Architecture for Lovers


Each year, Austin does an event that combines two of my favorite things in life: architecture/design + dogs. It’s a called Barkitecture, and local builders and design/architecture firms create little home’s for man’s best friend to raise awareness and money for local animal shelters. Truly there are some amazing, one of a kind creations! Submissions are judged by a panel and prizes are awarded for categories such as Most Unusual and Best in Show. Take a peek at some of the interesting buildings and contest winners from 2012:

I can’t wait to go this fall!

A Doggie Farmhouse
Dog Cube Condo by Gensler
Rex Box – Greenest Design
greenest design dog home barkitecture 2012
The Woof Stream
The Barkelow – Best Fundraiser
Doggone Vault – Best in Show
doggone vault - best in show Barkitecture 2012.

Photos from Kara Mosher for Houzz and Barkitecture’s website.

See this other site for more pix from the event!

celebrity homes: will ferrell + john legend

Ahh so glad it’s Friday. I’m beyond ready for the weekend.  I was on AD’s website earlier and saw these two beautiful homes.  The first crib is home to the very talented musical star John Legend.  The 2nd belongs to one of my favorite actors & comedians, Will Ferrell.

John Legend’s Los Angeles Home

Tucked in the Hollywood Hills, this 60’s home’s style is “chic and tailored but also earthy and casual” according to the singer/songwriter, who shares the home with his fiance.

John Legend's living room

The contrast of light and dark, mixed use of materials, and organic shapes are what makes the space so special.

john legend's home

I adore those two chairs! How fun!

John Legend's kitchen

Streamlined and very modern kitchen.

John Legend's bedroom

Notice the wall covering? It’s seagrass.

john legend terrace


Will Ferrell’s New York Loft

Located downtown NYC, this space was transformed from a dark and crumbling Victorian-era printing factory to a bright and airy residence to Will, his wife, and 3 kids.  It’s an unexpectedly upscale and sophisticated home for such a funny guy.

will ferrell living room 2

Classic white, black and grey.

will farrell loft living room

will ferrells kitchen

Artsy and minimalistic.

will ferrells bedroom

I must say, I love the bedrooms!

will ferrells guest bedroom


So which celeb has the better designed home, Will or John??  What would you rather have: a city loft or the mansion in the hills?


(Source: Architectural Digest. All photos link back to their original source)

70’s Malibu inspired home

It seems like lately I’m drawn to all these California-esque homes.  First Holiday in the Hills and now this!

I picked up the Oct/Nov issue of Urban Home Magazine and this project was featured on the cover.  Designed by local San Antonio firm, Baxter Design Group,  this home is a refreshing breeze of So-Cal eclectic style with organic touches.  It has a laid back, retro feel mingled with just the right amount of modern.  I had the chance to view this home back in May – it was part of the San Antonio Parade of Homes, featuring custom home builders Mattern & FitzGerald.


In the article, builder Kevin FitzGerald describes how the client “wanted a house with soul and natural materials that were understated, yet elegant. We chose to design and build a home that would be low on ‘stuff’ and rich on texture.”

living room  dining room


The planning period for this home took 5 months of getting to know the client’s hopes, dreams, and desires.  It paid off – the end result is gorgeous!

3 pics





front of home

You dig?! View the whole article here.

(Photo Credits:  Houzz & Urban Home Magazine)

design obsession: moroccan style

Morocco: A magical land, rich in history, culture, and charm.

It’s no secret that it’s top 10 on my bucket list.  I dream of traveling to Marrakech, strolling through the marketplace, and photographing architectural and scenic wonders that are like no other.

The style is timeless.  A constant influence to so much of the design and fashion world today.  The attention to detail is impeccable, from the arches and architecture, to the refinements of the tile and latticework.

So naturally, I adore anything inspired by this amazing place.








Wallpaper by Urban Outfitters!



Behold the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakesh.  DROP. DEAD. GORGEOUS.

This freakin pool!!!


Everybody needs a lil Moroccan in their life. 🙂


a)  Light fixtures, Viva Terra   –  b) Teal Moroccan Veridigris Earrings, from Christina Nicole via Etsy  –  c) Geometric Cuff in Grey, Deja Vu  –  d) Sandals, Charlotte Russe  –  e) One Shoulder Dress, Deja Vu    –    f) Carthage Pierced Lantern, Home Decorators   –    g) Tahla Lantern, Z Gallerie  –   h) Rug, Ikea   –     i) Chinese Garden Stool, Wisteria   –    j) Moroccan Inspired Photo Frame, Wisteria   –   k) 4 Door Mirrored Console, to the trade only (contact me for pricing/ordering)  –     l) Votive cups, Z Gallerie   –    m) Jacqui Coffee Table in White, Bungalow 5    –    n) Light Fixture, to the trade only (contact me for pricing/ordering)    –   o) J.L. Rhein Pillow, Wayfair   –     p) Macau End Table, Home Decorators

happy friday!

Came across this photo on Pinterest and thought I’d share!  We’ll be enjoying the weather and cooking out this weekend.  I’d like to hear about everyone’s weekend plans…. xoxo! Hope you enjoy it!




(photo via Pinterest)