It's one thing to watch HGTV's House Hunters International and get inspired to live abroad, but it's another to actually act on it. For Robert Willson and David Serrano, owners of a Los Angeles decorative arts showroom called Downtown, that's exactly what happened. After an episode of the show encouraged them to explore Mérida, the largest city on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the couple scooped up a dilapidated late-1800s house and began renovating it from top to bottom.
As Arch Digest details in their latest issue, the pair enlisted Maryland-based architect Chip Bohl to bring in "order, light, and modern amenities"—a mission accomplished by adding new rooms, clerestory windows, glass-block skylights, and oculi. The rest was a wild game of color and composition, as Willson and Serrano pieced together an arresting collection of furnishings (Terra-cotta sphinxes! Ceramic pineapples! A lime-green tiger-stripe velvet sofa!), set against pastel walls and graphic tile flooring. Head to AD for the full story and more photos.
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