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Debra Cronin

Imperfect and aged, decrepit and beautiful. A house's history seems to be hot right now. Layers of life left not hidden, stripped but not shunned. Debra Cronin is creating spaces less ordinary. I love this crumbling home that she has brought back to life and where she now runs an underground dining experience Bite Club with partners David and Virginia. As they say on their website "Think Alice In Wonderland meets The Addam's Family". Dinner group anyone? More of Debra's work after the jump.





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Shawn Henderson

It's been quite some time since Jo blogged about New York interior designer Shawn Henderson, who designs "interiors that feel comfortably sophisticated, rich and relaxed, personal and original." I recently happened upon his website and discovered more classic yet cool spaces that captivated my immediate attention.

P.S. Just wanted to quickly wish my twin sister a very happy birthday. Sis, here's hoping your life at 35 is a bit less chaotic and stressful and preferably more "normal" than it has been of late.

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Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Why is it that every time I pick up a European shelter mag I find the name Heidi Lerkenfeldt under the coolest features? Is it because this Danish photographer is JUST SO GOOD?!!! I can't say too much. I'm in awe of this woman's work. Stellar just doesn't crack it as an adjective for these shots. White light never so thick, darkest highlights and some of the most bookmarked pictures ever. I may never be able to splash out 10K on a Finn Juhl sofa but hey I dream about that picture (after the jump) like so many of us thanks to Heidi.

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Oz-glam by Greg Natale the second part



Well readers some of you will have a sneak peek at interior designer Greg Natale's latest glam Sydney home if you take Desire to Inspire via RSS feed. Some of you will have seen it for an hour or two before I took it down ;) Most of you will have to wait. Why take it down? Because it made the cover of a prestigious Australian magazine!!! Greg, who generously shared pictures taken by Anson Smart with Desire to Inspire today, has just emailed to ask that we hurriedly put it back under wraps until next week's big unveil. Congratulations Greg!!! A cover. No wonder you are a super star of Oz design. For those who are wondering what all the fuss is about above is a room from the same house on the cover of (inside). Now we all just have to wait.


Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our 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. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"Shiraz curled up on our vintage chair."
- Sara

"So I know I've all ready sent you a picture of chip that you posted, which was soooooooooo cool btw, thank you! But I can't control myself because my dog is too freaking cute! He actually had no interest in sitting in the diamond chair until we put down the sheep skin, which he apparently thought was just for him! I mean, look how happy he is!!"
- Curt

"Here are our two cats, Marlowe and Cassius, taking up the most regal seats in the house: two carved Chinese rosewood chairs.  I've included a close up with Cassius on one of the chairs, ready to receive his humble subjects :)"
- JanJan (SF Bay Area)

"Meet Cookie, my little mystery mutt. I adopted her a year ago and she's the best companion a girl could have. Here she is on one of my David Rowland chairs, which I inherited from my grandfather's old law office. I got the table for five bucks at a garage sale and painted it white myself. I inherited the Russel Wright pottery on the shelves from my grandmother. Here's Cookie playing on my bed. The bedding is by DwellStudio for Target, which was a great buy. Since the bedding is patterned and textured, her stray black and white hairs practically blend in! The embroidered piece on the wall is by my friend Jordan of http://hidethegoodscissors.blogspot.com. Lastly, here's Cookie lounging on the couch. She loves sleeping on the headrest (and pouncing on the back of my head when she wants attention). I'm indefinitely "borrowing" the couch from a friend. It's a far cry from my dream couch, but it serves its purpose. My grandmother made the needle point pillows and my great aunt crocheted the white blanket."
- Kathryne

"1) I think Mickey knows he's gorgeous, he is always up for a photo shoot.
2) Custard is the sweetest little girl ever!
- Danielle

"Here is a pic of Chloe cat on a classic Pier One wicker chair, beneath my canopied painting tent where I create all summer long."
- MaryK (Albany, NY)

"Here's a photo of our little boxer, Lucy from Seattle. She is not on a beautiful piece of furniture....but furniture non-the-less! :-)"
- Leah

"This is Minx, my adorable Manx cat as a kitten. I was having my house treated by the pest control guys one day and couldn't leave her at home while it was being done so I took her to my mothers. We made sure to keep the doors closed so she couldn't lost. At one stage we could not find her anywhere! We searched high and low... and finally found her snoozing on one of the bookcases in the lounge. And to this day she still finds weird places to sleep. Her current favourite is my dressing table."
- Kate (New Zealand)

"This is our four-year-old Shih-Tzu, Ellie, who rules at our house. Here she is enjoying our custom-designed charcoal velvet sofa. After adjusting her blanket to her liking, she struck a pose saying (undoubtedly with attitude) 'This is my sofa--I dare you to tell me otherwise!'"
- Katie (Columbia, SC)

"This is my Labrador who's named Marron. He is sitting on the copy of "Mae West Lips Sofa" by Dali. We chose these colors for the padding because they fit better with the atmosphere of the room."
 - Marysia Chodzen (Warsaw, Poland)