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Tuesday
Aug232011

Reader's home

Andreia lives in the centre of the village of Odeceixe in the Algarve in southern Portugal. Down by the sea she has remodelled Casa Alba, the white house, into two holiday rentals. Casa de Cima and Casa de Baixo. The up house and the down house. Dibs on the up house. Love the simplicity. Love the laid back feel. Holidays down by the Mediterranean are all about sun and sand, fun and swimsuits, and espadrilles and sarongs, chilled wine, seafood and a sweet little holiday flat to suit.

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Monday
Aug222011

Needin' a nook

I have a thing for little loungey nooks like this one. Somewhere to curl up with a good book and chillax (ideally where the cats and husband couldn't find me).

(via Shoot Factory)

Monday
Aug222011

Monday's pets on furniture

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 closeups of your pet!)

Attached please find a photo of our beloved house mate, Stripey Cat, curled up in our bedroom. Stripey always seems to find the prettiest places to sleep - making sure the all surrounding colours match her stripes completely. Such a princess!
- Joanne & Alexis

Here are a few pictures of Toby, our 16 ¾ year old Yorkshire Terrier – an old man now but still the light of our lives. Of course at his age he is allowed on all our furniture (although sadly can’t jump up any more) and can be seen here relaxing on our leather bean bag and resplendent on the cowhide lounger!
- Rachel

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Monday
Aug222011

Animal crackers?

Two apartments. One Potts Point and the other Surry Hills, both Sydney. For a moment ignore the fact that the Potts Point apartment has a view that half of us would kill for. Let's look at the similarities instead. Dark walls. Colourful "pops" (as in snap, crackle, pop not grandpa), eclectic mix of furniture, lashings of drama and oversized animals. Gigantic giraffe and dominating deer. Are they crackers to have such overwhelming animal decor? Or just fun loving decor fools? Not sure if I could live with such large taxidermied heads in such a bijou apartment but I do like those Surry Hills brown walls. Which one does it for you or would you be leaving the furniture and art out on the kerb for collection? Stalking inner city Sydney is always so much fun. Potts Point link here while it lasts and Surry Hills here.

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Sunday
Aug212011

Some goodies and local news

This is the last day of a 4 day weekend for me - essentially the only span of time off from my day job I am taking this summer. (I thought I should save my vacation days for the house renos which gawd knows when or if they will start anytime soon). Friday my husband Jeff and I stopped off at a couple of my favourite local home furnishing shops to get an idea of what we might want to purchase when the house is complete. One of those shops was Green Light District Design, which I have blogged about here and here. Jeff and I had dinner with the owners, Deborah and David, a couple of weeks ago and found out some very sad news. They are packing up the shop and moving it to Toronto. I am happy that Deborah and David are taking their shop to greener pastures but I am really disappointed that the shop didn't work here in Ottawa. So before they left Jeff and I decided to pick out some things that we've had our eyes on for ages, and we are planning to pick them up in Toronto and check out the new shop when the order comes in. In the meantime I picked up some more of the gorgeous dishes (handmade in South Africa) that I have been slowly acquiring since my first visit to GLDD, and of course took some photos. But before I share those, here are some details of the new shop: The name will now be 'Green Light District'....The new address is 365 Roncesvalles Ave in a totally renovated shop in Toronto's west end, near High Park....The website address remains the same....The neighbourhood of Roncy has had a complete street renewal over past 2 years which is now complete....We are keeping most of our current suppliers, but adding exciting new pieces....The last day in Ottawa will be Sept 11; opening in TO late September.

Here are the dishes Icould not pass up purchasing before the store closes. I snagged a couple more soup bowls, side plates, pasta bowls, finally some dinner plates (love the unfinished edge!), and a really pretty accent bowl. I adore how they are SO handmade that each piece is really a different shape, and when stacked they sit unevenly. PRETTY!!!

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