See how this designer/photographer moved out of the city and filled her home with nature-inspired décor.
LEAVING BEHIND HER URBAN LIFESTYLE WAS EASY FOR THIS
ARGENTINIAN DESIGNER. Settling down beside a river in the tranquility of a majestic nature reserve was just as smooth. She had set her heart on a neglected cottage and converted it into a private jewel. Her fondness for soft tones, romance and the beauty of nature reflect her idyllic way of living.
Laura Peirano used to live in a rented apartment in Buenos Aires. And even though she was born in Argentina’s capital, she did not feel at home in the big city with the noise and the pollution. She was missing the peace and quiet of nature. In 2006, Laura spent a holiday in the region of the Paraná Delta, a majestic nature resort just outside Buenos Aires, and this holiday led to her making a change in her life. “I felt the need to leave the big city and start a new lifestyle with the peace and silence of nature around me. I believed that I would encounter a lot more inspiration for my work living in the countryside.”
After starting her search in 2007, she fell in love with the second home she looked at and named it Dominga. “It was love at first sight, and I immediately knew this was the perfect spot for me!” Even though the house still needed quite a bit of work, I knew that it was the perfect place to live in harmony with its surroundings.”
The cottage had been abandoned for a long time and had been used by local fishermen on weekends as a meeting place for their fishing trips. The condition of the stilt cottage was quite good, and Laura did not need to make any structural changes. But it had been very badly maintained and needed a good clean and quite a bit of paint to make it look new again.
When you enter Laura’s cottage, you first step into the original conservatory: a sunlit space offering a fantastic view across the garden and the connecting river. Laura often sits and reads here. “I love relaxing in this room. The cats always sleep in the sun in this room, and I adore observing the different scenes in the garden and on the river. It’s like a living piece of art, and it all looks very different every day.” The great benefit of this room is that it becomes a perfect studio for Laura’s photography when the soft sunlight enters in the afternoon.
Living in a South American climate, Laura spends a lot of time outside. The huge garden around her cottage offers plenty of activities, plenty to maintain and plenty of inspiration. “I live right next to the river, but not many boats come by. Usually just the boat that transports people back and forth to Tigre and occasionally little boats of local people. The rest is pure silence and nature around me.”
But the garden needed a good tidying up too—an additional challenge Laura had no fear of facing. She completed this mission by planting her own plants and flowers: roses, violets, pine trees, cosmea plants, daisies and white wisteria. She also created her own vegetable garden.
Her fondness for soft tones, romance and the beauty of nature reflects her idyllic way of living.
A HAPPY ENDING
Laura travels back to Buenos Aires on a weekly basis to keep an eye on the shop where she sells her self-made products. Some of the products she sells in her shop are postcards, envelopes, bags, lampshades, storage boxes, photographs, cushions, plaids and other décor accessories. Each product is made by Laura and her mother. During her stay of two days she visits her mother, visits friends and keeps up with some cultural activities. “I like these weekly trips, but I like it even better when I hop on the boat again in Tigre to travel the last hour of the trip back along the river to Dominga. Because that’s where I belong.”
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