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Yellow(y) walls


Sense of space, sense of place

There is a lot to like in the work of Texas architectural firm Lake/Flato. A lot to admire. Buildings rest easy on the ground respecting their environment. These buildings are authentic. A series of pavilions or spaces with wide overhangs, shade loving, warmth hugging, real. They remind me a lot of what is being done with architecture here in Australia. Addressing the climate and the site while providing holistic design solutions for the clients. Honest buildings. Beautiful buildings.


Just a little teaser

One of our favourite interior designers Julia Edelmann of Buckingham ID (and mustn't forget one of the stylish Material Girls) sent me a little taste of her latest job. After 2 years working on this project it's time for the scouting shots. Julia apologises that they are rough but promises more when the true unveiling comes in a couple of months.

"I am soooo excited about this project. Amazing family, an historic preservation and restoration of an 1870’s Italianate Mansion in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago set on 5 city lots, green and self sustaining in many ways (up for LEED certification), full of Christian Liagre, Jeup, Droog, El Schmid, Kevin Reilly and many amazing items from the Holly Hunt showroom, Edelman leather, Mokum, Donghia, Lee Jofa and Kravet textiles and wall coverings, Ligne Roset, Saarinen, vintage Paul McCobb and Steelcase, Oly, BoConcept, Atelier Lapchi carpets, Bright Chair and amazing objects from my world travels and oh so many talented local commissioned artists ... Ahhhhhh ... a dream job. This family truly wishes to share their dream with the community at large to treasure our city's heritage." My head is spinning with the thought of all those names! Hurry up Julia. I can't wait. I need to see more. You are such a tease ;)


Black walls...


Monday's pets on furniture

Hello my name is Victoria. I'm obsessed with your blog. I just moved to Pittsburgh, PA. I have a new loft and refer to your blog several times a day for help. I also have two Italian Greyhounds named Martini (black coat) and Rossi (tan coat). They live on all my furniture and I have tons of photos. I find them to be the perfect accessories. I thought you would enjoy. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!


I had to show off my little man to you. His name is Louie and he likes to sit behind on the ratton couch I have in the Florida room. I'm usually sewing when he sits back there. But he is so damn cute.


I began reading Desire to Inspire when we bought our Brooklyn co-op apartment and began DIY home renovations. I love the "pets on furniture" posts and couldn't help but send mine along. This is Olive the Boston Bulldogge in a vintage Danish lounge.


A friend came for a week's working visit last summer and she brought her cat: a very mature, laid-back guy. Max. aka "King of the Sofa". He just settled right in, made himself at home. He's still kicking around at 19 years of age. Not bad, eh?


I thought you might like these :) The dogs are my friends dogs and the cats are mine. The dogs names are Moo (the white one) and Mr. Jones (the brown one) and cats are Suki and Jack.


I wanted to send you a picture of my beloved Sheltie Stirling, sitting on his favorite spot - my new chaise by the front window, where he spends his days watching the world go by. And because you're a decorating blog, I thought you just may be interested in the rest of the space - I did some major redecorating (with little $$) & repurposing after buying my hubby a big flat plasma (most of the $$) and trying to make it look not so big. Stirling's chaise was quite the find in the as-is of Ikea. I bought a simple white slipcover from them and dyed it the color & texture of my dreams! I've included a couple of pix, but I've also got 2 blog posts about this gargantuan task: "Books moved, entire house rearranged", "Getting it Done". Although this is done DIY and on a budget, I'm quite proud of the results! I actually spend more time in the living room with my hubby, and changing the dining room into a music room has made practice time for my family much more enjoyable!


I live in Seattle with 2 lovely cats that we rescued from shelters. They are wonderful family members and so good with the kids. There is a lot of love going around here!
1) Smurfie, our shy girl, has chosen this chair as "her" favorite spot. (One of my friends once asked me if I had picked Smurfie to go with the decor of the house! No, she was picked because she is so incredibly sweet, people!)
2) Charlie again - now in the hallway. I love my Hicks wallpaper. He could really care less!

-Monika and Splendid Willow