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Reader request - wood panelling

Today's reader request comes from Anna in Norway: "I have just bought my dream apartment with my boyfriend, and even though I love it the way it is now there are a couple of things I would like to change. I want to make it a little bit warmer by adding some wood paneling to one of the walls downstairs. I was therefore wondering if you have some good inspirational pictures? I would greatly appreciate it!" Anna included a link to the listing of her apartment to show the space she's talking about, so here's her living room: 

It's a great space and I adore the staircase! So here are some photos of wood covered walls in living rooms. Anna, hopefully this will get you thinking a bit outside the box, away from traditional panelling as there are so many options you could go with.

Dwell Phoebe Howard
Country Home Country Home
Simon Brown GP

Isay Weinfeld
Bates Masi Architects
Jay Jeffers

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Roll up, roll up ... the circus is in town

Themed kid's rooms? Yay or nay? I would normally say nay. That was until today. Kansas based stylist Kate Dixon changed my mind with her amazing vintage circus room. No clichéd, tacky home-makeover-show nightmare. Kate and her team at Artistic Living Spaces create whimsical spaces that are also functional and so much fun! Look at that rug! And that bed! And the ferris wheel! And the chalkboard wall! And the height chart disguised as a game of strength. It's all so clever, so stylish, so hip. I want to be a kid again. I'd be so cool in this room! Lots more after the jump and you can follow the whole process on Kate's blog.

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A glimpse of paradise

We've had terribly cold weather here in Ottawa for the last few days so I think it's time to take a little trip. I'm thinking about a riad in the Medina of Marrakech. Problem is if I ever visited this home I'd without a doubt NEVER leave. Every detail is simply stunning. This is what paradise looks like in my dreams.

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Bruce Stafford

Bruce Stafford Architects. Clean contemporary Australian style (although Bruce himself is originally from South Africa and responsible for that dream boutique African hotel Singita). Minimal but still sensual and always in tune with how a family leads a modern life. Inside flows freely to the out and public spaces are just as much about decks and pools as living rooms and kitchens. Garden glimpses through unexpected window placement. Celebrations of sloping sites and rough hewn rock walls. It's light, bright, open yet private. (More after the jump.)



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

P.S. There are more adorable pets after the jump!

"This is my Miniature Bull Terrier Lilly. When she was a puppie I loved to have this warm little doggy lying behind my back while I was working. Now she's grown-up and is still lying there everyday, so we both have to spare that tiny space. But that's ok as long as we are together."
- Julia

This next entry I wrote up on behalf of my younger sister. She's been wanting to participate in a Pet post for a long time now and finally took photos of her Persian named Pugley whom my fiancé and I rescued from the Humane Society several years ago (he drove our Himalayan nuts so she offered to take him). He's a grump-ass but he was in really rough shape when we first saw him so he's forgiven and he's now the king of her house. Here are a couple photos of him on his throne.
- Kim and Jen

"This is Hank on the red leather couch at the production office while we were on location in Vancouver."
- Ithyle

"This is a picture of my sister's dog. I was watching him while they went on a holiday. His name is Hamudi which means cuty in Hebrew."
- Adi

"This is my 4 months frenchie, SASHA resting on the couch on a sunny afternoon."
- Mihai (Romania)

"This is a picture of our fancy tuxedo cat, Cricket, on our not-so-fancy furniture."
- Nicole

"My name is Jenny West. Photo is by Katie Stoops. Boston Terrier is Stella. Katie is raising money for the SPCA humane society and is taking photos of pets as a side project. This is Stella being a little shy because she wasn't so sure why she was getting so much attention that day. We had a wonderful shoot after we got to the park where Stella could be herself. (We got the modern and sleek sofa from a thrift store for $100. Fits the room perfect)."
- Jenny


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