Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saguaro Rib Cactus Furniture

I had lots of comments this week asking me to post a photo of Saguaro rib cactus furniture in my home. I just added a more natural stain to the wood and really like the contrast with the ribs.

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 also am just finishing up five weeks of home renovation work.

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!

21 comments:

brattcat said...

It's awfully nice in that transition period, isn't it? When the work is finished but you haven't re-placed all your things. You simply get to admire the fresh, new space and hear its unique voice before you begin filling it again. And of course, the tendency is to put less back, a tendency I find more and more compelling.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Julie,
It is a reflection of how much being a Daily Photo blogger changes our lives that you have actually posted a photo on the internet for the world to see that was taken inside your bathroom.

JM said...

What a lovely spot! The bench is fantastic! And I remember seeing similar paintings at Oaxaca.

Jilly said...

This plant is amazing. Incredibly to think this beautiful furniture came from it. Love it - and love your colours. I laughed at Dave's comment!

Memphis MOJO said...

Thank you for posting these two shots. The plant is amazing.Love the red wall the the painting in the background, too.

Sharon said...

I love the color and I can't wait to see how all the changes!! Of course, I love that bench too.

Thérèse said...

Very attractive indeed!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

JM,
A similar painting by Doris Arellano Aanzo was used as the theme art for the 2002 Guelaguetza, so the painting was on posters, the ticket stubs, program brochure, and elsewhere. Perhaps that is how you saw similar paintings. We have another painting by her in our house.

glenda said...

The stain really changes the color of the bench. I like it.

robert said...

...to sit and rest...thank you for that picture, after a 18hour day, more than grateful to see.

A relaxing Sunday to you.

Lois said...

That is a beautiful bench Julie! Until I started following your blog, I never knew that the Saguaro cactus could be used to make furniture. I love the colors you chose for your walls too!

Boise Diva said...

I never knew there was a type of furniture like that.

Don and Krise said...

That's really nice. Not only do I like the bench, your choice of color is right on. Photographer, interior decorator, there's just no end to your talents. :-)

Cezar and Léia said...

Oops, a cactus bench! Ouch! :)
God bless you!
Cezar

samuel said...

It's easy to find cheap furniture for decorating your home in a modern style.

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