Displaying posts from October, 2012

Inside Out

Posted on Tue, 2 Oct 2012 by midcenturyjo

Hopping up and down with excitement. Squealing. Making little panting noises. Not a good look for a woman of a certain age but I can’t help it. It’s time for the new issue of Inside Out magazine. Out Wednesday. Even more exciting it’s the 100th issue and is packed full of lovely, lovely room porn. Lee Tran Lam, managing editor promises. (Actually “room porn” were my words not hers.) Once again Inside Out has shared with Desire to Inspire a few sneaky pics from one of the gorgeous homes inside their pages. You’ll recognise it of course. It’s the home of Steve and Helena Trupp of Empirical Style. Helen shared her own snaps of their cool apartment not long ago on the blog but I am lovin’ the shots in the magazine taken by photographer Armelle Habib and styled by Julia Green.

P.S. Don’t forget if you live outside Australia you don’t have to miss out on one of the best interiors magazines around. You can subscribe through Zinio.

David Howell

Posted on Mon, 1 Oct 2012 by KiM

David Howell (of New York’s DHD Architecture and Design) is one that we were familiar with back in 2007 thanks to Jo’s post, and I am re-discovering my love for his firm’s work again now that I’ve seen recent projects. The design foundation of the office is modernistic – an approach both naturalistic and modern that combines elemental and ecological forms with a minimized, sculptural architectural imprint… We do aim to instill spaces with certain principles: an appropriate bridging of indoors and outdoors; a wise and atmospheric use of light as a fundamental part of architecture; a sympathy for site and origin; an exciting use of materials; a marriage of the organic with the common and industrial. I LOVE these spaces – modern or classic and elegant but totally liveable. The kitchen in the first couple of photos is SO dreamy. 

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 1 Oct 2012 by KiM

If you’d like to send me photos to include in next week’s “pets on furniture” post, please ensure your photos follow my basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off…and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it’s dark or fuzzy then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.comand PLEASE don’t send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

Here’s my dogs Ninja and Zoe. Ninja is a Husky/Pointer mix (a rescue) 13 years old. Zoe is a chihuahua, 10 months old. They are best of friends, they play and cuddle all day long. Zoe is carefree, energetic, and a bit sneaky. Ninja is calm, (unfortunately) a little bit nervous and gentle. Different personalities, but as friends (or “sisters”) that doesn’t matter much. They truly love each other!
– Benedicte (Norway)

Old Moe and a new chair…
– Heather & Greg

This is Columbus on our falcon stool, showing his complete lack of interest in the cricket.
– Christy (Melbourne)

Here’s Dreamboat Annie Doodle who loves her over stuffed couch almost more then romping through the woods in the mountains of Colorado.
– Carlye (Nederland, Colorado)


I’ve attached 2 images of my beautiful Harry-Barry on the sitting room sofa.  In one he’s having a little sing-song! He’s my first Jack Russell and I’m absolutely besotted which I’ve been told happens by owners of other Jack Russells – they’re the toddlers of the animal kingdom. Sofa has been handed down a generation and now sports a loose cover in red and white checked cotton from IKEA  Cushion is by my sister’s company ‘Luxe Adornments’ and painting above is by me.
– Jo-ann (Balwyn, Victoria)

Fish and chips inspiration

Posted on Mon, 1 Oct 2012 by midcenturyjo

So much great design coming from commercial work. So much inspiration. A fish and chip restaurant in Ealing, London has my mind twisting and turning trying to figure out how I’m going to fit these ideas in my home. Fun and functional, young and quirky. Definitely not fusty. Definitely fab. Distressed and industrial, schoolhouse and rustic. Warm timber with bright colour. Love the typography (yes I’m a typo nerd), love the rough planks, the red and blue, the “newspaper” walls, the subway tiles, the lights, love it all. Vibrant new British design. Kerbisher & Malt by Alexander Waterworth Interiors.

East Hampton dreaming

Posted on Mon, 1 Oct 2012 by midcenturyjo

Dreaming of the quintessential Hampton’s beach house? Dreaming of white and breezy, casual elegance and easy style? Susana Simonpietri of Chango & Co has conjured up a magical home in East Hampton. A young, fresh redesign of an historic home saw walls removed and open plan rooms created. Dark floors anchor the design where yellow pops against white walls and furnishings. Clean, crisp with silver highlights, old and new, rustic with industrial. Holiday or everyday this is a wonderful take on the modern Hamptons style.