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Wednesday
Jan302008

So freaking angry right now

This post has nothing to do with design or anything even remotely related but I am so pissed off I had to post about this. A Flickr friend Liz, also from Ottawa, posted a photo of her cute dog Paddington earlier tonight and there was quite a long description with it that I read and got more and more furious as I read it. See, Liz recently got a house and knew she wanted 2 dogs now that she has the space and wanted to get a rescue dog. (YAY Liz!) She found a Shih Tzu on the website of a local shelter and called to find out more information. Turns out the shelter wants a whopping SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS for the dog because she is a miniature Shih Tzu and this is apparently rare. Liz was pretty angry about this and I TOTALLY agree. That is CRAZY to ask that much for a dog at a shelter. Apparently crazy to most folks because the dog, named Tica, is still not adopted. This shelter is in Gatineau, Quebec, and I have to say that if the Ottawa Humane Society had done that and word got out, the shit would hit the fan. I don't know how they can get away with this. This appears to be the norm there because their website says nothing about adoption prices, unlike at other shelters where the price is regulated. It just broke my heart to hear this, to learn that they are trying to make as much money as they can off this little helpless dog. Then I saw her photo. And I'm fighting back tears, because she would have had a great life with Liz.

Wednesday
Jan302008

Omniarte Design

Omniarte Design is the multi-faceted design firm of Erinn Valencich. After reading the "about" section of her website, I'm amazed at her talents. She's been on numerous TV shows, writes columns for magazines, has done food and prop styling, is working on a cooking show, and has even trained horses. I'll of course focus on her interior design talent. Her portfolio is incredible, filled with modern rooms that are layered in geometric patterns and hits of colour. I would give my right arm AND a cat for that red mirror.





Wednesday
Jan302008

Scandinavian expressions


Stunning images from photographer Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer who specializes in interior and lifestyle photography. Her work featuring regularly in Danish and international shelter magazines as well as her own series of books. Birgitta photographs light so beautifully while conveying the mood of a room. I'm blown away by the Scandinavian style she captures through her lens. Her understanding of the meaning of a space is apparent. Love it all! Don't miss her snow series in her portfolio. Gorgeous.

Wednesday
Jan302008

Secret Gardens


Scattered throughout Sydney are these beautiful oases in an urban landscape. Secret Gardens is a holistic landscape design team founded by Matthew Cantwell. Beautiful inspirational gardens whether a sprawling garden or a small inner city courtyard.


P.S A link finally for the reader (whose email I inadvertently deleted) who wanted to know the name and source of the white sunlounge in the first photo after it featured in a Noosa post.

Tuesday
Jan292008

Colourful Italian hotel

I'd like to introduce you to one of the wildest hotels I've ever seen. This is a glimpse into the Byblos Art Hotel - Villa Amista, a five-star hotel in Verona. Talk about creative and over-the-top decor. I imagine staying here would have you feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland. The colours are simply stunning.