Wednesday

 Well, I did promise a little house tour, and I've been doodling this post for more than enough time now...back to work with me! Enjoy the tour!! ox

I'm not sure that this statue is wearing Q's bow voluntarily. 




 Q's collection of little Totoro creatures keeps growing and changing, since occasionally they get sat-on or puppy-chewed and I have to make new ones. A few of them like to sit by her bed and watch over her when she sleeps, and I often find them in suitcases and lunchboxes, packed for mysterious adventures.
 Bob Dylan, being passed down through the family history to the next generation.

 My tongue-in-cheek Yoshitomo Nara knockoff, which I painted years ago as a gift for Mike when we were first dating. The "subject" was his late and beloved dog Max. It now hangs in Q's little art collection, among some most excellent company!

 My watercolor palettes.
 As you can see, my work environment tends toward the cluttered...and colorful!

 Well, we do live in Denver, after all ;)
The cow skull was a gift from my mum, who found it on the property that was once our ranch in Southern Colorado. The spurs and other artifacts are all finds from the same ranch, back when we spent the many summers of my childhood there. 



 The bottle collection has been passed down by various friends and relatives, including some vintage Larkin Soap Company bottles discovered by my friend Carol, who does props in NY, and finds the most wonderful treasures.

 Souvenirs from the many, many roadtrips of our wild and woolly pre-family days!

 My bathroom is on the side of the house that was built in 1913, and was both tiny and a bit rough around the edges when we moved in. I decided to just sand and basecoat everything, and then sat down with a paintbrush and hand-painted designs inspired by some African mud hut painting on the cabinetry. I still love it. 



 Our mud room. I love having a mud room. Plus, living in Colorado, one needs a lot of outerwear for a lot of different sorts of weather. 

 Hope you enjoyed my little tour!

13 comments:

Shaista said...

Utterly magical, of course! Q's room is off the chart cool, I mean how much cooler is this girl gonna get, huh?!
How much cooler can her Mom get, is the real question!
Am just back from hospital, and this was a double treat...
The first treat I'm gonna post about soon... You'll see, it involves a painting and Jeanne-ming...

FDChief said...

Thanks - y'all have a very welcoming home, and a very much "you" one, as well. It was an honor to visit...

Yoli said...

I do love it! I like the way you have incorporated all of your different travels and cultural backgrounds throughout your house. The work you did on the bathroom is just breathtaking. Thank you for sharing Maia.

Yanyan said...

Love love! Such a lovely home, very you! Thank you so much for sharing.

Evelyne said...

Une très belle visite de ta maison, qui te ressemble beaucoup.
Merci Maïa. Bises à vous trois de Paris sous la pluie !

Kimia Kline said...

agree with shaista: utterly magical. so happy to have found your blog and beautiful illustration work!

Erica K. said...

Her room took my breath away! What talent you (both) have!!!
~Erica
http://mytworoads.blogspot.com/

kenza said...

Oh I love it all! Yes magical... your words, the photos, the Qness of it all! The Totoros and the Buddhas are precious... Thank you Maya for opening your house to us.

....... said...

cute and warm place to live!and I love the way how each of you is reflected in it!

;)
paula

GdeG said...

Wonderful details!

Jeanne-ming said...

Love Love Love the tour! More More More!

What is Shaista going on about?
Maia---I needed to see the Q Room to finish.....

Born of the Sea said...

I love Q's room! It is so different than most little girls' rooms...but then again little Q doesn't seem like most little girls her age. I love how artistic your family is...so inspiring. She is definitely going to grow up with such an artistic drive. I also love your photo collages. SOo inspiring :)

XXXX
-Morgan ( Born of the Sea )

marion said...

quel rêve pour nous ces vacances!!