Lucinda's house was impossible to miss once our bus pulled onto her street.
|Even with a few brightly painted houses nearby, Lucinda's purple house stands out|
The front garden was packed with herbs, succulents, and flowers. There wasn't a blade of grass in sight but there were 2 seating areas.
We'll come back to the front of the house and take a brief tour inside but first let's proceed, as most of the bloggers did, through a gate into the back garden. Lucinda calls the area immediately inside the gate her "Mermaid Lounge."
|That agave is growing out of the top of a stone wall, balanced over a small pond|
|Mermaids like to hang out in groups it seems|
Leaving the Mermaid Lounge, I found another seating area featuring "Our Lady of La Tina" (bathtub). Chairs for children decorate a bright yellow wall on the other side of the walkway, which also bears a plaque that says "Mi Casa Es Su Casa."
More bright colors can be found in a purple wall nearby, decorated in exuberant detail.
|These curio cabinets bookended the stacked benches shown in the photo above|
The "Kitchen Garden" picks up the same bright colors.
Nearby, I found "La Lucinda Cantina," a party space. Unfortunately, I didn't get photo of the area as a whole but I did photograph some of its details.
|These included a tree festooned with tequila bottles, a metal mariachi, and an outdoor shower with posted rules. A table with a bowl of colorful plastic glasses sat in the middle of a table, awaiting use.|
Moving over to the other side of the garden, I stepped up on to a wood deck with a large dining table.
|As you can see, literally everything was decorated|
An office or, as Lucinda calls it, her "cathedral for writing" occupies a small structure next to the outdoor dining area. Enchanting as the inside of her house is (we're coming to that!), I liked her office even more. I count myself a quasi-minimalist when it comes to interiors (not gardens!) but this space looked warm and comfortable to me.
Decoration of one kind or another was everywhere in the garden area.
|Colorful glass marbles functioned as grout between walkway paving stones. Mosaic decorated the windows.|
But, as well curated as the garden was, the interior of the house was even more so. Let's walk back through the front door.
And into the house.
|These photos show either side of the narrow alcove just inside the front door. The light was poor for photos but I hope you can see its charm.|
|This was the front room|
|This is the dining room|
|This is the kitchen|
|And this is the view through the back door. My cat should be so lucky to have a cat door like that!|
As we leave, we bid goodbye not just to Lucinda but also to her companion, Sancho.
|Lucinda showed us how she'd carved her cat's name in the pad of an Opuntia. As the scratched area heals, Sancho's name will be immortalized there.|
If you'd like more information on Lucinda and her garden you can find her site here and a great post by Diana Stoll
Best wishes for a colorful and adventuresome weekend!
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