.... and I found this little gem. On a tiny vacant lot between period terraces Kavellaris Urban Design have not only created an environmentally sustainable family home but pushed the envelop of what we think of heritage values and the cultural significance of the built environment. It's not just a "decorated shed" though but a space that reacts with and to its inhabitants as well as challenging what is private and what is public. Now for sale, you'll find the real estate link here while it lasts.
... but your decorating dreams want to soar. Birdhouse Design's Jessica McKay focuses on affordable design. She believes that everyone can have a gorgeous home regardless of how much they have in their budget. Her's is a reuse and reinvent mantra both for its cost effectiveness and the green approach. You never know what's lurking in the attic or basement especially when a lick of paint and some new fabric will transform the ugliest of ducklings. I love work like this because so many of us can't afford a house full of high end designer pieces. Sometimes a guiding hand is all we need to transform our homes with what we have.
I am completely head-over-heels in love with the work of photographer Magnus Anesund. Fan-freaking-tastic!! the first two photos are my favourites. That kitchen with all the open shelving is so bright and inviting, and that island with built-in doggie bed is brilliant!
For a while now, Jo and I have occasionally done posts of pets on furniture. We thought they made cute add-on posts to our regularly scheduled programming here at DTI, and we plan to continue with them for as long as our readers keep sending in photos. This blog stems from our passion for interior design, but we also have a pretty serious love for animals (Jo has budgies and a golden lab - her husband's guide dog, and I have 6 cats plus feed 6 stray/neighbour's cats). I wanted to give a bit of an explanation for all you newcomers to the blog so you see where we're coming from with these somewhat random posts. We thought we'd tie it into the theme of the blog by requesting the photos feature a bit of readers' homes as well. So there you have it - now back to the post.
First off, Ryan, of this blog and this Etsy store. "I am very involved with dog rescue, and somehow I have ended up with many more dogs than I ever intended to have. While my photo isn’t the greatest quality, I wanted to pass it along anyway. Especially since I don’t think you guys have ever featured a photo of this many dogs at once! And just because I like to brag about my fur-kids, two of them are registered Delta Society Pet Partners and they visit nursing homes and hospitals with me to bring a little puppy love into others' lives." Ryan, you may be right about this being the most dogs in one photo! They are all adorable and I commend you for rescuing so many and having 2 of them spreading the love to those who could use some lovin'.
Sandra, whose dining room makeover we've featured, sent along some photos of her cats Lulu and Schmoo (who loves tomatoes - seriously???). Cutie patooties!!
And lastly, I thought I'd share a photo I took of my cat Lucky (and Milo) sleeping flat on his back on one of the sections of my sofa that I keep under the window for the cats to perch on. In this photo he is fast asleep and, as someone on Flickr put it, "airing out his boy bits".
Once I start I cannot stop. I'm fatally attracted to staring through people's windows even if it is a virtual stare online. Perhaps the real estate market is picking up because the interesting stuff is popping up again. Love the industrial meets Asian vibe of this home in Melbourne. Talk about position. You can't be closer to all that is hip than Gore St Fitzroy and there is even a self contained studio. I'm crying with jealousy. Please new owners who ever you may be can I live in the studio at least and come borrow a cup of milk every so often?