With a vast architectural heritage spanning four centuries, Mexican haciendas express a rugged romantic beauty whose arcaded silhouettes, rich colors, and natural textures are an ever-increasing influence for architects and designers worldwide.
Hacienda Home heralds the grandeur of Mexico’s colonial treasures and reveals the innovations sparking their revived roles and new interpretations. Having opened the doors to Mexico’s restored country estates in their 1999 book The New Hacienda, authors and designers Witynski and Carr invite you in for a closer view of the design details that create the essence of hacienda style. Their extensive travels brim with exotic locations: the henequén haciendas and colonial homes of Yucatán and Campeche, the sugar estates of Morelos, and the chocolate haciendas of Tabasco.
Whether one is restoring a colonial home or adding antique ornament to a new hacienda-style home, the integration of old-world architectural elements provides hacienda character both inside and out. Carved-stone columns and elegant arches frame views to lush tropical gardens and glistening pools; colonial doors and spindled window grilles stand guard against towering, deep red walls; and hand-hewn beams support palm-filled corridors. Generously proportioned salas are resplendent with colorful yellow ocher walls, decorative stencils, artful treasures, and colonial antiques.
A magnificent photographic tour, Hacienda Home invites you to step inside the expanse of cool tiled rooms, breezy portales, and soothing water gardens to experience the grace of hacienda living.
Award-winning authors of the popular Mexican design book series-Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details-Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr were awarded La Pluma de Plata (The Silver Pen) from Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism for The New Hacienda. As designers and antiques dealers, they have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for more than twenty-five years.
Based in Austin, Texas, Witynski and Carr are owners of Joe P. Carr Design, a gallery and design firm specializing in hacienda style, colonial furniture, and architectural elements. They have designed and renovated homes and haciendas throughout the United States and Mexico and have collaborated on numerous commercial design projects, including boutique hotels and restaurants.
The authors have been featured in national magazines and television programs, including Architectural Digest, Western Interiors, House Beautiful and HGTV’s Takeover My Makeover. In celebration of Mexico’s rich traditional paint colors, Witynski and Carr have collaborated with Pittsburgh® Paints to create The Hacienda Home™ Color Palette. Karen Witynski’s photographs and articles appear in national design publications and Joe P. Carr is a hacienda design consultant and furniture designer. Together they divide their time between Mexico and their hacienda-style home in Texas.
About the Authors
Award-winning authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers and antiques dealers. Their Mexican design book series includes six titles: Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details.
Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Antiques, an interior design firm and gallery specializing in hacienda style, Mexican colonial furniture, and architectural elements. Their design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Individually, Witynski photographs homes and gardens for national publications and Carr is a hacienda consultant and furniture designer.