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Tuesday
Aug032010

Brett Mickan

One moment it's OTT, the next it's cool, calm and minimal. It's mix and match combining to make a stylish whole. Interior designer Brett Mickan uses colour passionately and his monochromatic spaces are just as strong as his bold colour combinations. Sydney based, he has worked in Florida and this influence shows in his work. There is an Australian sensibility but a Miami bite to the execution. Whether it's audacious or refined Mickan has it covered. Think serious fun more than just serious. More after the jump.

  

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Monday
Aug022010

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!)

"Attached is a photo of our 100 lb Lab, Hawk on our leather sofa!  Before Hawk, dogs were not allowed in my house, but this big lovable sweetie showed me the err of my ways."
- Heidi (Peachtree City, Georgia)

"I'm sending a picture of Glico, who loves to sit on this ikea chair, in our parisian apartment. He's a really sweet dog, who loves playing and eating!"
- Amy

"This is Mel (Honey in Portuguese), my lovely golden retriever! On the first one she on my Sergio Rodrigues chair (Poltrona Mole) and the second is at my porch (on a wood couch with futons and pillows)."
- Patricia (
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

"Scout on Japanese camping chair"
- Caitlin

"The first photo is my boxer in college on a great leather chair that he claimed almost immediately as his own. The second is a bullmastiff, too lazy to get his back legs up on the bed."
- Stacey

"Play date Tuesday went awry.  This is Sugar Baby, my best friends mothers dog on my dining room table."
- Leah

"My friend Meg's beloved dogs - Iggy and Cha Cha"
- Karen

"Attached are 2 photos of my baby Lucille. She is about 3 years old (but looks really little still) and she, like most cats, sleeps all day long on various pieces of furniture. I'm pretty sure she was raised by a dog since I frequently catch her drinking out of the toilet bowl and begging for (and stealing) food from the dinner table. Needless to say she is a character. The first picture is her curled up on the couch with remote in hand. Not really showcasing the furniture but you can see her face well, and the second is her on what she would probably refer to as her bed, where she sleeps for about 8 hours a day."
- Sarah (New York City)

"i send you my lovely cat LEON. first with habitat apperture lamp:) second on my project son- chair"
- Ann (Poland)

"This is Buddy sleeping on the new couch he knows he shouldn't be on.  The smile says it all..."
- Christina

"I would like to submit this picture of our Lhasa who loves looking out the window!"
- Joan

Monday
Aug022010

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 3 month old Bentley taking a break on my living room sectional."
- Almendra

 "So here are the photos all the way from Wasserburg am Inn in Germany (Bavaria) of an appartment which remembers the  18th Century, somewhat newer chair and a completely new cat: Harry Bertoia's Bird chair and Darwin the Devon Rex cat. As to the photos of 'pets next to the furniture" I'm attaching a picture of Darwin in his rare thinking moment; with the Random bookcase as a fitting background."
- Maya

"This is Bella, our French Bulldog, she insists on being everywhere I am! Which I don't mind since I love her sweet face."
- Emily (Bloomfield, NY)

"Murphy is a female Scottish Fold with upright ears."
- Maureen

"Here are Ramush, Olive, and Mirabel on a bench our friends Chuck and Tamara made, and generously gave to us when they moved to Tokyo recently. You pictured their cat in their new Japanese house a couple of weeks ago--I was checking out desire to inspire and thought: that looks like Tamera's cat! It was. :-) Hi Tam!"
- Rachel (Maine)

"This is my 2 year old Border Collie, Umbrella. She uses just about every piece of furniture as a bed, but fits just perfect in our Joe Colombo chairs."
- Saga (Los Angeles, CA)

"This is Jackson on the bed in my husband and I's bedroom. He is only allowed on the there at night to snuggle before bedtime, but somehow he made it up there in the middle of the day and was just too cute to resist."
- Jennifer (Corpus Christi, TX)

"Here’s my stubborn Russian Blue, Bear, sitting on my one and only eBay purchase just after I finished re-arranging the living room. I’ve been meaning to recover this chair for years, and I even have one new cushion just about finished. I know Bear with be devastated!"
- Brigitte (Chicago) 

"These pics are of my best friend Shawna's dog that comes over to hang out all the time. Her name is Petunia or as we like to call her Pootie. She is a corgie/chihuaua mix that kind of looks like a little fox. She is the sweetest little dog. We were having dinner and we just happened to look over and she was perched on top of the leather sofa."
- Michelle (Austin, TX)

"Didn’t realize cat and living room were so 'matchy matchy' til she jumped into this shot. My husband named it 'Lulu Superstar'."
- Tracy (Dallas)

"Our newly adopted beagle / cattle dog mix taking a snooze in one of my favorite spots in the house. He has definitely made himself right at home!"
- Megan (Madison, WI)

Monday
Aug022010

James Braund

Hello and welcome to a new week on Desire to Inspire. I'm so excited about today's photographer James Braund. Melbourne based Braund captures Aussie homes that are just too cool. Whether high end or real life and really stylish. Midcentury madness anyone? There's colour and light and life. If photography is inspirational and aspiration then James Braund has me wanting it all.

  

  

  

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Sunday
Aug012010

A new shop in town

I was soooo excited to receive an email a few weeks ago from Deborah Peets, owner of a new furnishings shop here in Ottawa (who saw me in the Jan '09 issue of Canadian House & Home). We are severely lacking in decent furniture shops here - we do not have all the very reasonable priced shops like C&B, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, etc. etc. We have an Ikea. And EQ3. And that's about it. Every now and then a funky shop pops up in Westboro or downtown and I can hardly contain myself. Now, these shops are likely where you will find investment pieces that you'd want to keep for a looooong time, and Green Light District Design is one of those shops. Here is what Deborah had emailed me about her shop (www.greenlightshop.ca): "Our aesthetic is clean and contemporary; our pieces from places like Buenos Aires and Cape Town are made of natural materials - leather, wood, parchment, cord, reclaimed cotton. The best part is we get to know the designers and artisans personally, we touch and try every piece before we commit. All our furnishings and accessories come from small production, designer owned companies; all have significant hand made component and the highest level of craftsmanship." My new hubby and I were in awe right when we walked in. It's just one amazing piece after another. I managed to pick out a few small things that I HAD to have, and hopefully one day when Jeff and I are done with our house additions I'll be able to walk in there and pick out a piece of furniture (or 5) when we actually have some space. If you're strolling around downtown Ottawa, be sure to take a walk down Dalhousie St. and stop by Green Light District Design - Deborah and her husband David are super sweet, they can tell you the stories behind all their finds, you'll likely walk away with some gorgeous treasures, and while you're in there, look up. A jaw-dropping restored tin ceiling is part of the shop (pic after the jump, along with the items I picked up).

  
  

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