Interior Inspiration From South America

by Brenna Holeman
Liberia, Costa Rica


San Pedro de Atacama, Chile


Granada, Nicaragua


Popayan, Colombia


Antigua, Guatemala
While my greatest passion is travel, I also love interior design and home decoration. While I wouldn’t say I’m materialistic, I would say I’m very sentimental, so I love to buy souvenirs when I’m on the road. I’ve discussed this on this blog before – I hadn’t even been to Central or South America when I wrote that, but I could still anticipate lugging around a backpack full of trinkets and random purchases.
When I travel, I love to take note of the interiors around me, whether in restaurants, hotels, hostels, people’s homes, and even stores, museums, and places of worship. I was so impressed by the designs in Central and South America: the bright colours, the oversized art, the bold choices. I have never been a fan of simplistic or minimalist design (at least, not in my own homes), and so I really connected with the styles of the countries I visited in 2012. Then again, I also loved the styles of Southeast Asia and of the Subcontinent, of Northern Africa and of Europe…maybe I’m just easy to please.
Have you ever been blown away by the interior design of a country or continent? 
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Jackie DesForges February 13, 2013 - 5:08 am

I was obsessed with the colors in Central America this January. I just love that there are bright pink houses everywhere. And I bought so many decorative things for my home, especially from that massive handicrafts warehouse in Antigua, right by the arch. I agree with you that it’s more sentimental than materialistic — I have the worst memory of all time, so I just say that souvenirs are visual aids that help me remember all the awesome places I’ve been 🙂

This Battered Suitcase February 13, 2013 - 5:24 am

I know! I love all the colours so much. Looking back at my photos from that market in Antigua I wish I had bought MORE – at the time, I thought, “I’ll find all of this stuff all over Central America”, but I never found a market as good as that until months later in South America. Reason to go back, I suppose!

Jackie DesForges February 13, 2013 - 6:09 am

Haha, same. I want to go back in December and do all of my Christmas shopping!

Steph Lloyd February 13, 2013 - 7:54 am

Fun! I also liked the previous post with glimpses of your homes. 🙂

This Battered Suitcase February 13, 2013 - 8:01 am

Thanks, Steph! I love being able to display my purchases from abroad…

Esther Ann February 13, 2013 - 10:44 am

This decor reminds me of many homes around the world. Especially in hot places, with fans on the ceiling and flies buzzing around. It provokes nice memories 🙂
If your ever stuck in London feel free to drop me a line.

Esther x

This Battered Suitcase February 13, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Yes, it does provoke nice memories! And thank you for the London offer 🙂

meandmypassport February 13, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Love love love this post! No place in particular stands out, but more every place. I love how a country and culture’s unique identity shines through interior design. Excellent image choices.

This Battered Suitcase February 13, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Thank you! Yes, I love that, too. I really ought to take more photos of interiors when I travel, they can so easily evoke the feelings of a place when I look at them again…

'Lara February 13, 2013 - 10:09 pm

This reminds me of my flat in Hyderabad, India…it was so colorful and the interior was awesome…I love the pictures in this post.

This Battered Suitcase February 13, 2013 - 11:24 pm

Thank you! I can only imagine how amazing your flat would have been in India…my favourite souvenirs all come from India and Nepal!

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