Category Archives: Inspire us

Toilets

Well I think the humble toilet never gets the attention it deserves. So I am very excited by these Talavera ones! Call me weird but I think they are awesome! Not sure which pattern/color we will go with cause we have yet to decide on the overall house theme (tho i have a few ideas in mind) but here are two just to give you an idea.

New Books

Hopefully I can learn alot from these books to prepare me when it comes time to  decorate our place. Im hoping to have a BnB with our property as well (either as an additional self contained section of the soon to be existing house or a separate cottage on the property), so it really needs to depict a real Mexican style home in every way…. otherwise people wont get what they are looking for when they visit.

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You’ll enjoy living in Mexico if:

1. You have a spirit of adventure. Even if you are going to live in Mexico City and work for a company, life will be an adventure. You can either have fun with it or be frustrated by it. The choice is always yours.

2. You can accept that most things are out of your control. If you think everything has to be in its place and there must be a logical explanation for everything, then you are going to spend a lot of time being unhappy. Learn to “go with the flow.”

3. You are willing to accept things as they are. There’s a wonderful little prayer that says, in part, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” You may find yourself repeating this when little “Mexicanisms” get between you and getting things done.

4. You truly like people and can accept their differences. Remember that you are never alone in Mexico. Even if—especially if—you live in a small town where there are no other gringos, you will meet many locals. They are a gregarious bunch with large families and a healthy curiosity about the bizarre ways of foreigners. Remember that many of the things we take for granted about ourselves are pretty darn amazing to outsiders. Old people and small kids will ask you questions as you travel about. Middle-class businessmen will go out of their way to help you when you need it. Strangers of all classes will show you things and help you find whatever it is you are looking for, be it a road out of town or a battery for your car alarm.

5. You have a sense of humor. This is probably the most important ingredient in enjoying life in Mexico. If you do not take yourself too seriously, you will do much better than if you do. If you are a very serious or sad person and you have been sent to Mexico by your company, take heart, your whole personality could change for the better.

Borrowed from: Mexico Mike

this is it!

was flipping through Modern Home Trendir 2010 & I saw a pic of this couple’s kitchen here in SA… and its exactly what I had in mind! Notice the stove built into the island in the middle. And of course what really got me was how the work bench flows right out onto the patio. They have bi-fold doors on both sides as their wall & where the window is they have extended the work bench to bring it outside with bi-fold windows to close it off. I love it…what a great way for (me) in the kitchen still being able to be a part of whats going on be it inside or outside!

Kitchen Ideas

I love interacting with my family while I cook, so when first designing the house I drew up a plan with the stove built into the island facing the lounge/dining area.

And the sink facing a set of windows to view the great outdoors.

Just decided to google some images….none below depict exactly what I had in mind but they are good visuals non the less.

What should we surround the property with?

hedge, original design or wall/fence…

another idea

I like this concept…but it seems like there wouldn’t be much light making its way inside.

Wadda ya think?

MICHOACÁN – The Soul of México

Here are a few things Michoacan (Morelia) is known for:

The Monarch butterflies migrate twice a year in the millions to the butterfly sanctuary. And the best part is you can tour & view them on horseback!

Natural Hot springs:

First Spanish colonial city.

Charreria (original rodeo of both men & women)

To the north of Morelia is Lake Pátzcuaro, one of Mexico’s highest lakes.

I know there are a heap more…but will save those for a later post.


Go Green

A cool quote if you are thinking about reducing your carbon footprint & opting for eco friendly designs & lifestyle choices.

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by an accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.”  – Astronomer Carl Sagan

Bathtubs

We really like the concept of a tub in the ground. But Im a little concerned about the danger it could pose for Dakota who could fall in. Maybe a couple of steps leading up before the drop?

Other ideas below.

found in: china-baths, jacuzzi

walk in wardrobe

This is a MUST, not because we will have alot of crap to put in it…but because I love being ORGANIZED.

Entertainment Room.

So when I was drawing a floor plan of the house last week, I had an entertainment room in mind for the lower level. Here are some pics of how I kinda want it, the layout that is as the furniture & materials used in these pics are not “us” at all.

We’ll build this room right off the bat, but as for when we “fill it”…well, who knows how long that will take. One thing is for sure tho… We will have our entertainment room! (bar, pool table, home theater etc)

Pics found in: Symphonyhomes, Designawards.

Gr8 Home Theaters: Design Group

Wine Cellar

This is my dream! I’m hoping at some point in my life to have a wine cellar. Maybe not as fancy as this cause I wont be entertaining in there. But definitely some place where I can store my future collections 🙂

New Jersey

outdoor comfort

I must admit I would probably go more for a hammock or swinging seat…but these look pretty comfy for a lazy day in the sun!

Im posting these as I dream of the summer to come….

chairs found in: mydeco, design.spotcoolstuff, trendir

style

The slide-show below is the style we are aiming for. Of course things will be added/subtracted & other designs thrown in..but at least you get the gist of it. 🙂

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