I love the portfolio of photographer Carter Berg. The photos appear so dynamic...it makes me want to be in these spaces and be able to spend hours devouring all the trinkets and art and furnishings, and of course pet the sleeping lab on the sofa.
We love getting emails about topics our readers think we'd like to post about, and this is definitively one of my favourites. A huge thanks to Joy who wrote us the following email: "I live in Arizona and just received my new issue of Dwell in the mail. In the My House section is a home built by a young man named Blake Dollahite. With the help of his father and after 4 years of effort, the home was complete. Blake decided to build the furnishings himself, everything from cabinetry to the coffee table to the bed to the media cabinet. For the home, and its finishings and furnishings he used reclaimed/recycled products almost exclusively and to stunningly simple, warm, intelligent and inviting effect. I was so impressed with the results I read the article 3 times. :) Anyway, I thought I'd pass along the info to you two. Link to Blake's company's site which features a gallery of his home -- http://ruraltheory.com/"
I CANNOT WAIT for my issue to arrive, because Blake is a genius. Joy read the article 3 times, I bet I would have read it 4. I adore the simplicity of this house, and I was so blown away when I saw all the before photos on his website, as well as the detail photos of his handmade furniture. You have GOT to go look. Doesn't hurt either that Blake sure knows how to take beautiful photos. And he's got a really cute dog. :)
I'm actually on a few days off at the moment. Not the "few days off, book a room at the beach" type days off but the "sew the roman blinds, upholster the day bed, change out the drawer pulls in the bathroom " kind of days off. Right now, as I'm covered in navy paint and finishing the second roman blind does not look at all appealing, I can always dream that I've booked into JIA, Shanghai. After a hard day's shopping in one of China's most exciting cities perhaps a little room service before venturing out for even more shopping. Would someone shanghai me to Shanghai? Please?
Stepping into a room by Fiona Newell Weeks is like stepping into a box of Ladurée macarons. Rich, intense and at times surprising colours are a signature of her work. Creative and with great attention to detail, she describes her rooms as traditional with a twist. Pattern too is paramount, layered and curated and often just as vibrant as the colour palette.