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Pure and General

When I was in Sydney last week there was one place I just had to visit, one store that has been calling me like a siren ever since I heard its name. Pure and General, a wonderland of an emporium in Potts Point. Owner Linda Gregoriou and manager Cassie Karinsky made me feel welcome and shared the stories behind their beautifully curated wares sourced from exotic locales around the world. These women share a passion and it shows. Although I had seen shots of the space as a whole nothing prepared me for the beauty in the detail. Everywhere I looked there was something exquisite, something I soooo wanted. My little point and shoot camera just can't do this store justice. If you are ever in Sydney this jewel of a shop is a must visit.

Pure and General is at 114 Brougham St, Potts Point, NSW 2010.



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Reader's home - Dana's darsena sul lago

This next reader's home belongs to Dana. I featured her Italian villa last year, and today I'd like to share her lakeside home ("darsena sul lago" = dock on the lake) on Lake Como. It's 35 sq m, with wooden beams and white walls, furnished with antique Asian furniture and flea market finds. There is a steel trap door in the floor to access the private boat dock and a cantilevered terrace with incredible views of the lake. So lovely! Not sure what I love more - the views or that kitchen!

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Reader's home - Jennifer's home in Germany

I've got a couple reader's homes for you today. This first one belongs to Jennifer Sowa, a young German interior and media designer who lives in a tiny 19th century home in Wiesbaden city close to famous Frankfurt am Main. It's adorable, I love her wood floors (!!!) and she's got a really pretty backyard. (Check out her website, which she plans to have an English version of soon, and where she will be showcasing her sewing projects and other creative stuff). Thanks Jennifer!


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There is a freshness, a lightness, a zing about Mercer INTERIOR's work. Dark, cluttered and dowdy becomes casually elegant with layers of texture, luxe mixed with rough. Rooms shed their frumpiness and come to life. Young, vibrant and fun. Because we all love a before and after on Desire to Inspire when Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt asked if we'd like to see what the rooms looked like before she wove her magic I jumped at the offer. Wow! (Photos by Emily Gilbert.)

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

Please find attached an image of Lily the Graham’s dog – who often models for us on shoots
- Lizzy

Sweet pea waiting for a friend.
- Jill

This is Sprout - posing regally on a chair that belonged to my grandfather.
- Emily (Brooklyn, NY)

This is Dexter, a shepherd/husky rescue.  He's not allowed on the living room furniture but he constantly leans on the furniture and looks at us as if to say "technically mom, I'm not ON it".  The sofa is super comfy and big from Urban Barn, the end tables are from Crate and Barrel, the blue velvet curtains are from Ikea, and the blanket I made myself.

This second picture was allowed only for Desire to Inspire and it took me 10 minutes to convince him to get up on the chair!
The third picture is of Dexter sneaking a peak of the Desire to Inspire site!  If I'm too engrossed in an article he lays his head on the keyboard to remind me he's there. Plus he has his own dog blog at so he prefers me to read his blog :)
- Angela (Oshawa, Ontario)

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