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Tuesday
Oct042011

Vintage style ... Empirical Style

Life is too short for dull decor. Or so the duo behind Empirical Style, Steve and Helena Trupp believe. Take a look at their Sydney apartment. Too cool for school! Filing cabinet and locker storage, train station memorabilia, X-rays in the kitchen, drawers on the walls, leather chesterfields, toucans, vintage posters and porcelain birds complete with painted droppings. Quirky to the max and full of fun. If you click over to the website Aussie readers may just recognise Steve as one of the final three designers on the recently aired Top Design.

P.S. While you are on the site check out the online shop. Vintage style Edison light bulbs Aussie readers? Yes please. Please forgive me. As much as I want to embrace CFLs I go weak at the knees for a good old Edison. CFLs are sooooooo ugly.

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Monday
Oct032011

LOVE

Love the low bookshelves framing the dining table.

Love this neutral, pretty bedroom.

Love this staircase/desk/shelving.
{All via MICASA}

Monday
Oct032011

Monday's pets on furniture

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  desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

This is my mother's white cat, Harry, sleeping on her bed in her Greek house. She has one of the last unrenovated but lovingly restored and maintained traditional houses in the village.
- Selina

Sasha Kilmouseky posing regally on a chair I found 20 years ago in Melbourne at an exhibition for Art Park fabric designs. 
- Karina (Sydney, Australia)

This Ella Fitz. on our new chair, in Trondhjem, Norway. The chair was found in a second hand shop and painted with our favorite color. Ella is happy as long as she stays in the centre of attention, a spoiled little lady.
- Lars & Kristian

I thought you might enjoy a photo of my new burmese kitten Sprocket on our gorgeous handmade Windsor Chair. We bought the chair as part of our wedding gifts ; it has been handmade using Australian native timbers and it is just beyond gorgeous (and the kitten is very sweet too).
- Nikla

This is my baby Stella sittting on my favorite chair from Goodwill. :)
- Tara

This is Mindy, my 1.5 year Miniature Pinscher, on one of our newly upholstered bergere chairs.  Normally a blur in pictures, I am very proud of her for staying still and looking at the camera... without the intent of investigating and playing with it.
- Pearl

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Monday
Oct032011

Not so shabby

Not your usual Scandi boho apartment. Not the shabby chic meets edgy urban meets industrial with mid century splashed with neon bright colour / black, grey and wood with square tiles in kitchen and bathroom. (Have I left out any Scandi combinations?) Yes it's white but think easy elegance. Gustavian. Relaxed traditional. Old world, old money but in a bijou modern apartment. Not your ordinary everyday Scandi boho but instantly recognisable a Swedish none the less. Not so shabby at all. Link here.

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Sunday
Oct022011

Walls of wood

I was thinking about doing a blog favourites post today as I typically do on Sundays but I am a bit too distracted to spend the time blog surfing. You see, back in April I mentioned (ok, bitched about) a French oral test I had at work. Unfortunately I did not get the grade I needed, and since then I have had no French training (due to lack of a training budget). All of a sudden on Tuesday I found out I am permitted full time training for the month of October, then I have to take the test, and once again I need to pass the freaking thing or potentially lose the position I have been working towards for the past 8 years. No pressure or anything. So if I have any spare time for the next several weeks, I need to have my nose buried in my French notes. *insert expletives here* The joys of working for the government of a bilingual country.
I was trying to figure out what post I could do relatively quickly, and realized I had some photos saved of "wood walls" - inspiration for my house when it finally gets renovated (on that note, we're now considering tearing it down and rebuilding, which has thrown me for a loop, as that was never the plan when I bought this house). I want a rustic touch to the place, and what better way than a wall covered in wood slats...or maybe panels, but I'm leaning towards slats. Here are some photos with walls of wood that I really like. (See also this post on wood panelling)

House To Home
H&D Homes
Le Journal de la Maison
Design*Sponge
Avotakka
Design*Sponge

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