Saturday, September 20, 2008

Virtual Hacienda Home Tour

As most of you know, Our family has been undergoing house construction for the past two years. When we started our venture, friends and family who have done this before here in Mexico told us that this endeavour would take about two to three years. We p-sshhawed them, calling them nay-sayers and cynics and we knew that it would never take that long for us. It couldn't. There were ten of us living a the mother-in-law's quarters which were originally designed for two and to say we were squished like sardines is an understatement.

But...here we are, two years later, and we are finally ready to move in.

Which brings me to the reason for this post. Tip Junkie is having a virtual home tour and I really wanted to participate, but I wasn't sure what I would post, as we haven't finished moving in quite yet. So...what I've decided to do is post some of my favorite structural details of our new hacienda-style home. It's bare and undecorated, but I'm so excited about starting with this blank (or maybe not so much) canvas and searching for new Mexican decor finds on the way. Here, let me show you...

One of the marks of rustic Mexican decorating is lots of wrought iron. Here are some of my favorites...

A "bug's eye" view of the chandelier in the entryway...


The stairwell in the teenage boy's room...


All of the kids have a second-story loft and in most cases, the kids have to share bedrooms. With the lofts, however, each child will feel like they have their own space.

The vessel sink stand in the guest half bath...



This is a tiny bathroom, so I decided that this sink would be perfect...unobtrusive and beautiful.

Here's a close-up of the sink, painted in typical Mexican-style talavera...



One of my favorite things about Mexican decorating is using color. Check out some of these colors...

The family room...


I was terrified I would choose the wrong orange. Go too far one way and you get a sickly pukey color. Go too far the other way and you can't stand to look at it. After my contractor painted seven different orange swatches on the wall, I choose "Chinese Lantern" (above) and have been in love with it ever since!

The living room...


I've always wanted a room this color, but could never bring myself to go through with it. When it comes to Mexican decorating, though, the brighter the color, the better!

Speaking of bright, check out my laundry room...


Is that not the most gorgeous pink you have ever seen? And just wait until the green hickory cabinets are installed. I'm going to have festive folding fiestas every day!

Mexico is famous for it's intricate tile work and our contractor is a master tile worker. Look at some of the gorgeous work he did.

The living room...



The master bath...




The stairs going up into the master loft...


The central courtyard patio...


Around the doorways...


The piano studio...



The slate entryway...


The stove area...



Here are some of my favorite fans. We will be using these a lot during the hot Mexican summers and during the winters to circulate the wood-burning stove's heated air back down from the vaulted ceilings.

In the living room...


In the family room...


In the kitchen...


Even though out property is a major construction site, John couldn't resist planting some bulbs in the center courtyard.

Here are some elephant ears...


...and some lemon-scented geraniums. They are engineered to keep mosquitos away and they smell lemony heavenly!


And last, but not least, just a few random things I love...

The upstairs toddler playroom above the kitchen...


One of our couches...


Our pine doors...


A random rooster (bought for $12 down from $72 in a Pier 1 Import outlet in New Jersey. Yes, I got some funny stares as I sat with it on my lap for four hours on the plane.)


A light fixture we got on sale at Lowe's for 75% off...


...and the wrought iron chairs against our green hickory island...


Even if Mexican decor isn't your style, you've gotta admit...It's not boring!

Thanks for joining me on my home tour. I'll be posting more later as things get unpacked, so see you next time!


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47 comments:

Kathy C. said...

Having grown up in a bordertown, I LOVE Mexican decor - it's the colors that get me going, and then the music starts playing in my head, lol.:) Can I come live in your house??? :) It's beautiful.
Blessings!

Lisa Ann said...

Your home is just beautiful! Congrats!

Krissy said...

JEN. Oh. MY. GOSH. HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!! Ok, first of all, THAT HOUSE IS HUGE!!!!!!! Second of all, THAT HOUSE IS HUGE!!!! lol ... ok, just kidding on the last one.. But really.. Did I mention that's HUGE? lol That's AWESOME... and having what, 9 kids at home? Or 10? I can't remember ... obviously that much space is needed. Anyways, moving on.. I love those colors. The decorations are just beautiful. Wanna come help me with my new house? lol And I LOVE the washers and dryers all lined up! LOL It reminds me of the Duggars and Jon and Kate + 8.. lol

Love it!!

Stephanie said...

That is so fun! Those colors are so perfect and happy!

P.S. He loves you... said...

I can only imagine how you are doing all this...affordablly...and live out of the states!

We are also doing the same thing here and I'm intrigde by the colors and boldness thereof it's brillant!

Thanks for sharing you've embolded me if anything that color is good and can be our friend!

Mel said...

Wow that must have costed a pretty penny... not that I'm asking just stating the obvious. Dealing with remodel or construction alone is a hard task... we live in a mobile home so our remodles only take weekends if we are motivated enough. And I agree 100% that house is HUGE... but you need it and you have help keeping it clean and keeping it dirty... LOL

Melinda said...

The iron work and tile were some of my favorite things I saw when you took me on home tour last weekend. So glad you are getting to move in. I love your colorful home. I am so happy for your family. Love Ya

Susan (5 Minutes For Mom) said...

What an amazing home! I've never been to Mexico and I don't think I've ever seen much Mexican decor up close. (I'm Canadian.)

Steph Corwin said...

I wandered over from Tip Junkie, and my goodness! Your house is beautiful! That sink... quite possibly the most amazing sink I have ever seen.

C said...

*swoon*

I'm loving it!!

I can't wait to visit when you're in!!!!

Betty said...

Yes, very nice! I´m glad for you, that you can finally move in and spread yourselves ooouuuutttt! Room enough for everyone!

Amanda B. said...

One word....wow!!!! It is beautiful! I am so excited for you and your family to move in there and have all that beautiful space! That is awesome! :)

Jarmeg Family said...

Wow! That house is gorgeous! I love the mexican decor, how fun! My 7 year old is sitting here and saying "no one has a house that fancy!" I bet you can't wait to move in. I love how the kids rooms are upstairs lofts.

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

Love the tile, love the kitchen, love the rooster, love the chairs, love the stairs, love the patio, love the playroom, love the colors, LOVE LOVE LOVE IT ALL!
And by the way, did anyone say it's HUGE yet? LOL!

Nikki said...

Your colors are so striking and are perfect examples of the Mexican decor. I love your vivid use of all things bright and beautiful. I imagine you must be really excited to get moved in.

Cambria, Greg, Alan and Molly said...

Looks awesome!!! I am going to come visit for the real tour!!! I am coveting ALL OVER THE PLACE!

A happy heart at home said...

That's amazing! Gorgeous!

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

~Susan

The Boojes said...

Wow! That is gorgeous! I'm not hugely into Mexican decor, but I have to admit that you have a lovely home there! =) Way to go!

fly baby in OKC said...

It is AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS! Enjoy...:o)

Tinabean said...

oh your home is just beautiful!
I LOVE all the color you & your hubby did a very good job.
I would say it was worth the wait.
I'm sure you will enjoy it!!!

Kendra said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I love that sink, the beams, the tilework, everything! What a neat place to call home!

the singer family said...

Nothing about you is ever boring!! I love the house and I love the colors.

Bethany Cox said...

wow. that's awesome. i'm so jealous.

The Farmer's Wife said...

LOVE IT ALL!! Here's and idea....invite your "special" blogging friends who live fairly close by for a literal tour! What do ya think? We could bring snacks too;)

The Apron Queen said...

Umm, could we move in? You wouldn't notice 4 or 5 more people. Or would you? Beautiful home. I love the Mexican style & decorate with it in my own home in TX.

Barbiemat said...

WOW...when did this all happen??? Where have I been?? I need to come and see you!!!

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

I am in love with your house. I have to say that it is really nice. I have always been a fan of color. I hate walking into a house, and everything is beige. You have brightened up your house by having so much color on your walls and in the decor that you choose. And the tile is beautiful. I bookmarked your site, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your house as you get it together.

Cade, Jeni and life with our family said...

Im so excited for you to FINALLY be there! I need to come over and see the finished product!

mnkristy said...

Just gorgeous! I love it. Congratulations on a fabulous job.

Mrs. Organic said...

The tilework is beautiful! Congrats on finally moving in, enjoy your beautiful home.

The Lazy Organizer said...

That was quite a tour! I love it all. Have fun unpacking!

Mod Girl said...

Your new home is beautiful. I love all the tile work and the warm, bright colors that you have chosen. The stairway to the master loft is just gorgeous.

Enjoy filling the spaces with many happy moments.

glorv1 said...

I just found your blog and of course linked it. Wow, how beautiful everything looks. It is so exciting to see all the colors. Very alive. Thx so much for sharing.

Kama @ Today's Housewife said...

Seriously I love that place! It reminds me of my honeymoon in Costa Rica. My husband and I have 3 Mexican sinks and we haven't gotten to put them in yet. :( I lived in Mexico for 1 1/2 years as a missionary and someone brought one sink back for me in a backpack on the plane. I just had to have it! Our house currently has a lot of Mexican flair. Very cool.

Cecily R said...

Oh, my gosh, your house is STUNNING. Truly amazing. I think I might move in!

Jennifer said...

Wow, how beautiful! I love all the little details! And I love the idea for the "sink"!

Carrie said...

The decorative and architectural details of your new home are fabulous. My wish is that God will grant many many happy years in this house.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful!

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh I loved your virtual home tour. I love your house it is beautiful! I would love to live there.
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Sherry
oh BTW welcome to Show and Tell!

Mrs. Miles said...

Are you in HEAVEN? LOL - this is like a mansion.

You have a terrific designing eye. I loved your tour. It was well, well worth your wait.

Thank you for allowing us to 'visit' your home.

~ Barb (Mrs. Miles)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Beautiful. It's been a long time since I've been to Mexico for a visit. I so feel like going now.

Linda C said...

What a great post. And congratulations on your new home! Beautiful!!
Linda C

Kelly said...

Ahhh, I could leave like 5,000 comments on this beautiful post! The family room ceiling...the mastor bath...the staircase leading to the boys' second story...the doors...everything is GOOOOORGEOUS!

Thank you for sharing it all with us!

Kelly said...

P.S. How good is our God?! It's wonderful to see how He brought you from humble living to living plentifully with humble hearts. What a great testament to His goodness!

Susie Homemaker said...

Your home is amazing. I can tell you put a lot of thought into making it work and flow for your large family...and it is SPOTLESS! I am very impressed!

Warm Wishes,
Susie

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love all the vibrant colors!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Oh, your house is to die for! Gorgeous!