Desire to Inspire

A New York apartment converted into a loft

After 30 years of stale decor and small rooms, Gramercy Design took this 1400 sq ft Lower Fifth Avenue apartment to a whole other lofty level by opening it and making it conducive to entertaining. The

A renovated 1930 villa in Bucharest

It had been a while since we heard from architect and interior designer Alex Calin of Space Casuals (there was this project), so I was stoked to see what he’s been working on lately. This 1930s

Restoration of a Regency villa

The Regency villa had seen better days, sadly divided into 3 flats with clumsy additions and awkward spaces. Enter London-based interior designers Harding & Read who created a family home with all

Room + Board

Introducing Room + Board the latest in the stable of fabulous accommodation properties by stylist and decorator Lynda Gardener. The purpose built open plan barn in the Victorian country town of

An Izen Architecture Christmas house

Sharing some Christmas cheer from Brenda of Toronto-based Izen Architecture. Last summer we completed the construction of a renovation for which we designed both the architecture and interiors. Soon

Exquisite architecture and furnishings in a Paris home

This Paris home is brimming with elegance, sophistication and a little funk. The bathroom alone is worth its weight in gold…or purple marble. It’s so OTT fabulous. By French architects and interior

A stylish white house in the Ibiza countryside

A pleasing marriage of contemporary and rustic elements embues this Ibiza house with an easy sophistication. The white colour palette is warmed by wooden accents while statement black adds drama to

A respectful balance of heritage and modern living

“An elegant example of cohesive design, respectfully balancing heritage features with contemporary vision.” Armadale Residence II by Melbourne-based Studio Tate marries the concerns of modern day

A bespoke modern and a bit industrial Hollywood Hills home

In case you weren’t sure what your dream home looked like, I found it for you. You’re welcome. A bespoke home nestled and perched atop a hill in the Oaks in Hollywood hills, the residence was born out

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

Sunday dining at a restaurant

Sunday dinners are typically help at my parents’ house as an excuse to get the family together. And I welcome the one day a week (aside from pizza night) where I don’t have to cook. But if I didn’t

Working on a Saturday

It’s like I say time and time again. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Rachel Comey LA by Elizabeth Roberts Architects. (Can we just file that

Chasing the dream – through a round window

Yes it’s a trophy house. Large by Australian stanards, luxury finishes, swimming pool and desirable address but it has one thing that is really tickling my fancy. A circlular window or should I say

Modern minimalism in a historic building

What do you get when you refurbish an apartment with great historic bones but the client wants modern minimalism? Why a stunning home with a contemporary edge and fabulous features from the past. I

The edgy loft of a music lover

This loft in Livorno, Italy is where art, music, plants and custom furniture come together to create an edgy, unique home. Also, I’m really digging how the hardwood floor was laid. Very cool! Designed

A Manhattan pied-à-terre

I am smitten with this Manhattan pied-à-terre that may be small in size but is loaded with sophistication. Designed by Kyle O’Donnell of Gramercy Design. A small penthouse apartment in a boutique

A quick six

From old wooden cottages with expansive modern additions to triangular slivers of urban cool, here are a quick six that tickled my fancy on my real estate scrolling. Want to see more? Click on the

Chasing the dream – industrial urban luxury

Urban luxury hidden down a gritty city lane. Venture beyond the gates and this edgy, masculine interior is all about high end spec and industrial meets art gallery meets downtown glamour riffs. Dark

Leanne Ford – a bit on the light side

You know I had to go here. The lighter side of Leanne Ford. Lighter for the most part. I love that she almost always adds a bit of dark with the light. For contrast.

Leanne Ford – a bit on the dark side

I wanted to share a bit more from Leanne Ford because this woman can do no wrong. I am in awe of each of her projects so here is a little round up of some of her designs that are a bit on the dark