Jo’s place and the long boozy lunch

Posted on Sat, 20 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

I am so excited. My Grant Featherston Numero chairs came back from the upholsterer. They are so retro fabulous in their houndstooth check that I could squeal. The union jack pillow you can find out about here. The busroll pillow is one of my own. The two Florence Broadhurst fabrics are for lampshades and a roman blind. OK, OK I had every intention of styling my office today and taking lots of photos but 2 of my girlfriends and their darling but dynamite daughters decided to come to lunch. So instead of hanging art and covering lampshades I helped demolish a couple of bottles of riesling over chicken caesar salad and fruit salad and meringues (lazy pavlova). Lovely afternoon but no work on the office. No batteries for the camera either as 3 year old decided that she wanted to take our portraits or rather photos of our knees and elbows. I promise I will try to take photos of the almost finished office next week.

On another front my etsy store is almost ready to go. Any day now. I’ll being posting when it’s ready to open its doors. Hope you all drop by!

Where’s the retro?!

Posted on Wed, 17 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

I know, I know. I’m a little late with your retro fix this week. In honour of Kim who is up to her armpits in last minute jobs before she puts her house on the market I’ve scanned some fabulous retro chair porn. Once again from the indispensable The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 8, Greystone Press, New York, 1971.

More Megan Morton!

Posted on Tue, 16 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

The fabulous Megan Morton sent so many photos to share when we were guest blogging on design*sponge. This is a look at her take on modern spaces. You can really feel the vibe of the clean minimalist lines in her shoots. Thanks Megan. You get to see the insides of some amazing places!

Images sent courtesy of Megan Morton

OMG if I was a room!!

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo


Just saw this amazing room featured on Elle Decor Spain’s website. The combination of Herman Miller’s 1955 classic Coconut Chair, chrome arc lamp, chinoiserie hand painted wallpaper screen, mirrored coffee table, outrageously large floral arrangement and my new colour obsession…. green. Love it all! Maybe not practical but I’m not always practical myself. Thanks to Kim’s twin sister for showing me the way to this fabulous room!

Jo’s place

Posted on Sat, 13 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

It’s been a busy day today. After a leisurely breakfast in the Valley and a browse through the markets (where I found a lovely little brass urn for $5) I came home to start work on hand colouring some chair prints for my….. etsy shop! Yes I’m taking the plunge and opening a shop. Still a week or so away but you’ll know when you see the widget. At the moment my fingers are stained with Windsor & Newton watercolours but I’m making progress. Keep you updated.