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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 and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"My cat 'Grey' decided to help out in a recent photo shoot in my studio at home. I was shooting the photo to capture my art in a house setting but kitty decided he wanted to be the centerpiece and ended up stealing the show!"
- Erin

"Love the blog and just had to send in this pic of our cat "Skipperdoodle" on our bed. We got her after a cruel person threw her from a moving vehicle and our friends, who nearly ran over the injured and frightened kitten, brought her to our shop. She is now spoiled rotten and loving it."
- Caitlin (click her name for Skipperdoodle's full story)

"I've attached a pic of my two cats - Smokey and The Bandit lounging in my new $10 garage sale find - a Hauser wicker chair which is in our ensuite bathroom.  Obviously the chair now belongs to them!"
- Debbie

"Attached is a photograph of Beans and Junie, our two chihuahuas.  This was taken in my Aunt's and Uncle's living room at their beach house.  As you can see, they had a very tiring day at the beach!"
- Lisa, Chad, Syd, Keegan, Beans and Junie Jorgensen

"This is Mayo, our 8 year old mixed breed pup."
- Rhiannon (San Francisco)

"Bella enjoys how the chair cradles her during nap time....i'm sure of it. ;)"
- Charlotte

"This is our cat Linus snoozing on the couch after a long morning of playing with the dog!"
- Lauren & Colin

"This is our 4 year old Boston Terrier Brady!  He's a total ham and always sits in the cutest positions like he's just 'hanging out like the rest of us!'"
- Melissa & Jason Bilodeau (Manchester, NH)

"My dog Smooch has already staked out his place on the brand-new furniture (I haven't even removed the tag yet!). He likes to be able to see out the front window so he can warn us of possible intruders."
- Beth (California)


Just one more

I couldn't resist. I needed more garden inspiration from Rick Eckersley and his team. A contemporary Aussie garden? Why not this one as a perfect example. See more of Rick's work in the post below.




Eckersley Garden Architecture

It's a quiet start to the week on Desire to Inspire. Our American friends are celebrating the 4th of July long weekend away from their computers but that doesn't mean that the rest of us don't want something inspiring for a Monday. Rick Eckersley designs gardens that are, quite frankly, gorgeous. Practical, livable and just so inspiring. Rick and partners Scott Leung and Myles Broad are some of the foremost garden designers in Australia and it's not hard to see why.  The website is a treat with so many beautiful gardens as well as sections on focal points, plantings, pools and more. Today I've chosen two of their designs. The first is a suburban backyard complete with vege patch and chickens. The second, after the jump, is a new twist on an Australian native garden. Love!



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Flickr finds - bar carts and tea trolleys



... it's cold in Australia ... bbbbrrrr

WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?



  • Beautiful, beautiful bone inlay furniture from Sang and Serena.  A chance meeting in India, the desire to promote artisan creations and the result? Stunning furniture and gorgeous textiles.


  • Good looking and good for you. Previously available only to the trade the Q Collection uses carefully selected natural and non-toxic materials and heirloom craftsmanship. Love the look!

  • There's a tactile sensuality about Rosemary Hallgarten's designs. Gorgeous rugs and pillows and this OTT shag leather chair and ottoman. Shake it baby!

  • The Lace Glass by Lasistudio. Reclaimed beer and soda bottles transformed into gorgeous new drinking glasses. The romantic side of eco-design. Available through Matteria.


  • Colour is Gretchen Langner's tool. Vibrant energizing colour. This artist turned textile designer creates a hand screened contemporary range of fabrics, dZign, perfect for a modern look. And as if the choice of colour ways isn't enough (I loved playing in the colour lab) there is always custom!