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I get my new old house keys on Friday. All I have to do is hand over a big bank cheque. Packing is progressing, utilities are being connected and last minute panicking is under control. My house at the moment looks nothing like this one I found stalking real estate sites. I may have an open plan apartment but it is currently jammed full of boxes! Can you imagine living with that view?! I think I definitely need a perfect party patio for summer barbecuing. Link here while it lasts.

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A caribou, a polar bear, a sheep and their woods are our new sponsors

Über talented Paige Russell has done it again ... and just in time for Christmas.  These sweet little characters are part of her new range,  Müzo Collectibles. Made from porcelain and sustainably harvested black walnut or maple, Caribou, Polar Bear, and Sheep live in The Woods, their natural habitat of silk-screened wood veneer trees. If you click on her button in the right-hand column you'll find even more fab gift ideas.


New addition to the DTI family

The last couple of days have been quite eventful and I unfortunately did not have time to do a regular post for today. Let me briefly explain why. My younger sister Jennifer gave birth on Sunday to a totally gorgeous and rather hefty (9 lbs 6 oz) little girl named Gianna. Both are doing pretty good considering Jen had to have a C-section and Gianna is jaundiced. I was at the hospital yesterday afternoon snapping as many photos as I could (luckily I did because she then had to be placed under blue lights for the jaundice which didn't make for great photos) and spent the evening trying to tweak them to perfection (and dealing with some blog duties). So today I do not have any room porn for you all to enjoy, but some photos of Gianna. (Regular scheduled posting from me will resume tomorrow).


It's all in black and white and in between

Clever, clever, clever. Australian architects just have the knack when it comes to blurring that line between inside and out. Sydney architectural practice Chenchow Little have designed ingenious spatial plays on interiors and exteriors. These contemporary houses employ savvy passive heating and cooling principles that are also standout design features. Award winning Australian architecture at its best.


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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 and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"This is Gabe. He goes to work with my wife at Jonathan Adler sometimes and there are many many beds and couches for him to take naps on. I sent you one more that technically is not on furniture but it is still in the store and just too funny not to share."
- Rob

"This is our puggle Honey. She thinks she is a human, seriously. To sleep she requires a comfy spot AND a pillow. She puts a smile on our faces daily."
- Adrianne (Phoenix, AZ)

"This is Lady Moneypenny, our 3 year old Airedale girl—sitting on my Great Grandfather's Chair. She thinks she's as fancy as the chair is."
- Jessica

"My husband, Jon, and I own Perch Furniture--a little custom furniture studio in Portland, Oregon. Our labrador, Domino, comes to work with us every day, and he has never once tried to get on a sofa. But this little chihuahua, Daisy, stopped by one afternoon,  popped right up on sofa and made herself comfortable. So cute! "
- Willi

"This is my dog, Garcia, having an afternoon nap in our Brooklyn apartment. The couch, and Garcia, have moved with me four times during the last six years."
- Kristin


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