Today is a civic holiday here (making it a 4 day weekend for me - YAY!) and I think the 8th day this summer where we're not expecting rain, so I have got to get off my laptop and get my butt outside and enjoy this weather while it lasts. But first, a little bit of award-winning modern architecture by XTEN Architecture, a firm located in Los Angeles, that is bound to knock your socks off.
Mihaela (Miha) Dosei of Romania wrote us recently and I wanted to share her email and photos she included with you.
"As many of your readers, I am extremely passionate about interior design and fairly new in the interior design field. As I am working on growing my firm your blog is more then just an inspiration to me. I find your blog unique and I want to let you know it is a source of inspiration not only for people that are passionate for interior decorating but also for many professionals in the field around the world.
I would like to share a few images of my work. I consider that any style is possible; things are not meant to just look good, they must work and be functional. Our homes should be a refuge in the face of the outside world stress, a place that will protect our calm and will satisfy and make us better, an oasis of stability and calm when everything that surrounds us is unpredictable and pretentious."
Miha, thanks so much for allowing us this glimpse of your work and I don't doubt you are going to have a very successful career ahead of you.
I am so fickle. I flit from one photographer crush to another. What's a girl (ahem ... a middle aged woman) to do when she stumbles upon more fabulous images by a very talented photographer. Meet my new obsession Erik Johnson. You would have seen his work before. He's shot for all the majors, Martha Stewart, Elle Decor, Southern Accents, Real Simple. Great understanding of how to capture a room and lead you into the photo. Wonderful portfolio.
Aaaawwww so sweet! Let's start the week with more readers' pets taking over the furniture. Seems it's a dog's life after all. This little cutie is Buzz, a Jackchi from Dublin. His mum Hilary from Blacklashes left a comment on the last doggie post. "No chance of keeping Buzz our off the couch...thankfully its black leather so not much of a problem...I am thankful that I never got the cream fabric one I longed for a while ago!"
Ian just had to share this cute pic."2 out of 2 of our bull terriers prefer sofa's to their own beds! :) This is Basil on the sofa!" (And Ian I hope this new blog runs longer than one post ... come on I know you can do it!)
Here is the very blissful Coco. Maybe I should say cool as a cucumber Coco. Her owner Nathalie from Apartment20 fills us in on Coco's look of contentment. "Coco is a Rottweiler and this is her reaction when we turned on the air the first time this summer. Awww Lucky Coco enjoying the cool air!"
And finally from Melanie (Carolina Cottage), "Two beautiful dogs on one ugly couch .... Meet my 2 American Eskimo dogs - Shiya and Denver. Denver (on the right) rarely hops up on the couch, so this is a rare shot. The room is a work in progress... aren't they all?" Let's hear it for the room in progress. I think we all have one of those. Cute dogs are a good starting point for a design scheme.
OK regular programming will resume soon with a great photographer and an amazing portfolio. I might even have a new (or yet another) photographer crush!