Displaying posts from September, 2016

The beauty of simplicity

Posted on Fri, 2 Sep 2016 by midcenturyjo

Sometimes we get carried away with adding more and more design details to our rooms. Layering on the textures, adding more and more pieces of furniture, more and more bells and whistles, losing the essence of a space, concentrating on the accoutrements not the substance. Connecticut interior designer Calla McNamara‘s work is defined by neutral color palettes, minimalist architecture and natural materials. It is clean lined and considered, beautiful in its simplicity. A breath of fresh air.

Divine spaces by James Huniford

Posted on Thu, 1 Sep 2016 by KiM

James Huniford has an incredible talent. He can take a space that is pretty fabulous to start with, and turn it into a jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, what-dreams-are-made-of masterpiece. I am totally smitten with each one of these rooms. And all of the plants. (Check out previous feaatures here, here and here

Here please

Posted on Thu, 1 Sep 2016 by midcenturyjo

I need to be here please… with a cup of tea and soft music wafting in from another room. There needs to be a light breeze softly blowing through that lovely old blue door and a cat curling round my legs would be welcome too. My computer has blown up and I haven’t backed up since May. I’m madly scrabbling to upload and download and survive on a laptop that is so dusty it’s embarrassing. At least I know that any room by Sydney interior designer Karen Akers will calm me, uplift me. This is in the kitchen at The Abbey and you can see more of the project here. (Photography by Thomas Dalhoff.)

On the outskirts of the town of Marble Hall in South Africa, bordered by natural bush, this modern family home references the raw, simple beauty of traditional South African farm architecture. With its solid stone and concrete walls, the house turns its back on the public providing protection for the private areas within. Still with all its solidity and mass the spaces within are surprising light and open. House Kleynhans by Pretoria-based Thomas Gouws Architects.

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