Retro Friday

Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2008 by midcenturyjo

TGIF! Time to end the week the way we started it with more “inspiration” from the 70s. Once again our source is Family Circle Home Decorating Guide. Hundreds of Great Ideas to Beautify Your Home, New York Times Company, 1973. Once again a cacophony of colour and a punch up of pattern. Love them or loathe them one thing is sure. You will always find something retrolicious on Desire to Inspire.

Real estate stalking

Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2008 by midcenturyjo

I thought I’d share 2 houses currently for sale in my home town of Brisbane. I’ve been real estate stalking again. The houses are completely different in style but both have wonderful ideas to steal. Colour is the key in both as well as a calm uncluttered feel (even if one is styled in the hoarder’s favourite fashion, shabby chic). A well edited room is always calming. The first house is a renovated bungalow with loads of charm. That chocolate wall is to die for. The second is a new build with pops of colour punching through all the white.

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In the best possible light

Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2008 by midcenturyjo

Scott Dorrance is a photographer captivated by light. It means everything in a photo to him. I think he explains it best on his website. “Light, to my eye, is the essence of life. It dictates the mood of an image. It summons emotion. It lends action. It defines calm. It’s constantly changing.” I feel that I have just stepped into the rooms he has captured on film. Their presence is palpable.

It’s not just his interior spaces that are lovely. His work entitled small spaces showcases his mastery of light and shade. Inanimate objects are jewel like in his lens. Flowers dance in the light. Go read his profile. I like the guy not just his photos.

Images from Dorrance Studio


Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2008 by midcenturyjo

Today the Australian Government finally apologised for injustices against the Aboriginal people. Tens of thousands of children were forcibly removed from their families from 1910 right up to the 1970s in an attempt at assimilation. The pain is still burning today. In celebration of the amazing culture that is one of the oldest on this planet I thought I would share the work of one of my favourite Aboriginal artists. The photo above I posted just a few days ago and I guess the reason why I love it so much is the artwork.

Minnie Pwerle was born around 1910 in the Utopia region. It was not until 1999 at over 80 years of age, that Minnie began painting on canvas. Her first series of works were linear paintings based on her experiences as a traditional ceremonial body painter, expressing a bold, free-flowing, enigmatic style that quickly drew the interest of critics and art lovers alike. In the relatively short period of time from 1999 to her death in 2006 Minnie Pwerle created a prodigious volume of paintings. Beautiful, strong, vibrant women’s business.

Alec Hemer

Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2008 by midcenturyjo

We talk a lot about light when we feature photographers. Light, composition, colour, exposure, focus. I’m captivated by the portfolio of Alec Hemer. Beautiful light and clever composition make his work highly sort after by major magazines and for companies such as Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Design within Reach and Laura Ashley. His ability to capture the essence of a room is inspiring.