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Seductive Interiors

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2012 by KiM

Interior designer Sera Hersham-Loftus is the queen of romantic, seductive interiors. We love her work so much we’ve blogged her work several times over the years (here, here, here and here). I was so excited when her goddaughter emailed us with the news that Sera has come out with a book! It’s aptly names Seductive Interiors (CICO Books) and it looks fabulous! From the press release: Seductive Interiors displays homes which Sera has decorated as well as those that have simply ‘seduced’ her – each epitomizing the spirit of Sera – which could be described as ‘a heady mix of romanticism, passion, and playfulness.’  Sera likes to live in a loose, informal style that is reflected in her interiors.  Most of her furnishings come from antique markets or vintage shops. Her look is essentially ‘a concoction of enchanting soft lighting, charming antique and bohemian furnishings, oriental bric-a-brac, and more than a teaspoon of The Blues and Rock-‘n’-Roll.’ Essentially, it’s HOT STUFF. (Love the photography by Gisela Torres). I need a copy. Find it @ Amazon, Indigo and check out this Sunday Times story about it.


The artist’s beach shack

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2012 by midcenturyjo

Artist David Bromley’s Byron Bay lair no less. Art and soul, living large and outrageously. A series of charcoal coloured cottages and sheds complete with outdoor baths, airstream and rusty truck. And you can buy it. It’s a “steal” at just over $1.5 million AUD. He will be taking his impressive art collection when he goes… except for those daubs on the walls. Imagine having David Bromley originals on your walls… literally on your walls. Fun, quirky and not to everyone’s taste it screams art as a way of life, not a trapping of success. I have been real estate stalking in Byron Bay, New South Wales as part of a week that will be heavy on beach shack beauties. Link here while it lasts.

Imagine meeting a modelling legend, a woman who defined a style, an era. Imagine shooting her in her amazing home. Imagine having the talent to capture that larger than life personality in that larger than life home. Don’t imagine. This is what it looks like. Jonas Gustavsson takes us inside modelling superstar Peggy Moffitt’s Los Angeles digs. Just a sneak peek. You’ll have to wait until his photos hit the pages of the design magazines to see it all. Thanks Jonas!

Stalking OTT

Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2012 by midcenturyjo

Spring has sprung in Australia and what does that mean? Blossom and hay fever, spring cleaning and auctions. After a long barren winter with scant few properties to real estate stalk suddenly I am spoilt for choice as I trawl the listings. A double offering today. A rollicking overdose of kitsch and boulle and ormolu wrapped up in luxury and tempered (just slightly) with white. A confection of a house at the best of times, the owner has claimed it as their own and ramped up the volume. Blackamoors and Chinese dragons, marble, large art and coffered ceilings. The interiors make me smile. This is certainly the perfect party house. My favourite part, though, must be the gardens and the creeper clad exterior. Talk about kerb appeal. St Kilda West near the beach in Melbourne. Link here while it lasts.

I cannot take credit for finding today’s houses. Fellow stalker Andrea beat me to them. Happily she sends me links.

Mid century + pastel

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 by KiM

A mid century modern home designed mostly in white accented with of pastel pink, blue and green isn’t so typical. And I LOVE that. I found this Melbourne home by interior designers Hecker Guthrie to be so unique and intriguing. The palette is so soothing, the perfect place to come home to after a hard day at work. It’s pleasing to the eye and comfortable yet still very modern. How to do white right. And how to use pastels in small doses without becoming shabby chic. It’s Rachel Ashwell meets Dwell magazine. 🙂 (Via Urbis magazine. )