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A Victorian townhouse in London with mid century touches

I had to share this Victorian townhouse I spotted from the March issue of Homes & Gardens magazine because it’s everything I love all mixed together in one gorgeous package. A restored heritage home with traditional details, a neutral colour palette, mid-century furnishings, vintage glam light fixtures, brass accents throughout, a modern custom kitchen and and an outdoor space make this home pretty much perfection. Photos: Davide Lovatti

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A Victorian townhouse in London with mid century touches

I had to share this Victorian townhouse I spotted from the March issue of Homes & Gardens magazine because it’s everything I love all mixed together in one gorgeous package. A restored heritage home with traditional details, a neutral colour palette, mid-century furnishings, vintage glam light fixtures, brass accents throughout, a modern custom kitchen and and an outdoor space make this home pretty much perfection. Photos: Davide Lovatti

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A Chelsea apartment designed as a gentleman’s club

Everything British designer Hubert Zandberg touches turns to gold. I absolutely adore every interior design project this man has taken on. This one is no exception. This two-bedroom Chelsea apartment was renovated and designed to offer his out-of-town client a playful take on his own private gentleman’s club for short stays and meetings. Drama as soon as you enter with bold wallpaper (used throughout) and large scale furnishings, then the masculine vibe and dark colours stand out throughout the rest of the apartment. It is really stunning. 

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A London townhouse awash in colour and pattern

A combination of some really gorgeous wallpapers, some beautiful jewel toned accent colours, a breathtaking art collection and some graphic patterned textiles make this London townhouse incredibly dynamic and playful. A total jem by the master (as it runs in the family) Ashley Hicks

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Spaces by Daniela Tosca York

Before we head into the Easter long weekend (we’ll still be blogging each day just a bit less than usual) here is a glimpse into the minimalist yet dramatic world of British designer Daniela Tosca York. Pretty and glam with some pink, marble and large scale art. XOXO. 

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A concrete studio in Seattle

If I could convince husband that our dilapidated garage needs to be replaced with something like this I would be SO stoked! This space designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig would be a dream come true (although maybe in wood instead of concrete). The Brain is a 14,280 cubic-foot cinematic laboratory where the client, a filmmaker, can work out ideas. Physically, that neighborhood birthplace of invention, the garage, provides the conceptual model. The form is essentially a cast-in-place concrete box, intended to be a strong yet neutral background that provides complete flexibility to adapt the space at will. Inserted into the box along the north wall is a steel mezzanine. All interior structures are made using raw, hot-rolled steel sheets.

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Roughing it

Hard angles, brick walls, beautful worn wood. Lovin’ this industrial apartment by Michaelis Boyd. I would need to add a few plants tho’. And something girly like a really sparkly chandelier. 

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Roughing it

Hard angles, brick walls, beautful worn wood. Lovin’ this industrial apartment by Michaelis Boyd. I would need to add a few plants tho’. And something girly like a really sparkly chandelier. 

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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[@]desiretoinspire[.]net, or hashtag your photos #DTIpetsonfurniture.

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A nautical summer retreat in Sag Harbour

When I think of summer I start dreaming about cottages and cabins and beach houses, and this summer retreat in Sag Harbour, New York is a little gem and a great place to spend warm summer weekends. Designed by Elizabeth Cooper, its nautical vibe with blues, stripes, pops of red and shiplap works so well in this environment. And those bleached wood floors have me swooning. (Photos: Virginia Mae Rollison for Lonny)

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A pretty Swedish apartment in a 1930s building

I absolutely adore this apartment for sale in a 1930s buidling in Copenhagen. Many of its original features have been lovingly restored to its former glory such as the beautiful wood floors, limestone window sills, wardrobes and fireplace. Add in some pretty pastel walls, a bit of wallpaper, some gorgeous art and modern furniture, and a bonus mezzanine space and you have quite a beauty. (Thank you Silje for the link to this space on Stadshem). 

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A renovated home in black and white

This home in Winnipeg, Manitoba was given a main floor renovation and Jaclyn Peters gave the space a modern and minimalist makeover with an earthy vibe that I love. We started with oiled white oak hardwood flooring and a neutral color palette.  The kitchen was completely gutted including the builder basic corner pantry and the breakfast nook was utilized to create space for a new large island topped with Quartz countertops and seating for 5. We added two floating white oak shelves for warmth and texture, then a classic white subway tile backsplash and industrial lighting by Schoolhouse Electric. Two windows flanking the new marble fireplace surround were added to the living room, as well as custom made white oak floating cabinets and a custom media stand.  All new furniture, rugs and accessories create a cozy space to entertain. The Scandinavian inspired powder bath features charcoal slate tile, black millwork, white quartz counters, black pendant light and more art from the homeowner’s collection.  

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A cabin with river views

The best little weekend getaway is right here in Olympic Peninsula, Washington with views of the Sol Duc River. The design of this cabin by Tom Kundig is absolutely brilliant. This 350-square-foot cabin is a small perch for its occupant. It is located in one of the few temperate rainforests in the world, and «rainforest» here means wet and rather cold, as opposed to wet and hot. Putting the cabin on stilts protects it from the clammy dampness and occasional flooding. The owner is an avid steelhead fisherman. The design allows him and his wife to arrive at this remote location, open the place up, and get to fishing as quickly as possible. The shutters are operated manually via custom steel rods. The large panels slide on hardware that was originally designed for sliding barn doors, attached to the steel roof beam structure.

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A cabin in the woods x 2

I am sitting here blogging listening to city busses whizzing by, helicopters landing, ambulance sirens (I live across from a hospital) and the kids next door screaming and I need to remind myself why I love city living. Especially when there are beautiful, rustic dwellings like this around where all you hear are the sounds of crickets and birds chirping. I couldn’t decide between these two so you get both. Beechwood Farm in Alabama followed by McIlvain Farm in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, by Summerour & Associates Architects.

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A modern farmhouse

(Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck)

Luxurious yet casual. Traditional mixed with modern. Light and dark. This modern farmhouse is a perfect example of these opposing combinations that are typical in the repertoire of California interior designer Jennifer Robin. (Another beautiful example here). 

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The dark hues of Maren Ingeborg Gråblomst’s Norwegian home

I have met a bunch of very talented, creative and just all around awesome people on Instagram lately, who have some seriously cool style and have done some wonderful decorating in their homes. I recently decided that it was about damn time I share some of these inspiring homes with you here on the blog. And the first person I wanted to introduce you to is Maren Ingeborg Gråblomst. Her dark, inky hued home is jaw-droppingly fabulous, and she is such a skilled photographer that I envy each and every photo she uploads to her Instagram account @villabetulablog. Trust me when I say you must go follow her immediately. And read her blog Villa Betula too while you’re at it. So back to Maren’s house. Don’t be fooled by the adorable pale pink façade. There is something totally unexpected behind that door!

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Art, patterns and textures

Architectural and interior designer Hubert Zandberg continues to blow my mind with the reconfiguration and design of this 4 story family home located in Little Venice, London. Brilliant at displaying unique furniture and oddities, Hubert could not be more perfect for this project as the homeowners have a collection of archaeological and pre-Islamic artefacts and contemporary art. He certainly did these collections justice. 

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Traditional with a twist

I continue to baffle myself with my sudden obsession with all things traditional, but when it’s traditional with a bit of a modern twist I am ALL OVER THAT. British interior designer Ben Pentreath takes typical English traditional decor and adds a bohemian and modern flair to it so it appeals to a younger generation who don’t like to sit on plastic covered sofas and who are ok with footprints on the plush carpet.   

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Spaces by Matthew Cane

Charming, polished, refreshing, energetic, casual, lasting….these are just a few words I would use to describe the style of New York based designer Matthew Cane.

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Traditional + transitional by Landy Gardner

Whether traditional or transitional, Nashville interior designer Landy Gardner created spaces that are quite unique with impeccable attention to detail. I am not sure which style I prefer — perhaps the traditional because marble fireplace + blingy crystal chandelier = LOVE!!! (More of Landy’s work can be found here)

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An explosion of colour

I tend to use non-neutral colour in my home subtly, but the homeowners of this 190 sq m house in Norway have embraced colour in bold and playful ways. That’s why I wanted to share this home. I love to see people decorate to suit their personalities and to have fun with it (pretty obvious by the sign in the entryway LOL) instead of following trends and taking it too seriously. Via Hus & Hem, photos: Shanti Broeng.

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Mid-century Parisian chic in Monaco

An apartment in Monaco can only be one thing — STYLISH! This mid-century vibing pad has a Parisian chic vibe that I have come to expect from Monaco-based architectural duo Humbert & Poyet. The lighting throughout this space is fantastic — especially that spunik light over the dining table. WOWZERS!!! (No, I don’t understand the point of the hunk of steak art either — to each their own as they say…)

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Classic spaces by VSP Interiors

Elegant and classic, timeless with subtle modern touches, Henriette von Stockhausen and Jane Petti of British design firm VSP Interiors are creating drama with mostly traditional spaces (add in the occasional modern kitchen). I adore this first living room — the wallpaper is gorgeous and with the layers of furnishings and accessories it’s busy but the resulting space works and it’s fabulously bold. 

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Bedroom eye candy

I am totally in love with this bedroom by Katie Leede. It is from a 2012 Hamptons showhouse and I am dying over the beautiful blue (what would you call this shade?), the graphic floral wallpaper, the upholstered sleigh bed, the shag rug, that incredible light fixture… YES PLEASE!!!

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A country farmhouse inspired by Ibiza

Dream home people! DREAM. HOME. Built in 1900, this country farmhouse wasn’t in terrible condition upon purchase two years ago it but was definitely in need of work, including full kitchen and master bathroom renovations. The original features of the house were preserved where possible: wood floors, fireplaces, and exposed structural beams in the kitchen are all put on display. New cement tile in the foyer along with natural stone tile floors in the kitchen were added. Inspired by the clean, rustic style typical of the architecture of Ibiza, the kitchen cabinets are custom-made tadelakt with reclaimed wood doors, both features enhancing the history of the home while allowing the comfortable, modern lines and light texture of NF Interiors signature style to sing. Moving upstairs, one of the bedrooms was reworked as a luxurious master bath, serving both bedrooms on the top floor. Custom plaster-finished walls, natural stone floors, and a marble and bronze vanity enhance the bucolic feeling of this serene sanctuary.

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When fabulous interiors meet a fabulous photographer

Take brilliant interior/portrait photographer Eric Piasecki, some fabulous interiors by clients such as Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder, Steven Gambrel, Thom Filicia and Timothy Corrigan, a couple of dogs and some beautiful sunlight and I have got your hump day eye candy covered!  

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A modern farmhouse by Simo Design

The more we feature «modern farmhouses» the more I think this is my ideal home. The perfect blend of modern and rustic in a gorgeous country setting so the house is bathed in sunlight all day long with tree branches casting shadows and providing greenery through every window. This one is definitively on the modern side compared to most we have shared here and I do love some rustic elements but that glorious backyard oasis, tile floor in the kitchen and massive master bedroom and ensuite make up for it. By the mega talented architecture/design firm Simo Design. (More here!)

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Neutral and thrifty

I had to share this home in Biarritz, France I came across on vtwonen because I think a Sunday should start off with a smile. And this home has me grinning from ear to ear. Scandinavian vibe, lots of whites and neutrals, and thrifted goodies throughout. This is all things lovely. (Photos: Julien Fernandez)

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An English manor farm

I am crushing on this quintessentially English manor farm in Norfolk, U.K., home to interior designer Carlos GarciaWhile quite traditional it has elements that are a bit more eclectic and less country than you would expect. A bench painted matt black, pale blue walls, Eastern fabrics such as suzani and ikat….all make this very intriguing.  

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New art in my dining room from Minted

I have been on the hunt for some art for my dining room wall for a while now and wasn’t really sure what I wanted until the folks at Minted got in touch and offered me a framed limited edition fine art print. I was so excited to go through allllllllll the prints on their site. They have so many talented artists on board. I thought it would be an intimidating experience but I was immediately drawn into so many gorgeous prints and quickly realized their website is incredibly user-friendly. It’s so awesome I have to show you. 

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A small, neutral apartment in Sweden

I have fallen for this small, 71 m2 apartment in the Stockholm ‘hood of Östermalm. It’s all dolled up in my favourite colour palette of shades of grey and white with accents of black and pale pink. The decor has been kept un-fussy and makes the space feel larger. The adorable exterior is a bonus. Available for sale through Lagerlings

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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Screen House by Carter Williamson

When a home is totally unassuming from the exterior and then you walk in and POW! The dreamiest of black kitchens complete with black penny round tile backsplash. (Man I love black kitchens! So sexy!) But it doesn’t stop there….a bathroom completely clad in black penny rounds? YES PLEASE!!! Screen House by Australian architecture firm Carter Williamson.

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Helen’s House by Ministry of Interior Affairs

Marcin and Magda Konopka of Polish design firm Ministerstwo Spraw We Wnętrzach (Ministry of Interior Affairs) has sent us photos of one of their latest projects. The other day I featured a «small» apartment in Sweden and was told that 71 m2 is not small by Swedish standards. Okidoki, my last home was 800 sq ft and yep, it was small! In this case though I think I can safely say this is a HUGE house at 300 m2 and no one is going to argue that fact. MSWW has created a warm yet modern home with light oak clad walls and floors, concrete elements, a grey colour scheme, comfy furnishings and some fun lighting. (More of their projects can be found here)

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A renovated farmhouse in South Africa

This is a beautiful 1840’s Cape Dutch farmhouse located in South Africa. I am totally smitten with its neutral decor and all the wood floors and beamed ceilings throughout. I could go on about it but I am slightly drunk (I’m writing this Saturday night) having spent a few hours hanging out at a Legion with some of my favourite people on this planet and it’s got me thinking (I clearly don’t drink much). I have a love affair with interior design (also pretty clear as Jo and I have had this blog for over 10 years) but this past week has really done a number on me. Hanging out at the Country Cat Sanctuary last Sunday whilst managing not to bring home any cats and staying late at work every day this past week with each day being more hellish than the next, and managing to find time on Wednesday evening to go see Kedi at the movie theatre which, being the crazy cat lady that I am, really moved me, and going to a vintage show yesterday and finally leaving 5 hours later where I got to meet some awesome new people (and one vendor I was hoping to visit with was at the hospital with a bleed in her brain) and spend some quality time having drinks with the always fabulous ladies of social enterprise HighJinx whose lives are devoted to helping others….it just makes me stop and think about the important things in life. I am grateful for this blog and this community and my passion for design. So enjoy these wonderful photos of Herbertsdale Farmhouse, and I hope it inspires you. Via VISI. (Photos: Jan Ras)

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Blues and greys in a California home

Neutral tones with accents of blue and grey and weathered wood give this Corona del Mar, California home a beachy vibe. Such a soothing atmosphere, complete with cozy furnishings and lots of patterns for visual interest. I especially love the fabric on the dining chairs…and that beaded chandelier in the dining space. By Brooke Wagner Design

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Hotel Chelsea

DAYUM!!!! I could stare at these first 2 photos allllll day. There is nothing I love more than a dark, dramatic, sexy space. And folks, this is a spot-on example of being able to create dark and dramatic without having to paint walls black. In this case the dark really pops against the white. And I typically hate white walls. Ultra fabulous work by Chicago designer Kara Mann

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A casually elegant Pacific Palisades home

I was crushing hard on this home designed by Venice Beach, CA based interior designer Katherine Carter, and then I discovered the homeowner is Lauren Conrad. 🙂  It is really beautiful — so bright and I adore the casual-elegant vibe. That large white kitchen with black hardware and subway tiles makes me forget I have a thing with black kitchens. And then that dining room! And the Ellie Cashman wallpapered dressing room! Gorg!!! (Photos: Tessa Neustadt)

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A bright Tudor Revival in Hancock Park, LA

I wanted to share another project by interior designer Katherine Carter. This 1921, 8,500 sq ft Tudor Revivial in Hancock Park, LA was likely once dark and dreary and is now light-filled and modern yet it maintains some of the original historic details (now covered in white paint it appears). I would have loved seeing some before photos of this one.  

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Main Street Oriental Rugs is having a sale!

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Happy Friday folks! I am always on the hunt for great bargains and I am a sucker for rugs. I use them in every room in my house (I just did a quick mental check and I really do have at least 1 in every room) as it is my favourite way to add warmth, texture and colour to a space. I am here to share the news that Main Street Oriental Rugs is currently offering closeout prices on their handmade, 100% natural wool Tibetan & Nepalese area rugs. WOOT!!! They also have some new arrivals of hand-knotted, 100% natural wool vintage Persian Heriz rugs. I highly advise you go check them out and score yourself a sweet deal on a new rug. Here are some samples of the Tibetan and Nepalese rugs on super sale right now (I absolutely adore the first one)…

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Rustic bathroom envy

Always a fan of a well executed rustic space. And given that I have yet to renovate the world’s most annoying bathroom I am envious when I see things like outlets and counter space. This bathroom is dreamy. XOXO

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A Park Avenue loft

I am a big fan of New York City-based interior design firm The New Design Project and was stoked to hear from them about this new project. This absolutely stunning loft is a dream and furnished impeccably, including a collection of lighting that is to die for. Fresh and serene, this is a Park Avenue loft with a decidedly downtown feel. The space is refined and elegant but modern and relaxed. Sculptural lighting, such as the Lariat 3 by Apparatus Studio and String Light by Michael Anastassiades, adds drama and emphasizes the high ceilings, whilst oversized artwork and bold textiles, such as the Diego rug by Eskayel, add color and depth.  Iconic mid-century pieces inspired by the designs of Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm and Eero Saarinen, are paired with more contemporary custom millwork, such as the black and brass floating wall shelves, floating upholstered bench, and marble and black oak nightstands.  A curated collection of accessories in a mix of sizes, shapes and materials, completes the scheme. 

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Living in a tower

Forget those cabins, how about this 70 ft stone tower in the middle of a forest!! OMG this is absolutely incredible. I could live here forever and ever. The end. (Located in Meriwether County, GA, designed by Summerour Architects

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Parisian vibes in Spain

Creating Paris vibes in Spain. This apartment in a 50’s building in Coruña was transformed into a chic, eclectic space with finds from antique shops and flea markets by design firm Ramisa Projects & Fun. I adore every single thing from the windows to the moldings, the raw beamed ceiling and that mirror with trim over the sofa and everything they did to the kitchen and then the courtyard…. Via Nuevo Estilo

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Urban Empire by JL Design

(Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck)

How to spice up your home in a few easy steps: First, paint a room kelly green. Then add some totally hot, dramatic accent chairs. Finally, hang some bold, colourful artwork. BOOM! Loving this project by Nashville, TN based JL Design

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Vintage and modern by Black Parrots Studio

I am head over heels in love with this British family home in Barnes and its striking decor. Full of character and drama while a bit on the classic side and pared back. A gorgeous black library complete with black leather chesterfield (*GASP!!!*) and an eclectic mic of vintage and modern furnishings and lighting make this just all kinds of awesome. By Sarah Mitchenall and Alexa de Castilho of Brighton-based Black Parrots Studio

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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Country Living by Heather Bullard

Heather Bullard is a contributing editor for Country Living magazine and a freelance editorial prop stylist and producer — DREAM JOB! She also lives in southern California and just finished having her DREAM HOME built. And dreamy is right! OMG I love every inch of this house. White and wood and bits of country and dabs of modern and white marble tiles and counter…I think I have died and gone to heaven. That kitchen tho’! 

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A New York City loft

Another project by Threshold Interiors I had to share because it’s SO nice to see a loft not decorated with an industrial vibe. Here the beams are exposed and left natural, the brick is painted white and the new kitchen (which unfortunately covers some of those glorious windows) is classic in design. The result is much more homey and charming. 

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A contemporary guesthouse in South Africa

South Africa is on my travel bucket list, and this beautifully renovated 1950’s 7 bedroom guesthouse in Stellenbosch is accommodations I could definitively see myself really enjoying. Twice Central is owned by Ané Spies, Liesl Swart and Mandi Smit and they did a wonderful job making this a comfortable, casual and contemporary getaway. 

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A small minimalist apartment in Bucharest

Architect and interior designer Alex Calin sent in this project of a small, Nordic-inspired minimalist apartment that I wanted to share: The studio has about 40 sqm and it is located downtown Bucharest, in a building located near the Cismigiu park, in a historical city center. By the time we started the project, nobody had made changes or improvements of any kind from the date of commissioning of the use, somewhere in the mid 60s. The significant changes were losing the balcony and inserting it into living space. This is how a little space for conversation and a work area appeared and at the same time this has increased glass surface adding up extra light. One of the former windows has got a bookshelf open on both sides that filters light in the sleeping area and delineates pleasantly the interior space. The furnishings are in shades of white, with small touches of oak and dotted here and there by a few spots black. The minimal furniture has a touch of nordic inspiration. All the furniture was designed and executed together with partners from Mobilaunicat.ro and is made to completely cover the minimal needs posed by such a space. The owner has a passion for film and music (he works in the creative industry) so the walls are decorated with black and white portraits of several iconic characters (Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Grace Jones and Patti Smith). 

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Traditional love

Where you expect a chandelier to be hanging in every single room. Traditional, classical, ornate, fancy schmancy, by British designer Robert Kime. (I need to find a huge sparkly chandelier for my dressing room — I am especially desperate for one now with this post). 

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Hotel Tivoli

I need to take a trip to Tivoli, NY and stay in this fabulously decorated hotel. I adore the simplicity, playfulness, bold colours, quirky furniture and that grey trim everywhere!! Hotel Tivoli and its accompanying farm-to-table restaurant The Corner is a century-old building situated in the historic town of Tivoli, New York. Owned by painters Brice and Helen Marden, the property is filled with an eclectic collection of furniture, lighting and art. Reunion Goods & Services worked with the Mardens to infuse the space with lightness punctuated by individualistic moments. The design included a restaurant space with a custom marble bar, two dining rooms and ten unique guest rooms. The identity for the hotel and restaurant was a direct collaboration with Brice whose drawings are paired with reserved text evocative of gallery wall captions. This typography was carried throughout the space, with hand-painted numerals on doors and sparing use of color.

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A sympathetically restored country home in England

Another British gem of a location home I came across via Shoot Factory. This 4 bedroom home has been restored whilst maintaining many of the original features. Check out come of those floorboards! Also loving the unpainted exposed ceiling beams and plaster walls. And that kitchen is a total dream. So much potential outdoors too. So lovely. 

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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[@]desiretoinspire[.]net, or hashtag your photos #DTIpetsonfurniture.

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A renovated terrace home in Paddington

I am forever in awe of architects who are willing to maintain original features in a refurbishment whilst modernizing the structure. This narrow terrace home in Paddington, Sydney is absolutely gorgeous and has impeccable attention to detail. The little workspace nook built out of the side of the kitchen cabinet is brilliant, and I adore the skylights over the kitchen and the narrow display nooks among the upper cabinets (a great idea if you are trying to squeeze Ikea cabinets into a space that just don’t fit). A sleek, chic and fabulous home. Kudos to Tom Ferguson (TFAD) on a superb project. 
P.S. I am short on pets on furniture entries tso hopefully it will be back next Monday. Send your entries to me @ kim[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net or hashtag in IG with #dtipetsonfurniture.

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Pati’s no-longer-a-mud-patch backyard

Massively slanted mud patch??? Pati Robins has worked miracles on her backyard space and it has me so inspired to get my arse moving on my own outdoor spaces whenever our frigid winter decides to come to an end. And how incredible is that photo above?! 

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A Swedish apartment filled with vintage finds

Happy Easter dear DTI readers! It’s a miserable day here in Ottawa but at least the rain is turning the brown grass green and we have no snow left. Bring on summer!! Whether you celebrate Easter or not hope you have a great day with family and friends. I’m off later to my folks’ place for turkey dinner and I’m bringing the dessert (made easy thanks to an incredible bake sale the Country Cat Sanctuary held yesterday out in Kemptville). And tomorrow I hope to visit the sanctuary and bring home a super sweet, skinny little cat that I can’t get out of my head that I think needs to live in a real home and get some extra attention (that is hard when you’re living among 150 others). Anyhoo, I spotted this apartment in Malmö yesterday @ MilK Decoration and had to share because it’s a Scandinavian dream of funky vintage finds and treasures from the homeowners’ travels. Love the accents in black too. 

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A’ Design Award & Competition — 2017 Winners

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, bringing your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. From Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award to Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award. Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award to Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Award. Home Appliances Design Award to Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Award and so many more. (You can find all the design categories here.) 

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Earthy neutrals

Tactile fabrics merge with earthy neutrals. Ancient blends with modern. Rough co-exists with luxurious. Where every piece is completely unique. A Chicago row house designed by Michael Del Piero

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Earthy neutrals

Tactile fabrics merge with earthy neutrals. Ancient blends with modern. Rough co-exists with luxurious. Where every piece is completely unique. A Chicago row house designed by Michael Del Piero

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Bilateral house by Audax

I am completely blown away by this project I stumbled upon by Toronto-based architecture firm Audax. The exterior is pretty and original to the ‘hood and then the second you walk in the front door BOOM!!! Nothing that you could have imagined. I am especially smitten with the gorgeous bathrooms and that room in the roof peak. The homeowners of Bilateral House purchased a lot with a 116-year-old Period Revival home in a mature picturesque neighbourhood in Toronto. As avid collectors of contemporary art and vintage furniture, they wanted to build a modern gallery-inspired home with high ceilings to artfully display their collections. Responding to the homeowners’ vision and the City’s requirement to keep the front half of the original house, Audax sensitively restored and rebuilt the heritage façade, and designed a modern addition in the rear. However, the design solution ensured that both sides of the house could still relate to each other. To begin, Audax faithfully reconstructed the main façade with restored brick, new stucco and wood trim. Audax also rebuilt the roof to mirror the original design. Audax’s interior design strategy followed suit with a design that both honoured the original character of the house and satisfied the homeowners’ affinity for a modern gallery aesthetic.

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Old-world elegance meets vintage in Madrid

I am completely in love with this renovated 19th century apartment in Madrid. The original architectural details including exposed beams and brickwork alone have me about to pass out, let alone the fact that this space is furnished with a wonderful random assortment of antique/vintage pieces. That chandelier over the dining table is especially scrumptious. Ana Cabellos and Elisa Fernández of La Traviesa de Conde Duque worked some magic here. Via Nuevo Estilo.   

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Layers by Natalia Miyar

An elegant blend of comfort and glamour. An intricate layering of materials and detailing. Patterns and textures and art that add so much dimension and intrigue. By London & Miami based architect and designer Natalia Miyar

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A converted nuns’ residence in New York

What would you do with 6,200 square feet of living space in Brooklyn Heights, NY? Interior designer Britt Zunino and architect husband Damian of Studio DB turned what was once the 1830’s home to the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor into their new sweet digs for themselves and their 4 children. Lots of modern touches and spaciousness I can only dream of, and a fireplace (original?) in the living room that I almost passed out over when I saw it. Catch more fabulous photos of this dazzling home in the latest issue of Living Etc. 

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A penthouse in SoHo by Studio DB

Here is another other project in New York recently completed by the talented design/build & interiors firm Studio DB.  This is a 5,286 sq ft penthouse in SoHo that is outfitted with beautiful vintage furnishings, a spacious kitchen and views to absolutely die for. One of the main design goals behind Penthouse A was to keep the space feeling light but with rich and natural materials. The stone was honed, the tiles hand-glazed, the cabinetry and floor finishes were customized and crafted specifically for One Vandam. The triplex staircase creates a spectacular centerpiece for the Penthouse, taking advantage of the triple-height space and creating a dramatic effect. A custom LARIAT light fixture from APPARATUS was chosen to emphasize this breathtaking space. Additionally, sculptural furniture and luxurious textiles were sourced to further elevate the space. The materials throughout the apartment are natural woods and stones that are used in a modern way. The kitchen, for example, is a bleached walnut, which allows for the beautiful character of the wood to read through, but the lighter tone is modern. The blue de savoie stone backsplash is honed to expose the natural elements of the material. Additionally, we designed a line of plumbing specifically for this project with Watermark, which is based in Brooklyn. The handle of the faucets are inspired by a stud, that play off both the artistic history of Soho and the refined jewelry of the high end vendors that currently define Soho.

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The home of French & French Interiors

Eclectic and spunky decor that is right up my alley. This is the home of Heather and Matt French of French & French Interiors based in Santa Fe, NM. Their inspiration comes from travels throughout Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and South America, and their aesthetic is a blend of antiques, fun art, and modern pieces with an international vibe. The combination is unique and beautiful. 

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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[@]desiretoinspire[.]net, or hashtag your photos #DTIpetsonfurniture.

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Another Victorian beauty in the U.K.

I think I have a new item for my bucket list — move to the U.K. and live in one of these absolutely glorious Victorian homes I continue to die over. This one I especially love because would you look at the kitchen!!! It’s soooo pretty — and I am smitten with the brass details including the backsplash (I want to do this badly) and chandelier. I really REALLY love this. Located in Stamford, Lincolnshire and is available as a location home through Shoot Factory

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A Victorian with a bit of modern funk

Before the weekend gets going (mine’s a bit nuts — new foster kitty arrived Wednesday), how about a glimpse into another project by Jeff Schlarb. This grand Victorian was built in 1893 and needed a bit of a facelift. With some stunning original features maintained and some modern elements added, this home is now rockin’ a new era. 

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Styled by Linda Åhman

Stylin’ spaces just right until they become totally picture perfect. Love the work of Stockholm based stylist/decorator Linda Åhman. Also totally digging the photo below with the 2 tone wall with a border of photos. What a great idea!

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Dark and light in a modern apartment

This renovated 3 bedroom apartment in Sydney, Australia is sleek and modern with a black and white colour scheme. This combination makes for a very chic and dramatic pad. The open concept space is punctuated with a kitchen design that I absolutely love — as much as I love a fabulous kitchen, it’s even more fabuolus when it doesn’t really look like a kitchen at first glance (I thought it was a dressing room!). By POCO Designs.

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Maren’s dark and dreamy Norwegian home — part 2

Yes I really suck at editing but OMG people, Maren‘s house is SOOOOO gorgeous! I am so sad she lives in Norway because I totally want to hang out at her place and listen to her make music and play with her cat and dog. Anyway, I will just have to make do with her Instagram feed. But at least I have a little (ok not that little) piece of her in my home. Check it out at the end of this post!

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Parisian chic

The coolest apartments are always in Paris. This one is by Monaco interior architect team Humbert & Poyet. A stunningly simple fireplace, graphic artwork, classic furnishings by the likes of Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe and Serge Mouille combined with tall ceilings and to-die-for moldings make this apartment in Le Marais a total dream. (Check out another one of their projects here)

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City Apartment by Serge Castella

A refreshing blend of randomness by Spanish interior designer Serge Castella. Modern art deco glam — Serge is such a master at mixing things up and keeping each of his projects unique and intriguing. LOVE him! (Check out a bunch of past features here

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California coastal

California coastal style in a New England home by Kristina Crestin Design. I am not typically a big fan of this style or the colour blue but I am totally smitten with how well put together this living room. I never would have thought to pair aqua blue, olive green and orange/tan together but it’s gorgeous — and the art and patterned pillows and rug bring it all together. The bathroom is also pretty fab — modern yet really warm with the addition of golden-toned wood.   

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A penthouse in SoHo by Studio DB

Here is another other project in New York recently completed by the talented design/build & interiors firm Studio DB.  This is a 5,286 sq ft penthouse in SoHo that is outfitted with beautiful vintage furnishings, a spacious kitchen and views to absolutely die for. One of the main design goals behind Penthouse A was to keep the space feeling light but with rich and natural materials. The stone was honed, the tiles hand-glazed, the cabinetry and floor finishes were customized and crafted specifically for One Vandam. The triplex staircase creates a spectacular centerpiece for the Penthouse, taking advantage of the triple-height space and creating a dramatic effect. A custom LARIAT light fixture from APPARATUS was chosen to emphasize this breathtaking space. Additionally, sculptural furniture and luxurious textiles were sourced to further elevate the space. The materials throughout the apartment are natural woods and stones that are used in a modern way. The kitchen, for example, is a bleached walnut, which allows for the beautiful character of the wood to read through, but the lighter tone is modern. The blue de savoie stone backsplash is honed to expose the natural elements of the material. Additionally, we designed a line of plumbing specifically for this project with Watermark, which is based in Brooklyn. The handle of the faucets are inspired by a stud, that play off both the artistic history of Soho and the refined jewelry of the high end vendors that currently define Soho.

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A New York townhouse

I get excited when I find architects who maintain as many original features as possible when renovating homes. especially when it comes to gorgeous New York townhomes and brownstones. This townhouse on 6th Avenue is pretty simple but the details are so yummy including marble fireplace surround and pocket doors with patterned glass inserts. Via Leone Design Studio, photos by LISEO+CO.

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Carroll Gardens by Tamara Eaton

NYC based designer Tamara Eaton does not follow trends so her interiors are often eclectic and unexpected. This home with its traditional details in a loft-like setting is unpredictable, but then add in Tamara’s unique assortment of styles in the decor and you have something that is whimsical yet sophisticated.  

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Whimsical art in an elegant home

San Francisco designer Jeff Schlarb describes his style as simply «rad elegance», and that is precisely how I would describe this home he designed for an art collecting client. The artwork is bold and quirky and very much whimsical, and he managed to pair it with bold, modern, elegant furnishings for an overall look of cohesive radness. LOVE!!!

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A contemporary loft by FOUND

I am loving this contemporary loft with an eclectic blend of furnishings and art. Now I am tempted to hunt down some sort of bust to drip paint on. LOVE!! Via FOUND

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A modern organic home in California

This house in Carmel, California is an absolutely stunning work of art inside and out. It is modern but so warm and organic because of all the beautiful wood used extensively throughout every space. This is every mid century modern lovers dream as it suits furniture of that era so perfectly. Designed by Dirk Denison Architects.

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A Brooklyn townhouse

Continuing my crush on Brooklyn townhomes is this stunner designed by Elizabeth Bolognino. They are so fabulous from the outside, that the inside is like icing on the cake. Look at that door detail! AAAAHHHH!

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The Farmhouse at Wilderness Reserve

Wilderness Reserve consists of 5,000 acres of gorgeous landscape in Suffolk, England containing a unique collection of restored manors, cottages, a farmhouse — all available to book for what would be a very unique stay. I am completely smitten with the Farmhouse. Formerly the estate’s home farm and without doubt its oldest property, the Farmhouse sits in the heart of the hamlet within the estate’s Arcadian pleasure grounds. Downstairs, the central triple-height hall opens up to a beamed sitting room with comfy sofas, inglenook fireplace and fluffy throws as well as the large kitchen & dining room. Two of the six en suite bedrooms are the on the ground floor and the rest are discovered up an oak staircase with its bridge across the hall. Everything here is SO pretty! That pink!!!! (Thanks for the link Edward!)

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Traditional with ocean-course views

I came across this generously sized home recently and it is allllll kinds of pretty! Designed by Alabama based interior designer Tammy Connor, this is a beautifully refined take on traditional/transitional/whatever you want to call this. I’d like to call it warm and inviting, carefully curated and picture perfect. I would frankly be quite content with just the kitchen. That tile is glorious. (Another project can be found here) P.S. I’m a bit short on pet entries this week. If you have some send them my way: kim[@]desiretoinspire[.]net, or hashtag #DTIpetsonfurniture.

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Reader’s home: Jen’s cozy remodel in Vermont (for sale!)

I have dreams of one day living on lots of land and having lots of animals and enjoying lots of space and sounds of nature. Maybe I should buy reader Jen’s home now for sale in Vermont! You might remember me from this post? Anyways…We sold that house the day the sign went up in the yard. We left Texas and have spent the last 5 years in Vermont, transforming a 1978 gambrel into something I think is pretty cool (think blue shag carpeting, blue trim, dark wood). Every surface has been touched and redone. We converted the attached garage to a funky apt with a sleeping loft with pods and have been renting it out on airbnb the last 2 years. We also added the garage/barn and I went bold and painted it black! This is such an amazing place to live but packing our bags for PA. Stalking an old stone house that needs a complete rehab 🙂 Read more about Jen’s fabulous home (on over 10 acres!) via the listing here

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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Bedroom love as of late

Helloooooooo funky wallpaper! And I have one of those Flos lights in my foyer. LOVE!!!! Via Black Lacquer Design.

Pretty much the opposite of above. Simple elegance. Antique gold details. Yummy. Via Kapito Muller

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A modern townhouse by Qanuk Interiors Inc.

I am going to go out on a limb and state that this is one of the best designed townhouses I think I have ever come across. Sarah Keenleyside (who currently has a show on HGTV called Backyard Builds with Brian McCourt, and who coincidentally hails from Ottawa) and Lindsay Konior are principals of Toronto design firm Qanuk Interiors Inc. Every square inch is so well utilized and such attention to detail. From what looks to be a custom built-in sectional, to making use of under-stairs space to house a garden, to the most stunning double height bathroom I have ever seen, and then something as simple as a stackable washer/dryer behind a custom framed out floor-length mirror. Modern but with lots of wood and touches of wood make it really warm and inviting. And is that a sunk-in planter box I spot behind the kitchen sink?! This is all soooooo fabulous. 

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A Craftsman beach house

What a fabulous beach house designed by Threshold Interiors! This Jersey Shore Craftsman is so pleasing to the eye with lots of fun touches like graphic floor tile (and fireplace surround), wallpaper (love that Farrow & Ball Aranami pattern in the bathroom), and the bathrooms are absolutely stunning. And what about this kitchen!! Subway tile, copper, and pale grey cabinets make it timeless and polished. 

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A restored farmhouse in Spain

What was once an abandoned and half demolished farmhouse in Ampurdán, Spain is now a glorious contemporary home in concrete, plaster and stone. Rustic living at its finest! designed by Eva Martínez, via Nuevo Estilo

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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Friday eye candy from Katie Lydon

Everything Katie Lydon touches turns to gold. Not literally of course, but I think all of these spaces she has designed deserve gold stars. Each one is an absolute gem. And this folks, is your Friday eye candy. (Coincidentally while talking about gold, I just had a home delivery of 2 faaaaaaabulous brass vintage items from Greystone Fine Furniture that I will have to photograph tomorrow in daylight and share on Instagram)

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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Pati’s dark and maximalist mini home

I wanted to share another home with you today that I fell in love with on Instagram. A while back I met Pati Robins virtually through this awesome social media outlet and her and her home have become instant favourites. Let me tell you a bit about Pati before I take you further into her home, but as you can see from the photo above of her entryway, Pati’s joie de vivre and bold style is immediately apparent. Pati is a Polish chick who moved to the U.K. in 2007. She rents a small 2 bedroom, disabled-adapted home that is 78 square meters and shares it with her disabled veteran husband, daughter Olivia and 2 dogs. When they moved in to this home it looked NOTHING like this. It was painted in magnolia with smelly smoke-stained walls and a sloping mud patch of a backyard…clearly she has free reign from her landlord when it comes to painting her home. WOHOO! Over the past 10 years Pati has slowly renovated and decorated her home herself on an almost non-existent budget (having only paid a plumber once to install a radiator). She’s so damn crafty that she even dyed a leather chair black! (see 3rd photo below) Oh, and did I mention she’s a fabulous photographer??? This girl is so freaking talented!! And sweet! I just love her to bits and am so stoked that she was eager and willing to let me share her home here on the blog, which she has been reading for years! Mutual love fest happening here folks. Anyway, may I introduce you to Pati’s dark and maximalist mini-home! *insert black hearts here*

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Hex Cottage at Wilderness Reserve

I could not resist sharing just one more property available at Wilderness Reserve….because look how cute this cottage is!!! What a perfect setting for a little romantic honeymoon getaway. A dreamy thatched former forester’s cottage for two, electricity-free, candlelit and set in woods overlooking its own meadow. In Hex Cottage, built in the Regency ‘cottage orné’ (or decorated cottage) style, an Esse wood-burning range in the kitchen provides all the hot water and heating, though there are open fires in the sitting room and bedroom. In the kitchen, think original bread ovens, brick floors and butler sinks. Swing open the door to discover your own herb garden, store for the all-important logs and wilderness beyond. In the bedroom, candles and a fairy-tale canopy above the king-size Hypnos bed set the scene.

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Fiona Duke and dark spaces done proper

My heart will always be with the dark and dramatic, so I was pleased as punch to discover someone shares my passion for moody, inky shades. Fiona Duke is an interior designer based in Essex, U.K. and I love her eclectic, casual style. I discovered several of these fabulous photos are of her own home so she’s designing and living in awesomeness. 

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A Tribeca loft where artwork is the star

This Tribeca loft designed by Elizabeth Bolognino must be home to an art collector. And a lover of cats. 🙂 Both of which make this space really appealing to me. And I am completely head over heels in love with the butterfly art installation in the dining room. SO PRETTY!!! (More of Elizabeth’s work here and here)

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A converted Victorian school

Every once in a while I feature a home that I completely lust over and spend hours redecorating it in my head, and this is one of those. St. Oswald’s Place is located in an 1861 converted Victorian school building that was designed by architect Tony Fretton. Approached through a gated arch and across a cobbled courtyard, the house is set back from the road in a secluded pocket backed by Vauxhall City Farm. Entry is through a glass-roofed extension, which connects the main space with a guest annexe / study positioned around a cobbled courtyard garden. The living room is a beautifully curated space with soaring double-height ceiling and towering original windows. A large internal window looks into the mezzanine level above, which has two bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Behind the chimney stack, with its open fireplace, is the galley kitchen with windows that look over the front courtyard. A short corridor beneath the mezzanine leads to a second double-height space of similar proportions and exceptional levels of natural light. A glazed door leads to a verdant communal courtyard, shared by the six flats in the building. Currently for sale for £2.4 via The Modern House

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Garrow Kedigian’s Montreal townhouse

I stumbled upon the Montreal townhouse of New York interior designer Garrow Kedigian and had to share because it is all kinds of traditional fabulousness. He is a master at making classic look chic, and his colours selections are outstanding. I particularly love the colours in the dining room — that wall colour (Benjamin Moore’s Caribbean Teal) is to die for. Photos by Paul Raeside for House Beautiful

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A French bistro style kitchen

Dear gawd I adore this kitchen also by Qanuk Interiors Inc.! This is what I envision what my existing tiny kitchen has the potential to be. And you can never go wrong with a french bistro style. Subway tile (I love this longer, thinner version) with dark grout is always a winner. Add in some black steel & glass shelving for a not-so-typical open shelving option and dark lower cabinets and you have a winner! Industrial style lighting installed on the hood fan — why not if lacking space? I always love a good banquette and this one is VERY GOOD. Black leather + gorg brass light fixture = LOVE!!!

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A 3-room apartment in Stockholm

Keeping things simple on this Friday, the beginning of Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada, otherwise known as May 2-4 weekend (because many cases of 24 beers are consumed on this first holiday of summery weather…I on the other hand may find myself a weekend cocktail to consume copious amounts of). Plus the Ottawa Senators are kicking some Pittsburgh ass in the Stanley Cup playoffs so much partying will be had around here. And exciting stuff continues as husband and I are meeting with a designer from Lyndsay Landscape Saturday to do some planning for our horrendously embarrassing gravel pit of a front yard (we live on a very busy street and I die a slow death every day my yard looks this awful). Starting things off with some soothing eye candy in the form of this 3-room apartment currently for sale in Östermalm, Stockholm via Lagerlings. Loving the neutral colour palette and those furry dining chairs!  

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Timeless bathrooms

My quest for pretty, timeless bathroom inspiration continues (while I dream about having the time and money to renovate mine), and these two from the portfolio of Jamie Krywicki Wilson are lovely examples of how to keep things simple yet elegant. 

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Black, blue and brass

Chic and polished in a colour palette of black, navy blue and brass. This home is absolutely gorgeous, and I think I am now suffering from wallpaper envy. Another stunning project by Venice Beach designer Katherine Carter.  

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