Wednesday
Aug032011

Inner Gardens

Aaaaah the great outdoors! Rather the great outdoors just outside the back door. Whether a simple chair in a quiet and secluded spot or a pool party worthy aquatic hangout, Los Angeles landscape design firm and nursery Inner Gardens plants the seed for the perfect garden. Formal and overflowing or modern and restrained Stephen Block and his team give root to your wildest dreams or even your modest but stylish wishes. You'll find me sunning myself with a book in that Adirondack chair bobbing my foot up and down in the ornamental grass. Care to join me?

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Tuesday
Aug022011

Tamzin Greenhill

Tamzin Greenhill is an interior designer based in New York and special projects editor for Elle Décor magazine. I am a fan of her designs - timeless and somewhat classic yet with a slight edge and a touch of sophistication. Spaces you could entertain in that would wow your friends. I'm a bit surprised at how smitten I am with the first photo. Such a simple kitchen yet had a subtle chic vibe...

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Tuesday
Aug022011

Another amazing reader's before and after

I know how much you love a good reader's home renovation on Desire to Inspire. So many times you ask for the before shots or more often the after photos. This post should just about satisfy both. Back in February Sonia emailed asking for some recommendations and ... wait I'll just let her explain in her latest email to us.

  

A few months ago you all shared some names when I was looking for stagers in the DC area so I wanted to share some pics with you all on a "remodel" (read:total gut job) my friend Connor (who happens to be an architect) and I undertook this year. We took a broken down abandoned city-owned home and breathed some new life into it. This is our first time trying our hand it this and are beaming like proud parents at the result.

I am attaching some pictures of the before and after - its been such a fun and tough ride and you all remained an inspiration throughout!
Now just a few teaser during shots to whet your appetite. You'll have to wait till after the jump to see the transformation. 

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Monday
Aug012011

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  desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

This is our little guy Gizmo. He's obsessed with sitting on my pillow, never on the bed, just my pillow. Cute little guy ;P
- Aaron

This is Adelaide on a white Eiffel Side Chair with walnut legs, next to a solid 20" cubed pine end table we had cut.
- Joshua (Raleigh, NC)

Here is a picture of our tomcat Sephiroth. He always enjoy the catnap on white blankets in Germany’s town Magdeburg.
- Karen & Andrew

Moka, our 18 month old Chocolate Lab, finds a comfy spot. She has a thing for leather chairs!
- Andrea

Here's our dog Cergy on our new daybed, in our new home.
- Ameet (Prairie Village, KS)

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Monday
Aug012011

Stalking a suburban tardis

Doctor Who fans will know the secret of the tardis. Bigger on the inside than it appears on the out. Who could imagine such high open spaces could be lurking behind this narrow single fronted house in Port Melbourne? A clever extension lifts the space to follow the roof pitch and seamlessly melds the inside and out. Features that speak to me are the  two "open" bathrooms, the way light is brought into the centre of the house through a series of pitched skylights and a clever open garden room. Link here while it lasts.

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