You may recall Alison (one L? two? too hard to keep straight), my gorgeous former roommate then tenant now ex-pat diplomat about town in Panama. When she isn't swanning around glamorously at embassy parties and taking weekends off to surf, our girl is decorating. Check her out!
This table was like $5,000. So worth it, according to me. She painted the walls blue. And observe the plant -- it's a sprouted coconut! Rug is folded over on the edge like all the chic girls do. (see: Meg's Marvelous Maison). The black trunk is from the Panamanian version of Craigslist, apparently. The chairs were apparently terrible pleather or something and she had them recovered -- a total of $250. I gotta get me some Panamanian reupholstering. The art over the couch needs framing but its a cool pdf blow up thing she got. I think it is a camel.
On the book shelf near the dining table, upper right hand cubby, is a fabulous book that I gave her called the South American Gentleman's Companion -- food and drink from all around central and South America, written in the 1950s by some airline execs. It's the second copy that has passed through my hands (the first I gave to my cousin Dan when he was also assigned in the foreign service to South America... They are pretty rare and I keep giving them away. dammit.
She's got some accessorizing to do... but still: supah, all the way around, n'est ce pas? Vaya, Alison. (or Allison, whichever it is. I think one L). I can't wait to go down there for a weekend.
and check her out! 5 mile run in 89 degree weather.