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Style hunter

Barcelona based interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán describes himself as a style hunter. His rooms ooze a sensuousness, a timeless luxury. Layers of texture, classic with a twist pieces, prominent art  - the interiors are rich and beautiful. It's a carefully designed bespoke environment that at the same time is vibrant and so appealing. Not content with interior design, Lázaro and his multi-disciplinary team take a client from initial concept through to visual branding and merchandising. Stay tuned for a post devoted to Lázaro Rosa-Violán's Contemporain studio. Amazing!


Some love from Israel

I found a little surprise in my mailbox this afternoon when I got home from work and I am happy to now be able to share it with you all. My home is featured in the latest issue of Nisha, an interior design magazine from Israel. Of course, I can't read it but I'm sure it's a great read (LOL) and it's filled with so many of my photos which is cool considering I am an aspiring photographer (who should really take a course or 3). They sent me a PDF copy a while back which I'll share instead of attempting to scan the actual article. A huge thanks to Shira for including me in this issue. It's such a great feeling (and kind of shocking to be honest) to know that people around the world appreciate the work I've put into my little Ottawa pad.


More black and white (and grey and lavender)

The other day a reader named Bo sent us this link to a black and white home on a Swedish real estate site. I thought it was a cool pad, but then while perusing the site I came across this home that really got me going. I LOVE the location, the open layout, the fresh colour scheme, the whitewashed wide plank hardwood, the grey trim, the black Smeg, the viewwwwww.......(thx Bo!)


Understated stalking

Real estate stalking in Sydney with this sophisticated take on contemporary design. Elegant and understated with impeccable taste.  It's a modern take on luxury. Quality that doesn't scream "I cost a fortune". Architect is William Zuccon of Dods and Zuccon. (Can a stalker be restrained? Restrained in her taste not by the courts!) Link here while it lasts.


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...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos can be sent to and PUHLEASE don't just send me closeups of your pet!!!)

"I really enjoy your blog, and think the "pets on furniture" column is so funny. I wanted to submit a few pictures of my Border Collie Rescue 'Mazie' sitting on my vintage Knoll desk chair. Every time I get up from my desk, she hops up and sits down for a rest......I really wish she would get some of my work done for me while she's up there!"
- Christie

"I really appreciate your Pet's on Furniture posts; love to see my 2 passions together: furniture and pets. Here are some photos for you: Olive loves hanging out in her Kartell Componibili. It's a well designed hiding spot."
- Stephanie

"I love your Pets on Furniture feature, but didn't think I'd ever have a photo to send because we've been pretty strict about limiting our greyhounds to their own beds. But when Otis claimed the fainting couch soon after coming home with us last November, I knew it would only be a matter of time..."
- Amy

"I am enclosing a photo of my three cats Mahley, Scullie and Gustav on my aptly named "Big Animal" sofa from BluDot."
- Laura

"This is my puppy, Starla, with Bear, sitting on my couch that my dad hates. It has a tree of life and a frigate on it, what's not to love?"
- Cindy

"Please choose your fav- The girlzzzz look a little like conjoined twins on the cowhide and leather chair in our family room :) They are Wheaten Terriers- Jane being the taller and sitting up in the above mentioned chair image. Frankie is the bad girl standing on the dining table- looks guilty doesn't she?!"
- Julia

"My mischievous kitten Olive has found her favourite chair in the house, which also happens to be my favourite piece, our Louis XVI style chair.  Olive and 'Louis' enjoy the afternoon sun together beside my vintage writing desk."
- Sophie

"I would like to submit some photos of my dog, Otis on furniture. The first two are of him on his “throne,” and the last two are from when I hosted Thanksgiving in our tiny apartment last year. He has a way of sneaking into every photo I take."
- Lindsey

"This is Ruffle, my friend Laura's sweet kitten.  She was rescued from a public park in Brooklyn, NY a few short weeks ago, and she likes to lounge anywhere from cardboard box beds to Laura's upholstered antiques."
- Bridget

"Too cool for school my siamese Kuzya didn't even bother to look up while I was taking pictures. Figures, being chased after by a crawling little monster-baby is WORK :)"
- Nataliya

"Moose on the club chair (his breed is called Hungarian Vizsla). He just needs a fine single malt in one paw and a hand rolled cuban in the other."
- Victoria

"it was suggested to me by a townhouse lady's life that i submit richard to you..."
- Christian

"My friend's dog Chie whom I was pet sitting - seems she felt right at home on my bed!"
- Jessica

"This is my Boston Terrier, Cooper, looking handsome on his favorite patio chair."
- Meredith

I thought I'd slide a photo in here I took on Friday of one of my herd, Mimin. She jumped into one of the Expedit shelving units in my bedroom while I was taking photos of some rearranging I had done.