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Holiday Reading Part 3

Curl up in your peacock chairs kiddies. It's time for part 3 of the Desire to Inspire reading guide. Exhausted yet? There is never too much of a good thing. Just think of it as blog "exercise" to work off all that christmas cheer. Alright lets get surfing!


Holiday Reading Part 2

I hope you saved room for more blogs. Pull up a comfy chair and click on through to the second part of Desire to Inspire's Holiday reading guide. I love this time of year especially compiling these lists. You see I'm a secret blog lurker and I bookmark so many I just have to share. Enjoy!


Holiday Reading

In what is now a holiday tradition it's time to settle into Desire to Inspire's virtual library and explore the blogosphere via our holiday reading guide. Not all are in english, not all are completely focused on room porn, some I have been lurking on for quite some time and others are very new to me. This is the first instalment so save room for many more wonderful blogs. Happy Holidays!


Merry Christmas!

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Kim and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families peace, hope and joy these holidays. The world is getting smaller and smaller and people from all parts of the globe are meeting and mingling on blogs like this. Not all our readers, we know, come from Christian based cultures but the message is still the same. The world is too fragile for anything but love and friendship.

We won't be posting on Christmas Day but we'll be back randomly after that. A post here, a post there and lots of holiday reading guides. Take care all and thank you so much for your continued support. It means so much to us.


Claire needs help

Claire emailed us recently in the hopes we could help her out. Here's what she had to say: "I've seen you lend a helping hand to several readers with designing dilemmas and I was hoping for a bit of help myself. I just signed the lease on a wonderful studio-type apartment near Dumbo in Brooklyn. Now I say "studio-type" because it feels more like 3 rooms connected to create a long living space and although I know it has loads of potential, I'm struggling with where to start! Should I paint the entire space one color? If I do different colors for each space will that be too much? What about a gradient going from ochre in the 'bedroom' to a paler yellow in the kitchen? I also have to reckon with my boyfriend's tastes - not that they're bad - but I have to make sure that it doesn't seem to girly or to 'me'. Do you have any pictures in your arsenal that could be inspiring for this project?" Below are a couple photos from Flickr she has of the apartment.

Why Claire, I think I may have found a few photos to inspire the design genius in you! Admittedly, it was a bit tough finding photos of rooms that are connected but have a little bit of a separation with walls. My gut is telling me that bright white all over and working some magic with art and furnishings would be an easy fix. I don't think I would do different colours - the apartment isn't very large and having each space a different colour would make it appear smaller. If you aren't into white (or a light grey, my fav), I would select a colour (I'd keep it light) and then pick the 2 shades next to it on the paint chip - similar to what you are suggesting with the yellow to ochre. I think the subtle change in shade from room to room would have a really nice effect, and would keep the spaces flowing. I am including some photos of different colours in each space as well, in case you choose to ignore me (that's been known to happen). And please folks, leave a comment if you have some thoughts on this. Help a girl in design distress.

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