Was our grueling but pleasurable casa crawl, AKA the Mérida Showcase of Homes, a success? By all accounts, yes. Did it inspire us at just the right time? Definitely, yes.
I wore out my camera battery almost right away snapping pics of tiles, pedestals, columns, chairs, baths, windows, backsplashes, etc. Not that any one home was completely to my taste, but most had an element here or there that felt right for us.
Some casas seems to go toward the beach-resort aesthetic; others embraced an uptown modern vibe; we saw rustic and formal touches blended seamlessly. All the owners carved out attractive, livable spaces, and it was instructive for people like us who have had limited exposure to Mérida interiors. We found that photos rarely convey the real feel of a room with soaring ceilings.
Now I’m back at home, and no longer putting off what I’ve meant to do for a long time now. I’ve gathered images from here and there, including snapshots I took at the crawl. To make it fun, I laid them out, juxtaposing them for size and color, and writing little captions. I won’t put Ambientes out of business, but my imaginary Mérida home decor magazine has been fun to assemble, and helpful for clarifying how our tastes translate in the tropics.
I’m too shy to share my layouts in anything larger than this microscopic size, but you’ll recognize work from Cruz, Ponce, Gonzales Escalante, Reyes Rios + Larrain, and Heitke/Sterling. I could have gone on and on, and maybe I will over the weekend.