Mann in Mexico
Truth be told, I was piecing together a blog about edgy and always surprising designer Kara Mann when I came across these (insert an enthusiastic Ta-Da!!) breathtaking images of a beach house she designed in Mexico, as featured in the Oct/Nov 2008 issue of Western Interiors. I browsed through them, practically smelling the salty air, and thought we could all use a little vacation. So grab your margaritas and come with me (and Kara Mann, of course) to Mexico!
Kara keeps the traditional hacienda-style wood beams, but done on a smaller scale, they appear modern and decorative (rather than architectural). She also incorporates simple, gracious arched doorways. The suzani-print by Donghia gives a subtle touch of color and yes, designers shop retail, too, adding a rustic cocktail table from Restoration Hardware.
As in all her design work, Kara Mann mixes and matches elements that you wouldn’t expect but does it in a way that just works. Here, she pairs rough wood accents with crisp, white elements. The dramatic headboard is the life of this party!
Sigh. I’m not ready to return from Mexico. Scroll to the top and let’s go again.
Images courtesy of Odi et Amo blog