Sorry, LOL Cat, your pasta tile floors aren’t guaranteed.
Of course, it was the charm of the soaring high-raftered ceilings above and the mosaic floors below that hooked me. But the house we chose, for both price and location, doesn’t really have either. The ceilings are pretty high, but nothing too dramatic. The floors aren’t worth salvaging. Casa Nana is a tabula blanca.
And then there’s Debi, with dire warnings about what’s known about those pasta tile floors. Do I need this kind of maintenance issue when I’m living here full time, trying to relax more while also earning some kind of a living?
And then there’s the growing portfolio of modern designs, which look so clean and fresh, and really suited to the tropics.
I like where this house in Venice, Calif., is going.
After a half-dozen or so seasons, I’m finally noticing “Flipping Out,” a funny reality-type show with Jeff Lewis, a Los Angeles home designer. A lot of his work looks really nice — sort of transitional contemporary, with some trendy wallpaper thrown in to ensure the client will return for a “refresher” in about five years. But one work in progress, a 4,000-square-foot three-level loft in Venice, Calif., is a design that applies easily to tropical, urban living.
I couldn’t get a screen grab of it, but when the camera pointed up and I saw exposed beams, I instantly thought of Mérida. I don’t usually see homes in the states that inspire me for ideas in Mérida. It was modern and looked livable for both mother and young daughter. The openness of it made me think of how I wanted to live once I escape the madness of my current life.
I remember a tour our architect took us on in July. We went north to Montealban, a neighborhood about as opposite as Centro Historico as you can get. The newer houses there are embracing modern aesthetics. The one we saw was cutting-edge modern, not everyone’s taste, but I warmed up to it almost right away. The house across the street, with its traditional Spanish embellishments like clay-tile roofs and curvy balustrades, suddenly seemed so… so… embellished.
I used to think a modern house was harder to take care of because it needs to look pristine, where a traditional house can slide into “shabby chic” territory. Now, I just don’t know. But also, the modern styles represent the simple, uncluttered life we’re aiming for in Mérida. One big objective in Mérida will definitely be to unclutter our lives, in every sense of the word. And I used to think of Mérida in a romantic light, but these days, rational stylings seem more in keeping with our state of mind. With the right materials and paint choices (we don’t want blinding white) the home can have the warmth we desire.
Our influences have grown beyond Hacienda Style. We’re more into Ambientes these days. And so are at least two of the architects who you’ve seen featured in Hacienda Style. Have you seen the house they’re building for themselves in Itzinmá? Totally modern.