April 28, 2009


I love a little courtyard. They are hidden all over New Orleans and are usually overflowing with beautiful foliage and pretty flowers. I love when you walk inside one that is so beautiful it takes you by surprise, when you don’t see it coming from the outside. My mother, Miss Mendi, has a pretty swell court yard going on here in Houston, just like that, a little hidden gem. Remember her jasmine? It’s in full bloom right now, and makes me love springtime!

Now, a couple a weeks ago on a blazing hot Sunday my father asked me to oil their teak outdoor furniture. What a chore that was. I couldn’t really say no, even though I totally felt like it. We had had a pretty late ‘big night’ (as Tim says) the night before, and I was feeling a bit weary still (at 5pm). But really, I couldn’t say no, my husband and I have been crashing here since January, with no end in sight. It’s the least I can do right? Boy, did it turned out well!

My friend down under recently took on a teak transformation project. Her hard work and inspirational photos, reminded me of my hard work. I just had to post these pretty pictures of Miss Mendi’s courtyard with her newly oiled furniture. My parents furniture is the real deal, hand selected teak from the deep depths of Java, Indonesia. It wasn’t expensive like it is here in the US, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect it. If you have teak furniture that sits outside year round, it’s important to keep it oiled once or twice a year so it stays conditioned. Anyway, now we can sit out there and enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the day and enjoy the jasmine!



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