Encore, encore!

Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

We posted these photos over on design*sponge but I just had to post them again here in large format. This dark luxe Sydney city apartment is elegant, sophisticated and masculine. When you tire of the luxury appointments you can always gaze out the full height windows at the amazing Sydney view. Another stunner from Greg Natale. Thanks for being so generous with the pictures of your work Greg.

PS Greg is sending photos of his latest white on white beach house. Can’t wait!

Retro kitchens

Posted on Mon, 8 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

There are some things conceived in the 60s that hold their age quite well (ahem, ahem…. I’m a case in point) but there are others that are in serious need of cosmetic surgery or is that a complete gut reno? Here are some interesting to say the least kitchens from the era. OK, OK I could live with one maybe two of these.

Images scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement Vol 10, Greystone Press, New York, 1971.

What Jo’s doing this weekend

Posted on Sat, 6 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

HELP!!!!! The UFOs are taking over. The fact that I have enough of everything is not stopping me from hunting down the bargains. But what bargains!!!!! The credenza was all of $39. There’s a lot of work and a couple of chips to fix and it is only veneer BUT it was only $39. Dining room or office?

The headboard (or bedhead as we like to call them) was a steal at $15 and will grace the master bedroom. Still deciding on a colour. The two cute bedside tables were bought a few weeks apart and were destined for the bedroom as well but now I want to use these……

A glass topped pair also thrifted and in the process of turning red! I’ll have to find a new home somewhere for the others. Or maybe I’ll leave the decision until the room is pulled together a bit more. So this is what I’m doing this weekend. Painting and procrastinating on which pieces where. Oh and praying for rain! We’re in the middle of a severe draught here on level 6 water restrictions with only bucket watering of plants. That’s why my poor little courtyard has only a few sad plants and a couple of blades of grass I’m struggling to keep alive. It better rain soon!!

Over at d*s

Posted on Fri, 5 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

Have you been over to design*sponge yet to check out our latest posts? We’ve covered so many great Australian shops with lots of dreamy photos. Loads of links to fabulous finds.


Posted on Wed, 3 Oct 2007 by midcenturyjo

Kim and I don’t do this much anymore but we were tagged by Erin from Design for Mankind to name 8 things we’re grateful for.

Kim’s 8 are:
1 – loving family and friends and my plethora of cats
2 – the best blog partner EVER
3 – supportive fellow bloggers
4 – Tim Hortons
5 – Starbucks latte
6 – Etsy
7 – “Eating for Life” by Bill Phillips
8 – skinny jeans and ballet flats

Mine are:
1 – my husband’s health is returning after a long and very trying illness 🙂
2 – the best blog partner EVER
3 – good friends
4 – that first cup of tea at 5.00am
5 – that my local thrift store hates everything I like so it’s always dirt cheap
6 – freedom of choice
7 – a good black pen and an empty page to draw on
8 – Irish whiskey after a hard day

The blog is doing so well at the moment thanks to all of you out there and that’s number 9 – you.