Displaying posts from November, 2020

A verdant courtyard

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2020 by midcenturyjo

The stuff of dreams. A lush, green garden in the city. It may be small but the plantings pack a punch. Double Bay Courtyard by Wyer & Co.

Photography by Nicholas Watt

Tree house

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2020 by midcenturyjo

“The key to a show-stopping garden design is to create something unique; something that no one else has or could easily replicate. An easy way to do this is by taking features in the landscape that already exist, and build them into the design. At this Point Lonsdale home, the Moonah trees that are native to that coastline have become the statement of the landscape. Night and day, their shape, colours, movement and shadows remain the focal point, as our clients go about their day nestled beneath them.”

With several days of temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (real not apparent) looming I am daydreaming of siting quietly, mindfully in the shade of native trees waiting for the heat to pass. A remarkable garden, Point Lonsdale House by Melbourne-based King’s Landscaping.

A 19th century Victorian villa in France

Posted on Sun, 29 Nov 2020 by KiM

I am completely smitten with this home I spotted over on The Socialite Family. It is a 19th century Arcachon-style (France’s version of victorian) villa in Saint-Augustin that is owned by Karine Pelloquin and Frédéric Aguiard of Coutume {Studio}. We find Belgium particularly inspiring. We like the way they work minimalism into interior design and are also somewhat influenced by the wabi-sabi philosophy, which advocates a return to simplicity, understatement and the beauty of imperfect and modest things. The spaces have been opened up and redesigned keeping the rooms airy with the primary desire being to preserve – with the greatest respect for its original features – the decorative elements. The intricate wooden bow-window has been restored, the ceilings in the building have been carefully carved to preserve the original historic rosettes, and the plaster mouldings with their designs including intertwined acanthus leaves (the emblem of the Villa) have been reproduced identically. After seven months of work, this beautiful and venerable building with contemporary accents has regained its former nobility! The architectural details are divine, and the neutral colour palette with black accents add a modern yet soothing vibe. I adore this. (Photos: Eve Campestrini)

Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 28 Nov 2020 by midcenturyjo

It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Junction by Run for the Hills.

This house could not be more invigorating and whimsical. It all starts at the apple green front door. Wallpaper and vibrant upholstery and patterns unite to create a super fun home. Her Latin roots, fondness for Southern hospitality, and penchant for parties were the overarching parameters for this gradual home makeover. The kitchen got a major facelift, but the original cabinets were preserved and a few doors removed to showcase her collection of vintage dinnerware and serving pieces. Paisley wallpaper, watercolor print curtains, and lime-painted entryway are evidence of her passion for mixing happy color and bold pattern. The medley of new and salvaged furniture includes a dining table rescued from an abandoned house, an 80s sidebar, the daughter’s handed-down vintage desk and a super-long velvet banquette that turns the sunroom into a hangout. In the master bedroom, refinished finds cozy up to a custom canopy bed with leather inserts. Designed by Toledo Geller.