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Stalking in Finland

I think I've died and gone to heaven. We have Tiina to thank for the link to the apartment we are stalking today. Classic meets modern in Helsinki, Finland. Warm buttery creams, white floors, sparkly chandeliers, stainless steel, timber and Ghost chairs. I'd gladly be Cinderella and sleep beside the stove in the kitchen. Then again there is always that comfy iron bed. The link is here while it lasts and don't forget to click to see more after the jump. Stay tuned I have another stalking in Sydney in a few hours.

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Reader request - stainless kitchens

This request comes from Joanne: "I am looking to renovate soon, and there is a stainless steel kitchen with open shelving I love (Moris Moreno). Do you have more photos of kitchens like these?"

I unfortunately don't have an arsenal of photos that showcase stainless kitchens with open shelving but I did manage to find a few, and then some without the open shelving that I thought were pretty cool. Hope these help Joanne!

e-architekt Steven Gambrel
Insidehomepage Sköna Hem
Elle Decor Lynn Morgan
Guido Barbagelata Anima

Stellan Herner
April Tidey

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Retro Din to Fam

From dining rooms to family rooms. That's Volume 7 of The Practical Encycylcopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement. Along the way there are dishwashers, dividers, dressing rooms, eclectic style and exercise rooms. So much retro goodness. So many reminders that it is good to move on (or run away screaming). I love the pink dressing room. Curly cane ... yum. The shag pile stairs however remind me how much I hate housework. Thank goodness that one has passed ... for now. Images scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Vol 7 DIN to FAM, Greystone Press, New York, 1970. Much retro goodies after the jump


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Life's too short

I was debating whether or not to post this on the main page, but then I decided f*ck it. I need some prayers/happy thoughts sent here to the hospital. (I wrote about this on "kim's page" several days ago). I am spending most of the day with my twin sister in the ICU waiting room while her husband undergoes surgery to remove a brain tumour (likely cancerous). He was diagnosed with this about a week and a half ago and while he was told it is a severe tumour and needed operating on right away, they had delayed his surgery 3 times to take more serious cases. But they finally took him in a couple hours ago and in about 5.5 hours it will finally be over. If you can say a little prayer for him, and my sister and their 2 small children, that he gets through this successfully I'd really appreciate it. Thank you. (My sister has been blogging this traumatic/frustrating/exhausting experience here).

The surgeon came in to talk to my sister and I about 20 minutes ago (6 pm)...with a big smile on her face. She got all of the tumour out! They still have to run pathology tests to find out what kind of tumour it was but for now she seemed pretty confident at the results (it sounds like his speech and other areas they were concerned about weren't affected, and she performed the surgery in under 4 hours when she thought it would take 5.5). And I can't freaking believe it but he can probably go home tomorrow!! Thank you all so much for all your kind comments and prayers. They worked!!!

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Tara Lynn just left this comment:"Since we are on the topic, and cyber-callouts for prayers and blessings appear to be the norm, some prayers for me please. My mother-in-law is also fighting a tumour in her cervix; the doctors state that her specific type of malignant cancer is not curable but they will do all they can to help her - thank GOD we live in Canada! She undergoes surgery tomorrow and soon thereafter will experience intense chemo to hopefully rid her body of the spread cancer. I believe in the power of prayer and healing thoughts - they worked with Kim - so I would appreciate some prayers sent my way please. We really need it. So please pay if forward and hold us in your mind and heart. In the world of cancer, no one is a stranger." Please say a prayer along with me for her mother-in-law. Every little bit helps.


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, your name and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

***There are several more entries after the jump!

"I love pets on furniture and your blog (thank you!), so I just have to send you a picture of our cat Kisi. He is NOT allowed on the bed – nevertheless here he is, just loving my antique French iron bed. He was so sound asleep, that I didn't have the heart to shoo him away."
- Olivia

"Our puggle Winston loves to lay on our Ikea armchairs when the sun blares into our loft in the morning. He sits patiently until we put one of our throw pillows on the chair to make it extra soft for him. He's so spoiled!"
- Kate

"My little Rasky and Jaurus. Rasky, who is lying, has a tumor with metastases, even in the picture did not know it. Forever in our hearts Rasky."
- Ana (Spain)

"This is Esme, taking a warm winter nap on our Sloane chair, and possibly winning an award for most relaxed Chihuahua."
- Crystal

"I have attached a photo of JJ on my favorite piece of furniture. This mod table/bench was purchased on eBay before we even had a house to put it in. JJ will do anything I ask of him if there's a camera around...such a ham!"
- Brooke

"Junebug is exhausted after arranging her collection of objets on the new living room shelves.  Did she achieve the proper balance of mass and light?  The question plagues her!"
- Melissa

"I'm sending a photo of my rascal Ms. Maggie May hanging out in my bed.  I took this photo after a long day of flea marketing around New York City and is one of the few moments when she's sleepy enough to stop causing mischief.  I hope you'll include her in this week's pet's on furniture."
- Lauren

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