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Tuesday
Jan262010

Stella Nicolaisen encore

There's a grittiness yet a softness to stylist Stella Nicolaisen's work. The shots come across as so real and everyday but each room is so special and beautiful. Stella's work was featured here almost a year ago but she has changed  rep agency and that means more lovely photos for us to "ooh" and "aah" over. I love the soft washed out feel of these images. Drowsy, blowsy, cozy and comforting.

 

 

  

Monday
Jan252010

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...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PUHLEASE don't just send me closeups of your pet!!!)

"Lucy's favorite position for nylabone chewing is half on - half off the ottoman to my Saarinen womb chair. Some may be outraged that I let this happen but I finally just accepted that I live in Lucy's house, she doesn't live in mine."
- Laura

"I couldn't resist sending you a shot of 5-month old Boomer on my favourite chair - a garage sale find if you can believe it! (the chair, not the cat ;) There is a matching table that I use as a vanity in our bathroom. The gold tones really pop against our white walls. Thankfully, the fabric on the chair has not been appealing to Boomer's claws... yet!"
- Kristi

"Milo was free, and this wonderful chair was only $10 (first image).  Since then, the chair has cost me $400 to completely re-do (second image) after her love for it made the white trim dingy and the foam pillows flat, further, she chewed off the back corner, and Milo has cost me ... well, she's priceless so we won't embarrass her with the figure."
- Ann

"Some pictures from me again, love your pets on furniture ;) Also a cat in the wintergarden on a bench ;)"
- GundaM

"Here are photos of my dog Miro and my cat Paprika on the living room sofa. No wonder I have dog and cat’s hair all over my clothes! ;-) In the first photo: Looks like something is happening outside…! In the next one: Relaxing time!"
- Danielle

"Here is our puppy Abbie on her very favorite spot - one of our living room chairs.  The chairs were handed down from my great-grandparents and we recovered them before adopting Abbie.  We love how she matches the fabric so perfectly!"
- Cami

"Sorry for flooding your inbox. Sending pictures is hell with a University e-mail account!"
- Johanna

"Here are a few shots of Cheyenne, our 3-year-old, dark brindle, retired racing greyhound on our ancient Ikea Tomelilla couch."
- Monica

"This is my pet on furniture"
- Tzippi

"The pets on furniture section always makes me smile and I've wanted to submit photos of my Shih Tzu, Nikita for some time. The snag in my plan? Nikita dashes away whenever her radar picks up a camera in the room. Here are some paparazzi shots taken while she was napping in a Pottery Barn chair she rarely lounges in."
- Reese

"One picture is from several years back.  We find Trofast storage units are handy for storing so many things....miscellaneous toys, books, pets and even children! The other picture is of our now much older doggie Guinness on an even older Jacques and Hayes chair."
- Sarah

"The first photo is of my dear Lady Stardust (aka: Monorail) on what was a heck-of-a-deal 3 piece living room set, beside my favorite vintage lamp. The other is my little man, Ziggy Stardust, on our barn wood table which I found road-side in downtown Toronto. See the cookie jar? His catfood. Both of these pics were taken on Ziggy and Lady's FIRST BIRTHDAY! As you tell, it was quite the party ;)"
- Vikki

"I have sent you a picture of my cat, Fat Albert on this same couch before, but here is one of 3 of my pets all on the couch together.  (l-r: Abby, Peach, and Fat Albert-- all rescue animals)."
- Becca

Monday
Jan252010

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...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PUHLEASE don't just send me closeups of your pet!!!)

"Love your pets on furniture entries. Here's my two... (considering a tub is a piece of furniture ; ) This is our adore bulldog, Tottenham. He's obviously King of the Castle."

- Shannon

"Please find attached two images of my new puppy, Ruby, on an 'upcycled' chair made by a friend and her new business called S.H.E which revamps old, unwanted pieces of furniture in Sydney. Ruby is an Australian desert rescue dog whom we've had for only a week and who isn't actually allowed on the furniture (which is why she's looking at me quite quizzically!) but she colour coordinates quite well, don't you think? Ruby was found as a newborn in a rubbish bin (hence her name) and was rescued by a Chilean woman who runs a dog rescue programme in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory (www.warlu.com). Image two also shows my grandfather's Saratoga trunk and a bowl by well-known New Zealand potter Royce McGlashen."
- Jane

"Here are two pics of our dog, Maizey, and her couch. She's recently given up her Poang chair & upgraded to the couch where, if she's not sleeping, she's standing on the arm looking out the window."
- Ashleigh

"So, this is my Brussels Griffon, Mac. He's on the ottoman that matches the sofa you can see in the background. We live in Sandringham, Auckland. The sofa is made by a local manufacturer, Forma, if that is is any interest!"
- Melinda

"Charlie the cavachon is the queen atop her plush throne...also known as a couch. She often slips through the cushions or goes head first looking for a lost bone. She also likes to survey the room from the top of the recliner."
- Christi

"This is Aurora (a Shiba Inu) enjoying her cow and her perch on one of our awesome thrift store finds."
- Cassandra

"I'm sending these photos in honor of my cat, Cooper, who passed away on December 22.  Here he is testing out my new (at the time) Eames chair.  He couldn't get comfortable, so he soon gave up and returned to his favorite spots on the couch."
- Erica

"I saw this post on Martha, sorry about her yellow eyes in the sofa photo...they are actually hazel ;)"
- Jaime

"Here is a picture of our adorable chihuahua Henri sleeping on the bed. Hope to see him next Monday on your blog, he's a big fan (plus I'm really proud of the bed itself that I have found in the middle of nowhere in a farm!)."
- Maryse

"Doggies and white do not match nor do they coincide but I guess in this situation it does!"
- May

"This is my love of life, Louis. He loves seating on the nicest chair of the house."
- Mimi

"We have finally lifted out 'no pets on furniture' rule. We had to sacrifice one chair to our Rhodesian Ridgeback Hank. You can walk right by him in this chair and never notice he is there. He just blends in. And our Border Collie Emma claims the loveseat."
- Misty

"Not only is that my bed, but it's MY pillow! I especially like Marvin's expression - 'um, excuse me...I'm trying to sleep!' I have noticed that most of my pictures of Marvin are of him on the furniture. Dogs these days :)"
- Nicole

Christian (who's cat I featured in last week's pet post) sent us an email explaining how the LA Times ran this story a few days ago about how desperate the shelters in LA are for donations to pay for food, as they used to rely on corporate donations which are pratically non-existent now with the recession. To raise awareness he's posted the photo below of his dog Mona on his blog and provided some info as to how dire the situation is. So please check out his post or the LA Times article to get details on how you can help all the poor animals (over 4,000) that are likely to be euthanized for no other reason than there is no money to feed and care for them. Thank you.

Monday
Jan252010

Andrea Ferrari

Oh my! I have a photographer crush and it's bad, really bad in the best way. I have seen Andrea Ferrari's work over the years in all my favourite magazines. Hey in the bad old days way back in the beginning when we used to feature scans from magazines with no credits (we were young so please forgive us) I unwittingly featured more than one or two. I honestly can't find an image in Andrea's impressive portfolio that hasn't made me gasp. All the elements are there. Spectacular lighting, clever composition, an understanding of colour and depth of field and lashings of talent. These are seriously great photos. OK the rooms are drop dead gorgeous, the homes simply stunning but Andrea Ferrari brings them to life, transports us there. Take the time to get lost in an amazing portfolio.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Sunday
Jan242010

Flickr finds - stripes