Downstairs in Denmark Hill with Jo from Desire to Inspire

I am feeling super lucky and very grateful to be invited to photograph the calibre of homes I have been to lately.

This one is no exception.  In fact, it is so exceptional that I am going to have to show it to you in two posts, for fear of breaking the internet with all of it’s beauty.

Downstairs in Denmark Hill with Jo from Desire to Inspire

In this visit, we are heading west of Brisbane, like we did with this pretty home in East Ipswich, to show you a remarkable and completely unique home on Denmark Hill in Ipswich.

This area is steeped in history, with many of the homes dating back to the late 1800′s.  Jo and Kelvin’s home is of this ilk and despite it’s many incarnations and renovations over the years, it is a home with such character and style, you don’t know where to look first!

This style comes from Jo, one of the writers behind the blog Desire to Inspire, she is also an artist and an avid collector with a keen eye for all things gorgeous and quirky.

I was so drawn to this home that I just moseyed on down the side driveway, ignoring the front door and eager to take a look (sticky beak) inside!

Luckily, every corner of this home has as much pizazz as the next, so we will begin our tour downstairs in the kitchen.

Testament to Jo’s design flair and dedication, she has wallpapered each and every one of these book covers on to the kitchen wall.  You have to agree it is a striking feature and looks absolutely amazing!!

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home. Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home. Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Possibly, one of the most talked about features of this home, is Jo and Kelvin’s vintage Barney Car.  I’m fairly sure this was one of those “had to have” items and it looks amazing perched on top of the vintage library drawers.

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Much like myself, Jo is a serial furniture re-arranger and the dining room has been changed since my visit!  If you follow @midcenturyjo on Instagram, you may have noticed this is the space where Jo’s new bench seat from The Old Boathouse is now residing.

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Across from the dining area, is Kelvin’s office, curated neatly with his manly touch and made extra cosy with a gorgeous rug and soft lounge.

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

The main living area is decorated in warm, earthy shades with pops of colour here and there.  I could imagine a lot of time spent lounging in this room, as it is so cosy and inviting, with layers of details to keep you entertained for hours!

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Like I said earlier, every corner of this home has pizazz, including under the stairs where Jo has painstakingly wallpapered vintage dictionary pages to the walls.

The result is beautiful and the space, that would otherwise be of little interest, has it’s own unique identity and character, much like the chairs Jo has selected for these spaces, one from the Depression era and one from the Queensland Art Gallery.

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

So, that’s it for today’s tour. I’m sure you have loved it for it’s such an amazing home!  I will leave you at the bottom of the stairs, ready for the next instalment of upstairs, at Jo and Kelvin’s Denmark Hill home.

Denmark Hill - Desire to Inspire - Jo's home.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

Denmark Hill – Desire to Inspire – Jo’s home. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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