Russian Architect and designer Maria Marinina has created an oasis with this home, using an earthy, neutral colour palette and tons of textures. So serene and soothing, pared down and refined. No need for alot of stuff when you have so many textures to appreciate.
Is it just me, or does everything in every Paris apartment have some level of chicness no one else can get away with? There’s nothing exceptional about this apartment, but add in some to-die-for views out the windows, chevron hardwood floors (my dream), some cool tile and then add in a bunch of vintage furniture and accessories and it’s a total gem that is bright and cozy. Via Elle Déco with photos by Billie Blanket.
Hey folks. I got back yesterday from the most amazing 2 week trip to my favourite places – Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita, Mexico. If you have been following the blog a while you’ll know I do this trek almost every winter and I can’t get enough. This time it was husband and I staying at the condo in PV my folks’ rent each year – 3.5 months this time – and then because we love the bohemian surf town of Sayulita so much, we rented a totally adorable Airbnb there for 3 nights partway through the trip. We ate at soooo many incredible restaurants, shopped and shopped and shopped (I need to look into the cost of a shipping container LOL), and lay in the sun for as many hours as possible. I cannot think of a better way to welcome spring after such a horrendous winter (and to make me regret returning home even more, it had just snowed here in Ottawa). Our next objective is finding a way to move to Mexico…at least for the winter months. Here is a bit of a glimpse into our trip from some photos I grabbed off of my phone.
the colours in Mexico blow my mind
one of my favourite decor shops in Puerto Vallarta – La Colleccion
first time spotting this mural – LOVE!
my love for pink and orange is strong
since I was a kid I dreamt of living in a climate where cacti thrive outside
Hotel Hafa in Sayulita
at every turn in Sayulita is something photo-worthy
a simple but beautiful church in the Sayulita town square
plants as far as the eye can see in Sayulita – and this was just a random alcove on a main street
I can’t get over how cute they display their plants
sansevieria/snake plants taller than I have ever seen
many, many, many dogs run loose all over Sayulita
they’ve tried getting a handle on the stray dog population over the years… but then we found a little 8 week old puppy in the middle of the road one day
kinda love this, especially when I realized we kept walking past this for 3 days before I noticed
we need to take note up here in bleak Canada
I didn’t buy that tapestry
especially when the sweet kid at that stall took a good minute to try and come up with how to say 3000 pesos (in Spanish)
oh, did we eat!
the view from Barcelona Tapas Thursday night – a favourite restaurant of ours for many years in Puerto Vallarta
what’s not to love about tiles and plants
we stumbled upon an antiques shop we had never seen before and I nearly had a stroke at all the things, like this massive mirror, I wanted to bring home
this Mexican restaurant wins an award from me for having the cutest exterior
a beautiful shop in Sayulita called Nakawe Trading where I bought some gorg pillow cases
I wanted all the things in this store – Suré Moda y Casa
When I dream about living in Mexico, this is the sort of vibe that always comes to mind for the home I want to find there. Rustic, time-worn architecture that I can fill with vintage finds and the occasional modern light fixture or artwork. María Lladó nailed it with this home in Menorca she designed. I’d be quite happy vacationing here too.
What was an office in Madrid is now a drop dead gorgeous duplex with original details maintained such as marble fireplaces, cast iron columns, high ceilings, herringbone floors. The eclectic furnishings add a warmth and a somewhat Parisian vibe that I’m really falling for. Designed by Noel Marichalar. (Photos sourced from Noel’s portfolio and this story in Nuevo Estilo with photos by Montse Garriga)