New Year Inspirations

Holidays in Barcelona

A different kind of visual feast

During our down time over the holidays, my husband and I headed off to Barcelona and Bilbao in Spain to revive and refuel. If you have never been to Spain let me tell you it is a visual feast! I think it’s actually sensory overload. You have the "new" and "old" slammed up next to each other and yet nothing looks out of place. Mostly, it’s all the details that makes the your head spin. There are so many details to take in, no matter where your eyes rest. It isn’t chaotic but there is so much of it you almost miss it unless you stop and focus on one building, one entrance, or one arch at a time.

Barcelona decorated doorway

Creative expression in everything

Why have a flat-painted surface on the front of your building? Add colorful tiles and throw in stone friezes and carved window surrounds to give it flavor. If your neighbor has gone that far, then your building is going to go a little farther with iron balconies or mosaic facades. Color, shapes, pattern: nothing is over the top because everything is over the top!

I like being bombarded with new visuals. It feeds me creatively. I think that’s true for most of us. I tried not to think too hard when taking these pictures. They were more or less impressions that I wanted to remember. I will use them for inspirations for our work in the new year. It’s funny... I never know which element specifically will ultimately show its influence in our work but somehow my sub-conscience will feed the inspiration when I need it. I hope they inspire you too. Here’s to a great new year!

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Sincerely, Janie's Signature Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF, Master Artisan