Displaying posts labeled "Red"

Killing two birds with one stone

Posted on Wed, 14 May 2008 by midcenturyjo

Sorry for the rather murderous analogy but it will all become clear soon I hope. I’m in a retro kind of mood today. It must be due to the lack of retro posts lately. I’ve also been inspired by Tessa’s design dilemma. When Kim bewailed the fact that no one paints a room burgundy my immediate thought was “they used to”. The light bulb went on in my head and one name was there – David Hicks. I’ve paid homage to Hicks before but I realised he was part of the solution. These are his lush rich rooms, not always burgundy but brave in their dark hues.

Imagine that Buddha vignette in a burgundy room! Or that yellow and white abstract canvas.

Tessa leans toward super bright hues (oranges, yellows, apple greens, etc.), Kim had some great ideas and with David Hicks’ help I’m going to suggest a few more. White, white, white. Tone it down with white. White furniture – think sleigh bed in white gloss, white sheers and fabric that uses white. Chocolate and white, navy and white, pink and white, black and white and even certain greens with white. Treat your burgundy walls as a deep dark neutral.

Bright colours? Why not! All these fabrics were pulled from Lee Jofa’s Groundworks Collection. Many are by David Hicks. Bright colours particularly orange and yellow and pink and green are all happy with burgundy. You don’t have to buy these fabrics but they give you an idea. Maybe florals are more your thing Tessa. I suggest a trip to the paint store. Gather together as many burgundy paint chips and every possible accent colour and play to your heart’s content. My second suggestion is dark wood with an ethnic twist, suzanis and kilims in rich reds, pinks, oranges and black. Layers and layers of pattern. Cocoon yourself in the mysterious dark. OK now I have retro rooms and Tessa’s burgundy dilemma out of my system. Two birds – not bad!

I love red!

Posted on Sat, 24 Nov 2007 by midcenturyjo

Election results are in for Australia and all I can say is I love red. I have ever since my daddy told me my family stories. No political grandstanding. Time for a celebration of red!

Barclay Fryery Katrin Cargill
Stanic Harding Applegate Tran
Lotta Agaton Michael Mundy
Paul Costello Derek Swalwell
Anson Smart Scott Weston
Zeynep Fadillioglu John Gruen

Election time in Australia

Posted on Wed, 7 Nov 2007 by midcenturyjo

Yes we’re in the middle of a protracted election campaign in Australia. Still 2 weeks until election day. I don’t want to show political bias so I thought I’d do a post that combined both major parties, the Liberals (right wing) blue and the Labour Party (left wing) red. So without further ado the red and blue room post!

Alexandra Rowley Roger Davies
John Gruen Michael Grimm
Roger Davies Quentin Bacon
Barbel Miebach Tria Giovan
Daniel Farmer Sandra Lane
Eve Robinson Oliver Burns Interiors

And mustn’t forget the Greens who will probably hold the balance of power in the Senate.

Take the time to check out these super talented photographers’ sites. I’ll be singing their praises in detail soon.

Marion Hall Best

Posted on Mon, 27 Aug 2007 by KiM

Jo has posted over at Mark Cutler’s blog about Marion Hall Best, Australia’s most influential and inspirational interior designer. I have to say that it’s a must-read.

Photos courtesy of Historic Houses Trust

Fabulous idea to steal from Choosing and Decorating Your First Home. Australian Women’s Weekly. Consolidated Press, Sydney. No date but definitely 80s by the other images in the book. (Image scanned.) Plain roller blinds free hand machine embroidered. I can imagine these as panels as well. See not everything from the 80s was horrendous…. except that hat and big perms and shoulder pads and……