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Extreme gingerbread

As I promised yesterday, here is another project by Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller of Urban Nature Inc., thanks to Tammy, their realtor. This time it's a Victorian home built in 1890 that was moved from Marlin, Texas to the heart of Austin - which explains why Tammy calls it "extreme gingerbread". The entire home was restored and updated in just over a year, maintaining much of the classical architecture while adding modern touches. I'm completely smitten with the exterior. Who cares what the inside looks like - I'd be sold on it while pulling up out front. (See more photos here and check out more of their work here).



Stalking in Sweden (again)

I couldn't stay away. I just had to go stalking through Swedish real estate sites. From Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör  - the look is almost their brand. White floors, cute accessories, the pop/splash/flash/dash and dollop of colour, a classic scandi piece or two and the obligatory pair of discarded fashionable shoes and dress on the hanger. The story that the styling tells lures you in. You want the lifestyle as much as the apartment. If you could you'd buy this home, live this life. Mission accomplished.



A church turned castle

Yes, that's right. How creative must someone be to convert a church into a castle? Tammy emailed us about this INSANE home in Austin, Texas that was the creation of her friends Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller of Urban Nature Inc. It was formerly a mission style church built in 1925, and Urban Nature Inc. decided to modernize it with a bit of rock and roll while keeping some old world touches. Talk about a party house! Tammy is their realtor and has since sold the church, but stay tuned tomorrow for another project of theirs just down the road (that is for sale last I heard).



Ngoc Minh Ngo encore


Once upon a time I fell in love with a photo of a room, a bedroom that just spoke to me. Ngoc Minh Ngo took that shot. Ngoc is a contender for my all time fav photographer. We've featured her work before but it's time for an encore. Love everything that she captures with her lens. There's a spirit, a joy in her images. Photographer crush to the max. Not hard to see why!








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 PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!!!)

***Note: I am out on holidays next weekend for 10 days so there will be no pet posts for the next 2 Mondays, but please keep sending in entries for the Monday after I get back!

"This is 'Otto', my french bulldog seating in a Eames Lounge Chair."
- Juan

"Here are two photos of our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Finnegan, on a French arm chair in our dining room. (I thought it was appropriate to have our pup-- whose breed is infamous for its French nobility origins-- on a French chair)."
- Jessica

"Big guy on a bench in Santa Fe."
- Shannon

"Love your 'Pet's on Furniture' special and thought I would contribute two pictures of our cat Heidi doing her favorite thing - napping.=^..^="
- Doreen

"My name is Ana Hester and I am enclosing a picture of the cat Daragh, surveying the landscape from her perch upon the antique bookcase."
- Ana

"This is our Cheach, a dilute tortie. It's rather ridiculous how comfortable she can make herself."
- Ian

"I wanted to submit pictures of my family's two dogs. The first is our Chaweenie (dachshund-chihuahua) Peanut. He is tiny but he finds a way to take up the entire couch and use all of the pillows! The next is our Vizsla,Ginger, looking out the window from "her" chair at the kitchen table."
- Lauren

"My cat Josie.... clearly, she is the queen of the house."
- Matt

"here are two shots of my boxer, Stella on our furniture...it is a hard life for stella"
- Stephanie

"While this isn't a fabulous picture of either Gordo or the couch (which my very dear friend and design guru calls the "world's most expensive dog bed"), I like the shot because the Gord has gone totally cammo in the granny blanket and throw. She's like: What dog, where? There's no dog here. Nothing to look at Pets on Furniture Monday Web Site, you, move along. Go look somewhere else for some Puppy on a Pappasan, there's no one here..."
- Priscilla