Friday, March 14, 2014

Part Two : Anylu

When you enter our casa, you walk into one of the original rooms of the house. It is huge! The approx. size is somewhere around 15 feet by 25 feet with 18 foot ceilings. The ceilings showcase some beautiful beams called vigas. We are using the right hand door (twin entrance ways were common) as our main entrance and wanted to give it a foyer feeling. Thus Carlos and Roger decided that a huge mirror with an entrance table below where we could put flowers would be a great welcome. Anylu had the mirror designed and it is now installed. Simply beautiful. Enough said!
The door to the right is our main entrance

Looking left to the far end of the room

This mirror is huge and is a beautiful addition, and see how it reflects the beams!

The last part of this project was to add some under sink cabinets in two of the 3.5 bathrooms. The first being our master bath off the upstairs master bedroom. Here there is a double sink with tile counter. We wanted enough room to hide all the toiletries as well as toilet paper and clean towels. Anylu designed a very nice hanging cabinet with double doors, three drawers as well as cubbies to hold clean rolled towels. As this floats above the floor we can clean underneath it easily. 

The last items are in the new casita where the bathroom has split vanities on either side of a doorway. Here Anylu designed and installed smaller versions of the same cabinet. Should be very functional!
Right side of doorway

Left side of doorway

I will be so excited to see these wonderful additions when we visit our house next month. We are so busy here in St Louis working on all the projects with our house here, getting ready for the big move...Just not enough time in the day!

(all photos by Anylu)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Anylu comes through!

When we were in Merida in December, Roger our esteemed architect, scheduled us several consults with different vendors for some ideas Carlos, he and I had. One of these was Anylu who is responsible for all our kitchen cabinets and other woodworking like doors and window of our house. Carlos and I had decided that we would like a few minor changes done to the kitchen as well as some additional cabinetry done in other rooms of the house. So Anylu came over for most of an afternoon and we discussed what we were thinking of. She came back with designs and some prices and we were on board with all of her designs and thought her prices, while not cheap, were online to what we were thinking of spending. Today I received photos of the install and I think they are fabulous!
In the kitchen we had the wine cooler and small rack moved to make room for three drawers, to correct that there were no drawers in the kitchen...were was I going to put the junk got to have one of those! The wine cooler and a larger wine rack was moved into the entry way of my large walk in pantry. Later we will add a iron gate door to give the illusion of a wine cellar. We also had two upper cabinets and the microwave shelf encased in wood.

Before photo with wine cooler and small rack

the new cabinet

The inside showing the drawer within a drawer

Upper cabinets with the microwave shelf

The wine rack will hold 98 bottles


The second part of the project was Carlos' personal space, the upper floor study. It was designed to be a large multi-purpose room and at 15 feet by 25 feet, it  is just that. Here Anylu designed a beautiful wall of bookcases as well as a floating credenza and an alcove cabinet.
Carlos desk will go over the pasta rug

Several glass doors will protect artwork

floating credenza

the alcove cabinet

Part two will continue soon and I show the rest of Anylu's great designs and contributions to making Casa del Gato Azul the house of our dreams!
(all photos by Anylu)

Friday, March 7, 2014

I'm living in chaos...

or at least disarray. It has come to the time to get serious about clutter, collections and clearing our house. It's time to pare down to bare minimum of what we are taking to Mexico, need to show the house, give to family member or just plain get rid of. It is really hard work! I have sold several large pieces of furniture on Craig's List, my cousins are coming to get the dinning room set, and I have already passed on the depression glass and black forest cuckoo clock.I have to figure out what to do with the thousands of other items that are stashed everywhere! And the books...oh the books! I have emptied out 4 bookcases in one room...and sorted them into three piles...donate, send to Mexico and give to my sister! Just to give you and idea , I have 4 more bookcases to go! Another cousins came and took for her church more than ten garbage bags full of clothing and other items... and now I have about 6 more bags, most of sweaters not needed in Merida...
Some days we are so overwhelmed and on others we just wade it and get some done. After all our reward will be living in Merida!

In progress

Staging area

We have so much glassware.. much that we hand carried from Czech Republic

going to Merida with us in April

This is next!

Boxes waiting to be filled!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Our Trip to Merida Part 2

It was great fun having the Ana and Sebastian in Merida. They both loved the house and spent much of the time at the house in the pool and exploring everything. Sebastian was really good about hanging the wet towels on our rooftop hanging area. It was all a new experience for him to use clothes pins and hook the wet towels and swim suits to the rope. He thought it was fun! Both of the kids liked the malls and the activities at the jumping, the decorations and of course their first time ever ice skating!

In the meantime us adults did what adults normally do but without snow! So Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Our month in Merida...Part I

After 37 beautiful and mostly warm days in Merida, it was time to leave. The time spent there just flew by! The first 15 days were mostly spent with our architect and shopping for things such as drapes and a bathtub or talking to vendor who were to supply our screens, for the doors and windows, as well as retrofit the french doors for screens. The pool and casita were not finished when we arrived in November, but the workers were right on it as we watched them work long and hard until suddenly on the 15th they all disappeared!
On the 16th of December. Carlos sister Karen and her two kids, Ana and Sebastian arrived. They were our first guests and we happily welcomed them and delighted in sharing Merida! Sebastian was fascinated by the corner plaques and quickly got into finding and photographing them As the kids are home schooled this would become his project for the month. Sebastian found one just one block from our home which in the hundred of times I've walked this way I had never noticed.
I had never noticed this corner plaque!

Sebastian with one of his finds!
Once the pool had the final finish and was filled the kids delighted in both early morning and late afternoon swims. The water temperature seemed to be between 80-82 degrees F which is a little cool for me but not for them! I had muled down some inflatables purchased in the USA and they were enjoyed by both the kids.
An early evening swim

Ana loved the beach.

The kids also enjoyed taking buses, shopping, ice skating at Galleria, taxi rides, and the beach in Progreso. Sebastian enjoyed going to the to the juice man two blocks away and buying the morning fresh squeeze orange juice. He was not afraid to try to speak Spanish to makes his needs know! On Christmas eve their father Santiago arrived from Boston. They stayed at our house for a week longer than us so they were able to explore and experience things on their own too.
Sometimes it is just the little pleasures that make Merida so enjoyable. There is a small chain of ice pops called La Michoacana, the fruit ice pops flavors are delicious and numerous! My favorite is lemon, limey and tart.The kids liked that one too. The other adults loved the coconut which was rich and creamy.
Sebastian was the life of our Christmas party..playing cutthroat dominoes!

It was wonderful to share our home and Merida with family. I think that they really enjoyed it and will be back often. I'm so glad we built the casita!
Enjoying Starbucks with Tio Carlos!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Casita!

For most purposes that casita is done... yes there are some fine tuning that needs to be done, but for all intents and purposes I could move my bedroom there now. On Monday, Lupita the cleaning person will be giving it a through going over....then I will make the decision if I am moving my bedroom there now or waiting until next year. So here are some of the photos taken just an hour ago.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Well, we've been in Merida for 18 days and have been so busy! Here are a bunch of new photos so you can see! Right now I am waiting for the bus from Cancun to deliver my sister-in-law and her two kids...they will be our first guests a Casa del Gato Azul!