Displaying posts from January, 2014

A home by Klopf Architecture

Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2014 by KiM

The folks at Klopf Architecture sent over some of their projects and this one immediately caught my eye. This is a dream home for a collector or avid bookworm – the amount of shelving is amazing! (I’d have to hire someone to come and do the dusting though). Here’s a bit of info on this fantastic, net-zero energy home: The owners de-constructed their existing house when they realized that any single-story design meeting their needs would completely eliminate their back yard. They directed Klopf Architecture to design a net-zero energy, two-level home to be a contemporary interpretation of Eichler in style yet keep their single story neighborhood happy. The site, a cul-de-sac lot which was the not large enough for a single-story home that would fit the needs of these owners who both work from home. They wanted this to be their “final” residence so Klopf needed to design a larger-than-normal home to suit their lifestyle needs. Instead of adding a second story (and annoying the neighbors) they opted for a partially-submerged lower level that Klopf designed furthest from a basement as possible (with a pulled-back floor plate, a light-filled “atrium” and a lower level light well). 

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2014 by KiM

Before I get started on today’s pets on furniture, I wanted to share this photo of my stray cat Agnes I rescued last week. This was taken about 15 minutes after I brought her to her new home. She wandered around the apartment sniffing every nook and cranny, then hopped on the bed and decided to have a nap. I am so happy she didn’t have to spend any more time cooped up in my bathroom and her new owner Jasmine is going to take really good care of, including getting all the surgeries done on her she needs ASAP, which will likely cost around $1200. I have donated all I can and I have received a few donations from some very kind folks (thank you all!!!) but it barely covers the surgeries so if you are able to make a donation I would be SOOOO grateful – Jasmine (who works for a non-profit org) was so kind to take this cat in I feel terrible that Agnes comes with such a hefty bill. You can send me a bank transfer if you’re in Canada, or Paypal me at kim_j92[at]hotmail[dot]com. Thank you 🙂

****UPDATE: A HUGE thank you to all those who sent in donations yesterday. I am over-the-moon excited – it looks like I have enough (or close) to cover what I guessed Agnes’ surgeries would cost. You guys are awesome! 


If you’d like to send me photos to include in next week’s “pets on furniture” post, please ensure your photos follow my 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, if the photo is too dark or unfocused then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim[at]hotmail[dot]com and PLEASE don’t send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

A photo of Mytho, our exotic shorthair cat, happily lounging on one of our chairs.
– Ping (Singapore)

As we celebrate her first birthday, we’re reminiscing about Boden’s naughty first months at home. Thankfully, she no longer climbs on tables!

2013 was a long year, no less because i spent it without a dog. your weekly pet posts perked up my spirits regularly; so in return i offer a photo of my recent rescue, didot. she much prefers any recently vacated place on furniture that is still warm [despite not being allowed on furniture, or that i have made her 3 dog beds of her own]. this particular spot happens to be a trusty ikea karlstad with DIY pillows and a wall hanging i made out of recycled t-shirts and the like.
Emily (Cincinnati, Ohio)

I was actually taking a picture of my new little fireplace, but Libby had another idea.
– Kara (Atlanta, GA)

This is my lovely dog Sophie on our IKEA sofa. She is one of five animals in our house (located in Michigan) and always lays like this when she sleeps on the sofa. She is quite the diva…
– Amanda

Here is a photo of Milo taken a couple years ago when he was a kitty. This is one of his favorite spots in the house and we laugh because he seems to know how good he looks in there!
– Lisa Schmude (Torrance, CA)

“My mom and dad bought all this furniture for me. Why else would they bring it to MY house?”
– Skyler Lewis Alvarado (10 year old Maine Coon) & owner Julia (McAllen, Texas)

Our cat Froxi lives in crete, greece and has lost one eye when she was a baby. But she is still adorable!
– Vassiliki

This is my Bullmastiff, Moulin Rouge “Rue” or “Baby Rue” to us! She is a very happy, loving, cuddle bug. She always needs to be near us and we couldn’t be happier to have it! We’ve caught her many times in the backyard sitting on our deck chairs and we even place one extra chair for her around our backyard fire pit.
– Misty (Midland, Ontario)

In the heart of it

Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2014 by midcenturyjo

Flinders Lane Melbourne. You can’t get any closer to the heart of city. Only 75 metres square this clever apartment is stylish and hip. Plywood is used for the fitout with a storage cube providing a now you see it now you don’t parents’ sleeping nook and the baby’s room. Flinders Lane Apartment by Clare Cousins. Contemporary architecture, historic building, dynamic laneway. A perfect marriage. The icing on the cake? It’s listed on airbnb.






Bathroom inspiration

Posted on Mon, 27 Jan 2014 by midcenturyjo

David Woolley

Renovations at my new old house having ground to a shuddering halt for more than a year are once more on the horizon. We desperately need an upstairs bathroom. It is a long trudge to our one and only bathroom waaaay down the back of the house at two in the morning. I need, I want a new bathroom close at hand. Now is the time to start gathering inspiration and doodling plans and looking for fixtures and fittings and finishes. My house was built in the 1860s so I’m leaning towards a more traditional look but with a touch of boho or maybe a dash of modern minimalism or… well I’ll know what I want when I see it. I would love a tub for soaking and an open shower. A wet room? A modern basin on an old table? What colour? All gleaming white? A hint of dark drama? Warm wood? Here are a few images I have tucked away in my inspiration files.

Alexandra Angle

Domus Nova

Tine K Home


Alex Profit

the marion house book

Domus Nova

Justin Bernhaut

Brent Darby


marie claire italia

marie claire italia

Solis Betancourt & Sherrill

and totally impractical, would never work in my house but I want those basins and the shelf above

Ryann Ford

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A blog of note

Posted on Sun, 26 Jan 2014 by KiM

It’s been an awesome yet crappy last few days. My stray cat Agnes went to her new home Friday night and she’s doing well so far, and I developed a really bad flu but I have a bunch of blog posts to get done for while I’m away in Mexico (I leave next Sunday). Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to get a post ready for today so I thought I would simply share some photos from one of my favourite blogs for some time now, Ollie & Seb’s Haus. The blog belongs to Deborah, who lives in Glasgow with her husband and 2 kids (whom the blog is named after). She has a background in interior design and visual merchandising/styling which is not a surprise given how amazing the photos of her home are (she’s a talented photographer to boot!). Here are some of my favourites.