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Tuesday
Aug072012

Words fail me - Prahran, Melbourne

Usually I wax lyrical about homes and designers, photographers or stylists. I can rattle off all sorts of sentences, parlay a paragraph. But today the muse has abandoned me. I want to blather about kitchens and bathrooms and outdoor spaces brimming with veggies but I cannot find the words. I'll let the pictures tell the story instead. Real estate stalking per usual. Link here while it lasts.

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Monday
Aug062012

Cochrane Design

As I get older, my tastes have changed drastically and I am definitively finding myself more attracted to neutral spaces, that are designed a little more on the sophisticated side. The London based interior design firm Cochrane Design seems to specialize in just that - simple spaces that feel so warm and calm with lots of cream, silver, taupe and grey with dark accents to add a bit of drama. So gorgeous. I adore this first bedroom, and I am a big fan of substantial kitchen islands like the one in the third photo. They can turn an ordinary kitchen into an extraordinary kitchen.

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Monday
Aug062012

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 (from a camera phone) 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!

Hjalmar, my Boston Terrier, soon 5 months and Elmer, the fatcat, 1 year, enjoying their favorite chair.
- Janne (Norway)

Oscar is a 7 y/o Rhodesian Ridgeback. He adores a good mid-century modern chair, but not as much as ice cream and baked goods. When he's not sleeping like a log, he blogs about his charmed life at www.oscaratemymuffin.com (illustrated by his patient mum, artist & designer Natalya Zahn)
- Natalya

This is my cat named, Tabby who has been living with me for 7 years. She is sitting on an original George Nelson steel sofa that has been recently reupholstered. She and her brother, Pazu compliments well with my furniture.
- Waka

Attached is a photo of my cat Josie, sleeping on my new vintage kantha ottoman. She has taken quite a liking to it!
- Kobie

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Monday
Aug062012

Two houses are one

Designed by David Boyle Architect two semi detached houses designed to different plans and sitting on an inner city block provide the perfect home for the owners and a second property to rent or sell to finance the project. Sounds simple and clever. Equally simple and clever is the design solution reached by the DBA practice. A great example of small scale urban consolidation but more importantly a wonderful starting point for the expression of the owner's own aesthetic. Interlocking positive and negative spaces, layering of building materials to provide texture and interest, passive environmental design and salvaged and recycled materials. It's practical, clever and quirky.

  

  

  

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Monday
Aug062012

Design King

Beautifully designed and crafted houses. It seems obvious what an architect strives to achieve. Homes that seamlessly fit their site and their owner's needs. Two homes today from Jon King of Design King Company. Timeless and clever, practical and specific with a wonderful sense of place. A celebration of the external and a revelling in the internal and private. The first home at Palm Beach has a sense of drama, almost a stage presence. The second, a family home at Coogee turns inwards and provides a sanctuary, a private wonderland for those who live within.

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