Jan Baldwin

Posted on Wed, 2 Apr 2008 by midcenturyjo

Another portfolio you just have to check out! London based photographer Jan Baldwin has captured beautiful rooms, interesting places, travel destinations and fabulous food. She has shot campaigns for the likes of Osborne & Little, produced editorial work for World of Interiors and House and Garden and has a swag of beautiful books. Take the time to experience her wonderful photography!

When white tile is right tile

Posted on Tue, 1 Apr 2008 by midcenturyjo

“I’m Lucy from The Design Files in Melbourne… I am writing with a request for you guys… I am renovating my bathroom. It is on the small side and we’re doing a complete makeover (ie new EVERYTHING!) as it’s in a pretty bad state! We are also incorporating the laundry into the bathroom concealed behind cupboard doors. I need inspiration! Mainly I am torn when it comes to tiles – I am leaning towards dark charcoal tiles on the floor and white on the walls… but my partner says white is boring. I tend to agree but the room is small and I just feel it would brighten it up and make it feel bigger. Blah. I would love some inspiration if you have time to round up some images of contemporary bathrooms!!!” Lucy I thought I’d start with some white tile bathrooms, all small and contemporary, not always with dark floors but all very affordable and stylish. Give me a break though. It took me forever to find enough pictures. All my files are stuffed with colour! More of those in the future. Today it’s all about white is right!

Lisa Cohen Photographer Wolveridge Architects
Bolig Magasinet ifi.no
Modern Living Luce Et Studio
Cossman Debruyn Hulya Kolabas Photography
James Shanks Photography Stargo
Pappas Miron Lucinda Symons Photography

I want to live here!

Posted on Mon, 31 Mar 2008 by midcenturyjo

Fawn Galli has been named one of Domino’s Top 10 Designers and when you see her Brooklyn apartment you can understand why. It’s glam and enchanting and colourful and girly and all things exotic. I’m gushing over this one because I so want to live here. Whimsical and wonderful! Run to her website for so many more amazing rooms!

Retro time again and this week I am flicking through the pages of a must have design book from the 70s. How to Decorate Without a Decorator, A Realistic Guide to Interior Design by Mary Gilliatt, Thames and Hudson, London, 1977. Even now it has the feel of a quality tome. Big glossy pages and pictures from the homes of the rich and famous. How could it be anything but the height of good taste if it was by one of London’s leading decorators? This is just the first of many plundered, I mean scanned, forays into Mary’s world. I draw your attention in particular to the what appears to be upholstered truck tire seating (eek!), the graphic dominoes (sigh!) and the salon standard wall mounted hair dryer above the world’s grooviest chair (OMG!).

Jo’s place and an ugly duckling

Posted on Sat, 29 Mar 2008 by midcenturyjo

My rattan obsession has lead to an unhealthy amount of time stalking eBay. It has paid off though. I bought the ottoman above. In actual fact I was the only bidder on this ugly duckling but I knew it would one day be a beautiful swan. This poor little “50s bamboo and jaguar retro footstool” is a Franco Albini ottoman. One sold recently in the States on eBay for $315 and if you don’t want to hunt for your own here it is on 1stdibs ($495 small and $695 large). After checking the photos of the interior and exterior and cross referencing with every photo I could find of Franco Albini ottomans I was ready to bid. My little ducking was a steal at $75 AUD ($69 USD). I’m waiting for its arrival to lovingly clean and perhaps shellac it and probably to kindly dispose of the mangy REAL fur pillow. Still on the hunt for a peacock chair but there may be a development there as well. Can’t say too much might jinx myself.