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Monday's pets on furniture - part 1

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!)

This is Missy sitting on my son's tiny arm chair I've just reupholstered.
- Catherine (New Zealand )

I was so excited to receive our first "real" bed this week from West Elm. Bye-bye steel frame, hello soft plush tuffted headboard and comfy colorful bedding.  Our sweet puppy Cammie, a pit bull/boxer rescue, agreed, immediately showing her approval!
- Dharma (Arlington, Virginia)

I have attached Maggie. She is an English Bulldog that loves to sleep in our bed. Can't get her out.
- Theresa (San Francisco) 

This furry little has been staying at our house while another friend's house is being renovated. He thinks he can just sleep in my favorite chair all the time. But it seems like most cats are like that.
- Danielle 

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Today's colour is pink

This gallery wall styled by Kirsten Bookallil cheers me up so much. Photography by Grant Harvey. And I spy a Rachel Castle embroidery as well.


Party by the beach

Where the rainforest meets the sea on a Brazilian island there is a sliver of sand. Where the rainforest meets the sea there are palm trees. Where the rainforest meets the sea there is a house. A stone house and concrete and glass house. A perfect beach party house. Casa Paraty by Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27.

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Some local excitement

Yesterday afternoon I should have been studying French, finishing up my Christmas shopping or doing some laundry. Instead, I went to Ikea. And why is this exciting (according to the title of this post)? I am fortunate to live in a city that has had an Ikea for as long as I can remember. The only problem is it was SMALL. Trips to Ikea were successful if you were able to pick up half the items on your list (and of which the large items you had to drive a few minutes down the road to a second warehouse to pick up). Very frustrating. Yesterday was the soft opening (to friends and family) of the LARGEST IKEA IN CANADA - here in Ottawa! A very kind reader of ours named Erica, a kitchen designer at Ikea, sent me an invite so my husband and I went to check it out. It is HUGE - triple the size of the old store, which only had about 15 decorated showrooms, and now has 55. The restaurant holds 640 people and serves booze! Other reasons why I am excited - I finally got to see a Docksta table in person. (The old store has NEVER carried it). And about 10-15 years ago the old store decided to stop selling fabric. Now Jo doesn't have to ship me some from Australia. The store officially opens on Wednesday and I guarantee it will be insane. 

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Saturday stalking

I think this post could also be titled "Living large in a small space". A Surry Hills Sydney apartment in a warehouse refit found during my regular real estate stalking. Two bedrooms, one bath under 75 sq m and loads of style. Art and impact. And a great example of how a camera angle can lead you to believe something completely different. Case in point, shot of the dining table looking down the hall. What a great space! Seems huge for such a small apartment. Turn the camera and shoot into the kitchen. Same painting and light. Completely different feel. No room for complaints from me though. I'd love to own this apartment, as is, in the centre of Sydney. Position, position, position and hip too! Link here while it lasts.