Displaying posts from November, 2009

Dear Mr Bank Manager …

Posted on Fri, 27 Nov 2009 by midcenturyjo

… it’s me again. I wrote to you in 2007 about an apartment I wanted to buy. You couldn’t help me then but I’ve heard that it is back on the market again. It’s been redecorated and beautifully appointed and it’s just gorgeous and its owner Karen emailed to let me know that if you say yes it could be mine (or some other incredibly lucky person). Here’s what Karen had to say. “Craigston was built in 1927 and this apartment takes up the whole top floor of the building. This was one of the first high rise buildings in Brisbane and was built as a residence for doctors as it is part of the medical precinct in Brisbane. The floors are crow’s ash which is a now rare rainforest wood. I know this will be surprising but I live in this five bedroom apartment alone! I’m spoiled for space but that’s a good thing because there’s room to indulge my passion for collecting antiques.” Please Mr Bank Manager! Please!

P.S. If your bank manager says yes you can contact Karen here.



John Douglas Eason

Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2009 by KiM

New York interior designer John Douglas Eason is a master at creating dramatic contemporary spaces with lush fabrics and many hints of black (yummy). He pays very close attention to detail and creates a perfect balance between style, texture, colour, proportion and function.


J. Morgan Puett

Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2009 by midcenturyjo

Happy Thanksgiving to our readers in the States and Happy Thursday to everyone else! Today I’m giving thanks for the American creative spirit. Conceptual installation artist J. Morgan Puett began her career in fashion design (and garnered acclaim for her art installation meets retail concept stores) until in 1997 she created the artists’ colony Mildred’s Lane. Decay and chaos blend seamlessly with beauty and considered collections. Referencing the past it is a living working art installation. (Images from J. Morgan Puett and The New York Times.)





A much needed vacation

Posted on Wed, 25 Nov 2009 by KiM

Olaf V.

Hi folks. Kim here. In case you haven’t been over to see the latest post on my “kim’s page” tab, I am off to Vegas tomorrow morning until Monday. Despite it being a much needed vacation (that I haven’t had in a few years), my little sister is getting married there Saturday. I’m super excited because of course it’s in Vegas and I’ve never been, but also because she’s marrying Dave who is SUCH a nice guy. Although I’ll be offline for 5 days (excited about that too I have to admit), I have scheduled posts to publish in my absence and of course Jo will be around posting as well. Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

Dan Marty

Posted on Wed, 25 Nov 2009 by midcenturyjo


It’s a daydream of mine. Live in a designer showroom after hours. When the clients and staff go home I’d pop out of my hiding place, put on some music, dim the lights and live in my perfect “home”. Imagine living in Dan Marty’s showroom. I could be very comfortable here. Dan, a talented L.A. interior designer travels the world bringing home exquisite pieces that he displays in “rooms”. A line of chairs against a wall, a wall of fabric samples, a big box store mentality just doesn’t cut it here. The clever Mr Marty knows that his clients can’t resist a flawlessly arranged room filled with treasure after treasure.  Spaces like these are overflowing with inspiration.