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Wednesday
Dec082010

Christmas in Leipzig

A reader named Theresa emailed us recently with the following: "My name is - as you may have seen - Theresa, I am a 23 year old student of Book and Media Production in Leipzig/Germany. My large interest in Fashion, Interior Design and everything vintage. I am living at my blog www.neu4bauer.blogspot.com for more than 2 years now. What I like best about my 60 sqm appartment in the Eastern part of Germany are the high ceiling with ornaments, the amazing light because of many windows and the fact that almost all furniture (table, desk, drawers, ...) are made by my grandfather or taken from the attic of my grandma. We did a lot of refurbishing last year ;)" I am completely jealous of Theresa's space. Those windows! The ceiling height! The herringbone hardwood! And she has decorated it sooooo beautifully. (Geez, when I was a student I lived in a freezing cold, tiny, low ceiling basement apartment on the main bar strip). Thank you for sharing your home with us Theresa!!

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Wednesday
Dec082010

Life's a beach here too

A little beach side shack would be perfect at this time of the year (remember it's summer here in the land of Aus) and after Kim's post yesterday I thought I'd share another shack I found while real estate stalking. Somehow I don't think you could call this Sunshine Coast waterfront home a beach shack though. Minimalist modern lines with hard edges but loads of luxury. The public areas are particularly appealing. Imagine that view as you rinse the dishes (if you ever do rinse your dishes). The architect is Frank Macchia and the real estate link here while it lasts.

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Tuesday
Dec072010

To beach or not to beach

Our long-time blogger/interior designer friend Mark Cutler emailed us with some photos of a project he recently completed that we HAD to share. The home is in Santa Monica, CA, and was a huge remodel (it was actually raised to add a new basement - the architect was William Hefner). "We tried to create a home that has a modern interpretation of a traditional home. Our goal was to try and create a home that felt at home at the beach but wasn't trying to be a typical 'beachy' house. The use of natural stone on both the interior and exterior gives the house a real warmth and great personality. I intentionally kept the furniture selections a little eclectic. I wanted it to feel like a collection that came together over years, not like a soulless decorators fantasy." AH MAH GAWD. This home takes my breath away. The stonework is spectacular, and I really like Mark's unexpected touches throughout - particularly the unique light fixtures. (Frankly, I could live in that closet). Thanks Mark!!

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Tuesday
Dec072010

Joe Fletcher ... we are not worthy

I think I'll be having a photographer week this week on Desire to Inspire. I have found so many wonderful websites recently that I'm salivating. Join me in worshiping at the altar of über talented snappers? I think so. Today it's Joe Fletcher. OMG! Pick up my dropped jaw off the floor. Is this not a stunning portfolio? Trained as a painter he explores the beauty of light while having an eye for the architecture. I have a new photographer crush. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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Monday
Dec062010

Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

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 me closeups of your pet!)

"This is my sweet fancy rat Nim, playing in a pile of tribbles on our Eames rocker. Sadly she passed away yesterday, just days after this photo was taken. We miss her so much!"
-Allison (Ottawa, Ontario)

"I was trying to take a picture of my newest piece of furniture to post on flickr, but my little cat wanted to smell it and explore it at the same time!!! It´s in every photo I took that morning."
- Sofia (Lisbon, Portugal)

"This is Biber who belongs to Jeanette in Potts Point. Biber was very happy to pose on this antique French table for a Come Over Sunday shoot."
- Rachel

"This is Ptolemy, who I found as a stray kitten here on the streets of Brooklyn. He likes sitting on this chair so he can watch me sitting on the couch."
- Stephanie (New York City)

"I send you a picture of my new black leather sofa, with my little yorkshire Calinka who has found the large armrests are very comfortable and likes to jump on as soon as possible. So she can look on the front door."
- Catherine (Bordeaux, France)

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