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Life's too short

I was debating whether or not to post this on the main page, but then I decided f*ck it. I need some prayers/happy thoughts sent here to the hospital. (I wrote about this on "kim's page" several days ago). I am spending most of the day with my twin sister in the ICU waiting room while her husband undergoes surgery to remove a brain tumour (likely cancerous). He was diagnosed with this about a week and a half ago and while he was told it is a severe tumour and needed operating on right away, they had delayed his surgery 3 times to take more serious cases. But they finally took him in a couple hours ago and in about 5.5 hours it will finally be over. If you can say a little prayer for him, and my sister and their 2 small children, that he gets through this successfully I'd really appreciate it. Thank you. (My sister has been blogging this traumatic/frustrating/exhausting experience here).

The surgeon came in to talk to my sister and I about 20 minutes ago (6 pm)...with a big smile on her face. She got all of the tumour out! They still have to run pathology tests to find out what kind of tumour it was but for now she seemed pretty confident at the results (it sounds like his speech and other areas they were concerned about weren't affected, and she performed the surgery in under 4 hours when she thought it would take 5.5). And I can't freaking believe it but he can probably go home tomorrow!! Thank you all so much for all your kind comments and prayers. They worked!!!

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Tara Lynn just left this comment:"Since we are on the topic, and cyber-callouts for prayers and blessings appear to be the norm, some prayers for me please. My mother-in-law is also fighting a tumour in her cervix; the doctors state that her specific type of malignant cancer is not curable but they will do all they can to help her - thank GOD we live in Canada! She undergoes surgery tomorrow and soon thereafter will experience intense chemo to hopefully rid her body of the spread cancer. I believe in the power of prayer and healing thoughts - they worked with Kim - so I would appreciate some prayers sent my way please. We really need it. So please pay if forward and hold us in your mind and heart. In the world of cancer, no one is a stranger." Please say a prayer along with me for her mother-in-law. Every little bit helps.


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 dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

***There are several more entries after the jump!

"I love pets on furniture and your blog (thank you!), so I just have to send you a picture of our cat Kisi. He is NOT allowed on the bed – nevertheless here he is, just loving my antique French iron bed. He was so sound asleep, that I didn't have the heart to shoo him away."
- Olivia

"Our puggle Winston loves to lay on our Ikea armchairs when the sun blares into our loft in the morning. He sits patiently until we put one of our throw pillows on the chair to make it extra soft for him. He's so spoiled!"
- Kate

"My little Rasky and Jaurus. Rasky, who is lying, has a tumor with metastases, even in the picture did not know it. Forever in our hearts Rasky."
- Ana (Spain)

"This is Esme, taking a warm winter nap on our Sloane chair, and possibly winning an award for most relaxed Chihuahua."
- Crystal

"I have attached a photo of JJ on my favorite piece of furniture. This mod table/bench was purchased on eBay before we even had a house to put it in. JJ will do anything I ask of him if there's a camera around...such a ham!"
- Brooke

"Junebug is exhausted after arranging her collection of objets on the new living room shelves.  Did she achieve the proper balance of mass and light?  The question plagues her!"
- Melissa

"I'm sending a photo of my rascal Ms. Maggie May hanging out in my bed.  I took this photo after a long day of flea marketing around New York City and is one of the few moments when she's sleepy enough to stop causing mischief.  I hope you'll include her in this week's pet's on furniture."
- Lauren

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Revisting Deb McLean

I love nothing more than rediscovering portfolios. Australian stylist Deb McLean has been featured on DTI before. I visit her wonderful blog Busy Being Fabulous often. I love the clean fresh aesthetic of her work. It's so modern Australian. How did I miss her new website? I only stumbled upon it through her rep's site. It's so obvious that Deb does what she loves for a living. Glad I found more of her work. More to gorgeous images to drink in.  Click here to see all her fabulous work after the jump.




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Flickr finds - lofts



 ... restoring 40s plywood chairs

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?



  • Start them young :) Australian company little nest miniaturizes modern classics for children.  Eames Lounges, Egg Chairs, Bertoia Chairs, LCW Chairs and more. Now available in the US too. Richard emailed to tell us introduce us to little nest. "We believe it's important to introduce children, from an early age, to the benefits of great design. Most of our chairs are suitable from about 18 months - or when they can safely sit - to around 12.  I sit in a yolk chair (our children's egg chair) most nights to read stories to my daughter. They are built to last and it is our intention that these will be pieces that are handed down to future generations." Midcentury classics for 21st century kids.

  •  Jewellery for your drains? Why not! I love these nickel patterns by Designer Drains. A pretty finishing touch where you least expect it. The everyday should be lovely.

  • Inside Out magazine is holding an online auction of stunning art works by leading Australian artists, designers, stylists and artisans as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations.  One of my favourites is this Megan Morton print. Very Old Masters in a modern day. Rich and lush and perfect for an ultra modern dining room. The auction for Megan's work and lots more including a fabulous David Bromley work begins 27th April, 2010 at 10am (Australian time). 

Head to Homelife to find out what is up for bid already and what is coming up. It's all to help HeartKids.



  • Indoor/outdoor rugs by New York textile and product designer Liora Manné. The process is called lamontage, combining handmade artistry with high tech processing. Using acrylic fibres it's like felt and is treated with an antimicrobial finish. An amazing range of patterns and colours. My mind is racing with ideas for these.