SOMETHING YOU’D NEVER LEAVE HOME
WITHOUT? A positive and grateful attitude because it’s a privilege to be doing what I want to do on a daily basis.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A MUST-HAVE ITEM
IN ANY HOME? A GOOD DINING TABLE, ARGUABLY THE MOST CRUCIAL PIECE OF FURNITURE in the home.
FAVORITE WEBSITE/BLOG I find myself on The Business of Fashion (businessoffashion.com) quite often thanks to my sister, who sends me articles that she knows will interest me.
WHO DO YOU FOLLOW ON TWITTER/ INSTAGRAM @beavaldesdesign and @prideofgypsies
FAVORITE CITY TO VISIT London!
COUNTRYSIDE HOTELS OR RESORTS La Salamandre, in the Loire Valley in France; I also loved staying at a pensione run by the order of DML Sisters just outside Rome.
TRAVEL MUST-HAVES A sense of adventure, sunblock, and my family.
VACATION SPOT Currently Baguio, because as I get older, more and more I find that we return to the places of our youth. It feels like I’ve come full circle when I am able to take my children to places of my childhood where they are now able to create lasting memories of their own. I would also like to go back to Batanes, but maybe when the children are older and less likely to fall off the soaring cliffs!
PLACES YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, BUT WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT So many…Naoshima, Japan’s art island in the Seto Inland Sea; Bhutan, to see the last great Himalayan kingdom; Lake Ohrid, in Macedonia, which is part of Unesco’s global network of biosphere reserves; the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia; Kyoto’s Arashiyama bamboo grove; Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park to catch the “firefall”; the Buddhist temples at Bagan, Myanmar.
WAY TO REJUVENATE Meditation and sleep.
FITNESS REGIMEN Simply motherhood and running your own business—it demands rigorous mental activity, acumen, and physical stamina. I rinse and repeat daily!
HAPPIEST MOMENT Seeing my parents surrounded by their grandchildren.
BEST GIFT EVER RECEIVED My
GREATEST HOPE FOR THE FUTURE My children Alonso and Renata, and my nieces, Allegra and Emilia.
GUILTY PLEASURE Late night Horlicks with hot milk.
ONE THING FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT
you It seems I have an eye for drawing and photography.
FAVORITE RESTAURANTS Casa Mono and Honmura An in New York City, always with my siblings in tow; David Toutain, 29 rue Surcouf, Paris, a coin toss from my former university.
ALL-TIME FAVORITE DISH Koichi Kobari’s fresh ikura soba at Honmura An.
COCKTAIL OF CHOICE Currently, The Purple Cocktail # 4 at Toyo Eatery.
DESSERT The cheesecake from Hôtel Costes.
WRITER OR BOOK Louis de Bernieres,
particularly The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts
(1990), The Troublesome Offspring
of Cardinal Guzman (1992), and
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1994). Also, the short stories of Vladimir Nabokov and Italo Calvino, for their intoxicating storytelling, devious wit, and misadventures into fiction.
FILMS Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly
Ballroom, which was his first ever film. A wildly offbeat and engaging story about a male dancer who turns the ballroom dancing community on its head. It eventually became part of the Red Curtain trilogy of his signature theater-motif-related films. And Emir Kusturica’s
Underground. An epic black comedy about the history of Yugoslavia told through the eyes of a weapons manufacturer in Belgrade. A slow descent into a surreal situation as workers are kept in an underground shelter producing arms without realizing the war has been over for years.
FAVORITE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT
Watching Netflix’s Chef’s Table series and observing how my 4-year-old and 3-yearold interact with each other. Currently enjoying seeing the children trying to “negotiate” extra TV time.
WHAT’S CURRENTLY ON YOUR MUSIC PLAYLIST? The soundtracks of Moana and Trolls.
FAVORITE ACTORS OF ALL TIME For men, it’s a toss-up between Jeremy Irons and Daniel Day-Lewis. For the ladies, if I didn’t have to narrow it down any further then it would be Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Emma Thompson.
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION TJ, my husband and father of my children!
FAVORITE WORK OF ART A painting that I made when I was 4, which my mother had framed and kept all these years. It now hangs in my sala next to my children Alonso and Renata’s favorite pieces of their own artwork. Also a charcoal sketch of a mother and daughter sculpture that I gave my mom on her birthday. I think I must have been 7 or 8 at the time when I drew it.
FAVORITE ARTIST The American singer and songwriter Otis Redding.
WHO IS A YOUNG ARTIST THAT WE
SHOULD KEEP OUR EYES on? My niece, Allegra Rodriguez! She’s 9, and her talent is so pronounced. She paints and is very artistically inclined.
clockwise from top: The Bea Valdes showroom; Marga’s favorite films; her wedding and engagement rings; the painting Marga made as a four-year-old.