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Tuesday
Jul052011

My home renovation - hardwood flooring ideas

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my huge home renovation and addition project and my need for finishes for the bathrooms (and the almost non-existent budget we will have). Well, I am in the same boat with flooring. I would like hardwood flooring (could be engineered wood) throughout the house with the exception of the front entrance and bathrooms which will be tile. The flooring is another aspect of this renovation where we may be stuck with subfloor for a while if there are no funds for flooring materials - which is why I am hopeful that someone out there can help us out with a great deal on flooring with blog mentions etc. in return. I am thinking I would like to do something fairly light. I am a huge fan of Scandinavian/mid century/industrial styles and hope to mix these in my new home with lots of greys, black and white. I also have SEVEN cats and refuse to do white floors (been there, done that, didn't work out so well) or really dark floors. Both of these would be a complete nightmare to keep clean. We can always go back to the flooring we recently put down upstairs that you can see in this post.

I found some inspiration in my stash of photos, and my favourites are below. I did include one sort of dark floor (Luce Rosso) which I would reeeeeeeally love but if it were lighter. I love the idea of a light grey stain to show off the wood grain. And it's a bit unusual instead of typical clear sealed natural hardwood. If anyone has any suggestions for sources of flooring, or types of flooring you think would work, I'd love to hear about it in the comments or via email (desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com). Thanks!

Bo Bedre Sköna hem
Bolig Magasinet Luce Rosso
Maison Deko
Sköna hem Katarina Malmström Brown

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Tuesday
Jul052011

Straight to the top of the class

Inspired by the beautiful spaces they encountered in their day jobs, architectural photographers Anne and Jean-Luc Laloux converted this Belgian school house into fun, quirky and fab accommodation for up to 21 people. This isn't your rustic group holiday share. It's an exercise in great design and a great time with friends. Too cool for school? I don't think so. Straight to the top of the class. La Classe that is. Via Urlaubsarchitektur.

  

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Monday
Jul042011

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 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  desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

I designed this chair and it has become the perminant nap spot for my dogs Oliver (left) and little 9 month old rescue Chihuahua Henry (right). Dogs know furniture! There is never room for me on this piece. After 8 months, Oliver, now age 14, is finally allowing Henry to share it with him. Henry is now a very proud little dog with the best seat in the house!
- Patricia (Dallas, TX)

A photo of my Lions Head Rabbit, Harriet, on our vintage velvet chair. It is her favorite spot in the house.
- Brit

Lily from Austin, Texas.  :)
- Elise

Photo 1 is my American Bull Dog, Stella. Photo 2 is my mom’s Frenchie, Annie Baby. Photo 3 is my Frenchie, Georgie. Photo 4 is our English Bulldog, Gus. !
- Doub (Philadelphia, PA)
  

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Monday
Jul042011

Monday's pets on furniture - part 1

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  desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

We bought a leather couch just because of our dachshund, Tucker.  We wanted to avoid the vomit, snot, and other liquids that seem to seep out of our animal from ruining our furniture.  Success!  Now if only we'd thought of the damage his nails would cause.
- Michelle (SLC, Utah)

This photo is my 5 year old Shih Tzu, Oscar, on my Grandmother's antique orange velvet chair.  You can also catch a glimpse of her beautiful record player next to it. Oscar always makes himself right at home; He has never met a chair he didn't like!
- Melanie (Austin TX)

In the past few years since moving in to my downtown Toronto loft I have made many furniture purchases. I often take a photo to track the transformation of my space or share with friends and family. My bengal cat Argos is usually the first to make use of any furniture in the house. This is the new sofa and area rug, cat approved.
- Michael

We rescued Mon when he was a puppy. He loves this armchair, which can be rotated so he can keep an eye on us at all times.
- Juan José (Sada, Spain)

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Monday
Jul042011

Stalking in the snow

Winter here in Australia, a land more often associated with sun and surf not winter and snow. Today I'm stalking in the high country of Victoria and the resort village of Dinner Plain. Welcome to Under the Moonlight designed by Giovanni D’Ambrosio. It's a contemporary (and expensive) take on the traditional cattlemen's huts of the area.

"Perched on the edge of an alpine reserve in Dinner Plain Village, part of the highest approved freehold land in Australia, the home is located just 10 minutes from down hill skiing at Mount Hotham. Featuring extensive 8 x 9 sq metre glass panels, sweeping alpine views are drawn in to the interior of the home, which also features a 20 tonne cantilevered fire place made of local stone."

Forget the stone fireplace look at the bathroom! A divan perched beside the spa. Dark and decadent. This is definitely a bachelor's pad in the snow, no? A sexy private après-ski lair. Glühwein anyone? Link here while it lasts.

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