Displaying posts from January, 2011

Reader request – leaning art

Posted on Fri, 21 Jan 2011 by KiM

This week’s reader request comes from Jessica: My husband and I have a ton of art. Not any fancy-pants stuff, but a lot of small and medium sized things, mostly framed, that we’ve picked up on our way through life. My problem is this: We have more than I want to hang at any given time, but I don’t want to just store the extras and forget about them. I really love the look of art leaned against walls, on shelves, etc. but I can’t convince him that it would look good without examples. Could you help me find inspiration photos of art, beautifully displayed, leaning against walls or on shelves? I love “leaning” art – it’s a great versatile solution for people like me who get visually bored very quickly and saves your walls (especially handy for renters!), plus I love the casual feel it gives. So here are some photos of art not hung on walls in the traditional, expected fashion.

rue magazine Richard Powers
Lonny Sköna hem
New York Social Diary Ron Marvin
AT Casa Lucas Allen
AT Casa Marie Claire Italy
design*sponge Jacob Termansen
design*sponge Rinat Lavi


Glenn Gissler

Living Etc.


Todd Yoggy

Sköna hem


Phoebe Howard


Traditional Home

Or if you happen to have a spare, unused staircase…

Pieter Estersohn

Barbara Davis

Posted on Fri, 21 Jan 2011 by midcenturyjo

Beautiful imperfection. A sublime series of rough luxe rooms by Barbara Davis. At times desolate, at others inspiring in its decay. Dreams and echoes. Calm. Romantic. Individual

Jieldé – an obsession

Posted on Thu, 20 Jan 2011 by KiM

I have a serious love for funky lighting. Of any kind. I think you could call it an obsession. It’s pretty bad considering how many light fixtures I have acquired in the last 4 months or so (there was this one, then these, then this one, then this one, then I made this one, then there was this one, and finally this beauty). But honestly, I could (maybe) give up all those if I could get my hands on a Jieldé. They are the coolest industrial-style lamps and I just love them to bits. Here is a bit of history on Jieldé lamps: They were created by Jean-Louis Domecq whose requirements were to create a simple and robust lamp that articulated in order to adapt to all working stations. They were first produced in France in the early 50’s and in 1953, Jean-Louis created a company dedicated to the marketing of the lamps whose name was formed from his initials : Ji eL Dé (pronounced in French). They continue to be produced today. I have scoured eBay on numerous occasions looking for a vintage version, but they are expensive. Sadly I have never seen them sold here in Ottawa. Alas, one day I will get my hands on one, preferably a 6-arm floor lamp, but I won’t be picky. I’d settle for a table lamp, wall lamp, whatever (but not a reproduction). Anyone else out there in love with Jieldé?

Lennart Weibull

Louise Rastall

Le Journal de la Maison


Erin Martin

Rachael Smith


Le Journal de la Maison

Le Journal de la Maison

Andrew Grinton

Erin Martin

Per Magnus Persson

Le Journal de la Maison




David Kohn

Sköna hem

Heiner Orth

Posted on Thu, 20 Jan 2011 by midcenturyjo

Photographer time for me today and I’m loving the portfolio of German snapper Heiner Orth. Look at that chalet! Look at that fox in the bathroom! Heiner has a great eye and his shots have a lovely clean line. Can I say that? Beauty and style straight up, no fuss. There’s something that Herr Orth does better than interiors though and that’s photographing dogs. OMG you must go to his site and lose yourself in the canine fun. Simply stunning!





Jim Stephenson

Posted on Wed, 19 Jan 2011 by KiM

Architectural photographer Jim Stephenson (of clickclickjim) shared some photos with Jo and I the other day and they are FAB so I thought I’d share them with you all. They are a selection of the contemporary homes he has shot in the last year or so.The architects are Conran & Partners, Charles Meloy and Alan Phillips, and all the homes are in England. I’ve always loved photos where the photographer captures a person in motion – it makes the spaces feel REAL and Jim appears to be a fan (and a talent) of this technique. Thanks Jim!