Mexican Details

Overview

In their sixth book, authors/designers Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr travel through Mexico and the Southwest in celebration of the character-rich details of Mexican furniture, architectural elements and handcrafted accents that resonate with beauty and ingenuity.

From chip-carved benches and hand-hewn tortilla tables to painted trunks and carved-stone moldings, the soulful nature of Mexican design abounds. Decorative accents include intricately woven textiles, glazed ceramics, ...

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Overview

In their sixth book, authors/designers Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr travel through Mexico and the Southwest in celebration of the character-rich details of Mexican furniture, architectural elements and handcrafted accents that resonate with beauty and ingenuity.

From chip-carved benches and hand-hewn tortilla tables to painted trunks and carved-stone moldings, the soulful nature of Mexican design abounds. Decorative accents include intricately woven textiles, glazed ceramics, wooden masks and folk art objects that bear evidence of the hands that made them.

In vivid detail, Carr and Witynski reveal how they have readapted old doors, gates and once-utilitarian elements including culinary antiques for creative new roles in modern-day homes. Mesquite doors are newly fashioned into console and coffee tables, iron window grilles are converted to headboards and stone water filters newly flower as planters with the addition of iron bases.

Carr and Witynski also showcase myriad innovations mixing antique Mexican elements with contemporary accents. Colorfully tiled kitchens come to life in the "Cocinas" chapter, and a heavenly collection of crosses, santos and retablos are highlighted in "Devotional Elements."

Featuring brilliant close-up photographs by Witynski, Mexican Details is alive with the decorative elements that beautifully ornament their surroundings with wit and charm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423600251
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,047,132
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (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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Through a period of two and a half decades working as interior designers and gallery owners specializing in colonial antiques and architectural elements, it is our captivation with the richness of the Mexican culture and its handcrafted design details that has been our compass, a deep interest in the world of Mexican furnishings and its influence on today's contemporary interiors has led us on countless fascinating design pilgrimages throughout Mexico. Our early travels focused on the collection of country and colonial furniture, doors and decorative accents. Pieces we often uncovered in off-the-beaten-track salvage yards, warehouses and dusty antique shops. Today, our Mexican buying trips continue as we seek antiques for our interior design clients and our gallery, texture antiques in Austin, Texas. The culmination of our research and travels has been a series of six books and a two-year hacienda restoration project.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Color & Texture 22

Cocinas 38

Outdoor Living 52

Devotional Elements 66

Hecho A Mano 80

Resources 92

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