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World Housing: Aida Rivero Interview

Meet Aida Rivero, Aida is a Spanish architect & photographer passionate about everything related to art and design. Aida has worked for a long list of brands such as American Tourister, Tresemmé, Bombay Saphire, Happy Socks and more. She is known for creating striking visuals, colourful creations and curating a perfect Instagram feed that inspires over 85K followers daily. Learn more about Aida below…

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Aida, what was it like growing up in the coastal town of Tenerife?

Growing up in Tenerife was great. A lot of my childhood memories relate to the sea. We would spend a lot of time on the beach enjoying the sunny weather, the wind, and the salty air. Family always surrounded me.

What is it that makes the Canary Islands so unique and special?

When you look to your right and see a snow-capped volcano, then look to your left and see a sunny beach – you know you are in a special place. Tenerife is a land of contrasts, and on such a small island you can find everything.

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Does your entire family reside on the Canaries? Do you feel that living on an Island has brought your family closer together?

Yes, most of my family does reside in the Canaries. I have a few family members who have chosen to study abroad to experience something new. My family has always been close, and I feel that no matter where we lived, that would stay the same.

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Do you think that the isolation you have living in Tenerife affects family dynamics?

Those who have grown up on the Canaries often leave to study and travel. However, the people who have spent their lifetime on the Islands always come home. We are known for wanting to be on our land. It is important in our culture to spend time with family while being surrounded by the sea.

Will you tell us a bit more about the culture in Spain? Is family important in Spanish culture?

I believe that family is very important to Spanish people. We are all very connected to our families.

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What does a “home” mean to you?

Home is the place where you always want to go back to. Home is where your friends and family are. It is a place that you feel comfortable . A place of peace. A place for heartwarming.

How did growing up on the Canaries affect your sense of design and passion for art?

The life outdoors empowers you to be creative. I have always been surrounded by water and nature. I think that those factors have a lot to do with my sense of design and passion for art.

You have a unique approach to photography, an eye for colour, and the ability to capture abstract imagery. How would you describe your own personal style and who influences your work the most?

My photography is a reflection of myself and the things that I like. It includes elements of my travels, my passions, and my life. It is a way to transmit all of the beautiful things I have seen in this world. I believe there’s beauty in everything and it is important to pay attention to your surroundings. I gather inspiration from so many things, and that is what inspires me.

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In addition to your photography, you are an architect. How do the two careers combine? How do they differentiate?

I am an architect with a desire for graphic and interior design. I love everything related to art and fashion. I suppose that having these passions has educated my style into having a sensitive sense of composition when photographing.

How would you describe the architecture on the Canary Islands?

Canarian architecture is highly influenced by the Indigenous People who immigrated to America and returned here with money.

Having spent so much time travelling to other countries, how have these experiences changed your view about the demographics of the world?

Travelling is one of my biggest passions. I love getting lost with my camera. I enjoy getting to know other cities, meeting new people, and learning about different ways of living. It’s amazing how much you can learn from other cultures.

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If you could do anything, how would you give back to the world?

I would love to make people happy using my knowledge and talents in architecture or photography. No matter the situation, there is always something to do for those who are willing to help.

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World Housing: Justina Blakeney Interview

Written by on January 20, 2016

Here at World Housing we’re excited to introduce a new series of stories that will explore the thoughts and opinions of a wide spectrum of people as they consider the concept of “home” and what makes one feel special. From architects to photographers, artists to interior designers, we’ve opened up this discussion with some of the people who, we believe, know what it truly takes to make a house a home, always anchoring with the question, what does a home mean to you?

Meet Justina Blakeney, Justina is an LA based interior designer and author of best-selling book The New Bohemians. She is known for her use of color, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting through interior design. Her iconic bohemian aesthetic is influenced by her multicultural upbringing and love for exploring the world. This convergence of culture and design has allowed her to carve her own path and share her unique take on a modern day home to a larger audience. As an expert at turning a ‘house’ into a ‘home’, we had a conversation with Justina to learn more about what a ‘home’ means to her. Take a moment to read about Justina’s inspirations and feelings towards creating a home below…

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Where are you from? What are the strongest feelings of home in your hometown?

I am from Berkeley, CA. Since I no longer live in Berkeley (and my parents no longer live there), I think that when I go back, it’s Tilden Park, and the drive up to the park that feels most like home. Lot’s of other things have changed, but the bends in the road, the smell of the trees, the view from the top of the hill — that still feels like home.

What does home mean to you?

Home to me is a wet canvas…it means creativity, good vibes, relaxation, productivity, music, flux, growth, cuddles, colors, comfort food, warmth…family!

What are your thoughts on how a home can impact our overall happiness?

I believe that having a happy home can have a profound effect on quality of life. Being somewhere where one feels safe, comfortable, and free is intimately connected with happiness. Just like a great outfit can give you added confidence, I think that a great home that reflects your personality can make you feel like your best self.

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How do these thoughts influence your thinking when you’re designing the interior of a home?

I like to try and make a home reflect the owners as much as possible. That means including elements from that person’s family, culture, travels, ideas. Also, I think a lot about color and what that can do for a person’s mood. If a person wants a place to relax, I turn towards beachy serene blues or corals, but if a space is meant to be more exciting or stimulating, I’ll turn to reds and oranges.

What do you look for in a home?
Great natural light, airiness, natural materials, plants, color, items that reflect the owners.

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Have you found ways to design a space that people feel generally happier in?
I think so. My clients in the past have told me that after designing their homes they now love to entertain (when they didn’t before), they enjoy just being at home and relaxing and that they love the way they feel when they get home. That’s huge for me. I wouldn’t necessarily know how to break down how I know how to design spaces that make people happy — it’s a kind of sixth sense maybe?? Or maybe just practice!

What qualities make a house a home?
People, plants, and pets!

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What can you tell us about your bohemian aesthetic and multicultural upbringing in Berkeley, California?
I could tell you a whole lot about it! But I think what it comes down to is contrast. I think that both my bohemian aesthetic and my multicultural upbringing play in contrasts — different things/people/cultures/colors meeting and creating contrast — which highlights the beauty of the differences and similarities.
What have your travels taught you about the word ‘home’ and what it means to different people?
I think that home is family, and that’s universal.

Check out Justina Blakeney’s new book, The New Bohemians.TheNewBohemiansView the full “What Does A Home Mean To You” series on World Housing, here.