Displaying posts from May, 2015

Heart Attack and Vine Cafe

Posted on Tue, 5 May 2015 by midcenturyjo

Some might call it retro revival. Others would say it was paying respect, paying your dues. Heart Attack and Vine Cafe is a newcomer on the Lygon St strip, a Johnny-come-lately to this iconic row of Italian eateries and nightspots in Melbourne’s inner city Carlton. Pizza and red wine, espresso and dolce, men who have been mentioned in criminal enquiries and nonne with saintly demeanours. This cafe by day and bar by night with design by Nicky Adams fits in seamlessly and stylishly.

Photographs by Lisa Cohen.


Posted on Mon, 4 May 2015 by KiM

A simple apartment in architecture and decor, but sometimes all you really need is simplicity and the basics. Located in central Madrid, by interior architect and designer Juan Carlos Fernández.

Monday’s pets on furniture – part 2

Posted on Mon, 4 May 2015 by KiM

If you would like to participate in this series photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to kim[@]desiretoinspire[.]net. Thanks!

This is Baxter, our 6 year old retired racing greyhound. When we adopted him, he had never lived in a home before and we had to teach him things like how to go up the stairs, and how to get on the sofa for a nap. He is a fast learner and this Pottery Barn sofa is now his favorite spot in the house, even though his long legs are always hanging off.
– Eric (Miami Beach, FL)

Thought I’d send you this shot of my Mac. She is enjoying the view from our IKEA ottoman 
– Laura

Here is our Ollie on the bed with some vintage German science posters behind her (jellyfish and potatoes!). She was just wrapping up a nice grooming session while enjoying the sun. 
– Jesse O.

This is Oliver 7 month old Whippet enjoying his favourite spot, on the sofa.
– Rob (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia)

Cats on furniture
– Chuck (Mankato, MN)

Bear, the fluffy black cat, chose us on a very cold, blustery winter day. We have never looked back. Max moved with us from Shanghai, and adapted quite well to Canadian cat culture. He is no longer with us, but he lived a very large, intercontinental life.
1 – Bear sits atop a teak dining table, made in Thailand but purchased in Singapore.
2 – Max is sleeping below a wall of pictures, a collection of house pictures on the left and, appropriately, cat pictures on the right.
3 – Max in the kitchen with a Chinese chicken coop cabinet in the background.
4 – Bear atop a dansu, a favourite lookout spot.
– Joanie 

I wanted to give a quick update on my herd of ferals. Bernie, Frankie and Georgie are doing well and now that I have realized the power of food, they are progressing really well. Frankie used to spend all of his time hiding when I was in the boys room, and now he always comes out and wants to play with whatever toy I’m swinging around or to chase the laser pointer. 

Now that he wanders around, I was able to got a photo of his beautiful spots. He is so handsome! I also started letting Felix in the room with them, as they seemed very curious of the cats on the other side of the door. Felix is the most chill of my other cats and could not care less about the newbies, and it turns out none of the ferals care too much when he’s in the room with them. Yay! The other night while Felix was lounging on my sofa pillow, Frankie – the shyest of the ferals – walked right up to Felix and sniffed his face. It was a magical moment. 

Here is a demonstration of the power of Fancy Feast, as seen with Bernie. 

Monday’s pets on furniture – part 1

Posted on Mon, 4 May 2015 by KiM

It looks like Monday’s pets on furniture is back in business! YAY! Thanks to everyone who submitted entries this past week. I hope the momentum continues. If you would like to participate photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to kim[@]desiretoinspire[.]net. 

This is our Vizsla rescue Rollo, he was about 1 year and 3 months here. He’s not allowed on the furniture. When my husband found him lounging in our Saarinen Womb chair, he put the ottoman on it to deter Rollo. A few minutes later he came around the corner to find him back in the chair, clearly undeterred by the ottoman.
– Beth (Alexandria, VA)

This is our best little buddy, Chase Mutley, in his favorite spot – our bed.
– Stephanie

This is Monty enjoying the morning sun on our breakfast table. Of course the real goal was to grab a bit of the spider plant for breakfast as well.
– Rosemary 

Bandi -dwarf rabbit- again on the furniture! 🙂
– Edina (Hungary) 

My mum and I found Crème in the street, 7 years ago, when she was very little, and she has lived with me since I moved out from my parent’s house. Crème loves visits, and behaves like a dog! (she follows people through the house, waits at the door for me to arrive after work, and comes running when people call her name).
– Noelia (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Fela and Nitka are sisters, they are four years old now and they have been inseparable since the day they were born. Unfortunately, Nitka (the mackerel tabby) got hit by a car last year – she survived, but she lost one eye. The photos attached were taken three years ago. They show a few of my cats’ favourite spots: the top of the wardrobe which is a good place to hide or play, the fridge (for obvious reasons) and the radio which is nice and warm.
– Joanna (Poland)

Wilson on a cane chair using his teddy bear as a pillow.
– Deb 

Union St by Workstead

Posted on Mon, 4 May 2015 by midcenturyjo

Beautiful bespoke cabinetry is the hero of this modern apartment. What was otherwise an empty white shell of the cookie cutter ilk is enriched by the custom walnut pieces providing ample storage for the family. Design by Brooklyn-based firm Workstead.