Mary McDonald is an interior designer out of Los Angeles and I adore her ethnic/eclectic style and use of intense colours and patterns. Her work has been featured on the cover of House Beautiful, House & Garden and Domino. "Through extensive travel throughout Europe and the Far East, she has created a personal signature that is eclectic, classic and clean. Her ability to combine European antiques, Chinoisery, and Indian influences, with Contemporary lines and an impeccable sense of color have made her one of the most sought after interior designers in Los Angeles."
I have been busy the last month or trying to get my backyard in some sort of reasonable state. Thanks to my dad's HUGE help, it's finally done (well, about 95% done). I hired someone to build the fence and the deck, and the rest was done by my dad and I on my Mondays off and my boyfriend helped on weekends. My dad rocks. For an old guy, he sure worked his ass off. So I figured I had to toot my own horn a bit and show you the results. (Since it's into August, the planting is at a minimum and we don't have much furniture/accessories but it's a start).
Photographer Grey Crawford's portfolio is a stunning example of getting just the right shot in just the right light. There's so much warmth to these photos you can almost close your eyes an imagine being there at the exact moment when they were taken.
Mariana is a graphic artist/designer, currently studying interior decoration and design. This is her family home on Flickr. I first laid eyes on this fabulous house when Mariana commented on some of my Flickr photos. I'm so glad I clicked on over. Great mid century furniture, funky found objects, fifties sensibilities and amazing twig lamp shades fashioned by Mariana herself. Secretly I'm coveting her West German vases! Thanks for letting me share your home Mariana. I'd love to move in myself. I'm sure I'd feel right at home!
Paul Cha Architect is based in Soho, New York and has been very successful since it's inception in 1997, having been published in numerous books and magazines including the New York Times and Interior Design. His designs are modern and timeless, and follow Zen sensibilities. I love how he uses different types of wood throughout his designs to keep the modern elements from feeling too cold. (And how cute is that little window along the floor in the third photo?)