Tuesday
May222012

Putting life in the garden with Garden Life

"We endeavour to create spaces that people want to spend time in. Spaces to relax in, rejuvenate in and enjoy, because that's what gardens are about. They exist to make people happy."

If I owned the pool in the first few pictures I'd be ecstatic. Bold contrasts, lush foliage and a glass edged pool transform a small inner city space into a tropical retreat. Fabulous urban gardens by Sydney landscape firm Garden Life.

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Tuesday
May222012

Mending Wall

Mimicking the ancient rocks of the Blue Mountains is a house of concrete block, timber and stone left to weather. It rises like a monolith or a rocky outcrop from the sheep paddocks providing shelter from the elements, a place to retreat. The fireplace is central to the idea of hearth and home, protection and warmth. "Mending Wall" (from a line in a Frost poem) is by Australian firm BVN Architecture via World Buildings Directory.

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Monday
May212012

Monday's pets on furniture - part 1

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my 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. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

This is Memphis - our 7 year old boxer.  He isn't allowed on the white chairs, so he likes to get cozy on the rug.  While he's not laying around, he spends his time keeping watch out the window (while sitting on my pillows!).
- Danielle (Baltimore, MD)

This is Chewy.. she is a pug in Dublin Ireland. This is a chair from India that she has chosen to use for sleeping during the day. It is in the hall by a window so she can see when we come back home from somewhere. She hates to be alone so it's very important for her :)
- Helen C

Bijoux. One day she will be a star.
- Dori (Pembroke Pines, Florida)

Here are some pictures of our miniature dachshund, Otis, on furniture in our home in Milwaukee, WI. You can tell Otis is used to having his picture taken by his doting mother...
- Michelle 

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Monday
May212012

Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my 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. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

Hjalmar, our 8 weeks old Boston Terrier, enjoying our sofa, finding his place in his brand new home.
- Janne (Norway) 

Claire Oldham lounging on her vintage Happy Chair. That's her brother Cliff in the window!
- Marie

This was our Great Dane FAY! She passed away a few yers ago but was such a cutie....she was like a really scooby doo: a big little dombo and full of fear! Laying on this Barok bench was really a victory for her! In ♥ memory.
- Marina (The Netherlands)

Here's a pic I took some time ago of my dog Digby on our beloved Habitat armchair (the chair was a wedding present).
- Helen

Here's Boo, having a break.
- Maria (Norway)

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Monday
May212012

Melki, Smaka and a sewing cafe called Nitka

Cute cute cute cute and squeaky cute! It's retro and colour and giggles and fun. Melki is a Polish furniture line. Redesigned chairs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Smaka Design is a graphics firm while Melki and Smaka are Anita, Dorota and Łukasz. Nitka is the sewing cafe where visual identification, production (prints, website and internet store) and, of course, the furniture by Melki and Smaka all came together.