Karen Witynski

Award-winning authors/designers Joe P. Carr and Karen Witynski have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers, gallery owners and restoration consultants. Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Design, a gallery specializing in hacienda design, colonial antiques and architectural elements. They […]

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Colonial Mexican Kitchens

Mexican cocinas: the colonial kitchen

Mexican cocinas (kitchens) beckon with their colors, simmering aromas, humming activity and cherished implements that exude time-honored traditions. One of the most captivating and busy rooms in the Mexican home, the cocina is rich with traditional design elements–a bright array of ceramic tile, handcrafted furniture, and local crafts. Each Mexican kitchen, especially those in old colonial homes […]

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Mexican Design & Style: Overview

Mexican Design & Style: Overview

Sun-drenched colors of burnt ochre and red ignite massive walls and bring stone-chinked surface patterns to life. Antique wooden doors punctuated with hand-forged iron clavos open to reveal cool, tiled salas with lofty, wood-beamed ceilings and rustic colonial furniture. Brightly-tiled kitchens beckon with well-worn tables, glazed ceramics and utilitarian objects in stone, wood and copper. […]

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Restoring A Mexico Hacienda

Restoring a Mexican hacienda

In the late ’90s we became captivated by the richness of the Yucatan region’s hacienda architecture and the history of its multilayered civilizations. Trailing through myriad Maya villages and down overgrown dirt paths, we encountered many hacienda revivals in full force, as well as dormant treasures untouched by modern hands. While researching our second design […]

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Mexican Design Style: The publications

In their sixth book, authors/designers Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr travel through Mexico and the Southwest in celebration of the character-rich details of Mexican furniture, architectural elements and hand-crafted accents that resonate beauty and ingenuity. From chip-carved benches and hand-hewn tortilla tables to painted trunks and carved-stone moldings, the soulful nature of Mexican design […]

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Joe P. Carr

Award-winning authors/designers Joe P. Carr and Karen Witynski have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers, gallery owners and restoration consultants. Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Design, a gallery specializing in hacienda design, colonial antiques and architectural elements. They […]

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