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Jonas Ingerstedt


Hello Mr Ingerstedt! Love your work. How do you get your photographs to look so good? I know that Swedish interiors are hot hot hot but your portfolio is so cool! There is a soft light washing over what could have appeared hard and white. Instead you have captured the warmth of these spaces. Families live here. Stylish ones but I can tell that kids will run in soon. Thank you Jonas Ingerstedt.









Reader's home

Nusara sent us an email not long after we launched the new blog with a link to photos of her apartment. She is sadly leaving these digs soon to move into a new home that her and her husband just purchased. I love the fresh and bright vibe of her home and some of the little tricks she used to pimp it out with the restrictions she had as a renter. Have fun decorating your new home Nusara - be sure to send us pics!

  Heart this school desk (found on the street....gave it a new life with Benjamin Moore paint)

The travel wall

The beauty of duct tape. Looks just like paint when you can't paint your rental.
Electrical tape works wonder too

My "restaurant." Unwanted table from the neighbor. Benjamin Moore brought it back to life.
Our cooking motto on the kitchen wall

Favorite room of the house. Thanks to easy-to-remove wallpaper


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

"We just got a new pup and he immediately turned our favorite chair into his favorite dog bed. :)"
- Adam

"I have a fantastic picture of my frenchie sitting on the sofa that I would like to submit to you. This is Macbeth and he always sits on the back of the sofa this way."
- Lalaina

"I'd love to submit a pic of my dog Mabel for this! It's actually the blog header for my site Mabel's House."
- Liz

"Here are some photos for your "Pets on Furniture" feature, featuring my tabby Maximum! Max, in my built in bookcase, in my apartment in Paris, Max, at the piano.... he's taking requests!!, Max, in my drawing table."
- Maral


"My great beagle Oro. Since I left him with my sister for few days he's fallen in love with this armchair. He's still waiting for the oportunity to jump on it when we can't see."
- Olemkaa

"Do you count outdoor furniture? I attached a few. The first one is Lane on the left, and Sophie on the right. 2nd is a close up of Lane, ad 3rd close up of Sophie. The 4th one is another with both. Whippets enjoy sleeping on furniture, so when we hang outside on the deck, they use the lounge chairs."
- Sarah

"I love the concept of 'Pets On Furniture' - they are two entities that always seem to be in contention (as you can tell from the photo our couch). Here are two photos of Sol looking princely on our couch, taken during and after his bath."
- Alisa

"dog on couch ... stella"
- Stephanie

We had much fewer submissions for today's pets on furniture than we've had in the past and as I result I am adding a few more entries. The following came from the comments in Apartment Therapy's recent plug of our Pets on furniture posts.

"technically he isn't ON the furniture... but he is snuggly as hell."
- photoatonic

"Spanky the dog, with a kitty in the background on the french daybed. Cuteness personified! (Okay, I'm a little biased.) "
- juliesroom

"where are the big dogs?! i guess my furniture is pretty shabby."
- mattiemay


In good society ... Sibella Court

She's a collector of objects, a bower bird. She's an interior stylist, a shop owner (The Society Inc), designer and taste maker. She's Sibella Court. I was originally going to feature her latest book Etcetera (got a copy on the weekend and I haven't put it down) but when I visited her much awaited but still under construction site I found to my surprise and delight that it had gone live. Enough talking by me. Go there now. It's earthy and magical, eclectic and quirky and generous. It's totally inspirational.








The Great Gift Challenge

Kim and I are so excited. eBay and Martha Stewart Living have asked us to take part in their special advertising campaign. Each week for the next 4 weeks we have been given an amount of money to go on eBay and search for holiday gifts for our nearest and dearest. We jumped at the chance because we love the thrill of the hunt. And even more exciting, our US readers get a chance to enter the Great Gift Challenge sweepstakes where a $1000 eBay gift voucher is up for grabs. Imagine the damage you could do this holiday season with one of those in your virtual back pocket. I'm kicking off the promotion with the hunt for a gift for $25 (shipping not included). Yowsa not very much you say but it can be done and the results will definitely not be cookie cutter. My family does a Kris Kringle every year (you know where everyone draws one name out of a hat and a small limit is set). This year I am buying for my niece Libby. She's just moved out of home after many years (too many her mum jokes) and is looking to set up a retro/boho/artist as a young woman style apartment. What did I find on my hunt and what did I actually get for her? (Click on the images to find out more.)

The linen bath towel looks so luxurious and I'm sure she'd love it and the monkey vase too was a top contender. I am secretly hoping that I can win the vintage metal chairs as they would be stunning around a farm style pine table in her new home but I just know the price will go higher (oops it already has). I'm keeping an eye on them still. I wondered about several calligraphy brushes to arrange artfully on her coffee table and searching around you can find good prices and free shipping but I'm just a little wary about quality and the length of time for shipping. I may be adventurous with my online shopping but China still scares me. OK what did I buy? Vintage movie posters. These are from a seller that Kim has bought from before - lots of colourful psychedelic ones. They are only $4.99 USD each and I'm thinking a group of five on a wall will be just what she needs. I went for an almost film noir look, lots of graphic black and white with a little light relief with colour pops. Some of you may think they are a little masculine but they'll be perfect.  She already has the vintage frame collection going. She is my niece after all. Different sized frames, united with either similar mattes or frame colours and we have an art group. She can soften the harsh graphic nature of the prints by adding in other images and found objects over time.


Now all I have to do is wait for them to arrive from the Florida and figure out how to wrap them. Truth be told I often don't wrap, preferring to cut down on waste by gifting in the bag they came in. That's what I tell my friends anyway ;) I think I'll sandwich them between corrugated cardboard and bind them with newspaper bands and twine. Add a bright red star tag mimicking the heart on a chain in one of the posters and I'm done. Or maybe I'm just head off to Martha's website to look through her archives for inspiration. Don't forget to head on over to the Great Gift Challenge to enter the sweepstakes. Someone has to win it and it might just be you!

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