Hola Mexicola!

DSC09213  I love Bali! Not only for its beaches and culture. It is an island full of inspiration! Especially for people such as myself who chose to drown themselves in the industry of the creative. Of course credit goes to the renowned tourism! Bali offers variety of hospitality, arts and crafts heaven and oh not to forget, food. All of it done for the sake of pleasure! It’s not a secret that tourism has long been one of the vital economical source and growth of Bali. But inside those businesses, it’s competition! So one way to win is to stand out.

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My friend introduced me to this motel and restaurant in Jl Kayu Jati Seminyak, which I thought was quite fascinating. Instead of going with the mainstream natural style, contemporary, modern or luxurious, it chooses to go with… Mexico!

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Hexagonal tiles, flowers, the contrast of blue and orange, dim lights, reflective small ornaments on the ceiling

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Must love the candle!

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The open space area. I kinda get a little bit of a Middle Eastern feeling looking at the architectural shape on the back.

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Uses vintage (not in a West European or American kind of way) looking furniture and gets the hip out of it! Using bright colors for the seat. It compliments the chair. Brilliant!

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The walls are illustrated also in bright colors, even the pillars!

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Le ceiling

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It’s laid back and outdoorsy.

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The design of the partitions are also nice

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This is the area outside, like a porch. It is visible from the street. The tiles are gorgeous! It’s got fruits!

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Another decorative element! The partition, flowers, bench, green decks and pineapple wall tiles! Perfect!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the interior of the motel which is probably as cool.

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Oh, and of course I tried their delicious food! It’s Calamole with Mexican tortilla chips!

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So there is this store…

What I like about exploring is that sometimes in the middle of the journey we get to experience the fun of discovery. Those little things that we spontaneously come across the way is what lights up the journey even more. It’s like happy surprises and who doesn’t like surprises?

As I wander through an area in Seminyak Bali (nearby the Petittenget beach). I came across this interior accessories shop, and fell in love with it right away. Too bad I forgot to note the name of the shop. But I loved it too much so I’m going to post it anyway LOL.DSC09217

Who says design has to be complicated? Look at these wooden plates. The plates’ shape, the color combination, the striping is just so simple, neat but so sophisticated!

DSC09220The wooden tables are also lovely and again very simply done.

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This is one way they manage to arrange their product in order to display them. The bowls are displayed together with the decorative pineapples. It’s nice to see such contrast. The bowls which looks very natural (wooden material) are displayed next to synthetic material made decorative element which takes the form of a natural thing: pineapple. A modern pineapple! They have a lot of goods displaying pineapples by the way (if you’re into pineapples of course).  Nevertheless, I also like the shelve. This shelve looks so DIY but it matches the interior’s atmosphere. Kind of urban yet mild. A black and white photograph of a local man wearing a traditional headpiece is put behind the shelve framed in black. Hmm… Culturally conscious. I like it!

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Last but not least! These beautifully arranged vases. What’s not to love?

Grand Inna Kuta Bali’s Breeze Resto and Lobby Interior Design

I have always find it exciting to go to new places, experience the atmosphere and learn as well! So my visit to Bali around the mid of November brought me to get a look at Grand Inna’s interior. Grand Inna Hotel is located right next to the famous Kuta beach. Just fyi. Anyway, the Breeze Resto is quite interesting to review. I guess the interior design concept is about the intimacy with nature while adding industrial touches to it. Since it has a straight view to the beach, the interior tries to put a lot of industrial style.

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This idea is to create a creative lamp installation. This is obviously industrial! The hanging shelve construction is made out of metal (painted black) and it is hung to the ceiling. Whereas jars are put with light bulbs in it. So whenever the light is turned on, results in illuminating jars!

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Now these lamps are interesting. I find the shape very simple yet beautiful! It’s ethnic (I think it looks like a traditional something) and the finishing of the material, which is bronze and rusty adds that industrial sphere to it. Vintage!

The ceiling of the room is kept raw without finishing. It reminds me a bit to the ceiling design of Beachwalk Kuta by the way. A modification is done as well at this part. At some distances, an up ceiling is present. Creating this geometrical shape cut. Though that cut, they allow a little bit of sun in, just a little bit.

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Again to add the industrial style, a pillar is designed in a geometric way with a synthetic material reminiscing rattan. Look how the color is a contrast to the side columns which are simply white with a wooden touch. The color resembles the floor though.

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At the entrance of the restaurant, an installation of a semi-partition is present. It is made out of a synthetic material reminiscing rattan. Also in a geometrical shape. It gives the first impression of getting into a cave before going into the restaurant, but the ‘cave’ is seen through enough. Thanks to the arrangement of the design.

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Now that the interior colors are mostly dark and earthy I’d say, the chairs enhances the interior with its bright appealing colors. Orange, happy green! Green plants are also put it in not only for the natural feel but also for color.

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At the other side of the wall, wooden solids are put together, and behind it there is an insulation I guess, it is ripped a little in an ordered manner for texture. Very industrial!

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Now at the lobby, I also found an interesting feature! They have this up ceiling with traditional woven fabrics in it for decoration. The fabrics consisted of different colors and the combination is gorgeous making me wanna stare at it all day LOL. To make it even more pretty, a hidden lamp is set on the sides to light up those details of the woven fabric. I’m in love!