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Where can I find a builder that does mid-century modern homes?

Where can I find a builder that specializes in building mid-century modern style homes? This is a question many fans of mid-century modern architecture ask when looking to build a new home.  Unfortunately for those hoping to flip… Read More

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Before you start restoring, renovating or modernising your mid-century home…

For any complex project, such as renovating a mid-century home, it is always good to establish a few basic principles at the start which will guide future decision-making processes.  I quite often see the tension between partners on… Read More

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What will I get out of a “Dr Retro House Call”?

Secret Design Studio’s “Dr Retro House Call” service was originally started to address the needs of people looking to renovate mid-century and post-war homes in a sympathetic manner. From client feedback I soon realized that this service had… Read More

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Our “Dr Retro House Call” service is expanding across Australia!

Secret Design Studio is very excited to announce that due to demand our “Dr Retro House Call” pre-renovation, design and building advice service is expanding across Australia.  Previously this service has been limited to Sydney and Melbourne and… Read More

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Introducing “Dr Retro House Call” Gift Certificates

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER, 50% discount on “Dr Retro House Call” Gift certificates – saving $90, and limited to the first ten customers. After many enquiries, Secret Design Studio is pleased to announce our “Dr Retro House Call Gift… Read More

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Custodianship and the mid-century modern home

“Custodianship” is a concept that some (but not all) owners of mid-century modern homes appreciate. It is the idea that many homes change hands every 10 to 15 years, as households’ needs change, and that with any home… Read More

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Introducing The Mid-Century Store

I first connected with Natalie Louw through the “Pettit and Sevitt Owners and Friends Club”. When I made the connection between Natalie and The Mid-Century Store I thought she would have an interesting story to tell.  As The… Read More

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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 – 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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