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Tuesday
Aug102010

Arterra

A steady rain is falling outside my window. It has been a dry winter and any rain is a blessing. My mind is turning to the coming spring and it's a perfect time to look into the portfolio of San Francisco based Arterra Landscape Architects. Their work is contemporary and meaningful, sustainable and spirited. I love that they describe themselves as a "diverse and slightly quirky group of creative and nerdy individuals". Sounds just like the sort of design firm that I'd love to entrust my gardens to. This first family garden caught my eye but there are so many inspiring landscapes, big and small, after the jump.

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Monday
Aug092010

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 me closeups of your pet!)

"I'd like to introduce you to the lovely Beatrice Arthur. She currently lives in Los Angeles. We rescued her from the LA Animal Services. And Her favorite color is white. I also featured her in one of my post at my blog Old Brand New."
- Dabito

"This is my Burmilla girl Belle, who only sleeps on my bed AFTER I have made it."
- Jenny

"Our Iggy, IKE, making himself at home at our friends' house while we were on vacation. (Thanks, Brendan, for the photo!)"
- Jen

"This is the adorable Chloe sitting on my client Anne's King modular sofa.She's right at home with colour scheme we've just finished!"
- Adam (Breakfast Point, NSW)

"This is Bosco our newly adopted cat on the sofa (also new just got it from structube!) in my sunroom/office."
- Elisa (Hudson, QC, Canada)

"Our pets spend their entire days on our furniture! We have Ruby on her throne."
- Amanda

"Hello, I'm sending a picture of Nina that is a Rafeiro do Alentejo (Alentejo mastiff) a Portuguese breed. Of one morning that she manage to get in the house, and did what she likes to do, that is make the bed her own."
- Pedro

"photo of my cat from Israel"
-Meirav

"This is our 20 lb cat, Kitty, sprawled out on our bed in his favorite spot."
- Sarah (Houston, TX)

Monday
Aug092010

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 me closeups of your pet!)

"This is my dog Chip :) He basically lounges wherever he feels like it, and lately he's taken a liking to our white eames lounger... He slept through the whole thing!"
- Curt

"This is a cat that was "ours" for a weekend in Matjiesfontein, (Karoo), South Africa. We stayed in a house built in the early 19th century with amazing interior."
- Antonia & Desmond

"This is Lula, my nearly-two-year-old cocker spaniel. She alternates sitting in my green $8 flea market chair and lying on the custom benches - just as long as she's near the kitchen table and whatever food happens to be on it."
- Rosemary (Little Rock, AR)

"I've attached 2 photos of my sweet dog Yoda on the couch in our den. He loves to lie beside me while I browse all the amazing posts on your blog! Thank you for the constant inspiration!"
- Nathalie (Calgary, Alberta)

"My Maine Coon "Gabby" on our Eames Lounge."
- Kate (Little Rock, AR)

"There are a lot of critters in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and as for the last 12 years our lazy lovable Brittney 'Jake' takes it upon himself to keep all of my grandparents’ property. Between his patrols he finds time to relax on the newly built front porch."
- Steve

"Photo 1: Our older cat Camille (she's 14) performing her chair hatching pose.
Photo 2: This is Kirin (yes, he's named after the beer) and Ome, our recently adopted kittens sharing our version of the Ikea changing table hack, we made the bed smaller so it hides nicely behind the curtain.
Photo 3: Kirin and Ome on a cat perch made out of an old coffee table cut in half. We used all four legs to match the window height.
"
- Suzanne
  

"Our bloodhound Rufus, bleary eyed and caught by surprise on the couch"
- Colin & Jada (Washington, DC)

"My, excuse me, Speck's (our mini long hair Dachshund) favorite chair is this leather recliner.  Can you tell how comfortable it is?"
- Mike

Monday
Aug092010

Imperfection

Hi everyone and welcome to a new week on Desire to Inspire. I've been thinking of imperfection over the weekend. I went to see a house and I'm trying my hardest now to buy it. We should know in a few of days after the banks and building inspectors and valuers and agents have prodded and poked, massaged figures and stared down sellers. The house was built in 1860 and got me wondering about imperfection and the beauty of gently aged things. If we are successful I don't want to gut renovate but to slowly add my own layers to the old house. To leave a crack or an unevenly plastered walls. To cherish the footsteps worn in the cedar stairs. To gently clean the wood burning stove and live with the warped floorboards. I don't have photos yet to show you but instead I wanted to share the tattered beauty of another home, this one English, one of the locations from Oak Management. Why do we so often race in and rip out ?

  

  

  

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Sunday
Aug082010

Flickr finds - swings