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.
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.
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!
Benjamin Moore – Candle Light
Benjamin Moore – Ashland Slate
Pratt & Lambert – Dominique
Sherwin Williams – Indigo
Sherwin Williams – Rarified Air
Benjamin Moore – Smashing Pink
Pratt & Lambert – Black Magic
Pratt & Lambert – Remember Me
Sherwin Williams – Flexible Gray
Sherwin Willams – Plum Brown
Pratt and Lambert – Corsican
Pratt and Lambert – Lilac Tan
Pratt & Lambert – Pearl Rose
Benjamin Moore – Sea View
Benjamin Moore – Love and Happiness
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.
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.
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!