Artisan Aesthetic Lisbon Style

Bucket List Worthy!

Inspiration is everywhere in Lisbon, especially if you love Azulejos Tiles. Today these tiles are dominant in every Portuguese city and embedded in its history and culture.

The word “azulejo” means “small polished stone” and although they are not a Portuguese invention, by the 18th century no other European country was producing as many tiles as Portugal. Over the years, azulejo tiles have become an art form used for a variety of design applications both in exterior and interior home design.

Spending time in Bairro Atlo and Principe Real, two older areas of Lisbon, I spotted various azulejo tiles on homes in different color combinations and patterns. Below are a few of my favorites.

Heading back to our art/design studio in New York City, Design Works International, feeling inspired and excited to create our newest textile collections….and we just might have the perfect name….Artisan Aesthetic!

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Isleboro Maine-Rustic Beauty

 Spending a week on the idyllic island of Isleboro Maine with 20 of our nearest and dearest was truly a “close encounter of the 3rd kind”…. But only in a positive manner, seriously…we had a blast! 

Isleboro Island is a narrow 14 mile island that is located approximately 3 miles off the coast of Lincolnville in the Penobscot Bay in Maine.  It was incorporated into the United States in the 18th century after being settled by fisherman and farmers. Today 600 residents year round live on the Isleboro while in the summer months that number easily expands to a few thousand! 

Our week was great on so many levels, kayaking, boating, hiking, fire pit fun, tennis, paddle board, great food and friends! When you vacation with many people it’s important to have a common bond and in our case, it was the great outdoors and of course food!

Since Isleboro is a small island and limited to only a couple of food stores we needed to plan ahead and bring food with us in order to be organized and feed 20+ people for 7 days. Meals were planned in advance and each family had their day or meal to cook! Last night Neil and I grilled cedar salmon along with homemade mango chutney, garlic broccoli, orzo salad and a fresh garden salad. All meals were innovative as well as delicious with each family creating some of their favorite foods! 

Loving photography the way I do, I was able to incorporate my art inspired photos into every activity….while posting for Instagram for three different accounts…HGTV HOME, nancy_fire and designworksinternational. Combing the great outdoors and my love of photography was the perfect inspirational blend for me! Inspired by all I see…enjoy my memories! 

 

Sunrise over Isleboro Island, Maine.
  Wooden Hot Tub

Ready for Kayaking

Transportation to the “Boston Whaler Motor Boat!

  Sunset over Isleboro Island, Maine.

Sunset over Isleboro Island

  Island Humor at the local Ice Cream Shoppe

  Retro Dodge Truck-Wish List!  Amazing “retro red” color❤️

  Togetherness-Pastel Palette

 Smooth Sailing before the Storm  Color Inspiration “Green with Envy” Island Shed

  “Free Maps” in Belfast Maine-Fun DIY using recycled letters from license plates!  

 Island Inspiration at The Summer Shop on Isleboro Island.

  Lobster Bake

  “Sitting on the dock of the Bay”  

  “Fire Pit Feast” S’mores 

  Kayaking on the Bay

    Fern Forrest

 Light House Isleboro Ferry

  Stonehenge on Isleboro 

  Mid-Day Lighting

  Sunrise Kayak Adventure

     Outdoor Inspiration Climbing Clematis 
  Lobster Boat Belfast Maine

  Bouy Decor-Fun outdoor DIY decor!

   Words to Live By! ENJOY!!

From this Magical Place…Bratten Fleming, North Devon U.K. 

First I have to thank my art director at Design Works International, Selina and her husband Pete for inviting us to their wedding in North Devon this coming Saturday…because when that invite arrived a few months back I did not even know this magical part of the country existed! After some quick research and my wonderful husband agreeing to rent a car and drive 4 hours out of London…on the opposite side of the road and a steering wheel flush right…our plans were official! (Kudos to my hubby Neil who drove like a pro…noted from Heathrow..into Central London for a day and 4 hours into the English Countryside)

Arriving into Bratten Fleming via the back roads that emulate glorified bike paths…I knew we were in for a fantastic adventure….you see these back roads are wide enough for a single vehicle no bigger than a Mini Cooper by UK standards…had to back up twice to let oncoming local traffic pass…these roads, or paths really, are flanked by fern and wild hollyhocks in bright magenta I might add! A photographers paradise…begging Neil to take me back on these roads today so I can capture their beauty! As a designer and photographer this part of the country is pure paradise!

We are staying at the lovely Bracken House in Bratten Fleming where I will dedicate a full blog post in a few days…so much to capture here that my brain needs time to comprehend and organize all my thoughts and images…so for now I will just post “moments of brillance” from this Magical Place!

Enjoy❤️

All photos by Nancy Fire