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Casa Yucatan

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A land of legend, Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula possesses a unique natural beauty where limestone plateaus, tropical jungles and subterranean rivers are the settings of two magnificent cultures. In its mysterious mix of Mayan temples and Spanish Colonial architecture, the region is undergoing a remarkable restoration renaissance, heralding the grandeur of Yucatán's colonial epoch and the emergence of an innovative and uniquely Yucatán design style.

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Overview

A land of legend, Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula possesses a unique natural beauty where limestone plateaus, tropical jungles and subterranean rivers are the settings of two magnificent cultures. In its mysterious mix of Mayan temples and Spanish Colonial architecture, the region is undergoing a remarkable restoration renaissance, heralding the grandeur of Yucatán's colonial epoch and the emergence of an innovative and uniquely Yucatán design style.

In Casa Yucatán, award-winning authors and designers Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr travel under the Mayan sun to discover the vitality and virtues of this rich design community, catapulted into the international design spotlight by a new generation of architects honoring prehistoric and colonial legacies while creating a bracing blend of old and new. Ancient pyramids now share the jungly landscape with revived haciendas, and colonial homes boasting high-beamed ceilings and cool tile floors posture amidst elegant plazas and renovated nineteenth-century mansions.

From city to countryside to coast, the Maya's masterful legacy-carved stone and stucco ornaments-are everywhere in evidence. Sun-drenched colors of burnt ochre, colonial red, and Mayan blue ignite walls and bring subtle traditional details to life: mesmerizing stone-chinked surface patterns, ornate stucco designs, and intricate stencils. Interiors glisten with wall fountains, reflecting pools, and bathtubs that channel to outdoor pools. Hammock-lined portales beckon with leather butacas, daybeds provide restful summits in gardens, and shady courtyards invite respite and reflection.
A dazzling photographic tour, Casa Yucatán invites you to step into the cool, gracious galleries and gardens of colonial homes, old haciendas, and art-filled seaside escapes that dot the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423601067
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,435,208
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers and antiques dealers. Their Mexican design book series includes six titles: Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details.

Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Antiques, an interior design firm and gallery specializing in hacienda style, Mexican colonial furniture, and architectural elements. Their design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Individually, Witynski photographs homes and gardens for national publications and Carr is a hacienda consultant and furniture designer.

Award-winning authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers and antiques dealers. Their Mexican design book series includes six titles: Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details.

Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Antiques, an interior design firm and gallery specializing in hacienda style, Mexican colonial furniture, and architectural elements. Their design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Individually, Witynski photographs homes and gardens for national publications and Carr is a hacienda consultant and furniture designer.

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A land of legend, Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula possesses a unique natural beauty where limestone plateaus, tropical jungles and subterranean rivers are the settings of two magnificent cultures. In its mysterious mix of Mayan temples and Spanish Colonial architecture, the region is undergoing a remarkable restoration renaissance, heralding the grandeur of Yucatán's colonial epoch and the emergence of an innovative and uniquely Yucatán design style.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Introduction 10

Design Textures 28

Architectural Elements 48

Water Spaces 72

Open-Air Living 92

Casas Yucatan 110

Haciendas 140

Coastal Homes 164

The New Maya House 178

Resources 188

Travel Guide 189

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