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Thursday
Feb232017

I want 

I'm like a spoilt child. If I see something I like then I want what I see. Please mummy can I have a beach hut right on the beach? Just meters from the water? Pleeeeeeaaaase. Except I'd want sand not shingle but you can't have it all. Beach House by Studiomama.

Photography by Ben Anders

Monday
Feb202017

Boudoir boho chic by Sera of London

We have been featuring the work of decorator and stylist Sera Hersham-Loftus (Sera of London) since this blog began, and we have been a huge fan of Sera's all of these years. She emailed the other day wondering if we would like to feature her work - LOL - we have, and we will again! (She's so nice by the way!) She has always had a boudoir boho chic look to her spaces and her originality and quirkiness sets her apart from every single other decorator/designer out there. Here are some recent photos we have not shared here yet, including what may be one my favourite kitchens ever (which happens to have hanging in it one of my favourite light fixtures ever - the Viscontea by Flos). And head over to my page to check our some of Sera's new line of lamps, cushions and furniture!
(Side note: Monday's pets on furniture will hopefully return next week. Submission can be sent to kim[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net or hashtag your photos with #dtipetsonfurniture)

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Tuesday
Feb142017

The Barn by Christopher Howe

I want to spend the entire summer in this glorious structure (whenever summer decides to show up after we unbury ourselves from the copious amount of snow we've received). The aesthetic and design decisions for this project were led by the desire to restore what is natural to the interior. The aim was to create another world, to offer an escape but one grounded in the history and purpose of the original building. Great attention was paid to choosing materials that would be in keeping with the original building as well as finding the most skilled craftsmen to work with them. Local timber was used for the floor and walls, sourced from a nearby salvage yard, the fine wrought iron handrail was handmade by a local blacksmith, even such details as the wooden door latch on the bathroom have been handcrafted. The interior itself has been filled with an eclectic mix of the very best antique pieces alongside contemporary lighting and some of Howe’s signature bespoke designs. A beautiful painted regency chest of drawers sit below a large 1950s Serge Mouille three-armed ceiling light in the bedroom, Swedish mid Century flat weave rugs bring bold colour to the space and an original Royere wrought iron standard lamp provides reading light over an antique battered leather armchair. By Christopher Howe

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Tuesday
Feb142017

Backwater

After surviving a record breaking heatwave in my part of the world I find myself dreaming of getaways that involve water, lots of water. Backwater "sits on a small promontory in a secluded lagoon in the Norfolk Broads and offers a contemporary counterpoint to more traditionally designed neighbouring houses, while respecting the peaceful natural setting." Off the grid and may I say off the scale style-wise. I just want to lie staring at the ripples in the water as gentle breezes waft over me ... and I can because Backwater, designed by London-based Platform 5 Architects, is a holiday let. Bliss.

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Monday
Feb132017

Old world meets charming in this Victorian

What? Another London Victorian? I just can't help myself, the details of these homes always leave me craving more. Gently revived and refined, enhancing period features and the fine craftmanship of the era. This was the original builders house on a street of speculative Victorian terraces. Located in an area that had been respectable, then shabby, meant a house that was blessed with most original features intact but worn. Carefully redesigned to bring more light in where possible, but with the design emphasis on thoughtful details and the use of skilled craftsmen, rather than large design statements. It made for a calm and welcoming home, with natural flow and creative energy. By Cassandra Ellis. (For more of her work see here and here)

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