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Redecorating the Terraza Part 2

Nothing is visibly happening on the terraza redecoration front. However, a lot is going on in my head. That’s the way I work, I think and think, nothing goes on paper, it just percolates in head and then I have at it.

Right now the plan is to remove stuff from the space. I am relocating the little love seat to the sala. The tub chair either to the sala or our bedroom. They are going to be replaced with colonial rocking chairs, which I have to first send out to have caned. The caning needs to be redone every few years because nothing lasts long in the heat here.

The fabric that I chose to tie everything together, was gone when I went to buy it. Someone bought the whole bolt! Fortunately, BK thought that we should check out Asis. I love the home dec fabrics at Assis, but the ones I really like tend to be around $300 to $400 mxn a meter, even at 280 cm wide that is not in my budget.

I found a much more upscale fabric at Assis. The photos and color chips are from the inside so you can really see the colors, it is 280 cm wide and was on clearance for around $80.00 mxn a meter. I also found some burnt orange to go with it.

The first photo is of the wrong side, which really shows the colors. I ran it through the Sherwin Williams’ Chip It! but the background came out more lilac than cream.

Here is the right side, also chipped. It came out a touch green.

Finally, the burnt orange and the patterned fabric. This came out a tad pink.

So that’s it for today. I’ll have more as I get things moved around and refurbished.





About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Wow, Kim! That is a lot of information. My photography skills are lagging behind my writing. Thanks for the primer on getting the colors correct. Eventually I know that I have to break down and work on getting that right.

    I’m not really going to buy paint or fabric according to the Chip It! suggestions but it’s interesting to see what colors they pull out of the fabrics.

    I have a summer cold right now, but my next step is going to be to paint the love seat cream, and then slip cover it. After that, I am moving it elsewhere.


  2. I don’t have any experience with Sherwin Williams “Chip It,” but I have a ton of experience with color management in digital photography. So I can give you some tips to get the color right for the “Chip It” program, which I presume requires that you upload a photo of whatever you want to match.

    First you need to get a good photo with correct colors. I’d recommend putting the fabric outside at high noon, and then set your digital camera to “daylight” on the white balance setting. Make sure the fabric is at a roughly 45° angle to the sun, and your camera back is close to perfectly vertical. Take the picture under those conditions, with no shadows or clouds affecting the image. Once you upload the photo to your computer, don’t tinker with its colors. Then you should have a reasonably color-accurate photo that you can upload to “Chip It.”

    If you do it otherwise, you will end up with a color mismatch due to the incorrect white balance due to the mixed lighting you have inside. (Probably a mix of sunlight, tungsten and/or fluorescent lamps.) And that will throw off the paint colors that “Chip It” suggests.

    Saldos and best of luck with your project!

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we worry excessively about color management in the photos we put on our blog.

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