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Home & Garden II


Casa Yucatan


Spectacular Summery Escape, November 22, 2006

"The distinctive landscape of the Yucatan Peninsula possesses a unique natural beauty where limestone plateau, tropical jungles and subterranean rivers and caves are the setting of two magnificent cultures."

If you are looking for a book to inspire you in the middle of winter, then this book will provide a summery escape to sun drenched lands where blue cushions line an outdoor seating area overlooking the ocean and burnt sienna paint splashes across inner walls. The gardens in this book are inspiring, with stone fountains, hammocks and dense foliage.

The tubs made from hand-carved stone are spectacular, like bathing rooms from a dream. Fascinating stone fountains mist a room and are situated in a large tile in the middle of the floor surrounded by modern statues.

Opening this book is like entering a magical land where you can visit art-filled escapes, old haciendas and colonial home gardens. The chapters include:

Design Textures
Architectural Elements
Water Spaces
Open-Air Living
Casas Yucatan
Costal Homes
The New Maya House

"Water Spaces" is a favorite chapter with gorgeous pools and ponds that extend for the entire length of many buildings. The Porches shimmer with glossy tile and are highlighted with sapphire blue accents in paint on rows of pillars facing gorgeous crimson edged windows with lemony painted walls. In the bedrooms, beds hang from the ceiling or are covered in netting.

One of the most exotic outdoor rooms is a Moorish design with arches, seating and a burnt sienna tiled floor. These are places you could live and be quite happy never to leave. I want to jump into the pictures of this book and run around barefoot in a summer dress.

~The Rebecca Review



    Monster Data   Statistical snapshots or detailed analyses of schools and cost of living in 
      U.S. cities.


    Monster Moving   Real-time quotes on domestic or international moves. See special 
      address change section.


    Move  Virtual house tours to mortgage calculators.  


    Nifty Cool  Kid's toy boxes, tables and chairs. 


    Organized Home  They offer a course in "de-cluttering your home.


    Pet Doors  Thermo Panel II Sliding Glass Pet Doors. No need to cut a hole in 
      a door or wall. Fits in sliding glass door. 


    Plow and Hearth   Cute ideas and helpful solutions. Look for their beautiful solid cedar 
      trellis or self-watering planter/privacy screens. They also sell hard-to-find items like a 
      lattice privacy screen and sun shades. Creative yard solutions. Look for hose holders 
      and professional hose reel carts. For relaxation, look for LaFuma recliners, hammocks, 
      swings and peaceful cast resin fountains. They also carry garden clogs. 


    Practica   Practical solutions and organization.  


    Rain Bee   The place for one-of-a-kind kids' bedding and furniture. Cute cat chorus 
      duvet cover.  


    Rainier Industries   Duraol Sun Shelter retractable deck and patio awnings.


    Realtor   Find the house you really want. Research houses you have seen from a distance. 


    Restoration Hardware  Beautiful site design :). They have great home products. 


    Pillowtex/ RoyalVelvet.com    My favorite towels, they last a long time!


    Sauder   Well-made, beautifully designed furniture that everyone is able to afford. 


    Sears  Items for the house and for you. Look for Craftsman tools.


    Select Comfort  Sleep on Air. Select Comfort Beds promise a better nights sleep.


    Shade Tree Canopies   Great solutions to keep out the sun and rain. Create your 
      own outdoor space.


    Silvo   Great products for home organization. Look for the halogen reading light, 
      magnifier lamp for hobbies and a host of problem solver for your home and garden. 
      They have a good variety of extender hoses for the yard and lots of solutions for 
      laundry rooms! Look for their "Wrap-n-Roll" holiday light storage reels and 
      ornament storage solutions. 


    Smith and Noble   Source for window decorating. Also see Springs.  


    Soy Blends   Source for soy cream cleanser and non-toxic, soybean oil based soy 
      home cleaners. 


    Spiegel   Great catalog for finding home decorating ideas and then making them a reality.  


    Stacks and Stacks  The Northwest's largest storage and organization store. Thousands 
      of stylish, useful products.


    Sunbrella  They make fabric for awnings, boat covers, and furniture cushions


    Technoscout  Clocks which set themselves! Fun home products you won't find 
      anywhere else.


    The Clean Team   Time-saving instructions, supplies, tools and equipment that 
      the professionals use.


    The Great Indoors  Find one-of-a-kind items. Great theme rooms to explore. Nice 
      large pictures. Pretty sconces. 


    This Old House   Home page for the Television show.  Repair Now


    Ultimate Bed  Look for a 16 drawer King bed frame. Good idea for storage.


    Uncommon Goods  Eclectic but affordable home accents. 


    Vermont Country Store  Look for wool fleece recliner cover and heater with humidifier. 
      Lots of comfy home stuff and lots of old-fashioned items too.


    Wall Beds NW   Custom wood furniture. Wall beds save room.


    Wal-mart   Name brand printing accessories and home entertainment departments.  


    Warm Biscuit   Adorable bedding with a vintage spirit.  


    Wood Classics    The furniture you want  for your deck or patio.


    Wood Magazine  They have a complete selection of woodworking plans. 


    YvesDeLorme   French linens for bed and bath.




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