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A Victorian rowhouse loaded with charm

Posted on Fri, 17 May 2019 by KiM

I am completely and utterly in love with the home of interior designer Anne Tollett of Hanover Avenue, based in Richmond, Virginia. I can’t even get beyond the photo above. So simple yet absolutely perfect (and it’s not because of the cat LOL). The rest of her home is perfection too.

I’m real estate hunting in the oh so upmarket suburb of Point Piper. Built in 1905, this Edwardian mansion has expansive north easterly views across Point Piper and Rose Bay to Manly. I must admit my favourite luxury indulgence in this house is the master bedroom’s bath perched in its own alcove overlooking Sydney Harbour. The photos don’t do this property justice. You can get a better idea of how serenely beautiful it is from the video. Link here while it lasts.

Stalking 1

Posted on Tue, 2 Apr 2019 by midcenturyjo

I’m stalking a Victorian terrace house in the best street in one of my favourite Sydney suburbs, Redfern. In case you couldn’t tell it’s an interior designer’s own home. Which designer the listing does not divulge but if you know then spill the beans. Link here while it lasts.

 

A Tuscan getaway in Sonoma

Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 by midcenturyjo

It’s Monday and I’m on strike. The work week doesn’t have to start until I say so. No not going to happen. Instead I think we should all take a virtual getaway to California’s Sonoma Valley in the heart of wine country. How about a little Mediterranean vibe? Cool, shaded interiors, a pared back traditional style, smooth plaster and twisted ironwork, fountains murmuring gently. I’ll meet you at Kenwood Inn & Spa designed by Salt + Bones . Wine then a massage? Massage then wine? Both at the same time?

 

 

Photography by Laure Joliet

A colourful New York City townhouse

Posted on Mon, 4 Mar 2019 by KiM

The vibe here in this colourful New York City townhouse is what gives me heart palpitations. When colours and patterns and lots of layering and really unique pieces come together and every square inch is a feast for the eyes. I spent a good half hour devouring every inch of these photos. This is what design should be about (IMHO). Where the viewer is drawn in and never wants to leave. Designed by Kati Curtis. We wanted to reflect the vintage era of the townhouse, and at the same time acknowledge the hip and modern nature of this couple; we decided on “vintage with a twist.” 

One way we expressed this was through the wallpaper, by Timorous Beasties, in the dining room; it captures the Victorian feel of the home but with the most modern pattern. 

Another wallpaper, this one in “the family room,” looks like a sweet Victorian pattern…from afar. Upon closer inspection something far less benign is revealed: a pattern of evil-looking moths. The kitchen’s original cabinetry, its leaded glass and old brick had all been restored; we wanted to be respectful, yet we also wanted to give a surprising twist, so along with that crazy moth wallpaper, and a banquette we designed—we layered avery modern, lucite table on top of an antique needlepoint rug.

The tin ceiling in the master bedroom, as well as the fireplace, were both original– we added everything else– again with idea of it “being of the era” and with elements (like the wallpaper) adding an edginess. Vibrant patterns are balanced with quiet and calm moments of white and cream on the king sized bed.

Because we had the wish for the clients to be engaged in their home even before they walked in, we added an antique lighting fixture inside over the original staircase and balustrade.