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Another amazing reader's before and after

I know how much you love a good reader's home renovation on Desire to Inspire. So many times you ask for the before shots or more often the after photos. This post should just about satisfy both. Back in February Sonia emailed asking for some recommendations and ... wait I'll just let her explain in her latest email to us.


A few months ago you all shared some names when I was looking for stagers in the DC area so I wanted to share some pics with you all on a "remodel" (read:total gut job) my friend Connor (who happens to be an architect) and I undertook this year. We took a broken down abandoned city-owned home and breathed some new life into it. This is our first time trying our hand it this and are beaming like proud parents at the result.

I am attaching some pictures of the before and after - its been such a fun and tough ride and you all remained an inspiration throughout!
Now just a few teaser during shots to whet your appetite. You'll have to wait till after the jump to see the transformation. 

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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 and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

This is our little guy Gizmo. He's obsessed with sitting on my pillow, never on the bed, just my pillow. Cute little guy ;P
- Aaron

This is Adelaide on a white Eiffel Side Chair with walnut legs, next to a solid 20" cubed pine end table we had cut.
- Joshua (Raleigh, NC)

Here is a picture of our tomcat Sephiroth. He always enjoy the catnap on white blankets in Germany’s town Magdeburg.
- Karen & Andrew

Moka, our 18 month old Chocolate Lab, finds a comfy spot. She has a thing for leather chairs!
- Andrea

Here's our dog Cergy on our new daybed, in our new home.
- Ameet (Prairie Village, KS)

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Stalking a suburban tardis

Doctor Who fans will know the secret of the tardis. Bigger on the inside than it appears on the out. Who could imagine such high open spaces could be lurking behind this narrow single fronted house in Port Melbourne? A clever extension lifts the space to follow the roof pitch and seamlessly melds the inside and out. Features that speak to me are the  two "open" bathrooms, the way light is brought into the centre of the house through a series of pitched skylights and a clever open garden room. Link here while it lasts.

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A couple new shops

Last week we had a couple new advertisers join with us and I wanted to give them a shout out today before I head out for our traditional Sunday breakfast at the pub (there is nothing like some grease and garlic butter potatoes after a looooong week).

First up is Kitchen Art Studio. This studio is made up of George, an advertising photographer with 30 years experience, and his daughter Amanda, a recent graduate from NY University Tisch School of the Arts. During the day they work on advertising photography and when they're not doing that they're creating imagery for your walls at affordable prices (and they even come framed!). Check out some of my favourites below.


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Saturday shop ... The Society Inc

I only managed to fit in a few shops when I was in Sydney just over a week ago. Don't ask ... after all your marvelous suggestions I threw my back out and could barely walk. One shop I HAD to visit was Sibella Court's The Society Inc. Amazing! This wunderkammer of a shop is a must see on your Sydney travels. Two tiny rooms in a bijou Paddington terrace. Two tiny rooms packed to the rafters with the unusual, the quirky, the weird and the beautiful. Like a bowerbird's nest. Like an old hardware store. Like a step back in time. Like a dream. Only Sibella could pull it all together and make it work. On a wet, miserable day I was giddy with excitement.  (Apologies again for my point and click pics. One day I'll buy a decent camera. Have promised myself a fabulous rug first :P)



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