Displaying posts from March, 2011

Seventh Heaven

Posted on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 by midcenturyjo

As promised yesterday a stunning church conversion by Baker Kavanagh Architects. The recently completed redevelopment of terrace residences is in Mill Hill, a landmark heritage church close to Sydney’s centre in Bondi.  The church was converted into two luxury apartments, planned around internal courtyards. Two contemporary terraces were built adjacent to the church with a contrasting aesthetic. Think elegance and restraint, a juxtaposition between the heritage exterior and street scape and minimal white interior. Heavenly!

Diego Ladino

Posted on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 by KiM

Interior designer Diego Ladino emailed us with some GORG photos of an apartment in Madrid, Spain that he designed. I LOVE the eclectic mix of styles – quirky and very cool. That would be the first 4 photos (before the jump). After the jump are photos I nabbed from his website of what appears to be a totally stunning restaurant. Talk about talent!

DDIR Architecture

Posted on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 by KiM

DDIR Architecture Studio was created in 2003 by the combined inspirations of French-Canadian architect Dominic Dube and Inge Reick, originally from Germany. This firm is based in Bangalore, India and one of their architects, Hillary, emailed us about one of their latest projects. It’s the modern and minimalist Rao Residence in Hyderabad. It’s perhaps too modern for some folks but a work of art regardless. And HELLO, check out the indoor pool!!! Thanks Hillary!


Baker Kavanagh Architects

Posted on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 by midcenturyjo

Baker Kavanagh Architects are a firm focused on creating architecture of honesty, imagination and integrity. Their heritage refurbishments have an optimism, are a delight. Wells Street is an exclusive residential development in Redfern on the edge of Sydney’s CBD, consisting of a house, three contemporary terraces and the refurbishment of three heritage terraces. No stuffy refurb here. There is almost a sense of joy, a celebration of houses reborn, streetscapes renewed. Tomorrow I’ll post an amazing church conversion that Baker Kavanagh Architects have shared.

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 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 closeups of your pet!)

Here is a photo of my bunny Carabine (rifle in french) on a sofa that’s been in the family for almost 50 years now… I’m presently mastering in archaeology, probably because I like old things so much.
– Justine (Montreal)

1. Charley + Henry (the two Labs) belong to Landon Cole, a local furniture designer in Los Angeles. I met them when I photographed his showroom last week, and they completely stole my heart.
2. Vivian belongs to Sherry + Dana Solomon, who own 22 Bond St on La Brea Ave. This photo was taken when I was testing the lighting at their home, during a house tour.
3. Tucker belongs to architect Steven Shortridge. I photographed his Venice Beach home last month, and Tucker was equally as important to every aspect of the home.
4. Leah and her husband have just welcomed their new baby, and their family puppy (Otis) now has to share the spotlight.


Here is a picture of our loveable scamp, Ziggy, taking a load off on our leather couch. He is technically not allowed on the couch, but this particular expression was so pathetic, I decided to let it slide.
– Meagan (Grapevine, TX)

This is my kitty Graffiti on a chair I found on Craigslist and had new padding added and reupholstered in vintage tweed. In my favorite obsession worthy green of course.
– Rebecca

i am a lover of all things vintage & dog! i am an animal advocate, rescuer & pet photographer in houston, tx. these are some photos from various clients. i love my job!


1 – As soon as the four poster in my bedroom is freshly made up for the day, it seems that Tilly and Oliver, the Scottish terrier members of our family, just know that it’s nap time !!!! 
2 – But on this particular morning the one thing they did not know was that Tamale was lying in wait !!!!
3 – We had just finished setting up the new West Elm linens on the antique sleigh bed at our daughter’s home in Austin, when Scout, the calico cat, decided that– Yep, these will do just fine !!!!
– Judy (New Iberia, Louisiana)

This is Greta my 5 year old frenchie. I live in a spanish style house in Seattle. The first photo is a chair from a pullman train car that dates 1930. The second photo is a chair I got at an antique sale and a pillow I
got in Thailand.
– Kelly

Please see attached Maxwell hanging out on what was my favorite and is now his favorite chair. The living room is a Moroccan theme with lots of warm red, orange and gold tones.
– Gwen (Brooklyn, NY)

Scout is a Vizsla and enjoys his time on the antique kilim upholstered chair. Dreaming of birds and rabbits, no doubt!
– Jill

I am a faithful follower of Pets on Furniture and have wanted to send a photo for a while, but it has been quite difficult because my hound, Ruby, is so reluctant to a) be photographed at all, and b) be caught sitting on a piece of furniture.  This lounge is the only piece of furniture in our entire 5,500 sf house that she will sneak on to.  It is in a guest room, so she did not got caught until we had a house sitter stay while we were out of town!  She’s getting on in years now, so we allow her this small indulgence, and keep a towel on the lounge because she sheds.
Cyndie (Nashville, TN)

Fatguts is at it again. He really does believe he owns the place. I know this is not strictly showing off any furniture – it’s more just the top of my desk – but it does illustrate how fatty likes to sprawl across the desk, laptop and digital tablet while I am on the compu.
– Andrea (Northern NSW)

This is my cat Sokrates and his furniture. We two used to look at “Monday’s pets on furniture” together – love it!!! He died a month ago – missing him so.
– Barbro (Sweden)