Displaying posts from December, 2010

Loft love

Posted on Fri, 24 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo

Spirally into love here folks. Love the open space, the white mixed with wood and black. Rustic and modern and all tied together with one sexy black spiral staircase. Clever sliding walls define the children’s sleeping areas. The Crosstown Loft by Campos Leckie Studio based in Vancouver, Canada.

A virtual retreat

Posted on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 by KiM

I’m still battling the chaos of the holiday season and I could use another short virtual holiday right about now. Jo blogged about Greek photographer Vangelis Paterakis last year and a reader recently reminded us of the fabulousness of his portfolio (thanks Zoe!) I love the simplicity of this home and the use of stone and concrete. It’s modern yet rustic at the same time. Love that.

Blue blue days

Posted on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo

One of our favourite interior designers Jason Martin (his DIY+ series for Desire to Inspire is here) is now the design director at Kristen Buckingham (see Kim’s post on Kristen here). He emailed to let us know the website has been recently updated and to share a few photos of the new showroom on La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles. Swoon! That blue! And I would never have thought to pair it with the strong presence of the black. The showroom looks perfect. I’d love to spend an afternoon taking a closer look. Now don’t forget to send us any new work Jason 😉

Johanna Ekmark

Posted on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo


A delight to the eyes. Yes like a drink of cool water. To capture the beauty of the everyday, of a family homes, of a precious object. I’m still caught up in the wonderful world of the talented photographers whose work graces the pages of our favourite shelter magazines. Johanna Ekmark has shot for the likes of Marie Claire Maison Italy and Elle Interior, Sköna Hem  and Lantliv. I love those first two photos. The light is fabulous and that kitchen is just perfect. Enjoy!





Reader’s home – when can I move in???

Posted on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 by KiM

Anne had sent in a photo for a pets on furniture post (the first one here – and a gratuitous husband and dog photo at the end of this post) and I wrote back telling her how adorable her Vizsla is and how I loved the room. WELL, was I ever lucky that she wrote back with a link to a bunch of photos of her AMAZING home. She was kind enough to give me a bit of background that I could share with you all before I bombard you with photos ‘o plenty:
we live in the south austin neighborhood of bouldin creek, a 20 min walk to downtown…we measure our proximity to everything by walkability since my husband, sam, spent 16 yrs in nyc prior to moving to austin at the end of 2008. the house is about 2350 sq’ and we both work from home so we have an office that occupies one half of the entire 2nd story. we spent 8 months building and around 5 months planning (i should also mention we finished the project two months ahead of schedule AND under budget!). the house is a three bedroom/three bath. we worked with the incredible architects at alterstudio who took the time to filter through our ideas, carefully considering how to incorporate our wild eclectic wish list – glass floor, reclaimed wood, loads of outdoor space, lots of windows, energy efficiency, a home office and music room and of course, a pool – with our desire for practical and efficient use of space – we wanted to interact with every room every day and not waste an inch of space – and transformed these components into the perfect expression that is our home. the result is a wonderful modern structure that feels welcoming not severe, fits seamlessly into our funky South Austin neighborhood, merges the indoors with the outdoors and provides us with a home comfortable for two (plus dog). i think the best part about our house is the light. there is so much sunlight that streams into every room and we refuse to get any window coverings. the glass floor actually serves a purpose – it allows light into the downstairs hallway from the skylight and a transom window further carries that light into the downstairs bathroom. given that this is texas and the heat in these parts is serious business, the majority of the glass faces north and south, passively heating in the winter and NOT in the summer. the one room people flip out about is the 9×9 TV room, or TV cave as we refer to it. we designed the room to perfectly fit ligne roset’s togo sofa and is the only place there is TV in the house. a large sliding door closes it off from the kitchen/dining room. most people who visit think it is our pantry.” There is so much I love about Anne’s home – I HAVE to show this post to my architect. Thank you Anne! Consider me inspired!