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Hacienda Courtyards (Mexican Design Books) Hardcover – August 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Mexican Design Books
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (August 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423600010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.6 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Towering walls covered in flowering vines, carved stone columns, graceful arcades, tranquil water fountains and seductive palm-lined pools create the serene oasis that is the hacienda courtyard. Discover the rich colors, natural textures and design details that define the alluring, Mexican courtyard that is the heart of every hacienda home. Hacienda Courtyards takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of gracious outdoor living areas, from the Yucatán's colonial estates to the centuries-old homes and haciendas of Morelia, Alamos and Oaxaca. Cobbled courtyards boast sculptural stone spheres and breezy, hammock-strung portales reveal old stone pavers, handmade clay bricks and wooden beams.
Today, architects and designers are drawing inspiration from hacienda architecture and its age-old water heritage to create imaginative, secluded spaces: tiled wall fountains spill agua from old hacienda rainspouts into aquatic gardens with papyrus-filled stone feeding troughs. Swimming spaces include hacienda water tanks-turned-pools and a dramatic contemporary water space that flows beneath grand portal arches-allowing swimmers to encircle stone columns.
Explore the architectural elements, private water havens, furniture and garden vessels that will inspire you to create a courtyard paradise in your own home.
Award-winning authors of the popular Mexican design book series-Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, Mexican Details, and Hacienda Home-Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr were awarded La Pluma de Plata (The Silver Pen) from Mexico's Ministry of Tourism for The New Hacienda. As designers and antiques dealers, they have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for more than twenty-five years.
Based in Austin, Texas, Witynski and Carr are owners of Joe P. Carr Design, a gallery and design firm specializing in hacienda style, colonial furniture, and architectural elements. They have designed and renovated homes and haciendas throughout the United States and Mexico and have collaborated on numerous commercial design projects, including boutique hotels and restaurants.
The authors have been featured in national magazines, newspapers and television programs including Architectural Digest, Western Interiors, House Beautiful and HGTV's Takeover My Makeover.
Karen Witynski's photographs and articles appear in national design publications and Joe P. Carr is a hacienda design consultant and furniture designer. Together they divide their time between Mexico and their hacienda-style home in Texas. www.mexicanstyle.com.

About the Author

Award-winning authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers and antiques dealers. Their Mexican design book series includes six titles: Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details.

Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Antiques, an interior design firm and gallery specializing in hacienda style, Mexican colonial furniture, and architectural elements. Their design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Individually, Witynski photographs homes and gardens for national publications and Carr is a hacienda consultant and furniture designer.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kim Mahahual on June 8, 2008
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I've purchased most of this series of books since I design Hacienda style homes and these make good reference. The problem is that they are starting to repeat themselves and this one actually is a step down offering nothing new and most of the images look tired and uninspired. If you are looking to design only a hacienda courtyard this might be good, but I think "In a Mexican Garden" by Melba Levick and Gina Hyams is a lot more lively and has spawned more imagination for my clients (and myself).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Baxter on December 29, 2007
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This book is the bible for Interior Designers who wish to follow through with interior spaces and make the patios and gardens beckon their clients to enjoy equally their outside spaces. This book is a must in every designers library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holden Caulfield on April 22, 2009
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This is a cute book but it is simply a repetition of the other Carr/Witynski books on Yucatan, Mexican design. It has basically the same photos, features the same architects and promotes the same furnishings that the writers sell. My suggestion is if you have their Casa Yucatan book that will suffice. If you are interested in learning more about Yucatan-Mexican design is to search here at Amazon. You will find a nice selection books at an affordable price. Save your money and pass on this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Harris on July 6, 2009
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The book had some very nice photographs and showcased a varity of looks. It was helpful inspire some decorating and art ideas. I was concerned at the begining that there was way too much of the authors' own Texas "hacienda." Luckily, there was less of that as the book progressed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kalinowski on August 7, 2008
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I got a used book that is in perfect condition. Photography is great with good ideas if you are thinking about doing something in your own yard that leans toward a courtyard feel. Writing is simple but knowledgeable. Would recommend the book. Actually I only ordered one book but was charged for and received two. That was ok this time, but I kept one book for me and one was a gift.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Girl on March 3, 2008
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Although there are plenty of photographs, they were of the same few properties over and over. I had expected more variety.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Royal Horton on December 24, 2008
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We are remodeling a Spanish Revival church that dates from 1940 and needed some ideas. This book served us very well for several courtyard details we will be including in our remodel.
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