Displaying posts from October, 2012

Louise Rastall

Posted on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 by midcenturyjo

Should we run away? Should we pretend? Should we dream of a shed at the end of the garden? Forget our cares and woes? Should we? Could we? With the help of stylist Louise Rastall we just might. Dreamy days filled with soft muted colours, bright, fresh houses, gardens and picnics. Lovely.

Stalking behind the high grey fence

Posted on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 by midcenturyjo

What’s behind the fence? Give me a leg up. I need to see. I am such a stalker, a real estate gawker. Concrete, timber, marble, glass. hard planes softened by kilims and kanthas, carpets and cane. A modern family home that wants to be minimalist but I see the owners want just a few more layers. Real estate stalking in Caulfield, Melbourne. Link here while it lasts.

An apartment in Israel

Posted on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 by KiM

Maya Bickson, an interior designer from Israel, emailed us some photos and details of an apartment she designed.This is a 3-bedroom garden apartment. It was completely restructured and redesigned. I enlarged the public area of the apartment to make the apartment look much bigger and lighter. I did it by moving the kitchen to the room adjacent to the living room and joining the two rooms together, and canceling a closet-room, which gave space to the dining area. The owners are a young & cool couple, with no fear of color, and they have a collection of beautiful objects. The design is quite eclectic as you can see. Modern with touches of vintage (the light-blue door to the home-office is an old door which was colored, and an old-style glass fixed to it. The tiles in the main bathroom are classic moroccon tiles), classics (Eames lounge chair), romance (in colors, floral patterns). A lot of thought was given to details, such as the blackboard in the kitchen with the white clock, the round window between the bath and the desk near the dining table, the brick wall in the kitchen, etc. All the furniture was designed and custom made. The round library was spotted by the couple in a design magazine and built for them here. It’s quite an impressive transformation – made obvious thanks to some before photos. (More details here in Maya’s blog post). 

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 29 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!

This is my 1 year-old German Shepherd – he’s not normally allowed on furniture but this chair suits him perfectly and has become his throne!
Annie (San Diego, California)

Siggy, our Golden Retriever puppy, found a chair just her size & color at our kitchen table. 
– Shelley (Rogers, AR)

Here is Louissa Juliana Regina Felinina, on my bed two years ago. I had to give her away when I deployed to Afghanistan and I miss “LouLou” so very much.
– Sarah

1 & 2 – Attached are two photos of my 8 month old chihuahua/maltese puppy, Eleanor Rigby, lounging on an acrylic chair next to our bar cart.  She’s ready for a drink after an exhausting day of napping and barking at squirrels.
3 – Here she is on our sofa as well.


This is Kiku, the most arrogant cat in the world although we saved his life (we found him in the middle of a big crossroads in the centre of Warsaw). The colour of the couch was chosen by our 3 year old daughter.

This is a picture of Oscar owning it. He Owns Everything.
– Joanne (Melbourne) 

Here is Neko on the hunt for her favorite spot in our new house. So far the chair is winning, but she looks fantastic on the poof.
– Lydia

Pictures 1 and 2 features our 8 month old cat Chloe and our ikea furniture. Picture 3 features our 1 year old rabbit Chewbacca and our new ikea chair.
– Filipa (Portugal)

Here is Moco (again) by our entryway on her beloved Mobler chairs.

My cat Dylan enjoying the afternoon.
– Katy (Boston)

Hello lover

Posted on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 by midcenturyjo

Wrap my in your blue embrace and whisper sweet design songs in my ear. I could live with you forever and ever. My one and only room… until I fall for another. I may be fickle but I know what I love. Just one view of antique dealer Florence Lopez‘ Parisian studio. A tease, a taste. More here.