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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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House 66 by Izen Architecture

I have been following Toronto-based Izen Architecture on Instagram for a while now and have quickly become a big fan. Then one day Brenda Izen emailed with photos of her home that she designed and had built for her, her husband and their 3 young children. Modern fabulousness! Here’s the scoop in Brenda’s words: It was originally a 1950s bungalow, topped up in the 80s, with a terrible floor plan and generic finishes. I leveraged my site experience and formal training to transform it into my dream home. I define my style as a «warm modernism»: natural materials in warm tones, cozy furniture, large fireplaces — really a place to kick of your shoes at the end of the day. Many of my clients are skeptical when they picture themselves living in modern spaces, always assuming that contemporary architecture translates into sterile, uncomfortable and unliveable spaces. House 66 challenges that misconception. I also always place a huge emphasis on the function of a home, and especially its ability to change with family needs. I am opposed to hallways, formal sitting rooms, and other spaces that are not used in day-to-day life. House 66 embodies these two philosophies of design. It has lots of large windows and clean lines. It is bright, open, inviting, and functional. Without the restraint of client demands I was able to take my vision as far as my budget would let me. Of course I had to pull some mad moves to stretch my budget to the max, such as using cut-offs from other projects or being flexible with timing so that I could coordinate trades. The end result is cost-conscious but rich in its palette.

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Gardens by Nelson Byrd Woltz

The temperature has risen here about 30°C and I am dreaming of all the things I would love to do in my yard once the piles of snow melt away. My husband has made an absolute mess of the front yard by parking his work pick-up plow truck right on the front lawn so I am preparing myself to die of embarrassment when the snow is gone and we are left with a mud pile (not helping at all that we live on a very busy road). As soon as I get this post completed I am stashing a bunch of these photos away for reference. These gardens, walkways, backyards and rooftop patios by landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz (located in Charlottesville Virginia and New York City) are soooooo beautiful. The outdoor space above is magical — I love grasses and very «feathery» plants that look like cotton candy.  

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A Greenwich Village apartment

Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson together as Drake / Anderson designing interiors that are glamorous yet grounded, sophisticated yet livable, modern yet timeless and, above all, luxurious. This Greenwich Village apartment is all of that and is totally magazine worthy.  

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House of Funk

Clean lines and classical elements is what Sandra Funk of NYC and NJ based design firm House of Funk is all about. She’ll even paint out some woodwork! It’s a fresh take on the traditional. Just look at this first kitchen/dining area space. That banquette area with a little desk nook at the end is FABULOUS! What a perfect use of that space. 

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Jenn Feldman Designs

When you don’t want your house looking like your neighbour’s. Jenn Feldman Designs — she’s all about in your face bold sophistication. Drama with dark colours, graphic artwork and fabrics and all the wallpaper! I am totally in love with her style — so much so there’s a part 2 to this post coming later. 

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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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Rouge Absolu and the colour conundrum

To go bold with colour or not to go bold with colour? This is often a difficult decision but as you can see here in these spaces by Géraldine Prieur of Rouge Absolu, she would tell you to shut up already and just do it! 

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A colourful home

Talk about making a statement from the outside in! This home designed by architect Peter Pennoyer is a stately gem with a bit of an unexpected choice of red for trim colour…but then when you walk inside it all makes complete sense. The homeowners appear to have no fear of colour so I would expect an designer such as Katie Ridder to make the interior a random assortment of some very bold colour choices. And it starts the second you walk in the front door! Not sure how I would feel living with these colours but the architecture of the home is really spectacular.

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A white beach house

We have featured many beach houses here on the blog over the years, and many of them take the nautical theme a tad too far. But not this one! I absolutely adore this Florida home. With different shades of white/off-white and not a speck of blue in sight, this is elegant yet earthy and minimalist. No fuss decor with lots of natural fabrics make this so effortless and soothing. I love that aside from a couple of throw blankets there are no patterns, making this so easy on the eye. By Tennessee-based interior designer Rozanne Jackson.

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A 1400s Tuscan farmhouse gets a modern makeover

Take an ancient stone farmhouse in Tuscany — add some subtle modern additions then furnish it with some art deco style furniture with accents of brass and some glamorous glass light fixtures. What you end up with is one of the dreamiest homes I have ever seen. Via Bo Bedre, photos by Monica Spezia.

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A midcentury bungalow in Spain

A little midcentury Palm Springs style in Bendinat, Mallorca. These colours in this climate is FABULOUS!!! I die for those fuschia dining chairs with the marble table. So good! Designed by Bconnected

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5 Desks for 5 Interiors By Robyn Ashley

Home offices often have a bad reputation as dreary, neglected spaces, reserved for dreaded hours of endless emails and piles of unsightly paperwork. There’s no doubt that a dull interior can make working at home feel tedious and uninspiring. A statement desk can be the perfect piece to base your room decor around, and is a worthwhile investment in combining style and practicality to provide a work surface as well as a storage solution. Here are 5 stunning desks from Barnebys for 5 different interior styles:

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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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Transitional with Amy Morris

Atlanta-based interior designer Amy Morris philosophy is «simplifying adds a level of elegance». Hers designs are transitional — sophisticated and traditional with a fresh twist. Touches of glam, luxurious furnishings with a level of comfort that keeps a casual vibe flowing. I am head over heels in love with that chandelier above. XOXO

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William T. Georgis — keeping decor classy and a bit wacky

William T. Georgis is an architect and interior designer from New York whose style is very much high-class with some wacky, bold accents such as massive graphic wall art, some very bizarre sculptural art, the most beautiful curved sectional I think I have ever seen, and «bullet glass» in a bathroom. Statement spaces that are innovative and far from trendy. 

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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

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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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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Musso Design Group

Musso Design Group is a belief that life must be filled with beauty and excitement. And reflection and anticipation and wonderment. All aspects of life. The places that surround us, the clothing that covers us, the works that enlighten us, the music that transforms us, the food that sustains us. A source of wonderment. A source of beauty. A source of warmth. A source of inspiration. A view of life. A way of life. Our purpose is simple. Help those we touch to live a life inspired. WHOA that is deep. And I get it. These spaces have such personality and warmth and dependent on the client, elements of whimsy. Such great energy. 

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A bohemian beach house

Before the weekend begins I wanted to share a little peek into this project again by Twofold LA. Located in Venice Beach, it has a Cali-boho vibe featuring a gorgeous shibori wallpaper and of course a little bit of glam with the blue velvet with nail-head detail sofa. The fabulous patterns continue in the kitchen with a bold graphic backsplash tile. SO FUN!

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Landscaping dreams by Considered Design Inc.

 

People all over Instagram are talking about the arrival of spring, something we here in godforsaken Ottawa cannot even begin to think about at least until the end of March. While wanting to curl up under a duvet and die, I stumbled upon the portfolio of Julian Pattison and Alison Magill who make up Considered Design Inc., a landscape architecture firm located in Vancouver (which happens to have WAY milder weather than Ottawa…JERKS!). I like my landscaping modern and simple, with repetition and a casual vibe. And that is exactly what these guys do. I would give anything to turn my bland-and-never-been-landscaped-in-80-years backyard into this first outdoor oasis. Stashing this away for future reference. *LOVE*

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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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The bold style of Shalini Misra

Welcome to the big, beautiful and bold world of British interior and architectural design firm Shalini Misra, where originality is key, contemporary style is everything and the spaces are daring yet playful. 

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Some English country in Texas

Every inch of this rather large home in Houston, Texas is just gorgeous. Once again proving to myself that I am appreciating more traditional decor these days, this home designed by Fern Santini is English country done with casual elegance. The decor is superb, but the architectural details of the room below has completely blown me away. I will go out on a limb and say that is the BEST. ROOM. EVER. (Architect: Paul Lamb)

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Twofold LA revisit

It has been too long since we featured the designs of Jenn Pablo and Olivia Korenberg of interiors and events firm Twofold LA. They are still rocking spaces with their super casual and cozy yet super stylish approach. Always bright and fresh with textures and subtle elements of bling. Beautiful! (Previous features can be found here and here). 

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Boudoir boho chic by Sera of London

We have been featuring the work of decorator and stylist Sera Hersham-Loftus (Sera of London) since this blog began, and we have been a huge fan of Sera’s all of these years. She emailed the other day wondering if we would like to feature her work — LOL — we have, and we will again! (She’s so nice by the way!) She has always had a boudoir boho chic look to her spaces and her originality and quirkiness sets her apart from every single other decorator/designer out there. Here are some recent photos we have not shared here yet, including what may be one my favourite kitchens ever (which happens to have hanging in it one of my favourite light fixtures ever — the Viscontea by Flos). And head over to my page to check our some of Sera’s new line of lamps, cushions and furniture!
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Liveable spaces by Christie Hausmann

Good design doesn’t need to be pretentious nor bankrupt you. These spaces by California designer Christie Hausmann are about durability and practical living, and she loves hunting for treasures at flea markets and thrift shops. Which means you can afford this. And you can put your feet up on the coffee table and no one will yell at you.

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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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Monday’s pets on furniture

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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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A charming 1860s loft

I continue to have a soft spot for lofts and this one with classic and feminine touches mixed with vintage industrial pieces make this so perfectly eclectic. And how freaking brilliant — a bank of Ikea cabinets installed console-style with an antique cupboard mixed in. Saving that one in my inspiration folder! By Houston, Texas based FOUND (a partnership between Ruth Davis and Aaron Rambo).

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A Queen Ann period location home

There is something about original detail in period homes (especially in the U.K.) that gets me every time. There is nothing really to write home about with respect to the decor in this home, except maybe the collection of kitchenware, but I mostly wanted to share this home because of the vestibule foyer. LOOK AT THE DETAIL! AND THE SIZE! OH, and the kitchen sink. XOXO Via jj Locations

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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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My house, cats and I in a magazine

This is just a quick post to mention that my house, my cats and myself are in the Interiors 2017 issue of Ottawa magazine out now for your viewing pleasure. I am so honoured to have my home featured locally. I’ve been fortunate to have features in books and mags with my previous home but I this is my first local spread of my home and the first time someone actually had a professional photographer, Marc Fowler in this case, come and shoot it. The experience was a total blast, a lot of hard work but it really paid off in the end. I absolutely love the photos and the article is a total hoot (writer Melanie Scott included some quotes I never dreamed she would use — LOL!). If you’re in the area get yourself a copy — the other homes are reeeeeally good. (If you are not from around here hubby found you can buy it online through PressReader.com)

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Modern minimalism in London

Livin’ large and minimalist in London. This location home available via Shoot Factory is a total stunner and has so much potential to be absolutely fabulous (sorry homeowners but you missed the mark on some spaces, like the living room. Replace those awful sofas please!). 

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The Barn by Christopher Howe

I want to spend the entire summer in this glorious structure (whenever summer decides to show up after we unbury ourselves from the copious amount of snow we’ve received). The aesthetic and design decisions for this project were led by the desire to restore what is natural to the interior. The aim was to create another world, to offer an escape but one grounded in the history and purpose of the original building. Great attention was paid to choosing materials that would be in keeping with the original building as well as finding the most skilled craftsmen to work with them. Local timber was used for the floor and walls, sourced from a nearby salvage yard, the fine wrought iron handrail was handmade by a local blacksmith, even such details as the wooden door latch on the bathroom have been handcrafted. The interior itself has been filled with an eclectic mix of the very best antique pieces alongside contemporary lighting and some of Howe’s signature bespoke designs. A beautiful painted regency chest of drawers sit below a large 1950s Serge Mouille three-armed ceiling light in the bedroom, Swedish mid Century flat weave rugs bring bold colour to the space and an original Royere wrought iron standard lamp provides reading light over an antique battered leather armchair. By Christopher Howe

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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

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MX house by Guilherme Torres

It has been a few years since we shared some work by São Paulo, Brasil-based interior designer Guilherme Torres. The MX House he designed in 2015 is typical of his style — funky, modern, colourful, and a ton of fun. That tufted massive leather sofa is killing me right now. *SWOON*

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Scandinavian-style guest house in Poland

If modern minimalism is something you’re into, which I am because sometimes I just need something that is easy on the eye, then I think you’ll dig this guest house in Chociwle, Poland designed by Loft Kolasiński. With a Scandinavian, mid-century feel this dwelling is a tad masculine, a touch funky and a smidge hip. What a cool collection of furnishings from the 30’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s from Italy, France, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Poland — including a polish HI-Fi stereo from the 80’s. I want those sofas soooo badly. (Photos: Karolina Bąk

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Old world meets charming in this Victorian

What? Another London Victorian? I just can’t help myself, the details of these homes always leave me craving more. Gently revived and refined, enhancing period features and the fine craftsmanship of the era. This was the original builders house on a street of speculative Victorian terraces. Located in an area that had been respectable, then shabby, meant a house that was blessed with most original features intact but worn. Carefully redesigned to bring more light in where possible, but with the design emphasis on thoughtful details and the use of skilled craftsmen, rather than large design statements. It made for a calm and welcoming home, with natural flow and creative energy. By Cassandra Ellis. (For more of her work see here and here)

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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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Those Londoners and their Victorians

This Victorian home located in Streatham, South West London is an absolute dream. The fireplaces, original moldings and plasterwork, the painted wooden floorboards, the shutters….all of these details give me heart palpitations. I am a bit disappointed about the modern kitchen = something more in keeping with the period of the house would have been much more pleasing to the eye. But I’ll forgive the homeowners because OMG this home has a summerhouse in the backyard. !!!!! Via jj Locations

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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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Victorian modern

When Victorian and modern come together in one home to create something pretty awesome. To be frank, I am so in love with all the woodwork in the old part of the house I could not care less what is going on in the rest. I mean, look at the photo above! AH MAH GAWD!!! Interior design by Fern Santini, architecture by Mell Lawrence Architects

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Classic architecture by Stanley Dixon

You may remember this contemporary barn Jo featured a few months ago by Atlanta-based firm D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Inc.. I was poking around Stan’s portfolio the other day and was mesmerized by many more of his projects so I thought I would share some that I really love. This is all soooo beautiful — classic architecture with an understated, simple aesthetic with subtle modern influences.

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A’ Design Awards & Competition — Call for Entries

Have you entered the A’ Design Award and Competition yet? Nominate your design here. The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. 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.

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Michael G. Imber and modern classical design

Michael G. Imber, Architects is a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, TX and San Francisco, CA. This talented crew promotes an American architecture reflective of its cultural history and modern lifestyles. Again appealing to my sudden fascination with more classical design. I am absolutely smitten with the space above. Such a cozy spot to relax on a warm summer day. And then to take a dip in the pool below…

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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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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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