Tuesday
Sep252012

Little loft living

Just a little loft on the inner city fringe. Just a small two bedroom apartment in a warehouse conversion in Chippendale in Sydney. Just a small open plan living area and a private balcony with just enough plants to liven up the place. Just enough midcentury furniture mixed with industrial, found objects and art. Just enough to keep me happy ... if I was young and carefree and hadn't hoarded so much junk over my life time! Link here while it lasts.

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Tuesday
Sep252012

Hotel Praktik Metropol

Less is luxe. So say the proprietors of the Hotel Praktik Metropol. Not less in style but less in tariffs. A well priced design hotel in central Madrid on the Gran Via. Remodelling and decoration by Lázaro Rosa-Violán and his Contemporain Studio team. The look is young and fresh, casual chic with everything for the traveller who wants to make the most of their time and their money. When adventure waits on the streets outside, when the guide book leads you from must see site to must see site, when your hotel is your base for experience and not the experience itself then the warm wood floors, white walls and thousands of design details will suit just fine.

  

  

Monday
Sep242012

Reader's home - Martin's Scandi apartment in Berlin

LOVE the following home sent in to us by Martin: We recently moved to berlin to continue our studies in architecture. We're obviously interested in scandinavian design and since we moved here I have the feeling we changed the interior every month. If I should describe our style I would say it's a good mixture of vintage classics and some modern stuff. As we have a three year old son the apartments interior is quite functional. Martin, Julia and Noah share this space, and I love how classically mid-century it is, with just the right amount of minimalism to make it homey but not stark. When you have great furnishings, sometimes less is more to really showcase the pieces. It frankly makes me want to purge. 

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Monday
Sep242012

Monday's pets on furniture

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

This is OJ on our master bed, making himself comfy on the pillows (my mom sewed the cases). If you look closely, you can spot his brother's tail in the photo, too. 
- Holly (Orlando, FL)

I wanted to send you a photo of my dog, Pickles, who snuck on set at our most recent Lamps Plus catalog shoot. He didn’t make it into the catalog, but the photographer was quick to snap this photo of him, and he’s enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. :)
- Ivette (Porter Ranch, CA)

My buddy Miles loves to travel with me and truly appreciates dog-friendly hotels with style. Here he is taking a nap in a boutique-style Westin hotel room.
- Emma

Our puggle Hektor loves to visit my parents' house. Not only do they live 10 mins from the beach-- providing ample opportunity for running around like a maniac, digging to the center of the earth and eating seaweed-- their living room features this uber comfy Shag Pouf from Calypso Home. (Shown in Navy in front of Restoration Hardware's 1950s Leather Copenhagen Chair.) As you can see, Hektor has come to think of it as his personal pouf.
- Alex (Brooklyn, NY)

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Monday
Sep242012

Stalking the beginning of summer

The day is warm but I know the breeze will be rolling in across the sea soon. I push the bifolds back and walk across the deck. Arms stretched out across the rails I arch my aching back and turning, take in the open plan living before me. I can't believe all this is mine. Subtropical style, sophisticated beach house meets casual, modern living. The dark floor boards ground the white as white walls while dashes of colour pull my eyes here and there. Everything is lovely but nothing is too precious. In the trees outside the cicadas start to hum. There is a scent of summer, gum leaves and sea salt. I close my eyes and smile sadly. It's all a daydream. I click away from the real estate site I have been stalking and open again the spreadsheet that has been taunting me at work all morning. If you too want to dream about this 1920's Avalon, Sydney home the link is here.

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