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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!!!)

"I am Brooklyn. I live in Stockholm, Sweden and I am a Ridgeback mix. My mom try's to keep me off the furniture but when i tilt my head and look at her she melts. Yeah, I know she is a sucker. But it is great, cause I usually get what I want. Best of all is when mom sits next to me in our couch and blogs. I get to sleep as she gets to be inspired! Well now i think I hear someone say "walk" so that means I am out of here.
xx Brooklyn (oh and my mom, Joanna, says Hi)

"I LOVE this series you do! And while I love my dog...I love my furniture too. THIS might be where I have to draw the line. Mind you, the chair is a Big Butt Chair...more than 36 inches across! Bo...apparently, is a Big Butt Dane. I did a whole series on the chair on my was a PIA to re-do!!"
- Linda

"My Missi loves sleeping in my bed and we took this nice photo while shooting my cushions."
- Margarita

"After bringing in 2 new male cats in to the house this week, our 5-year old cat "Gata" has never been more competitive. Turning her charm a few more notches, she works it for my camera while chillin' at her favorite place in the house - the office couch."
- Ypille

"I submitted my dog Elvis’s picture for your Pets on Furniture edition and he was up (last) week!  Yey!  But it’s created some jealousy issues with our other Bichon Frisé!  Hehe!  Can I submit her photo for next week?  Like this she can regain her “queen” status within the household?
This is a picture of our 14 year old Bichon Frisé, Bijou.  That’s right, Bijou, French for jewel!  This picture was taken this summer on our wedding day by our talented wedding photographers Davina + Daniel ( ).  I guess Bijou needed to run away from the wedding craze and to do so, she targeted the one couch in the house she’s not allowed to jump on!  I’m sure she didn’t think she would get caught on camera!
- Nataly

"I've attached four photos of Lucy, (dog), and Scooter, (bunny), hanging out on the sofa together. Lucy and Scooter are buddies and have perfected the art of sitting on the back of the sofa and begging for treats. And I don't know if you ever include "pets on furniture" VIDEOS, but if you'd like to include my youtube link starring Scooter playing on the sofa (with appearances by Lucy and Scooter's bunny companion, Baxter) you are welcome to."
- Alison

"Here's a photo of our other bunny, Bernina."
- Kristen

"This is Charlie. He loves lounging around on sofas and coffee tables. He loves position himself in strange places on the couch, and wedge himself between pillows. He is such a wonderful puppy, he somehow manages keep the pillows in their place!"
- Leanna

"Here's Oscar relaxing on "his" chair, accompanied by a Lulu DK bolster pillow and sheepskin. He's four and we live in NYC so he's a big fan of window watching on all that is going on down below in "his kingdom"!!!"
- Lauren

"Sometimes my dog Ennis will just sit like this and watch me (sizing me up?) while i'm watching t.v....i'ts kind of unnerving. He's sitting on my beautiful modern couch from Room & Board. i am so thankful to the sales person who suggested I get this couch instead of another one because it would stand up to frequent use and it sure has. Yes, I really did have an oil painting done of him as Ennis Washington (artist Carol Lew, see background) ;)"
- Mike

"Here is a picture of our French Bulldogs Barkley and Beau (and their stuffed friend Leroy)!"
- Emily

"I think this pic is too blurry for your site, but I wanted to share our new family member, Stanley.  We found him on  He was at Animal Control in San Jose then a nice group rescued him.  He is wonderful and I think a great advertisement for rescuing mutts!"
- Leah

"This is Rooke our 6 year old Beagle.  We are doing some remodeling in our kitchen.  Rooke was not loving all the commotion and noise going on.  He was especially afraid of the nail gun:(  I found him in my daughter’s room using her stuffed animal as a pillow! So cute!"
- Stephanie, Chris, Tyler, Madison & Rooke

"This is Gus, my 95 lb. Lab making himself comfortable in my wicker chair. He always chooses what I would consider the most uncomfortable places to rest, as evidenced by the photo of him lounging on my vintage table on our deck. Don't ask me how he managed to get up's a mystery!"
- Shari

"This is our Yellow lab, Hailey and her "little brother" Diego (Weimaraner). Ever since we moved our futon downstairs into the office, they think this is their bed. They love to cuddle up together & fall asleep!"
- Crystal


Gotta love retro ...

... right? When it's good it is so good, when it's bad it brings a smile to my face ....  shag pile carpet under the treads anyone? So glad that one is long forgotten (I hope). Enjoy today's retro scans from one of my all time favourite "vintage" design books Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book, Gerald M. Knox Editor, Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa, 1981. Can't really call it vintage because I am so much older than it.




Flickr finds - laundry rooms



... drinking coffee reading magazines

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?




  • Ecostasy - handcrafted beauty, inspired design, high quality, natural and renewable, productive conservation, social preservation, accessibility, contextualization and collaboration. Buzz words or beliefs? Katherine Ponte, founder of Ecostasy believes we can all make a difference. You'll see what she means when you visit the website. Beautiful homewares, accessories and children's clothing. Earthy and tactile.


  • Meet Pierre & Charlotte. Transplanted from Paris to Melbourne they design the most gorgeous contemporary furniture and lighting. Earthy and modern, beautifully crafted and finished. I have lusted after the Big Tree Light for some time now.

  • Discarded books have never looked so fabulous. Individual and handmade from discarded hardbacks each piece is a unique exploration of colour and traditional bookbinding techniques. As much a piece of art as a functional screen. By Samantha Parsons and Studio Sam.


  • I want to run my hands all over this schnapps flask and glasses by Fenke Gabriel-Schwan. Made from dyed porcelain with a transparent glaze and the most tactile of squirrel imprints. (Deer available as well.) Head to her Etsy shop fnk for more loveliness.


  • Zuster, Dutch for sister and Australian for stunning contemporary furniture design. Four sisters based in Melbourne and a company that has become known for beautifully crafted furniture. Simple clean lines, unadorned and of the highest quality. Every order is a unique and special project. Head online for more.



Elmslie Osler Architects encore

"Shall we be cultured aesthetes and dilly dally with our jobs or put on our dungarees and learn the significance of architecture by laying stone and brick for awhile, mixing mortar and sawing wood. Learn of the strength and durability of materials; know of society and its myriad needs and aspirations. Read fairy stories; read Keats, Shelley and Whitman. Absorb a sound and understanding knowledge of the incredible inventions of our day and go to it. There are no fixed formulas; no dry standards; no such thing as composition. There is only one thing to achieve and that is an architectural organism. Composition is dead; an organization is alive... vivid... responsive to conditions; and eloquent of the spiritual association of function and form. Travel the frank and courageous road whereon may be seen the real contributions to ages gleaming in the sunshine."
   - George Grant Elmslie

Elmslie Osler Architects was blogged by Jo back in '07 but I happened upon their website recently and found quite a few more inspirational photos to share with you. Several of them are just the bones of a space, but WOW, what bones they are. It's all the inspiration you need. And that lovely quote above just adds to the serenity below.