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A Family Home Bursting With Color and Mexican Heritage

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Andrea Ramírez lives with her husband, Anthony, and their four-year-old daughter, Emilia, in San Rafael, California. “I moved to the States nine years ago, after growing up in Mexicali, México,” she says, “Seeing all the artisans in my country helped me get to know and love color.” Here, she shows us their vibrant family home…

LIVING ROOM
A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Paint color: Setting Plaster. Leather chair and TV console: West Elm.

On capturing photos of her daughter: When we first moved here, my daughter and I were outside playing on a blanket, and I took a iPhone video of her singing. Then I screenshot three photos from the video. When I put them up, she was like, ‘That’s me??? Wow!’ She’s my forever model, she’s such a fun subject.

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

White floor lamp: Ikea.

On a gathering place: When we need furniture, we always look first on Craigslist. This sectional was $400 and brand new — at Ikea, it was like $1200. This is the main spot where we spend family time, and it’s our dog Russell‘s bed.

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Bar cabinet: West Elm. Table lamp: Target, similar.

On family fun: We like playing board games and doing puzzles and dressing up. For movies, my daughter is in love with Trolls. We’ve seen it so many times! Plus, all the Disney princess movies, and Wreck It Ralph. My favorite is Alice in Wonderland with all the colors and big flowers. Last weekend, we were playing school and we were all coloring, and she said, this is done, I need to sanitize the colors! My husband and I were like, ohhhh-kay, this is the new world.

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

On painting portraits: A while ago, my husband and I were living in a rental apartment with two roommates, and I didn’t have a lot of friends and we didn’t go out a lot. So, I would put music on my headphones and paint. It was an outlet for me. My first portrait ever was Frida Kahlo. I am deeply in love with her. That painting deserved the blue chest of drawers, emulating her blue house in Mexico.

DINING ROOM
A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Chairs: Article. Toddler chair: Svan. Rug: West Elm. Ceiling light: West Elm. Table runner: Etsy, handmade in Mexico.

On a pink arch: I made our dining room my little Mexican corner. Pink is a very typical color back home for the outside of many houses, and I have always loved it. Plus, in Mexico, the table is always where the people will gather because there will be food and drinks. It reminds me of unity and friendship and good times.

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

On painting furniture: The credenza was another Craigslist piece, and painting it pink made it look brand new. Most of our bigger furniture is from garage sales and I just change the color.

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

On teaching a child Mexican culture: I would love to travel around Mexico with Emilia. And I want her to know all about Mexican food. Tacos are my number one! As soon as I go home, I’m like, bring me the tacos! The tortillas are so different — here, they’re kind of bready; over there, they’re very light. Plus, all the trimmings — the beans, the red sauce, the spicy one, the green one, just adding and adding. If it’s falling from your hands, that’s a good taco.

KITCHEN
A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Cabinet paint color: Wipping willow.

On a monochromatic kitchen: The cabinets are a darker green, and the wall is the same color but with more white added. The green was inspired by a book I have — Black Swan Stories. I went to the paint shop and found the closest shade. It’s so hard to find good colors, so when I see them in real life I hold onto them.

On cooking at home: I’m very lucky that my husband is a very good cook — he’s Irish and does bacon and cabbage or shepherd’s pie. It’s very multi-cultural in our house. And Emilia eats everything, which is very lucky for us.

DAUGHTER’S BEDROOM
A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Wall paint color: Pink Ground. Scallops paint color: Bubble shell. Bed: Ikea. Rug: Anthropologie. Ceiling light: Smallable.

On collaborating on a child’s room: We brought Emilia to Ikea and she lay down on all the beds and picked this one! For the scallop border, I was looking at half-tone rooms and I didn’t want to go for that, so my idea was to do the scallop on top. I made a stencil and went from there.

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

On shared values: My husband and I met at a bar in San Francisco. He started telling me stories about his mom and sister from Ireland, and I was attracted to how he was such a family person. He’s the youngest of eight kids. Our daughter now uses a bunch of Irish words — turn on the telly, go put on your knickers!

GUEST BEDROOM
A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Paint color: Bubble shell. Rug and side table: World Market. Basket and table lamp: Target.

On color combinations that work: I’m always looking at everyday life to figure out which colors go together. For example, your clothing helps a lot. This is my Madewell room — blue jeans plus a pink top!

HALLWAY
A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Paint color: BFF.

On a painted frame: During the pandemic, I was bored and wanted something to do. This portrait of Zero the Lobby Boy from the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel was hanging in our hallway. So, I painted the background light purple based on the film’s color palette, and the shape was just pure fun since I wanted to break up the hallway’s narrowness and rigidness.

MASTER BEDROOM
A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

Paint color: Sulking Room Pink. Sconce: Sazerac Stitches. Ceiling light: Anthropologie.

On family photos: The photos above the bed were taken on a trip last year to the Virgin Islands. Emilia wasn’t that little anymore and she loved being on the beach and it felt more like a family trip instead of just taking care of a baby. My husband sleeps on the right, so there’s a photo of him and Emilia; then a photo of three of us in the middle; and on the left, there’s a photo of Emilia and me.

On bedtime reading: During the pandemic, I started knitting and reading a lot. I just finished Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies. It was a very funny, easy book.

A Family Home Bursting With Bright Colors

On feeling grateful: I am truly in love with my house! When we first moved in last year, I used to wake up at 1 a.m. and just come to the kitchen and was always so grateful and looked all around. I was like, this is such a nice feeling that this is ours. I never take it for granted.

Thank you so much, Andrea!

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  1. Samantha Aretuo says...

    Hi Andrea,

    Thank you so much for sharing your house. It’s beautiful and it has a great, cozy, family feeling that I also miss from back home in Latin America. My husband and I are in the process of settling in Canada, and we are trying to create that sense in our apartment of being happy, comfortable and proud about it. ¡Gracias por las ideas!

    I hope your family stays safe and happy.

  2. Andrea Ramirez says...

    Hola Fiona! Thank you for your comment :)

  3. Cristina says...

    Beautiful home for a beautiful soul and a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing your story and inspiration! I wish you could come decorate my whole life ❣️

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Hola Cristina, I would love to decorate more houses, that would be a dream! Thank you for your lovely comment :)

  4. Violeta says...

    Hola, cara de bola! Me encanta y también tu casa, que bellisima <3

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Hola cara de bola! :) Muchisimas gracias

  5. Tammy Thiele says...

    I have never been so in love with a home! There is so much whimsey and love and warmth in all the choices. It really gives a starting off point for what changes I want to make in my own home!

    Gorgeous home, lovely family!

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Thank you for your comment :)

  6. Colleen says...

    I just ordered a lamp from Smallable after seeing yours! I’m realizing now it probably uses French wiring/a French plug. Did you just buy an outlet adaptor, or did you get the whole thing required?

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Hola! That’s awesome, I have ordered from them twice & didn’t get the french plug so you might be okay but if you do, your idea of the adapter might work. Hope everything works out! :)

  7. Omolewa Adetola says...

    Omg, the colors! So bold and beautiful and full of life ❤️❤️.

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Thank you for your comment :)

  8. Alessandra says...

    I love your home! It’s beautiful and colourful!

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Hola! thank you for your comment :)

  9. Jessica says...

    I love the colors! You can tell there’s so much joy and life in those rooms.

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Jessica, thank you for your comment :)

  10. Laura G. says...

    i love this home! i’m hoping to re-do my studio apartment soon, and i am saving this for inspiration!

    • Andrea Ramirez says...

      Hi Laura, thank you for your comment, hope you have fun with your re-do! :)

  11. Fiona says...

    “Go put on your knickers “ hahaha former Scot here! Really love everything about this home and family❣️