Seen – Stairways to heaven

It's the typical Mexican Tile that attracted me - seen in Palm Springs
It’s the typical Mexican Tile that attracted me – seen in Palm Springs.

There are stairs and then there are STAIRS.  These are not your typical variety….

Beautiful Tiles
Beautiful Italian Tiles – Palm Springs.
stairs to mens "opening ceremony" - a store in N.Y. Photo taken by Garance Dore.
Painted stairs that lead to mens “opening ceremony” – a store in N.Y.
Photo taken by Garance Doré.
Some stairs FLOAT
Some stairs FLOAT
This looks like fun - stairs that SLIDE.
This looks like fun – stairs that SLIDE.  Why use a bannister if you have an actual slide – makes perfect sense!
Others have storage - wish I thought of that sooner.
Others have storage – wish I thought of that sooner.

Scene in the City – Real Estate

THE COST OF HOUSING – In and Around PALM SPRINGS

If you compare the following prices to the equivalent in Vancouver, B.C. you’ll find a HUGE difference. You can buy a palace here for the same price as a knock down there.  It’s just the way it is.  Here is what you can buy in P.S. for just under $100,000 +

For an asking price of $99,900. – a 900 sq. ft. two bedroom, two bathroom condo in secure gated community about a 15 minute drive from the center of town. Living area has a vaulted ceiling, newly re-modelled kitchen and the balcony off second bedroom overlooks pool and hot tub with partial mountain view.  Quite attractive.  See below:

From front entrance - one bedroom with ensuite on left.
From front entrance – one bedroom with ensuite on left.
Balcony off second bedroom.
View from balcony off one of the bedrooms.  Mountain view to the right.  Asking $99,900.
Kitchen as new granite counter top and tiles.
Kitchen has new granite counter top and tiles.  Asking $99,900.

For an asking price of $279,000. you can buy a 1,400 sq. ft. Adobe style home with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Two beautiful outdoor spaces – one off kitchen with private hot tub and a gorgeous large upstairs deck with mountain views.  Complex has a swimming pool and there’s a golf course close by.  See 2 photos below.

santa fe   Asking $279,000.

For an asking price of $535,000. you will get a 1,500 sq. ft. uniquely private home in a gated community close to town with only 12 houses in the whole complex.  Absolutely gorgeous home with 2 spacious bedrooms (each with own ensuite) at opposite sides of house.  A nice office space, 2 car garage, outdoor living with private salt water swimming pool, hot tub and mountain view064.  Large kitchen area. See 2 photos below.Outside - house

This complex across the street was originally selling for $1,000,000.  (I know because I looked at it a few years ago) and now it's going for $500,000.
Units in the complex you see across the street were originally selling for $1,000,000. (I know because I looked there a few years ago) and now the only two remaining are going for about $500,000. – half the original asking.

stairs 2stairs 1These are just tiled stairs that I really like.  I love Mexican tiles.

A Road Runner
Until now the only Road Runner I was familiar with was on Bugs Bunny.

Home décor – tacTile ideas

Armenian hand painted tile from the old city in Jerusalem

Tiles as Art?  Why Not?

Sometimes you want to bring a souvenir art piece back from certain travels but they’re too cumbersome.

Mexican tiles imbedded outside front door to resemble a decorative door mat

 

 

 

 

Consider nice hand painted tiles that are little pieces of artwork that represent a country you’ve visited instead.

Tile over fireplace

 

 

 

 

They’re easier to pack and will adhere to the wall with tile cement quite easily.  Granted, if you move it will be harder to take them off but at least you didn’t invest much in the first place.

 

 

Also it’s another excuse to go back and get more.

To decorate a door
From Jamaica – ackee  is the national fruit of Jamaica – over stove top cooking elements
Petroglyph from trip to Utah
Italian tiles up staircase
Tile on upper deck bought at Home Sense
Framed Mexican tile on upper deck
Live one day at a time – outside
Pretty & Useful – on tumbled Italian marble kitchen countertop.

*TIP: Tiles travel well and can double as trivets for hotplates or cooking utensils while cooking.