When I imagine my perfect house, I always think of either a seaside property located on a coast overlooking the water or a large ranch-type of home with beautifully landscaped grounds and acreage beyond imagination. This hacienda style house, designed by a New Yorker David Howell for John Houshmand – a furniture designer – comes pretty close to what I see as my dream-come-true abode of the distant future. It is the uncomplicated architecture, the relaxed interior ambiance and the close connection with nature that I find serene and harmonious.
When working on this casa in the artisan centered town of San Miguel de Allende, David Howell abandoned high-tech building techniques and limited himself strictly to traditional construction methods and local materials, such as concrete or volcanic rock. By doing this, the updated courtyard-style hacienda becomes a testament to the artistry and skill of regional craftsmen as well as a product and a natural extension of its surroundings. Furnished and decorated to a large extent with Mexican antiques, textiles and handcraft, the interior design emphasizes the authenticity of this wonderful space.