Posted in GTO on November 8, 2009 |
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I love the weekends. It’s the time I seek out sweet new finds for our home. Once I knew there would be a way to stay in Guanajuato, I committed to making our home a place we enjoy being in.
Last weekend, I brought home a Catrina and those two Guanajuato prints you see over the desk. Then over the week, F and I varnished the table. Yesterday, I added a colorful Indian table runner and a little green trash basket that brightens up the entire room.
I debated on the table runner as it was a bit pricey, but I’m so glad I brought it home. It brings so much personality to the room, it’s like having another person in there. The runner is embroidered by hand and I love the little green balls.
Yesterday, I went to San Miguel. That’s where I found the table runner. I also found a little, hand sewn horse from Chiapas. She was so adorable, I had to take her home. Bright, happy colors are becoming a theme here, at least in the kitchen and work area spaces. Joined by lots of sunlight, I’m really loving this space. Happy, colorful, sunlight are all words that remind me of Guanajuato. It’s wonderful how the place you live in informs (and modifies) your design sense.
F and I also brought home wooden stools to sit on at mealtimes. We bought them from the same folks who made my desk. They’re located directly across from my work area, at the kitchen counter.
That was all yesterday.
Today, we explored San Javiar, and I found an area I had never been in before. Lots of colorful, outstanding graffiti adding depth and dimension to walkways. I’ll save those photos for another time. F took me to the place in town where you can buy all sorts of ceramics. One of the stores was three stories, big and wide, and packed with odd, if not intriguing pieces.
I was mesmerized. I went to every corner of every floor and wondered why people would buy this stuff. But they were! And not just a few people, but many, manymany! I debated getting a kitschy dolphin greeting for our doorway, and terribly tacky ceramic napkin holders… but I realized that I could turn our home into one that resembled my grandmother’s easily, quickly, and inexpensively, and only I would appreciate the irony. Everyone else would think I had extremely bad taste. But, on second thought, aren’t those elephants just a little bit appealing?
We left with what we had come for. A ceramic container to hold our water and a stand for it to sit on. I also managed to find five handmade ceramics plates, 10 pesos each, way up high on a shelf where nobody would ever find them.
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