Marion Hall Best

Posted on Fri, 16 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

Regarded by many as the founder of Australian interior design, Marion Hall Best was the local arbiter of the latest style in the 60s. Her interiors showcased the best of what the world had to offer as well as providing a platform for promoting Australian design. In a post war world of “porridge” colours Marion is probably best known for her vivid glazed walls, colourful undercoats with contrasting translucent glazes; yellow over red,pink, black, blue or green producing intriguing tangerines, olives, aquamarines and chartreuses. Her Woollahra, Sydney shop became known internationally as an authoritative index of the latest modern trends in interior design. But perhaps her best work was in supporting promising young local talent including Gordon Andrews and Grant Featherston.

All images from “The Best Style. Marion Hall Best and Australian Interior Design 1935-1975” by Michaela Richards. These are original photos from the time and the quality is not the best but the design is first class.

I like Pink

Posted on Thu, 15 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

No this is not another post on pink rooms. This is a post for Pink, blogger extraordinaire of pink mohair and casapinka. She loves the g hotel, Galway Ireland, a Monogram Hotel designed by reknowned hat designer Philip Treacy, a native of Galway.

The Queen of Hollywood Regency 1

Posted on Mon, 12 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

Kelly Wearstler who else! I’ve been seduced by her finely curated take on contemporary luxury. With a nod to the legends of the past William Haines, Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin and Tony Duquette Kelly Wearstler is the West Coast’s “style guru”. She’s everywhere from the leading interior design publications to Top Design. To hell with the hype! I can’t get enough.

All images from KWID.


M. Design

Posted on Wed, 7 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

M. Design offers inspiration on a budget. The look is fun, funky and achievable. Punches of colour, the off beat, more than a dash of retro and just enough west coast glam. Molly Luetkemeyer is the driving force behind this LA design firm. Her rooms have been described as “random acts of retro love”. She interned with Kelly Wearstler and it shows. Check out the inspiration wall in the second photo.


Posted on Tue, 6 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

Red – brave, warm, extrovert, hearty, enveloping, dramatic, evocative of all things oriental and at times a little naughty. Are you up for it?



O Interiors Burnham Design
Dragonette Decorative Arts New York Social Diary
Stylecraft Kelly Wearstler

The following amazing picture from Metropolitan Home was just sent to me by Peggy, who thought it would be a great addition to this post. Thanks Peggy!