The project in Rio de Janeiro

I was picked up at the airport around noon on a Saturday, and from there I went to my mom’s place for lunch and shower. The plan was ambitious, a remodel to be done in two weeks, from start to finish! Two weeks! The homework was done before my trip, researching for cabinets, appliances, furniture…

The idea of perfection

Waiting for perfection is a mind numbing attitude. Waiting for the right moment, the right pieces to fall into place, the right place, the right amount of money, the right age… argh… so inhibiting! Just watch a baby learning to walk, wobbles, falls, grabs for support, moves legs to the right and left not really…

Simplicity and Happiness

Nothing is more sophisticated than simplicity. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by ideas that want to convince us to have more, to buy what we don’t need, to spend the money we don’t have, to insert one more social event in a schedule that craves family time, in a time when people…

For every YES a hundred NOS

Holidays are here at the same time that the end of the tax year is here, projects, and trips are here. It seems like there’s a lot going on, right? When I started my business about 7 years ago and set my career goals during a foggy time in my life I knew what I…

Let me walk through your home

Let me walk through your home and take my time absorbing every detail. Let me imagine the stories that happened here or the ones that will happen. The softness of the floor, the textures of the walls, everything invites me to touch your space and stay for a little longer. But it would be disturbing…

Meditation on the go

The blueish orange sky was sitting in front of my windshield, the remaining light still hanging there as an invitation to enjoy the last hour or minutes of the day. Driving to and from these little towns where I live don’t take more than twenty to thirty minutes, and that’s a meditation time always. In…

Finding my place

I’m not gonna lie and say I knew all the answers when I threw myself into the world. I had a million questions and endless curiosity. Blame my artistic side, or my foreign origin, my entrepreneur spirit, my independent  mind, my nonconformist ideas. Whatever it was or whatever it is, the need for questioning and…

Perspective

The mom asked the young child “Look through the window and tell me what do you see.” He answered “Mom I see the garden, the sky, and people passing by.” She said “Now you go outside and look through the window again. Do you see the same thing?” He said “No, I see the bedroom,…

Learning to see again

  Some jobs we choose and some jobs are given to us. Got home after a trip and she looked at me sideways, not knowing exactly was she was looking at. We hugged, we talked, we stared at each other without words. Something was different this time, there was no jumping or dancing around the kitchen floor….

It’s just a matter of time…

“You must be an artist?”, he asked me. Jeff and I had been in Marrakech for over a week then. We had walked those alleys, the open markets, hundreds of little shops, and many restaurants. We had eaten like kings, shopped like tourists, mingled with locals and learned a lot more about ourselves than we…

Each project is an universe of details

8,10,12, or 14 Hours on one project/day, wandering around details, elements of design, like a pointillism painting composed by millions of dots of different colors. Alone they are nothing more than a dot, but together they compose a picture. The more details, the richer and better finished a project will be. Why care about which…

The wind under your feet

Let the winds of heaven flow under your feet. That dark blue sky carrying a load of water was quickly approaching our location. The wind felt warm and soft, embracing every part of my body, moving under my feet and making me as light as a kite flying in the sky. The same wind also…