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Tuesday
Oct252011

Michael Wee encore

Jo expressed her endearment for the photography of fellow Australian Michael Wee a couple of times last year (here and here) and because he is simply THAT GOOD, I thought I would feature more of his work. I just can't get enough. Awesome spaces. Awesome captures. (P.S. I am oddly enamoured by the slight locker room vibe of the bathroom in the second last photo).

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Love of a kitchen

Please Sir can I have more? More of this kitchen. Alex MacArthur antiques dealer and creator of decadent interiors. Check out the rest of his home over on his site. It's what happens when you own an Aladdin's cave for a shop.

Tuesday
Oct252011

Just gets better with time

Rooms ripped from the latest pages of the your favourite magazine, right? Would you believe that this Antwerp home by Vincent Van Duysen was designed in 2001. It's so fresh. So now but still so timeless. Fads come and go but 10 years later we can look at these photos and say not only fashion forward for the time but just right for now.

  

  

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Monday
Oct242011

My dream home

Over the weekend my husband was researching Ottawa architects online, and came across one of our favourites, John Donkin (I featured him last year). He found a recently completed home in his portfolio that is EXACTLY what we've been dreaming about. We drove by it on Saturday and after picking our jaws up off the ground we managed to snap some photos of it with a cell phone like a couple of stalkers. The exterior is perfect for us - tall and narrow-ish with a huge garage (it is really deep and wide once you drive in) where my husband can hang out and do guy stuff. These folks have a fairly wide lot so they were able to plan for alot of windows on the more private side of the house, which we may not be able to get away with given our narrow lot.

I love that the facade is not made up of 8 different materials in 8 different colours like all the other modern homes going up around Ottawa. (BLEH). The simplicity of it is perfection, and draws your attention to the wonderful details like ALL THE WINDOWS.
Now, I have not really taken a good look at the interior as I am up to my eyeballs in French studies so this post is more about the shape and the exterior but I thought I'd show you the photos from John's website of both so you can see what this fabulous home is all about (after the jump).

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Monday
Oct242011

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 Brussels Griffon, Alma, on a Room & Board couch.
- Lauren (New York City)

My boyfriend wanted it black, I wanted it white, so we bought a grey sofa. The cat's loved it anyhow. Leon (on the armrest) and Idde.
- Ylva (Swedish, with a Norwegian boyfriend, living in Australia)

I am submitting photos we took during our recent vacation at Casale Monticchio in Umbria, Italy.  One of the resident cats, Jasper, often came to visit us in our apartment, a 17th century converted outbuilding, which originally housed stables, pigsties, wine presses and a bread oven. 
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Sarah

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