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Friday
Dec262008

Holiday Reading


In what is now a holiday tradition it's time to settle into Desire to Inspire's virtual library and explore the blogosphere via our holiday reading guide. Not all are in english, not all are completely focused on room porn, some I have been lurking on for quite some time and others are very new to me. This is the first instalment so save room for many more wonderful blogs. Happy Holidays!


Wednesday
Dec242008

Merry Christmas!

Image by Nick Carter

Kim and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families peace, hope and joy these holidays. The world is getting smaller and smaller and people from all parts of the globe are meeting and mingling on blogs like this. Not all our readers, we know, come from Christian based cultures but the message is still the same. The world is too fragile for anything but love and friendship.

We won't be posting on Christmas Day but we'll be back randomly after that. A post here, a post there and lots of holiday reading guides. Take care all and thank you so much for your continued support. It means so much to us.

Wednesday
Dec242008

Claire needs help

Claire emailed us recently in the hopes we could help her out. Here's what she had to say: "I've seen you lend a helping hand to several readers with designing dilemmas and I was hoping for a bit of help myself. I just signed the lease on a wonderful studio-type apartment near Dumbo in Brooklyn. Now I say "studio-type" because it feels more like 3 rooms connected to create a long living space and although I know it has loads of potential, I'm struggling with where to start! Should I paint the entire space one color? If I do different colors for each space will that be too much? What about a gradient going from ochre in the 'bedroom' to a paler yellow in the kitchen? I also have to reckon with my boyfriend's tastes - not that they're bad - but I have to make sure that it doesn't seem to girly or to 'me'. Do you have any pictures in your arsenal that could be inspiring for this project?" Below are a couple photos from Flickr she has of the apartment.


Why Claire, I think I may have found a few photos to inspire the design genius in you! Admittedly, it was a bit tough finding photos of rooms that are connected but have a little bit of a separation with walls. My gut is telling me that bright white all over and working some magic with art and furnishings would be an easy fix. I don't think I would do different colours - the apartment isn't very large and having each space a different colour would make it appear smaller. If you aren't into white (or a light grey, my fav), I would select a colour (I'd keep it light) and then pick the 2 shades next to it on the paint chip - similar to what you are suggesting with the yellow to ochre. I think the subtle change in shade from room to room would have a really nice effect, and would keep the spaces flowing. I am including some photos of different colours in each space as well, in case you choose to ignore me (that's been known to happen). And please folks, leave a comment if you have some thoughts on this. Help a girl in design distress.

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Wednesday
Dec242008

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow


Another sunny day in paradise! To take your mind off the inclement northern winter weather I've been stalking this home in northern New South Wales just south of the gorgeous resort town of Byron Bay. It's a series of interconnecting pavilions blurring the line between inside and out. Just right for this part of the world. And the beach is only a 50 metre walk along a bush track. I'm afraid to ask the price but a girl can dream.


The real estate agent has gone all out with this pitch. Lots of gorgeous scenery and lifestyle shots. There is even a dolphin surfing a wave. The truth is ... this is what it's really like. Heaven! Here while it lasts.

Tuesday
Dec232008

Little note of thx


Just a quick word to say thank you to everyone who has nominated desire to inspire on Apartment Therapy's The Homies - best design blogs of 2008. I am really touched that a bunch of you out there enjoy what we do that much. Means alot to Jo and I. I'd go nominate some blogs but I don't think they want me listing everyone on our blogroll.