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Saturday
Jan172009

While Kim has been partying in her drawers ....

{Still can't get enough of Swedish homes. Cheers me up when everything else is crap ;) }

I have had a virus, a yucky nasty (insert curses and expletives here) Microsoft virus. As I know nothing about computers (Kim is the brains of the blog) I've sent my computer off to the tech and am waiting with baited breath for its return. I have been promised very soon. In the meantime I have no access to my bookmarks and we all know how horrendous that is. I've learnt the lesson of not only saving my images to the hard drive instead of Flickr (hey I'm lazy with my backup archiving!). I'm bereft of my Snagit which helps me pilfer all those Flash sites and the old heap of *#*@ computer I found at the back of the garage to use for the moment was, I'm sure, used by Noah to do his livestock spreadsheets on the ark. So ...... I'm holding off on WINKS until tomorrow my time or late Saturday for those on the other side of the world. For now I'm making one more call to the tech and hoping I don't have to reinstall too much when I get the thing back.

Friday
Jan162009

Chesterfield makeover

Georgia wrote looking for some inspiration for a project: "I have inherited and begun to restore a lovely old chesterfield couch belonging to a recently deceased great uncle. It's a labour of love and I want to love it and pass it on after me. Do you have any images of restored chesterfields? I think I want to step away from that men's club vibe and modernise it somehow with the covering... any input would be amazing. I think I'm heading away from tufting though, in an effort to modernise and simplify (the upholsterer gave me the biggest smile when i decided this, less work for him). I'm not having much luck locating images of nice revamped chesterfields (leather or otherwise) without the tufting... do you know of any?"

Now I don't have a photo of Georgia's chesterfield, but the photo below is what I always envision when I hear the word chesterfield. Leather, black (or brown) with thick rounded arms and lots of tufting in the back.


I was a bit disappointed I've got to say that she may forgo the tufting, because I think the tufting is the best part, but if it means keeping your upholsterer happy and your wallet a bit thicker... Anyway, it was difficult finding photos pf chesterfields without tufting, so below I've included a wide variety of photos to inspire Georgia. Some aren't quite chesterfields but they have fabulous upholstery, and some are tufted but you'll just have to imagine the upholstery without the tufting. I am envisioning velvet, maybe charcoal grey for it's versatility since this is going to be a piece passed along. I do have to say that the first one below has to be one of the most incredible chesterfield-like sofas I've ever seen. I'm not sure about the lavender but the unfinished style is totally knock-your-socks-off drop-dead gorgeous.


Angus McRitchieLucinda Symons
Sean MyersDomino
Suzy HoodlessThe Rug Company
elledecoJoe Schmelzer










Friday
Jan162009

A party in my drawers

This blog chronicles my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I'm taking care of the rest.

If you'd like to be brought up to date, check out my kitchen remodel blog for an archive of previous posts. I posted recently about the hatch door created for access to the basement, and now, how I've organized and made use of all the wonderful cabinetry.

Yes folks, there is a party happening in my drawers. My kitchen cabinet drawers that is. All TWENTY FIVE of them (27 but 2 under the sink are just drawer faces). I cannot begin to explain how exciting it was to organize this kitchen, especially those drawers. I have never had a kitchen that had adequate drawer space. This kitchen has so many that despite all the drawer-type kitchen stuff I have, I still have 2 that are essentially unused (I had to find things to put in them because the thought of empty drawers unnerved me). It's allowed me to be more organized than I have ever been in any of my former kitchens, and I enjoy cooking so much more than I ever have. I've even been taking photos of the meals I've prepared. This weekend I am having my family over for dinner for the first time since the reno has been completed. I am so stoked to show it off. And I know they're all dying to see it in person finally.

I thought for one of my last kitchen posts I would show you how much space these incredible Greentea cabinets have and the party that is going on in my drawers. Because let me tell you, having a drawer dedicated to spices is a party in itself!! Sorry if this is a little long-winded, but I felt compelled to document all of it (in the hopes of calming my level of excitement perhaps?)

Let's start with the pantry. I adore this unit so much. When I sell the house, I have to take the pantry with me. It's a stunning piece of furniture, I've got to say. And I must mention that since all the cabinets have sliding doors (except the uppers), they are SO easy to remove which allows you a clear view of everything inside. Great for cleaning/organizing binges.


Here is the top section of the pantry, which houses essentially ALL of my dishes (alot of which need replacing) and glassware.


This is a door to the left of the top section of the pantry. It is PERFECT for housing baking sheets and anything else flat, especially useful for me because my range (where I would typically put those items) does not have a drawer for storage. It also has a little secret drawer inside, which I figured I'd stash money in for pizza nights (Jo is laughing right now because she knows how much pizza I consume).


Below is the first row of drawers in the pantry. It houses knives, small kitchen gadgets, a drawer dedicated to the cats' food bowls and cans of wet food, chopsticks, and my growing collection of wooden spoons.

For more photos, and to leave comments, click HERE.

Friday
Jan162009

Kim Sayer


Today's photographer Kim Sayer has a portfolio like many of the talented photographers we feature on Desire to Inspire. Soft light and clean simple shots that convey the feel of the rooms without fuss. Shots that inspire. Shots that are perfect for editorial features. But what do I like the most about Kay's portfolio?


Her Dinky Toy photos!! Look at these wonderful images full of fun and so cleverly composed and shot. Definitely brought a smile to my face and I hope they do for you too.

Thursday
Jan152009

Sisters with talent

Sarah Cihat, ceramist and home designer in Brooklyn, NY emailed us the following:

"I wanted to pass along the work of my sister, Suzanna Ivey. She is an interior designer in my home state of Tennessee. One of her photographer friends took some images of her latest work and I wanted to send it along for consideration. I'm very proud of her and love that we both are creative women from the same family working in the home design field."

Now how sweet is that? I was more than happy to plug Suzanna's work on Sarah's behalf. They are both very talented women (Sarah's Rehabilitated Dishware line rocks!). While the home below is a bit more traditional than I tend to gravitate towards, there are so many elements to note, like the green walls in the first photo (my boyfriend and my twin sister have both used a similar shade in their homes), the beautiful window treatments throughout and WOW, that glamourous bedroom (LOVE). Thanks Sarah, and Suzanna! (These gorgeous photos were taken by Sarah Dobbins - check out her site, and her blog).