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Monday's pets on furniture - part 1

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 (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

This is Tigre, my 1 year old Bengal. He follows me around the apartment and gets his curious little self into just about everything; including my photographs :).
- Marie-Louise (Vancouver, BC)

I'm sending the picture of my cat Feio (it means "ugly" in brazilian portuguese) he's a lovely, fluffy gentle old fat guy with just one full function eye, one ill leg and a huge need for love. I adopted him about 3 years ago and I think he is about 13-14 years old right now. He almost doesn't get to climb furniture because of his leg, but he absolutely loves sunbathing in my set of white poufs. It is the one thing, other than my lap, that he thinks it's worth the effort.
- Karine (Porto Alegre - Brazil)

Here's a sweet picture or our greatly missed Mainecoon kitty cat, Kennedy, lounging in an Overman pod chair which he adopted immediately upon it's arrival in the house! We had to let him go to pussy cat heaven Jan 8 2011. You can see a little tribute video I made in his honor here. We still miss him dearly. He was such a character and such a good kitty cat. The Overman pod chair has also moved on to a new owner in New Orleans.
- Mr. Modtomic (St. Louis Missouri)

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Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance

A French alpine chalet unlike most you have seen. Fluid, organic lines. A muted palette. Concrete, metal and plastic play against ribbons of wood. Part sculpture, all luxury. The Chalet la Transhumance in St Martin de Belleville by French designer and interior architect Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.

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Reader's home- Taiwan

Do you like peeking into homes from around the world? If you are like me you certainly do. Scandinavian countries, Brazil, Israel, South Africa and more. Today is our first Taiwanese home. reader Yin lives in this ground floor 100 square meter apartment owned by interior designer Lin of RHdesign. I love the serenity of Yin's home. The rainbow of floor cushions in their own little niche is a clever introduction of colour to the otherwise neutral space. It's clean lined contemporary take on apartment living.

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Random at my home on a Sunday

I have a ton of cleaning and blog research to do today so because I don't have much time I thought I'd show you some small projects around my house and other things that have been going on here lately. 

First up, some shelving I acquired that needed a bit of work. A couple of weeks ago we went to hang out at my sister's cottage and my husband got to work repairing the shed that houses the ride-on lawn mower (the top half of the back wall had collapsed over the winter due to the weight of the snow). In the process we took everything out of the shed that had been left there by the previous owners. We found a bunch of metal bins/shelving in the shed and outside the shed holding rusting cans of leftover paint. My sister took 3 of the good ones and I offered to take the rusting ones that were outside. They were in pretty bad shape but I figured I could sand them and/or spray paint them. I tried sanding the rust off for a couple of hours but it turned out to be a daunting task so I opted to sand them quickly and spray paint them. I had bought neon yellow and pink spray paint a couple months back and decided to use the pink since I hadn't done anything with it yet. I kind of like it! I thought for now they'd work great as shoe storage in my dressing room. 

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Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! This week's problem is from Sue May.

Hi! I wanted to share this dilemma with you guys. I have a set of two lovely fairly big windows but due to a recent break-in at my neighbor's house we decided to place these awful iron bars. I truly feel like I'm living in a concrete jail.

I've been trying to figure out how to make them less hideous. I'm going to make two plant boxes for flowers and herbs. But besides that I'm lost.