Global Lifestyling Inspiration: Popham Design

It takes gusto and a heaping dose of determination to move to another country (especially a third-world one) and start your own business. So I have nothing but admiration (and a little jealously, naturally!) at this talented couple. They moved to Marrakech, took a gamble on a tile venture and put their mutual business skills to work. Now they have a successful company- Popham Design- and a gorgeous Moroccan-inspired home to show for it. 

I stumbled on their story (and home photos) on the Design*Sponge blog. I'm sure you all are avid D*S readers, too, so I'll share only a few shots that make me especially dizzy with envy. 

Every room takes a cue from life in Marrakech...

Oh, and did I mention that they live in a 250-year-old renovated mosque? I love that they chose to live in a place with so much history and relevance to their new hometown.

Read more about Popham Design at Design*Sponge

Global Muses: The Kuna (Part 2)

I'm still on my Kuna kick. These women are color geniuses and I absolutely LOVE their bold splashes of green, red and blue. It's like they're a living Franz Kline print. They make me want to burn anything beige in my wardrobe. 

The Kuna women are so beautiful. So talented. So bold. Could I possibly rework my apartment into something like this??

Or this.....

And here's my somewhat new Kuna bracelet! Made by the Kuna and featuring a rather unique condor design. Me encanta!

Photo Credits: BigEastern Blogs, Domino & Anthropologie*
* i think! sorry about this one.

Buenos Aires: Here We Come!

We're now officially living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a little section of the city called Recoleta. On a whole, Buenos Aires is lovely and charming. But Recoleta. WOW. It's so unbelievably gorgeous and I'm a bit sheepish to admit that we even live here. It's quite posh for the likes of us. But I'm not complaining. We could never afford the Upper East Side in NYC and this will be the only time in my life that the only Hermes and Louis Vuitton in the entire country are on my block. Let the window shopping commence!

View from our dining room window. With a view like this i could eat for hours. :)

Recoleta, most famous for it's cemetery where Eva Peron rests, is considered one of the most affluent places in the country. When you hear Buenos Aires described as the Paris of South America, it's in part because of this neighborhood. The architecture is a stunning mix of borrowed French and Italian designs, including chateau-style manor homes in an urban setting.

We're so thrilled to have a temporary home. The past 6 months of traveling has been tougher than expected and we're both craving a schedule and structure. Not to mention all those amenities that hostels decidedly do not offer.

DIY Moroccan Glass Lamps

We´re slowly making our way out of Bolivia and back into the land of the high-speed internet. Well, Northern Argentina is not that high-speed, but I´ll take what I can get. I can´t wait to share photos of all the fantastic places I´ve had the privelage to visit...not to mention the fantastic goodies I´ve managed to haul across South America.

Find The Project @ Design*Sponge

 In the meantime, I had to share this lovely DIY project for Glass Jar Moroccan Lanterns from Katie Steuernagle, a contributer at Ohdeedoh. I´m beyond impressed. I don´t think I´ve ever seen a DIY project involving gold puffy paint turning out well. (Remember those killer puffy paint sweatshirt parties we had back in the early ´90s? I´m just saying.) But Katie´s project turned out so great that I´ll be saving pickle jars for the next few months to tackle it myself.

P.S. The project was recently featured on fab design site, Design*Sponge. Check it out!