Hotel Tour: Carmelo's Four Seasons Resort, Uruguay
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Though we've never been, every time we travel to Uruguay, and in particular the very picturesque town of Colonia, accessable by ferry from Buenos Aires, we think of this resort. "When you just want relaxation, that’s where the Four Seasons in Carmelo, Uruguay stands apart, designed for the post-Buenos Aires traveler in mind. Putting them into a numbed state of relaxation with Balian style including Asian-inflected design elements and imported woods." We hear it is spectacular! Here are some observations, drawn from reviews.
“A serene retreat along the shores of Uruguay's Rio de la Plata, our Resort in Carmelo is set amidst a gorgeous landscape of grassy plains, rolling vineyards, and stands of pine and eucalyptus.”
Featuring 44 guestrooms housed in 20 private bungalows constructed of Brazilian walnut, many of the duplexes offer views of the vast Rio de la Plata. Some residents claim they can see the distant glow of Buenos Aires, while others are tucked away in the eucalyptus forest. The hotel offers activities such as guided horseback riding, barbeques, ranch & organic farms, gatherings, and entertainment. You can always sprawl out under a palapa on the golden-sandy beaches and take dips in the river for a refreshing break. Tours are offered of quaint Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO-protected former Portuguese colony with cobbled streets and crafts shops housed in 16th-century buildings.
The resort is best-known for its Bali-inspired spa that has a wood-burning chimney, pool, dry sauna, and Asian treatments. If the spa isn't your thing, there's a magnificent “truest bend” golf course. The River-View Bungalows have hand-carved king beds, private terraces, and al fresco showers.
Maybe this year will be the year we actually give this amazing resort a try! Please let us know if you have any questions on your next trip to South America as we would love to help by organizing shopping and dining tours of Buenos Aires and Lima!
Trends We Love: Tumbling Block Patterns
Saturday, October 18, 2014
"The classic trompe l'oeil cube motif—most commonly associated with flooring, playing cards, throws, pillows, and wallpaper—nearly every type of home decor accent has been done in this geometric pattern."
Check out these new geometric arrivals at Diseno:
Pedal-loomed wool carpets imported from Guatemala - Carefully handmade with an unbelievable blend of wool and cotton incorporating traditional weaving techniques with modern design. We help support a better tomorrow for Guatemala by employing over 500 artisans in equal opportunity employment and creating trade opportunities.
Rombos or Doppio Pattern Cowhide Rug imported from Argentina - This geometric pattern brings out the natural texture and variation of color in the hide. Comes available in all natural colors as well as dyed colors, custom sizes available.
Guayruro Chaguar Pillow imported from Argentina - Made with native chaguar seeds & fibers known for their resistances in the rainforest, these beautiful pillows bring character to any environment. Each pillow is hand-woven with love, selecting only the best fibers.
How To: Care for your Hide
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Each and every cowhide is unique and varies in dynamic ways. The characteristics of hides include the color, size, shape, rigidness, length of hair, coat shine, hair texture, patterns, and the dye or finish. The combination of these factors contribute to the personality of the individual hide, thus aiding in the transforming of an ordinary space into something you can call home. Hides can subtly blend into the natural setting of a rustic home, stand out in a contemporary space, or bring some texture in from the outdoors, adding in elements of warmth and style. For serious style with a capital S, our acid washed and metallic dyed hides in silver or gold finish really make a statement, bringing art and durability together. But of course we hear all the time, "how do you clean it"?
Cowhides are extremely durable and stain resistant; this makes them suitable to last for years to come with very low maintenance. Natural oils in the hair cause any liquid to bead up on the surface, essentially floating, thus allowing anything from red wine to black coffee to be quickly absorbed, removed, and dried with a cotton or paper towel. This makes it quick and easy to clean so if you spill something, don’t sweat it!
However, you must remember that cowhides are natural thus easily affected by their surrounding environment. We put together a brief guide so you can be sure with the right handling and care your hides will last for years. Always remember that it is never a good idea to wash or dry clean a hide. Getting it soaking wet or exposing it to harsh chemicals will both cause severe damage. Follow these steps to ensure your cowhide looks great and lasts:
- Occasionally bring your cowhide outside and give it a vigorous shake. This will remove the majority of dirt and dust particles without the risk of any damage.
- While you can vacuum as with any other rug, we suggest you do so carefully. Make sure the vacuum brush is not running and if it cannot be stopped, use the hose. Always work in the same direction as the hair.
- A sharp object can be used to remove dried dirt or other substances, scraping in the same direction as the hair.
- Use a mild soap and a bit of water to remove any remaining stains, then go over it using a soft brush. Once finished, dab any remaining moisture with a fresh towel.
- If your hide needs a serious cleaning, it can be steamed. In this case seek a professional who works with leather. It is important to remember that the hide should not be soaked with excess water.
After cleaning, if the hide is damp, hang dry allowing the excess moisture to escape. If drying outside face the hair side down in order to protect it from the sun and heat. Furthermore, if you do notice any curling or wrinkling around the edges keep your hide out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources as this will cause the material to dry up. At the first signs of curling, spray some water on the skin side and gently massage the rug. Then place something heavy on top of the corner such as an encyclopedia, leave this for a day or two, and your hide will straighten itself out. We hope you enjoy these natural works of art!