S. Russell Groves

Posted on Wed, 11 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo

With a pared back palette of neutrals S. Russell Groves and his team create rooms that are evoke luxury and elegance. This is an extensive portfolio crammed with images that are beautiful in their simplicity and well considered detail. Too many gorgeous spaces to share here. You are in for a wonderful time on the website.

If I were a room

Posted on Fri, 6 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo


…. or rather a series of rooms. I’m in love with this quirky, slightly eccentric mix of hard core concrete brutalism with an OTT lipstick red girly girl look. I want to soak in that tub! Oh and wear those shoes! More beautiful images from Denise Bonenti.

Reader’s Home

Posted on Wed, 4 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo

I love it when readers want to share their homes on Desire to Inspire. Pamie from Singapore sent in a link to her apartment which she has just finished renovating. Wow Pamie it’s a great space. Love the tiles on the floor (and I’m not just saying that because I hate carpet). Love the clean minimalist lines. Love the red splashback in the kitchen. Did everyone notice the oriental decal on the Eames rocker? How cool is that! I want your screen as well. Thanks for letting us into your home.

Whitewash beauty

Posted on Mon, 2 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo

Looking through the recent additions to Location Works I came across this eclectic whitewashed apartment. This is a look that the British do so well. Slightly eccentric, slightly decayed but with luxury touches it is a calm almost zen like place. I so want to soak in that tub.


Cleaning chrome at Jo’s place

Posted on Sat, 31 May 2008 by midcenturyjo

I had a wonderful score on eBay this week. I’ve been after some 70s chrome chairs for my living room. Of course I don’t want to spend much but still want the “look”. These are by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio for Framac, an Australian furniture company specialising in office furniture. Soooooooooooooo heavy but so comfy and by the time I’m finished they will be so retrolicious. First things first though. I have to clean the chrome before they head off to be recovered. I had heard that vinegar and aluminium foil are great for removing tarnish from chrome so as it was a rainy afternoon I thought why not! Surprise surprise it works! A little elbow grease and a soft cloth to finish. There is some deep scratching at the ends of the arms but I think the chrome looks fabulous. Cheap and a lot more “friendly” than harsh commercial cleaners. Just wish I’d worn gloves. My fingers have black gunk all over them! You can have a closer look at how I did it here.