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Carolina had sent in an entry for a pets on furniture recently (her pooch Ella is the first pet featured here), and thought our reader’s would like to have a peek into the rest of her home. Here is a bit of info: It’s been 6 months since I moved and every corner in my place has been planned with love. I’m a graphic designer and a typography lover, so my home kind of portrays my personality. I live in Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil. The apartment was a “group project” between the architects Luiza Kroeff and Claudia Neumann, who designed the furniture and me and my mom Maria Araci, who worked on the interior design. Carolina’s love of typography is evident in her home, and her graphic design background too as her apartment has great punches of colour and impact with white or dark walls that make furniture and artwork pop.

Reader’s home on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 7 Jul 2012 by midcenturyjo

Saturdays are normally about helping readers with their design dilemmas. Today, instead, it is all about a wonderful retreat in an exotic location, full of creativity and it’s a reader’s home. Maureen Booth is a painter and print maker who lives just outside Granada, Spain in paradise….in a chicken coop. Well her guests actually live in the coop. This bijou building is an artist’s and writer’s retreat.

“Yes, it was a chicken coop. After that it was a dog kennel, then a painting studio, then it was a junk room for years  before we got around to enlarging it, re-roofing it and renovating it. Artists love it, both for the peace, the atmosphere and the five-meter-long workspace.”

Nothing grand, very honest, practical and wonderfully romantic. A reclaimed Spanish outbuilding with a view full of inspiration and a garden full of respite. El Gallinero.

Design Crew

Posted on Sat, 25 Feb 2012 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! This week’s problem comes from Jackie.


My hubby & I (and 3 children & 1 yellow lab) live in Reading, Mass about 15-20 minutes north of Boston. We’ve lived in our 1901 4-square colonial for about 4 1/2 yrs now.  We love it and there is so much potential with our home – but we don’t know where to start. 1st off – all original (dark) woodwork throughout the home. The front hall is huge for a “hall” – its more like a greeting room so we don’t know how to decorate it. We have pocket doors, 2 sets of stairs and a fireplace immediatly greeting you as soon as you come in.

We never see a house/woodwork like ours on any design shows and I am at such a loss as how to decorate with it all. Its very warm & beautiful but it can be so dark. Yet everyone tells me not to paint it – none of it. (including my husband). I look in a million magazines and email sites… Nobody shows anything like our home. It seems woodwork is painted white 99% of the time. We have 100+ yr old woodwork we really don’t want to paint (at least not all of it).

The house is a diamond in the rough. I love the home & most of our belongings – its just that I feel right now the house shows more like an older person’s house & not a young couples… I would call our taste Traditional but with a modern twist. Right now between the dark wood & all our antiques/wood furniture – I feel it just looks like Grandma’s house! ;0 I want to funk things up…and lighten things up!  I have had 2 different ladies in here to help us &…well lets just say those are long stories.

We are on a budget.  We plan on:

  • Fireplace:  replacing the brick around the fireplace. Maybe go with a deep high shine/gloss green subway tile??? We recently removed the top of the mantle & replaced the small rectangular mirror  w/a HUGE wood mirror. But should we do art instead? Maybe a sea side sunset w/pinks & purples in it & a candle or electric sconce on each side?   And  what to do for furniture placement by fireplace? We use the F.P. a lot in the chilly/cold months – but we’d use more if we had furniture by it!
  • Front door/Entry way – Paint the outside of the front door a high gloss color so when door is open it will look nice in the little entryway. I was thinking black w/brass or pewter kickplate & new hardware/letter slit, etc. And I’d love to do some cool colorful wall paper in the little front entryway w/only a narrow & maybe a tall leaning mirror in there?
  • Kitchen – Getting ready to do a small addition & entire kitchen/3/4 bathroom remodel in rear of house.  I’m thinking white/cream cabinets, a dark wood island, white subway tiles & wood floors.  
  • Dining Room – We have some beautiful Thibaut Damask paper for the dining room. I can’t wait to see that up.
  • Staircase – Runner?  

Other then that – I’m at a loss. I’m OK w/painting rooms again if you think our colors are wrong.  Hubby will NOT paint any woodwork

Back in ’09 I blogged a project of New York based interior designer Frances Herrera. She recently sent along a new project (that I absolutely fell in love with) that is near and dear to her heart.

This home is located in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. This project is my pride and joy as it’s the home I share with my husband. When we purchased the apartment, it was in serious need of a makeover. Being a pre-war apartment, It has lots of charm and character along with lots of years of “wear and tear” and needed some updating. The renovation took  3 months which included replacing doors and moldings, sanding and custom staining floors, installing new ceiling lighting, painting and lots of other odds and ends. The overall result is a contemporary, serene environment, that feels peaceful, fresh and inspiring. It’s a perfect neutral canvas where I can showcase my art, collected objects, and test out accessories and looks for my residential design projects.
My most favorite aspect of my home, which is the main reason why we purchased the space,  is the southern exposure which fills the apartment with beautiful light that is critical for me as an interior designer. I can never have a bad day in the space, it’s my ultimate sanctuary!

This reader’s home belongs to Lucy, and here’s what she had to say about it: We’ve been living in this house for 5 years. It had lots of, shall we say, ‘deferred maintenance’ when we moved in – all hidden under layers of cream paint. It’s gone from being a vanilla ice-cream-colored box filled with IKEA furniture that we bought in a single weekend (long story – we moved from England and had to start from scratch) through the arrival of our two kids, countless variations of layout and wall color, to finally becoming a family home. I blogged about the process (and other design dilemmas) at fourwallsandaroof.comThe most newly remodelled part of the house is the kitchen, powder room, dining room and family room. Love the mid-century vibe in the newly done rooms. Great job Lucy! (Some photos by Chris Gaede)