Displaying posts from July, 2011

Oh I love Armelle Habib‘s photos. Love. Clean and crisp. Bright and fresh. Pretty and precious without being “precious” if you know what I mean.  It is so easy to see her passion in her shots. I’m drawn to her details and how she focuses in on the quiet spot of a room. All may be chaos just out of shot but within her compositions all is calm, all is gentle. (It’s not hard to see why I love the first few shots. They are of Melbourne stylist Heather Nette King‘s gorgeous home. Hey Heather!)










Back in May of last year I blogged the Spanish home of interior designer and artist Javier Requejo. To my delight he emailed the other day with photos of his holiday home in Ourense, 15 minutes outside Galacia, Spain (where his primary residence is). It has the same rustic charm as his other home but this one is filled with even more of Javier’s creativity and colour. And he even has some pets strategically placed in a couple of the following photos which always does it for me.

Stalking a hair salon?

Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 by midcenturyjo

I’ll real estate stalk anything it seems. Like this Windsor, Melbourne terrace house. Perusing the photos I thought yes like the chandelier, celadon vases are certainly spectacular if not a little large (I’d be petrified I’d knock them over), blanc de chine on the mantle is lovely. Why is the chair facing a mirror? Is that make-up on a console? Strange bottles to have in the kitchen window. Light bulb moment when I read the accompanying text. Terrace for sale currently leased as a hair salon. Stylish indeed and just a little special, like a private boudoir. I’d love to see the courtyard in full summer bloom. I’m sure it would be lush with greenery. Link here while it lasts.

Pure and General

Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 by midcenturyjo

When I was in Sydney last week there was one place I just had to visit, one store that has been calling me like a siren ever since I heard its name. Pure and General, a wonderland of an emporium in Potts Point. Owner Linda Gregoriou and manager Cassie Karinsky made me feel welcome and shared the stories behind their beautifully curated wares sourced from exotic locales around the world. These women share a passion and it shows. Although I had seen shots of the space as a whole nothing prepared me for the beauty in the detail. Everywhere I looked there was something exquisite, something I soooo wanted. My little point and shoot camera just can’t do this store justice. If you are ever in Sydney this jewel of a shop is a must visit.

Pure and General is at 114 Brougham St, Potts Point, NSW 2010.









Reader’s home – Dana’s darsena sul lago

Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 by KiM

This next reader’s home belongs to Dana. I featured her Italian villa last year, and today I’d like to share her lakeside home (“darsena sul lago” = dock on the lake) on Lake Como. It’s 35 sq m, with wooden beams and white walls, furnished with antique Asian furniture and flea market finds. There is a steel trap door in the floor to access the private boat dock and a cantilevered terrace with incredible views of the lake. So lovely! Not sure what I love more – the views or that kitchen!