Displaying posts from November, 2012

Stalking history on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 10 Nov 2012 by midcenturyjo

Today I’m stalking interior design history. High atop The Princeton building in Double Bay, Sydney is the penthouse apartment home of one of the most recognisable figures in Australian interior design Leslie Walford AM. Occupying the entire top floor of the 1939 Art Deco  building, the 500sqm penthouse sanctuary commands uninterrupted northerly harbour views to Manly. Walford, who died this year, set the taste and style of Sydney’s eastern suburbs through the ’60s and ’70s. If Florence Broadhurst was the style maven of the beau monde decorating scene then Walforde was interior design doyen of the establishment. His was an eclectic mix of antique furniture, Australian art, rich oriental rugs and objet sourced from around the world. His penthouse home is a time capsule of a life well lived, of style and grace and another time. If you have the rumored $4.5+ million it is for sale here. The contents are being auctioned at Mossgreen on November 18.


Posted on Fri, 9 Nov 2012 by KiM

It’s the beginning of a long weekend for some Canadians (including ‘lil ol’ public servant me) and I’m grateful as I have deemed this clean and organize the house weekend! Long overdue I tell ya. To ease you all into the weekend how about some eye candy from the always delightful Finnish magazine Avotakka

Kyla Bidgood’s office redo

Posted on Fri, 9 Nov 2012 by KiM

Interior designer Kyla Bidgood emailed us about one of her latest projects – and it’s a doozy! It is the office of an up and coming tech company in Victoria, BC. She has turned an ugly commercial space into a fun and energizing work space that should generate all kinds of creative techie juices flowing. The vintage industrial vibe rocks and the accents of red really pop. LOVE IT! (So jealous – I’d die for my cubicle to be this cool). Here is some info from Kyla:

Our mandate for MediaCore’s new office was to create a vibrant, environmentally friendly, ‘non-officey’ looking office that could accommodate the company’s needs now and as they grow. Working within a modest budget, we chose affordable finishes and injected calculated pops of color and whimsy to give the space it’s playful personality. 

– yep, those are ikea kitchen cabinets
– we had all the the cabinet pulls and door hardware custom powder coated red 
– carpet tile throughout main area, created a ‘walkway’ with green accent tiles (under $5/sf)
– sourced the custom meeting room lights from a great gal on etsy 
– dry erase white board paint on all the walls in the meeting room
– large letter M was the W on a Vancouver Safeway in it’s previous life
– Also many of the items in the space now, and future purchases for them as funds free up, can be found on my MediaCore pinterest board 


Heather Hobhouse

Posted on Fri, 9 Nov 2012 by midcenturyjo

Great images, great homes, great photographer. Perfect way to end a long, long, long week. Collective sighs of relief waft up from the heaving masses of design junkies. (It’s Friday and the purple prose is a side effect of said long, long, long week.) Welcome to the fab portfolio of Brit photographer, Heather Hobhouse. White light, bright and just right.  Enjoy!

Heidi Lundsgaard

Posted on Thu, 8 Nov 2012 by KiM

I’m loving the portfolio of Danish photographer Heidi Lundsgaard. Bright and perfect composition. Fabulous spaces too. Can you guess which photo is my favourite? 😉

Photos copyright: Heidi Lunsgaard