Isa Brito

Some photography I like…

Photograph of a boy

Portrait of a couple

To see more of Isa’s work please visit

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inspiration…where do you get yours?

Red graffiti wall, New York City

Kelly Wearstler, interior design.

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Peter Dunham

One of my favorite things about Peter Dunham is the way his designs capture a certain attitude.  His projects include areas where you just want to sit around and hang out.  I can picture myself sitting and chatting with friends, while enjoying a meal or just sitting for hours.  Nothing is too serious and his signature fabric line draws inspirations from Persia, Turkey and India.

Shop Hollywood at Home to see his designs and fabric line, like the peacock ikat (pictured above) and the rush chairs (shown in the first photo).  Also see some of his past projects here.

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Roberto Dutesco

Roberto Dutesco is one of my favorite photographers and I am in love with his Sable Island horse series.  Dutesco has been photographing these wild horses for over ten years in their natural habitat;  Sable Island is a 41 km sandbar Southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is a place without trees, shade or shelter.  It is known as the “graveyard of the pacific” as over 275 ships have wrecked on this coastline.  Dutesco shares part of his sales to the preservation of this land and the protection of the 300 wild horses that roam here.  Please visit

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Time to catch up on some reading…

As summer has come to a close I have decided to pick up some of my favorite design books to re-read and become re-inspired! There are thousands to choose from, but I have chosen just a few to get started. Take a look for yourself, you will NOT be disappointed!

Hue” is Kelly Wearstler’s most recent book and I enjoy flipping through it because I love they way she uses color and materials in her spaces.  She has a great way of Mixing textiles and texture that I don’t think many others can match.  There are a lot of vintage references but with a modern twist.  I think she always manages to “pull it off” she brings something new to the table with each project, but I still see her signature style shine through.

Pictured above is one of the first design books that I actually read cover to cover.  It is filled with amazing houses, gardens, and of course people.  This book consists of a compilation of never before seen shots and stories of people like Lisa Perry of NYC, Manolo Blahnik, and many more! Check it out here, it is a great read!!

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California Girl…

After a recent trip to NYC I had the chance to visit MOMA and get inspired…something that I sometimes lack in my day to day routines.  Besides seeing the Van Gough’s, Cezanne’s and the new exhibit on Matisse I was taken aback by the photography exhibit on budding new stars.  Alex Prager, a photographer out of Los Angeles demonstrated some of my favorite shots in the exhibit, and I keep seeing her name ever since (recently featured in C Magazine).  Not only is she self taught, she is well traveled and I love her style, I will be sure to keep my eye out for all things “Alex Prager”!

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¡Vivá España!

The Old Spanish Days Fiesta are upon us in Santa Barbara. I am reminded of some of my favorite things Spanish! The sound of castanets, and the waving of a brightly colored fan always get me in the spirit.   I have also added this shot of Penelope Cruz from a past Vogue editorial shoot.  The images from this shoot have always stuck with me as all things spanish that I love: the ruffles, lace, dark eyeliner, and red lipstick. The toreadors that appear in the spread aren’t so bad either!

I may be one of the few that still think bullfighting should remain a part of the Spanish culture, to me it is art as well as a sport that people train for from early on in life.  Check out “The Matador” a documentary on one of Spain’s most loved matador’s;El Fandi. Also pictured is the great Manolete, considered the greatest bullfighter of all time.

So, whether you believe in bullfighting or not (your sure not to see any in these parts) enjoy this fiesta and don’t hold back! Fill the weekend with dancing, mariachi, a rodeo or parade…and don’t forget the most important part: Tequila!!!!! Viva Laaaa!!

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