Byron Bay’s Modern Tropical Charm.
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Many years ago, I traveled to Sydney for the first time and spent a couple of months living with a friend I had met during our college days in Sweden. I had the time of my life! Since then, Australia has held such a special place in my heart, and during a more recent visit to Oz, I was excited to see how the design scene there was flourishing. On the way back to the U.S., I stuffed several Aussie interior magazines, such as Frankie Spaces, Country Style and Inside Out into my carry-on and studied them over and over as I planned what I would do with my next home.
When I moved into our Portland, Oregon house, I really wanted my home to reflect my roots and formative travel experiences. As someone who’d grown up in Florida surrounded by my Puerto Rican family and Caribbean community, I knew I needed plenty of warmth, natural textures and Mediterranean meets tropical vibes to help me get through Portland’s dark winters. Yet I also needed something modern and serene. During the design process, one of my major influences was the design coming out of Byron Bay, Australia. This beach town was once a sleepy hippie community but has become a higher end tourist destination in recent years, as well as a hub for artists, designers, and shopkeepers. And man, are they flooding my Instagram feed with some gorgeous wares lately! These creatives are really capturing the warm, casual, and sunfaded charm that Byron Bay and other Aussie beach communities are known for in such a beautiful and contemporary way.
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