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Wednesday
Jan122011

Dark days in the sunshine

As most of the world knows by now my home state of Queensland is facing dire floods. 75% of the state is disaster affected and the water keeps rising. 36 years ago as a 12 year old I witnessed this city succumb to the last big flood. Now I am back in my old city of Ipswich and even though the rain has finally stopped and the sun has come out the flood will be even bigger than the "big one" back then.

I awoke this morning to the sounds of alarms and helicopters. We are safe on a hill but just a few blocks away the river was creeping into the business district. At 6 o'clock I ventured out and this is what I found. The waters are still rising and the peak will be at least 2 meters higher than the levels in these photos. 4000 homes will be flooded. Downstream in Brisbane, ten times bigger than Ipswich the number of affected properties is just that, up to 40000 homes and businesses inundated in some way. It is not over yet.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Tine Kjeldsen

The following stunning Danish home belongs to Tine Kjeldsen, owner and designer of homewares company Tine K Home. Her aesthetic is SO appealing to me. Lots of white, with doses of grey and bits of black and plum. This house is perfection - I might add a few pieces of unpainted wood furniture and some ethnic pieces to give a bit more natural vibe. (And I really wish I could do all white floors but my plethora of cats means I need to get that idea out of my head). 

  

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Sam McAdam

Grey days, heavy rain, raging waters and dark times in my part of the world. Perhaps some beauty from Australian photographer Sam McAdam. Simple, classic, inspiring. One of our premier editorial photographers. I want to wax lyrical about this portfolio but I have to rush. Water is rising. We are safe but my city is not. Keep us in your thoughts.

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Monday
Jan102011

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!)

"This is our baby Gena and she is ready to take a nap on her favorite sofa."
- Rasa (Chicago, IL)

"I send you a pic of Nala and Ulfi on my Ikea Lunna chair."
- Inma (Sevilla, Spain)

"Georgie, in Flatiron manhattan on a daybed.
Georgie on a swivel club chair.
It's Georgie again on his favorite vintage chair
"
- Lauren

"This is where I regularly find Cheeko my Long Haired Chihuahua hiding. He thinks the comfiest spot in the house is on my bed or on top of Winston, our Cavalier King Charles on the couch!"
- Clare (Australia)

"Attached are 2 photos of my 10 month old rescue mutt, Lyman. I bought this set of vintage chairs and table a few years ago for $50 at a thrift shop in West LA. When I rescued Lyman over the summer, he immediately discovered them and enjoys hanging out here while I am working at my desk."
- Rebecca

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Monday
Jan102011

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!)

"My name is Zoe and I am 4 yrs. old. My breed is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. I happen to be a Queen though. I hang out at European Antique Market (our store) with my Mom during the week. I'm very people-ized and have a knack for showing our clients how livable Country French furniture can be. My goal in life is to "Desire to Inspire" and mommy says I do."
- Zoe c/o Shawn (Louisville, Ky)

"This is Pounce, hanging out on his favorite Platner chair."
- Ida (Paris)

"Fatguts is not actually fat, he just acts like an overweight cat, maybe its all the hair. He is dopey, and clumsy, and he thinks this bed is his. He will quite happily sprawl across the whole bed, and look quite perturbed when he gets kicked off."
- Andrea (Murwillumbah, Australia)
  

"1. Valentim, our 11-year old persian, sleeping in the new wood chair;
2. Mimi and the flowers...
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- Ivana (Brazil)

"It is so hard to take photos of pets, especially my cat Kuzya. But he was practically posing for these."
- Nat (Ottawa)

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