Author

Márcia Miranda


It almost feels like a few months have passed since we went on a family trip to my all-time favorite country, Portugal. In actuality it’s been over a year, which makes me realize how much time has passed and how much our lives have changed. I love thinking about this vacation in particular, not just because it was our first family vaca, but because we had so many special moments of bonding and only did things that we really enjoyed.

 

I particularly remember waking up to this distinct and earthy fragrance in the air, bronzing in a rooftop cabana while enjoying marvelous views of the city skyline of Lisbon. I remember the extensive walks through the tight alleys while noticing the combination of Old and New that seem to dominate this city. The fancy meals in exquisite restaurants. The refreshing waves of the Atlantic Ocean splashing against our bodies and realizing that we were far, far away from home (somewhere in the middle of planet earth/nowhere). The memory of looking up to the pink sunset sky and finding the leaves of palm trees dancing in the wind and shimmering in the most beautiful and vivid colors. The naps on the beach and collecting this eclectic mix of shells right after and realizing how talented and diverse mother nature is. The yacht trips along the Mediterranean Coast and those spectacular views of the northern peak of Africa.


IT’S THE VARIETY THAT DOES THE MAGIC

I’ve been cultivating an immense interest in plants and have been looking for the best fit for my lifestyle. Along my research I noticed the broad information available on the web. I realized I wasn’t alone out there! It was borderline overwhelming to filter through the plants of interest. It’s almost like a revival of plants and they come in so many different forms and variations. The more exotic and unique, the better! They instantly give life to any interior space. The vibrant colors and the organic flair plants give off are pretty powerful and transform any space into a better version of itself.


MARBLE IS LITERALLY THE NEW BLACK

As an 80’s kid (yikes, I feel old!), I remember walking up our staircase to our condo in Lisbon and having a closer look on the walls and stairs which were framed with solid marble. I remember my eyes followed each swirl and vein and I was intrigued with the coloration and how it’s worn patina felt hard but yet extremely smooth. The smoothness had a certain softness to the touch, which I loved. In fact, I loved it so much that I barely used the railing.


IT’S TIME TO START NEW VENTURES

Welcome to my web 2.0 experience – Maison Lalopa. Here, I’m going to blog about Interior Design and Lifestyle and everything in-between. I’ve been focusing on building up my Pinterest presence in the past 3 or so years and now that I’ve reached great heights with that, I thought I should branch out and work on my own website. Why not?!

 

Why “Maison Lalopa”? Well, in a way, it reflects the eclecticism that represents me. I chose the word “Maison” because it means “Home” in French and call me crazy, but I love the way this word sounds. Back in college some of my design peers and music colleagues called me “Lalopa,”which stemmed from my private email I had at the time and essentially it is inspired by my maiden name, “Lopes.”