Feeling blue

No not sad but glad. Not a colour I'm normally drawn to but I'm changing my mind. Think indigo and shibori, natural dyes and fabrics all with a crisp, fresh vibe. All that is fab about blue interpreted by Swedish stylist Eva Lindh.


Dana Gallagher encore

Some people just have "it". A talent that is innate. An eye for a shot. An understanding of how to take a photo that speaks to the heart or the mind, that just speaks. The ability to capture the personality of a room. This is not the first time I have been drawn in by photographer Dana Gallagher's work (via). It's easy to see why.

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New house inspiration

I wasn't sure what I wanted to blog today but since I have the prospect of a new house on my brain these days I thought I'd share some inspirational photos that I think will be a big help if and when this new house materializes. (The reasons why nothing has happened yet are complicated and well, frustrating but I'm crossing my fingers it will all get sorted out very soon). I was going to include some drawings my husband did of a design for the new house that we really like but because it's multi-levelled, I thought the drawings were a bit too confusing. So instead, I'll just stick to some photos of spaces that are right up my alley and in line with what I want for the house. I'm still hung up on lots of black and white and natural wood, a bit of Scandinavian, modern, industrial and ethnic all combined to create a hopefully somewhat cohesive but eclectic home. Oh - and check out something I picked up recently that fits in with the new house vibe, and happens to looks pretty sweet in my current living room - on my page.

I would die for windows like this, with a thick black frame. Likely too expensive but a girl can dream. 

YLAB Arquitectos

This workspace is amazing. The industrial light fixture, rough planks of wood for the work surface, funky chairs...


This storage unit would be simple to build, would hold alot of my crap, AND double as a cat climbing structure. 

Sköna hem

The ethnic vibe of this bedroom is fantastic. Awesome colour combo, and would look even more gorgeous with my moroccan wedding blanket hanging on a wall.

Living Agency

I am shocked to realize I really love the unexpected look of gold fixtures in a bathroom. It's a bit of old world glam that could look hot if done right (ie. below).

Sköna hem

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Design Crew

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! This week's problem is from Tiago.

I just moved to a small apartment near to São Paulo's center, and I'm struggling to get something out of it. It has 1 very small kitchen that is opened to a living room, a bathroom and a bedroom. My main problem is the living room. It has 3,75mx3,75m and faces a 1,80m sliding door to a small terrace. There is a counter (30cm) that watches the kitchen, and it helps sometimes (to eat) but is very annoying in other (my computer doesn't really fits on it).  Right now I have a small table in the middle of the room with my TV on it and a 2-person sofa looking to it. But, as I'm a architecture student, I need somewhere to work, and it's very hard to find this space! Do you have any recommendations, photos or ideas?


Charles de Lisle, again 

It's been almost 2 years since I blogged (here and here) the fantastic interiors of designer Charles De Lisle, and because I am a big fan, I thought it was about time I sing his praises once again. I love the eclectic decor of this San Francisco home. And I am totally smitten with the tiles in the kitchen. 

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