Displaying posts from October, 2021

A bold and fun kitchen in a Savannah showhouse

Posted on Tue, 12 Oct 2021 by KiM

I stumbled upon this kitchen by designer Lisa Mende and it immediately put a smile on my face. Most kitchens these days I find completely underwhelming and lacking any sort of creativity and uniqueness and this one is anything but that! It was designed for a showhouse and to my horror I learned the homeowner tore it out and redesigned it after the showhouse was over 🙁 It was great while it lasted… (photos: Kelli Boyd)

A colourful seaside house

Posted on Mon, 11 Oct 2021 by midcenturyjo

A colourful family seaside home and not a coastal cliche in sight. Think fun and fabulous, open plan and private spaces, orange and red, green and blue and don’t forget the yellow. An eclectic richness carefully curated to seem effortless and welcoming. Seaside House by London-based Studio Ashby.

For several years Desire to Inspire has proudly partnered with the A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest annual juried design competition with over 100 categories. It honors the best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. Such an exciting competition. Such a prestigious award.  A’ Design Award & Competition is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. 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 & Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. There is still time to get entries in. You can register here.

Let’s indulge in the wonderful winners of last year’s Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design category (one of MANY categories that are included).

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 2021-2022 A’ Design Award and Competition here but time is short so get your entries in now.


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

Perfect porches

Posted on Mon, 11 Oct 2021 by midcenturyjo

“Terraces, porches, furnished pergolas… These common areas in between architecture and gardening are an essential part of landscaping.

In these projects we have tried to harmoniously combine architecture, decoration and gardening starting from the functionality required by the use we give to each space and using natural materials and often unique objects, which provide character and good aging.”

The perfect space between inside and out. The perfect place to gather. The perfect porches by Madrid-based Locus Landscape & Architecture.

Castello di Santa Eurasia

Posted on Sun, 10 Oct 2021 by KiM

What was once a completely uninhabitable, crumbling, 12th century, 35,000 sq ft castle that sat untouched for over 60 years (see photo below), became an absolutely marvelous estate thanks to architect Domenico Minchilli and interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who designed the castle as it would have been 200 years ago (maybe with the kitchen taking exception). This is exactly how you should redo a castle, by paying homage to its history. (Photos: Oberto Gili for Architectural Digest and Martyn’s website)