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Monday's pets on furniture

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my 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, if the photo is too dark or unfocused then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

Orlando and Rihanna soaking up the rays at Daylesford Victoria.
- Candy

Here's Mercredi, sitting pretty !
- Karine (Vercheres, Quebec)

Here is rare moment of my three-year-old English Setter, Elfie, taking a break from putting my workmanship to the test on the first sofa I ever reupholstered. 
- Kathleen (Iowa City, Iowa)

1960's armchair DIY restoration. Before photo: with Khufu ... After photo: with Farouk
- Honor (Wellington, New Zealand)

1 - Recovered chair
2 - upholstered bench midnight blue brocade

- Charmaine (Brooklyn, New York) 


Bijou and bright

A dark green lacquered entry opens to light and bright living space in this little jewel box of an apartment in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. (It's only only 75m².) Rooms are entered in a circular, almost wandering fashion with each space defined by texture and colour, white marble, green lacquer, blue tiles and oak.  By Septembre Architecture.

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Stalking shipping containers

I've been stalking houses in Sydney and Melbourne lately. Perhaps I've been a bit of a snob. I've ignored my own backyard here in Brisbane. So when I finally started stalking the local streets again on the weekend I found this amazing shipping container house in the riverside suburb of Graceville. We've featured shipping container conversions on Desire to Inspire before (like this guest house and a commercial space in Brazil) but this takes the use of containers to another level. Three levels in fact. Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, extensive open plan living area and a level of finish that belies the industrial origin of the building blocks. The link to the real estate listing is here and you'll find an interview with the builder/designer Todd Miller from Ziegler Build here.

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More loft love

OMG how I love this loft!!! It is a former carpet store located in Barcelona, 170 m2 of absolute dreaminess and is rented out as a location space. Those massive black framed windows are so beautiful and create so much light. How a bit sad that the entire ceiling was painted white though. Via Shoot 115.

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Stalking leftovers

Where have I been? What have I seen? Time for this week's real estate stalking leftovers. Call me finicky, particular, choosy and hard to please. I'm fussy when it comes to which houses make it on to the blog. Not quite right, bad photos, I need more photos please! House is amazing furniture is deplorable. Can't quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding "yes". This week's finds include a good old fashioned country church conversion, a house on the coast that is definitely no beach shack, a little warehouse apartment with great bones that needs just a bit more oomph and another that needs more photos! Click on the images to head to the listings. All via

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