Displaying posts from March, 2018

Starting the day off right with some Paris beauties by Cassandra Vafadari-Miara of Vafadari Architecture. Those Parisians tend to be really creative with their use of colour, and wallpaper. Also, Paris apartments always have the most amazing hardwood floors and mouldings. *sigh*

Introducing our new look blog!

Posted on Tue, 6 Mar 2018 by midcenturyjo

Hooray! At last we can share what we have been working on these past few months. Welcome to the new Desire to Inspire. The look is cleaner, bolder and we hope a whole lot more user friendly. Here on the home page you’ll find our most recent posts. Click on the one you want to read and off you go. Once you’re in you can navigate with the previous and next post buttons. Need to find a specific date or post? We have our usual archive and category tabs up the top as well as a search bar.

The biggest change is our room category buttons at the bottom of the home page (not those above … that’s just a picture of what to look for). We’re very excited about these. Go on go back to the home page and click on one of them. I know you want to. You’ll be taken to a grid of rooms that you can scroll through easily and when you find one you really, really like just click again and you will find a link to the original post. We’ve been working hard to build up a fabulous library of rooms for you by  sorting through  our archives and this brand new resource will only improve with time as we add more with each new post (and as we continue to process our over 10500 older posts.)  Oh and mobile users will notice a big difference too. So much easier to use.

Once again welcome to the new blog. Take the time to look around and please let us know what you think. Kim and I have spent the last 11 years sharing our all consuming passion for the perfect room with you, our valued readers. Here’s to 11 more!




A new bedroom and library in an old apartment

Posted on Tue, 6 Mar 2018 by KiM

While I anxiously await the project that never seems like it is going to happen (the creation of a library in my third floor unused space), I can only hold back pangs of jealousy when I come across projects like this by Sophie Lallias of Atelier Sofi(A). She created a bedroom and library and left a narrow staircase to access the rest of the apartment. 3.5 metre high bookcases allow for maximum use of a very small space and the result is TONS of book storage, a workspace and a cozy bedroom. (That’s FarrowBall’s Tessela wallpaper in the hallway and Cole & Sons Woods & Stars in the bedroom…and these photos are by Benoit Alazard)

Check out another project of Sophie’s here


Posted on Mon, 5 Mar 2018 by midcenturyjo

Rich velvets and metallics, fine art and carefully curated collections, dark corners and soaring ceilings. It’s all about the drama, a glamorous modern drama. Luxurious, refined, sophisticated, rich. West Village Residence by New York based Carlyle Designs.

A completely renovated home all in white

Posted on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 by KiM

A 150 m2 home that was uninhabited for quite some time in Barcelona with no personality and lacking in light and flow was totally transformed by Bárbara Aurell, interior architect and designer of Espacio en blanco. I would guess Bárbara has a thing for white, and it seems so do these homeowners. This apartment was transformed with lots of white paint and furnishings and the result is charming and bright. And the bathroom is to die for! Via Nuevo Estilo.