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Tuesday
Apr302013

Jute

A mix of art and antiques, the everyday and the comfortable, fabulous and family friendly. Layers of texture and layers of living. Nothing too precious but everything special. A limited colour palette and unlimited style. It's relaxed and nature. It's beautiful rooms by San Francisco interior designers Jute.

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Monday
Apr292013

Reader's home - Elisabeth's lake house

This little blog apparently supplied Elisabeth with inspiration to come up with this absolutely incredible lake house. WOWZERS. I can't help but feel like a proud mother because this weekend getaway is a DREAM. I bow down to her for coming up with that 'sub' kitchen - I have plans for something similar in my next house and now I'm totally sold on the idea. (FYI: Her architect was Jay Corder)

the house is right outside of austin, tx on the pedernales river. we live in houston and drive there as many weekends as possible to relax, have family time and let our kids wakeboard on our boat.
the house is 3000 sq ft. with four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths. there are a lot of great aspects about the house. the bunk room is cool because it was built to be an indoor/outdoor room for the kids - bunks inside with huge glass sliding doors that open out onto the 'outdoor' part of the room - a screened sleeping porch. we also have another interesting interior design aspect which is what we call our 'sub' kitchen. we have 2 main kitchen counters out in the main living space and then the sub kitchen is a small room adjacent to the kitchen that houses the refrigerator, shelf storage, an extra dishwasher and counter appliances and can be closed off with giant barn doors to hide all of that or to hide dishes after a dinner so the party can go on without a mess.
we love the simplicity of the house. it is incredibly functional and also provides such a relaxing respite for our family.

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Monday
Apr292013

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, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

This is my Italian Greyhound Minnow sneaking into my photo with a smile. She's getting better with the furniture but still cannot be trusted around my Dwell magazines!
- Beth (Indiana)

This is Badger, a terrier/lab/collie mix pup taking a break from mascot duties over at CreativeFeed. Badger's resting in the reception area: Nixon Chair, BoConcept side table, and Mr. Somebody and Mr. Nobody radio box
- Miguel and Theresa (NYC)

Bella found the perfect spot to keep tabs on the neighbors.
- Brittany (Mankato, Minnesota)

Effie asleep on her armchair, in front of her cushion.
- Edward (Dundee, Scotland)

Stan and Hank, sleeping in in Carmel, Ca. 
- Leah 

Monday
Apr292013

Happy birthday Est!

I can't believe it! My how time flies. Est Magazine turns 2 with Issue #9 out now. No terrible twos tantrums for the Est team though, just wonderful, wonderful homes and lifestyle the very best from Australia and around the world. Seriously my favourite online magazine. Here's a little sneak peek at what you'll find in the latest issue... the contemporary French inspired home of the Hilary Gwillim from Melbourne homeware emporium, Manon. The photographer is Tara Pearce and producer/stylist Stephanie Stamatis.

Monday
Apr292013

Föhr

Take me away this long, lonely Monday to the island of Föhr off the north coast of Germany. To a hay barn cleverly converted to a holiday home. Ancient brick and thatch enclose a modern renovation that references the island's history of bed-boxes and the traditional blue green colours of Friesland. Wood and tile and 500m of blue polypropylene rope. By Swedish firm Karin Matz Arkitekt.

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