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It’s Carnaval in Brazil and local productivity levels are at an all time low. Feeling a little sorry for my Aussie, U.S., Canadian, South African, English… OK, all of you who are not currently on holidays…I am preparing this post in advance. I am packing Havianas, bikinis, hats and sun shirts. The laptop is staying behind.
New readers, Brazil is where I’m passing time while our house is being built. It may sound like a dream gig to you, but it isn’t always. This week will be one of the good weeks.
For me, there are three main sources of home design and decoration inspiration in Brazil. There is a unique kind of minimalist house, architect-designed, modern, large and square. Lots of concrete, usually some wood. This kind of Brazilian house is best only imitated if you have full-time cleaning staff. Warmth and homeliness are often missing, but there are interesting shapes, colours and often, a beautiful garden.
Secondly, there are 18th century colonial houses of Portuguese style. True aged beauty that is hard to replicate. Some of these houses have been tastefully modernised inside and many more have been renovated in the spirit of their original style.
Finally, there are beach shacks. These are constructed simply, usually from locally found materials. Hammocks are essential and may be the only form of bed. Creature comforts are sometimes minimal, but so are the cares of the inhabitants. This week we’re holidaying in a Brazilian beach shack.