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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...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 can be sent to and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!!!)

"Your pets on furniture was brought to my attention by a friend of mine who knows my silly fascination with photographing my dog throughout my condo. These weren't shot with your parameters in mind, but I think they actually may work. Photos are of Otto, my 2-1/2 year old Blue Weimaraner."
- Dana

"This is my dog Sophie. She is one regal bitch. I made this slipcover especially for her; note how she blends in not unlike a chameleon. Sophie likes to sit in this chair during the day so she can survey the neighbors with trademark disdain."
- Lauren

"The way Sammy relaxes some days; resting his head on the Moroccan side table."
- Traci

"You might remember my friend Loni’s two cats from the submission a couple of weeks ago [here]. Here’s Raymond again, this time channeling his more eclectic side, choosing the comfy pale rose wing chair in the bedroom."
- Julia

"Here is a photo of Zelda and Munchie. Zel is adorning my teak dining table and Munchie is making fine use of the floor pillow. In the background is my homemade cat tree/shelf, and a framed Pantone sheet from my Etsy store. In the second photo Zelda is sitting on the built-in cabinet with the cacti, a vintage Delphite FireKing bowl and some dried japanese anemone seedpods."
- Jessica

"I thought I'd send you a pic of my cat, Fluffsta posing so beautifully with Obama! And of course on a pile of magazines, her favorite place to be."
- Lana

"This is Bruno watching the Red Sox game last summer. Like all men he controls the remote!!"
- Maria

"This is my 14 year old cat called Buffy the Vampire Slayer...the kids chose the name after the obvious and their obsession with the TV series!  We live in Canberra, Australia. She's incredibly grumpy, loves taking a swipe (well named hey!) and always carrying on to be fed...or lounging about here when she has a perfectly good fur lined basket to sleep in!"
- Kerry

"My Lhasa/Maltese mix, Lily, loves to lounge on just about any piece of furniture she can get on...the comfier the better!"
- Michelle

"Onida and KiKi."
- Tim

"Belle and Sebastian named after an obscure rock group relaxing on a Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. "Hey" Sebastian says, "My eyes match the celadon green couch!" We're here in Atlanta with our Grandmommie because our mommie went to NYC and couldn't take us with her. Hi, mommie Erin in Brooklyn! We love you!"  - Belle and Sebastian"

"Mickey and Custard enjoying each others company at the end of a long day..."
- Danielle


A little retro to go?

A little retro to start your week. Once the height of housing chic these rooms either cause you to cringe or shake your head in disbelief. Everything old is new again. More magic from that fabulous decorating book Golden Homemakers 100 Ideas to Beautify Your Home, Gudenian Rockail & Mayer, Marshall Cavendish, London, 1972. Enjoy!



P.S. We are still experiencing problems with the blog and the weekend boffins are working hard to figure it out. Hopefully when the weekday boffins come in things will move a little faster. Thanks for your patience!


Flickr finds - black (mostly walls)


Just a little glitch

We are currently having a few glitches on Desire to Inspire. Some of you are having problems seeing the pretty pictures and as we are all about the eye candy and not the prose Kim and I realise how annoying that must be. From what we are able to tell it's mainly a problem for those using Internet Explorer. Squarespace is aware of the problem and is working on it as I write this so hopefully we will resume normal business shortly. I must say that one of the things I love about Squarespace is that there is a real person to help troubleshoot 24 hours a day and their response is super fast. Thank goodness because unlike Kim I'm a complete computer airhead!



... especially when you're house hunting?

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?

  • Yum! The colours, the pattern, the feel under foot of wool. Just loving this rug from the Tufted collection by the Piodao Group. So lush and rich. Sure to be a hit at Milan Design Week.




  • And Kim thought she had the market cornered on cute animals on furniture! Jeff Friesen, an award winning photographer found his work changing since the arrival of his daughter. "Over the winter I started photographing little dioramas made from my daughter's toy animals and leftover bits of various home renovation projects. We used the resulting prints to decorate our apartment." Now you can too because Jeff's prints are available through his Etsy store Wild Life Prints. Too cute! Zebras or pigs? Meerkats! Yes meerkats!

  • Peled Lighting by Antoni Arola for Via Bizzuno. This modular lighting system can either be recessed or fixed to the ceiling. Polished or gloss black painted steel plates support a series of ball jointed aluminium rods allowing them to rotate off axis. Seriously sexy!

  • How about this for a fun funky clothes tree? A statement piece and functional too. By Carolyn Clegg. Check out the rest of her portfolio while you're there.



  • Prints, colors and texture. Contemporary cushions fro PARK by Matt & Carlos. Working in cotton, canvas and linen the duo create gorgeous, fun and sophisticated pillows for the modern home.