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Free 2018 Beaumaris Modern Open House tickets

Did you miss out on the limited tickets to the inaugural “Beaumaris Modern Open House” event?  Secret Design Studio has three, free tickets, which were sold to the public for $55 each when they were available.  Due to… Read More

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Sustainable house with mid-century style

With Sustainable House Day fast approaching (Sunday, September 16th) I thought it would be interesting to talk to Carolyn and Garth about their post-war home and how they have made it more energy efficient and sustainable, as well… Read More

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“Dr Retro House Calls” Awarded by BUILD Architecture magazine.

A big thank you to the subscribers to our “Secret Design Studio Dispatch” newsletter.  Due to our newsletter, our interaction with renovators on the Houzz “Design Dilemma” forums, and our client feedback (also on Houzz) our “Dr Retro… Read More

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Styling a mid-century modern home to sell

With almost 6000 people following Secret Design Studio on Facebook I thought it would be interesting to get some opinions about the best way to furnish a mid-century or post-war home from a broad range of people including… Read More

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Mr and Mrs Modanest and their Danish style

With the increasing appreciation of mid-century Danish design in Australia many businesses who sell second-hand Danish designer furniture are importing stock from Denmark that needs tidying up and restoration before it can hit the showroom floor. Many of… Read More

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Our 2000 mid-century modern fans on Instagram

Did you know that Secret Design Studio also has an Instagram page? Instagram launched in October 2010, and Secret Design Studio launched in November 2010. However it took about six years for me to discover Instagram. I started… Read More

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Curated Mid-Century Modern Art

Outre Gallery’s “Mid-Century Modern Curated” exhibition features original vintage paintings and prints from the Mid Century era. The exhibition will run until July 9th 2018 at  249-251 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. In the lead up to this exhibition, I spoke to Martin McIntosh… Read More

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Melbourne’s most marvelous Mid-Century Modern real estate

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in Melbourne, when any number of competing activities were on offer: DIY opportunities and the obligatory snag from Bunnings; AFL matches; kids’ sport; new-release movies. Instead of doing any of these things,… Read More

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Revisiting Dr Ernest Fooks’ mid-century modern masterpiece

I am very fortunate that I get to see the inside of lots of mid-century and post war homes. But you know a home is really special when you can remember if really well from five years ago…. Read More

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Should I cover everything in white paint?

Many homes of the 1960’s and 1970’s have internal clinker brick, oregon beams and timber lining boards. Should everything be smothered in white paint? In my spare time I am fairly active on the Houzz community forum in… Read More

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Marimekko, mid-century design, Secret Design Studio

Marimekko – the antidote for greige?

I have known about the Finnish design brand Marimekko since I was a child in the 1960’s.  But it has been through my work with my clients, and their Pettit and Sevitt homes of the 1960’s and 1970’s,… Read More

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The art of retro glamour photography

  One of the things that I love about running Secret Design Studio is meeting a broad variety of people who are as passionate about mid-century design as I am.  They can come from any profession, including furniture… Read More

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“Help! I have just bought a mid-century home, where to start?”

“Help! I’ve just bought a mid-century home, where to start?”   Congratulations on purchasing your new home, but what should you do next?  That’s a question I am regularly asked. This blog post will give you some guidelines… Read More

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Before you buy a mid-century home….

People in the real estate industry know that many potential home-buyers only look above their knees and below their eye level when inspecting a home.  Despite the cost of today’s real estate, and the cost of rectifications, renovations… Read More

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Thinking about a mid-century garden that complements your mid-century home?

One of Secret Design Studio’s long term collaborators has been Jason Davidson, Landscape Architect.  Jason has embarked on an exciting new venture so I thought it would be good to hear about it, and get a better understanding… Read More

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Dot and Jack’s Mid-Century Modern home

(Pic 1 Dot contemplating the future in her Hamlyn Heights Mid-Century Modern Home) This is Dot.  This beautiful photo was taken by her grand-daughter, photographer Jane Kelynack, when Dot was 93 years old, about a year before her… Read More

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Should I render my brick home? (Our tribute to the triple fronted, cream brick veneer home)

(Picture 1 – A collage made from art work by artist Howard Arkley*) “Should I render my brick home?”  It is a common question that many owners of 1950’s and 1960’s homes have considered at some time.  While… Read More

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What white is the right white to paint my Pettit and Sevitt home?

Simple question really. If you are familiar with the Pettit and Sevitt project homes that were built in the 1960’s and 1970’s the white walls, contrasted with the dark stained timber were a common feature in the thousands… Read More

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Where to start in clearing out somebody else’s home (and what should happen to the mid-century furniture?)

Most people at some stage in their lives will have the duty of having to clear out somebody else’s home.  A relative may have passed away, or has moved into a nursing home, or simply the homeowner is… Read More

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The Home of Tomorrow – 1940’s style

Over the years Secret Design Studio has amassed a huge collection of 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s home magazines, such as “Australian House and Garden” and “Australian Home Beautiful”. Occasionally another magazine or plan book falls into our hands,… Read More

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