Displaying posts from March, 2011

Glass box stalking

Posted on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 by midcenturyjo

A traditional facade and a glass extension. A fusion of contemporary modern living and heritage. Sometimes there is a little secret tucked away in the backyard and in the case of this Surry Hills, Sydney home it is a stylish glass pavilion. Love the connection between indoors and out. The lush garden just a stretch away. Sometimes the you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Quick shop mentions

Posted on Sun, 27 Mar 2011 by KiM

We’ve had a couple new advertisers join desire to inspire so I thought I’d do a quick post to plug their Etsy shops because they sell awesome products and I wanted to make sure you all went over and had a looksie.

First up is Michael McDowell’s shop mudpuppy. I’ve been a long time fan of this shop and have had it marked as a favourite. Michael sells hand-crafted modern ceramic – mostly airplant hanging pods, baby head planters and chimes. I’ll take one of each!

The next shop is Samantha’s called Royal Countess where she sells modern, timeless jewelry. Lots of goodies here including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. I picked out a few favourites, below.

Blog favourites of the week

Posted on Sun, 27 Mar 2011 by KiM

Design crew

Posted on Sat, 26 Mar 2011 by midcenturyjo

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don’t know what to do? You’re not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you …. that’s you lot… the readers! You are coming up with some stellar ideas each week so it’s time to do it all over again. This week is just a little different. Instead of room photos Brigida has sent us photos of what she has in the room. Can you make help her pull it all together? She is wrestling with a rug dilemma.

First I want to tell you that I love your blog.  I would really appreciate if you could help me with some ideas about how to combine rugs in the dining/living room. I have a rectangular open plan living room/dining room, where I want a more contemporary decoration.  Three of the walls are white and one was painted in a greyish chocolate brown. In the middle, separating the living room from the dining room, there’s a rectangular column in a almost black grey.  The furniture is in dark wood (wenge), the dining table is white (lacquered) and the chairs are camel brown, similar to this one.

The sofa (with chaise long) has a sand colour, something like this, but lighter

and in the living room I have something like this


and a wenge center low table.  I also have in the living room a Corbusier chaise long brown/white/black pony like this one.

I wanted to bring some colour to the space, so I bought this gabbeh rug – the colours are more vivid than in the picture to put under the white dining room table.

I want to put a rug in the living room, but I don’t know what colour will go better. I thought in a dark grey rug but don’t know. Can you please give some suggestions?

Reader request – bedside pendant lights

Posted on Fri, 25 Mar 2011 by KiM

Finally – a reader request! It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to do one of these posts (sorry to all those readers who have sent in requests and I haven’t been able to get to them). This week’s request comes from Candice: We are renovating at the moment and my husband has agreed to have bedside pendant lighting in our bedroom, so I was wondering if you had any good examples. I love rice paper lanterns but would probably go for something long and skinny rather than round. I agree that something on the slimmer side looks best but as you’ll see below, there are many options. I love bedside pendant lights as they aren’t really a typical option for that location.


Richard Powers


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