Displaying posts from January, 2016


Posted on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 by KiM

I wanted to share another project by Hauvette & Madani that I am totally in love with. I am not really a fan of the colour turquoise but OMG it works really well in this apartment. With lots of black and white to keep it grounded and modern, having the same colour scheme run throughout a small space really helps make it seem larger and keeps a nice flow going. And WHOA – check out the dining room ceiling light fixture. How divine!

Meritxell Ribé encore

Posted on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 by midcenturyjo

Because they mix old and new so well. Because family living can be stylish. Because Spanish tile gets me every time. That’s why I wanted to share more fabulous apartment from Meritxell Ribé and The Room Studio.

Little Napier Street

Posted on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 by midcenturyjo

Where else but Australia would a home owner sacrifice existing living space when renovating so they can squeeze in a pool in the backyard. This Little Napier Street house in Paddington, Sydney by Bureau SRH combines two historic terrace houses to create a family home where the line between inside and out is blurred and the kids just want to have fun. Happy Australia Day!


Hauvette & Madani

Posted on Mon, 25 Jan 2016 by KiM

If you loved the apartment I featured yesterday then you are in luck. Here is a sampling from several projects by Samantha Hauvette who helped on that project, and her partner in crime and design, Lucas Madani. The talent of this pair (known as Hauvette & Madani)is impressive, and their designs result in refined, elegant luxury with modern touches to keep things fresh and new.

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 25 Jan 2016 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!

Pepe, our rescue English Bull Terrier.
– Lari

This is Mouse. He’s a four year old nebelung, grey, long-haired cat. We live in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S. It’s the town next to Cambridge and Harvard University. We love it here and Mouse loves an unmade bed, a patch of sunlight, and his cardboard ice cream truck.
– Pascale 

(Kim: This entry almost made me cry. Mouse looks exactly like my Edgar, who passed away in 2013. He’s at the end of this post. Ok now I am crying after finding that tribute post 🙁 )

This is an obviously-posed photo of Dude on a chair. In September, 2014, he and his brother, Duke, were left in a cardboard box in front of a no-longer-in-business pet store. One month later, we found Ditto living under our front steps. Before we took each boy to Northwest Spay & Neuter, we took photos of his little nuts. Framed in dollar store frames, we’ve posted the photos low enough so they can see them on the way to the food dish. From left to right, Ditto, Duke, and Dude.
I do have a question about the chair. I bought four at auction. None have a maker’s mark but one has a sticker on the bottom from an Italian moving company. I haven’t seen a chair like this on the Internet. I’m sure they aren’t Arne Jacobson’s but by someone who was influenced by his designs.

– Suzanne Elk Plain, Washington

This is my amazing border collie Bodhi and his good buddy Astro – they are both rescues but you would never know it. They feel completely entitled to the good life!  
– Jennifer (Santa Barbara)

First two are of our newest addition to the family: Mr. Meatball. Of origin unknown…breed? part unicorn, part manatee, part potbelly pup, and the remainder is most likely a grandpa doggy. Full of love and bad hips…and lumps…and allergies. And we love him to the moon and back. He has to have a set up that allows him to get onto chairs and coffee tables…hence the ton of ottomans around his areas. Doesn’t look glamorous but we don’t mind! Last shot are Farrah Fawcett (aka Fat Bastard…like in the Austin Powers movie, not as an insult) and her son, Sydney (grey kitty). The are in the same sun room as the pup.
– Pam  

Took this photo yesterday afternoon while I was trying to get my damn corporate taxes done. Getting a shot of former-feral Frankie sitting all cute on my Hay Denmark J104 Chair from The Modern Shop was all the distraction I needed.