Displaying posts labeled "Brick"

Hardcore conversion

Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2012 by midcenturyjo

You’ve heard about rough luxe. How about tough luxe? Perhaps we should call it high end brutal. It’s luxury meets spartan, minimalist meets money. It’s bacchanalian elimination. This loft in Dusseldorf revels in the essential beauty of the building. Seemingly unadorned but oh so carefully curated. Restrained, refined, distilled. Warehouse conversion by Belgian studio Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners.

P.S. Just realised that Kim had featured part of this conversion before when she featured Bruno Erpicum here. Thought that somewhat misogynistic artwork looked familiar 😉





Stalking convict history

Posted on Mon, 12 Dec 2011 by midcenturyjo

Many of you will know that Australia started its colonial history as a penal settlement. Britain sent us all her worst best and along with our indigenous and immigrant population we have grown to what we are today. Convict settlements where tough to put it politely and the island of Tasmania had the toughest. Today’s stalking takes us to the Georgian era Bull’s Head Pub in Hobart, Tasmania now restored as two modern apartments. Look at the renovation though. Exposed beams, old floor boards, changes of levels and voids, modern conveniences and beautiful old brick. Did you notice the glass splash back over the old brick in the kitchen? There is even a cellar paved with convict bricks. Just where I’d set up my wine cellar with grand old table and racks of fine Australian wine. I’m dreaming remember. I’d add some stunning artworks, a bit more layering of textures, more fabulous rugs, ambient lighting and books, yes lots of books. Oh maybe the cellar could be a library. Thanks To Kelly for sending the link!

Red Brick Farm

Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2011 by midcenturyjo

Dear Santa,

Thought I would get in early. Avoid the rush. I’ve been a good girl and for my christmas present I was wondering if you could shove this little country weekender into my christmas stocking? It’s Red Brick Farm in Chewton, Central Victoria. Just 90 minutes up the road from Melbourne. If you can’t get me the barn to keep forever then maybe just a flight to Melbourne and a long weekend getaway. Please?

With love,


Design Crew

Posted on Sat, 29 Oct 2011 by midcenturyjo

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don’t know what to do? You’re not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you …. that’s you lot… the readers! Bridget emailed…

Okay, I have a styling question.  My hubby and I have an industrial loft (30 foot ceilings, brick top to bottom, polished concrete floors, the whole nine yards) in Buffalo, New York.  After searching and searching for the perfectly vintage, perfectly chic work tables for both of us, we ended up purchasing these new industrial packing tables.  Our workspaces are out in the open, and we each wanted about 10 feet of workspace, so we realized that getting enough vintage worktop to look cohesive would be nearly impossible.. and finding 4 mismatched antique tables could get really hodge-podgy, really quick.

We bought these new:

Basically, we’ll each have 10 feet of workspace (1 6-foot and 1 4-foot table each), with brick behind.  The hope is that they’ll be a good, blank, cohesive, industrial canvas for us..  Do you have any ideas for how we could “chic” them up and make them feel more vintage industrial.  His stuff consists of a computer and then bike gear (tools, wrenches, etc.) and mine is 2 desktop iMacs and craft/paper supplies.

Any tips would be much appreciated!

Stalking in brick

Posted on Mon, 14 Feb 2011 by midcenturyjo

Here’s what the agent says…. “This superlative warehouse conversion in “Leicester House” an historic 1880’s building provides privacy and vast spaces. It features soaring warehouse ceilings, huge original arched timber windows, exposed red brick walls, imposing brick archways of 65 cm depth and high gloss timber floors. By day it is imposing and by night dramatic.” Expressions of interest… means big bucks. What do you think? Great space but would you do it differently? Link here while it lasts. (Thanks Maddie!)