SOUTH OF THE BORDER DESIGN: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO

I take a trip to Mexico every year and often visit with my dear friend, Ariane Dutzi, who designs fabulous bags made with materials indigenous to the Yucatán region (Dutzi Bags). This year we began our trip in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful Mexican town smack dab in the middle of Mexico…no sandy beach  or blue ocean in sight anywhere!

MATILDA HOTEL

HOTEL MATILDA  ARTISTIC ENTRANCE

But what San Miguel de Allende is famous for is it’s thriving art scene and for being the home to many American ex-Pats that started moving there after WW II.  This influx of Americans has upped the ante of life in San Miguel de Allende, making it is easy to find numerous boutiques selling glorious clothing or dishes or furniture…as well as many yummy restaurants to dine in.

LOBBY MATILDA HOTEL

LOBBY HOTEL MATILDA

The architecture throughout the town is classic Mexican and totally enchanting, with narrow cobblestone streets and a fabulous gothic church…La Parroquia… facing  El Jardín, a beautiful  square with trees and flowers and benches to sit on and watch life go by.

DINING ROOM MATILDA HOTEL

DINING ROOM MATILDA HOTEL

We stayed in a gorgeous hotel called Hotel Matilda that was designed like a dream and furnished likewise.  I would call the decor “south of the border meets contemporary luxury” and exciting huge paintings and quirky tables and chairs make the mix unbeatable.

PATRICIA LARSEN'S LIVING ROOM AT SOMOS GALLERY

ARTIST PATRICIA LARSEN’S LIVING ROOM AT SOMOS GALLERY

I’m a sucker for anything ethnic or  unique and one can find such items here as well.  And if you want a contemporary feeling, there is plenty of that to choose from in the stores and galleries.

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I think the trick is to mix it up.…Buy some charming dinnerware from Trinitate at their fabulous shop and also some of their outdoor planters. Put in a huge sectional sofa. Throw in a few gold finished lighting fixtures. Pick up a mid-century modern chair and recover it in an outrageous fabric to give it new life…maybe even in cow hide that looks like zebra. Look for an antique armoire that will give your room some relevancy.  Select a rustic table, newly constructed out a thick slab of exotic wood. Go to the market where the locals shop and purchase some of the colorful blue and white ceramic dishes made by a local artisan. Got the idea?

Her are a few “sightings” as I went tooling around San Miguel de Allende:

GREAT LOUNGE CHAIR

GREAT LOUNGE CHAIR

 

FABULOUS CONSOLE MADE OUT OF A SLICE OF A TREE

FABULOUS CONSOLE MADE OUT OF A SLICE OF A TREE

 

TABLE MADE FROM GORGEOUS CHUNK OF A TREE ON ANTIQUE METAL BASE

TABLE MADE FROM GORGEOUS CHUNK OF A TREE ON ANTIQUE SEWING TABLE BASE

 

STUNNING CONTEMPORARY CUSTOM METAL DOOR

STUNNING CONTEMPORARY CUSTOM METAL DOOR

 

TRADITIONAL MEXICAN POTTERY IN THE LOCAL MARKET

TRADITIONAL MEXICAN POTTERY IN THE LOCAL MARKET

 

THE TRINITATE STORE

SHOP AT TRINITATE FOR WONDERFUL PLANTERS & DISHES

I think you get the picture: artistic, classic, sophisticated, vintage…all of the appropriate buzz words for a beautiful interior design in your serene Mexican getaway!

 

Ciao, ciao ’til next time!