Gotta love Saturday!

Posted on Sat, 7 Jul 2007 by midcenturyjo

Photo by midcenturyjo

Just bought these little beauties for $40 AUS for the 4. Thats about $34 US. Shame that they weren’t all the same but at $10 AUS a chair who cares. A local designer was having a showroom sale and these were buried down the back. Brought them out into the light and they were mine. Now I just have to get them home. Thinking lacquered chartreuse with patterned navy and white cushions. Three for my patio area in the courtyard and one in the bathroom maybe. Also scored 10 metres of outdoor UV resistant upholstery in a thin navy stripe on the roll for $200 and he threw in a lovely jade and bone calligraphy brush for $10. I love Saturdays.

Antonia Hutt

Posted on Fri, 29 Jun 2007 by midcenturyjo

Antonia Hutt’s understanding of the exceptional and her love for refinement are the core of her design philosophy. So says her website and I think these pictures reinforce that belief. These jewel like spaces speak of her training in the arts, silversmithing, jewellery and allied crafts. Her grounding in fine antiques led her into interior architecture. Based in Los Angeles her work draws on her exceptional taste and wealth of experience.


Jean Alan

Posted on Thu, 28 Jun 2007 by midcenturyjo

Jean Alan is at home with any style. With a background in film set design this Chicago based interior designer is at home in contemporary with a mid-century twist as she is with Art Noveau or Deco. Luxurious colours and finishes combine with enviable art collections. Kitchens are detailed and family orientated, bathrooms luxe and decadent.

Images from Jean Alan

Oh no tagged!

Posted on Tue, 26 Jun 2007 by midcenturyjo

Drey from Bijou Kaleidoscope, a fellow Aussie design blogger tagged us today to tell 7 things about ourselves. So as Kim is fast asleep I’ll jump in first and do 3. Kim you don’t mind doing 4 do you?

1. That’s Mickey. Kelvin (my husband) and I share our 2 bedroom apartment with him. I love him to death not just because he is such a good looking beast but because he is also my husband’s guide dog. Kelvin lost his sight at 18 due to an accident.

2. Enough about my husband! This is supposed to be about me. I used to be a medical student but I saw the light and became an interior designer.

3. I was in Berlin (on a surgical elective) when the wall came down and I can remember when man walked on the moon. Now that last one really ages me!

And as my gift to the blogosphere I decline to tag 7 (or 3)others. (Does anyone else delete those chain emails? My trash is full of them!) But this was fun as long as it is only 3 things. Your turn Kim.

Gee thanks Jo. Ok here goes:

1. When I started university, my folks moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Luckily, my twin sister and I got to stay behind. Spent 3 summers and 1 spring break there though. Was quite an experience…loved the almost 24 hours of daylight.

2. I was born in the wrong country – maybe even the wrong continent. This is because I hate winter with every ounce of my being. I’ve lived here in Ottawa all my life and although the winters have gotten better over the years, I find it harder and harder to live through them.

3. I would die without pasta, or carbs in general. I blame being half-Italian for that.

4. The 3 years I spent in college taking computer science were the worst 3 years of my life. It was hell and I cringe everytime I think about it. It was WAY too much work. I did more work in one semester there than I did in the whole 3 years I spent getting a bachelor degree in Psychology.

Shelly Reihl David

Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2007 by midcenturyjo


This is one of my favourite vignettes. It’s the work of Shelly Reihl David. We’ve featured one or two of these images before. It’s time to take a closer look at her portfolio. The scope of her firm’s work ranges from dramatic European and Italian decor to the look of modern Hollywood glamour in a contemporary setting. Her rooms are glamorous and sophisticated and the use of colour is inspirational. At the same time these are livable spaces that have a sense of fun as well as drama.

Images from Shelly Reihl David