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I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Colors for our home and gates....

Below are SOME of the colors we are considering for the exterior of our home. I chose these from Colors of the Desert Southwest and Sherwin Williams. Presently, our home is a shade of a medium Terra Cotta, though here in Florida, the sun has a way of fading it quickly. It’s been almost four years since we’ve painted, so it needs it in a bad way!!  We of course have not narrowed it down to any specific colors yet…this upcoming weekend we are getting the samples for the both the exterior and the interior and live with those for few days, before we make any definitive decisions. We want to remain with a very "earthy" tone, no more Terra Cotta, though it is one of my favorite colors, and the color has to go well with the large amount of Saltillo tile in our backyard,  no yellowish cream, only because it's a too common color here and I want something more contemporary, yet cozy!  Any ideas or comments are very much welcomed.  I really like making changes in our home, but not to change so much, that I feel like I'm in someone else's, it has to be what makes my family happy and for any company to feel welcomed and at home.

Coconut Husk

Mountain Road

Resort Tan
Hammered Silver


Olive Grove
San Antonio Sage

These are two gates that the previous owner had specially made from wood they had shipped over from Spain and is well over 150 years old, and are very thick and heavy.  They were just another feature that I feel in love with when we were looking for our new home sixteen years ago.  I'm not totally crazy about the hardware other than the round handle...we may need to change that.  So, wanting to change things up a little before summer hits, I found the pictures below those of a blue door on a building in Mexico, and the other in more green tones, and I am considering putting that on our gates.  It's several layers of different colors to achieve the look and color and for as far as the green door, I would make it much softer in color, not so deep.  My husband on the other hand, is a bit more indecisive because of their age, and he thinks we should keep the integrity of the wood.  Though, I did tell him we can always have it removed because it is just going to be a very light layer of paint, not a stain, more of a wash of color, and will be easy to remove.  They are extremely textured, not just a flat wood gate.   I love color and  since we live on a private style street, only 8 houses and very much full of trees, foliage and natures beautiful colors, I want to add a pop of color to the neutral color of the home.  Any ideas???

This is the Double Gate of the Southside of the Home, Facing West.

Single Gate, though taller than the other, it is on the Northside of the Home, Also, Facing West.  And, yes, the bamboo needs trimming, but it's so tropical looking there, I like the look.


  1. You always have such great inspiration photos! I love the San Antonio Sage and Hammered Silver. I LOVE your gate and the bamboo. Yes, very tropical looking.

    Thank you for your comments on my blog! You made my day by saying that my blog makes you happy. I try to be real, but I also like to write about happy stuff b/c there's too much other yucky stuff in the world! I appreciate your sweet words! :)

    Have a good evening, and I hope for some cooler temps for you!

  2. What wonderful gates!!!! I do love how someone finished that door in the last photo you posted, your bamboo would look great with it, don't you think?

    As for the color choices, I like the coconut husk, it keeps with the earth tones you want, but would still blend nicely with tropical plants.

    Hey, guess where I ate last night? Taco Bus!!!!! Love it, we ordered a lot of different things to try and so that we would have leftovers. Honey, that butternut squash tostado was incredible! You were absolutely correct when you said it reminded you of the little places in L.A., best Mexican food I've ever had in Florida by far, thanks for posting about it.

  3. Wow...love the paint swatches and the gate is just fabulous:)

  4. I want to thank you all for such sweet comments and your suggestions...it's always so nice to get someone else's prospective on something you are planning on doing. I really do appreciate it.

    And, Nicolle, you are so right, I think that's why we all Blog, it takes us to a much more happier place and a few moments away from the news and maybe things that are not so nice.

    Rhonda...I am so excited that you finally tried the Taco Bus and that you liked it. It's just unique for this area and authentic Mexican food.

    Heather...thank you for your sweet comment...so glad I came across your page recently...I really enjoy it.

    Hope everyone has a great upcoming weekend!