Renowned for its picturesque charm, Mexico has lured design-world insiders to its retreats, as presented in this inspirational selection of some of the latest Mexican design trends from the Yucatán. In recent years leading international tastemakers have been drawn to the vibrant culture of the Yucatán. In Mérida—the region’s sixteenth-century capital—they have renovated many of the romantic Spanish colonial town houses into stylish retreats. In the nearby towns of Valladolid and Coba, picturesque houses surrounded by lush vegetation in sun-drenched settings have also been updated while retaining indigenous charm. Annie Kelly takes us on an insider’s tour of several stunning properties—from brightly painted town houses and contemporary villas to rustic bungalows—many with a distinctive bohemian feeling. These sophisticated residences blend artisanal craftsmanship with antiques and contemporary furnishings. They have been designed by such talents as architect Manolo Mestre, artist Jorge Pardo, L.A. modernist antiques dealers Robert Willson and David Serrano, and Nicolas Malleville of Tulum’s famed Coqui Coqui hotel, who has brought the fashion world to the Yucatán due to his chic homes and hotels there. Beautiful outdoor entertaining, garden, and pool areas enliven all these homes. This book is a stimulating resource for the design aficionado.
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Writer and designer Annie Kelly has authored many books, including the successful Rooms to Inspire series, and Casa San Miguel. She is a 1stdibs.com book column contributor and writes for Interiors and New York Magazine, among other publications.
Award-winning architectural and interior design photographer Tim Street-Porter is the author and photographer of numerous books, including Casa Mexicana, L.A. Modern, the Rooms to Inspire series, and Litchfield Style: Classic Country Houses of Connecticut.
"With their inviting courtyards, colonial façades, and Art Deco details, the homes documented in writer and designer Annie Kelly’s Casa Mexico: At Home in Mérida and the Yucatán are the epitome of bohemian-chic. . . [The book contains] homes that capture the Mérida aesthetic, blending age-old details with contemporary stylings. They’re the stuff virtual daydreams are made of."
"A new book, Casa Mexico: At Home in Merida and the Yucatan is captivating. Beautiful light plays with world class photographer Tim Street-Porter's camera inspiring some of the most engaging and evocative interior design photographs I've seen in some time. The interiors discovered and profiled in the book by Street-Porter and writer Annie Kelly are at once elegant, modern and ancient."
-LITTLE AUGURY BLOG
"The charm, allure, and colorful beauty of Mexico have long captivated designers. . . [Annie Kelly] takes the reader on a tour of modern villas, rustic bungalows, and brilliantly colored town houses, with an eye on the unique craftsmanship, artistry, and bohemian aesthetic."
"Hot climates with spicy, messy food and cool tiles always appeal. Being captured by the incredibly talented Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter, [Casa Mexico] made the homes of artists, designers, architects and aesthetes more appealing, if that is at all possible."
-MRS. BLANDINGS BLOG
"There is a certain enduring allure of a Spanish Colonial house - color-saturated tiles and dark wooden ceiling beams both contrasted with muted white stucco walls. Homes such as these, but within the Yucatán region of Mexico, and the town of Mérida in particular, are the focus of [Casa Mexico] . . . An inspiration for any restoration enthusiast and a spare-no-detail approach for the DIY artistically advanced."
"Tour this evocative region through the words and images of Los Angeles designer Annie Kelly and her husbnad, photographer Tim Street-Porter, in this coffee-table tome [Casa Mexico] featuring dreamy interiors and vibrant streetscapes that reflect the Yucatán's cultural diversity and the trends it has inspired."
"Dreaming of a getaway? For your vacay inspo, take a peek at these gorgeous colonial haciendas (or ranch villas) in Mérida, Mexico, a vibrant city tucked away on the Yucatán Peninsula. Thanks to a growing community of international tastemakers, many of the town's colorful facades and Baroque stone arches, highlighted in interior designer Annie Kelly's newly released photo book, Casa Mexico, have been meticulously restored to radiate old world charm and artisanal Mayan craftsmanship."
"Rizzoli just came out with a beautiful new coffee table book that celebrates the colourful interiors and architecture of Mexico, the Yucatán region and town of Mérida in particular, Casa Mexico: At Home in Mérida and the Yucatán. This beautiful book, written by Annie Kelly & photographed by Tim Street-Porter, boasts inspiring images of the Spanish Colonial style that has artist and design enthusiasts flocking there to fulfil their dreams of living amongst vibrant colours, traditional tile work, aged wood beam ceilings and a land rich in history."
"Design lovers, experience the charm and sophistication of Mexico through the vibrant properties of the Yucatán."
-THE SOCIETY DIARIES
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