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Monday
Nov232009

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 both pet and furniture takes center stage. (Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. For example, if it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com) **NOTE: I will be out of town from Thursday to Monday so there won't be a pet post next week but feel free to send along entries for the following week's post.

 "My boyfriend Charles Brill and myself have a gorgeous 5 month old ragdoll kitty named Larry David.  We have taken a bunch of pictures I hope you will find fit in your pets on furniture post.  Just to mention, the chair and the bed in the pictures were made by Charlie who is 1/3 of the design group rich, brilliant, willing (www.richbrilliantwilling.com) - you may have seen their stuff around."
- Merrill


"From the city of Philadelphia I am sending you this picture of our Miniature Schnauzer, Owen on our new Saarinen table.  He has been scratching at me all day to get up on it.  So I finally let him up and of course he posed for this adorable picture."
- Gretchen

"My little chi-weenie dog Chuy climbs up on the throw pillows on any sofa and sleeps there, he's a little old man-13- so we just let him. My husbands cat-Tommy- is huge (no, not fat, hairy and really big)and lounges where ever he wants to."
- Lorijo

"I miss Tique like hell, she went to doggy heaven last week. She was my cuddle parther for 13 years, and she loved to make herself comfortable all over the house - much to decorator-mom's dismay."
- Krista


"I would love to post this picture of my big boy Copper (he is a Goldendoodle) on a chair that was my Grandmothers.  It is a chair carved out of the trunk of a tree.  It is such a cool piece!  He fits just perfect in it and he loves to sit in it and look out the window."
- Kristen

"Here's my pomeranian Luna doing what she does best, posing pretty for the camera!"
- Kristen

"Here is a picture of my parent's dog, kioshi, on our sofa. we were pet sitting him and this was his spot."
- Brandi


"The file attached is a picture of my dog liz lu on a chair she isn't allowed on but she loves it so much, that when's my mum isn't here she sleeps on it all day! she is an amazing dog and likes to watch the world go by from this spot."
- Amy

"Smokey was reunited with her throne after 5 years.  She took to it quickly."
- Matt

"Here's a picture of my step-cat Special getting the footstool I had just reupholstered nice and furry. (The stool fabric is from ikea and the cushion covers on the chair are fr west elm)."
- Krista

"Attached are two pics of our long-haired dachshund, Zuzu. When she's not being a tumor and following us all around the house, she's hanging out on the couch. She always seems to be posing, ready for her close-up. We call the second one her sorority pose!" ....
Thought I'd send one more pic for your amusement.  When she's had enough of my wife and I, she'll go into "her room," which is really just the space beneath the couch, for some privacy.  Not knowing how long she is, she always leaves her back legs and tail sticking out!  We have to pretend we don't know where she is :)
- Peter

"All our furniture pretty much belongs to our pitbull and two cats - we humans just have to squeeze in around them."
- Noe

"This is my car Trevurr basking in the afternoon sun! - how could I not submit for the Pets on Furniture post!!"
- Camilla

Monday
Nov232009

A tale of two cities

Ah Sydney! Brash and loud, young and vibrant, nouveau rich and tacky tacky tacky .... or so the gossip goes. (I'm from Brisbane so I'd never say such things about Sydney, honestly). No Sydney is an oasis of style, a retreat. It may be in your face at times (hey it's always fun) but you'll find lush cool gems like this Paddington house just waiting to refresh your spirit. Here while the link lasts.

Ah Melbourne! Stuffy, old fashioned, dreary and old money, tasteful and condescending. No I swear that's not true! I promise. We don't think that way at all up here in the tropics. It's home to new design and new ideas. Sometimes a great sense of style and an old money suburb (South Yarra) can combine in a modern way. Luxury referencing the past but living in the present. (Here while the link lasts.) The moral of the story? Don't believe the stereotypes.

Sunday
Nov222009

Flickr finds - butterfly chairs

Saturday
Nov212009

WINKS

... summer is here. Phew it's hot!

WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?

    

  • A touch of the exotic, a sizzling statement piece, Bollywood for your trans global palace. My head is spinning with ideas for the perfect place for one of these Indian metallic furniture pieces. Go all the way with an OTT room or just one jewel to catch your eye. Indian furniture from Modani.

  • Modern design with a timeless material. Belgian architect Gaëtan Van de Wyer has designed this range of water hyacinth, rattan and bamboo furniture for Onyx. Love the Double Arm Chair with its sinuous lines. Renewable materials and great design .... winner!

 

 

  • Loving these indigo cloth pillows from Fabricadabra.  I see canvas and linen slipcovered chairs and divans, the natural indigo dyes of these fabrics from Ghana, West Africa, lots of aged and bleached wood with global chic collections - think tribal masks and coral and amber beads. If indigo is not your thing then there are ikats galore and stunning suzanis. Fabricadabra is by Donna Halloran and all available online.

 

 

  • Texture and pattern, graphic shapes and colors printed on natural grounds, casual cotton canvas to luxurious woven 100% linen. Studio Bon by Bonnee Sharp is new collection of sophisticated hand-printed fabrics from Schumacher.

 

 

  • Have you met Miss Jones? I'm going to have to make her acquaintance soon. Look at these beautifully quirky white bone china and pottery pieces. Love love love.

 

Friday
Nov202009

Jason Martin's latest 

Jason Martin is a familiar name around here. Jo blogged about his interior design work some time ago here and here, and then he guest blogged for us in our DIY+ series of reader's room dilemmas. Jason emailed yesterday with some photos (by photographer Edward Duarte) that had me wiping drool off my laptop and picking my jaw up off the floor. They are of his latest project where he designed almost all the furniture you see in the spaces (sofas, tables, bed) with the owner of the house who was the visionary behind the materials/architectural remodel. The view spans downtown LA to the ocean. If I had that view I would absolutely never leave the house. Nor would I be able to get my arse off that incredible loungey sectional.

And might I add that Jason is included in House Beautiful magazine's "Next Wave" list of the 20 designers to watch in 2010, which you can check out in their Dec/Jan issue. Way to go Jason!!!