While I am on Mid century furniture this is a view of our dining room. The room is set awaiting guests for Sunday lunch, so the table is dressed. The dining table, chairs and sideboard are by Parker. I love the strong horizontal lines of sideboards from this period and I think Parker's version has quite refined proportions. The armchair covered in red striped velvet was a hard rubbish find, and the Fler arm- chair, one of a pair, was purchased at our local waste station for $2.00. All it needed was new upholstery and some TLC. The curtains make reference to the Art Deco period of the house. The fabric is by Warner fabrics and dates from the early 1980s. The wall unit with the metal frame is ' String' a Scandinavian system. I like the timber, and metal combination, very retro. The room is casual and comfortable. It opens directly onto our kitchen and through the original Art Deco doors is the sitting room.
The little nest of tables was a present from friends who received this as a wedding present back in the 1960s. We still have a few details to attend to, the fireplace needs to have its paint removed to show the original brickwork and the hearth needs to have the awful tiles replaced with something more appropriate to the house's architecture.
Every home needs a space where you can carry out your hobbies. A room that has lots of natural light, plenty of storage and some stylish furniture and furnishings to create that sense of well being. So we set about creating a room by renovating our garage. I have been writing about traditional interiors and shown you aspects of our house in Melbourne , but I also love mid century modern design as well as eighteenth and early nineteenth century antiques. Our second house in country Victoria another Californian Bungalow is the repository for our other collection of furniture and the new room created over the last twelve months provides a home for a Fler day/night bed settee, a Danish rosewood sewing table, a teak coffee table and Fler arm chairs. This room holds the collection of furnishing fabrics, dress fabrics I have squirrelled away, books on crafts and sewing and many craft implements as well as my toys. I confess I have never really grown out of "Leggo" or "Barbie". The storage pieces are all Ikea. Affordable, flexible and attractive. I love Ikea and have become quite good at assembling their furniture. I have pretty much memorised all the dimensions of my favourite pieces ( tragic ) which I include in many cost effective interiors. I still have some finishing touches to complete, window coverings, cushions, and refinishing the series 7 chairs, for a splash of colour.
A glimpse of the large work desk that sits under the south facing window that lets in plenty of light for all those detailed projects. The windows are waiting for their curtain treatments. Next project on the long list of things to do. The pure wool carpet is from Supertuft and is called 'mocha', a warm mid toned grey colour.
The east wall has cupboards to conceal all the ugly bits. The vintage singer sewing machine table was my mothers. The Kartell round storage unit came from a Ballarat 'op shop' for $15.00. The creamy colour was perfect. The Fler swivel base chair was also found at an 'op shop'. It is re-upholstered in 'Woven Image' wool.
The west wall is filled with Ikea 'Billy' shelves and a 'Beno' dvd unit just fills the space to make it wall to wall. This is where the bulk of my furnishing fabric collection lives. 'Liberty of London' fabrics feature quite heavily. The little Danish sewing table hold Ikea 1:6 scale dolls furniture.
Hi I am Elizabeth an interior designer who lives in Melbourne, Australia in a little Californian Bungalow cottage with my partner, Max, who is also an Interior Designer, and our beloved furry children, Doris & Ernest. I believe that design can make our lives more rewarding and productive. I love, architecture and design theory but my everyday passion is fabrics and decoration, as I don't think we should get too serious but have fun with our homes and enjoy the process of creating our own environments. I am interested in classic cars, and collect Georgian and Mid Century furniture.