Cover image Decologist Anne-Marie Springer
Nothing says laid-back luxury quite like a beautiful beach cabana – and today Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican culture – we thought it perfect timing to be rocking the Latin American vibe. We believe in creating homes that you’ll love for the long term, and a beautiful backdrop with some well-chosen pieces will allow you to introduce inter-changeable accessories for seasonal updates that don’t have to cost the earth – literally or figuratively. With South and Central America’s rich cultural roots, there is plenty to inspire, so Decologist, Trudy Ziman guides you through how to give your home a Latino lift.
Bring that boho beach vibe to your bedroom by swapping heavy pendants for lighter bamboo or wicker shades and ditching dark drapes for white linen or floaty sheers at the windows during the summer months. Splashes of emerald green and turquoise in the form of cushions or cotton throws will conjour up notions of lush foliage and azure seas and have you dreaming of sandy beaches and sunshine in no time.
Turn the Tables
The colours we associate with Latin America are energising Fuschia pink, Emerald green and Turquoise so go the full Frida Khalo and boost the mood with these hot hues. Glass and tableware in clashing colours will create an eclectic feel and inject vitality into springtime gatherings. Bowls of citrus fruits teamed with plants and flowers make an effortlessly cool yet vibrant table decoration. ‘The key is to avoid trying to create a ‘look’,’ says interior designer, Trudy Ziman. ‘Edited elements against a neutral background will look super chic.’
Of course, Latin American style isn’t all eco-chic boutique hotels; the region encompasses ancient cultures stretching back thousands of years and with that a wonderful array of traditional crafts. Maison Numen is an online store that offers a portal into this world by offering objects with meaning and provenance, made by highly skilled makers and innovative designers. Although their origins are functional these Guapa trays with their graphic geometric design, handwoven by Ye’kwana men of the Venezuelan Amazon, make beautifully decorative pieces.
This gorgeous Catarina Ikat fabric is from A Rum Fellow, a London based design studio that specialises in artisan textiles, and whose work is featured in projects by leading design names, Kit Kemp and Suzy Hoodless. Traditionally made with Indigo hand-dyed yarn and woven on a pedal loom by a Mayan weaving cooperative in Guatemala, the Ikat pattern combines heritage craftsmanship and classic design with a pop of modernity for a fresh and contemporary feel.
‘The feeling of being on holiday every day is what encapsulates Latin American style for me,’ says Trudy. ‘It’s a fusion of styles with colourful textiles and woven furniture found in most stylish Latin homes. If you’re worried about an explosion of colour invest in pieces that can be restyled to suit the mood or season.’ Urbanara has a fabulous selection of textiles or check out montesandclark.co.uk for handcrafted Mexican cushions and throws.
Leaf it out
Pile on the palms to create a tropical oasis on a sheltered patio or garden. Planting foliage in zingy pots like these faceted planters from Habitat will add vibrancy. Team with pops of colour to take the lush Latin feel up a notch. ‘In a tropical climate there is greenery everywhere,’ says Trudy. ‘Indoors and outdoors are fluid, so create a connection with similar pots and plants in each.’
Make a commitment
For a longer lasting look, try these luscious paint colours from Designers Guild
Vreeland Pink 127, Marine and Emerald 92, matt emulsion, 2.5L from £40, designersguild.com
If you love the Latin Style, but need some help curating a selection that works for your home – book FREE consultation with one of our designers to get the process started.
FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO!