Displaying posts from March, 2016

I love Oscar and Brosa

Posted on Mon, 7 Mar 2016 by midcenturyjo

I have a chair addiction. There I said it. Occasional, wingback, tub, slipper, big, small, classic or contemporary. Show me a comfy seat and a sexy little leg and I’m smitten. Which is why I couldn’t wait for my new chair from Brosa’s armchair collection to arrive. Online furniture retailer Brosa reached out to me a few weeks ago and one thing lead to another and suddenly I had a new man, I mean chair, in my life. Meet Oscar… the Oscar Armchair.

Australian-based online furniture retailer Brosa believes that the most special place on the planet is your home and you deserve to fill it with beautiful, craftsman-made furniture. They connect you directly with the makers, cutting out the high markups. Great furniture at a great price. Using the website is so easy. Beautiful pieces to choose from and a great selection of colours. You can even order fabric swatches before you choose. I love the Amelia (for my bedroom?) and the Helene (dressing room?) and I’m trying to figure out how to squeeze a Florence Velvet Chesterfield into my house. My Oscar Armchair has soft subtle curves and a low-profile look with natural oak wood legs to contrast with the colourful Warwick Fabric upholstery. I chose Moreton Teal but there are so many other colours available. The look is modern and stylish, a great addition to the eclectic, boho vibe I have in my own home. Low but super comfortable with great support the chair makes a top spot for reading and flipping through my phone. There are even 2 seater and 3 seater options.

At Brosa they work with the talented furniture designers from around the world bringing you unique designer pieces at a fraction of the cost of buying in a retail store. These designs are then brought to life by their master craftsmen and delivered straight to your home. Every Brosa designer piece is made in batches to minimize operational costs and also avoid wastage of materials. A timer on each product indicates when the next batch of production starts. Once the timer reaches zero production begins on all orders placed.

From beginning to end my experience with Brosa has been super smooth and very professional. I only had one problem in the whole process. Once the chair had arrived where was I going to put? Office? At the foot of the stairs? In the breezeway next to the kitchen so I’d have a handy spot for a cup of tea and morning newspapers? What do you think? I’m leaning towards a monthly rotation. Thanks Brosa! I love my chair.

This post is in collaboration with Brosa. All opinions are my own.

A very industrial SOHO apartment

Posted on Sun, 6 Mar 2016 by KiM

Three Seven is made up of Caroline Petit of France and American Jonas Mason. Together they are out to conquer the world (or at least America) by dumpster diving, attending auctions, exploring abandoned barns and neglected garages in the hunt for vintage treasures. You can check out the products they have found and sell in their shop here, and this SOHO apartment is an example of the thrifted, industrial style they love.


Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 5 Mar 2016 by midcenturyjo

It’s like I say time and again. If you have to drag your sorry self into work on a Saturday then it certainly helps if it’s somewhere stylish. I have two offices today, both by Amsterdam-based interior design and branding agency Tank. Lingotto uses suspended timber dowels as visual dividers while Doom & Dickson (fabulous name) has a definite retro vibe.

A renovated farmhouse in Italy

Posted on Fri, 4 Mar 2016 by KiM

Pair an 1887 farmhouse in the Italian countryside with architecture firm MIDE and you get an incredible mix of modern and rustic. Maintaining the original stone, brick and chestnut wood exterior, inside natural lime plaster was applied on the walls to highlight irregularities, original beams were exposed and ceilings bleached. The result is a dreamy blend of old and new.

The Little Monastery

Posted on Fri, 4 Mar 2016 by midcenturyjo

Hooray for Fridays! The weekend is just about to begin and my mind is turning to getaways. How about a Belgian B&B? Bricks and render and a monotone palette of greys and creams and linen and lush lawns with clipped buxus? We can take tea and relax in the summer house or explore the countryside and be back home in time for work on Monday. OK I’m daydreaming but what a lovely dream. The Little Monastery in Damme, Belgium.