Mexican Antiquities for the Home September 10, 2011

Here, in northern California, there are two predominant architectural styles for homes. The “ranch” style home and a Spanish/Mediterranean home. Sure there are many others, but these are the two that come to mind first.

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Our home (on a cold winter day) was designed to look like a little Mediterranean villa and is fairly typical of homes built here in the ’90’s and beyond. California is also home to some “original” Spanish style bungalows that were built in the early half of the 20th century, that are wonderful, especially the original adobe homes that keep cool during California’s hot summers.

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You may be wondering what all of this trivia has to do with Mexican antiquities! Well, as one who likes to see the exterior and interior of a home compliment one another, my appreciation for the Mediterranean influence in interior design has grown over the years. And while we aren’t big collectors, I’m “over the moon” for real Spanish Colonial art and Mexican antiquities, including religious folk art!

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All of these images are of pieces for sale by a San Francisco collector/gallery called Colonial Arts. I visited their beautiful old gallery a couple of years ago and see that they’ve moved to 16th Street, in the city. If you have an interest, the owner is knowledgeable, no pressure and a great resource.
I see a similar influence of style in our own home. Lots of carved wood and earthy colors. Tobi Fairley has not stepped foot in our home, as you can see!

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Now, dont get me wrong, Tobi fans! I love her light, bright colors, clean lines, and graphics. They just wouldn’t be right for this home.

Bottom line, we need to be true to our own design preferences, while considering a home’s architectural heritage. It’s all about loving the place we gather and share, with our family and friends!

Enjoy your weekend!

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4 Comments

  1. Barbara@HausDesign on September 11, 2011 at 1:43 am

    What a beautiful home you have! I love that Spanish-inspired look. Your pieces are just lovely!

    • Barbara Bussey on September 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Thank you! Hope all is well in your part of the world!

  2. classic • casual • home on September 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I really like to see Mediterranean architecture that is to scale, like yours, and not over the top…we call them “Neo Taco” down here. I grew up is a similar house.

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