Hooray! At last we can share what we have been working on these past few months. Welcome to the new Desire to Inspire. The look is cleaner, bolder and we hope a whole lot more user friendly. Here on the home page you’ll find our most recent posts. Click on the one you want to read and off you go. Once you’re in you can navigate with the previous and next post buttons. Need to find a specific date or post? We have our usual archive and category tabs up the top as well as a search bar.
The biggest change is our room category buttons at the bottom of the home page (not those above … that’s just a picture of what to look for). We’re very excited about these. Go on go back to the home page and click on one of them. I know you want to. You’ll be taken to a grid of rooms that you can scroll through easily and when you find one you really, really like just click again and you will find a link to the original post. We’ve been working hard to build up a fabulous library of rooms for you by sorting through our archives and this brand new resource will only improve with time as we add more with each new post (and as we continue to process our over 10500 older posts.) Oh and mobile users will notice a big difference too. So much easier to use.
Once again welcome to the new blog. Take the time to look around and please let us know what you think. Kim and I have spent the last 11 years sharing our all consuming passion for the perfect room with you, our valued readers. Here’s to 11 more!
There are three things I know when it comes to gardens. 1) I love gardening on a weekend, 2) I love super lush plantings and 3) I love Amanda Oliver‘s gardens. Amanda runs a small landscape design and garden making company in Melbourne with a focus on the plants. Oh such beautiful plants!
I am hopelessly in love with this 110m² apartment in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. It makes me desperately want to collect some beni ourain rugs (that I’ve been avoiding forever because they don’t mix well with cat barf), hang a black shag rug on a wall, get husband to build some built-ins and paint them a bold colour, paint a tree mural, get another cat but this time a black and white that’s floofy, have some steel and glass walls built somewhere for something…. By Batiik Studio. (Photos: Bertrand Fompeyrine & Guillaume Loyer)
I am smitten with the neon yellow detail on the top of the baseboards. So subtle and awesome. Also cool how it ties into the bedding below.
Once again I am completely envious of this work environment that could not be more opposite of the one I have been living with for the past 16 years. The folks working for GitHub in SoMa, San Francisco, have it made 10 times over thanks to the designers at Studio Hatch.
At the core of GitHub technology is social collaboration, which was made physically evident in their 55,000 square foot headquarters. The three story office space includes a variety of work environments to accommodate different work styles and flexibility including multiple cafes, a commercial kitchen, full bar, indoor park, dojo and coder caves. As a company founded in local cafes and bars around the city of San Francisco, it was important to infuse these types of environments throughout the space as a nod to the company’s roots.
The beautiful brick and timber space was once the site of a dried fruit packing warehouse in the early 1900’s. Along with GitHub’s own “ship it” mentality, the design honors the rich roots of the space through the use of vintage shipping containers, deconstructed and rebuilt on site as a reference to the train that rolled right through the ground floor.
Eclectic chic with bold colour accents, a crazy pattern here and there and an obvious love for mid-century modern. This is what Austin, Texas based interior designer Allison Crawford is all about and these are some of my favourite spaces of hers.