If you have spent any time on my blog, you already know I have a tendency to draw interior design inspiration from almost every place I visit. From the Sagrada Familia in and the eclectic streets of to the southern charm of and Central Park in , even on vacation, I just can’t help but wear my design hat.

While this figurative hat is a permanent staple in my wardrobe, I do recognize the importance of “unplugging” from the hustle and bustle of a busy work life, and recently took full advantage of the opportunity to do just that on a trip to Costa Rica to celebrate my husband Michael’s 40th birthday!

For the big birthday bash, we, along with our closest friends, headed to the coastal paradise for a long weekend of relaxation, celebration and, of course, a little interior design inspiration.

Here’s a peek into my trip and the fabulous colors and textures I spotted along the way.

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Sunrise, Sunset

We were fortunate enough to wake up to unbelievable views every morning! From the vibrant, blue ocean to the vivid, green grass, I was surrounded by colorful hues all day. Nature’s color scheme took my breath away and inspired me to begin thinking of some lively color palettes to imitate these hues.

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As the days turned into nights, we were treated to beautiful tones in the ethereal sunsets. Views like this are just not going to happen in the city, so I made sure to soak in every opportunity to watch until the sun was completely gone.

What I loved most was that no two sunsets were the same! Some days, the sky lit up with golden rays and smoky blues. Other days, we enjoyed a bold, lavender sky with blush highlights. While each was unique, they were all absolutely stunning!

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screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-5-01-43-pmBenjamin Moore – Candle Light

Benjamin Moore – Ashland Slate

Pratt & Lambert – Dominique

 

classic-interior-design-inspirationscreen-shot-2016-10-05-at-5-03-28-pmSherwin Williams – Indigo

Sherwin Williams – Rarified Air

Benjamin Moore – Smashing Pink

 

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Pratt & Lambert – Black Magic

Pratt & Lambert – Remember Me

Sherwin Williams – Flexible Gray

 

travel-inspirationscreen-shot-2016-10-05-at-5-06-01-pmSherwin Willams – Plum Brown

Pratt and Lambert – Corsican

Pratt and Lambert – Lilac Tan

 

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Pratt & Lambert – Pearl Rose

Benjamin Moore – Sea View

Benjamin Moore – Love and Happiness

 

Interior Inspiration 

Throughout the trip, a few different landscapes caught my eye. I’m a big fan of using pieces in my designs that bring in a natural atmosphere (), and I can definitely see some of these colors and textures inspiring seaside oasis vibes in my clients’ interiors.

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Even for the days that brought clouds and shade, beauty still shined through. The hazy blues and misty seafoam greens brought in from the waves created a striking, mysterious atmosphere. Inspired by the color combination, I started dreaming of a sophisticated master bath with these exact hues and textures.

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Adding to the inspiration, the sand patterns in the image above would be an incredible fabric, don’t you think? I would use this in my interiors in a heartbeat – love, love, love!

I am so grateful for my time spent in Costa Rica, and I’m excited to apply all of the new-found inspiration to some projects already in the works.

A big thank you to my good friend, Natalie Davis, the guru behind , for taking these fab photos!

-XO, LU

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