Displaying posts from November, 2012

Stalking the old with the new

Posted on Wed, 7 Nov 2012 by midcenturyjo

Today’s second real estate stalking finds me pounding the virtual pavements of Armadale, Melbourne. A renovation and extension of a Tudor style period house has caught me eye. From its dark exterior and stylish garden to the sophisticated open plan living. Glass gym in the backyard anyone? Perhaps watching TV in the media room from the pool? I would love to see this home photographed sympathetically. Please, please, pretty please professional real estate photographers in Australia stop with the HDR over tweaked photos. We get it. You want a dramatic effect but it’s like bad cosmetic surgery… fake and unattractive. Link here while it lasts.

Stalking weekenders on the dark side

Posted on Wed, 7 Nov 2012 by midcenturyjo

Imagine a little cottage in the country. A weekend retreat. An escape. Do your imaginings turn to nightmares at the thought of chintz and yellow pine, old iron beds and shabby chic armoires? You’re a minimalist. You like it clean lined and modern with nary a whiff of dried flowers and old advertising signs, thrifted tat and dust catchers. I have found your perfect tree change getaway. Simple, stylish and with a scarcity of scatter cushions. A small black cottage on acreage with studio accommodation for guests. After all if you dislike clutter that much it might be best to keep your friends a few metres away 😉 The first of two real estate stalkings for today. At Wheatsheath, just outside the spa town of Daylesford in Victoria. But you are too late. Someone has just bought it. Link here.

Andrea Chu

Posted on Tue, 6 Nov 2012 by KiM

Andrea Chu is an amazing photographer whose photos are simple yet powerful. She captures the spirit of each space, whether dark and moody or bright and airy. And I love that she started into the business by stealing her brother’s camera one afternoon to capture an afternoon of skateboarding and never returned it. 🙂

A wacky apartment

Posted on Tue, 6 Nov 2012 by KiM

Let me start by saying it has been a long time since we blogged anything this wacky and eclectic. It is a completely renovated 3 story apartment created by Parisian interior architect and designer Carlos Pujol. It is oozing with creativity and whimsy, from the eyeglasses chandelier, to the paint chip staircase, the mass of pendants in the kitchen and pinups in the bathroom. This is definitively not taking interior design too seriously. 🙂

That house

Posted on Tue, 6 Nov 2012 by midcenturyjo

Hands up who hasn’t seen Sisley cosmetics Christine d’Ornano’s London home. Hands up who hasn’t drooled over the blue velvet doors and yellow chairs of “that” dining room/library. Hands up those who missed the m,any interiors magazine features including Elle Decor. The paintings, the OTT 70s floral fabric bedroom walls, the overstuffed sofas and modernist chairs. I love that house. So I was overjoyed to see Joanna Henderson‘s interpretation of the rooms. I think this talented British photographer’s images truly capture the everyday beauty, the family style, the livability of this fabulous home. Relaxed and casual but very, very special.