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Charleston Homes remodel

Nataleigh emailed Jo and I the other day asking our advice on a vintage chair she was thinking of purchasing (which she thankfully did because it was REALLY cute) and also sent us a link to photos (taken by Chris Colegrove) of a home her mother, Wendy Roach, remodeled for someone a few years ago. The name of her company is Charleston Homes, located in Fort Worth, Texas. It is a beautiful house with stunning views. I can't decide what I prefer more - the deck and huge party dock, the 2 story wall of windows, the front door, the open kitchen shelving, the HUGE bathroom...(And Nataleigh, a 24 year old recent college graduate, has promised to send us photos of her first home that her mom also remodeled.



Karl Anderson

Take a New Zealander. Wind his career path through Australia, the States, Singapore and land him in Sweden after training with some of the best photographers around and who do you get? Karl Anderson. Love the vibe of these photos. As you can imagine there are influences from all around the world but with his present base that bright white Swedish light shines through in many of these. As for the iconic furniture pieces in a number of these shots, well what can a blogger do but sigh! Great shots, great talent. Images from Karl's website and from his rep's.








David Mikhail Architects

The more time I spend searching for photos for the blog and the longer I live in my architecturally-lacking home, the more I appreciate the work of architects like London-based David Mikhail who just ooze creativity. There is no space I did not fall in love with when I was devouring his website. A mesh staircase, a super fun kid's room, sliding walls of glass, an indoor-outdoor kitchen (!!!), a FAB penny round tile bathroom....ALL going in my inspiration folder. Prepare to have your socks knocked off.


Stella Nicolaisen encore

There's a grittiness yet a softness to stylist Stella Nicolaisen's work. The shots come across as so real and everyday but each room is so special and beautiful. Stella's work was featured here almost a year ago but she has changed  rep agency and that means more lovely photos for us to "ooh" and "aah" over. I love the soft washed out feel of these images. Drowsy, blowsy, cozy and comforting.





Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

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...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PUHLEASE don't just send me closeups of your pet!!!)

"Lucy's favorite position for nylabone chewing is half on - half off the ottoman to my Saarinen womb chair. Some may be outraged that I let this happen but I finally just accepted that I live in Lucy's house, she doesn't live in mine."
- Laura

"I couldn't resist sending you a shot of 5-month old Boomer on my favourite chair - a garage sale find if you can believe it! (the chair, not the cat ;) There is a matching table that I use as a vanity in our bathroom. The gold tones really pop against our white walls. Thankfully, the fabric on the chair has not been appealing to Boomer's claws... yet!"
- Kristi

"Milo was free, and this wonderful chair was only $10 (first image).  Since then, the chair has cost me $400 to completely re-do (second image) after her love for it made the white trim dingy and the foam pillows flat, further, she chewed off the back corner, and Milo has cost me ... well, she's priceless so we won't embarrass her with the figure."
- Ann

"Some pictures from me again, love your pets on furniture ;) Also a cat in the wintergarden on a bench ;)"
- GundaM

"Here are photos of my dog Miro and my cat Paprika on the living room sofa. No wonder I have dog and cat’s hair all over my clothes! ;-) In the first photo: Looks like something is happening outside…! In the next one: Relaxing time!"
- Danielle

"Here is our puppy Abbie on her very favorite spot - one of our living room chairs.  The chairs were handed down from my great-grandparents and we recovered them before adopting Abbie.  We love how she matches the fabric so perfectly!"
- Cami

"Sorry for flooding your inbox. Sending pictures is hell with a University e-mail account!"
- Johanna

"Here are a few shots of Cheyenne, our 3-year-old, dark brindle, retired racing greyhound on our ancient Ikea Tomelilla couch."
- Monica

"This is my pet on furniture"
- Tzippi

"The pets on furniture section always makes me smile and I've wanted to submit photos of my Shih Tzu, Nikita for some time. The snag in my plan? Nikita dashes away whenever her radar picks up a camera in the room. Here are some paparazzi shots taken while she was napping in a Pottery Barn chair she rarely lounges in."
- Reese

"One picture is from several years back.  We find Trofast storage units are handy for storing so many things....miscellaneous toys, books, pets and even children! The other picture is of our now much older doggie Guinness on an even older Jacques and Hayes chair."
- Sarah

"The first photo is of my dear Lady Stardust (aka: Monorail) on what was a heck-of-a-deal 3 piece living room set, beside my favorite vintage lamp. The other is my little man, Ziggy Stardust, on our barn wood table which I found road-side in downtown Toronto. See the cookie jar? His catfood. Both of these pics were taken on Ziggy and Lady's FIRST BIRTHDAY! As you tell, it was quite the party ;)"
- Vikki

"I have sent you a picture of my cat, Fat Albert on this same couch before, but here is one of 3 of my pets all on the couch together.  (l-r: Abby, Peach, and Fat Albert-- all rescue animals)."
- Becca