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Sunday
Mar272011

Quick shop mentions

We've had a couple new advertisers join desire to inspire so I thought I'd do a quick post to plug their Etsy shops because they sell awesome products and I wanted to make sure you all went over and had a looksie.

First up is Michael McDowell's shop mudpuppy. I've been a long time fan of this shop and have had it marked as a favourite. Michael sells hand-crafted modern ceramic - mostly airplant hanging pods, baby head planters and chimes. I'll take one of each!

The next shop is Samantha's called Royal Countess where she sells modern, timeless jewelry. Lots of goodies here including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. I picked out a few favourites, below.

Sunday
Mar272011

Blog favourites of the week

Saturday
Mar262011

Design crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! You are coming up with some stellar ideas each week so it's time to do it all over again. This week is just a little different. Instead of room photos Brigida has sent us photos of what she has in the room. Can you make help her pull it all together? She is wrestling with a rug dilemma.

First I want to tell you that I love your blog.  I would really appreciate if you could help me with some ideas about how to combine rugs in the dining/living room. I have a rectangular open plan living room/dining room, where I want a more contemporary decoration.  Three of the walls are white and one was painted in a greyish chocolate brown. In the middle, separating the living room from the dining room, there's a rectangular column in a almost black grey.  The furniture is in dark wood (wenge), the dining table is white (lacquered) and the chairs are camel brown, similar to this one.

The sofa (with chaise long) has a sand colour, something like this, but lighter

and in the living room I have something like this

 

and a wenge center low table.  I also have in the living room a Corbusier chaise long brown/white/black pony like this one.

I wanted to bring some colour to the space, so I bought this gabbeh rug - the colours are more vivid than in the picture to put under the white dining room table.

I want to put a rug in the living room, but I don't know what colour will go better. I thought in a dark grey rug but don't know. Can you please give some suggestions?

Friday
Mar252011

Reader request - bedside pendant lights

Finally - a reader request! It's been a while since I've had the time to do one of these posts (sorry to all those readers who have sent in requests and I haven't been able to get to them). This week's request comes from Candice: We are renovating at the moment and my husband has agreed to have bedside pendant lighting in our bedroom, so I was wondering if you had any good examples. I love rice paper lanterns but would probably go for something long and skinny rather than round. I agree that something on the slimmer side looks best but as you'll see below, there are many options. I love bedside pendant lights as they aren't really a typical option for that location.

Sunset
Richard Powers
Floto+Warner
Living Etc.
House To Home
House To Home

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Friday
Mar252011

Sidsel Z

Interior stylists are jacks (or should that be jills) of all trades. They need imagination, creativity, lashings of DIY nous. Fearless with colour, queens (or should that be kings) of quirky. Not only on trend they often set them but always they create just what their client wants which is always just what we never realised we are craving in our lives, our wardrobes and our homes.  Sidsel Zachariassen of Sidsel Z has that beautiful boho scandi vibe we can't get enough of at the moment but mixes it up with the saturated colour bursts we have come to expect from Danish styling. Her work is real and personal. I want to curl up on that porch, whip up a cook's dream in her kitchens and pad across white, white floors in her homes. Nothing is overly precious but always beautiful.

  

  

  

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