Displaying posts from May, 2018

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 7 May 2018 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[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net, or hashtag your photos on Instagram with #DTIpetsonfurniture. Thanks!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter weekend? Been so miserable weather wise today, the most I could muster was a swim at the gym and I have been beavering away updating my website (not live with it yet but watch this space)….. Poor Teddy spent most of the day looking out of the window on my bed pictured here, wishing the rain would stop so he could have a longer walk, but it’s been non stop. Got some plans for this room….which I’ll be revealing soon… . . . #bedroomdecor #bedroominspo #bedroomideas #deliciousdarkdecor #wallartdecor #cavapoopuppy #gallerywall #walltowallstyle #cavapoosofinstagram #festoons #sassyhomestyle #aadogs #dtipetsonfurniture #howivintage #myvintageabode #abigailahern #darkinteriors #myhousethismonth #styleithappy #ekbbhome #pinkinteriors #atmine #houzz #cosyhome #interiorboom #myfabhome #suburbansalon #inmydomaine #apartmenttherapy #sodomino

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Pets on furniture. #dtipetsonfurniture

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Bath day! #dtipetsonfurniture

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I love rugs! I want rugs everywhere. Unfortunately I’m also very allergic, so every once in a while I remove them all. And then I miss them and put them back in a different place. I really like rugs that I can wash though. Usually those are cotton, but these are wool. They fit in the washer but are too small for the lounge so I just layered them instagram style 😄. I’m so avant-garde 😂. Anyway these are a lovely PATTERN AND TEXTURE for day 13 of #myhousethismonth. Add a kitty and it’s a wrap 😄. #catsofinstagram #dtipetsonfurniture #hometohave #sassyhomestyle #thriftlove #recyclerestyle #walltowallstyle #howyouhome #interiorboom #howyouthrift #intramuralinteriors #howtheyhome #mystylishrug #toptotoedecor #rockinteriors #myhomevibe #vtwonenbijmijthuis #dailydecordetail #howivintage #luxuryinteriorsonabudget #styleithappy #myhomesteal #myvintageabode #myinteriorstyletoday #vintagewonen #rockininteriors

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A couple from me of my little ball of Himalayan fluff, Milo, lounging in the living room.

A bright and colourful home

Posted on Sun, 6 May 2018 by KiM

I’m location home-ing again this Sunday with this ray of sunshine from Shoot Factory. A beautiful and bright five bedroom detached family home with 3,000 sq ft over three floors. It is simply decorated yet so pretty with walls and moldings painted white and additions of colour through furniture, art and textiles.

Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 5 May 2018 by midcenturyjo

It’s like I say time and again. If you have to drag your sorry self into work on a Saturday then it certainly helps if it’s somewhere cool. How about the San Francisco Union Square offices of online lingerie company True & Co. by Kendall Ermshar Design? Cool work place. Cool view!


It was time for a change. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my old bedroom. One of the very first things I wanted to do when we moved into our new old house 7 years ago was to paint at least one room black and it was my bedroom that turned to the dark side. Unfortunately impending renovations mean that my spacious bedroom is about to be chopped in half to make way for an upstairs bathroom. Yay! Much smaller bedroom. Boo! What to do? Why move across the landing and convert my office into my new bedroom. Quite a change as the new room is white. What to do? Where to start? Well I started with a rug.

It was as if the design gods were smiling the day the Unique Rug Store came into my life via email a few weeks ago with an offer to review their extensive range of handmade rugs. Think Turkish and Persian rugs, kilims, vintage, distressed, over dyed and patchwork. They are a small local producer trying to keep a traditional craft alive. Their rugs are fashioned from original handmade and organically dyed wool and cotton blend vintage Turkish rugs. The edges are hand sewn and they are responsible for the shaving, bleaching, colorization, over dying and drying of the reworked carpets. The exciting news for me here in Australia is that they ship worldwide. Yes everywhere. Think of it … thousands of rugs and worldwide shipping. I was in heaven but how was I to choose? Luckily the website was easy to navigate and soon I had narrowed it down to a handful of rugs. This is the beauty that was the genesis of my new bedroom design.

It’s a beige over dyed vintage rug. The Unique Rug Store takes Turkish carpets at least 40-50 years of age which then undergo a unique process of colour neutralisation before being over-dyed in an exciting new colour. The result is a mix of traditional Turkish carpet design fused with a contemporary vintage style with each rug unique in size and colour.

I wanted a bright neutral colour scheme, white walls, natural wood floors, caramel leathers. The room faces east and morning sun streams in. After years of sleeping in a black as night bedroom I was ready to celebrate the light. With my new rug laid before the fireplace (ooh can’t wait to light a fire when the weather cools) it was time to shop my house for what I needed to furnish the room. I did mention we have major kitchen and bathroom renovations in the pipeline didn’t I? Money is painfully tight. With my new vintage rug as the hero of the room I pulled together what I could, bought a few pieces I didn’t have like sheers for the windows and some new sheets (that’s all I had to buy believe me) and slapped some paint on old boards to create large art pieces for the walls. And yes I’m an art dilettante. I create paintings to match my colour scheme.

Luckily I am blessed with a large room with two huge windows and french doors onto a verandah. With my Unique Rug Store rug looking so good on the floor I thought it would be a shame to cover it up with furniture. I dragged in an 80’s glass and marble coffee table I had used in the sitting area of my old bedroom and paired it with two Robert Dunlop Tanderra chairs from the mid 70s.  The glass top and the wide open legs of the chairs allow the carpet to shine through. I love it. The depression era chair in the corner I found in a secondhand store covered in layer after layer of homemade upholstery. I stripped it back to its bare bones and love its primitive honesty. An Eero Aarnio Parabel side table, found on eBay years ago and more than likely a reproduction despite the seller’s protestations that it wasn’t, sits beside. On the mantel is a piece I painted in a hurry for the spot. Something abstract to contrast with the 150 year old fireplace. On the other side is an old homemade workshop cupboard topped with various retro pieces and a mirror I picked up in the 90s at a local artisan market. I stole the bead chandelier from my dining room. Which reminds me I have to find something for there now. Bugger!

At the other end of the room is our bed, simply dressed in white. Above is a painting of mine that started off as another abstract but somehow evolved into a floral. Weird. I’m not that sort of girl. It still needs a frame but considering I pulled together this room in a week I think you can cut me some slack on an unframed artwork. The screen is a student piece from my design school days. Not my design unfortunately.

So there you have it. My transformation from dark to light, from old bedroom to new and the rug that set the scene for it all. A big thank you to Unique Rug Store for my fabulous new vintage over dyed rug. I love it.

P.S. The hemp over dyed kilim runner at the foot of my bed is also from the Unique Rug Store. It’s actually for my new bathroom whenever it is built. But you’ll get to see more of it when I reveal the new bathroom in all its black glory. What? You didn’t expect me to leave the dark side completely did you?

P.P.S. Want to see what my old bedroom looked like? And this room before the transformation? Here are couple of pictures for you.

… and a little later

The office before it became the bedroom …



Stalking churches again

Posted on Fri, 4 May 2018 by midcenturyjo

Kim and I have a fascination with church conversions. We can’t get enough. So when I came across this church hall (halls count as churches in our books) in my stalking endeavors I just had to share. It’s in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote. I love the open plan living with an industrial meets vintage cool vibe. There’s even a self contained residence at the rear. Now I wonder what the church next door looks like? Link here while it lasts.