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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!)

Only the most grandiose piece of furniture in the house will do for my Papillon, Dita.
- Jessica

This is "Bebis" who moved with me across the ocean, from Toronto to Istanbul.
- Gokce

I do hope Peggy the miniature schnauzer from Glasgow can make the cut in out nursery!
- Tom

Please find attached a photo of Murray our 9 month old cocker spaniel on 'his' couch! Next to 'his' couch is our re-conditioned vintage telephone (Murray loves to bite the wires) also in shot are our polka dot and 'Keep Calm And Carry On' pillows (which at the moment Murray's trying to hump!).
- Lucinda

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Summer school

Mary Beth Koeth is spending the quarter in Oslo assisting a photographer.  A talented, professional snapper herself she has gone to "summer school". With are four other students Mary Beth stayed in this adorable summer home in the forest at Nesodden. As she explains, "Robert Kristiansen who owns the home did such a lovely job decorating it. Before everyone unpacked, I went around to each room, styled it and then photographed it." Such a simply lovely way to spend the summer. Beautiful, evocative shots.

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The screened living room

A couple weeks back Maureen shared with us a home featured in the Modern Home Tour in Austin. This time it's a home from the Outdoor Living Tour that is a DREAM!
As described by the architect (Cass Cheesar Architects): One of the main objectives of this project was to celebrate sustainable design while making the elements esthetically intriguing. The cypress rain screen was allowed to gray in it's natural time and the steel was left to create a seal of rust. Another objective was to site the project so the clients could experience the urban nature of their backyard while maintaining a small carbon footprint.
He called it The Screened Living Room. How I wish I had the space for something like this in my yard. WOW!! (Photos by Andrew Chan)



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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! Here's a good one to sink your teeth into. Danica emailed about her beams.

I am looking for help with my design problem involving exposed beams. I have a 35 yr old Cape Cod that has exposed beams through out the main floor. They are in ceiling in the kitchen, dining room and living room. They are also in the hall and continue down the walls in all these rooms too. Some are stained a 70's chocolate brown and others are painted the same brown. At first I liked them as they lent a sort of chalet look to the place but now they are just too dark and dreary. They are large beams about a foot thick on all sides. I really don't want to paint them white and I can't even think about striping them. We have natural cedar walls everywhere too. I would like to brighten the kitchen by painting the cupboards(green) and the walls(white) in that area. I was also thinking of painting the ceiling a nice blue. But what to do with those beams? I also have a part wall of exposed brick.

I have been trying to come up with a practical solution to all of this for over five years now.  So here are some pics of the kitchen/dining room and living room. Looking at them all I am thinking is "Yikes, that is a lot of wood!"  We live out in the woods in East Coast Canada and have a eclectic style. I love the house but want it a little bit brighter.