Displaying posts from August, 2009

M.J. Lanphier

Posted on Mon, 24 Aug 2009 by KiM

Matthew J. Lanphier designs spaces that are confident, contemporary and comfortable. Graphic elements and bold accent colours that flow with ease. Mid-century cool mixes with Hollywood Regency glam. Love the energy, and I’m so pleased M.J. emailed us about his work so we could share it with all of you.

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 24 Aug 2009 by KiM

“Thank you so much for your lovely blog – I read it every day! My dog Molly, on the other hand, spends every day sitting on the furniture, watching for squirrels. This is her favorite pose, on her favorite chair.”

– Jessica Sobti

“A few weeks a go you featured my little Lulu in your pets on furniture post so here’s an update. Her days on furniture may be limited (not really but I probably should pretend)!”

Shelly Schramm

“Being a proud parent of two cats an a chug dog, I love your posts of pets on furniture. I decided to send you my own, of my new cat gigi that seems to love to sleep on anything but her cat bed. On top of the tv, the cabinet, the table, even on the decor.”

– Cindy

I really enjoy your blog and thought you might like this photo of my dog Whiskey on a bookshelf in our old apartment.

– Ciara

“Here are our adoptions from German Shepherd Rescue. The sweet cop and the criminal. It’s pretty obvious which is which.”

– Marla

“attached is a picture of my 5-year-old great pyrenees, berkeley. the tin foil is supposed to keep dogs off furniture. it has always worked, until about 2 weeks ago. as you can see, my house is never clean with a dog like that! but i wouldn’t change her for the world.”

– rebecca

“Kubrick, he is a 1 year old Scottish terrier, in Washington D.C.”

– Kati

“I am a fan of your blog and have desperately held off on sending you a picture (or two) of my dog on my bed. I love your animal features (among everything else) and just had to send you my pictures of Luna. She is a 1 year old Golden Retriever who is always sneaking up on my bed. With a face like hers I just can’t say no to her.”


I’d like to add some of my own that I took over the last few days. The first is my old guy Cheeks, napping on one of the sections of my DIY sofa that is strategically placed under the window so all the cats can perch and watch the stray/neighbourhood cats hanging out on the porch (and is covered in a piece of batik becaus the white covers are SO impratical).

Next is Lucky (again) who loves to lean on something when he’s laying down. Here he’s using a freaking pillow on my sofa. UNREAL.

And I took this yesterday while hanging out in the backyard with a few of the cats on their harnesses. This is Felix having a little nap on my falling-apart vintage wicker loveseat.

Mark Burstyn

Posted on Mon, 24 Aug 2009 by midcenturyjo

Time to start the blogging week with what we love best – inspiring photos of inspiring spaces. Love photographer Mark Burstyn’s portfolio. His use of light is fabulous, with clever composition and a knack for capturing great detail. It’s obvious why he has shot for all the Canadian major shelter magazines. There’s an enthusiasm that shines through his photos. They make me want to be a part of all these spaces. I want to eat everything in his food portfolio and yes even that outdoor shower is alluring on an unseasonably hot “winter” day here in Australia!

Flickr finds – kitchen islands

Posted on Sun, 23 Aug 2009 by KiM


Posted on Sat, 22 Aug 2009 by midcenturyjo

… apologies everyone. I’m consumed with buying a house… I think… I hope

WINKS – weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we’ve found and things we think you’ll want to see. If you’d like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we’ll link you. Lots of fabulous things came in this week. I want them all!

  • Kim and I are in awe of Australian interior designer Greg Natale. He’s become the hottest thing on the Australian scene. Now he has just launched his signature rug collection New Regency at Designer Rugs. Gorgeous and glam! (Greg has promised a new website with so much new work coming soon. Can’t wait!)
  • Jocelyn Warner has 3 new wallpapers, Blossom, Cascade and Fern, each in five beautiful colourways. Jocelyn’s fascination with contemporary larger than life botanical themes continues. Launching at 100% Design this September it just means the wallpaper love affair we are all having will continue.
  • Cool outdoor lighting from iconic lighting company FontanaAr
    . Love the playfulness of these and with the weather warming up here in Australia it’s the perfect time to adding another dimension to your garden design. Available in Australia through Gineico.
  • I love emails from talented artists and craftspeople. “My name is Abbi, and I just started an Etsy shop, featuring small Cityscapes and cards. They are small drawings perfect for small spaces and a lot of people have been buying them for children’s rooms.” Love these. I can see a grid like group of these marching down my hallway.
  • You will probably have seen this on a number of blogs by now but we wanted to add our own shout out. Bethany Obrecht and her company Found My Animal make beautiful leashes for your pets from heavy gauge oiled rope, brass Italian hardware and nifty detailing (the ends are whipped with twine). 25% of the proceeds are then donated to rescue organisations. Bethany’s mission is to stop the abuse in puppy mills and to help convince people that adopting a dog is a perfect way to help our planet. Find out more here.
  • Keeping with the dog theme our dogs on chairs posts have been inspiring people all around the globe. Remember Jack the German Shepherd from this post. Rachel Dutton of Shade Tree Gallery is a talented water colourist who has been inspired to create a dogs on chairs series. That’s Jack above. Even better Rachel does commissions!
  • Launched by the GPO in 1965 as a fashionable alternative to its regular models, it was in the 1970s that the Trimphone reigned supreme. (TRIM stands for Tone Ringer Illuminated Model.) Need a little retro in your life? Live in the UK where this groovy baby was born? Then this replica version has all the style and features of the 1970s original but with modern push button. Find it here.
  • This last WINK has me all excited. You have to be an old school architect or designer to really get off on this but hey I am! I used to go everywhere with my roll of trace paper designing away. Now I want one of these. Place for Trace designed by O’Brian Muehleisen Architecture Studio at Merchant No.4.