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Top 5 sleeper sofas and sofa beds

Posted on Wed, 9 Jan 2019 by KiM

For those on the hunt for a sleeper sofa/sofa bed I thought I would share some worthy options and will break it down into my top 5 favourites. But first a quick story. My husband and I own a 4 bedroom house. We have no kids. This was a sweet setup because we each ended up with a dressing room. And the obvious choice for the third extra bedroom was to use it as a guest bedroom. After a few years we realized what a dumb idea that was in reality. No one visits us and stays over! So we had a room with a bed that was only ever used by the cats. We ended up getting rid of the bed and put a small sofa in there and it became a media room where I do most of my Netflixing. Then my mother-in-law and niece-in-law visited from the Maritimes back in the spring and stayed several days. OOPS! What could we have used for this visit? A sleeper sofa!!! It’s the obvious choice when you don’t really want to take up much space for a bed that will only get used occasionally. On the hunt for sleeper sofas/sofa beds I go! I hear the problem with these are that they can be uncomfortable, heavy and noisy/clumsy to open. For the record, the following appear to be none of those.

My first pick is the Soho Sofa Bed by The Sofa Bed Store™.

What I love about this sofa bed is that you would NEVER know it is one. It really a statement piece, great for large family rooms, and larger spaces in general because of the bulky arms, which actually double as side tables! That is a perk when it’s opened as a bed too – tables right next to you for your book, phone, glasses etc. This one is a queen sized 12″ thick pocket coil mattress. WUT?! That is going to be SO comfortable. I would happily let my mother-in-law sleep on it. Currently on sale for $3695 (CAD).

My second pick is the Movie Night with wood arms. Also by The Sofa Bed Store™.

If chunky arms aren’t your thing, then this sofa bed is a clear winner. I LOVE the arms on this. And the overall style again is modern and leaves you clueless that it is a sleeper sofa. Perfect in a living room, a media room (mine!) and awesome for curling up and well, watching a movie! This one has the same queen size luxury mattress as the previous pick. Winner winner chicken dinner! On sale for $3495 (CAD).

My third choice is the Sulley by American Leather.

Offered in about a zillion different colours and in fabrics like leather, sunbrella, ultrasuede, crypton etc. etc. Tons of options to customize. This one has a 4″ high-density foam mattress. A sleek, modern option. On sale right now @ Artesanos for $3949 (USD)

Choice #4 is the Stretch series sleeper sofa. Again by The Sofa Bed Store™. I have to include a few photos of this one to show you its versatility.

Forget the mother-in-law – I want to lounge on this and Netflix binge for an entire day! This sleeper sofa is a perfect small space solution. Ideal in offices, dens, guest rooms, and of course bedrooms converted into media rooms 🙂  This one comes in double or queen and has the same luxurious mattress as the other 2 above but is 7”. Love the mid-century vibe of the legs. A great price @ $2469 (CAD).

#5 on my list is the Nest sofa bed. This one is also by The Sofa Bed Store™. If you prefer a simple design this one is IT.

The more I look at the photos of this one, the more I love it. It’s the perfect small space sleeper sofa for a corner of a room, or in an office where you want something tucked at the other end in an inconspicuous way. I got rid of a giant leather sofa in the home-office end of my living room and this would be perfect where my old sofa was as I want something bench-like where I could chill out and read a magazine when I need a work break. Or husband can perch on it while I stalk endlessly about all the projects I want done around the house. 🙂 Anyhoo, the serious bonus of this sofa bed is OMG – storage! Everything you need to turn this into a bed can be stored within it. This is a queen sized 8″ mattress. LOVE! This one is available on the US site for $1895 USD

***Note: The Sofa Bed Store™ happens to be located in Ottawa (!!!) and Toronto. And their products are flat-packed so yes, you have to put them together but you can easily get the sofa into any size room. (To note: if you live in Ottawa or Toronto they deliver and assemble free of charge! And free shipping across North America) Also noting pocket coil mattresses seem quite durable if you want a long-term option.

World Design Rankings

Posted on Tue, 1 Jan 2019 by midcenturyjo

News flash! The World Design Rankings have been announced for 2018. Who do you think topped the list? Where did your country come? What are World Design Rankings? WDR ranks all the countries based on the number of designers that have been granted an A’ Design Award. The United States takes the first place among 100 represented countries this year with 48 Platinum Design Awards won followed by China, Japan, Italy, Great Britain,Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Portugal and Australia (yay!) rounding out the top 10. So where did your country came? Check out the list below:

The ultimate aim of the World Design Rankings is to contribute to global design culture through advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings provide a snapshot of the state-of-art and design potentials of countries worldwide by highlighting their creative strengths, design weaknesses and available opportunities. The “Design Business Insights” section provides a ranking of countries based on their success in diverse design fields and creative categories. Using the “Design Business Insights” section, media members and design lovers could discover leading countries for specific design sectors and get answers to their questions such as “Which country is best in industrial design”, “Which country is best in interior design?”,  “Which country is the best in fashion design?” etc.

With the best of the best showcased in hundreds of design fields and categories the Design Classifications allow you to choose the top ranking designers, artists and architects for your next project be it in architecture, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, graphics design and packaging design and more.

For several years Desire to Inspire has partnered with the A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest annual juried design competition that 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. Here are some of my favourite winners from 2018.

Mozaik system Modulable lamp by Davide Oppizzi

Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center by Hejingtang Design Studio

BEING Lamp by Cecilia Pozzi

Yard Seclusion Accommodation in Farm by Lei Jin, Tianqi Guan, Teng Guo

Globe Floor Lamp by Edoardo Colzani

Little Bo Flower vase by Santiago Bautista

The Mirrored Sight Shelter Viewing House, Tea House by Li Hao – One Take Architects

Meditation Seat Ware by Gao Fenglin

De Vinos Y Viandas Wine Shop by Zooco Studio

Groenlandia Residential House by Fernanda Marques

Brickkiln Folk Inn and Museum Make Village Newborn by Kevin Hu

Zhongnan Mansion Clubhouse by Kris Lin and Jiayu Yang

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 2018-2019 A’ Design Award and Competition here but time is short so get your entries in now.


This post is in collaboration with A’ Design Award & Competition



New reads on a Sunday

Posted on Sun, 11 Nov 2018 by KiM

Happy Sunday dear readers! I received some more new books in the mail lately so I thought I would share them today, in the hopes to distract all those suffering from the onslaught of winter. These books are really REALLY good and must-haves for your coffee table. I honestly need a bigger house with a bigger living room so I can have a ginormous coffee table just to display books. Anyway, this first one from Vendome Press is maximum eye candy. David Gill: Designing Art. I think I have been living under a rock, because I didn’t really know who David Gill was. (Insert shame face) Now I think we should be besties. This man’s appreciation and eye for art is beyond words.

David Gill reveals the famed gallerist’s opinions of and influence on the world of art and design; he presents the works of artists, sculptors, and designers he has discovered and nurtured, among them Donald Judd, Mattia Bonetti, Zaha Hadid, Grayson Perry, Barnaby Barford, Fredrikson Stallard, Jorge Pardo, and the Campana brothers.

Structured chronologically, and divided by location, the book includes never-before-seen photographs of Gill’s galleries, his award-winning exhibitions, and the private collections in his own homes: a converted handbag factory south of the River Thames; the eighteenth-century Albany apartments in London’s Mayfair; and his latest home, a restored palazzo in Malta’s Valetta. Seen throughout are the designs of the many world-famous artists he has represented over his quarter of a century at the forefront of the contemporary art and design world. The book also features a selection of his curated interiors and never-before-published glimpses of the private collections and homes of the numerous internationally renowned collectors with whom Gill regularly collaborates.

Vendome Press also sent over this gem that had me swooning. We have been a fan of Spanish designer Isabel López-Quesada for many years and have featured her work on the blog several times. I was so excited to hear she launched her first book called At Home, and it did not disappoint. I adore her style and this medium of featuring her homes is everything you would expect from her.

Innovatively combining period and contemporary furniture and art in a sophisticated mix, the homes of Isabel López-Quesada (ILQ) are inspirational and unforgettable. At Home is the long-awaited monograph on ILQ, a unique voice in contemporary European design. Passion and obsession have driven the creation of her homes, each a master class in luxurious but warm and inviting interior design, with a savoir-faire revealed by master photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna.
Her personal journey is the backdrop to the discovery of her city house, an abandoned wax factory in a leafy district of Madrid, and its transformation from an industrial space into a family home and atelier. The Madrid courtyard house, with its flowering patios and water features, became a living laboratory as ILQ refined her mix of textiles, finishes, antiques, and contemporary furniture. Subsequently, she transformed a run-down Basque farm in the rolling hills outside of Biarritz.

The folks at Rizzoli sent over a special book called Palm Beach: Palm Beach: An Architectural Heritage: Stories in Preservation and Architecture (written by Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and Katherine Jacob and Amanda Skier and Shellie Labell). This book delves into some of the palatial homes that make Palm Beach the magical Floridian town that it has long been.

Palm Beach: An Architectural Heritage, serves as an inspiration by featuring thirty-eight classic houses and other buildings that have been restored or preserved with a high degree of sensitivity and taste, and which have won the coveted Ballinger Award–presented by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach to commemorate a restoration or renovation that best exemplifies the traditions of Palm Beach’s original houses and the architects who designed them. 
From Casa de Leoni to Junglewood, Villa Artemis to Las Palmas, the houses of Palm Beach are fantasies of splendor inspiring dreams of fine living in the sun amid beautiful, fragrant gardens. Public and private structures designed by Architects Addison Mizner, Joseph Urban, Marion Sims Wyeth and Maurice Fatio are included as well as those by less recognized architects and builders whose feats of imagination rival those of the most celebrated professionals.

Saatva Dreams

Posted on Thu, 1 Nov 2018 by KiM

Dear readers, let me start off by saying this is a sponsored post. The items I am reviewing here were gifted to me. Everything I am about to tell you about these items is 100% true and my honest opinion. These items sat in boxes for a week or 2 before I was able to unpack them and try them out. And once I did this past Friday it was, I kid you not, a GAME CHANGER.

Saatva is one of the top mattress companies in America. They recently launched Saatva Dreams – an affordable yet luxurious line of sheets and pillows. The sheets are silky-soft sateen in a 300-thread count, long-staple, organic cotton weave and the pillows are plush, weighty, hotel-quality pillow with eco-friendly, supportive, shredded American Talalay latex. I’ll talk more about them in a bit. Here is a shot of what I received:

Let me start by saying I am a sucker for good packaging, and Saatva Dreams scored big time. My 2 king-sized pillows arrived in a zip-up bag (that I am going to reuse to store off season blankets) and the 2 sheet sets came in beautiful boxes that I will also reuse. Then inside the boxes the sheets were wrapped in tissue, and under the tissue was a thick canvas sack (also reusable!) with the sheets inside. Whoa!

And here they are. 2 king sized pillows, and 2 king sized grey and ivory sheets (the sheets also come in white).

I was really impressed when I first handled them at how plush the pillows felt, and how soft the sheets were. I have to tell you how this all went down so you fully understand how awesome these products are. I spent Friday afternoon unpacking all of this, making my bed with the grey sheets and ivory pillow cases, ironing (first and last time I iron sheets), and taking photos. When I was done all of that I decided to watch a bit of TV in bed and see how I felt about the new set-up. And that’s basically where my life changed. I spent a good 3 hours cuddled up in bed with some of the cats until I finally had to climb out for dinner, and as soon as I finished eating I climbed back in and did not leave until the following morning. I KID YOU NOT. These pillows and sheets are the best I have ever owned. It felt like I was living it up in a hotel room lounging like a queen. They really are a game changer, and I cannot sing their praises enough. (I showed up at work on Monday telling anyone who would listen about them – LOL!) I have slept better since using them than I have in a really long time. If you’re in the market for sheets and pillows, you MUST give these a try. And if you’re not in the market, treat yourself. Or put them on your Christmas list and have someone else treat you. They will take your netflix and chillin’ to a whole other level. 😉


This post is in collaboration with Saatva Dreams. All opinions are 100% my own.

The prestigious A’ Design Award & Competition is ongoing for the 2018-2019 season and with over 100 categories the A’ Design Award & 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. 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. Note: There is still time to get entries in for the late deadline. You can register here.

Today I thought I would share some of the top winners in the Architecture, Building and Structure Design category (one of MANY categories that are included).

MODERN LODGE Residential House by KEM STUDIO

Malangen Retreat Family retreat by Snorre Stinessen

Hadar’s House House by Asante Architecture & Design

Square Architecture Design by Mei-Lin Hsu

Cabin on a Rock Weekend Residence by I-Kanda Architects



KAP House Residential Home by Diego Molina and Maria Arango

Efjord Cabin by Snorre Stinessen

Hermitage Retreat Recreational Home by Sunil Hu’mane

White Concrete Old House Stand-alone House by IO architects

Bbq House Private house by Karla Aliaga Mac Dermitt

Shubhamkaroti Farms Residential Bungalow Design by Sanjay Newaskar

Near Far House Single Family Residential by Willis Pember

A’ Design Award & Competition is organized and awarded annually and internationally in a wide range of categories – the one I featured above is just one of a very vast range. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A’ Award. While realized projects find opportunities to get published, reach new markets and meet a wide range of buyers for their existing products, the organization also helps the creative minds and startups to meet with the business people to realize their product ideas. If you’d like to register for 2018-2019 you can still do so here.


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