hello lovely friends, how are you doing? i bet most of my american friends and readers are preparing themselves for a delicious thanksgiving! i think this would definitely be the kind of holiday i would bring to portugal! saying thanks, gathering the whole family around a table with food, actually this part always sounds good to me in any case! and latins we love gathering people over a good and delicious meal and just talk and eat for hours! and talking about tables and such, local markets today is about beautiful rooms as our guest is a lovely and very talented interior designer, with whom i had the pleasure of working a few weeks ago – catarina batista interiores.
catarina batista is an architect who shifted her professional course to interior design about two years ago. she has worked with a famous portuguese tv show querido mudei a casa, and since then she has opened her own atelier and has been working by herself. i am deeply in love with her aesthetics and sense of style to bring the best out of a room!
recognizing that light is such an important source of life in a room, she carefully plays with the existing objects in a room or home, and builds up the idea she has in mind, according to her client’s wishes. this living room had already plenty of the objects you see here, but she was able to add extra light and pops of colour to make it airy, lighter and elegant, and at the same time, really cozy! i mean look at that couch! don’t you feel like grabbing a beautiful blanket and crawl into it with homemade cookies and a good movie?
when i was photographing this room she had finished, we were talking about her working process and she amazed me by her humble attitude with her clients, making her best to work with her clients’ tastes, respecting their will, but also bringing out the best in that project with her professional knowledge. and sometimes we don’t see interior designers with this honest and respectful attitude, truth be told. this room had to be finished in a very tight schedule to provide a new room for the hostess’ birthday party and everything was looking amazing, airy and delicious with her colour touches and even cupcakes to add a sweet spot!
catarina has also a special project for newlyweds (or for those who are about to get married), who cannot afford a complete makeover of their home, wish to make it as time goes by, or even wish their wedding guests to help with that process, which is providing a project with changes they should be making in their rooms, with detailed information about objects they can buy, their prices and further instructions to make their home feel exactly that – their home. this way she helps them on the decision making part and they can change things at their pace.
i was really happy to work with catarina and i cannot wait to see more of her work! this girl has got what it takes, definitely!
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