Displaying posts from September, 2011

Monday’s pets on furniture – part 1

Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 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!)

Although she isn’t technically a ‘pet’, this is Olive an orphaned wombat which my parents hand-reared and released into the wild at their Farm in North-east Victoria. Here, Olive is pictured on one of the furniture pieces designed and crafted by my father.
– Hana (Lima East, Australia)

Pete…my 20 year old cat on “his” couch. I don’t even try to sit on it anymore.

Here is my cat Harris lounging on my Danish hutch that I found at the Salvation Army amongst my mid-century ceramics collection.  Luckily he isn’t really able to knock anything over since it is all earthquake puttied down.

We just got a new couch – antique, blue velvet… yum.  Our cat, Maggie, clearly approves of our choice!

Mid-Century Modern Hepcat at home on his Eames Aluminum Group Sofa Model 3473.
– Martin (Edgewater, NJ)

This is George, our 3 year old British Blue.  He’s not very clever, but he strikes a good pose! 
– Jenny and Jason (Camberwell, London)

Mr. Lucky Waggers in the morning light‏
– Shannon

This is my foster cat, Blossom. She’s sitting on a chair I reupholstered with hand-dyed fabric. Blossom is up for adoption (details HERE), and I hope she finds a forever home with lots of comfy chairs.
– Jen (Toronto)

His name is Odin, a Great Dane/Saint Bernard this is his favorite spot to nap. To give you an idea of how big he is: I am 5’4″ and I can curl up in that chair!
– Dezi (Washington State)

Wanted to share my two cute and fluffy cats that always find the most random places at home to hang out.
– Cassandra (La Jolla, CA)

Lucille on her floral thrift store chair
– Louise (Greensboro NC)

The golden girl sisters lounging on the sectional.
– Peg

Marta de la Rica

Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2011 by midcenturyjo

What a way to start the week! Let’s all move into this party home extraordinaire. Designed by Madrid interior designer Marta de la Rica this house in the resort of Sotogrande in Andalusia is perfect for long hot Spanish days. Friends and family, fun and relaxation. The dining room is just right for a long lunch, curl up for a movie in the family room, party time on the entertainment deck and pool house. Actually you’ll find me in those stunning bathrooms. I always love a bathroom.









Blog favourites of the past couple of weeks

Posted on Sun, 25 Sep 2011 by KiM


Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 by KiM

For quite some time now I have LOVED the idea of a room (particularly a dining room) with modern furnishings and a very large gold framed vintage portrait hanging on the wall. I recently found this one and had second thoughts so I left it behind. (Perhaps a dumb move).

via Bolaget

Reader request – bookshelf vignettes

Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 by KiM

Today’s reader request is from Eva in Toronto: I was wondering if you could perhaps provide some inspiration on how to decorate and style some build-in units in a main living space? I would love to see how others around the world have filled these spaces with treasures/books/objects d’art so that I can do the same in my home. Simple enough request, but sometimes quite a daunting task to get vignettes looking just right. I constantly change items on display in my house as I am never happy with them and get bored quick. Observing how others display objects can help us rethink how our own pieces are used. For example, I have a bunch of spray painted black vases (leftover from my wedding) on some shelving, and I took a wide/short vase and stuck 2 skinny/tall vases in it. I have a stack of about 8 books on the same shelving, standing upright with the tallest at the back and shortest at the front that way you get a peek at the cover of each book (seen here). Hopefully the following group of photos help to inspire Eva’s built-in displays.


all about you


Hus & Hem



Jen Fong

MH Studio



Freunde von Freunden


David Jimenez

Living Etc.

Domino Domino
vtwonen Lili Diallo
Katrine Martensen-Larsen RUM
Design*Sponge Decor Demon
Piet Boon The Selby
Freunde von Freunden The Selby