I like a good margarita on Cinco de Mayo (on the rocks with salt) and some homemade guacamole. (Jump to the end of the post for recipes.) I’m also one of those geeky types always reading, always looking to learn more about anything. So in researching this post, I got to thinking about traditional Mexican crafts. Because Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s triumph at the Battle of Puebla, here’s at look at the #1 craft associated with the city and state of Puebla: talavera ceramics.
flickr: photoholics – Talavera in Puebla, Mexico
This article by Rita Pomade from Mexconnect offers the best overview of this 400-year-old craft. My top takeaway — the Consejo Regulador de la Talavera is the official group that monitors the authenticity of talavera. So, if you truly want to collect this pottery, only buy from certified workshops. All the images I selected for this post feature pieces by these approved artisans. Some have online stores, others you’ll have to travel to Puebla to purchase. And what better time to travel there than for Cinco de Mayo.
Orange is so gorgeous and vivacious. This sun-kissed color has the power to enliven any space. And because it’s a natural complementary color to blue, and even looks pretty mixed with bits of gold and yellow, this shade is perfect for home accessories.
Check out fashion designer Trina Turk’s bedroom. Here, orange is used to add a touch of the exotic to an otherwise modern space. By adding some fabulous orange accessories, anyone can get a global look filled with zest.
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Springtime in Atlanta, my hometown, is colorful. The red buds, dogwoods, azaleas and spring bulbs are bursting forth with color. And soon a fine dusting of yellow pollen will coat everything. But it’s nothing like the welcoming of spring in India.
UPI/photographer Maryam Rahmanian
On March 21st, Hindu devotees in India filled the streets to celebrate the annual Festival of Color, or Holi Festival. As you can tell from these pictures, the country literally explodes in color. According to the Travel Channel, “the birth of spring is marked with color, and people embrace this by dressing in vibrant clothes and throwing colored powder at each other.”
Just looking at these photos from the UPI fills me with joy. Happy spring! Let’s celebrate with lots of bright, beautiful color.
The Cameroon Juju Hat is hands down one of my favorite accessories to decorate with. My juju hat is currently tucked away in storage as I settle into my new apartment, but when it arrives, I can’t wait to place it above my mantel where it’s sure to make a bold statement.
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Originally worn by tribal chiefs and dignitaries in the Cameroonian kingdoms, juju hats feature feathers beautifully woven onto a raffia base. In an array of colors that range from deep purple, to magenta, red, creamy white and even jet black, juju hats have the ability to add both color and texture to a space.
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The Ethnic Chic section of Maison & Objet was by far my favorite, spotlighting luxurious materials, contemporary design and traditional global crafting techniques.
Designs From Africa, Asia and India
As I stepped through the doors at Maison & Objet I was almost overwhelmed by the endless halls of incredible delights that spread out before me. It’s such an inspiring place for those of us who love design—new trends and beautiful ideas are around every corner.
I was particularly struck by the changes in tabletop, which is moving from casual fare to pieces that make each day amazing.
Content and Container Tableware
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I’m spending the week in Paris for the Maison & Objet trade show, and I’ve fallen in love with the beauty of Parisian design.
In a city with so much tradition and history, artisans and designers know just how to blend modern and traditional design seamlessly. Paris designer, Cordelia de Castellane’s home does just that.
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I arrived in Paris early Thursday morning to attend the Maison & Objet trade show, an international exhibit of home decor featuring the world’s most talented designers.
It’s been an exciting four days filled with the latest in home textiles, global design, interior decoration and accessories. Today, I had to tell you about the amazing work of the one of the designers being recognized this year for his outstanding talent.
This week we’ve partnered with Novica, an online fair-trade marketplace that works with artisans in developing nations to bring handmade, quality products to consumers. As part of the National Geographic family, Novica has helped over 50,000 people in developing countries by not only selling their wares at real world prices, but also giving them special recognition on the website.
Novica has selected the beautiful “Verdant Volcano” hand-blown vase for this week’s giveaway. This vase was hand blown by Murano artisans in Brazil. Murano is a type of glass blowing that was brought to South America via Italian immigrants.
To win this beautiful vase, just answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, September 6. Be sure to include a valid email address so we can contact you.
This week’s question: If you could decorate your home in the style of one country what would it be?
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