Posted on Sat, 14 Feb 2009 by midcenturyjo

…my new Valentine’s Day love. Explanation below.

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?

    • Laureen and Yuliya of Paperwhite launched the project “i love you more than blank” at the beginning of January. It’s a simple website that asks what we use as a measuring stick for love and it’s a charming idea. Perfect for Valentines Day. “I love you more than….bacon.”
    • Time for afternoon tea? Then how about the Teabag Teaspoon Cup and Saucer set by Bailey Doesn’t Bark! The set is hand decorated with the cutest teaspoon outline on the saucer as well as a teabag illustration on the cup. Re Jin Lee does it again!
    • Design Addict was one of the first important websites dedicated to product design. After 10 years as the go to site for modern, post-modern and contemporary design of the 20th-21st centuries Design Addict has launched The Radar, a platform where vintage design stores and auction houses can easily show the items that they have for sale and buyers, private or professionals, have access to this extensive inventory in one place. Furniture, lamps, accessories. It’s a design smorgasbord!
    • Jeremy Bell emailed, “Having recently gone through an exhaustive search for inspiration during the design of my home (360 Winnett Ave), it became apparent that there wasn’t a decent place to bookmark and tag photos. In my case, I was more or less saving everything to a folder on my desktop or posting things to Flickr. This ended up becoming a regular topic at the office so we decided to do something about it and created a site we’ve called Image Spark. It’s pretty simple and allows you to upload and tag photos, plus you can also created moodboards to compile and visualize the images together. We even created a Firefox plugin and a Mac application to make uploading images as easy as possible.” It’s still a beta, but it’s free to use and anyone can register. Here’s Jeremy’s mood board for his home.
    • Blog alert for this week. Viv posts about her home renovations and decorating attempts as well as interiors that inspire her, fashion and food. I’ve been lurking on ish and chi and it’s fun and full of clever ideas. Click over and say hi!
    • Adrena is a baby and child photographer in Los Angeles. She has a small Etsy shop My Paper Doll and emailed to share. OMG aren’t these so cute. Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

  • And the photos above? We are looking for a house. Something old, inner city and lots of land. We want to restore the house and build a couple of townhouses as part of the plan. This place is ticking most of the boxes. A brick and stone duplex built in the 1870s on a large block of land. The “fun” part is that it is heritage listed (oh the nightmares of following the EPA rules), very run down and the price is just a little more than our figures tell us we should spend. Now the real work begins. Research, consultation and price negotiation. Help I’ve lost my heart but I hope not my brains!

kim. says:

I have to agree that you may have lost your mind. That house, while totally adorable, needs SO much work. But if anyone is up to the task, it’s you. I’m praying all goes well with it and it becomes yours.

Peggy says:

Jo, I can see why you lost your heart. I want a little ranch myself. I can’t tell from the picture, is it one building or two? Is that an addition on the back? Why the stilts, is that common in Australia? The amount of land is surprising. I can see this sweet little cottage painted – um, well – pink with white shutters. And flowers growing everywhere. It’d be a labor of love.

Peggy says:

Jo – I meant white awnings. But I could see the reverse too. Painted white with pink awnings. And a sweet white fence. Oh, I am so dying to see the inside…

Are you making an appointment to see it! Please post pictures of the inside!

Viv says:

Thank you for the mention!

I can totally see why you’ve fallen for the house. It looks like it needs some TLC and a lot of elbow grease but I’m sure you will turn it into something magical.

I can see it in a sunny yellow colour with white trims and black and white striped awnings… but I have a small obsession with yellow at the moment so don’t mind me!

Have a happy weekend.

Viv xx

Sheila says:

Good on you Jo !! I am filled with admiration for those who take on and restore these neglected treasures. Am looking forward to seeing the story unfold on your blog if you decide to go for it. Sheila

Unfortunately I don’t think the heritage listing will allow pink or yellow or black and white awnings. We’ve been out looking at other properties today and there are plenty more options if we don’t get this one. Still …..

Viv says:

I hope you get the property you dream of. I’ll keep my fingers, toes and eyes crossed for you 🙂

Viv xx

Celia says:

Oh, I truly wish you’ll be able to make that gorgeous house a cozy home!
Go for it!

Anonymous says:

Judging by the contributions, Laureen and Yuliya missed the most important message for their hearts:

“I love you more than being a smarmy asshat. Which is a lot.”

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