Displaying posts from February, 2021

I have been following Austin, Texas based designer Kristin Laing for some time now on Instagram (I think it was her kitchen that reeled me on – more on that below) so I figured it was about time I feature her work here on the blog. This is the house she lived in for 8 years, until she sold it a few months ago and has since moved into a new place. She shared some really incredible before (from the MLS listing) and afters on her blog and they were so insanely good I had to share. Let’s dig in!

She gave a very detailed resource list in her blog post if you’re wondering what her sources are. After photos by Brian Cole.

Landscape design by Emily Erlam

Posted on Tue, 16 Feb 2021 by KiM

I have had it with the misery winter brings. I am craving the outdoors, a landscape of green rather than white, and feeling the sunshine on my skin. I will instead take all the online outdoor inspiration I can get since there is no escaping it this year. And today it’s in form of some wonderful gardens from the portfolio of London based landscape designer Emily Erlam.

Away from it all

Posted on Mon, 15 Feb 2021 by midcenturyjo

A lush sanctuary in the inner city, the perfect place to get away from it all … without leaving home. And if fabulous al fresco gatherings with family and friends are more your thing? No worries. Your private oasis is party central. Balmain garden by Sydney-based Adam Robinson Design.

Photography by Sue Stubbs

Last call for entries for the A’ Design Award and Competition. The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. You can nominate your design here. With over 100 categories the A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals.

From the Good Industrial Design Award to the Good Architecture Design Award. The Good Product Design Award to the Good Communication Design Award. The Good Service Design Award to the Good Fashion Design Award and so many more. (You can find all the design categories here.) With the competition highlighting, advertising & advocating good design, taking part will provide recognition, publicity and international peer review. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more.

Are you inspired? Excited? Believe you’ve got what it takes to take on the best of the best design from around the world? You can register for the A’ Design Award and Competition 2020 – 2021 here. But you better be quick. The deadline for submission is on February 28. Results will be announced April 15 and you will find full coverage of the results here on Desire to Inspire. We can’t wait!

In the meantime here are some inspiring past winners …

House On Pipes Weekend Getaway by Nagendra R and Raghunandan G

Studio Atelier11 Office by Hyunmo Park

Shared Yard Yard by Tianqi Guan

Chinese Quadrangle Hotel by Zhang ZhaoYong

Montecarmelo Townhouses Family Housing by Joaquin Millan Villamuelas

Private Villa Juge Accommodation by Maiko Minami

Heart By Tree Villa House by Summer Chang Hin Cheong

Ryad Private Garden by Fernando Pozuelo

Nine Court Mansion Residential Landscape by Shenzhen IN Lab Design and Consultancy

Farmers Den Office by The Grid Architects

Black Star Vessel by Klaus Kirchner

Coral Teapot by Swee Tuan Pang

Gray & Gold Interior Design by Sergei Savateev

Soulful Residential House by Lu Sha

Master Suite Country House by Cibelle Costa

Apartment Pipa Residential Apartment by Giuliano Marchiorato

Taisi Personal Residence by Shao-Fong Wang

A Touch of Monet Residential Apartment by Li Zhang

Shenwu Jinmao Palac Exemplary Apartment by Joy Chou

Straightforward Journey Residential Apartment by Yi-Yun Chang

Don’t forget to nominate your designs for award consideration hereSubmission deadline is 28 February 2021.


This post is brought to you in collaboration with A’ Design Award and Competition

Balancing act

Posted on Mon, 15 Feb 2021 by midcenturyjo

It’s a fine balancing act. Eclectic and exuberant, luxurious and timeless, family-friendly and West Side cool. Get it wrong and the balls will come tumbling down. No chance when your interior designer is Tali Roth. Her masterful reworking of this Chelsea townhouse is textured, layered, bold and bright.