November 24, 2010

Favorites this week

Not to bore you to death, I figured I should share some of my favorite things this week. No kitchen remodel items included! Those will come later...

I am reading Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes, I like its simplicity and the fact that I go back to Italy every time I open the book.

Taco Tuesday! Need I say more? Tacos at a dollar a piece, at many Mexican restaurants in town... YUM! I wish every day was a Tuesday...

KCRW, our local NPR radio station with its eclectic music and great programming. Check it out!

Calendars, calendars, calendars... so many beautiful choices, so little time... I have one in my store too.

My son enjoying the neighborhood again; riding bikes, climbing trees, running around... It is good to be back.

November 20, 2010


What do people do when they are late?  What do they do when they do not show up at all? They make excuses explain why they were not there when everyone expected them. Right? So, my dear faithful readers; I am sorry I have not been around, I am sorry but... I still have no internet, we still have no furniture, our kitchen has been demolished, and I am still running around trying to find the best appliances for our remodel.

But there is hope as I come bearing news! I have purchased the cabinets!!! We are using Ikea cabinets that we will assemble and install ourselves. I am so excited! We chose the Akurum-perfekt abstrakt in white (for the uninitiated I will add a gallery of images). Consumer reports rated Ikea cabinets as a best buy, and all the forums are bursting with good reviews for the product. You can't beat the price either!

Things are happening, not as fast as I would like, but they are happening... meanwhile we are eating very creative meals, and enjoying some of our sweet neighbors cooking. Next week will be lost, as our contractor and ourselves will be out of town. We hope to have a brand new kitchen to host some holiday fun. We will see.

As they say, an image is worth a thousand words. Enjoy!

Apartment Therapy house tour

Redneck Modern
Grassroots Modern


November 12, 2010

One month!

We have been back in California for a whole month! We have seen the weather change slightly, with colder nights and windy days. We enjoy the sun filled days so typical of southern California. The Colombian in me doesn't like Winter. I don't like the cold, the snow, the short days. I grew up in a place where every day the sun rises and sets at the same time, where the trees always have their leaves, where there is always a plant in bloom and ripe fruit hanging from a nearby tree. Because Colombia is so close to the Ecuator, the temperatures remain the same year round. It is always hot the closer you are to sea level, and it cools down in the mountains. It is beautiful, and it is home.

I have learned to enjoy the seasons. Spring is always so beautiful after long winters, and the colors of Fall have no comparison. Yet, I feel homesick with every change.

Today, I am thankful for the beautiful, clear sky outside my window. Today, I am closer to home.


November 4, 2010

A chair is a chair,

until it isn't.

I have found a new job! Well, I don't get paid really, and I end up paying others... but I believe it is my true calling to be a treasure hunter!

In the last two days I found and old venetian mirror, a pedestal sink, two mid century style chairs, and a possible Eames parchment zenith chair! Every single item in this list I found for a fraction of its value! I knew that all those hours browsing design sites on the web were good for something!

As a teaser, here is a really bad picture of one of the mid century replicas that I got. They are Cherner chairs look-alikes, but they are not the real thing. I don't care! I ADORE them, and I am keeping them.

What do you think? Do you like the style? Do you have information on it? Let me know in the comments please.