Displaying posts from June, 2011

Ivo Tavares

Posted on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 by KiM

Ivo Tavares is a photographer from Portugal who wanted to share his portfolio with our readers. He’s got a great eye and creates very interesting compositions. The following photos were shot for his client, Interdesign Interiores, and for more photos check out Ivo’s Facebook page. Thanks Ivo!

Lotta Cole

Posted on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 by KiM

Lotta Cole is a Swedish interior designer based in London who wanted to share a project she just completed in Notting Hill. The flat is situated in the heart of Notting Hill, and the design scheme mixes bright splashes of colour with reclaimed materials and quirky details, such as the antique spoon handles in the kitchen, antique mirrors in the stair, and wooden door knobs throughout the flat. The project was completed May 2011 by Lotta Cole Design. Love the Smeg fridge – and the colour!! Thank you for sharing Lotta!

My home renovation – bathroom ideas

Posted on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 by KiM

I am just DYING to have the work on my house started, but we’ve had to redo the plans to try and save a small fortune so my husband can get an extra 16″ of height for his basement “man cave”. While our plans are being finalized once again, we’ve started the quest for interior and exterior finishes and we frankly don’t really know where to begin. It’s a pretty daunting task for 2 people who have never really done any renovations before (except my kitchen a few years ago). We’re going to need pretty much everything – a staircase, windows, exterior finishes, fireplace, bathroom fixtures, hardwood, tile and on and on… You guys help out our readers when they have design dilemmas so I thought maybe this time you could help me out. I am hoping you can give me suggestions on where to shop, design ideas etc. Since I am located in Ottawa some of the products should probably be relatively accessible locally (ie. staircase).

We also have another dilemma. This renovation is going to cost us WAY more than we initially thought, which means we’re not sure we can complete the finishes in all the rooms (and I’m not even talking about furnishing them – there’s talk about leaving the floors with only the sub-floor, completing only one bathroom…). This brings me to my next call for help. If anyone out there would like to help us with some of the finishes by offering great bargains for materials, even freebies (!!!) I’d LOVE to chat  (email me at desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com). There would of course be blog mentions/publicity in return.

So today’s post is about bathrooms. We will have a master bedroom ensuite, another full bathroom upstairs, and a powder room next to the front entrance. (For a peek at the plans see this post, keeping in mind the layout of the bathrooms is totally up for grabs). I’d love to have some fun with the powder room and do something really industrial and I have a thing for black and white bathrooms so I hope one of the other bathrooms can be done in those colours. I went through my stash of bathroom photos and found some of my favourites. Any ideas/sources etc. that you can suggest, let me know in the comments or via email! Thanks!

Annette English Martha Stewart
Pappas Miron Design*Sponge
Adela Cabré Hus & Hem
Design*Sponge Design*Sponge


David Mikhail

Living Etc.

Bruce Bolander

Decor Demon

The Selby

Kate Hume

Bolig Magasinet

Liz Artindale

Charles de Lisle

Met Home

Living Etc.

Lorissa Kimm

Micasa Revista

Nuevo Estilo

Oak Management

Style At Home

Country Home


Scott Weston

Luisa Olazábal

Posted on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 by KiM

Occasionally I like to blog a designer/stylist/photographer whose style leaves me a bit out of my comfort zone. Luisa Olazábal is an interior designer from Madrid, and her portfolio filled with beautiful spaces does just that. They are classic with a contemporary flair, sophisticated and refined with soothing, muted colour palettes.

Summer time

Posted on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 by midcenturyjo

… and the living is easy. Latest work by Swedish stylist Mikael Beckman for Svenskt Tenn. Gorgeous!