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Monday
Mar052012

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. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

This is my boxer, Stringer Bell sitting in is HIS chair. The chair is a vintage piece my neighbor had placed on the curb.  He said it was taking up space and was setting it out for bulk trash day. I scooped it up and it found it's place in my living room...after a good washing. The dog, Stringer Bell, named after the character from 'The Wire', was supposed to be an aborted puppy along with his three brothers. I worked a vet clinic where a client came in with a near-to-term pregnant boxer. She said she "didn't have time for puppies" and she needed to spay her dog immediately. The doctor reluctantly obliged but the vet techs, myself included, had other plans to remove the puppies and hand rear them. Stringer Bell was the one I pulled out and helped him breathe his first breath. I bottle fed him, my chihuahua trained him, and we all loved him. My foster puppy soon became another very much loved addition to our family. And the chair....well the chair was a perfect lookout point and a great place for Stringer Bell to sit like the gentleman he is.
- Kate (Austin, Texas)

Indy thinks all pieces of furniture in our house belong to him. Here he is sitting proudly in my armchair, and then lounging on the large couch we designed and built ourselves.
- Stephanie (Mid Coast, Maine)

Hibou might only weigh 3lbs, but she definitely knows how to pick the best seat in the house!
- Dustin & Hibou (Halifax, NS)

This is Buster asleep on the sofa in Edinburgh, Scotland....the mirror is French
- BCraig

this is one of our two cats, named sissy. she is sitting on a rattan pouf that we bought from urban outfitters.
- tashia + matt (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

I have a picture of my dog on a sofa for you. I'm the next door neighbour. 
Her name is Piper. And she is rather ridiculous.

- Marco 

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Monday
Mar052012

L'idylle rustique

As promised. The rustic perfection, the boho confection. Farmhouse in Bourgogne, France by Joséphine Gintzburger. Strong modern elements juxtaposed with bucolic history. Rough luxe meets Parisian flair.

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Monday
Mar052012

Oh Joséphine!

Fashion meets interior design. German mimimalism marries French exuberance. If you have seen the March issue of Livingetc then you too have lost your heart (and mind) to Joséphine Gintzburger's Paris apartment. Personality dear readers. A great home is always about personality. Unique, intimate with just a touch of exhibitionist. I'm moving in. I'm bringing just a toothbrush. La maison est parfaite. Très chic.

Stay tuned for my next post. Josephine's interpretation of rural delight.

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Sunday
Mar042012

47 Park Avenue

Instead of doing my usual blog favourites of late post today, at the last minute I decided to instead feature one really inspiring blog instead. I heard about 47 Park Avenue a while back via an email from one of its creators, Michael, an owner of London based locations company Shoot Factory. Michael and his partner Jonathan purchased 47 Park Avenue in May of last year, a stunning home (with 3 reception rooms! 5 bedrooms!) that was desperately in need of some wallpaper removal, paint jobs, walls knocked out and pretty much a complete overhaul. They've been working very hard to get their home out of the 50's and into the new millennium and while still a work in process, what has been accomplished so far is incredible. The vintage furniture and lighting they have sourced is all TO-DIE-FOR, and everything being painted black and white is just right-on. And their dogs are too cute! Their blog and the progress on their home is a must-follow. (I had to include some before photos so you get the full effect of the transformation).

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Saturday
Mar032012

Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! This week's problem comes from Donnet who lives in South Africa.

So my boyfriend and I are wanting to make a little dead-space/old bedroom in our house into a home-office. We live in an awesome loft apartment, and it has one really unusual feature - a curved, corrugated roof. This makes it a little difficult fitting things into the mezzanine level. We want to keep the space simple and clutter-free as our mezzanine level is all open plan and our bedroom and 2 bathrooms are up there too.

About the space:
-The space is triangular in shape and approximately 3m along the window wall x 2.5m wide down the roof side.
-It has a beautiful curved window with an awesome view that lets it a lot of light. (If we could come up with some sort of blind system for this window we would be killing 2 birds with 1 stone!)
-One of our bathrooms is right next to the space
-We would need to fit 2 work stations in the space
-There is only one corner with wall space

We would love to get some outside perspective on the space.