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Jo’s place

Posted on Sun, 22 Jun 2008 by midcenturyjo

I hate my kitchen. It’s 80s grey laminate with chunky wood trim and it’s ugly. Alas I rent and what makes it worse is that I rent in Australia, land of the “can’t do anything to your apartment” rental laws. I’m in the process of sewing a new roman blind and looking for handles to swap out the chunky wooden ones (which of course appear not to be of standard size – sigh!) but I thought I’d cheer the place up by painting my fridge. No new shiny fridges were harmed in this exercise. I don’t have a new shiny fridge. My old faithful has been with me for a while but the seals are good and it’s energy efficient(ish) and I just can’t justify a new fridge. I shop for fresh food everyday (love doing this) so I don’t need a big gee whizz bang refrigerator. This one will do me just fine. The chalk sayings have changed almost daily as does my “favourite” postcard art. Decal from here.

Jo’s place

Posted on Mon, 26 May 2008 by midcenturyjo

Thought I’d share a quick photo of my weekend project. I’ve been rearranging one of my walls in my dining area (would love to say “room” but as a lot of you know 2 bedroom apartments don’t normally stretch to a separate dining room). Happy with this for the moment. On to the next project.

Jo’s place

Posted on Sat, 17 May 2008 by midcenturyjo

So I feel like a queen with a throne… or should that be a blogger with a bad case of retro! My new peacock chair fills a corner of my office (it’s HUGE!). For once I resisted the urge to paint a piece of furniture. It was such a lovely day today. The sun was streaming in through the window and all I wanted to do was climb into my chair and read a book. Sorry, too much blogging to do and besides a big comfy pillow is needed for the seat. It’s hard on the old bottom! The wall is a work in progress and the Keep Calm poster is a present for a friend. You know I tried minimalism once but just couldn’t do it. I wonder why?

So excited. I have another peacock chair and this one is a beauty! Made in the 70s by the man who taught my blind husband to weave cane (yes the typical cliche of a blind man making baskets!) and stored in a shed since his retirement the now 73 year old gentleman let my husband have it for a reasonable price and the promise to help with some cane weaving jobs. He just finished weaving a basket for a hot air balloon and he’s supposed to be retired. I would love to have seen his shop in it’s heyday. I was too excited to wait until it was in my office to take a photo. It’s currently drying after a warm soapy wash. Tomorrow hopefully photos of it gracing a corner of my retro office.

Jo’s weekend thrifting

Posted on Sun, 11 May 2008 by midcenturyjo

Kim scored a fabulous vintage Herman Miller Eames shell chair. I on the other hand found something a little different. A World War II era Australia Red Cross Society bookcase. Old, chippy, crackled paint with 2 metal and enamel badges at top. Complete with dust and daddy-long-legs spiders. The perfect home for my retro decorating books. I’m just going to clean it and replace the handle and that’s it! After I get rid of the spiders. Until then it’s living in the garage… hate spiders!