Monday's pets on furniture

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

This is Zoe in her favourite spot in the livingroom. She usually doesn't like to get photographed, but she felt generous last night and put her best diva expression on. The first image was shot through the terrace door with the X-mas decoration in front of it. The second is a close-up.
- Andrea (Berlin, Germany)

Here are two pictures of our rescue pitties, Dasie and Lily.  And one picture of our kitty, Bobcat, soakin' up the sun.
- Sadie (Chicago, IL)

Attached is a picture of Barkley, my 4 year old Boston Terrier, in his favorite place on the back of the sofa.
- Lauren (Dallas, TX) 

I was visiting a friend's apartment over the weekend with my Dane (Audrey). While getting the tour of her place, we came across her vintage dome chair. My friend immediately came up with the idea of trying to get a shot of my Dane on the chair. After a couple of attempts, we finally got the shot we wanted.
- JT, EMR, & Audrey (Downtown Miami)

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Faded elegance

Love the muted marvellousness, the decayed elegance, the almost chalky beauty of these shots by photographer Sharyn Cairns and stylist Glen Proebstel.


Stalking convict history

Many of you will know that Australia started its colonial history as a penal settlement. Britain sent us all her worst best and along with our indigenous and immigrant population we have grown to what we are today. Convict settlements where tough to put it politely and the island of Tasmania had the toughest. Today's stalking takes us to the Georgian era Bull's Head Pub in Hobart, Tasmania now restored as two modern apartments. Look at the renovation though. Exposed beams, old floor boards, changes of levels and voids, modern conveniences and beautiful old brick. Did you notice the glass splash back over the old brick in the kitchen? There is even a cellar paved with convict bricks. Just where I'd set up my wine cellar with grand old table and racks of fine Australian wine. I'm dreaming remember. I'd add some stunning artworks, a bit more layering of textures, more fabulous rugs, ambient lighting and books, yes lots of books. Oh maybe the cellar could be a library. Thanks To Kelly for sending the link!

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Random on a Sunday

I'm taking a quick break from french studies (worst. thing. EVER.) to tell you that I don't really have time to post much today - and my posts will be a bit light for the next week and a half until I get this freaking test done with. I managed to dig up a few favourite photos for your viewing pleasure, but before I get to those I thought I'd remind you all how you can keep in touch with the happenings of the blog and Jo and I.

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Nuevo Estilo

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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! Sonia (who shared the amazing rowhouse renovation earlier this week) has a question ...

We are venturing into our 3rd renovation, another rowhouse.  As is typical in our area space is adequate but not abundant. In an effort to be better designers we'd like to know how most respond to this: Given the choice of some extra space on your 2nd floor, which do you extra bedroom or an extra bath?? Suppose there is space enough for 3 bedrooms & 1 bath or 2 bedroom & 2 bath but no way to combine 3 bedrooms with 2 baths. Size of family is not a constraint -- 2 bedrooms is enough for you and your nuclear family.  The 3 bedroom scenario gives you a good size master, a nice size bath and 2 smaller rooms with closets.  The 2 bedroom gives you slightly larger bedrooms, more closet space (but not a ton more), en suite bathroom and a washer dryer upstairs (vs downstairs in the 3 bedroom scenario).  In case it matters there is a powder room on the first floor of a 2 level structure in either scenario. In either case, finishes will be high quality so that's not a factor either.

Something to keep in mind is that this house is being renovated to sell. Why is she asking you? Because she knows that thousands of design savvy readers with very set opinions come here every day. What a great resource to tap. And what does this next house look like now? Look away now if you are squeamish.

Phew! That wasn't too bad but knowing what the other houses have looked like inside I shudder to imagine what this one is like. So what do you suggest? Scheme 1 or Scheme 2?