The other David Hicks

Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

Not to be mistaken with the guru of style in the 60s, 70s and 80s the other David Hicks is a Melbourne based designer of equally luxurious spaces. The monochromatic palette, iconic furniture and the finest finishes add an elegance to these beautiful spaces. His boutique size practice focuses on his chosen clientele and the quality of the designs has seen his rooms featured in leading shelter magazines and books around the world. Masterful!

Mariana’s Melbourne mid century

Posted on Tue, 7 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

Mariana is a graphic artist/designer, currently studying interior decoration and design. This is her family home on Flickr. I first laid eyes on this fabulous house when Mariana commented on some of my Flickr photos. I’m so glad I clicked on over. Great mid century furniture, funky found objects, fifties sensibilities and amazing twig lamp shades fashioned by Mariana herself. Secretly I’m coveting her West German vases! Thanks for letting me share your home Mariana. I’d love to move in myself. I’m sure I’d feel right at home!

A little while ago I featured a photographer, Prue Ruscoe whose work I adore. My favourite pictures of Prue’s appear in one of my favourite books, A Sense of Style. Colour, by Shannon Fricke, interior stylist, TV presenter and now regular contributor to Inside Out. My copy is well worn and well used. Shannon was kind enough to email thanking me for mentioning her book and with the news that she has a new book, Sense of Style. Space. These are the images she sent to share. In her first book she explores the world of colour, revelling in its cheekiness and life enriching beauty. Her books, while informative, are joyous celebrations of life, style and lifestyle. Each is a feast for the eyes with glorious photos of homes, mood boards and vignettes styled by Shannon. Her new book takes us on a journey through space, sacred, personal, transitional and functional spaces. Once again her insightful holistic approach is matched by Prue’s stunning photographs. If you find her books I know they will become well used sources of inspiration. Both books can be found readily in Australian bookstores and here. Unfortunately both are not yet available in America but that’s what online ordering is for!

Images above by Prue Ruscoe courtesy of Shannon Fricke. Don’t forget to click on these to supersize.

Images from Prue Ruscoe’s portfolio at The Names Agency

P.S. Thank you so much for the copy of the new book Shannon. It’s gorgeous from cover to cover!

Retro revisited

Posted on Mon, 6 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo

Finally my boxes are unpacked from the move and my retro collection of decorating books has a new home. I’ll make up for not revealing more retro inspiration last week by doubling up this week. Let the inspiration/aberration begin!

All images scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement. Vol 16. Greystone Press, New York, 1971.


Posted on Sat, 4 Aug 2007 by midcenturyjo


WINKS – weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we think you’ll like to see. If you’d want to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we’ll link you.

  • Margo Pearson is a talented illustrator and photographer who has a great blog Marbargarbo. Follow the link from her website. She calls it her little diary of design showcasing things she likes, inspirations and snippets of her life. Check it out!!
  • Dai has been great and introduced our blog to her Taiwanese readers. Now she has her started a blog showcasing her interior design work, Adorable Homes. Dai fell into interior design by accident and it’s great to see how people from other countries decorate their homes. Thanks Dai and good luck!
  • Melissa missed our recent blogroll update but you shouldn’t miss her blog dsine and dsaster. Fixing her fixer-upper is the main subject of this blog. Things shiny & desirable are the underlying subject and just about all the products are affordable & accessible. That’s Melissa’s copy not mine so you can see what sort of fun awaits you there.
  • Finally I spied this on Another Shade of Grey. I ordered 2 lengths for lamp shades in my new place. Melbourne based Tess and Liz who design and sell this great fabric also have a great blog Metremade showcasing their great fabric and fabulous designs. Can’t wait to see your fabric up close girls!!