So this turned out to be home improvement weekend!  We had an accent wall (with a bit of wrap around onto another wall) painted on Saturday, and today we picked up the new desk we had built in town, with the help of Mr. Raymond and the Grand Caribe Polaris.  

One thing I absolutely LOVE about tropical island living is that I can decorate with vivid, bright colors.  I am a color fanatic and find this extremely uplifting.  Happy, bright colors never fail to bring a smile to my face, and here in Belize, color is everywhere.  I love this!

We have been doing our own painting for years, but decided to splurge this time and have Marcus do the work for us.  We supplied the paint and supplies, and he did the hard labor.  He did a fantastic job, and we couldn't be more pleased.

Barry picked this color ("Sun Lemon"): a very bright, sunny yellow.  I figured since I picked all the furniture and fabric, it was his turn to choose, and he did a great job.  I LOVE THIS COLOR!  I've been a yellow fan as long as I can remember and have fond memories of my yellow bedroom growing up.  It was a lot more muted a shade, but all yellows are happy colors for me. In fact, I did a little research on the color yellow and found the following: 

Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future. Yellow will advance from surrounding colors and instill optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts.  Yellow stimulates mental processes, the nervous system, activates memory, and encourages communication.  Yellow is the symbol for liberalism in many countries.  Yellow is psychologically the happiest color in the color spectrum.

Okay, cool.  Did I mention I like yellow?

It was also wonderful to get a desk into the room.  Now our electronics are neatly organized, and I was able to unpack a plastic drawer of desk/office supplies I'd shipped down and fill up the drawers.  It also provides a much more comfortable typing position than on the table since we had it built 28", the perfect height for a laptop, versus the standard desk (and table) height of 30", which requires a keyboard drawer unless you're tall.
The obligatory boring "before" photo.
Marcus doing a great job painting
Let the sun shine in, baby!
The new desk
The wall looks a little greenish with this camera, but you get the picture.
We still need artwork on the walls, but our great room feels so much warmer now, and even when it's raining out, it will be like having the sun shining indoors!