Impulse buy at Pier 1: Our table

Could this be the table?

Could this be the table?

Building a four-bedroom house in the tropics took a long time. Furnishing it and finding art and decór will take a long time, too. Maybe longer.

We jump-started the process by buying our former tenants’ furniture, and thankfully for us they have great taste and an eye for quality. (Shoutout to the former tenants, yo!) We came up empty scouring the furniture stores for a sofa, so our designer found one, and she designed a master bedroom bed for us as well.

This trip, we’re again sans wheels, and our first priority was stocking up the kitchen with cookery, and things [Read more…]

A cook’s tour of Mérida’s housewares stores

Restaurant kitchen stuff is upstairs at the Almacenes Anfora.

Restaurant kitchen stuff is upstairs at the Almacenes Anfora.

Here’s why we wanted to live in the Centro. I wanted to be able to walk to things, and indeed, we walk to the Paseo de Montejo and Santa Ana market almost every day. If it’s early, before the heat rises, we walk to Walmart, which is about a mile away. Maybe we’ll get a cab back home if we’re lugging too many things.

But if it’s too hot, or the destination is too far, here I begin to start bumming rides. I haven’t [Read more…]

Sounds carry, but so do the breezes

upstairsterrace680We are coming to the end of week two of our three-week stay at Casa Nana, the house we’ve been building since November 2013. Friends often ask if it feels strange, after all this time ruminating about it, finally being allowed to sleep, cook and eat here. That’s just it — it doesn’t feel strange at all. What’s strange is [Read more…]

TIM: This is Mexico, reconsidered

Fridays are when Casa Nana gets pampered.

Fridays are when Casa Nana gets pampered.

I was rushing around this morning because I woke up slightly late and had to get ready for a contractor who was due to arrive at 8.

Paul thought it was kind of adorable that I assumed the contractor would show up at 8 for an 8 o’clock appointment. I almost forgot the adage that has been floating around the Mérida blogosphere: TIM. This Is Mexico. It’s what we remind ourselves when things don’t go as planned.  [Read more…]

Good morning, Casa Nana!

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Finally, we took a trip to Mérida, not to visit a construction site, but to actually stay in our own finished home that we’ve been building since late 2012.

Since construction, I’ve imagined what it would be like to wake up here in the morning. The gardens are planted and fairly established, the house has been battle-tested against rain and sun. It is finally [Read more…]

Unmasked! 2 neighbors learn about Casa Nana

Photo: Flickr

Photo: Flickr

Not wanting to distance ourselves from our family and neighbors up in Connecticut, we’ve been very low-key about our plans to move to Mérida. Really, it’s no one’s business, but it’s been tough to keep this project under wraps. But this week, with at least one couple on the next block, our cover was blown. And it felt fantastic.

When “Miriam” and “David” (not their real names) announced their travel plans a few months ago, we knew this would happen. They’re very chatty and amiable people, and they already knew [Read more…]