As my family and I travel the world, I have the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the most exquisite homes, designs, and architecture. I am excited to share with you some of my favorite locations, and introduce you to some of the most magnificent architecture, color, art, and furnishings that the world has to offer.
Often the world’s most stunning architecture and design is deeply rooted in culture, and Portugal’s vibrant tiles, known as azulejos, are no different. Azulejos originated in the 13th century, and were originally simple geometric patterns, often in white and blue. But, like most art, they have evolved over centuries to reflect the changes in history, politics, religion and culture of the country. With this evolution came the introduction of various colors and patterns. While in Portugal, we saw them everywhere-rail stations, subway walls, homes, churches, bars, even as pavement! Every wall, every building, nearly every crevice is decorated with vibrant tile. Portugal has great pride in their history and culture and they aren’t afraid to show it off!
There is no better example of design as an expression of self as the azulejos of Portugal. The entire history and culture of the country is expressed through their tiles.
As you consider your own style, your own self, don’t be limited by colors and catalogs. Look around! Find inspiration in your history, your family’s heritage, the places you love and cherish. Your space should tell your story. Let us help you tell yours!