This past week we had the tremendous pleasure of taking a surf vacation near Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the whole family and a bunch of friends. While the local home decor that we saw was not particularly notable, they did have fascinating lighting which has been developed so that the huge leatherback turtles are not disturbed by the light at night when they land to lay their eggs.
All of the outdoor and visible indoor lighting is shaded so as not to be seen from the beach. The shades are also mainly made of wood or grass so as to survive better in the equatorial climates. These lovely homegrown designs remind us of clean, mid-century designs and are not so complicated that you couldn't make them yourself.