Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Endless Search: Inspired by Argentina

Earlier this spring, my family and I took a trip to Argentina. Of course, I took some time to relax and bond with my loved ones, but as an interior designer, I’m also always keeping my eye out for inspiration and cool styles to bring back to Richmond.

Check out our elegant hotel bathroom in San Isidro.

I’m glad I got the chance to snap this quick picture before my family invaded… and it looked like this. After a day of racing on the water, the bath went from classy to mess—this is just one of the many joys of being a sailing mom.

I’m always inspired by nature. This is a typical part tree in Buenos Aires. The tangled roots are both organic and beautiful.

I’m also always looking at décor and getting new ideas as a result. I spotted this tangled chandelier at a hotel in Patagonia, then thought back to the tree and how nature influences design.

Looking at both of these items—one natural, one manmade, I marveled at the different ways tangles made an impression. I also thought of how these elegant tangles could be applied to lighting ideas for your home. The Plumen chandelier and cord fixture that are available in my shop, At Market, in DeCOR, reflect this cool, tangled look.

I was also captivated by this cow bone chair I saw at an Estancia Santa Maria outside Buenos Aires. It really presents a new definition of “reduce, reuse, recycle.”

This glacier was another of my favorite sightings. The bright blue has to be one of nature’s craziest colors. The more compact the ice, the more brilliant the blue gets. I couldn’t help but imagine this shade as an accent in a brown room. It’s always fun to think about color combinations in nature.

As you head out on spring and summer trips, look at your surroundings with new eyes. What inspiration can you bring back into your home?

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