Enter Geppetto's Museum, aka La Posadita de la Plaza, where Eduardo, a Brazilian photographer has strategically curated and placed every item - newspapers, comics, beer bottles, magazine cutouts, vintage cameras, toy cars, etc. - he's ever collected in his 41 years of life as decor for his four-room bed-and-breakfast in Colonia del Sacramento, a small coastal town off the Rio de La Plata in in Uruguay. If Pinocchio's father, Geppetto, and Belle's father, Maurice, were based on characters in real life, Eduardo would have been the inspiration.
(Sorry for the sub-par photos, especially in terms of focus - I'm learning how to use my camera, finally, now that I've had it for two plus years. Not ashamed.)
Not one inch of space has escaped Eduardo's consideration. Each item or cutout is related to or interconnected with those in its surrounding space.
A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the visionary and creator working away in the kitchen.
The hallway, filled with notes, letters, cutouts, comics, maps, lunch boxes and memories from times past.
One of my favorite pieces - what appears to be an old photo or magazine cutout of a woman of Asian descent dressed in the pin-up style of the West.
A new record player recently purchased from Montevideo connects to two modern Bose speakers, both strategically tucked behind two distinct wooden decorative pieces - one in the form of a old radio, the other a box - to filter and amplify the sounds of jazz and bossanova.
Eduardo's workshop - a peek into the inner workings of a brilliant and eccentric artist.
My favorite corner of the house, aka where we spent most of our time working and writing. The Lady and the Tramp poster is an original - printed out on a one-inch thick wooden canvas. It is my favorite piece. The "JAZZ" frame to the right was placed there because the space needed something red, so Eduardo framed one of his favorite record covers to give the wall some pop.
The garden area and communal courtyard between three of the four rooms, each themed a primary color - red, yellow and blue. We were in the blue room, as distinguished by the blue door and large toy car on the right.
The inspiration? A tribute to Joseph Cornell. La Posadita was wonderful place to spend a couple of days - unwind and be transported to another time.