“I don’t know what questions to ask about my mid-century renovation?”

Secret Design Studio’s “Dr Retro House Call” service has just won a “Best of Houzz 2022”.  So a big thank you to all of our lovely clients who booked a consultation and left positive reviews. Some of the… Read More

“The Pettit and Sevitt Project” and our upcoming Canberra appointments

The Pettit and Sevitt Project Canberra 5th and 6th March 2022 The images in this newsletter are from a real estate listing of a Pettit and Sevitt Lowline variation which sold in December 2021, and which is also… Read More

Introducing “Resould” – renew, relove, recycle, restore, regenerate

Back in the good old days of early 2018, before our current challenging times, I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful Brunswick Heads, and meeting with Louise Ralph of “Resould” in her vintage wares shop.  Resould is a… Read More

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

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

“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

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

Industry Interview – Trish Hunter and “The Vintage Post”

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Trish Hunter  who was good enough to give me some of her time to talk to me about “The Vintage Post”.   When did Trish Hunter first become interested in vintage?… Read More

Blackburn Project – Work in Progress Overview

One of the most exciting stages in any building project is when the house has passed lock-up stage and the plasterboard is in.  If the design process has been properly considered (and crafted) then everything that you imagined is happening as it should… Read More

“How do designers know how to source the cool stuff?”

Secret Design Studio was recently assisting some of our Sydney clients through our Skype Design Review service and I suggested a company that they should check out for some living room furniture.  They had spent a fruitless weekend… Read More

Farewell Modernist Australia – a tribute from Secret Design Studio

It is with a heavy heart that Secret Design Studio needs to comment on the retirement/sabbatical of one of our favourite blogs “Modernist Australia”. For those who don’t know “Modernist Australia”, is headed up by Patricia Callan &… Read More