Tuesday
Oct022012

Reader's home - Kris' Vancouver penthouse

I've got a Canadian reader's home to share with you all today, from Kris: I am an Art Director living in Vancouver and obsessed with midcentury modern design. Vancouver's downtown westend has a number of amazing low rise buildings built in the late 1940's that feature a separate penthouse on the roof. I was lucky to find one a year ago that I now call home or sometimes the "Sky Ranch". My boyfriend Mick and I immediately painted everything white as we always do and began to fill the apartment with a mix of vintage finds like our Eero Saarinen Womb chair and Tulip table along with a pair of original Basket chairs. A few key Ikea pieces round out the mix. Our 500 sq ft rooftop deck is pimped out with Canadian designed Solair chairs in white along with Ikea's classic Vago easy chair. Windmill palms and my favorite piece - a Weber charcoal BBQ grill - complete the mix. If Vancouver was right next to Ottawa I'd ask Kris to be BFFs. He has a penthouse apartment (rooftop no less), classic midcentury furniture, a large deck, my 2 favourite outdoor chairs...*sigh*.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

Julia Green

Did you love the styling for the Inside Out feature on Steve and Helena Trupp of Empirical Style in the last post? As soon as I found out it was by Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors I hot footed it over to her website and oohed and aahed. Vintage + colour + collections + layers + crafted and found = a quirky, fun, vibrant and down right happy portfolio. Rooms full of treasure without being "precious'. Just the way I want to live!

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Tuesday
Oct022012

Inside Out

Hopping up and down with excitement. Squealing. Making little panting noises. Not a good look for a woman of a certain age but I can't help it. It's time for the new issue of Inside Out magazine. Out Wednesday. Even more exciting it's the 100th issue and is packed full of lovely, lovely room porn. Lee Tran Lam, managing editor promises. (Actually "room porn" were my words not hers.) Once again Inside Out has shared with Desire to Inspire a few sneaky pics from one of the gorgeous homes inside their pages. You'll recognise it of course. It's the home of Steve and Helena Trupp of Empirical Style. Helen shared her own snaps of their cool apartment not long ago on the blog but I am lovin' the shots in the magazine taken by photographer Armelle Habib and styled by Julia Green.

P.S. Don't forget if you live outside Australia you don't have to miss out on one of the best interiors magazines around. You can subscribe through Zinio.

Monday
Oct012012

David Howell 

David Howell (of New York's DHD Architecture and Design) is one that we were familiar with back in 2007 thanks to Jo's post, and I am re-discovering my love for his firm's work again now that I've seen recent projects. The design foundation of the office is modernistic – an approach both naturalistic and modern that combines elemental and ecological forms with a minimized, sculptural architectural imprint... We do aim to instill spaces with certain principles: an appropriate bridging of indoors and outdoors; a wise and atmospheric use of light as a fundamental part of architecture; a sympathy for site and origin; an exciting use of materials; a marriage of the organic with the common and industrial. I LOVE these spaces - modern or classic and elegant but totally liveable. The kitchen in the first couple of photos is SO dreamy. 

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Monday
Oct012012

Monday's pets on furniture

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my 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 then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

Here's my dogs Ninja and Zoe. Ninja is a Husky/Pointer mix (a rescue) 13 years old. Zoe is a chihuahua, 10 months old. They are best of friends, they play and cuddle all day long. Zoe is carefree, energetic, and a bit sneaky. Ninja is calm, (unfortunately) a little bit nervous and gentle. Different personalities, but as friends (or “sisters”) that doesn’t matter much. They truly love each other!
- Benedicte (Norway)

Old Moe and a new chair...
- Heather & Greg

This is Columbus on our falcon stool, showing his complete lack of interest in the cricket.
- Christy (Melbourne)

Here's Dreamboat Annie Doodle who loves her over stuffed couch almost more then romping through the woods in the mountains of Colorado.
- Carlye (Nederland, Colorado)

 

I've attached 2 images of my beautiful Harry-Barry on the sitting room sofa.  In one he's having a little sing-song! He's my first Jack Russell and I'm absolutely besotted which I've been told happens by owners of other Jack Russells - they're the toddlers of the animal kingdom. Sofa has been handed down a generation and now sports a loose cover in red and white checked cotton from IKEA  Cushion is by my sister's company 'Luxe Adornments' and painting above is by me.
- Jo-ann (Balwyn, Victoria)