Mexican Beach Retreat by Kara Mann

Mexican Beach Retreat by Kara Mann

Sarah Coffey
Feb 4, 2009

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Last night, a series of clicks across the Internet led us to the digital archives of Western Interiors magazine, where we found a Mexican beach house by a Chicago designer. (Thanks, global network.) This home is the unmistakable work of designer extraordinaire and former Small Cool judge Kara Mann. She has a knack for combining modern and traditional styles with a little bit of arty edge...

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Although we missed the print edition, we found the full spread online in Western Interiors' October/November 2008 issue. We admire the neutral color palette, the bright details, and the view...but those studded wing chairs from Dennis & Leen are definitely our favorite part of this home.

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One of the things we appreciate most about Mann's work is the sense that her interiors aren't overly decorated or styled. Accessories are kept to a minimum, and breathing space is preserved in each room.

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Many of the home's textiles and furnishings were commissioned from local artists. For the full article from Western Interiors, click here.

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Photos: Matthew Hillman for Western Interiors

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