Recent finds

Posted on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 by midcenturyjo

Some of you may know I have a thing for tribal art especially pieces from Papua New Guinea. Meet Rudy and Tom my new pieces from my dealer in more ways than one . Rudy is from Papua New Guinea (?Sepik) and Tom is from the same collection and supposedly PNG too but he reminds me more of a Ifugao rice god from the Phillipines. I’m no expert so I’m just calling him Tom.

This is Frank. He’s a PNG suspension hook carving and as you can see he’s the big (or not so big if you look closely), strong, silent type. Next to him is a large studio pottery floor vase with applied leaves and flowers. There is some damage to the leaves here and there but that doesn’t worry me. I’m going to turn it into an oversized table lamp. Something a bit organic and rustic.

Then there are these two lucite beauties. Bound for the bathroom … whenever that starts. Long story. One day I’ll fill you in on the bathroom saga.

I spent the afternoon stripping an old pine linen press I bought from . (Do I sound like a broken record yet? I by everything from Katherine because her prices are so crazy cheap and she finds the best sh*t.) If you scroll down you can see what it looked like before and during my little redo. I’m going to use it for a food pantry in the new kitchen. I can’t remember now but it wasn’t much more than $100 compared to the $1500 I was going to pay for a “new one from the kitchen shop”. Just some paint stripper, a couple of hours sanding (I lie … lots of hours sanding), a good wax or soap finish, change out the handle and I was done. Can’t believe it’s the perfect size.

Finished … except for an old wooden knob which I’m sure I can pick up (of course). This is just a little styled corner I put together because my kitchen is still half demolished. New ensuite first, then demolish old bathroom and turn it into a butler’s pantry and laundry, then repair old brick wall then new kitchen then new bathroom in the old stables. This will take some time 😜

Not sure how I feel about the white wax. Perhaps I should have used clear. Jury is still out.

P.S. The old cane industrial basket was picked up ages ago and the zinc topped bench is a hack I did on a thrifted display table.

Kitchen dreaming. First step on the road to my new old style kitchen.

Blurry photo sorry but I stole it from ‘s Instagram feed.

And here’s the after again.

New in the garden

Posted on Mon, 6 Nov 2017 by midcenturyjo

 

The little double bar finches in my garden thank you for their new birdbath.

Planning for some summer living

Posted on Fri, 1 Sep 2017 by midcenturyjo

Winter is definitely over and it’s time to turn my attention to outdoor living, in particular the small “patio” area just outside the breezeway. I’ve had a table and chairs here for a couple of years but now that the trees further down in the yard have grown big enough the outdoor dining has moved under their branches (more to come on this spot). I’m thinking that the now empty spot where they once sat should become a lounging area.

I’m lusting after a couple of pieces from the Orbit range by New Zealand brand . The trouble is the price. The 3-seater is $2,890.00 and then there are numerous ottoman, side table, bench and back rest combinations that add serious dollars on top of the starting price.

With the quote for fixing our kitchen wall ranging from $12,000 to $18,000 depending on what they find when they demolish to rebuild it I just don’t have the budget for pricey outdoor furniture. I did find this cheaper version from Bunnings but I’m still baulking at the $1,299 price tag.

Perhaps I can work with the 3 seater sofa at $499 from the same range and combine it with pieces I already have to achieve a more eclectic look as opposed to clean lined contemporary. After all I’m a boho girl not a minimalist modern type. That’s the el cheapo sofa below. A bit plain but I can work with it.

I have a couple of spare white spun aluminium chairs or I could even use some of the Eros swivel chair knockoffs I’m already using as dining chairs opposite the couch. Perhaps my white Giotto Stoppino nesting tables as side tables. Leave it with me. I’ll get back to you.

Now that’s a big pot!

Posted on Sat, 26 Aug 2017 by midcenturyjo

Love it when the husband comes home with a huge vintage saucer pot from my favourite purveyor of fabulous things . It’s almost a metre wide and is from the Dinmore Pottery here in Ipswich. The pottery and brickworks were established in 1884 and finally closed their doors in the 70s. (I’m fuzzy on this and can’t find any actual date. I know that my brother bought one of the old kilns in the early 80s to dismantle and used the bricks to lay floors in his/a friend’s house.) The pottery is known for it’s distinctive brown glaze often with tiny black flecks. During the 60s and 70s it made retrolicious garden pots that are starting to have a bit of a renaissance on the local garden/design scene.

After we lugged it down into the garden, filled it with soil and planted it up with agaves and succulents here’s how it looked.

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