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Dining in the kitchen

Stacy emailed us recently asking for some inspiration for her sis: "We live in a very expensive "city" in the US, full of retirees, so the only affordable houses are either falling apart or brand new cookie cutter subdivision types. My sister and her husband are in the process of buying a new house and have chosen the new option. The kitchen, of course, consists of an L shape ...counters, cooktop, fridge, sink, dishwasher etc with no island or even room for one. I was wondering if you have a collection of rooms where the eating table is inside the kitchen? I would like to show her how she can make it look less boring in there." Hopefully the following photos of small-ish kitchens with mini dining areas will help Stacy's sister spice up her blah kitchen.

Svenska Stylistgruppen John Loecke
A Beautiful Living Apartment Therapy
design*sponge Domino
Apartment Therapy Apartment Therapy
COMMA design*sponge
Domino New York Times
Sofie Lawett Zege

Apartment Therapy
Kate Hume
Elle Decor
Sköna hem
Marie Claire Maison
atelier zürich
Marie Claire Maison


Reader's home

Reader Juan sent us a link to his home asking if we'd like to feature it. Yes please. A small studio space with kitchen and bath it is minimally furnished but with maximum style. A man of few words (in his emails at least) a google or two and I discover he is a talented graphic designer/illustrator/artist. His art wall collection is fab. The stacks of small art works, the plastic animal collection, the haphazard books, the cool stereo and wine bottles just waiting to have their corks pulled and wine glasses filled. It all speaks of one cool guy. 




David Spence, Graham Harris and Neil Hogan form the London-based firm SHH that dabbles in architecture, interior design and branding. They are multi-disciplinary in every sense - including their style. Whether it be rooms bathed in white (my fav of their portfolio), traditional or funky and a bit out-there, they just seem to have alot of fun and enjoy what they do. (And I crave a massive media room like the one in photo 10).


Joanna Moorehouse


When you love what you're doing it shows in your work. Finnish (and half English) photographer Joanna Moorehouse obviously loves what she does. Her work is refreshing and bright, real and believable. These are rooms that we could walk right into and make ourselves at home. Joanna's photos make us feel that way and that's her work done.






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...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PUHLEASE don't just send me closeups of your pet!!!)

"Cindy is the dog of my niece. She spends a few days holiday in my house and took the opportunity to relax on the couch.
Cindy é a cachorra da minha sobrinha.Ela passa alguns dias de férias em minha casa e aproveita para descansar sobre o sofá.
- Heloisa (Brazil)

"Meet Austin Mini-Cooper,  our “Office Mascot” & guard dog at CCS Architecture, a boutique architectural firm in San Francisco. After a long day at the office, Austin reminds us all how important it is to relax."
- Melissa

"This is my nephew, Bocifery (Bo for short).  He loves laying on the arms of the couch and chair and he looks soooo cute doing it!"
- Jillian

"I was taking pics of my Dog Chuy for my blog- but he doesn't like that, and he will make faces at me to make me stop. He's 13 now, and he's been doing for years. The chair was an auction find for 7 bucks.  He likes it because of the southern exposure."
- Lori Jo

"We ( my wife Wendy and I) live in a two bedroom apartment in Mascot, Sydney. We live there with Molly. Molly is a maltese and is eight years old next week.  From 'her' spot on the bed, we can watch as we go about the house hold chores. Along the way we've learnt that It's one thing to have nice home but what really makes it special is the people and the pets that live there. They give it is essential quality - life. A quality no amount of decorating can improve upon."
- Bob

"Here is a picture of my cat "Mignonne" (French for cute/sweet little thing) sitting on her favorite IKEA Poang chair.  She has claimed that chair to be hers ever since the furniture arrived."
- Rebecca

"Here two pictures of our dog - Mona. She loves this spot in the sun..."
- Gal

"This is our labrachowchow mix Paulie, or Miss P. She refused to turn around for the picture...might miss something : )"
- Emily

"This is my dog Stacy, she is a staffordshire terrior/husky mix and this is her favorite spot in the house besides our bed."
- Michelle

"This little Abbey on our sofa, which has been deemed hers since we no longer really use it anymore. Abbey used to weigh 130 lbs when we adopted her and probably could not have climbed up on this sofa 2 years ago! We love her so much! (We believe her old owners kept her in one room with a consistently full bowl. She has lost a total of 57 pounds and is a happy, healthy baby now :))"
- Maddy

"That's Monalisa, one of my 4 persian cats!"
- Pat (Brazil)

"This is LuLu The Cat , Patches our beagle and Charlie our terrier mix. We adopted all our pets through our local shelter. One exception was LuLu my husband and daughter found her in the middle of the street at just  four weeks."
- Sue