Design Inspiration | Elena's 8 year old room refresh

The reveal is here! I’ve been working on re-doing Elena’s room for about a month. She just turned 8, and this year for her birthday rather than throwing a party, I decided to give her room a little refresh. And she was super excited about it.

I didn’t take any before pictures, because it really was a hot mess…and very pink…and cluttered. It was embarrassing, more for me than for her. Haha. Anyway, my hope was to create a space that was comforting, and inspirational for her, and we’re all so happy with how it turned out.

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First we started with her favorite picture from the San Miguel Collection. She’s loved this picture since the first time she saw it. She loved the colors, and how it represented Mexico. (She’s my colorful kid, who is always mixing colors in her wardrobe and her creations…quite opposite from me)

Secondly we decided on her favorite color blue for the statement wall, which worked perfectly with the print she loves. Since she wanted her room to be colorful, I painted the other 3 walls a light grey, and made sure the furniture (bed, shelves, storage) were white.

Thirdly we wanted this room to be functional. She has 3 passed down American Girl dolls, and a lot of passed on clothing for them. She also has lot of other dolls. I really wanted to have a space for her to keep everything. I found a bed that has two storage drawers, which is perfect for all the doll clothing, and even the smaller dolls themselves. The cubbies next to her bed are an organized space for her to store other odds and ends. She also loves reading, so instead of having piles of books all over the floor she can store them neatly on the shelves behind her bed.

Another important part of the room is her gallery wall. She is an artist and always doodling, drawing, or painting something. I’ve been saving quite a few pieces, and I’m so excited to finally have a place to display them. This can be a space where she can have rotating art, and we can even add more frames as her collection grows.

She has spent a lot of time in her room since we’ve finished. Her shrieks of excitement are worth it. You can see more photos in the gallery below.

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Now if only I could get Michael to replace the carpet with wood flooring…but that probably won’t happen until she moves out. ;-)

Paint: Sherwin Williams: Color - After the Rain

Bed: Walmart

Crown Pillow: Target

Shelves: Ikea

Grey storage bins: Ikea

Square Storage space: Ikea

Frames on Gallery Wall: Ikea

Abstract Colorful Piece: Leah Nadeau

Bedding: Target

Karina Metts
Design Inspiration | Sarapes 2

I'm doing a series on my San Miguel Collection prints and am collaborating with interior stylist Mylene Raspado

This week I'm featuring: Sarapes 2

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The textile industry is a very important part of Mexico’s economy. The foot petal loom was introduced to Mexico after the Spanish conquest, and was most widely used in the central and northern parts of Mexico, allowing for bigger pieces to be made.

I remember my parents owning a restaurant when I was younger called “El Zarape”. I went there a few times when they first opened. They chose to have sombreros and sarapes hanging on the walls as decoration. When the restaurant closed, all the decor came home with us. I would love trying on all the sombreros and looking through the colorful blankets; picking out my favorites.

When I went to college, I took a sarape with me as a blanket. My roommates would make comments about how bright and colorful it was, but it was a piece of my culture that I could have with me among the very rural Michigan community.


The Mexican culture as a whole is very bright, colorful, and happy. I love the colors in sarapes, but I’m also drawn to neutral decor. I like a nice statement piece to tie a room together, or add that splash of color. This vibrant picture can do that while still keeping the feel of the room neutral.

I love the warmth of the pinks, greens, and browns of this life style board. It reminds me of a girl who’s grown into a young adult and has kept her feminine style but added sophistication. What do you think? I’d love to hear in the comments.


 
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Pillowcases: Urban Outfitters

Shirt: Lola Y Tula

Shoes: Lola Y Tula

Canister: Holistic Habitat

Planter: Etsy

Sofa: Urban Outfitters

Book Ends: Roolee

Leather Card Holder: Lola Y Tula


This week only (until next Wednesday), I'm offering free framing on all orders of the "Sarapes 2" print. Let me know if you have any questions about this design mood board, or this specific print. Just send me an e-mail, or leave a comment below. 


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Recipe | Pollo con Mole
 
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Sometimes I’m intimidated by making meals. Ok, most of the time; which is why Michael does the cooking. But I think that if I can’t replicate the exact recipes from the restaurant then it’s pointless to even try. But there can be an easy way to make this delicious meal…that’s simple and doesn’t take all day to make.

So today, I’m sharing another super easy recipe: pollo con mole. The hardest part of this meal is opening the mole container. I’m serious, wear an apron, and use a can opener. But after you get it open, you’ll be good to go.

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Gather Ingredients

Chicken (Raw chicken)

Mole - Doña Maria

Mexican Chocolate -Abuelita or Ibarra

Arroz

Tortillas

Now what?

1. Set your chicken to boil in a large pot of water. (About 45 minutes - hour)

2. About 20 minutes after starting the chicken boiling make your arroz. I’ve shared this recipe before…and it’s optional…but I don’t consider the dish pollo con mole without arroz.

3. Scoop out about half the bottle into a sauce pan.

4. Cut up a few triangles of Mexican chocolate and add to the sauce pan. (The more you add, the sweeter it will be.)

5. Take a ladle-full of water from the pot the chicken was boiling in and add to the mole and chocolate.

6. Stir continuously. Add more water to make it thinner until it’s a nice not too runny, not too think consistency.

7. Plate chicken and arroz, and top with mole.

8. Heat up tortillas and enjoy!


See, doesn’t that sound super easy? Yes of course. I don’t share this recipe because it’s complicated or new, but because it’s a meal that makes me feel at home. We eat this a few times a month and usually make this when we have company. It’s a nice and easy meal to feed a larger group. It’s definitely a comfort food/winter meal. And I hope you can now enjoy some too.

*Just a little side note: taking pictures of food while making it look as appetizing as it is, is hard…especially if that food is brown and runny. So I didn’t include many pictures in this recipe.


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Family Lifestyle | Holiday traditions

I thought I’d make this post a little personal. 

I remember being in middle school and feeling self conscious about being Mexican. Specifically during the holidays. I guess that’s when I realized that my peers started to see me as being different.  

During one holiday I was shocked when I was asked “Do you even celebrate Christmas?” 

I wondered why someone would even ask me that, of course I celebrate Christmas. Why wouldn’t I? 

But they kept pressing. Well what do you eat? Tacos? Do you have a tree? What did you eat for Thanksgiving? 

I was young so I was just surprised and annoyed by these questions. However I wasn’t the kind of person who showed much emotion so I answered these questions and I kept my confusion to myself.

It wasn’t until I was older and had kids of my own that I realized that the kid’s from my middle school years just didn’t have any understanding of other cultures. No one had told them the beauty of other traditions. They just knew or heard about a few differences and made assumptions.  I was their way of satisfying their curiosity.

I’m ok with that now, I just wish I had been a little wiser, and more secure in myself to answer their questioning.

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Again, I’d like to talk about how important it is to have conversations like this as a family. Conversations, not only explaining and talking through your own culture, but also exploring and appreciating other cultures in an uplifting way.  If we want to shift the entitled, and elitist way of thinking then it has to start with us teaching and having meaningful conversations with our children. It’s their future that we need to protect. One that isn’t filled will shock and fear of the unknown, but one of unity, possibility, and excitement.

Anyway I thought I’d share a few traditions we have as a family during the holidays. 

1. Tamales: My grandfather used to spend all day making tamales. We would eat them for days. Even though he doesn’t make them anymore, we still have tamales for Christmas. We buy so many, and have them for leftovers for the rest of the week. I remember sweet tamales (strawberry & raisin) being a treat during the holiday season.

2. Chocolate caliente: Now this is my favorite thing ever. As soon as the weather starts getting chilly, the kids start asking for chocolate caliente. I usually make it when we decorate the Christmas tree and we have it as a special treat every so often. It’s always a little bit of a process because I like to get it frothy (like it should be). Having it with pan Mexicano is also a must. I’ve shared the recipe before if you want to try it for yourself.

3. New pijamas (or pajamas) and movie. We do this on Christmas Eve every year. The kids get to open one gift, which is a new pair of pajamas. They change and get cozy while I make popcorn and chocolate caliente, and we watch The Polar Express.

Our traditions are simple…and probably similar to mane people. (Well…maybe not the tamales…but my husband does like this tradition I bring to our family.)

Now I’d love to hear of any fun traditions you either remember and loved as a kid, or are starting with your own family. It’s so wonderful to see how people celebrate this special time with their friends and family. SO share in the comments below, or join the conversation on Instagram!

Family LifestyleKarina Metts
Design Inspiration | La Succulenta

I'm doing a series on my San Miguel Collection prints and am collaborating with interior stylist Mylene Raspado

This week I'm featuring: La Succulenta

Succulent plants have become very poplar in the past few years. It seems like at every turn they’re being used as wedding decor, household decorations, or business logos.

Popularity with succulents rose because their low maintenance is appealing to those that want to have a garden or some type of plant life in their home, but don’t have the knowledge or time to keep plants alive. They require very little maintenance and can be incorporated into any type of decor.

 
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First of all, I love the large sized prints because they make a statement in your space. (This one is our large 24x32 framed print.)

Secondly, I haven’t yet mastered the skill of keeping plants alive. I bought some mini cacti last year around Christmas, and they’re all dead now. I even did research to see what was wrong with them. I figured they may have gotten an infection, so I looked up what I needed to do to save them…but they still died. I was so sad because I tried so hard. Anyway, if you’re like me and don’t have those plant whispering skills, the next best thing is a picture. It still brightens up the room, adds those earthy colors, and doesn’t die.

I love this style board that Mylene designed. It brings all the best earth tones together. My wardrobe consists of mostly black pieces, so I really appreciate seeing how earthy tones can still go well with black. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Table Setting : Lola Y Tula

Dining Table Orange runner: Lola Y Tula

Black Dress: Lola Y Tula

Rug: Urban Outfitters

Throw Blanket: MoonWater & Co.

Earrings: MoonWater & Co.

Shoes: Roolee

Neck Scarf: Roolee

Chair: Urban Outfitters

Sofa: Urban Outfitters


This week only (until next Wednesday), I'm offering free framing on all orders of the "La Succulenta" print. Let me know if you have any questions about this design mood board, or this specific print. Just send me an e-mail, or leave a comment below. 


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