó have started Little Hands, a children’s wallpaper mural company. These are just so adorable with their pastel watercolour feel. Follow the link for the full range.
  • Daedal is a new online resource for Irish interior designers and architects (although there is more info than just Irish links and has great links for non-designers too). Lots to discover here! Great site Elaine.
  • Our inbox contained a short email from Aaron and Shannon introducing their new company Yuppie Decor. Their aim is to provide reasonably-priced home furnishings, decor, and interior design to their customers in the Washington, DC metro area. Their one-of-a-kind Signature pieces embrace their classic modern style.
  • Sue writes a blog over on the online community My Internal Design. Pop over and say hi. There’s lots of links to great rooms and posts from blogs from all over.
  • Alexis Scott emailed “with something we might love… that i do too, this new furniture that i have called la-Fête. it’s modern modular outdoor furniture that’s super chic and surprisingly comfortable. it’s also really lightweight which is good because i’m not that strong (i know, i know, i should probably be taking better advantage of my gym membership, but now especially that i have my la-fete wave laying out sounds so much better!) so being able to move this stuff is KEY!…” Go check out the rest of the range here.
  • Loving these vintage charts from blue bell bazaar. When Gosia emailed me earlier this week it gave me an excuse to pop over to her Etsy shop to check out the goodies.
    I have just the spot for these!
  • PointClickHome is calling for entries for the “Happy Chic” contest with the fabulous Jonathan Adler. To enter the contest you need to send an email sharing your own unique style inspirations with pictures showcasing how you’ve transformed your living space using Jonathan Adler’s happy chic style and advice. Starting July 31, 2008, Jonathan Adler and PointClickHome editor, Anne E. Collins, will post weekly blogs about the progress of the contest and the most fabulous submissions to date. On August 28, 2008, the happiest, chicest home will be chosen and the grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 gift certificate for use at Jonathan Adler stores and website. Both the second and third place winner will also receive Jonathan Adler gift certificates for $500 or $100, respectively, and all three winners will receive a signed copy of Jonathan Adler: My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living. Entry details here.
  • Win a family-room makeover! Does your family room need a facelift? Enter to WIN a makeover of your family room from Cookie magazine and HGTV’s Color Correction! Submit a photo of your family, your family room, and a 250-word essay about why your family room needs a makeover. Just for entering, you will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1,500 Visa Gift Card! For details and conditions click here.
  • Jeffrey Stone from the Sky Factory emailed with this…. “The Programmable SkyCeiling creates an enhanced illusion of nature by introducing changes of light and color, in real-time. The programmable features allow SkyCeilings to increase and decrease in light intensity and color to simulate the local rising and setting of the sun – even following the seasons.” Now how and where to use this? Could be interesting. Suggestions?