Monday's pets on furniture

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 and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

This is Otto, just woken from an afternoon nap.
- Meg (Wellington, New Zealand)

Here is our dog, Toby, on our custom-made couch in our farmhouse in the bushveld (wilderness) in Limpopo, South Africa.
- Kate

This is Kiska, she is a Siberian Forrest cat who loves designer furniture. Sadly sometimes too much as she has clawed at our lovely leather Eames which is now covered in blankets to save it from further cat love. This is Kissy's new spot, still an Eames however a little more claw friendly.
- Luke, Ruby & Kissy

Here is a photo of 2 of my cars, Lola and Finny. They are lounging together on our cb2 draper sofa.
- Lisa

I have attached a photo of our oldest cat "Kitty" who is sitting on a foot stool I reupholstered. Behind her is a mid century rocking chair and lamp. All items purchased from the local trash and treasure market.
- Sarah (Melbourne, Australia)

Click to read more ...


Modern and rural

Set in Victoria's alpine high country is Solterra, a contemporary home of rammed earth, ironbark and expanses of glass perfect to frame the expansive mountain views. Two hours from Melbourne and 30 minutes from Mount Buller's ski slopes it is perfect for winter fun or summer escapes. Cows wandering past the infinity edge pool is my idea of the neighbours dropping in. Real estate stalking in the highlands. Here while the link lasts.

Click to read more ...


Home and away

When is a hotel not a hotel? When it is an unhotel. A home that is let when the owner is away. Home and away. Take this stunning Georgian townhouse in Thurloe Square in London. On trend interior design, fabulous position, great art, floors of stunning rooms and style, style and even more style. You can live the owners life for a few days. pretend it's all yours before you head on your way. All the advantages of a hotel including the bottles of shampoo to steal but in a property that is quirky, luxe, exclusive and delicious. Thurloe Square via onefinestay.

Click to read more ...


Swedish inspiration on Canada's birthday

Happy Canada Day fellow Canadians! It's one of the biggest party/cottage weekends of the year and I am heading up to my sister's cottage this morning to enjoy a (hopefully) sunny day, warm temperatures, lots of food and alcoholic beverages, and good company. I leave you with an absolutely gorgeous home in Österlen, Sweden via Hus & Hem. It's actually a new build from 2007-8 despite looking like an old farmhouse that was renovated.

Click to read more ...


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 Kelly.

I'd like to submit photos of the master bedroom in our new apartment for the design crew's input.  This wall is the only one that really works to put the bed on, but I'm stumped because of the windows being off-centered.  I'd like to build an upholstered headboard, but I just feel like it will look silly covering half of the window?  And I don't want to push the bed in the corner either because then either my husband or I will have to crawl across the other to get in/out of bed! I'd love some suggestions as to what I can do to balance out this wall/make the bed/headboard work!  Don't worry- new nightstands and bedding are on the agenda as well.  Thanks!