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BALI ~ YOU MAKE ME FREAK OUT WITH EXCITEMENT ~ furniture, lighting, carvings = bliss

Could you ever imagine yourself living on a warm tropical island?

I can.

Wait, let me think about it for a minute.

Twist my rubber arm

Thinking….Thinking….comptemplating for one more moment

YES YES YES YES !!!

Crazy part about Bali, with all its surf and sand….

I NEVER SEE THAT SURF AND SAND.

I am too busy {happily} working.

I am a buyer of Balinese goods AND I  LOVE ~LOVE ~LOVE IT.

This week, the container load of YUMMINESS arrived and is officially stored in my barn.

Even my barn is smiling.

Barns are waaaaay too pretty for hay.

It is in its glory right now.

  This is not the first time my barn has seen Bali.

For years now, I have been traveling to Bali to buy furniture, household goods, lighting, and paintings……and an endless list of many other gorgeous pieces of deliciousness.

Buying in Bali

 is a way of giving back to a community of good-hearted artistic people.

It is about making a difference.

I make a difference to them, by impacting their families and income with my purchases.

They make a difference to me and my design style on so many levels.

It gives me a new perspective, new eyes on design, a new world of design that I can share with others.

Bali is a place to see and experience a different culture.

From a design perspective, it is simple, organic, and warm….coupled with complete and utter uniqueness.

A magical world.

~ A Breathaking World ~

with its

Vibrant Colours

&

Craftsmanship

One of a kind

Copious talent at every turn

~ Unique artistry ~

From this …..

To this…..

This island is not a place of mass production or factories.

It is an island of old-fashioned, traditional artistry.

 They have maintained the art of hand creating

&

hand carving for centuries.

These family skills have been passed down from generation to generation.

Every piece is exceptionally different.

Unique

One of a kind.

The Balinese have mastered the method of craftsmanship.

These letters and wall art were all created from reclaimed recycled oil drums.

Creative, non?!

This kind of knowledge of a trade is a rare trait.

I personally like to celebrate,

admire, and appreciate it all.

Which is exactly what I did this week

~ WHEN A CONTAINER LOAD OF BALINESE GOODS ARRIVED IN MY BARN ~

I was delirious with excitement.

 Santa came early.

I unwrapped for hours & hours and rolled around in cardboard boxes in utter bliss.

I sat there staring.

It was Balinese heaven.

All the angels arrived and they were beautiful.

Never mind that the angels were fibreglass with mosaic glass glued on them.

~ My Bali Bliss ~

I sat and stared at the beautiful workmanship.

This kind of attention to detail is unrivalled.

I swear it.

As an interior designer, these Balinese goods have greatly affected the look and feel of my work.

It is organic, real, and it is full of warmth.

To me, that is what a truly well designed, comfortable home is all about.

You walk through that door, and you feel at home in the space.

Pleasing to the eye, and pleasing to the heart.

Gorgeous patterns.

Hand carved, hand painted.

As I uncover myself from all the cardboard and wrapping….

And come up for a breath of air

I will post more for all to see

of

this

~ BALI BLISS ~

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  1. GREETINGS FROM PUERTO RICO LYNNE:

    I HOPE EVERYTHING IS FINE. ENJOYING YOUR WEBSTE A LOT.

    I WANT IT TO ASK YOU WHERE IN BALI CAN I GET THOSE LAMPS OR DO YOU SELL THEM.

    THANK RAFAEL BATISTA

    November 19, 2011
  2. Sam #

    Oh my! That lighting is amazing!!! So beautiful! I want to make a whole house with only lighting from Bali!
    I’d love to hear about the barn sale!
    XO
    Sam

    November 7, 2011
  3. Lynne – love everything about this post! the craftsmen making the pieces come alive is so cool! I think we need a “retreat’ to your barn (pool, treehouse)! Well done!
    xxridge

    November 7, 2011
  4. Ok, your barn is more beautiful than my home… that wouldn’t seem terribly fair save for the fact that 4 animals do reside here at the moment! :)

    November 6, 2011
  5. Heather @ InteriorGroupie #

    So excited for you and all of your beautiful finds! What a fun post

    November 6, 2011
  6. Lynne, i can see why you feel such a connection to these Balinese artisans. I too am all about the hand hewn craftsmanship..true art, not mass produced. Tell me, is your barn full of Bali treasures for you and your clients, or are you selling these pieces as well?

    November 6, 2011
    • Hi Mo, A bit of both. I bought this container load for a retail store and I shared part ownership in the goods on the container as well. I bought for myself, friends and a few of my designer friends. I would love to do it again.

      Some pieces, I will be selling from the barn as well. Shall I do a blog post on my sale pieces ?

      Ultimately, I would like to return to Bali to buy another container of goods for several retail stores and designers. I really love the work and I have developed the connections in Bali over all these years. It is fantastic.

      November 6, 2011
  7. I have to admit, I was kind of confused when I saw them hand carving stuff. Like .. it confused me. You mean, people actually *make* these things, LOL. Yup. That’s how far removed we’ve become from the stuff we buy. Kind of like chicken eggs. You mean they come out of a chicken’s bum?? :) Very, VERY nice purchases from a very, VERY nice culture. ~ karen!

    November 6, 2011
    • Karen !! I just jumped up and down the room with excitement that you read my blog. Not sure if it is because I had three cups of java, or whaaat ? Thanks for stopping by. I am truly grateful that you had a peak. :)

      November 6, 2011
  8. Hi Breda ! Yes, that is my barn. I am going to post about the barn this winter too. I could LIVE in a barn. They are so funky ! I always remember my parents asking me…WERE YOU BORN IN A BARN ? :) hahahaha….and I thought…I WISH ! The amish helped to refurb our barn. Now, I can’t tear myself away from it :)

    November 6, 2011
  9. I LOVE this post!!! So interesting…is that your barn?? Its gorgeous!! You are right: its way too pretty for hay!

    November 6, 2011

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