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The things eye see

Hola! I hope you had an amazing Labor Day weekend and a safe trip back if you were lucky enough to get away to some far and exotic destination. As for me, not so much. I've been working nonstop for the past few weeks gathering a boatload of photos and information to be able to finally publish my new design and (life) style blog TheDesignerPad. I'll be giving you daily postings with my observations and ideas about design, interiors, art plus many more life enhancing subjects that will INSPIRE YOU to beautify your life and make it a bit more stylish. Hence, the theme of this post.

I’ve always been told creative people have a way of perceiving things in a different light – they pay attention to the most peculiar details and see them with a different eye. As a designer I suppose I've been doing that my whole life without even knowing it. More often than not, I try to find the potential beauty in the most insignificant things that I come across in my daily travels and use it as inspiration. But I don't stop there. I try to fancy how others might have gotten their groove when I bump into things that make me go WOW! I tend to make stories up in my head about how and what actually inspired them. 

The river runs through it: It was so unreal to find such vibrant color and transparency in the Venice canals and then in this glass-covered steel tube structure in the building along the Seine that houses the French Fashion Institute in Paris.

Which came first: the painted curtain at The Garnier Opera House or the ingenious and whimsical windows displays at the Lanvin store in Paris, in May. 

Life imitates art: Now you can take home these stainless-steel spheres from CB2, but forget about this gorgeous sculpture I discovered while strolling through the Parisian streets.

Separated at birth: Colorful antique spritzer bottles found at the famous San Telmo flea market In Buenos Aires and a window display I was mesmerized by at Le Marais.

BTW, do you know how the name Flea Market came about? Well, there are two versions to the story. Some say it originated in Paris when centuries ago peddlers sold peasants flea-infested clothes from the well-to-do at bargain prices at the Marché aux puces (French for "market with fleas") of Saint-Ouen in the northern suburbs of Paris. Others say that the term came from the "Vallie Market" of Manhattan. Who knows?

Images by TheDesignerPad (except Les Pommes chandelier)

How cool is this: In my way to the San Telmo market I discovered this amazing artsy shop where I found this wonderful hanging sculpture made out of iron mesh, and a year later I saw this delicious concept for a chandelier in Paris. 

See, inspiration is all around us. The secret is how we grasp it and use it. Most definitely my blog will be that source of inspiration you're looking for. I want to share with you my view on what great style and design is, and show you how they can impact the way you live when you absorb them into of your life. I would love to help you live a more stylish lifestyle without too much effort… and without spending a fortune. Trust me, it can be done!  


Reader Comments (8)

Excelente blog! Felicidades!!!

Sep 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel Sirgado

Great Job...I love it!!!

Sep 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarlenni Taveras

Finally! It looks great, its feels great ... it was WORTH the Long wait! - CONGRATULATIONS.
And you have been linked from Sweetbites too. :)

Sep 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Fabulous ! Can't wait to see all the beautiful, inspiring things to come.

Sep 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Thank you for your comments. I'm very please you like the site. More exciting things to come.

Sep 7, 2010 | Registered CommenterEduardo

Beautiful site, Eduardo!
Any suggestions on mens fashions? Ben Sherman, Robert Graham, Bertigo...what else?

Sep 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ Todd DeShong

Love the blog, can't wait for more.

Sep 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnabella

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