Displaying posts from December, 2010

Monday’s pets on furniture – part 1

Posted on Mon, 27 Dec 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, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don’t send me closeups of your pet!)

The picture enclosed shows our Vizsla Vincent, 16 weeks old at the time the pix was taken. He loves to snuggle down on our Corbusier LC4 as this is the only piece of furniture he is allowed to sit on.”
– Nicole (Neuss, Germany)

without further ado, I present to you… Thomas, a 3 month old puppy which we recently adopted, Thomas is a very energetic dog who likes to choose his resting place very carefully as you can see for yourself
– Adi

This is Sailor, she is my 8 year olds Boston Terrier, she is under my boyfriend’s pergola in Chicago IL.
– Ashley

Photo 1: My fuzzy faux fur blanket has quickly become Mitzy’s favourite spot in the house!
Photo 2: Mitzy loves posing for the camera. Here she is modeling at my desk!

Adena (Toronto)

Murphy, the family dog on the living room couch Christmas morning. He was surprisingly okay with the giant bow on his head.
– Sarah & Ansel

Pets: Junior near pillow: Schnoodle,,, The other dog is Buddy a Pomapoo lounging on the bed

I bought this breakfast table and chairs at Elan Collection vintage furniture shop in downtown Long Beach, California. Mao the teenage mutant ninja cat swears the original upholstery of the green chairs sharpen her claws far better than her cat tree so she visits the table constantly… But on the morning of her first Christmas she awoke to find a holiday tree with reflective dangly shiny things. She guarded it with her life for it was the most amazing thing she had ever seen..
– Tatiana

This is my rescue cat Jake Sully, as you can see he has had a hard time adjusting in his new home. Later the same day I found him in my dresser drawer, I went to fold laundry and low and behold look who I found.
– Gina (Portland, OR)

Here is a photo of my cat, baba, doing what he does best, being weird but awfully cute…inside a drawer
– Taylor

Aaarrrggghhh! It’s raining. Not just today. Not just yesterday, not just last week. For as long as I can remember? It’s flooding all over the state and there are more days of incessant rain to come. I guess there is nothing to do but blog surf. Some of these I have visited forever and others are brand new to me but all will keep you entertained. Go say hello!











Boxing Day reading guide

Posted on Sun, 26 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo

Thank goodness that is over! I think I ate too much. Hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends, a good nap on the sofa, didn’t eat too much like I did (ha!) and are all relaxed and ready for a reading guide. Settle in. I hear ginger tea is good for over-indulging so maybe a pot to keep you company? Enjoy! (Knitted nativity scene via Scott Weston… rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? “Knitted nativity.”)












Merry Christmas!

Posted on Sat, 25 Dec 2010 by midcenturyjo

Kim and I are so fortunate. Everyday we turn on our computers and do what we love. We share the beauty that we find out there on the web. Beautiful rooms, beautiful homes and in return we have met beautiful people. Dear readers thank you so much for visiting everyday, for your emails, your submissions and your support. To the talented designers, architects, stylists and photographers who share their work a huge thank you. We are in awe of what you create. I wish that was my Christmas tree above but it belongs to Australian architect Scott Weston. (Thanks for the shot Scott and the new work I’ll be featuring next week.)  I ran out of time this year to decorate for the holidays but I can daydream that Scott’s tree miraculously appears in my living room.

I couldn’t make up my mind which image to use for this post. Swedish stylist Mikael Beckman sent this photo of his tree. Outdoors, deep in snow and stylishly simple. I’m daydreaming of this tree too but not miraculously transported into my living room… at least not with the snow. Now if you are reading this on Christmas Day go away, eat turkey, ham or prawns, laugh with your family and nap on the sofa after too much food. I’ll be back on Boxing Day with a reading guide. Might even do one on the other days too. Maybe not. Might be snoozing on that sofa. Merry Christmas!!!

See what Santa got for me (OK I fess up it was I!) on my page. Trouble is they won’t be turning up until after the weekend. Too big to come down the chimney?

Industrial chic

Posted on Fri, 24 Dec 2010 by KiM

One more sleep until Christmas!! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend filled with joy and laughter, lots of good food and granny naps. I’m not sure what Jo’s plans are for blogging (I’ve missed her on MSN the last couple of days) but I’m going to go ahead and say I likely won’t be blogging tomorrow or Sunday. So enjoy yourselves, but first, I’d love to show you this home I found on the website of French magazine Le Journal de la Maison. I LOVE this home. The owner seems to love natural materials and flea market finds, particularly with an industrial vibe (me too!!). I was drooling over each one of her funky light fixtures (hello Jielde!). See you all soon!!

***Update: speaking of industrial/thrift finds, check out this post on my page for my latest find!

photos by Marie-José Jarry