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Hidden in idyllic isolation, the haciendas of old Mexico have deteriorated in a photogenic wya. Walls exposed to centuries of weather and wear have faded from crimson to pink, revealing as many textures as a Julian Shnabel painting. Grand-scale interiors--once overgrown with towering trees and crumbling floral frescoes--now invite contemporary furniture to contrast with their original stone walls; a maze of ancient aqueducts are newly configured to become garden waterfalls; and casa de maquinas, or machine houses, have been restored as artists' homes and sculptural backdrops to sparkling new pools.
The rich imagery of the hacienda and its newly restored forms were the inspiration for this volume. Our first book, Mexican Country Style, unveiled country antiques and architectural elements in their original contexts, as well as their newfound roles in contemporary interiors. Our continued fascination with Mexico's artful traditions has led us on a twenty-year journey throughout Mexico's rural landscape.