When an Atlanta couple went in search of design inspiration for their San Jose del Cabo, Mexico vacation home, they knew they wanted something as laid back as the time they would spend there. In the end, designer Barbara Howard created a relaxing retreat ensconced in Mexican culture that still managed to stay true to the Atlanta couple’s roots.
Located in Querencia, an upscale community with breathtaking ocean views, there certainly wasn’t a lack of natural beauty for inspiration. Ironically, however, while the home was made to reflect the surrounding culture, most of the pieces used in the decor were shipped from Atlanta. Others were collected from the rich art community in neighboring San Miguel de Allende.
Pristinely decorated outdoor spaces, like a courtyard at the entrance and patio area out back, reflected the couple’s desire to have a cohesive indoor/outdoor space. Sliding doors in the living room open to connect the two worlds, while travertine flooring throughout makes for a seamless transition.
Adding to the relaxed feel of the home is a neutral color palette enlivened by small bursts of color. The collection of ivories, creams and beiges allow for the design to be easily tweaked with the addition of new and unusual art pieces.
Simple and laid back may have been the jumping-off point, but clearly the end result is so much more. I’m sure an immaculately decorated home makes every vacation this couple enjoys here that much sweeter.