|Esther Rogoway artist, "Life is Full of Fun", 30x32|
The landscape colors and light really affect what the interior of the house looks like. Because we have temps above 100F in the summer, I hung accordian shades and sun screens. It is very dark in the house so my photos are enhanced a bit so you can see some detail. Furthermore, as the sun shines in, the paint on the walls shows very yellow or green. The UV here is super strong-the paint in the front of the house is whitish tan (sailcloth) with a HINT of yellow. The bedrooms are not yet painted and will likely get cooler neutrals.
Here is your tour:
living rm with my old green couch, old blanket, old chair :-)
bedrm with a bedspread from Oaxaca, furniture from Oregon, pillows from Bed Bath and Beyond Tucson, pillowcases by me.
guest rm and sewing studio with buildityourself tables, bed from Oregon company, thrifted mirror painted in deep maroon by me. oh, and pillowcases courtesy of me and Mexican shawl which I haggled for.
...and here is the Arizona room-a place which was filthy when we moved in and I am so happy with the changes I made. I cleaned and polished as much as I could, removed spiders and a snake skin, painted some thrifted pieces we hauled from Oregon, and hung a poem near the back door in memory of my father. This is a wonderful spot in the morning for coffee but is far too hot other times during the summer. We use it as a dining room sometimes during other times of the year. Hi little Nick!
This little house is becoming my home...I am continuing to paint and to renovate and upgrade plumbing and lighting. Once that is done, I will have my shower re-tiled and a new door. For now, it's fine.
|Anne Balentine artist|
Besides the landscaping we did and the repairs so far, the biggest expense has been art.
The pieces we had in our old home complemented an older plaster home. They got lost in this house. My casita needed drama, color, and to reflect the desert environment. We looked online and in galleries, and went to shows. It is very easy to find Southwest kitsch but not so easy to find Southwest art which is affordable. This blog entry highlights the pieces we have added in-you will see a range of styles as I am eclectic in my decorating.
|Charles Huckeba, mixed media, from the Cosos formation in CA|
|thrifted mirror, massive, motif found in Mexican folk art|
|Tucson artist, weatherproof!|
|metal bulls from Mexico|
|Brenda Peo artist, "Lena", giclee|
|Esther Rogoway artist, "Fun and Games", 36x36|