I really admired the web design of http://www.mirandabrooks.com
It functions successfully as a digital portfolio and reflects the style of the renowned landscape designer.
I particularly like the way the blog is integrated into the site yet links to a separate location. Blogs are such a key facet of contemporary web design. The reputation of a quality blog will often precede that of its parent website. Examining the changing role of blogs and their relationships with websites is rather interesting territory.
I also think the hover effects evidenced here are pretty nifty.