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Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! Emma emailed with something a little different.

I am about to bite the bullet and buy some rooms to practice from. I work doing mostly psychotherapy with parents of babies and young children and other adult patients. I have tried to look up some design plans for psychiatrists offices and have hit a blank.

As an additional challenge, the space I am looking at has 5 metre ceilings, a lot of glass at the front and I need to think of acoustics  and privacy.....I was thinking rooms within rooms. It needs to be a welcoming and calming space....but not "seductive" if you know what I mean. Even though we need to cater for children who may come along with their parents on occasions I do not want it looking like cartoon vomit (if you know what I mean)

Can you or your readers help me with some suggestions to this pretty major challenge!
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Friday eye candy

TGIF, and good riddance to one of the longest weeks of my life. Thankfully it's Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend so THREE day weekend! And they're calling for HEAT and SUN all weekend!!! This always happens here Ottawa, the city I love to hate. In the fall we suddenly get a few days of ridiculously hot weather and then POOF, the next day we're in the minuses and a snowstorm hits. So I am definitively going to ditch the French books in exchange for some excursions around the city (and maybe to the cottage) this weekend. To end the week, I thought I'd share with you all some new photos from the portfolio of Dutch photographer Marjon Hoogervorst whom I featured back in December when I was also coincidentally looking for a respite.


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Friday escape

I thought I would help Kim with her French studies. A weekend away. A full French immersion experience. French food. French wine. Speaking only French. The food and wine are for me. The French is for Kim. I can't speak a word and anyway it's rude to speak French with your mouth full of French wine and French food. I think the perfect place to stay would be Baudon de Mauny, a chic and casual mix of modern in a 1777 Hotel Particulier. Perfect.

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Jo isn't the only one...

...who loves black. There's something I find really intriguing about one random black wall.

Black kitchen cabinets make for a sexy kitchen (particularly when paired with white subway tiles which creates just about my ideal kitchen...and add a white apron-front sink and wall-mount faucet and the heart palpitations begin).

A bedroom of black and white creates a combo of glamour/sexiness/mystery/masculinity. And I love the subtle drama of this space.

via Fantastic Frank, Stuart McIntyre, Erik Andersson Architects