Scandinavian furniture, dreamy cashmere throws, sleek architectural lines… The settings in many interior books are often so flawless it seems like no one really lives there. Enter Nicole England, a Melbourne photographer whose expert eye and penchant for pups lend life to otherwise Pinterest-perfect abodes. This is most evident in her newly published tome (and corresponding website, notecards, and prints), Resident Dog, which features 25 houses each as uniquely designed as the next, but all captured with a canine inhabitant warming up the frame. England began adding hounds to her work while photographing interiors for the likes of Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, and Wallpaper magazines.
As she told us in issue eight, she could be on a “serious shoot with a serious client” and then a tail-wagging dog would wander in, making a posh home feel instantly friendly. She began posting these pics on Instagram under @resident.dog alongside anecdotes from owners. In writing that a spoodle named Noodle goes from room to room licking one designer’s daughters to wake them, for example, England manages to turn the aspirational into the inspirational. Her book digs in deeper to provide backstories of dog adoptions as well as idiosyncratic details about furry family members’ behaviour and habits. Resident Dog makes for a beautiful addition to any coffee table, but it might be difficult to keep your own pup from putting its paws all over it.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019