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    Barcelona’s Architecture Gaudi

    Barcelona's Architecture-Gaudí
    Image by bdbarcelona.com

    When a person mentions Barcelona, they usually think of or mention the architecture. Then they mention the famous architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926).

    Barcelona’s architecture is diverse to the different cultures and influences since the early Roman times.  Of course, I went to see some of Gaudi’s work but I enjoyed the architecture throughout Barcelona, including the humble “barrios” that are rich with mixed cultural history. Barcelona’s architecture includes Gothic, Byzantine, Modernista, and Romanesque. You’ll even see some of these touches incorporated in Gaudí’s work.

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    Barcelona’s beauty- Exploring Barcelona

    Barcelona's beauty-People relaxing on the street sitting on tables

    Barcelona’s beauty… I’ve always wanted to visit Barcelona.  Being an inquisitive and creative American / Puerto Rican person, I wanted to know more about my Spanish roots. I love beautiful things and wanted to visit particularly for its architecture.

    I was blessed to visit Spain for the first time back in April 2014. A friend of mine insisted and pushed me to get my passport. She is a seasoned traveler and I had never left the country.  She had seen Barcelona’s beauty and convinced me to expand and learn about our culture. We had met in college and studied interior design together. “You have to go to Spain first. You have to see everything we learned about! Immerse in your cultural roots.” I have some Spanish roots from my mom and Basque from my dad’s side.  

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    Furniture Fair at the Javits Center

    Furniture -ICFF NYC2018 Show

    Almost every year, I visit the ICFF at the Javits Center in NYC.

    For those new in the interior design world, ICFF stands for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. It has exhibits from around the world in different categories from furniture, architectural products, textiles and designer jewelry- usually created from designers within the industry.

    It’s a great place to see what’s new and next. One can get an idea of the new trends and how the work culture is shifting and demanding products due to the quick changes in technology. With the internet, we see furniture from all over the world and we also see how these designs influence what’s happening in residential, hospitality and office applications. 

    Whether it’s Italian, Spanish, or Danish, the influences of furniture and interior designs are seen everywhere. For years now, the lines have been blurring due to inspirations and images seen all over the world on social platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc. I think it’s great that we can see what’s going on in the world of design!  

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    My Mother – A Memoir and Tribute on Mother’s Day

    My Mother – A Memoir and Tribute on Mother’s Day.  Just recently, I was starting to think about my past and how it lead me to where I am today.  It made me think of my mother.

     

     It was the last week of August of 2017 when I decided to quit my job.  The decision wasn’t easy. There were a lot of things to think about and I was reflecting on my life quite a bit. I knew it was time to take a different direction. After much thought, I decided to open a website and make my first blog post: “My Mother – A Memoir and Tribute on Mother’s Day.

    I have always thought of doing a blog for years, however, I was always working and concerned about making ends meet. By the time I got home I was too exhausted to start a blog.  Now, I am continuing to do something I feel comes naturally to me. I always enjoyed journaling, writing, reading, and learning.

    Most of the character and personality traits that helped me become a flexible, adaptable and nimble person came from childhood experiences. I say this because unbeknownst to me at the time, my mother was going through a lot. She was often too tired to spend quality time with us after a full days work when she got home.  My mom divorced my dad when I was 5 years old. I am the youngest of five children.  We moved out of New York and into New Jersey where we went to a totally different environment. It was still sort of a city, but not like where we were before.

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    About the blog

    Interiors by Magda is about an interior designer who refashions her passion for design, style and beauty in a colorful lifestyle blog with a focus on the interior person.   I’ve worked over 14 years in the interior design industry and have been exposed to many beautiful things, places and people. As a result, I decided to merge all my interests and passions together to create “Interiors by Magda”.

    In this lifestyle blog, I will feature images on architecture and interior design, as well as topics on beauty, travel, and style – with a colorful twist: a focus on the interior person.

    Interiors are more than the spaces you live, work and walk through, it is also a part of who you are: your mind, your body, and spirit.  Interior (n) – “the internal or inner part; inside. The inner or inward nature or character of anything.” (dictionary.com).

    Since we are the “architects” or “designers” of our lives. Sometimes we have to build with what we have. This is when we have to use our resources, whether it’s recycling what we have or re-inventing ourselves. We choose what to eat, wear, read, and watch, so we need to be mindful of the life we curate and design for ourselves. We need to evaluate what we put in and on our body and what we allow to enter our mind. This is what led me to create this colorful lifestyle blog. A place to inspire and get concepts for your design process. 

    Interiors by Magda views life as holistic in the sense where one needs balance in different areas of their lives.  This world demands so much attention and offers many distractions. It is relevant to nourish the spirit so we can find some peace and have some inner joy.

    I am a well-rounded person with common sense and unique perspectives. Spirited and inquisitive I thrive on learning new things, staying relevant, and having fun in the process.

     

     Magda Rivera lifestyle blog. She's sitting on a white wicker armchair on the terrace of Hotel Colon across from the Barcelona Cathedral.