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Bold colours and patterns in a designer’s apartment in Moscow

I had to share this bold apartment in Moscow I found yesterday on The Village because I love when designers show creativity and take risks. Hats off to Marina Zhukova for having the guts to go all Jonathan Adler-esque in her own space. All of the wild colours used throughout along with all the fabulous wallpapers and tile work make for some serious graphic, dramatic statements. 

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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[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net, or hashtag your photos on Instagram with #DTIpetsonfurniture. Thanks!

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Locanda La Gelsomina — a hotel in Malta

A huge thanks to Steven, who reached out to us recently about his beautiful boutique concept hotel in Malta called Locanda La Gelsomina. What I would do to get a plane trip to Malta to be able to visit in person! The restored structure was built in the early 1500’s and contains 4 suites decorated with antiques from places like Mongolia and Birma. It also houses a teahouse and a shop carrying exotic trinkets, home accessories and furnishings. Sounds and looks like heaven!

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A renovated 1940’s home in Seattle

When unexpected styles collide. A fabulous home designed by Seattle-based Brio Interior Design. A 1940’s home where the client’s mother spent her teenage years was purchased from the grandfather’s estate shortly after his passing. The purchase and renovation were a way to reinvent history by making an old home new again for the young family who decided the house carried too many precious memories to be sold to the next highest bidder. Perched atop a generously sized waterfront lot in north Seattle with panoramic views of the Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic mountain range, the aesthetic of the home is classic meets modern and eclectic. It’s fun, colorful and whimsical. Perfect for a family that dines most days together in a formal dining room around a table that family members have gathered at for decades to celebrate the best things in life.

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Modern with a focus on art

I adore bold, statement artwork and Jenn Feldman Designs seems to be of the same opinion as evident in this sweet modern home she designed. It could have come off as clinical and without personality but with bright colours and geometric shapes featured throughout the art it is just alot of fun. 

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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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Serious loft love

I am still lusting over lofts and even though I have shared some of these photos before I have not shared this loft as a whole yet and absolutely needed to. A weathered wood delight with the most beautiful art gallery wall in the living room, with a sexy staircase, even sexier bathtub and a sweet rooftop patio….I’m seriously dying over this loft. By Huniford Design Studio.

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An East Hampton home in bold colours and patterns

This ranch-style home in East Hampton, NY is about as bold as it gets, as it usually goes when interior designer and art curator Maria Brito gets her way. Patterns and strong colours are in abundance with some funky wallpapers and of course, some fabulous art. (P.S. If you have pets on furniture submissions please tag them on IG with #dtipetsonfurniture or send them to me @ kim[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net)

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A cozy, inviting home by MADE CO.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope the weather is going to be beautiful where you are and you’re able to enjoy some sun and warmth (thankfully that would be tomorrow here in Ottawa). I thought this lovely home designed by Venice, California-based Marissa Cramer of MADE CO. would be a great way to end off the work week. Such cozy and inviting spaces that have a bit of a beachy chic vibe and are quite timeless. Love the dark blue walls in the living room. 

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New in — trivets and books

Some goodies have arrived lately in my mailbox that I wanted to share with you all, so here we go. First up are some gorgeous trivets from Canadian designer, artist and printmaker Lorraine Tuson. Her patterns are sooooo fun, and this one is my favourite. It’s called Fingerprint Flower as it started off with her own fingerprint! She currently carries lumbar cushions, coasters, table runner, pouches and a few others, all made from 100% wool felt. While I plan to use my trivets just for decoration they have a cork backing so they don’t slip and are water repellant and can be easily spot cleaned. She is selling her products at one of my favourite shops in Toronto, Green Light District Design, if you want to go check them out in person. We spoke about some new projects she’s working on and I’m super stoked to see how they turn out! 

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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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 photographer’s newly built home in Copenhagen

Architecture, interior and design practice Studio David Thulstrup knows how to create beauty from something very raw and industrial, making this home a total urban dream. The renowned photographer Peter Krasilnikoff (who took these photos) commissioned us for his private residence in Copenhagen. Our inspiration evolved from worn-out warehouses and factories with their blackened steel and old bricks; a concept which was sparked by the desire to retain the three raw-brick walls of the old garage on site. The design is focused around a central mirror-clad atrium, which floods all three floors of the residence with natural light. The atrium is lush with specially selected grasses, plants and a feature tree which is visible from all floors — creating a central and bright oasis.

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Books and bulbs

I received some really great books recently that I wanted to share with you today (I LOVE BOOKS!!!) and I didn’t think I could ever get excited about light bulbs, but it happened!

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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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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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A glam penthouse in Chicago

This is quite the modern, glamorous penthouse in Chicago, architected and designed by the incredibly talented Kara Mann. But the pièce de résistance is that bathroom. DAMN GIRL will you look at that marble!!!!

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A New York farmhouse by Kara Mann

Kara Mann — always a bit ballsy, and bit dramatic, a bit of glam…even when designing a farmhouse. A little something unexpected here and there that always catches my eye and makes me admire her style that much more. She painted the beautiful floorboards in the kitchen black, and to that I say HELLS YEAH!!! 

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How Ashley Hicks’ magically transformed his rental apartment

Low ceilings, beige wall-to-wall carpet, plain doors, ugly windows, a grim kitchen….living in a rental isn’t easy but designer Ashley Hicks certainly worked magic with his rental apartment. Graphic paint treatment on the walls, a photo transparency covering an ugly window, upholstery nails fancying up doors, paint details on cheap linen roller blinds, pendant lights made from copper and black paint, a handmade screen using a map of London to hide another ugly window, red vinyl and striped webbing used to spruce up a hallway, and the list goes on. Ashley may have spent a ton of time and energy transforming his apartment and customizing every square inch but the result is incredibly unique and dynamic and clearly well worth it. 

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Stalking a home in Yellowknife

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories has a special place in my family’s heart. Many years ago when my twin sister and I were starting university here in Ottawa, the rest of the family moved to Yellowknife for a few years. Yellowknife is WAY up north and is quite a unique city. It mostly consists of rock and lakes not much else. The house my folks bought was on one of the few streets where the yards had grass (it was considered a luxury given the freezing climate and terrible quality of earth) and the trees were not short little evergreens. There are many creative types up there who over the years have built many really cool homes…some on water and some, like in this case, on the side of a rock face. This house in Old Town is one everyone had greatly admired and we had always wondered what it looked like inside. 20 years later we finally know. 🙂 

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Craving outdoor spaces

Summer so far has been wet and cold and I am not very happy about it. Coupled with the fact that my entire yard continues to look like a neglected disaster I was hitting up Inside Out magazine’s website for some inspiration and found these dreamy spaces. Oh, how I wish I could get someone here to do some landscaping and build me a she-shed/gazebo thing, and make the sun come out and temperatures soar… 

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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Reader’s home — Andrew’s renovated minimalist flat in Madrid

In February a reader named Andrew sent over photos of his Devon Rex for Monday’s Pets on Furniture, and the other day he send along some photos to his newly renovated flat in Madrid. A huge congrats to him as it is an incredibly drastic transformation that turned out beautifully, and was recently featured in AD Spain. I have to start with a few before photos. It turns out it had been home to squatters for 20 years before Andrew got his hands it. It had no working bathroom, lowered ceilings, ruined floor and walls….it was pretty hideous.

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A traditional home by Tammy Connor

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A little bit of traditional to end off the work week. This home designed by South Carolina/Alabama based Tammy Connor is exquisite, carefully curated yet inviting and that is the traditional I enjoy. I am trying to decide what I love more — that foyer with the painted mural or the dining spaces. I am dying over those upholstered dining chairs — would love to see them against a weathered harvest table. Yum!  

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Spaces by Roselind Wilson Design

London-based interior architecture and design firm Roselind Wilson Design has done an incredible job in these homes creating contemporary, luxurious spaces that are functional, unique and bespoke. I am totally smitten with the kitchen in the first 3 photos (minus that island jut-out counter) — doesn’t get any better than black, white and marble. 

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A converted timber mill

A mix of old and new, dark and light, modern and rustic. This converted timber mill in Sydney, Australia has everything I love in a home. And it is absolutely stunning inside and out. Kudos to architecture firm Carter Williamson for completing yet another dreamy project. 

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Dark spaces eye candy

If these walls (and these vintage pieces) could talk. Would make for some amazing stories. By the brilliantly talented photographer Michael Sinclair

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A fun and completely renovated home in London

Every room in this 5 bedroom completely renovated home in Brixton, London is total eye candy and so perfectly decorated. Whimsical, energetic and refreshing are words that come to mind. Little bits of fun with the addition of colour, some graphic wallpaper, tile work, art and some bold pieces of furniture. LOVE THIS. Another gem of a location home available via Shoot Factory

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A horse farm in Brazil

WHOA. This may be one of the most beautiful locations we have ever featured on the blog. Let me introduce you to this little slice of heaven. This is a horse farm, located in Minas Gerais, Brazil and designed by architect Gisele Taranto. It was positioned at the top of the property in order to take advantage of the view of the lake and all that other gorgeousness surrounding it (*GASP* those views!!!). There is a main house, a guest house, a leisure area with swimming pool, a chapel and the administrator’s house. The project utilized as much local materials, such as treated eucalyptus for the house structure, and labor as possible. Everything was designed to be easy to maintain, so nothing could be complicated. It is absolutely breathtaking.  

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Distilled luxury in white

Happy almost 150th birthday Canada! Preparations are well underway here in Ottawa for the biggest party of maybe the century and I will be one of the few federal government employees venturing to work today (we’ve been told to work from home given all of the road closures and general chaos). And on that note, I figured today was the perfect day to feature the work of a fellow Canadian. Peter Wilds‘ spaces have been showcased here before several times (like here, here, here, here and here) but we haven’t shared this beauty yet. He calls it «Distilled Luxury». Elegance and simplicity in white. Simply gorgeous.  

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Bathroom envy

I could barely contain myself when I spotted this first bathroom designed by Los Angeles-based Daniela Malca Benloulou. It is going in my inspiration folder for my eventual bathroom renovation as I wanted to do something very similar with a tile on the wall, a vintage dresser as the vanity (already purchased — it just needs the back half chopped off) and a blingy mirror. I added in a couple of other bathrooms she has designed as she seems to have some serious skills in this department. 

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A renovated family compound in California

This Healdsburg, CA home is a family compound that was once stuck in the 80’s. Jeff Schlarb‘s team took it to a whole other level, with cool, neutral tones, classic style with some traditional and bold furnishings mixed together for a little unexpected combo, and a very relaxing atmosphere. The perfect getaway with really sweet views. 

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A pretty kitchen by Caitlin Wilson

I don’t typically use an adjective like ‘pretty’ to describe a kitchen but it’s the first word that came to mind when I saw this space designed by San Francisco and Portland based Caitlin Wilson. Marble subway tile, mostly white cabinets, brass, pastel accents…I can’t help it. SO PRETTY! 

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BoConcept

I have been an admirer of modern furniture brand BoConcept for as long as I can remember. They are masters at creating modern functional furniture that at the same time is timeless and works in every style of home. I also love the Danish vibe of their collections. Comfort and clean lines with a stylish simplicity that is so appealing. And they carry everything from sofas and chairs to dining tables, storage units, beds and all the accessories you need to add some pizzazz to your space. Very cool — I just found out they offer interior design services too. Genius! They’ll tell you what to purchase and how to arrange it too! Oh — and as a bonus — Mads Mikkelsen is featured in their 2017 catalogue. *SWOON* Here is just a taste of some stand-out pieces they carry….

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A house built into stone

A celebration of nature and the materials of the landscape. This home in the San Juan Islands, Washington was designed by Tom Kundig and it is spectacular and quite an architectural feat. Named «The Pierre» (stone in French), it is a retreat nestled in rock with waterfront views it quite literally blends into the surroundings. With the exception of a separate guest suite, the house functions on one main level, with an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living space. A wood-clad storage box (made with siding reclaimed from a Lionel Pries–designed house) transitions from outside to inside. Its two large bookcases open to provide concealed access to laundry and kitchen storage. A large pivoting steel and glass door provides access to a terrace. The materiality of the built structure—mild steel, smooth concrete, and drywall—create a neutral backdrop for the interior furnishings and artwork and the exterior views to the bay and surrounding landscape. Throughout the house, the rock protrudes into the space, contrasting with the luxurious textures of the furnishings. Interior and exterior fireplace hearths are carved out of existing stone; leveled on top, they are otherwise left raw. In the master bathroom, water cascades through three polished pools, natural sinks in the existing stone. Off the main space, a powder room is carved out of the rock; a mirror set within a skytube reflects natural light into the space.

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A blue library/media room

I wanted to share one more project by designer Taylor Jacobson before I call it a day. I love a little shock of colour in a home and this media room/library in a blue (cerulean?) high gloss is gorgeous. It really makes the books and art stand out and adds drama. LOVE. 

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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The Gaztelur in France

Gaztelur is a restaurant / flower shop / antique shop / banquet hall and one of the most breathtaking venues I have ever seen. Designed by Marta de la Rica, it is an eclectic blend of vintage pieces from just about every era making each space refreshingly unique. I am in awe of the original architectural details that lend such a stunning backdrop to the furnishings and those incredible chandeliers. 

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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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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Black, white and brown

Always timeless with clean lines, classic proportions, and sophisticated furnishings. This is Robert Brown, and this absolutely beautiful home is casually elegant with meticulous attention to detail. 

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Natasha Habermann Studio

New York based interior decorator, stylist and small space guru Natasha Habermann adds flair, whimsy and lotsa chic to her projects with some fun colours, unique vintage furniture and lots of plants and flowers. I adore all of these spaces from her portfolio. 

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Sunset Magazine idea house by Geremia Design

The narrative of the Sunset Bay Area Idea House grew through an embrace of the Northern Californian lifestyle that values fine art, craft, fresh produce, and nature. The curated interior features innovative materials & artisan finishes to promote warmth to the contemporary shell. The light oak floors and warm white walls provide a soft backdrop for rich wall coverings, custom millwork & newly introduced Heath tile to color the home. A William Morris print serves as a nontraditional kitchen backsplash and a metallic Brasscloth by Calico on the master bedroom ceiling subtly fades in tone, drawing your eye to the striking view of the San Francisco Bay. The design intention was to connect the Sunset Brand to the Geremia aesthetic, offering an opportunity to juxtapose accessible furnishings with curated pieces from our artisan friends and vintage resources. A number of Bay Area artists are represented through fine art, custom textiles, ceramics and process work direct from their studio. A beautiful home with beautiful views. 

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The Talbott Hotel

I spotted this architecture and design project by Kara Mann in her portfolio and thought it was fabulous. It is the Talbott Hotel in Chicago that got the makeover of a lifetime thanks to Kara’s edgy glam style. I found some photos on their Facebook page. It wasn’t pretty then but it sure is now!!!

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The garden of landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith

I typically love structured gardens but holy smokes the property of British landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith is absolutely beautiful and has a magical quality to it. The Barn Garden at Serge Hill is about 25 miles north of London. It has been created by Tom and his family over the last 25 years and is periodically open for groups by appointment. The garden is part work in progress (as all gardens are), part experiment; a bit new and messy in some places and getting quite middle aged in others. It is very much a home and not a show garden. If there is one idea that holds it together it is about trying to anchor a place, about creating a focus for living in a landscape that is slowly losing its weave and detail.

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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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Modern minimalism in Berlin

Whenever I see a home as minimalist as this I wonder how long the sparseness would last if I moved in. Like, A DAY. MAYBE TWO. This 155 sq m home is gorgeous though as-is. So much open space. As much as I love ornate moldings found in old heritage homes, the lack of it here really appeals to me. Who needs baseboards anyway?! 

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Modern kitchen and bathroom remodel

It has been quite some time since we featured a project by Dieter Vander Velpen Architects so we were excited when Dieter emailed with some photos of another project. This time it is the remodel of a kitchen and bathroom in a 70’s villa near the Belgian town of Leuven. The brief was to create an open, bright kitchen with plenty of workspace and a clutterless look. For the bathroom, the main request was to create a luxurious and calming atmosphere on a limited surface. The kitchen is a modern dream — I ADORE cooking niches like this one, featuring a countertop in polished granite and backsplash in hammered granite. The island is pretty fabulous too where 5 different materials come together: black Zimbabwe granite, dark stained Walnut veneer, polished Calacatta marble, patinated bronze and the black lacquered Vola taps. In the bathroom it is all about beautiful travertine. The results are timeless, modern, understated luxury. (Photos: Thomas De Bruyne)

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A rustic and refined log cabin

Tammy Connor‘s impeccably curated traditional style transformed this charming log cabin with the most beautiful weathered wood into an absolute gem. Tammy’s approach of taking such a rough, rustic structure and making it look so refined yet comfortable is quite something. I adore everything about this. 

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Stalking a home in Toronto

Thanks to Lorena for sending us this link to quite a spectacular home currently for sale in Toronto. For those that don’t know alot about real estate in this city…it is very pricey (maybe not New York prices but they are among the highest in Canada, beat only by Vancouver). This 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 20ft wide row house (you only get the middle — this home is actually 3 units) has views of a big, ugly apartment building at the front AND at the back, and is almost 4 million. WHOA. But the architecture and attention to detail throughout are fabulous and the homeowners have quite a unique art collection. And I am swooning over the flooring throughout most of the home. AND the fact that there’s a fireplace in the foyer. 

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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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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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Opulent spaces by Lori Morris

Unparalleled luxury. Opulent elegance. Traditional without boundaries. An avant-garde edge. Extraordinarily dramatic. Toronto-based designer Lori Morris is a force to be reckoned with. I cannot express enough how much I admire her boldness and originality. And her love of obscenely ornate moldings that make me want to cry tears of pure joy.  

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The Oakland home of designer Melanie Coddington

The Oakland home of Melanie Coddington has been a labor of love for the team at Coddington Design. The updated midcentury home features a playful use of pattern, as well as fun and daring colors against a neutral backdrop that will stand the test of time and trend. Multiple seating areas in the living room allow for easy entertaining and relaxing, and the bright, bold kitchen is the perfect place for family dinners. The home is pet and child friendly without sacrificing style. Such a beautiful home that is timeless, playful and colourful.

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Taylor Jacobson

I am short on pets on furniture entries this week so please send pics to kim[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net or hashtag them on Instagram with #dtipetsonfurniture. In the meantime I bring you some fun, fresh, timeless, slightly bohemian, slightly mid-century, beautifully decorated space by Los Angeles interior designer Taylor Jacobson. I even found a pet on furniture photo in Taylor’s portfolio to include in this post. 🙂

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An eclectic home by Maurice Gadson

A random mix of colours, fabrics, patterns and furnishings in this quirky Los Angeles home designed by Zenzi Gadson and Justin Maurice (of Maurice Gadson). That green vinyl material on the dining chairs is so unexpected and totally rad, and I love how they’ve taken a large open-concept area and carved our 4 individual spaces whilst maintaining a level of airiness. 

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River House by Monique Gibson

I. LOVE. THIS. HOUSE. And it all starts with the room above. Dark colours, plants and all windows, with an incredible lounge chair and ottoman. LOVE!!! This entire home is absolutely stunning in white, country chic with touches of Scandinavian and French, and every room is meticulously curated. Hats of to designer Monique Gibson for nailing this one. (Warning: There are some stuffed dead birds — so those who are offended by taxidermy feel free to skip this one)

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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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A loft in Dumbo by Current Interiors

I am not super happy with my pale pink dining room walls. I had considered wallpaper but thought since my foyer that leads into the dining room is wallpapered that it would be too much pattern. Now I am regretting not going for it. This Dumbo, Brooklyn loft designed by Current Interiors has 3 different wallpapers happening and I think it looks fantastic! 

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A luxurious villa in Como

If Lake Como wasn’t glorious enough, add an absolutely beautiful villa designed by Gilles & Boissier and you have a slice of heaven. The details in this home, from the harelquin black & white marble tile floor to the rustic wood detail and lawd half mursey those views are killer!!! 

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Mid-century modern in the English countryside

A whole pile of mid-centry modern/retro fabulousness to end off the work week. Surrounded by beautiful English countryside, this vast new-build features floor-to-ceiling windows which highlight the stunning rural location. The sensation of bringing the outside in is further emphasised through the open-plan layout which flows seamlessly from room to room, offering the perfect space for socialising. Teeming with unexpected details at every turn, iconic pieces such as an Eero Saarinen table and Warren Platner chair elevate the space from ordinary to extraordinary. A unique sunken lounge exquisitely framed by a statement pendant and futuristic basement bar with a cinema and music room offer areas for both formal and informal entertaining in this inviting country home. By London-based architectural interior design studio Oliver Burns

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A reconstructed 16th century home in the Czech Republic

My previous home was built in the early 1900s and I thought that was old, although sadly it lacked any interesting architectural details (we did find a clump of horse air in the walls — does that count for something?). I would like to introduce you to Štajnhaus. This 16th century former home now a hotel located in the town of Mikulov in the Czech Republic was reconstructed (it had partially burnt in a fire in 1926) and maintains much of its original details, which makes it incredibly special. Love the juxtaposition of some of the modern details that have been added. (Thank you Barbora for the link!)

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

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Summer vibes

These spaces are so bright and summery. They remind me how much I love sun, warmth and greenery. I wish I could spend every waking moment of summer outdoors. Gawd I resent my office job this time of year. 🙁

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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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Mediterranean style in a Spanish Colonial

LOOOOVE this home designed by Los Angeles-based Chris Barrett — especially the outdoor space above! WOW!!! Steps from the sands of Santa Monica, California, this Spanish Colonial home responds to its local context, but derives its essence from a rich architectural history of Mediterranean design. The home’s furnishings and finishes are rich and comfortable, inviting homeowner and guest to relax and enjoy. 

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A manor house fit for a queen

Nestled within 66 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and parkland in Tunbridge Wells, England is Hepburn House, a manor befitting a queen. Or a princess. Or a really high-paid actress. The decor is fairly minimal and essentially all white so it frankly is underwhelming but what I can say is that helps to not distract from the glorious details like many fireplaces, panelled walls, incredibly detailed plasterwork, 12′ ceilings, massive windows and dark wood floors. The rooms are SO BIG. What a dream home this would be to decorate. You could fit anything anywhere. *SIGH* Another location home available via Shoot Factory

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A dreamy Madrid home in gold and black

I am unequivocally, unquestionably, undeniably in love with this home. An absolute dream in shades of gold and black, it is located in Madrid and owned by model Laura Ponte. It was featured in Architectural Digest Spain back in 2009 and is apparently now for sale. If I had the zillion dollars she’s asking for it, I would throw in another zillion and demand she leave all the furnishings…or at the very least those chandeliers in the dining room. SWOON!!!

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Wunderkammer

I have pretty much died and gone to heaven. This home is a combination of all the things I adore — dark colours, vintage everything, collections. A genuine cabinet of curiosities, a wunderkammer, a visual delight. This is what a home should be. Filled with found items, something intriguing at every turn, eclecticism to the max. This is the Amsterdam home of Florian Seyd and Ueli Signer of famed flower/design shop aptly named The Wunderkammer. Via Architectural Digest Spain, photos by Marc Van Praag. 

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A bright, renovated apartment in Paris

Easing into the weekend with a bright, somewhat colourful, 77  apartment in Paris that was recently renovated. Architect/designer Camille Hermand continues to amaze me with her use of colour, unique storage solutions and just all-around charming vibe of the places she has transformed. That teal is SO pretty. 

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A 300 year old restored coachman’s cottage in Germany

There are several styles of interiors that I am drawn to, and this 300 year old restored coachman’s cottage in Germany owned by designer Jeanette Walther embodies my favourite. Rustic, timeworn, weathered, textured, rough. Shades of brown and black and grey and earth, barnboard, elements from nature, chalky walls, peeling paint. Picture perfect. Photos by Ivar Janssen for MilK Decoration and Architectural Digest Gemany.

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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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Instagram love — @robinhlucas

I thought I would share a bit of Instagram love today with an account I have been following for a little time now. Robin Lucas @robinhlucas is a brilliant artist, designer and gardener whose traditional English home is absolutely breathtaking. Add in his gorgeous flower arrangements and I can hardly breathe. He’s a must follow. XOXOXO 

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A converted school canteen/science lab/art department

Oh, to have such a space where in one afternoon you can totally rearrange everything you own. The joys of living in lofts and conversions. This 1935 former school canteen/science lab/art department in the U.K. is an incredible space — 2,000 sq ft arranged over two floors, plus a 1,000 sq ft roof terrace featuring to-die-for steel windows throughout and equally to-die-for original pine herringbone flooring. Available as a location space via Shoot Factory

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Monday’s pets on furniture

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Another classic beauty by Kate Marker

Several months back I featured some spaces (here and here) by Illinois-based interior designer Kate Marker and because I love her style I am sharing yet another timeless and classic home she designed with subtle modern touches. Lots of bright white with colour and texture added mostly through pillows and rugs. Makes for an easy swap-out when you are looking for a change. 

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Reader’s home — Pati’s small kitchen renovation

If you love dark spaces then you will remember Pati‘s home (a rental) that I featured back in March. She recently renovated her very small kitchen and as always, it is DYNAMITE and I begged her to send me photos so I could share it on the blog. She sent along a bit of info as well: Since we moved in we hated our kitchen — it was was rather dated and I had updated it with black tiles and lino flooring 10 years ago as cream tiles and green lino did not go, but I didn’t want to do anything to the doors without getting permission first. There were a few options I could try with the existing doors which I will explain in details later (for those of you who do not want to change the doors) but in the end I opted for changing the style of the doors.

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Tile and wallpaper in a London home in London

The home in London is for sale via The Modern House and I loooooooove it. So much fun with some really amazing wallpapers and fabric-covered walls by Pierre Frey, Cole & Sons, Timorous Beasties, House of Hackney  and X and gorgeous tile by Bisazza and Emery & Cie. A total gem with lots of personality. (Remodelled by Paul Archer Design)

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Green onyx in a bathroom

Looking for a way to add drama to a small bathroom? How about using some incredibly beautiful green onyx on the walls. *SWOON* Via Nuevo Estilo.  

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A modern….farmhouse

We have featured many modern farmhouses on the blog over the years, and according to Anthony Michael this is such a dwelling… but this may be the least farmhouse-y home we have ever featured. Not one bit of reclaimed wood to be had! I am not sure what part of it constitutes a farmhouse but I frankly don’t really care because it is beautiful and I love the kitchen — especially that pretty backsplash. 

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A Victorian Arts and Crafts home in London

I have fallen in love with this stunning Victorian Arts and Crafts style location home in London. 6,000 sq ft, 5 bedrooms, lots of period features, the kitchen of my dreams (all 700 sq ft of it!), fireplaces in what seems like every room….I can’t imagine having so much space to decorate. I started with photos of the kitchen because you cannot miss this. Dreamy!!! Via Shoot Factory.

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A beach house in Vancouver

I am a big fan of Vancouver-based firm Fox Design Studio and I am smitten with this new project of theirs. This beach house features their signature style — lots of fun pattern and colour with a nod to nature in almost every room. It’s cozy and inviting and I love that they went nautical in a subtle way. 

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