Rio, you have me.

  The past week went by in a flash, like a fast car in a dream. Being in Rio for a week felt like waking up from a sensorial coma: Fast everything, cars, buses, motorcycles. Hearing a language spoken with musical accent, smelling the food as fresh as the ocean, the smells of the city, the salt in…

Here, there and everywhere

Here, there and everywhere… How we decorate , how we dress, how we think are products of what we have seen, what we have lived and how we have combined all of those experiences together. 25 Christmas ago I was an artist illustrator for a children’s magazine in a little town in Ohio. My job…

How can every project be one of a kind?

  I arrived at my client’s home and parked my car. Blue sky and sunshine greeted me through the yellow-orange Autumn leaves from the surrounding trees. The house had a bosque like kind of backyard and my eyes got lost in there for a moment. The project included the remodel of a bathroom among other rooms….

Time

We think we have forever. But we don’t. Mexico: warm, colorful, delicious food and friendly people. That was my idea of this country, and it took me a big climb to the top of their world to smell their true culture, to feel the sun on my shoulder and to stop and think about its…

This wild world

Are you afraid of cheetahs? I asked my brother. Before he could answer, the pickup truck took off in the dark night, moving fast over a bumpy, rocky dirt road. We started rolling around over two or three suitcases that were on the back of the truck. I was trying to forget the many facts in…

Where do patterns come from?

Autumn is possibly the most adored season by most artists. Colors are like magic potion dripping from the sky and from trees. The light is magical, not white, not bright, just gold and magical. Added to the color come the patterns… Ahhh ground covering patterns.  Millions of leaves covering our grass, our patio, our driveway, our head….

Baby Nursery makeover

There’s that excitement in the air when you know your baby will be here soon. You can almost smell that baby in every piece of little outfit you already have. Then you walk into the nursery and realize with frustration that you were not able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together yet, either…

Cross cultural design

We are most aware of something after the event has taken place, after the moment has passed, after time has shown us results. When we are living in the moment we are pretty overtaken by the emotion and feelings. We are living it intensely and learning with the process. When I was thirteen I had…

When you have it all

Life is crazy like that, sometimes you think you lost everything just to realize that all “that” everything you lost was nothing compared to what you gained next. And that’s what I want to talk about today. So if you don’t like the mushy type of post and you were hoping for something related to design,…

Nordeste in the middle of Rio

People migrate for all kind of reasons, political, economical, religious, job opportunity, weather, family, history, curiosity, adventure, and a hundred more reasons. In Brazil people migrate from small towns to the big cities seeking job opportunities and a better quality of life. The Nordeste region is situated on the North part of Brazil, where opportunities…

As Summer slips away…

My mind travels back and forth like a book being flipped from front to back many times. Pages after pages of memories and places, events, people and days. I’m getting colder and colder every day. It’s Fall, cold Fall with a glimpse of warm days here and there, then next to that warm day comes a gray,…

25 years of adulthood

It was a quick message on Facebook a few months ago, asking me: “Hey, when are you coming back home? It’s been 25 years since our college graduation and we need to celebrate it!” I had just gone to Brazil in February for carnival, it had been a quick visit and it seemed like it was not enough time…