Most of the apartments that DP and I visit in Barcelona are furnished with a strange mishmash (not to be confused with an eclectic collection) of hand-me-downs from former tenants and new Ikea pieces. Most teachers on the international circuit do not spend a lot of time and/or money decorating homes that they will abandon in a couple of years. Even I, eternal nester and obsessive decorator, have scaled back in Barcelona, making do with a small collection of ceramic bulls, several spectacular bowls from Italy and Portugal, and a few throw pillows (DP says he does NOT get the thing with women and throw pillows. Fair enough).
My last posting made me particularly nostalgic for the bold colours with which Mexicans decorate their homes… and for Mexican folk art. The photo of the Virgin Mary in the shrine from my last post was taken at a fantastic B&B called “Las Bugambilias” in Oaxaca, Mexico. We stayed at this beautiful little hotel for a week with mom and our family friend Muriel in April of 2006, just before we left Mexico. The art work at the B&B blew me away; the owners have assembled an extraordinary collection of folk art for the rooms and the common spaces, including the living and dining rooms pictured below.