Displaying posts from August, 2015

Douglas Mackie

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015 by KiM

London based interior designer Douglas Mackie does not follow rules. In fact, it seems he likes to break them. His mostly traditional spaces are filled with antiques yet there are modern surprises in furnishings and artwork. This melange of styles keeps the spaces from being too stuffy and classic, and his selection of beautiful rich colours and textures adds to the sophisticated look. British without the boring. 🙂

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015 by KiM

If you would like to participate in the Monday’s pets on furniture series please send photos, your name, location and a brief description to kim[@]desiretoinspire[.]net. Thanks!

The chair is an Acapulco from the Bay (50% off!) and the pouf from EQ3. Rug is from RugUSA. The stool/table is antique (junk really) but I love it. Sheepskin from Iceland (brought home for me by my daughter <3 ). The Jade plant is a really big old one that I adopted after all my roommates left it behind when the house we lived in was sold, years ago. And last, but not least! Soetkin (@soetkin_cat on Instagram) is a 1 year old rescue from Toronto Cat Rescue. I love her.
Carol (Toronto)

I love my lounge chair on my screened porch. I take many naps there while enjoying the sounds of the outdoors. Many days my pets beat me to it or they will snuggle next to me. Maud the Wheaton terrier and Stella kitty are relaxing!
– Donna (Indiana)

This is Bronx, my 3-month-old rescue baby from Austin Pets Alive in Austin, TX. My furniture is nothing special (Ikea bookcase, Furniture Row bed frame, Target bedding) but this little guy sure is!
– Chelsea

Smokey is enjoying a sunny morning in Arlington, Virginia.
– Theeng

Here is one of my cat, Mr Biggles, on the best seat in the house – a cloud soft leather chair protected from his claws with a sheep skin.  
– Anna (WA)

And a few from me of course. 🙂 Elusive feral Georgie makes an appearance on a leather Eames chair in the kitchen, Bernie LOVES to watch for the resident chipmunk from the living room window perch (made from reclaimed wood we found in my nonna’s shed), and Bernie (feral) and his best buddy Felix (who tolerates him) lounging on the sofa in front of a Fotofibre pillow.

Still stalking

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015 by midcenturyjo

From the outside you could be forgiven for thinking I’m stalking the same house as the last post but I’m in inner city Melbourne. Carlton in fact and I’ve found another bold example of redesigning within the walls of an old terrace house to create a contemporary home with retractable ceiling, striking voids, rooftop entertaining space and an indoor/outdoor dining cage. Once again don’t miss the video. Link here while it lasts.

Stalking in Surry Hills

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015 by midcenturyjo

I love the inner city suburbs of Sydney. Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Paddington, Redfern and the suburb that contains today’s stalking victim subject, Surry Hills. You all know I love a Victorian era terrace house. I stalk enough of them here on the blog. Narrow and small, dark and dank, often difficult to live expansively in, a design challenge to update for the needs of modern living which is why I’m taken by this interesting interpretation of inside/outside, up/down living. A fab inner urban crash pad. Link here while it lasts.

P.S. The video helps explain the space much better than the photos.

London loft love

Posted on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 by KiM

What a stunning loft. This 1200 sq ft space in London is a dream with massive windows along one entire side, concrete ceilings, white painted floorboards, and an eclectic touch with stained glass doors and windows and patterned tile. I would maybe redo the kitchen and add some actual cabinetry to make it more functional. Other than that the decor is really fun and random with an fairly simple colour pallet. LOVE this. Via Shoot Factory.