Displaying posts from December, 2011

Some Canadian news

Posted on Sun, 18 Dec 2011 by KiM

I wasn’t going to blog today as I am trying to get as much last minute cramming in for my French test in a few days (almost. done. thank. gawd) but I recently got wind of 2 tidbits of information regarding some Canadian happenings that I had to mention.

First up – the first issue of Pure Green Magazine has been mailed out and I cannot wait for my copy! It is centred around entertaining and looks fantastic from the teaser shots Editor in Chief Celine sent along. Get your subscription here!

Next up is some television news. Oone of my favourite design couples is finally coming back to HGTV Canada (better late than never, as it usually happens up here). Details after the jump.

Bob and Cortney Novogratz. Yep, that’s who. I love these guys – and I’m not just saying that because DTI was mentioned in their book. 😉 They have such funky, eclectic style and always manage to find the coolest vintage pieces around. We’ve blogged about them several times, and I watched their first show religiously when it finally aired up here. I am so stoked to hear their new show is making it up here too (going to make my sisters PVR it for me). The first episode is due to air on January 2nd @ 8 pm. We were sent some photos from this episode – a condo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This “industrial but cozy in the city” look rocks, as always. (Photos by Matthew Williams)

…. and coincidentally they now have as many kids as I have cats.

Design Crew

Posted on Sat, 17 Dec 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! Carolina needs some suggestions this week.

I emailed you a few weeks ago telling you how much help your blog has been to us on decorating our new home. Here are a few photos of what we accomplished so far. We are stuck at finding the perfect dining chairs for our custom dinning table. Maybe you can help us get a little inspired. The chairs we had originally picked are not available (the factory closed). We are thinking about chairs in different colors since our walls are all white.

Now here’s the table (and it is a beauty, oh be still my beating heart)…

And here are some other shots of Carolina’s house in progress. There’s still a way to go but what a great start.

Know the perfect chair? Jump right in with your 2 cents worth. Links would be lovely too 😉

Paul Brissman

Posted on Fri, 16 Dec 2011 by KiM

Before a weekend of holiday parties, almost last minute shopping, and other seasonal chaos (or in my case studying), I thought I’d provide you with a little visual respite via some gorgeous photography by Swedish (but now based in NY) photographer Paul Brissman.





Methodist Chapel conversion

Posted on Fri, 16 Dec 2011 by midcenturyjo

It is no secret to regular readers that Kim and I have a “thing” for church conversions. Today’s remodel is amazing. A minimalist conversion of a stunning stone-built Grade II-listed former Methodist chapel (1868) in peaceful countryside on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. A once austere house of worship is now an austerely beautiful house to worship. Designed by Gary Tarn and for sale through The Modern House Real Estate Agents here, the price will have you selling your soul but oh my what a home! (Many thanks to professional house stalker Selina for the introduction to this website.)

Artamus Hall

Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 by KiM

As I mentioned earlier today, I had to share with you all a few photos of Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller‘s home. This is really quite astonishing, hence right up their alley. I am (on a rare occasion) rendered speechless. It is a High Tudor house that we have named Artamus Hall. Attached are pics of the facade – before – then lifted 5 ft. Then completely reworked. Now this…


wait for it….



…waaiitt for itttt….