Minimalism on my mind

Posted on Wed, 22 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo

If all the wonderful clutter of the homes for the past few days have left you for a hankering for minimalism have I got the house for you. Stalking again and in Paddington, Sydney again. Lean, clean and definitely not mean. Love the indoor/outdoor feel, the ceiling fans (boy do I hate most fans) and the desk in the office. I just wish my kitchen was so minimalist. Don’t think it ever will be though. Link is here while it lasts.

  

Fabulous brights and sexy whites. Check! Boho or mid-century modern. Check! Relaxed casual and family stylish. Check! Home of our dreams. Check! It’s Swedish style and it is, as we know, very now, very hot. These shots are just a taste of the portfolio of Swedish photographer Stellan Herner. Don’t you just love that first shot? The green. OMG. Stellan has me drooling with each image. Remember that moody grey Scandinavian dream of a home we featured here? A Stellan shoot. Time to add to the inspiration files again.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

OK time to fess up. I stalk. I stalk homes for sale, I stalk designers, I stalk interiors photographers. Oh boy do I stalk interiors photographers. Something sexy about a hot home snapped just right by a guy or a gal with a camera to die for. It’s hard to top the last post by Kim but, oh my, the homes that Patric Johansson has photographed. To die for. Just like Patric’s photos themselves. (Previous evidence of stalking here.) So much more on the website. The man is in demand and I know why!

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

The perfect gift

Posted on Sat, 18 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo

I’m drowning in Christmas must-does and must-goes. I’m drowning in unpacking and house zhushing. I’m drowning in real life work and day to day drudgery. I’m cranky and rude and rushed and tired. I’m just overwhelmed and my standards and expectations are way too high. Why does this time of year do this to me? I don’t need to be perfect. I don’t need to go everywhere, see everyone, clean behind the fridge before the family comes round. I need to step back, take a deep breath and evaluate what is important. Like life itself. This year the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has launched a new campaign… the perfect gift for Christmas. Give something that will really make a difference this Christmas  by donating blood and giving the gift of life.

The hard facts here in Australia:

• Every donation can save three lives.
• Every donation is valuable because 1 in 3 Australians will need blood, yet only 1 in 30 donates.
• The need for blood is constant and all blood components have a limited shelf life, which is why donations are needed every day. Blood and blood treatments are delivered to hospitals around Australia 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on Christmas Day.
• Australia needs over 26,000 blood donations every week to save lives and to meet the need of patients.
• Donations made in December could help patients recover to be home for Christmas or the New Year.

If you live in the Land of Aus maybe you can help ARCBS save lives this Christmas. Go here for more information.

Stalking families

Posted on Fri, 17 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo

Ooops! Sorry! That was meant to read “Stalking family homes”. I’m really taken by the casual yet stylish feel of this seaside home. Not beachy. Definitely not beachy but I can just imagine kids in wet bathers and sand trekked in from beach trips. Lazy evening dips in the pool and toys strewn across the grass. Cricket on the gravel and dogs barking madly. Family movies. Big breakfasts after a morning dip. And friends. Yes friends making the pilgrimage every weekend to visit. Link here while it lasts.