A colourful Sussex cottage

Posted on Wed, 4 Sep 2019 by KiM

Beata Heuman making more design magic with lots of colours, textures and patterns as is her signature eclectic style. I will get behind this each and every time.

Eternity Modern and my new dream sofa

Posted on Wed, 4 Sep 2019 by KiM

A few months ago the folks at Eternity Modern emailed us about a blog feature. I had not heard of this company before so I took a look around their website and was delighted to know they are headquartered in Vancouver (Canadian eh!) and have an appreciation for some of the best classic mid-century designs. They carry sofas, lounge chairs, dining tables and chairs, sideboards, office chairs and more, of the designs of geniuses like Hans Wegner, Eero Saarinen, Le Corbusier, Finn Juhl, Warren Platner and many more. I was asked to review a product from their shop and I wasn’t sure what to choose at first, until I came across their version of the Noguchi Freeform sofa & ottoman. I have dreamt of owning a curved sofa for quite some time, and knew I would never come across one in the wild here in Ottawa, land of some of the most boring vintage furniture, so as soon as I spotted this sofa I was sold.

The 9 or so weeks I had to wait for my sofa to be made based on my fabric selection were the longest 9 weeks of my life. Selecting fabrics was a bit agonizing too – Eternity Modern has options for this piece of either bouclé wool, cashmere or velvet (or custom, using your own fabric!). They will send along fabric samples which is VERY handy to help with the decision making process. Given the amount of cats I have I knew velvet would be ideal for me (so easy to wipe the fur off!), but picking colours was tough. I was torn between rose mauve and ginger cider for the base and ottoman but after asking on Instagram it seemed the ginger cider was the winner. I then chose slate pebble for the back rest. That done I started thinking about furniture placement in my living room. This sofa is rather large – a little over 10 feet long. and it ranges in width from left to right to form the curve so it’s the perfect sofa to have at an angle. The ottoman is no slouch at almost 4 feet long.

I realized once it arrived that I would have to rearrange the entire room to fit it at the longer end as it really it quite large and needs a fair amount of space. The photo below shows an “aerial” view (me standing on a chair) so you can really get an idea of the curves. It is absolutely gorgeous.

And I have to say it’s really well made.The velvet is beautiful and I hope wears well over time. It is perhaps a bit more firm than I would prefer (I just noticed the site says “cushion softness customizable”) but I’m sure it will soften in time. I had a nap on it the other day and to be able to spread out with the cats around me was fabulous. 🙂

I am really happy with my purchase (keeping things real here – I received a discount on the sofa, it was not free of charge). The only issue that came out of this whole process was with the shipping. Perhaps my fault for insisting the sofa be delivered on the estimated day the shipping company had noted on their site as I had booked the day off work, but when only one guy showed up and could not get it off the truck, I climbed in, unwrapped some of the packaging and helped carry this beast (I think it weighs over 200 lbs) into my garage. I was so excited to finally have my Freeform sofa in my living room as I had sold my previous sofa right after purchasing this one, that I was willing to do anything to get this in my house!

I am in love. It really is the sofa of my dreams.

A couple of quick notes about Eternity Modern: the designs are all identical to the original, shipping is free over $1000, their prices are great and totally reasonable for the quality of their products, they have a large selection of really beautiful fabrics. And did I mention they have a Canadian site? That is key for me as I detest spending money on exchange rates, duty, handling, and all the other fees that mysteriously pop up when shopping internationally. They do have a US site and have warehouse and distribution centers throughout the world.

I took a few shots around the room to show what else I have going on in there since I really did have to rearrange everything to fit the sofa in. It was alot of fun to work it into the space and create a new, lighter zone in that end of the room. I’m still going to be fussing with the layout a bit and the accessories but this is what I had going on during photo shoot day.

My husband bought me this swing-arm lamp about 10 years ago off eBay from the Netherlands I think, and it has been in a box in storage waiting for the perfect spot all those years. When the sofa arrived I realized it matches  perfectly with the colour of the back rest. I’m so stoked to be able to finally use it!

My sister Jen was doing a tour of all the ice cream shops in the city she could find over the summer, and took this photo of my niece Adelina on one of their stops. She had eaten black ice cream and I had to have this photo blown up. I found a vintage frame in storage and for under $20 I have new art over my fireplace.

Where my last sofa was became the plant and book zone.

Across from the sofa I added some Panton chairs and a lucite table under my antique mirror (collage in the reflection that is hanging over the sofa was a new purchase for the space by Stephanie Clayton via Artfix Cultured Studios)

Casual comfort in a family home

Posted on Mon, 2 Sep 2019 by KiM

Timeless, full of personality and comfortable. The Los Angeles home of Reath Design‘s Frances Merrill is the epitome of her signature style. It’s the kind of home you want to hang out in and never leave.  (Photos: Laure Joliet)


Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 2 Sep 2019 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!

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They’re literally a mood — my mood on this lovely Friday morning. – This week FLEW by. I can’t believe it’s Friday!! I think time goes quicker when you’re not feeling well because you just can’t stop thinking about the things you can’t do. I’ve been trying to fill my mind with things I CAN do. If I think about the things I CAN do and CAN control it keeps me present and focused (minus brain fog). – Does anyone struggle with brain fog? Any tips? . . . . . #handmademodernhome #mycollecteddecor #stellarspaces #homeandgarden #homeandhealing #myoklstyle #mytradhome #mybhghome #myhouseidea #dtipetsonfurniture #dogsindecor #rspets #dspetstyle #myhgtv #inmydomaine #color_place_interior #interiormilk #myinteriorvibe #walltowallstyle #stylishhomevibes #interiors123 #ownyourdecor #spotthenewtrend #myinteriorstyletoday #myspaceanddecor #rockmystylishhome #sorealhomes #kinfolkhome #darlinghome #realhomesofinstagram

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A few of you confessed your insta-sins to me yesterday, which inspired me to post this pic of the two biggest rebels I know 🐶🐶This post is dedicated to all the rule-breaking, double chin selfie-taking, lights on, twice-a-day posting #instarebels out there who refuse to be a slave to the algorithm. Mojo and Morris salute you ✊ . . . #postitandsmile #dogsofinstagram #cockerspaniel #cockersofinstagram #spoodlesofinstagram #puppiesofinsta #dogsinmyhouseandhome #dtipetsonfurniture #mygardenoasis #homeandgarden #gardensofinstagram #urbanoasis #urbangardenersrepublic #dailyhomeshare #myinteriorsquares #styleithappy #stylishhomevibes #nzhomeswithstyle #petsofinstagram #petsonfurniture #petstagram #cockerspaniellove #cockerspanielworld #cockergram

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This is my cat Egon, located in Berlin, Germany. The cool, leather sofa is the perfect place for him to hang out on hot summer days.
– Lisa

Some from me 🙂 All of the cats are loving my new sofa (more on that addition to my home Wednesday). Mimin posing on top of a vintage cabinet in my upstairs hallway. And Bernie asleep on my antique grandfather chair.

Bring parquet style into your home

Posted on Sun, 1 Sep 2019 by KiM

Parquet engineered flooring is a trend that’s sticking around and the look has inspired a whole new group of stylish ways to add personality to your home. The current revival of both herringbone and chevron parquet floors has exploded all over Instagram, Pinterest and the wider web, with interior experts loving this classic design. Whether you’re moving into a new build home and designing your space, or renovating an Edwardian property and are looking to re-inject some period style features, parquet engineered wood is a fantastic choice of material for your new floor.

The French craft of ‘parqueterie’, or parquet as we know it today, is the art of hand cutting rectangular blocks of wood and fitting them together to create a floor. Once popular with the 17th century aristocracy and royalty, parquet flooring gathered momentum towards the Edwardian period in stately homes, palaces and mansions. To have parquet flooring was considered a status symbol; after all, it required a great deal of craftsmanship which ultimately cost money.

There’s a whole host of traditional patterns that suit parquet engineered wood flooring; single herringbone, chevron, and square basket are some of the more popular styles found in homes today. Herringbone style parquet flooring are cut from rectangles to give the effect of a broken zigzag or fish bones. Chevron styles are different. These are aligned in a straight line and are cut at a sharper angle to give a more minimalist vibe. There’s a huge amount of choice for which style you opt for but each individual pattern has beauty to offer the different spaces in your home.

From a design aspect, when you choose engineered wood to parquet your floor, it really suits the ever-popular Scandi style. With stripped back, minimalist decor, your parquet flooring then becomes the main attraction. Combine a show-stopper herringbone parquet floor with neutral colour palettes, green foliage and a shaker style kitchen, and you’ve got yourself a one-of-a-kind space that’s sure to delight.

The classic zigzag pattern of herringbone parquet flooring lends itself to smaller spaces. It’s visually deceptive; if your space is narrow then it’ll widen the room by drawing the eye up and down the pattern whilst adding a touch of sophisticated elegance. Chevron patterns are fantastic for sprawling, open-plan areas in larger, period properties. These look amazing when combined with quirky, contemporary pieces of furniture, rich jewel-toned velvet, and succulents in every corner of the room.

Adopting a parquet pattern for your flooring makes a real impact in any room of the home; one of the best features of engineered wood flooring as a material is that you can use it in areas of the house that do contain moisture as it is resistant to damp. This means you can have beautiful parquet flooring made from engineered wood in places like your kitchen or conservatory. The only place that it’s not recommended for is your bathroom. Large amounts of water can penetrate through engineered wood and it will shorten its lifespan.

One of the best features of engineered wood is that there is so much choice available for your floor. Depending on which style you want to achieve, the wear-layer of your engineered wood planks can be made to pretty much any species of tree. Engineered Oak is especially popular at the moment and is beautiful when laid parquet style in your kitchen. Maple makes a real statement in dining rooms. Ash looks amazing in the master bedroom. Whatever you’re looking to recreate, we can help you find your perfect engineered wood flooring at Lifestyle Flooring UK. Parquet flooring looks incredible whatever the shape or size of your home.

This post was contributed by a guest writer.