The photos you saw the past three days shows the beauty and stature of the Saguaro cacti when alive.
After the Saguaro dies, however, we can use the ribs of the saguaro cactus for other uses, such as the example of the bench displayed in the photos.
I really like having the saguaro ribs --which I grew up with in the desert as a child -- around me in my home.
The colorful painting is from Oaxaca, Mexico from 2002. The artist is Doris Arellano Manzo. Oaxaca, Mexico is a fabulous place to visit with phenomenal history and culture and it is a city of artists. We like to go during the Guelaguetza, which is an annual festival by all of the indigenous cultures around Oaxaca.
I did not take photos of the renovation because I want to forget how miserable it is to do substantial construction work including electrical, plumbing, framing, painting, flooring, lighting, and more.
I have added Asian red and eggplant accent walls throughout our house. You can see the Asian red paint on the wall in the photo. I will be very glad to unpack everything and see and enjoy the finished product!