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Vintage 1939 Mexico Travel Poster
Vintage 1939 Mexico Travel Poster
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This decorative effect creates the appearance of floating color.
 

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Ornamental map of Mexico and the US.

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A Bay In Mexico
by Curtis Fields
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The Masks of Mexico

 


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Emerald jungles, palm-fringed beaches, whitewashed villages, gracious haciendas, imposing Mayan ruins. Mexican style draws on a rich array of natural, artisanal and historical materials.  Like the country itself, Mexican design is welcoming and colorful, elegant and quirky.
Art is integral to the fabric of Mexican life.  In Oaxaca, El Dio de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated with hand-crafted painted skeletons, candy skulls, elaborate altars adorned with fruit, flowers and food. Guadalajara, the "Florence of Mexico," boasts spectacular murals depicting social and political issues. Throughout Mexico, "las indigenas" produce exquisite artifacts colored with the rich, warm hues of the natural landscape.

 

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Color Washed wall brings out the rustic character in Mexican Style.
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Mexico's climate allows a great deal of everyday life to take place outside in both public and private settings. In cobblestone town squares, music floats from bandshells. Family and friends often gather in outdoor cafes against a background of colonial architecture. The vaulted arches of cathedrals give way to fragrant enclosed gardens. Dulcerias proffer intriguing sweets that mix chocolate and cinnamon, tamarind and chilis. Indoors and out, in Mexico, everyday existence satisfies the senses and delights the soul.


 

Vibrant hand woven rugs

Exuberant decoration juxtaposed with solid structure is the basic recipe for Mexican style. Tile inlay on a mesquite table fashioned with mortise-and-tenon joints.  An imposing carved armario (armoire) alongside a handwoven geometric rug. And the decorative possibilities of Mexico's vibrant regional folk art -- wood carving, clay figurines, baskets, pewter, candleholders, yarn paintings -- are virtually limitless.

Elements of Style:

Furniture: Mesquite, heart of pine structures.  Mortise and tenon and dovetails corner details. Large iron hinges, and multi colored wood inlays. A-frame tables,  armoires with heavy hinges and drawer pulls.

 

Venetian Plaster and Plaster wall effects

Create authentic, colorful textured wall treatments using traditional Venetian and Stucco Plaster Effects. Smooth, polished and textured surfaces can be easily achieved for interior and exterior surfaces.

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Fabrics: Hand-woven blankets and rugs. Brocade are seen in more formal spaces.

Floors: The use of tiles and stone are Mexican staples.  Rugs woven in traditional Mexican geometric designs or simple stripes, always with bold or vibrant color themes.

 

Lighting: Lighting is diverse and imaginative. One will find fixtures made of wrought iron, or wood. Candles, colored glass, pottery find comfort in this style. Wrought iron chandeliers hang in large, open rooms.

Accents:  Mexican style uses many different resources to accent the environment. From clay figurines, masks, candles, and pottery, to wood carvings and pewter objects. Many accents are colorfully hand painted.  Hand blown glass, often irregularly formed.  Silver frames are commonly used mirror and picture surrounds.

 

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Girl with Lilies
Girl with Lilies
Rivera, Diego
35 in. x 36 in.
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Masterworks of Art - Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Masterworks of Art
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Kahlo, Frida
21 in. x 27 in.
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Color Washing

This decorative effect creates the appearance of floating color. Soft and watery, or bold and striking. The color density varies over the surface and creates appearances from parchment to the softness of an evening sky or watery appearance. A subtle finish, with little texture, it is an ideal effect to create mood in a room, background ambience. When using earth tones the color wash can have a slightly aged appearance and is ideal for irregular wall surfaces.

 


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