Desire to Inspire

The Yard House

Wow do I ever love this house! It has just enough unusual features to fascinate me and has me imagining how I would decorate it. Also, check out the bathroom!!! How fun to use vintage fixtures in

A happy mix of colour and pattern in Hancock Park

Take a traditional style home. Add a liberal dose of colour and pattern. Don’t forget it should be light, bright and lively and definitely have a youthful exuberance. The result? A wonderful family

Library nirvana

Yes I know I posted an office on Saturday. Kim even posted an office on Sunday but I knew you would forgive a hat trick of workplaces once you set eyes on this library nirvana. This is Hordern House,

Working on a Sunday

Having to be at work on a Sunday in summer is a horrible thing. But if this was where you worked, it would be a bit less painful wouldn’t it? This 3000 sg ft space in Minneapolis, MN is the rad home

Working on a Saturday

I’ll say it once. I’ll say it twice. Have to go to work on the weekend? The office better be nice. Like these offices in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris by Maison Sarah Lavoine.

A holiday home on Cap Ferret

A holiday home in Cap Ferret, France with serious cabin-like undertones. Wood, and some more wood reign supreme with a masculine feel here. A very neutral colour scheme and lots of leather and copper

Chesterfield sofa shopping with Timothy Oulton

Ask me what my favourite style of sofa is and the first thing that always pops into my head is CHESTERFIELD! I know I’ll never find a vintage one around these parts so buying new is the only way I

Top to bottom renovation of a Grade 1 Listed townhouse in Bath

“We create spaces that truly reflect and perfectly fit the people who use them; making comfortable and atmospheric spaces that speak from the heart, to the heart.” From rabbit warren like student

Stalking tribal in a terrace house

I’m stalking in Sydney’s inner suburb of Surry Hills, walking through its historic streets indulging my love of 19th century terrace houses. Behind this grey facade is a house with a flipped floor

Nicole Newkirk

A bit of texture, a bit of colour, a bit of fur, a bit of wood, and lots of white. A smattering of designs from the portfolio of San Francisco designer Nicole Newkirk.

Top 20 A’ Design Award Winners

A’ Design Award & Competition is organized and awarded annually and internationally in a wide range of categories. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity

Montauk Beach House

Black and white, a surprise of old gold timber linings, enough retro classics to be cool not ostentatious, enveloping textures and the promise of a good surf break. Not your usual Hamptons holiday


bijou– noun – something small and delicately worked, a trinket. A cleverly crafted but tiny 11 m² seasonal rental in Paris’ 10th arrondissement. Because not all of us can, need or aspire to live in a

An art collector’s New York City apartment

Mid century vibes with statement furniture and art in this East End Avenue apartment designed by Amy Lau. A perfect city oasis for a pair of art collectors to showcase their vast collection and to

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

A derelict hacienda in Mexico

Built in 1830 in the Mexican town of Xucu, Yucatán, this somewhat derelict structure became abandoned in the 1970s and was brought back to life by French designer Emmanuel Picault. Becoming one with

Working on a Saturday

It’s my mantra. You’ve heard it often enough. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it certainly helps if it’s somewhere amazing like the showroom/office of shirt company Frank &


I wonder if Khoury Vogt Architects built sandcastles when they were young and dreamed of bigger things?

28 Degrees

With a predicted mid-winter temperature this weekend of a beautiful 22° Celcius you could be forgiven that 28 Degrees Byron Bay is named for the balmy days year round. It’s actually the degrees

Eclectic with textures and art

An extensive collection of bold artwork. An eclectic assortment of vintage furniture. This home is checking some boxes of my favourites list. The client was excited by the 30’s California canyon vibe