Displaying posts from June, 2010

Helena’s Swedish home

Posted on Tue, 22 Jun 2010 by KiM

Helena, of the blog På vår udde, emailed us with photo after photo of her gorgeous home on Malaren Lake, outside Vasteras in Sweden. OMG the views, and those windows are to die for! It’s a little slice of heaven, and she has decorated it beautifully – simple and comfortable, perfect for a family of 5.





Paul Ryan-Goff

Posted on Tue, 22 Jun 2010 by midcenturyjo

My mediocre day of coughs and sneezes, tissues and head colds is made instantly brighter just visiting Paul Ryan-Goff’s stellar portfolio. This über talented UK-based photographer almost paints his images with natural light, composition is clever and he knows just how to capture that daydream we all need. A cosy room. a warm fire, favourite objects and serenity, beautiful, beautiful serenity.









Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 by KiM

If you’d like to send us photos to include in next week’s “pets on furniture” post, please ensure your photos follow our 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 (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim[@]hotmail[.]com and PLEASE don’t send me closeups of your pet!)

Hi, my name is Ana Ferraz, I’m from Brazil and this lovely pet is Bijou, one of my four adopted cats. She is a delicate white princess, an angel with blue vivid eyes. She is so beautiful (I’m a proud mother…rs) that I consider her a essential part of the decoration.
– Ana

This is my dog, Seiko. Doing what she likes the most… yawning
– Karina

I’m sending you a photo of my cat Sofia Coppola on my retro furniture.
Johansen (Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Is this furniture??? The Kitty thinks so. She likes to perch here and look out at the garden…… when she’s not lounging on my floor cushions…. or trying to blend into the sofa. It’s a rustic hand carved bench from Bali. Too big for my house really, but I can’t part with it….or the cat! — We found “Kitty” when she was just a kitten. She’s deaf and was stranded on our roof after a typhoon. She’s 10 years old now and fat!
– Tamara

This is Ponyo, on his favourite look-out spot on our tatami mat. Watching the world go by.
– Min & Eugene

This is our cat Houdini caught plotting his escape!
Alexis & Alex (NYC)

My friend Adelaide, sitting inconspicuously in the morning sun, on a forest green Thalya Chair from Kartell. Hope you like!

Attached are two photos of my German Shorthaired Pointer, Lucy, with our king-sized bed all to herself—a rare occasion. Every night, the bed holds my husband, me, Lucy, and our two other German Shorthairs ….
– Karen

Here is a shot of our recently departed, beloved mini schnauzer, Mariah, monopolizing her favorite (and my husband’s, too) red leather chair, passed down from my husband’s grandfather. Sometimes you just have to stretch out and enjoy the ottoman.
– Terry

Here is June with her Buddha. We’ve used an antique twin head board to create a little altar.
– Melissa

Here is Miro, my Great Pyrenees, lost in his thoughts…
– Danielle

This is Omni, who was desperate for attention while I was working feverishly on my dissertation!
– Heather

Ruxo, 9 months Yorkshire with green and yellow clothes ready to cheer for Brazil’s World Cup Football ! The background wallpaper sold in TokStok www.tokstok.com.br

Here is our rescue cat, Mickey, on our rescue sofa from Craigslist.
– Danielle


On Monday’s Pets on Furniture, I suspected Jeanette had cleverly photoshopped Baron’s image. Which, as you can see, I’ve restored. (ha)
– Priscilla

Tale of two cities 1 + 2

Posted on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 by midcenturyjo

I’m stalking Melbourne and Sydney. Daydreaming again. (News on my own house search. We signed on a house here in Brisbane only to have it fall over on building and pest… termites… eek! The search goes on again. See what I bought instead on my page.) The first house today is from Prahan in Melbourne. Love the kitchen counter, the ladder and lights. Love the bones of this house, the bathroom vanities and the practical backyard. The second house, after the jump, is in Redfern in Sydney with recycled timbers, a loft bedroom and clever layout for a tiny space. Funky and fun, warm and quirky. The perfect inner city pad. Oh and I decided to add a third house just to even things up in the competition. 

And because there were only 4 photos on the listing I thought Melbourne had an unfair advantage so I’ve included this little grey house in Rozelle, Sydney just to even up the contest. What about that tiny tropical backyard!

Flickr finds – window seats

Posted on Sun, 20 Jun 2010 by KiM