We have been hard at work on the first phases of the project, clearing out (Bill) and painting the room and making curtains (me). First, take a look at the mess we had made by just ignoring this potentially nice room. As we had worked on other house projects, we kept shoving stuff in and just closing the door, resulting in this embarrassing jumble which we wouldn't normally show to anyone:
|Doors leading to the patio.
|Doors leading to the living room.
|A little alcove stuffed full and some miscellaneous bookcases, ditto.
|Note the white built-in bookcase to the left, if you can find it.
It will appear again in the "after" pictures below.
|What's hiding behind this pile of stuff?
|Why, it's a potentially nice little kiva fireplace!
The following photo is not from our house!
|The kiva corner is a lot more welcoming! This is a wood-burning fireplace, very cozy.
I rehabbed an old lamp, painting the base and replacing the shade;
then painted the table and the picture frame.
|The print is Guadalupe de la Frontera by Candace Mayer.
We bought it from Ms. Mayer at an art fair;
I love that you can always meet the artists here in Las Cruces.
|This was the lamp, table, and picture frame "before"--coming from other parts of the house,
they were all the wrong shades of blue until repainted.
|I think that the built-in bookcase looks much happier now.
I have dragged around that Madonna print all my life since buying it
in Sausalito in the 1960s for $5.00
The little nicho holds a carved Saint Francis that we bought in Taos;
he is surrounded by Red Rose Tea animals that I collected
from boxes of tea when living in British Columbia.
That big wooden rooster just barged in from somewhere.
Bill calls this "Frankie and his pets."