Jean Allsopp

It's all about the light with these images by photographer Jean Allsopp. Natural light. Clear, crisp, warm, real. Whether elegant and restrained colour palettes in stylish southern homes or rich saturated hues and vibrant children's rooms Jean Allsopp takes the light and creates something special. Ambiance and clarity, honesty and a beauty.



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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!)

The first is of my cat, Ruby, on our mid-century inspired sofa.  The second is of our big girl, Asparagus, on a chair just nabbed up at the flea market last weekend that is taking a turn with that black and white pillow.  This is pretty much what they do all-day-long.  Ahh, the life of a cat.
- Jenna (Pasadena, CA)

This is my little sweetheart Kaipo relaxing on my favorite reading chair from Anthropologie.
- Shari (New York City)

This is Bernie. He likes to jump up onto furniture and hang out. Whenever I walk into the room, I often find him sitting up on a chair, sofa or bed. I think he likes the higher vantage point. He also likes checking himself out in the mirror.

- Alison

Scout, enjoying the front yard in Sydney's Inner West. This is how a Federation house should be enjoyed... Ikea provided the chair.
- Sarah

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Richmond stalking

Today's stalking post proudly brought to you by DTI reader Andrea. (Ha! Another stalking addict!)

Industrial brick facade morphs into stylish inner city oasis. Love the multi-nature of this Richmond, Victoria home. Cool, edgy warehouse, classic, at times traditional interior and a walled courtyard that belies the fact that the hustle and bustle of the city is just beyond. This is one property I'd love to see professionally styled and shot for a magazine spread. I don't think the real estate photographer does it justice. Still I'd love to live here! In my dreams. Link here while it lasts. Thanks Andrea.

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Blog favourites of the week


Mid century wonderful 

I fell off a ladder today and sprained my wrist hence this is a post I had ready to go for next week. One fingered typing is no fun but I know you'll forgive me when you see this gorgeous house. My love to Pia whose Brisbane book launch I am missing as I type.

Is this what mid century heaven looks like? Oh my what a beautiful thing ... stone, glass, wood and steel in La Cañada in the Sierra Madre foothills. But this vintage classic is brand new with interiors cleverly fashioned by Jamie Bush. It's fresh and vibrant and Mad Man modern. Too cool. So hot!

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