Mexican Country Style

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For decades, Mexico's countryside has startled visitors senses with the rich flavor of its tradition-bound world. Charmed by the character and ingenuity of the Mexican people, lovers of country style are irresistibly drawn to the rugged romantic beauty of the native architecture and the soulful antiquity of their handcrafted elements. The markings and textures that decades of time and wear have left on the indigenous furnishings and objects are character marks, alive with ...

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Overview

For decades, Mexico's countryside has startled visitors senses with the rich flavor of its tradition-bound world. Charmed by the character and ingenuity of the Mexican people, lovers of country style are irresistibly drawn to the rugged romantic beauty of the native architecture and the soulful antiquity of their handcrafted elements. The markings and textures that decades of time and wear have left on the indigenous furnishings and objects are character marks, alive with history, color, and personality.

Mexican Country Style is a celebration of this style's simple splendor, which is sweeping the country and making its way into the homes or offices of Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, Ralph Lauren, Val Kilmer, and Gene Hackman.

Nelson A. Rockefeller said of Mexico that "Its people have a love and understanding of the importance of the ordinary to the essential vitality of life. Instinctual, the mundane things made to carry out everyday acts, are all valuable and worthy of the greatest creative expression, (which is evident) in their lasting value and in the skill of their creators, their sense of sacredness of the routines of their daily lives."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586852559
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (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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Introduction

For decades, Mexico's countryside has startled our senses with the rich flavors of its traditio-bound world. As antique dealers and designers, we first became acquainted with Mexican furniture and architectural elements in the early 1970s as we traveled throughout the states of Zacatecas, San Lusi Potosi, and Jalisco, collecting textiles, masks, and folk art for our then New Mexico gallery. Charmed by the character and ingenuity of the Mexican people, we were drawn to the rugged, romantic beauty of their architecture and the soulful antiquity of their handcrafted elements.

As we became more and more familiar with the everyday routines of Mexican life, we found ourselves curious about the markings and textures that decades of time and wear had left on the indigenous furnishings and objects we had discovered—character marks that were alive with history, color, and personality. Very simply, they fired our imaginations. The stories behind these pieces were the inspiration for this book. Our twenty-five-plus years of buying, collecting, restoring, and selling Mexican antiques ahve been a constant learning experience, rewarding us with surprises at every turn, and bringing us closer to the vitality of the people of Mexico and their colorful heritage.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Introduction

Origins

Elements

Carved Objects & Vessels

Doors & Entranceways

Tables

Storage & Seating

Mexican Influences

Buying & Restoring

Contemporary Adaptations

Unexpected Accents

Resource Guide

Glossary

Photographic Credits

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