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Monday's pets on furniture

Hello my name is Victoria. I'm obsessed with your blog. I just moved to Pittsburgh, PA. I have a new loft and refer to your blog several times a day for help. I also have two Italian Greyhounds named Martini (black coat) and Rossi (tan coat). They live on all my furniture and I have tons of photos. I find them to be the perfect accessories. I thought you would enjoy. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!


I had to show off my little man to you. His name is Louie and he likes to sit behind on the ratton couch I have in the Florida room. I'm usually sewing when he sits back there. But he is so damn cute.


I began reading Desire to Inspire when we bought our Brooklyn co-op apartment and began DIY home renovations. I love the "pets on furniture" posts and couldn't help but send mine along. This is Olive the Boston Bulldogge in a vintage Danish lounge.


A friend came for a week's working visit last summer and she brought her cat: a very mature, laid-back guy. Max. aka "King of the Sofa". He just settled right in, made himself at home. He's still kicking around at 19 years of age. Not bad, eh?


I thought you might like these :) The dogs are my friends dogs and the cats are mine. The dogs names are Moo (the white one) and Mr. Jones (the brown one) and cats are Suki and Jack.


I wanted to send you a picture of my beloved Sheltie Stirling, sitting on his favorite spot - my new chaise by the front window, where he spends his days watching the world go by. And because you're a decorating blog, I thought you just may be interested in the rest of the space - I did some major redecorating (with little $$) & repurposing after buying my hubby a big flat plasma (most of the $$) and trying to make it look not so big. Stirling's chaise was quite the find in the as-is of Ikea. I bought a simple white slipcover from them and dyed it the color & texture of my dreams! I've included a couple of pix, but I've also got 2 blog posts about this gargantuan task: "Books moved, entire house rearranged", "Getting it Done". Although this is done DIY and on a budget, I'm quite proud of the results! I actually spend more time in the living room with my hubby, and changing the dining room into a music room has made practice time for my family much more enjoyable!


I live in Seattle with 2 lovely cats that we rescued from shelters. They are wonderful family members and so good with the kids. There is a lot of love going around here!
1) Smurfie, our shy girl, has chosen this chair as "her" favorite spot. (One of my friends once asked me if I had picked Smurfie to go with the decor of the house! No, she was picked because she is so incredibly sweet, people!)
2) Charlie again - now in the hallway. I love my Hicks wallpaper. He could really care less!

-Monika and Splendid Willow


Today I'm loving .....

... everything white and bright by photographer Anne Naumann. Beautiful beautiful images. More fabulous photos here.


Reader's home in Sydney

I love seeing inside the homes of our readers. (I love seeing how people live all over the world.) Suzie lives in a semi-detached (semi) in Sydney with her family. A big fan of Scandinavian style she emailed apologies that the photos haven't been styled. This is her home as it is everyday. I love the floors, the Tolomeo lamps, the wooden window shutters, the bathrooms are to die for while her little ones' bedrooms have charming vintage touches. Know what I like the best? The ugg boots on the floor, the toys as important floor decor and the ironing on the kitchen table. The house itself isn't what is precious. The family inside is what is important.


Flickr finds - shells and coral



from Kim's flickr then tweaked.

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?

  • Nothing more exciting than a fabulous interior designer's website that is unless it's an updated website or even better a brand new one. First up Anne*Coyle Interiors.

    Next is Coddington Design. Melanie has a fabulous new website with even more gorgeous rooms.

    And finally what we all have been waiting for (in my case over two and a half years) Anna Spiro has launched her Black & Spiro website. Fabulous fabulous fabulous but you already know that because you've all been flicking through her portfolio hundreds of times since the launch a few days ago.

  • Just opened in Toronto, Atelier 688 is a gem of a design space started by artist/photographer/writer Alex Jowett. Think handcrafted unique design, quality workmanship, vintage and reclaimed materials. It's where art, design and fashion collide. You'll find more here.

  • Craving that iconic designer cushion but still on the hunt for a great price. Check out etsy store Plum Cushion. Kelly Wearstler's latest fabric range, that notorious Chiang Mai Dragon, super ikats and lots more.

  • New from Bodie and Fou these simple, almost minimalist eco-friendly art prints. The Nest, Type Map, Hedgeraw and Endless Love are right on trend and gorgeous and fit an IKEA frame!.

  • New York based Maki Yamamoto is Fabricteria Maki. Her fabric panels can be used as window treatments, space dividers, wall hangings, art pieces or bed spreads. Each piece is custom designed and hand sewn to make it a one of a kind artwork. She calls them fabric jewels.