As a focal point for this dramatic space, the design team chose beautiful Azul Macauba, a blue stone from Brazil, to top the oval-shaped island. A whimsical blue backsplash, in a swirling pattern, complements the blue counters and ties in the white cabinetry in the space.
Original to the dining room, hand-painted wallpaper inspired the exuberant palette in this San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 With Good Company space. Designers George Brazil and Cecilia Sagrera-Hill paired an eight-sided table with an enchanted garden-like setting to create the perfect place to savor good food, good conversation and good company.
A native to Brazil, marbled bromeliad (Neoregelia marmorata) boasts light green leaves with striking red markings on top and bottom. Bright light coaxes maximum leaf color, which peaks as a glowing wine red. Flowers form in the center cup, opening slowly over a long period of time. But most folks grow this beauty for the eye-catching leaves, not the blossoms.
In this contemporary exterior lounge at condo residence in Brazil, the designer used an ecological fire pit by Construflama. The negative edge pool blends with the landscape, and plants such as bamboo and trees offer privacy and maximize the view. The project by designer Alex Hanazaki won a 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects award.
This is an epiphytic bromeliad, one that grows nestled in the crotch of a tree in its native Brazil. Billbergia adapts easily to growing in pots, though, and thrives when placed in bright indirect light near a bright eastern window. The long pink flower stem is a showstopper with its dangling form and appearance. Billbergia was introduced to the United States in 1897.