Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ramsay's Retro Retreat

Remember the movie "The Long, Long Trailer" with  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez playing the newlyweds?  Well, meet Mike and Lorraine and their 1950's-styled"Retro Retreat".
At Retama Village our social events are many ... Mike & Lorraine getting ready for our Pirates Day event.

This hands-on couple designed their floor plan and the inspiration came from the plates with the pictures of the 1950's car.  

Though, their picture of the 1950 trailer fits right in with our RV community. Then, add some Fiestaware plates and pitcher. Did someone say Margaritas!?

I Love Lucy -- and the red appliance accents -  Perfect!

Their kitchenette is a knock out.  Don't you love the curve of the countertop?  All their cabinetry was custom made by our local cabinet maker, Triny.  Man-oh-man, Triny is a true craftsman!

Love, love, love this wrap around counter
Their kitchen includes a sink for quick BBQ cleanup .. and of course, 
there is a microwave for popcorn making!  

The washer/dryer at below this countertop -- clever!
This little coach house includes everything for creature comforts!  The full bathroom has room for the washer/dryer.  Lorraine was clever to include a countertop long enough to make clothes folding a breeze.
Extra storage above the throne.  Every inch counts!
Each coach house has the plumbing ... so building the interior walls is easy!
There is a lot of storage in this 240 sf coach house ...  
Lorraine made sure of that, but her talents didn't stop with the design!  

This gal's talents included the laying of the flooring, running electrical, painting 
AND getting the final decor perfect!

Tucked away is the air bed for guests.  But be careful, husband Mike has claim to this outdoor living, with all the modern conveniences one could just about live here. Did we say, there is lots of storage.

Mike did all the construction and electrical and plumbing installation.
The whole process took under 2 months to complete. 
The double doors on the side make entertaining fun!
It's all in the details!

Add together 2012 modern conveniences with two comfy recliners and a 1950's end table, and this coach house becomes 'home sweet home'.

Thanks Mike and Lorraine for sharing your Retro Modern coach house!  
What time does the movie start?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Okay, it's been awhile!

No, actually its been over a year since any updating has been done.  One can give 1,000 excuses, so there are none.

What did happen recently, I noticed that this little blog has had over 10,000+ page views.
Not entirely sure how that can happen when the blog has been dormant.

So, let's kick start the activity.  The Retama Villagers are sending in their photos of recent updates, their build's and other coach house developments. This summer, which officially starts today, the goal will be to add as many as I can.

In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the Retama Village Christmas decor that was done last November.  Our Villagers are very special, their donations ($$) made it all possible.

The courtyard fountain.
The fountain was so pretty and at night it became very special.

It was nearly 100o when we started assembling the fountain decor.  Vicky is still smiling!
Our Christmas decorating started in July with the selection of colors, and merging of many ideas.  Then in October we began putting the plan together.  We had hundred's of feel of garland, 30 wreaths and so  much more.

The fireplace - with peacock feathers and garland still allowed for TV viewing.

 A little story, original plans were to have pheasant feathers in the mantel, until we learned that the male pheasant only grow one beautiful plume a year .. hence the costs were $60 for a dozen feathers.  Never mind, we changed to plan B.
We think there were 1,000 ornaments, we think!
 It is so hard to see the detail on a Christmas tree, but this one was very special.

A table center piece.
More peacock feathers.  We scored when we purchased our feathers at an antique store in rural Illinois. Did I mention our grapevine came from Illinois, our pine cones came from Williamsburg VA.  Traveling in an RV does have it's benefits!
Our Christmas Open House

Our November 25th Club House Open House was the Grande viewing.  Complete with the Village carolers, 600+ handmade cookies, live music and a lot of people.

We hope that you will try to join us for the 2012 Christmas Open House.