Tomorrow Mexico celebrates its Independence Day, which commemorates the start of its independence from Spanish rule.  It took over ten years of battles before the official Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire was made, but the “Grito de Dolores” on September 16, 1810 sparked the movement towards freedom.

Isn’t Cinco de Mayo the big Mexican holiday?

You are not alone in your confusion.  Many people think Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican version of the United States Fourth of July.  But May 5th is actually a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French invaders in 1862, many years after they had gained their independence from Spain.

Perhaps the very successful marketing efforts of the tequila and beer companies have led us astray.  How could anyone resist such subtle imagery?


Our distributor in Mexico recently sent us some pictures of their work.  Ruiz T is located in Huatabampo, Sonora.  Their city happens to be known as “Tierra de Generales” (Land of Generals) because several high ranking generals in the revolutionary war were hometown boys.  I’m sure the celebrations in their neck of the woods are going to be quite festive.

Ruiz T offers full service kitchen design and installation and and has been in business for over 20 years.  Their quality and craftsmanship are evident in their custom doors and wood furniture and shelving.  They do everything from fixtures, lighting, sinks, appliances and windows down to the last little detail like hinges, pulls for cabinets and doorknobs. 
They have a great looking website and last week they sent us these beautiful kitchen pictures:

Elegante Mural in a beautiful kitchen backsplash
Closer view of Elegante Mural
Check out those cool metal roosters.  I want them.

Lemons Mural framed with the Regatta Listello and Travertine Rope Liners.

A closer view of the Lemons Mural.
Gracias, Hector for the wonderful pictures.  Your photographer does an amazing job!
And Happy Independence Day to all of our Mexican friends!  

(I would try to write that in Spanish, but I (stupidly) took French classes in high school and college.  Pardonnez-moi, Monsier Lawrence, mais je le regrette!)
Mexican Flag image from Christian Frausto Bernal from Tepic, Nayarit, MEXICO