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Creative Wanderlust: Curating Inspiration and Art from Travel

This is the second post in a series of two about art and interior design. You can read part one here.

Allison recently had the pleasure of returning to San Miguel de Allende for work, inspiration, and fun. You may remember San Miguel de Allende as our source for art, decor, and furniture for Casa Oasis. This latest trip was for work and play, with the companionship of clients who are also wonderful friends.

All creators and artists, even interior designers, need to reinvigorate their own creativity. In addition to enjoyment, the goals of the trip were to soak up the inspiration of this fascinating and eclectic city.

An Homage to Childhood

Allison’s love of art, interiors, and blending of styles was cultivated at a young age. As her family moved throughout Mexico, Utah, Montana and Southern California, many eclectic treasures were collected. As a young adult she continued to learn about art and architecture, spending time in New York City under the tutelage of her cousin, who was an incredible artist and textile designer. Exploring the unique combinations of pattern, texture, color, and style from a broad range of cultures is nothing new, and represents the way we work with all clients at Allison Smith Design.

About San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is an art haven tucked in the heart of Mexico’s central highlands. The city’s colonial charm combined with a vibrant artistic atmosphere are what give it such a unique vibe. In San Miguel de Allende you can find cobblestone streets lined with colorful facades and ornate churches, and galleries, studios, and artisan workshops on every corner.

In addition to the formal galleries and studios, you can also find markets full of handcrafted treasures. You will not miss why this city has garnered a reputation as an art haven.

It feels as if every square inch exudes inspiration and creative expression. In San Miguel de Allende you can find a wide range of artistic styles from traditional Mexican folk art to contemporary pieces.

In San Miguel de Allende, art isn’t confined to galleries; it’s a way of life that is present in every aspect of the city. As visitors, it is encouraged to immerse oneself in the city’s creativity and culture.

Even the hotels are works of art in themselves, and ours was no exception. Casa Schuck’s guest rooms were vibrant, the landscaping was magical, and the sweeping views of the city were memorable.

Art Treasures from San Miguel

These are just some of the neat things we found a new home for at Bella Vista.

Using Travel as Inspiration

Traveling exposes us to new cultures, traditions, and artistic expressions. Every region of the world has unique contributions to make to art and design. For many travelers, collecting art is a way to capture the essence of their journey.

Whether it’s a handcrafted pottery piece, a vibrant painting from a local artist, or something else, these items become a tangible reminder of the sights, sounds, and emotions experienced along the way.

One of the most exciting aspects of collecting art from travels is the opportunity to blend cultures and styles, creating a truly eclectic and personal collection.