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!)

****After viewing the adorable photos below, head on over to Pawesome and check out their awesome pet photo contest!!!

"Here is our beagle, Sophie Sue, relaxing in two of her favorite spots."
- Vanessa (Dallas, Texas)

"This is our little Siamese kitten Oliver, who spends most of his time cuddled up on the couch with his teddy"
- Keren (New Zealand)

"Pepper, our three year old silver back Persian. Gazing inquisitively outside at the squirrels but doesn't want to let go off the couch."
- Ivana and Sanil

"This is my dog Zoey on my hand-made Danish modern chair."
- Jenn (St. Louis, Missouri)

"Here are some pictures of my cats Nugget and Nelly enjoying their favourite couch, a linen-blend sectional from Structube. Nelly likes to prop herself next to me when i'm reading on the couch. Nugget on the other hand is quite possibly the laziest lounging cat ever. It's also purely coincidental that they are perfectly coordinated with the couch and pillow colour-scheme. :)"
- Steph (Ottawa)

"I love your monday posts, so here is a photo of our family pet cherry shrimps. We like those little creatures so much, that we even brought them along on the plane when we moved to France. The cupboard belongs to our french landlady, they are really keen on their family furniture, so when it was seized and auctioned off during WWII by nazis, they went to Germany to fetch it back immediately after the war ended =)"
- Liaissan (Orsay, France)

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It's only 110 days till Christmas

Dear Santa,
I know it is a little early for Christmas wish lists but because it is a rather big present I thought I would ask early so you and the elves can get started on hustling up this New York loft for me in time for Christmas morning. Mummy says it is awfully large but I have 3 months to sew a super sized stocking to hang on the mantle. I want to ask for a change here and there in the decor but Daddy says not to be greedy. Please Santa I've been a good girl and I'll even buy my own air ticket to New York if it won't fit in the sleigh to come all the way here to Australia. If I can't have this can I have a puppy?
Lots of love,

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Flickr finds - flea market style



... spring on my windowsill

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?



  • Olivier Abry from Lyon in France is an "assembler of light". He takes vintage industrial parts and creates beautiful lamps. Minimalist, industrial and recycled. Definitely on my lust list. Wo and Wé Collection. Ships world wide .... oh lordy help me!!! Need, want!


  • At Moss NY from 15 September "Make Me" - The emergence of BUTCH-CRAFT in contemporary design. "Through the infusion of a cerebral yet virile narrative applied to rough work crafted in wood, iron, steel, marble, rush, paint, boiled leather, clay, baked agricultural waste, plant-life, gypsum drywall, and blood, sweat and tears."




  • Saving the best to last. Totally in love with Tricia Rose's Rough Linen range of bed linen, cushions and curtains. So rough luxe, so earthy, so beautiful and you would never have to iron your duvet cover again ;)

Reader's home #3

This last reader's home comes from a longtime reader of DTI, Ypille: "Recently, I've had the pleasure of reuniting with one of my best friends Graes Israel-Kiernan, after 9 years of not seeing each other. Both Graes and I are avid Desire to Inspire readers/subscribers and when I went to her house for a vacation, I just had to photograph it and send the pictures to you ladies.
Graes, her husband Jeff and their 2 young-lings Liam and Sebastian just moved to Wexford, PA, near Pittsburg and was able to acquire this extarordinary mid-century, well crafted 25-year old home. Per Graes, the original owners of this structure was a surgeon and his glass-artist wife who had this house custom-made according to their liking. And with Graes' talent and eye for design, usage of classic and modern furniture and her proletarian approach to life, this house in my view has become the most spectacular of all the houses I've stayed in.

Graes owns a bookstore and loves to garden as well, this is made evident in the theme of design all around her house with the presence of books, bookshelves and plants which are practical yet appealing for homes. Other than repainting the entire interior to Graes' preferred colors, there has been no major remodeling done as of yet and Graes, being the creative and honest designer that she is, pulled this one off and transformed this timeless house and stamped her mark on every room, signifying that this house is now her home!

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