Stalking in Melbourne

Posted on Tue, 20 Jul 2010 by midcenturyjo

Little would you know what waits behind the very traditional facade of this North Fitzroy, Melbourne home. It’s clever, it’s bespoke, it’s the home of an architect (Buro Architects). Love the stair. Almost more of a sculpture than a series of steps. It’s a narrow space but a very sophisticated design solution. This is why I like virtual stalking. I would walk straight past this modest exterior in real life and never guess.

Chris Court

Posted on Mon, 19 Jul 2010 by midcenturyjo

If you have been a slave to Australian interior design magazines then you will be familiar with the work of photographer Chris Court. You, like me will have saved page after page in your inspiration files or peppered the pages with post-it notes. Looking at these images it is easy to see why. Chris is a genius with a camera. I have a photographer crush and this one is extreme. Light, composition, colour oh the colour… pink has never been so full on, so intense. Absolutely fabulous! By the way I’m stealing the first image for my office. If I knew where it was I’d be squatting right now.


Posted on Sat, 17 Jul 2010 by midcenturyjo

… Mickey has stolen the best spot on the sofa

WINKS – weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we’ve found and things we think you’ll want 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. So what’s in this week?

  • Some call him Michael McDowell. Some call him mudpuppy. I call him brilliant. Love everything he creates. Etsy shop here. Supermarket here. Blog here.

  • Found on mudpuppy’s blog these wonderful tactile treasures by Esty seller hinomaru.Capture the stars in your hands. Also wonderful sheep, reindeer and more.

  • Phloem Studio, located in Portland, Oregon, designs and builds custom furniture and cabinets for residential and commercial spaces. We believe good design should be elegant and timeless – and we love to work with people who value quality craftsmanship that will last far into the future.” It’s true. I couldn’t have put it better. I just want to run my hands all over these pieces.

  • Loving these wall prints by Raven & Lamb. Maybe over the desk above. Kata and Maz also create the most beautiful stationery.

  • Malvini create contemporary furniture from massive pieces of wood. It’s timeless and rich. Left in its natural state it shows its history as it ages. Pure handcrafted gorgeousness. Available here and beautiful blog here.

Sydney stalking

Posted on Fri, 16 Jul 2010 by midcenturyjo

It has been hard to find houses to real estate stalk lately. The Australian house market has stalled and everyone is waiting with baited breath to see what happens next. It’s not so much real estate stalking but real estate skimming, flicking from page to page and never stopping to stare through the virtual windows. Today’s house is a very sophisticated, inner city pad. I’m imagining a stylish gentleman of a certain age with a successful career perhaps in a creative industry, many friends but no one special in his life or should that be no one person. He is an epicurian, a bon vivant, well travelled and always in demand. His dinner parties are legendary but alas he has so little time to relax these days. OK this is getting freaky. I feel I really am stalking the owner. Back to the house! Enjoy!

James R. Salomon

Posted on Thu, 15 Jul 2010 by midcenturyjo

You can have a New York state of mind, California dreaming and London calling but can you have a New England vibe? James R. Salomon can. This talented photographer imbues his shots with a casual summer beach meets autumnal woods and long grass waving in a sea breeze sort of understanding. It’s family and home, relaxed lifestyle and an every day easy elegance. It’s the buzz of the city and the peace of the country. It’s aspirational but not unobtainable. It’s James’ fabulous photos.