Archives for: March 2011

Cuban Style ....... Pamela's "House Beautiful"!!!!!!

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I went to a delightful dinner party at my friend Pamela Ruiz's home!!!

Pamela, an American living in Havana for over a decade,
is married to Cuban artist Damian Aquiles.
And they have a delightful thirteen year old son!!!

Their home is warm, cozy, and magical .....
 I felt as if I had stepped back in time!!!

The well-loved house has not been "redone or refined " .......
it is completely original!!!
There are wonderfully "paint-worn" doors & walls, 
a delightful garden, loads of books ........
and floors covered with sublime vintage Cuban floor tiles!!!

The furniture & accessories are a beguiling blend of styles, 
vintage, mid-century, & contemporary ....
with Damien's work creating the focal point!!!!

It was a lovely evening!!!
Pamela was a delightful hostess ....
and the paella was amazing!!!

Cuba ..... Accessorating a Divine Dinning Table!!!

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Havana's Museum of Artes Decorativas in the Vedado district,
was built in the mid 1920's & is the former family home of
Maria Luisa Gomez Mena viuda de Cagiga!!!

The French inspired, neo-classical mansion, 
was restored to it's grandeur by the government, 
and is home to the Countess's incredible collection
of decorative objects & accessories!!!

The dinnerware setting the dinning room table is extraordinary!!

Each piece of porcelain is handmade specifically for the house,
& each has a diffe
rent hand-painted scene.
The family name is also painted on every piece ......
from plates to soup tureen!!!

The silverware is gorgeous, 
including magnificent matching serving pieces!!!
And the silver tea set is breathtaking!!!
But, I must say ...... 
a little silver polish would go a long way!!!

The enormous dinning room is furnished with 
beautiful French antique furniture,
has gorgeous inlaid marble floors & walls, 
and an incredible handwoven French tapestry!!!!

The government owns the Mena's home & their collection,
reflecting the changes in Cuba since 1959!!!

Cuba ........ Colorful & Classic Ways to Get Around!!!!


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From the colorful vintage 1950's cars sitting in front of the hotel,
to the bicycle-taxis & the funny yellow pod-taxis, 
to the old & new buses,
and the antique horses & buggies ..........
Havana is known for it's unusual modes of transportations!!!!

And we traveled on all of them!!!

Cuba ..... Complicated from the Very Beginning!!!!!!

Color was the first thing I saw in Havana ....... 
Gorgeous, gorgeous colors!!!!
Fading, peeling, and decaying .....
everywhere!!!!

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Except for a small area of Old Havana ......
that's being renovated, repaired, & reinvented!!!

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There's a collection of Cuban "characters" too ....
And for $1 they let you take their picture!!!! 
Very surreal & silly!!!!

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I've Been On The Go Again ....... This Time To Cuba!!!!!

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Get ready to see what caught my eye in Havana!!!

"Accessorations" galore start next week!!!

OLA!!!!!