Brazil is known for it’s beautiful mountains, beaches, and lush greenery.

The mild weather makes outdoor living and no central air conditioning the norm throughout the country. Ahhh…. I could so chill here forever…

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But the country is not filled with dreamy white beach houses alone…a modern and somewhat urban aesthetic is very prevalent in current day Brazil.

The infamous Copacabana rocks a large scale black and white mosaic that makes a bold design statement along the coast of Rio.

A high contrast black and white graphic design element has become extremely popular in recent years. Do we have Copacabana to thank for this?!

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Although mod pervades as the strongest theme in Brazilian interiors, the history of elegant and ornate tradition is often incorporated in more luxurious and higher end settings.

Besides soccer, preparing for and celebrating Carnival is probably Brazil’s favorite pastime. Extravagance and bold use of color are traditionally seen in all the floats and costumes.

As in many tropical climates, bright colors are seen in many different ways throughout Brazilian homes. These two particular spaces look like they were straight out of a Carnival parade! 🙂

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And to finish up our  Inspired by Brazil post, I thought I’d share a few pics from my in-laws house in Itu, Brazil!

Pictured:  my sweet mother-in-law caring for her yard during our visit in 2010, the view from their front porch (moooooo), and a beautiful picture of the front of the house that she took this morning…

How will you be inspired by Brazil? Are you more drawn to the vivid Carnival colors or to something inspired by the lush beauty of nature?