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Summer Trip : Our Top 6 AirBnB's Around the World

Summer Trip : Our Top 6 AirBnB's Around the World

June 16, 2016

Summer is here friends, and the travel bug has got us looking for our next inspiration trip.  Where are you headed this summer?  In need of a place to stay?  In our own research we have stumbled across some fabulous AirBnB’s and whether it’s the beach calling you, the mountains or the city.  We got you covered.
Take a look and book, folks.  Happy Summer everyone!!!

 

Rotterdam, Netherlands.   The Cube House 
Check out the amazing architecture of this home.  If your lucky enough to book this place, we promise you will be inspired by the angled walls and clean interiors.  Close to the markets and yes, Amsterdam.  Sounds perfect to us, right?

Carlsbad, California.   TheBeach BungalowGood Vibes
This is our home town!!!  We are in love with this beach front bungalow.  And yes, you guessed it,  good vibes + hip and modern interiors.  Comes say hi to the sisters and book this cute bungalow!

Isla Mujeres, Mexico.   The Seashell House 


This gated house with private pool, will allow you to relax all summer long.  Let us warn you, you must appreciate the seashell.  This house inside and out resembles one big shell.  Maybe we’ll take up selling seashells, by the seashore.

 

Oxnard, CaliforniaThe Beach Lodge at Hollywood Beach


By far our best interior design award goes to, this lil A-frame vacation rental.  If you never leave the house, that’s OK!

 

Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  The Container Home 
Who isn’t a fan of a creative space?  If big isn’t your thing and Spain is, then this little hidden gem is the place to stay.  Full of light and close to the historic downtown of Palma. This space exudes, simple, modern, and city living.

 

 

Cape Town, South Africa.  Cozy Inner City Loft 
This loft is located in the oldest part of town and only minutes from the beach.  The funky vibes and gracious host, will have you coming back the following year, for sure!

Now, go and travel, our little Wanderlust-ers  (is that a word?)  The world is calling.

Love, the Sisters

Travel Diaries : The Sisters Go to Paris

Travel Diaries : The Sisters Go to Paris

April 19, 2016

 
Is there a better place other than Paris to meet up with your sister, re-group, get inspired, and spend time with your Mom?  We don’t think so!  Paris was a slice of heaven and our words, nor our pictures will even begin to do justice for the experience, and the complete wonder that our trip was!
We all flew in at different times and met on a Tuesday at the most adorable Parisian apartment.  It was love at first sight for all of us!  The chic Parisians walking with baguettes in hands and the cold crisp air had us running out the door to go explore!  A week was just enough time to take in the sights, enjoy many glasses of Rose’, and eat more than enough of the most fabulous carbs and cheese on the planet!  And that is exactly what we did.

 

 
Our sights included places like the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is a Gothic cathedral that dates back to 12th century when construction began.  The walls are adorn with religious Icons, and columns that speak to you.  After this visit we dipped into the Saint Chapelle, Kingdom of Light which was erected in the 13th century and houses some of the worlds more profound stain glass windows.

 

 
And how could one not visit the famous Louvre???  We were warned about how overwhelming it can be and yes…true, but seeing the smirk on the Mona Lisa made the trip and crowds worth it.  If anything, at this point the jet lag was what was overwhelming!  On the other hand, in terms of museums, we all agreed the Musee d’Orsay was the best.  It was housed in the old railroad station that was built for the World Exposition in the 1900s and was laid out in such a beautiful way that made strolling in and out of the rooms seem more like a waltz dance.  This museum houses the Impressionist work such as Monet, Van Gough, Manet, and Renoir just to name a few.  Seeing their paintings inches from your face is a memory we will both hold for a long time.

 

 
With all the sightseeing and tourist hopping, we must say our favorite part was walking the streets in the different neighborhoods like the Latin Quarters and Montmarte.  This is where you could pop in and out of fashion houses and boutiques, stop at a multitude of cafes for a glass of Rose’ and a charcuterie plate while watching the Parisians walk by, speaking the most beautiful language ever.  After the cafe stops, we would walk with crepes in hand and watch the local artist draw portraits of the tourist.  Or another favorite was stumbling across the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore.  A perfect day!

 

 
Now, it wouldn’t be Paris without a stop at the Eiffel tower.  This was a spectacular experience for all of us.  The ride up to the second level to look out over the City was a bit nerve racking.  Especially for our mother…But once up top, the view made the queasy stomach and fear of heights disappear!  After the tour of the tower and a stroll along the perimeter, we stumbled upon another cafe for yet another glass or Rose’ and crepes…The best part being, after we paid the bill it was around 8:45pm and we walked outside to see the Eiffele tower lit up…which was spectacular!  When the clock striked 9pm shortly after it began to twinkle for a good 5 minutes, with blinking lights that filled our hearts with amazement!  Again, another memory that will stay with us for a long time to come.

 

 
It was a perfect mother, daughter trip and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you a glimpse into our experience.  For those of you who haven’t been to Paris, please put it on the list.  And for those of you who have been to Paris, you must go back!

 

 
Thank you for following along with us on this adventure and we look forward to the next trip!  Bon Voyage! Au Revoir!

Love, the Sisters

Travel Diaries : Follow the Sisters in Paris

Travel Diaries : Follow the Sisters in Paris

April 04, 2016

 
Us sisters are meeting up in Paris with our mother for a mom and daughter trip!  We will both be flying in from Cali and Bali and couldn’t be more excited to reconnect and get inspired!  We haven’t seen each other for over 6 months and are way over-due for a face to face.  We work daily on projects via skype and email, however this adventure will be a trip for us to not only re-group but to explore and get inspired.  We are calling it a R&D trip!  Research and Development.  A lot is happening over at 4CORNERS and this trip will be one ingredient to some fabulous creations we cannot wait to share with you.
Follow along this next week on Instagram as we eat, explore and hunt our way through the fabulous streets of Paris!

Love, the Sisters

Travel Diaries : Buenos Aires

Travel Diaries : Buenos Aires

January 27, 2016

When a good friend and her husband were packing their bags for a four month gaunt around the world, I quickly became inspired and remembered the days when I too dropped everything and trekked the world for six month to go “find myself.” What has happened now and what so easily happens to most of us, is we grow up, become entrepreneurs and travel solely for business, or “another” wedding. Finding the time to take care of myself and my own needs have become far and few.
I quickly decided to take the trip to meet my friends and spend a week in one of the most inspiring cities in the world!
This trip was for me, and me only. I had no expectations, no research, or follow up to do. If I stumbled across a fabulous textile supplier or one of the largest weekend markets in the world, then so be it! I would explore and inquire for the pure joy of it, and not bargain for a client or source for a project. Just me, and the reason why I fell in love with travel and design to begin with.
Buenos Aires is an astonishing metropolis with a European flare, and an edgy Latin American vibe. It was love at first site for me. The culture, the design, the street life, it all blew me away. On top of that, the city had a glimpse of New York living within it’s streets and that was a sweet familiarity that comforted me in a beautiful way.
Welcome to Buenos Aires!

 

 
The City Neighborhoods (My favorites!):
Palermo: This is the hipster, New York part of Buenos Aires. The streets are lined with “cool” clothing and vintage shops, along with cafe’s that will make you drool. In this trendsetting neighborhood, you will find the Zoo and many green-gated parks that are perfect for a bike ride or stroll. Because of the time of year (it was hot!), the shade from the trees is where it’s at! This is where we also visited the Eva Peron museum and discovered a little more background on the famous Argentinian. Madonna only covered a portion of this amazing women’s life in the well know blockbuster. Needless to say, I will be watching Evita on Netflix this week.

 

 
San Telmo: This is the older part of town. The cobbled stone streets and crumbling buildings remind you of the fight that the Argentinians put up to defend themselves from the Spaniards and British, hence the street named “Defensa.” This is the main street in San Telmo and we were lucky enough to have our AirBnB located here. It’s also the neighborhood with all the antiques, and houses the most amazing street market I have ever experienced!

 

 
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La Boca: The most colorful town on earth! This is the place you see in all the travel books where each house is painted a different color; the streets are lined with row after row of stacked and crooked house all painted vibrant colors. We learned that since this is a port town, the fisherman and boat owners would use the left over paint from their boats to paint their homes. This is how the beautiful tradition came alive and is one of the most inspiring places to see in person.

 

 
Recoleta: We didn’t spend much time here, but we did visit the famous cemetery. Again, a breath taking experience. Some of the tombstones in this sacred space are bigger than my condo and more elaborate than the Basilica in Roma. This is also where Eva Peron was finally buried along side her family. The rows and rows of towering tributes to people’s lives is both eerie and stunning.

 

 
Must Do’s:
Recoleta Cemetery
San Telmo Sunday Market. The largest market I have ever experienced. (blows the Pasadena Rose bowl out of the water) and the most unbelievable antiques I have ever seen.
El Zanjon De Granados: A remarkable underground archaeological site made up of old tunnels, sewers, and cisterns. Must take the tour. I know it may sound a bit touristy, but a different view into how the town of San Telmo use to work.

 

 
Where to Eat:
I Latina: Mind Blowing. The most memorable meal to date.
Cafe Felix: A closed door (in someone’s home) community style, exclusive meal.
El Cuartito Pizza: Best Pizza in town! The pizza is amazing in BA because of the heavy Italian influence. All I have to say is, Cheese and Onion. Two please!
Gran Parilla Del Plata: This is where you go to get your steak and malbec!
Bar Seddon: This is where you grab a drink with an old vibe and black and white checkered floors.

 

 
Where to Shop:
Gabriel Del Campo: The most beautiful antique shop I have ever stepped foot in. I kept telling the owner, that his shop is what my heaven will look like.

 

 
Our Amazing Air BnB: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/42450
AND, my dear friends who inspired the trip, Joni and Connor!

 

 
You can follow their amazing adventures as they continue to travel over at The Clippies. Also, for a daily glimpses of their inspiring travels follow them on instagram: @jonpon12

Love, the Sisters

Thanksgiving in Bali

Thanksgiving in Bali

November 29, 2015

 
I’ve been living here in Bali with my husband and two boys for the last 7 1/2 years. Both our boys were born here so naturally we feel very tied to Bali and blessed that Bali has embraced us all these years. When we first moved to Bali we didn’t expect to stay this long but as people familiar with the island know  it has a pretty powerful pull and if you surrender to that energetic pull it will take you for an incredible journey.
Though we have been here for a long time I still feel very strongly connected to my Californian roots and not a day goes by that I don’t think of my family and miss them. My husband and I have managed to continue to celebrate certain traditions here in Bali so as to maintain those roots we have in California and remain connected. Thanksgiving being one of them.

 

 
We have had such wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations here in paradise where we gather together with all of our friends that have become our family in Bali. Yes, a handful of them are American but a bunch of them are a mix from all over the world. AND they all enjoy being invited along to eat all of the typical Thanksgiving dishes such as roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. I will admit it’s no easy feat trying to pull it all together and gather the needed ingredients but we’ve made it work and it always turns into something beautiful.
We wanted to share a glimpse into what it’s like celebrating Thanksgiving in a tropical paradise far from home. You can take the girl out of California but you can’t take California out of the girl  This year we were lucky enough to gather at a beautiful villa owned by some of our close friends (Thanks Lance and Sophie)!
I’m a strong believer in gathering family and friends together to celebrate to give thanks for all the incredible things this amazing life has blessed us with. It doesn’t matter where in the world I may be I will always preserve this tradition in giving Thanks.
We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving,

Love, the Sisters

Latest Creation: Simona Villa Oasis

Latest Creation: Simona Villa Oasis

September 29, 2015

Earlier this year we were approached by one of the top villa rental companies in Bali, Elite Havens, to meet with one of their new clients who was in need of help to renovate his newly acquired villa in Canggu. We immediately vibed well with the client and clearly understood his vision.
Villa Simona is one of the older villas in Canggu, Bali. A classic villa with beautiful bones and amazing grounds but one that had begun to decline over the years. It needed brightening and a shift towards a look more modern but still maintaining that classic Bali look and feel that reminds you of times past. The floors, the columns and all of the furniture were a dark wood so our first piece of business was to replace the floors with a cream acid washed marble, strip the wood down to it’s natural color and install new furniture and decor. Though we did use some of the existing teak furniture we had a specialist come in to refinish all of it to bring it back to that beautiful, natural color.



We painted all of the interior and exterior walls a warm white to freshen it up and replaced the roofs with wood shingles that go grey over a few months adding a nice neutral look. From there we decided to infuse each of the 5 bedrooms with a different color scheme. The master bedroom became a black and white venture mixed with outer Indonesian island textiles, black and white photography and primitive decor. The other rooms were a mix of modern and Bali ethnic using blues, greens and reds. The overall look and feel of the villa is tropical chic using classic colonial style furniture, lot’s of rattan and pops of black and white mixed with more tropical colors.

We had approx 3 months to complete this villa and prepare for the rental market in Bali, which is a competitive one. It was a tight deadline and as usual we were thrown a few curve balls but we managed to work through it. In the end the villa is now a fresh and bright villa with fun pops of color and both modern and traditional elements. It’s an old villa brought back to life and ready to be lived in again.

 

 
On your next visit to Bali you should come stay! Check it out at Elite Havens, Simona Oasis Villa.

Love, the Sisters

Welcome

Welcome

February 25, 2015

Welcome

 
Hello and welcome to the blog of Elaina Samaniego Myers and Susanna Samaniego. Together we are 4Corners International Design Concepts, a sister duo that splits time between North County San Diego and Bali Indonesia. We create award winning designs from beach bungalows in the far east to million dollar estates on the west coast. Here are some of the spaces we’ve created and you can check out more of our projects here.

 

Stylish Decorator Cactus House Stylish Workspace Gold Hanging Terrarium Moodboard Moodboard

Love, the Sisters