Monday's pets on furniture

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my 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. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

This is Daisy, she has been lounging in a room designed by Dallas designer Julio Quinones.
- Danny

This is my adopted Persian cat Omar.  He is about 13 years old.  His last hair-cut is growing out and it was a very hot day, so he decided it would be cooler to hang out on my vintage 1960's Bassett pivot coffee table (Craig's List), which is in front of my vintage 1970's sofa (Craig's List) and on top of my antique Kilim rug (hand-me-down).
- Annalisa (New Haven, CT)

This is my 8 year old Labrador "Jet" kicking back in our Papa-san chair on the veranda of our Queenslander.
- Heidi (Sunshine Coast, Queensland)

This is Adhara on our couch next to her favourite cushions, which she always look for when getting ready for a nap. You can also see a part of our "Collection Wall" in the background.
- Petya

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Antonio Martins Interior Design 2

Thanks to designer Antonio Martins for sharing another of his projects with us. The house is a casual weekend retreat in the Sonoma wine country of California. Once again Martins plays with an eclectic mix of wood and vintage, industrial and asian influences, a white canvas for striking art. A stylish, fresh, fun and at times quirky home perfect for an escape from the urban grind.

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Antonio Martins Interior Design 1

An eclectic mix of antique and contemporary, the found and the precious. This Tennessee Street, San Francisco home by interior designer Antonio Martins is about an artist's soul and an artist's eye. A base note of white builds with layers of texture and warm muted colours building to a crescendo of vibrant red. Timeless, unique, passionate just like the designer and owner.

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A couple new books

I got my hands on a couple new books this past week that I wanted to share with you all today. This first one I LOVE. L O V E. It's written by a mother/daughter team - Suzanne McGrath is a former Style Editor and Producer at Martha Stewart Living Television and her daughter Lauren worked in the fashion features department at Teen Vogue magazine. Good Bones, Great Pieces is their first book. In this book Suzanna and Lauren discuss how they believe that every home should have a core group of seven pieces that can ive in almost any setting and will always be in style: the demilune, the dresser, the side table, the love seat, the bench, the slipper chair and the occasional chair. And with lots of fantastic photos by one of my all-time favourite photographers Lucas Allen, they give awesome examples of different uses for these pieces. It really made me think about what furniture pieces I should be investing in. You can pick up this must-have book here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indigo, Powell's

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New finds reading guide

my latest finds ... Indian wood blocks

Time to settle in. Time to surf the net. Time to share "new to me" blogs. Yes it's time for a DTI reading guide. There is so much to explore. I hope you have the time :)