12 bathrooms for Maryam (maybe 16)

Posted on Thu, 23 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

Maryam from My Marrakesh has the mammoth task of fitting out 12, yes 12, bathrooms in her guesthouse currently under construction. She’s asked us for some inspiration and we’ve come up with a few ideas. Key words for bathrooms on the cheap – colour, rendered walls, repurposed vintage furniture, tiles where necessary and unusual wallcoverings (sealed of course).

Alan Tanksley Marie Claire Maison
Michael Luppino Crossan Clarke Carnachan
David Parmiter Michael Smith
Bluelines Steven Gambrel
Pieter Estersohn James Merrell
Barclay Fryery Betsy Burnham
Domino Home Portfolio

P.S. These were some quick ideas thrown together. Hope you like them Maryam. I’m craving indoor outdoor bathrooms with plunge baths and open air showers. Very spa like and organic. Think Balinese resort but with Moroccan twist. Ahhhh to dream!

Living in the 70s

Posted on Thu, 23 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

Lisa, a loyal lurker from Canberra, Australia sent me the link to this 70’s time capsule. What do you think? Is this the home of a little old groover hanging on to the past or is it the lair of a hard core retro buff? Either way it is an amazing trip back in time. Love it all!!!!!


Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

Ready for your weekly dose of retrolicious rooms? These fabulous images are scanned from my favourite source The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 13, Greystone Press, New York, 1971.


Posted on Sat, 18 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

WINKS – weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we think you’ll like to see. If you’d like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we’ll link you. It’s a short WINKS this time. I’m up to my eyeballs in UFOs (unfinished objects) and the weekend list of jobs to do is huge!

  • Lotta Jansdotter is offering her subscribers a free askö zipper bag on any purchase over $40 (excluding shipping). Simply use the code “asko” when you check-out to receive yours! Offer is still open till 21st August.
  • Elizabeth from Laura Day Design whose work I featured here emailed to say that their blog has been updated. Laura sure has style. WOW!
  • Kelsey sent a link to her blog Designage. Drop on by and check out her take on all things design. Don’t you love finding new design blogs!
  • And because I am so jealous of the West Coast party lifestyle he is living, click on over to Jordan Cappella’s blog. Check out his tote bag line while you’re there. Lucite furniture and bags. What’s next Jordan?

Pulling it together

Posted on Wed, 15 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

Thought I’d show you what is going on in my new place. First let me say that the carpet is going. YUK!!!!! I have ordered a room size coir rug. Everything here is thrifted, bought on etsy, found in secondhand shops or through retro dealers except the screen which is from an interior design student exhibition from my university days. This is not how the room will look, just an idea. Wait till you see the travertine, chrome and glass coffee table I have coming. I’m going for a Wary-Meyers retro boho look with lime green, navy and a clash of chrome and gilt. I am trying to pull this all together on a strict budget and with mainly thrifted finds because a)I want to show that it can be done, b)I believe in reuse and recycling and c) I’m broke at the moment! Check out my Flickr for more explanations.

And here’s what prompted me to post this now. I found this couch on Chez Fifi through a link I found on Absolutely Beautiful Things today. A red suite similar to my now navy blue suite. Small world!