Design

Inspiration from 1930’s Hollywood

February 24, 2015
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Thankfully, modern day has resurrected that posh interior design style modeled after Hollywood’s Golden Age. Who wouldn’t drool over Hollywood Regency’s glitz and glamour, high gloss and flashy elements? But for me the contribution goes deeper than show.

When I want to be inspired, I often look to the rooms and furniture pieces designed during the 1930s. While interior design can certainly make a statement and create a destination for occasions, to me, the design is about lifestyle. And, as a woman, it’s about feeling elegant.

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Design

3 Interiors I Love

January 31, 2015
3 Interiors I Love

3 Interiors I Love by 3 Designers I Admire

Before Ryder relocated me to South Florida in 1995, I used to move every two years. Although I’ve since given myself permission to grow roots, a part of me still misses being nomadic for the exciting exposure to various experiences and approaches.

Plus, relocating that often gave me an opportunity to change room styles and design houses very different from one another. I have been over the moon in a pink master bedroom filled with paisleys and Laura Ashley florals and charmed rooms into transitional styles inspired by my travels.

Through this playful experimentation, I have developed an appreciation for beautiful interiors and the master works of renowned designers like Vicente Wolf, Elissa Cullman, and Jan Showers. Continue Reading…

Foodie

Seafood Pho

December 10, 2014

I am fascinated with food because it reconnects me with many great childhood memories.  I believe my passion started when my grandma would take my youngest sister and I to the town of Humacao every Sunday.  On our way to visit her friends we would stop by several kiosks and on ‘special’ Sundays, we would stop and try new restaurants.  That is one of the legacies from grandma Bertha… my youngest sister Lucy and I are obsessed with food.  Lucy likes to cook the Puerto Rican food that we both grew up enjoying.  I love to eat in restaurants around the world and experience food in ways unknown from my childhood. Continue Reading…

Foodie

In Search for Cupcakes

November 19, 2014

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Cupcakes By: CamiCakes

Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? I do.

CamiCakes do cupcakes like no other. Their cupcakes are moist and incredibly delicious. My favorite is their red velvet with cream cheese frosting. And their lemon drop is my second choice. The citrus flavor is clean to the palate. Exhilarating! Continue Reading…

Foodie

Puerto Rican Pasteles

November 19, 2014
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There is a smell so incredible that it triggers many wonderful memories of my beautiful island: my sister Lucy’s pasteles.

Pasteles are a staple of our Puerto Rican (PR) cuisine. Simple in their ingredients but laborious to prepare, especially to those averse to cooking. Even though I have not participated in the assembly of pasteles in years, they are well worth the effort. For me, pasteles are the ultimate comfort food made of cassava or other mashed tuber vegetables stuffed with various fillings. The ingredients of our cherished Puerto Rican dish reflect the rich fusion of our culinary roots: chickpeas, olives and capers from Spain, bananas and plantains from Africa, as well as root vegetables from the Taino Indians. For Puerto Ricans that add ketchup as a topping, the more recent North American influence is also evident. Continue Reading…

Design

Office Space – My Muse

November 19, 2014

For years I operated from virtual offices. While some find working at home lonely and constrictive, I enjoyed the opportunity to create live workspaces that reflected my tastes and served as a source of inspiration and invention for my work and my life.

Those years spent designing and decorating home offices taught me this: No matter the location of my working environment, I must make it my own to provide the creativity that I seek.

Now I work from my company office, which I designed to my 3 core beliefs:

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