Through The Looking Glass

One thing that impressed me in Guatemala was that some of the places we visited were not only resourceful with the materials they used in their decor and architecture, but they maintained a sense of style and creativeness. 

The exterior walls of a quaint hotel in the Town of San Marcos had this interesting and artsy twist on wall finishes. The picture above was taken at a strange angle, but it is framed by wood, then by some tile mosaics, filled in with pebbles, and glass panels. The whole thing is securely wrapped in chicken wire but from afar, it's not apparent that the wire is even there. The "stained glass" panels are acutally broken bits and pieces of bottles and other glass items that create the look of stained glass. In the same town, I came across another version of the same idea; compacted trash was framed by wood and restrained by the chicken wire. The mixture of the different compacted trash materials created interesting colors and textures.

This hotel had creatively spread the "stained glass" art all around the property. The picture direcltly above is of the window to the guest restroom. More so than others, this picture really captures how the bottles are used in the artwork to create the patterns and textures. I love that the artist chose to leave the bottles whole and not deconstruct them to tiny pieces to where it becomes uncertain as to what they once were. 
It may be hard to decipher what this picture is at first glance, but this is a light fixture made of clear bottles that were fused to a glass orb. It's fantastic! I love that the glass picks up different colors and gives a sense of rustic charm. I was excited to see that even the light fixtures were incorporated into the look of this property. It wasn't too common that I found design integrated throught a whole room or property when I was in Guatemala, so I was excited to find this place.

Another Fave...
We made a stop into this coffee shop in Antigua and I thought the place was designed adorably. The three antiqued green chairs in the window, the cheery yellow walls, the coffee sack seat cushions and the can light fixtures, just screamed welcome and stay a while. I know that the tin light fixture is not a ground-breaking idea, but I think it works so wonderfully in this space. It's simple, recycled, functional, and charming. Like I said, it wasn't everyday that I came across a well thought out design, so anytime I saw a space that had some unity and character to it, I was thrilled to be in it.

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