Welcome to Secret Design Studio’s Information Sheet download page. These information sheets are available to help provide information for anybody (not just our clients) who needs assistance with renovating their Australian mid-twentieth century home. Please note that not all of the products and topics are relevant to people outside Australia. Some of the downloads are free, and some have a charge in Australian dollars. For our design service clients the chargeable downloads are provided free on request.
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Download #1 Secret Design Studio’s “Where to start in clearing out somebody else’s home (and what should happen to the mid-century funiture?)”
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 physically, or mentally, incapable of doing the hard yards themselves. Every few months Secret Design Studio gets a phone call for help from a distressed person who has this duty, but doesn’t know how, or where to start, so this free download is for anybody who finds themselves in this situation.
There is one thing harder than organising a funeral for a relative, and that is cleaning out their home after their death. Invariably this is an emotional and difficult time with so much family history and many memories tied up with even the most mundane, household objects. The amount of work and the emotions are much the same if an elderly relative is moving into a nursing home and is physically incapable of clearing a home out. For some people this sorting and revisiting the past is too painful and they either delay the process, sometimes for years, or just get some burly blokes to put everything into a skip, and off to landfill, much to their later regret.
Download #2 Secret Design Studio’s “What white is the right white to repaint my Pettit and Sevitt Home?”
One of the questions that generated a lot of interest in the “Pettit and Sevitt Owners and Friends Club” is “What white is the right white when repainting a Pettit and Sevitt home?”. Many of these homes were fairly distinctive with their white painted brickwork and dark stained beams and timber. I completed a bit of historical research and got the original formula, as well as found some contemporary paint options. There is also a lot of useful information and links to help in selecting the right white for your home which is applicable to other mid-century homes.
Download #3 Secret Design Studio’s “Is it Mid-Century Modern” furniture checklist, PARTS 1 and 2, full-version.
There is a lot of confusion about what constitutes Mid-Century Modern furniture, so in conjunction with “The Vintage Post” we put these 12 points together to help you identify MCM furniture. This checklist was originally posted in two sections as part of “The Vintage Post” blog, and this download is both sections combined into one document. With twenty photos it is quite a large document so there is also a smaller version, with less information and fewer photos, which can be used as a memory jogger in reference to this full version.
Download #4 Secret Design Studio’s “Is it Mid-Century Modern” furniture checklist abbreviated version.
There is a lot of confusion about what constitutes Mid-Century Modern furniture, so in conjunction with “The Vintage Post” we put these 12 points together to help you identify MCM furniture. This checklist was originally posted in two sections as part of “The Vintage Post” blog, and Download#3 (see above) is both sections combined into one document. This abbreviated version has less information and fewer photos, and should be used just as a handy memory jogger after you have read the full version.