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  • Visiting Canberra
    on Mar 2, 2015 in Life mid century mid century house
    We made a quick trip to Canberra, Australia's capital city, over the Christmas and New Year period. If you like your fix of mid-century modern then Canberra should certainly be on your list of destinations to visit.Our short holiday mainly centred ar...
  • Flokati rug is in the mid-mod house
    on Feb 3, 2015 in soft furnishings
    I've been suffering writer's block and Jason hung up his tool belt semi-permanently over the holidays. We'd never make it in those reality TV renovating shows...given our slackness...Ha!Anyhow, just before Christmas we acquired a new (which means use...
  • McIntosh sideboardOver the past few months we have acquired a few new (actually old) furniture pieces to reside in our mid-century home. You know how it is when you move have to tweak your furniture to suit the space...Ha! That's the excuse I'm running wit...
  • I'm back! And window frames...
    on Dec 1, 2014 in exterior
    I'm back after having a month off from Fun and VJs - my long service leave, so to speak...Really, there hasn't been a great deal going on around here during my little break. The weather has been either crazy hot or crazy stormy. Needless to say the r...
  • Meeting the architectsOne of the most pleasant outcomes of participating in Brisbane Open House was how it led to a wonderful meeting with the architects who designed our home. Apparently, the newspaper publicity about the A.F Dawson Residence earlier this month was enoug...
  • Repairing the plywood ceiling
    on Oct 15, 2014 in lounge room renovation repair
    The joys of aged maple plywood ceilings end when the reality of repairing them slaps you in the face!The hole left behind when we removed the wood heaterAs many of you would know, we recently removed a wood heater from the main living area. You can r...
  • A.F Dawson Residence at Brisbane Open House
    on Oct 13, 2014 in Design History mid century house
    Well what a busy couple of weeks we've had in the lead up to Brisbane Open House which was held last weekend.It's all done and dusted and we were so pleased to be involved in the event as part of the residential homes component. For those who don't k...
  • The blue room - painting the mid-century master bedroom
    on Sep 29, 2014 in bedrooms mid century painting
    Painting, painting and painting. It's all we ever really do around here...actually, I lie. We've had a few jobs completed, so I will get you all up to speed with our goings-on over the next few blog posts. But firstly, today is all about our blue mas...
  • Painting the mid-century laundry
    on Sep 9, 2014 in laundry
    The one-wall-a-weekend painting program has been quickly stepped up to one-room-a-weekend now we are unlocking our doors to be part of Brisbane Open House 2014! Nothing like a deadline to get things moving.Last weekend we attacked the laundry with a...
  • Removing the unwanted wood heater
    on Sep 8, 2014 in dining room lounge room
    Vale wood heater. It was nice knowing you, even though we never used you during winter. You were like the elephant in the room...taking up too much valuable space. We never took any photographs of you when you became ours because we never thought you...
  • Brisbane Open House 2014
    on Sep 2, 2014 in Design History
    Attention all archi-tourists: it's that time again when we have to plan our itineraries for Brisbane Open House to be held on the weekend of the 11/12 October 2014.For those of you not in the know, Brisbane Open House is an annual event which gr...
  • Throne for the WC
    on Aug 21, 2014 in 1960s bathroom
    It was a big day yesterday. A new toilet was installed in our mid mod house - a new throne for the royal ablutions.Hmm...the joys of an older home...our throne is slightly elevated sitting on a concrete plinth of sorts...As much as we like to keep th...
  • The mid-century modern hallway
    on Aug 19, 2014 in hallway
    We had a productive week last week with the hallway receiving some much-needed attention. The fun you can have with a dark hallway, tin of paint and a few rolls of painter's tape! A mid-century modern hallway of dreams...Hallway: taken from Bedroom 3...
  • Blue door hell:part 3
    on Aug 10, 2014 in painting
    If you told me that time had stood still over the past five weekends, I would probably believe you...given we are still painting the front door...It's like we are stuck in some cruel time warp, where we are in some kind of blue door painting holding...
  • Five years of Fun and VJs
    on Aug 3, 2014 in Life
    Who knew five years ago when we wrote our first blog post on Fun and VJs we would still be plugging away today, even after a house move? Ha! Clearly I need another hobby...and Jason needs a DIY break!Cheers to five years of blogging! Martinis in our...
  • Blue door blues part 2: using oil paint
    on Jul 22, 2014 in DIY painting
    The new glossy blue door which we painted with oil-based enamel paintYou wouldn't think painting a blue door would give us so much grief... In the quest for the perfectly painted door we realised the water-based enamel paint was not going to cut it,...
  • The spare Danish dining chair
    on Jul 17, 2014 in furniture mid century
    It didn't take long for me to find that DQF (Danish Quality Furniture) dining chair  I was so desperately after... An Instagram acquaintance kindly put me on to someone who had a spare blackbean DQF dining chair for sale. Again, the power o...
  • Hot Modernism
    on Jul 12, 2014 in Brisbane Design History
    Queensland's modernist architecture from 1945 to 1975  is put under the spotlight at a major exhibit now showing at the State Library of Queensland.I was very excited to gain a sneak preview of the Hot Modernism exhibition at the official launch...
  • Blue door blues
    on Jul 6, 2014 in DIY painting
    As part of the restoration of our modernist home, we intend to retain some of the original colours (or as close as possible) used in the home when it was first built in 1963.We're using an old photograph and also taking DNA colour scrapings from the...
  • Torbreck Home Units
    on Jul 1, 2014 in Brisbane Design midcentury
    I ticked another thing off from my bucket list...visiting the landmark Torbreck building in Highgate Hill. Torbreck is one of the first highrise mixed-use (though the proposed restaurant and shop never eventuated) residential towers in Brisbane, whic...

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