When the Brady Bunch met Austin Powers at Don’s Party

Hi Louise and Simon, thank you for your time today to chat with me about your beautiful family home which I understand you are listing on the North Balwyn market soon. I have just looked back at my… Read More

Iwan Iwanoff’s “Brutalist” dining suite: an unsung hero

Recently Secret Design Studio had the pleasure of meeting Warren Andersen, who is currently finalizing his book on Perth’s favourite émigré architect, Iwan Iwanoff.  Warren is being assisted in his research by Iwanoff’s two sons, Michael and Nicolai…. Read More

Dr Retro’s pre-renovation advice service visiting Sydney June 2022

Dr Retro is booking in-home visits in Sydney in June 2022 After a few false starts over the past few years due to Covid, lockdowns and border restrictions, Secret Design Studio is bringing our much-loved “Dr Retro House… Read More

Visiting Robin Boyd’s 1962 “Wright House”

I am very privileged to visit lots of mid-century modern and post-war homes around Australia through my “Dr Retro House Call” service and some homes make a bigger impression than others. I had the pleasure of visiting Robin… Read More

“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