Her name is Taida (pronounced Ti – A- da). She’s a sweet, older woman that owns a shop in Laredo and lives in Laredo, TX or Nuevo Laredo, Mexico – not sure which side of the border. When she learned that we were to purchase furnishings for ten Casitas, I thought she was going to cry. She said “you are a blessing to me”.
A good friend of mine spent many years in Laredo, knows the area well, and has excellent taste. He offered to “escort” me to this Texas border town to shop and purchase accent items for our Casitas. Having decided that our decorating style would be “modern, Mexican farmhouse”, we thought it keen to have a few Mexican imported products, other than the big wooden beds. Perhaps some lamps, pots, artwork. So we set off to Laredo with my friend Tony.
The first stop was a HUGE, ENORMOUS imported goods warehouse – I can’t say store, because it was massive. The prices were not massive, however, but feeling totally overwhelmed with how many pots and what color, shape and size we needed, I moved on. But I will be back! Next stop was an upscale furnishings store, the kind of store that you like to walk through and then transplant inside your own house. So we left there too.
Next and final stop was Taida’s. Taida’s place was an easy medium between the overwhelming warehouse and the upscale, can’t afford anything, shop. Taida’s was perfect. We selected floor mirrors framed in tin, leather and wood patio furniture, and a bunch of Mexican metal lamps. Taida was quick to say, in her good but second language English, “you get these re-wired – they were made in Mexico. I don’t want your house to burn down” and she smiled. Yes, indeed we will put American-Home Depot wire right in there.