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    Thumbs up I did it at last

    I finally got myself a DR1 blog. I confess - I was one of the shirkers who signed up when Robert first launched them, but never got round to blogging. Today I started writing a thread about something mildly amusing that happened to me, and thought - this belongs in a blog.

    So - here goes!

    Introducing - The Chiri Chronicles

    Does anyone know why it doesn't appear in the index along with MaineGirl and all the others? Do I have to change some setting?

    Feedback welcome.

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    Adoring fan number 1, everyone else get in line

    I think it takes a day or two to register on the main page.

    Looking forward to more! Any chance of a digital picture of some of the potential abodes and their disastrous interiors?
    Last edited by MaineGirl; 04-09-2005 at 09:12 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Yes, there's more where that came from

    Decor is one of my pet obsessions: part of the fun of house-hunting is seeing what people do to their homes. The tentacled monsters are a recurring theme, and those garish paintings of campo scenes are everywhere. Luckily the frilly loo seat covers, which make me ill for more than one reason, seem to have gone out of vogue in recent years, or maybe I'm keeping better company these days. You see, I could go on for ages.

    I had planned to get a 'before' shot of the Greek Tragedy, but alas, fate intervened and the sale fell through. Neither did I think to snap Miami Vice about which more later.

    Thanks for the encouragement, MG... the admiration is mutual.
    Mwaah!

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    Default Yawn.....female stuff

    I think that the last thing that will ever cross my mind is how I feel about the design of a toilet seat cover.


    Larry

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    Enjoyed it immensely Chiri. Don't you give any heed to the 'yawn' above......he obviously has not heard about male interior designers who do this professionally.

    I still have to see inside a Dominican house which is quite as bad as one I once saw in uk.............living room walls painted 2 shades of institutional green, light at the top half & St. Pancras station public convenience dark green on the bottom half, with painted red roses climbing up the wall, all the way round at 10 inch intervals..........wasn't the only thing climbing up the wall!

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    Larry, have you ever heard of hyperbole? Not to mention self-mockery?

    Lambada, I can imagine that your former profession granted you access to some very interesting interiors!

    There was a British TV documentary several years ago (well before the 'Changing Rooms' craze) showing different examples of interiors across regions, age, economic levels, race and class. The one that stuck in my mind was the house belonging to a Scottish couple, who had not redecorated since the mid-1960s. It was like a time-capsule - swirly patterned mauve carpets, the lot. The owners admitted they had no idea at the time that their choice of decor would date so horribly, but they could not afford to do it again.

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    Not to get off-topic (I think this is still on topic) but what would you all consider some classic interiors for the different locales in which you've lived?

    Maine has beautiful Federal-style architecture, salt boxes etc with "classic" elements like hardwood floors, crown molding, very muted and conservative color schemes. There are also some modern homes along the coast with very sharp lines, glass and a monochromatic palette indoors with a splash of color here or there. There are lots of examples of bad interiors as well.

    What about the tropics--what is "classic".

    MG who is now curious

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    Without too much stereotyping and generalising... no, that won't work. Interior decorating and catty comments go together like Charles and Camilla.

    Typical DR design schemes:

    Campesino/urban poor: plastic flowers and holy pictures. Wooden furniture painted over in brown gloss.

    Middle class: mahogany sofas and armchairs with terrifying tentacles, heavy drapes and garish oil paintings of campo scenes, almost always featuring an amapola tree. Tassels on the rocking chairs. Very little natural light. The older generation will almost certainly have plastic covers on the upholstery.

    Nouveau riche: (sick bag essential) marble, mahogany, gold, ivory, overdone, faux classical details like columns and statues, paintings in ornate rococo frames... this style is sometimes known as 'Narc Deco'. Walls painted in dark coloured gloss paint. Crystal chandeliers. No books anywhere.

    Stylish middle class/upper class: spacious interiors, light colours, natural fabrics, furniture could be modern, bamboo, Mexican pseudo rustic or family heirlooms. Selected paintings and sculptures mostly by contemporary Dominican artists, and often also Haitian crafts and paintings.

    Do I collect my trophy for bitch of the year now or later?
    Last edited by Chirimoya; 04-10-2005 at 09:34 AM. Reason: how could I have forgotten the chandeliers!

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    'Plastic covers on the upholstery'.........I pondered for a long time when I first came across this. First, I thought they'd forgotten to remove them, then I thought they probably didn't have upholstery cleaners. Finally discovered what it was about..........it's a 'slimming aid', like a Stephanie Bowman slimming garment worn under the clothing. You sit on plastic covered upholstery in a typical Dominican climate for longer than 10 mins and voila! Disappearance of the 'latino bottom'...............

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    What you can do with Typical Dominican decoration when you have good taste.
    This house, who belongs to Hugo Tolentino Dipp's* wife and is located in Mao has been featured in some of the world's most important decoration magazines. I would not mind having one like this.

    Sorry, you have to copy/paste the URLs into a new browser window.

    http://pro.corbis.com/images/LX002383.jpg?size=67&uid={d663c238-5a87-433c-9593-cf09d8fedeb5}
    http://pro.corbis.com/images/LX002382.jpg?size=67&uid={2c7a7d6b-2dd9-47e0-abef-6f2afe57b371}
    http://pro.corbis.com/images/LX002384.jpg?size=67&uid={b156ab15-b8ed-4f19-a53c-f0ee3fb20ea3}
    http://pro.corbis.com/images/LX002380.jpg?size=67&uid={b5292849-4ebf-4ea1-9b6d-c5553c10e338}



    *Those of you who follow DR's politics will remember him (probably as the only one of Hipolito's minister with an scintilla of integrity).

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