BRINGING HOME MEXICAN STYLE
Mexico is just bursting with inspiration for more than just your interiors. Here are some of the ways I translated the vibrant atmosphere of Mexico into my styling.
Make things festive by simply tacking up Day of the Dead paper flags; use a giant yard game as sculpture (or to use) and pull your lime green cow hide outside.
I have rolls of vintage wallpaper, which I use in all sorts of ways. Line the inside of a cupboard with something colourful to create a decorative background. Create a shelf liner (mine is out of waxed baking paper), a rather naive reminder of the paper cut-outs of the Day of the Dead. Stack with all your favourite finds – leave the cupboard door open or even take off the doors.
A cool collection of old school maps becomes wallpaper. Hang them randomly as you acquire them. An old cane daybed is given new life with a slick of white paint and colourful throws. Use it inside or out.
Plastic mats that look like rugs (hunt them out at interiors shops), folding chairs and some flowing stripy fabric sets the tone with colours and finishes found while bicycling around the DF.
A past assistant made this fantastic mural years ago for a window display in the Flatiron Building. You can do one on paper, but I love that this is on reuseable plastic, and has travelled from NYC to Australia. The colours are perfect for Mexico and give this terrace house a cool studio feel. Don’t worry about not having carpet or rug large enough, as you go and line them up.
A hanging cane chair reminds me of sipping cocktails at sunset on the roof terrace of Hotel Condesa DF.
Tune in next week as I share more interiors inspiration gleaned from my Mexican jaunt, as well as some tips of things to see and do.