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Freunde von Freunden

A big thanks to reader Lilian for sending us the link to a German website which is going to be a new favourite regular stop of mine. It's called Freunde von Freunden and it's a spitting image of Todd Selby's The Selby, featuring glances into the homes and workspaces of creative people. I devoured the site and selected a bunch of photos that really intrigued me. Have a look (and more after the jump):

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Hector Sanchez


It's all about the light. I know we say it over and over but these pictures from the portfolio of photographer Hector Sanchez prove it. These are wonderful rooms that don't need the glare of the spotlight to shine. I think the blue undertones that Hector captures in his shots are beautiful. Cool and elegant. Speaking of cool and elegant how about that lounging nook in the bathroom! Indulgent. Don't miss the cool apartment with plenty of retro touches including globes and a clever wardrobe arrangement after the jump.





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More beautiful landscape

Monday was quite a day - 45 degrees celsius here in Ottawa (that's with the nasty humidex), work all day, a third visit with the florist for the wedding coming up in less than 3 weeks, and then a trip to deliver cat #9 to his new home (he was one of my fiancé's cats, who wasn't getting along with my 7). So I'm drained, exhausted and so damn hot (my house has no A/C). When my twin sister sent me a link to a story on Husohem, I figured I'd follow along with Jo's landscape posts from yesterday and post this gorgeous yard.


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Christian Speck


Up a winding lane in a village nestled beneath the Swiss Alps. Climb a rustic stair and ... wow! This amazing renovation is by Christian Speck of Formzone. Lashings of rough and just enough luxe. It's sleek and minimalist modern meets stone monolith and I love it. Age old beams and so fresh you can smell it pine. I dream of a view of the alps like that. A remarkable house in a remarkable part of the world.


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Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

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!)

"My border collies, Rex and Lou, hanging out on my Montauk overstuffed chair.  Truly a dog's life!"
- Kristi

"I took this photo when I caught our cats, Chicken and Skroggins, sleeping on the same sofa together. I couldn't resist the temptation to surround them with heart Post-It notes, as this was a rare moment between these two little frienemies."
- Amanda (Toronto)

"This is Henry, my co-workers Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  He comes to the office to hang out and is perfectly content sitting on our Generation by Knoll chairs!  Sometimes he falls asleep and snores!"
- Angela

"This is Yoko, my three year- old Maine Coon Cat on our well-used and loved Blu Dot sofa."
- Kate (Brooklyn, NY)

"Norton the wonder dog!"
- Lee

"Here's a photo of our mixed siamese cat Oscar. He's seen here sleeping on our bed. Above him is a painting by local (we are from Singapore) artist Paul Koh. The word painted is '猫', Chinese for cat. More of Paul's paintings are found in As quoted, the trademark 'eyes-wide-shut' and 'ear-to-ear grin' of the Catmasutra cats embody this deep-seated childhood innocence cum devil-may-care bravado."
- Kwang

"MacFarlane Hugo is my ten-year old mut. He's not allowed on the furniture, but he loves this living room couch that was reupholstered from its original mohair from my Great-great grandmother's home. This picture perfectly captures his 'I'm innocent' look."
- Lauren

"This photo is of Molly (age 13), sitting on her favorite piece of furniture in my sunroom."
- LuAnn (Louisville, KY)