The Blue House – Well, not so blue now…

Okay, its been a few months since I actually posted anything about us redoing our house.  Okay, its been a few months before we actually got down to doing anything about redoing our house.  But, I decided to have people over on my birthday, which always gets you moving, when there’s certain things you really want done.  Like painting.  I really, really, really, wanted to get rid of the blue walls, and we’re almost there.  Unfortunately, the large 20 foot high foyer I love takes a little more than just a roller with an extension rod to paint it, so we have to get to tackling that with a couple more people, and the right equipment (like a large ladder… or maybe scaffolding…ha, the cats would love that! Giant play gym for them!).

So, we did as much as we could aside from the foyer – powder room hall, powder room, living, dining, and kitchen.  The powder room got painted this gorgeous tealy-blue colour that I love, and we had in our old bedroom in the pink house (yes, we moved from one colour to another).  The rest got painted Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl – very nice gray toned neutral, that I am in love with.  We’re also going to be adding pops of colour in every room as we go, which you’ll see the beginning of in the photos.  It seems that red is showing up everywhere, so I guess I know what colour is going through the whole first floor.  Unfortunately, my photos of the powder room don’t do the colour justice, so I’ll have to retake those.  These photos are of the in the middle changes – not the after, but the during.

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Lastly, a few detail shots, cause what’s life without the details, right?! I’ve got a thing for owls right now, and ceramic animals in general, so I threw a few photos of that in.  The first photo, though, is of a pillow I grabbed at Home Sense, which has all the great colours I’m hoping to have fun with throughout the house.

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Mexican Night in Mexico!

So, my trip in Mexico in photos continues now.  The great thing about resorts in Mexico, is they know how to entertain, and they do it every night.  So, on the Tuesday, it was… you guessed it, Mexico Night!  They had games in the lobby, a mariachi band, Mexican food, and traditional Mexican dances from all over the regions of the country.  All in all, not a bad night.

The Mariachi band played on the stairs going from the lower lobby/bar area, up to the main lobby, where the entrance to the buffet was.  They decorated the lobby with all the traditional Mexican colours, and had large games set up everywhere.

The main buffet area was quite elaborately done up, with table clots, streamers, banners, staff in ponchos and sombreros, and of course el burro for your photography enjoyment  They had one waiter who was making snow cone, from a giant block of ice – Bailey’s and Coconut Milk, can’t beat that flavour of snow cone!

After dinner, and continuing until the end of the theatre show, they had local artists come in to sell their goods.  I’ve seen artists similar to this in other Caribbean countries, where they paint using their fingers – very talented indeed!  My husband picked up this gorgeous chess set, made from fish bone and some type of stone or wood – wow, my memory is bad!  But intricately hand carved, depicting the battle between the Spanish Conquistadors, and the Mayans.  Absolutely gorgeous! I’ll have to get a photo to share.  The theatre performance was very entertaining, but the end of the night was a bit confusing, because dancers with giant heads came out and just danced on the sides of the stage – I’m sure this is a common part of their culture, but no explanation, so I have no idea why they were there.  But they were fun to watch!  This truly was a relaxing vacation, and we never left the resort, so we’ll be going back to Mexico one day, to check out all the sites in the country as well.   Until then, Buenos Dias!

The Blue House – The Before Moments

You’ll notice a new page on my blog, about our Blue House.  We moved this summer, and I’m going to document what we do here – this will be a slow process, so you’ll have to bear with me!

So, before I can begin to document what we do with the house, I should probably post some photos on what it looks like now…Well, as I said, it’s blue.  I’m only posting photos right now of the living room and foyer, but soon enough you’ll see just how far the blue expands in this humble abode, and you will be surprised by just how many shades of blue you can find in one home!

This is what you see when you first walk into our house.  The first 3 feet or so is a regular height ceiling, of about 8 feet high.  It then opens onto the two story foyer – I missed the beautiful wood and glass fan/chandelier that is on the second story ceiling in this shot, I’ll put that up in another post.  As you can see, blue walls, carpet, some in the linoleum… but tons of room for improvement here!

Next is our living room.  Much smaller than in our old house, but I love the cozy feel to it.  The old room was too big to be cozy, but too small to make separate areas, so you couldn’t build a cozy spot.  As you can see in the second photo that has the living room looking onto the foyer, there are two different shades of blue on the walls.  But the carpet is the same shade throughout the house.. something must be cohesive to pull it all together, right?!  And looking more closely, it seems that the shade in the dining room (first photo), might actualy be very, very similiar to the front hall.  Interesting…

We’re in Mexico this week, so there won’t be any posting till I come back, and hopefully I’ll have some great shots from down there!  Hola amigos!