thanks to door sixteen, i now know that the designer who chose the color scheme for our bathroom was following a chic art deco trend. it makes me think our tiles may be original to our 1920's building.
(photo of ernest hemingway's florida bathroom taken by arlo617.)
i'm sorry i haven't written in awhile. i had to make an unexpected trip to new york due to some family stuff. the day before we left we signed a lease on a small 2 bedroom apartment in the above building. it's a 1920s building and has some funny details like the arches in the photo below. it will be a great temporary space until we're ready to buy.
once we move in i'll take photos of some of the other period details. we're going to paint the walls as metallic gold is a little too disco for me. we're thinking something soft like a light brown or greenish-blue. maybe one in the main room and another in the dining room. what do you think?
and if we decide we want to make a little extra money we can always convert it to a moroccan restaurant. :)
so...we made it to new york with all of our heavy, heavy luggage. i haven't started taking photos here yet, so i thoght i'd pop in and share a few more beach photos from ecuador. one of the trends there that i always found fascinating is how promotions for political candidates are painted directly onto people's homes. when in thailand a few years ago, i saw coca-cola and sprite ads hanging from homes and chalked it uo to big corporations taking advantage of poor families to promote their brands. it was a little more surprising to see that loca politicians also pay families to turn their homes into billbboards. above you can see an ad for the current president, correa. correa who is against open trade, kicked out some of the big foreign oil companies but probably exchanged a bag of rice and a t-shirt for this huge painting of his name visible to all boats in the port.
the other thing i find interesting about these ads is that some of them are kind of beautiful. i love the colors and big graphics and handpainted letters. is it wrong to find the promotions pretty when i am not sure how i feel about the idea of turning apersonal space into an advertisement? is there something wrong with it or is it just a cultural difference? i will miss being challenged by such issues every day.
soon to come...new york and new york FOOD. ahhh...new york food.
while walking through the street of buenos aires we passed many beautiful old buildings. i wondered what was inside each one, often picturing anthropologie-like interiors with flowing fabrics and velvet upholstered furniture.
i am especially drawn to crumbling buildings with old world details. i love how green life sprouts up between the cracks.
can you believe it's monday already? have a good one.