Ultimate Summer Hideaway #5: Casey's Mexican Dream

Ultimate Summer Hideaway #5: Casey's Mexican Dream

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 23, 2005

Name: Casey
Location: Casa Blanca, Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Designer: Unknown exterior, Interior by Casey

Casa Blanca IS my dream getaway and I'm actually heading back down there Thursday w/ my fiancé for a much needed break, (and to continue the ongoing processes of decorating and furnishing). This will actually be our fifth trip down there since my family purchased it in April. I have actually done most of the interior myself, although it's still a work in progress.

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My goal is to create a tranquil space that in some ways embraces the primitive simplicity and color vibrance of native Mayan folk art, but to also embrace modern design virtues such as simplicity and to create a more subdued, earthy atmosphere.

I also wanted to create an atmosphere that was much more personal, and much less about Mayan tradition. I commissioned several Mayan artisans to build most of the furniture.

I decided that mission-style furniture would be a great median between primitive and sophisticated, and that building with wood native to the area would be a great way to incorporate the nature of the Yucatan. The only exceptions to this were the wicker dining chairs (I originally wanted echypoly, but that crew kinda flaked out on me), and the bright yellow eames-style sofa (which was also a custom job).

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