Casa Midy: A Home Rich in Story

July 2, 2019

The talented couple Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada design furniture with a variety of historic influences and showcase it in the amazing homes they've designed together; one being Casa Midy in San Miguel de Allende which I had the pleasure of touring.

 

{DISCLAIMER: These images were captured on an old iphone during a spontaneous home tour. Poor quality aside, I believe the charm of the home translates and was worth sharing. }

 

The cool blue foyer reveals quickly upon entry that we have landed somewhere special, where an eclectic mix of old world traditional and cheeky hipster reign supreme. 

 

 

It's a meandering layout and this hallway stores cooking essentials just outside of the combined kitchen dining area, in custom, stair-hugging cabinets made of reclaimed materials that lend a rustic, farm house vibe.  

 

Stepping into the kitchen solidifies a love of pattern and bold experimentation, where green ties it all together. The backsplash is an aged, reflective aluminum that resembles an antiqued mirror. Beautiful ceramic floor tiles are typical of the area.

 

One entire wall of the dining area opens to a courtyard that does not disappoint, with plenty of custom-designed lounging options for afternoon siestas, casual eating areas and a stone fireplace for evening of conversation. 

 

Heading upstairs is a glimpse of what's to come, passing by this paper mache star that was surely carried through the El Jardínbin one of San Miguel's many colorful parades that celebrate the people and history of this vibrant city.  It's grandness in this narrow passageway is such a delight!  

 

 

The paper mache star theme is carried onto the ceiling of the children's room. Paired with traditional pinstriped upholstery on a set of antique bucket chairs, it's as if we've stumbled into a circus tent. What a place to feed the imagination of a child!

 

 And still we remain rooted in history and tradition, with clay tile floors and the warmth of natural wood, intentionally left worn and unfinished. These can be tricky elements to combine but here one style highlights the other to a dynamic balance. 

 

 

 The sitting room has an air of relaxed sophistication, with antiques and curiosities in abundance that relate a life well-traveled and a reverence for history, handcrafted objects and architectural design.

 

Plenty of casual elements keep it anything but stuffy-traditional; bright bohemian woven rugs, patio furniture, pillow-packed daybeds and whispy curtains. The broad eclecticism of this space is exactly what I love about it. 

 

 

Same room, opposite side. Anyone who takes inspiration from nature and immortalizes it into sculpture has my attention, like that brass mesquite branch framed under a contemporary coffee table.

 

 

And we must appreciate those scalloped, built in shelves that nod to the traditional Spanish architecture you find all over San Miguel.

 

 

A small guest bedroom is not overlooked, and feels inspired by rural cottage life somewhere in France or Italy's picturesque wine country. It’s a little quieter and more homogenized than the other rooms, which I imagine the Grandparents appreciate.  

 

 

Here the adjoining bathroom reinforces a European Countryside flavor, infused with modern, global eclectic elements.

 

 

I was taken with the roomy division of space and thoughtful appointment of art and object in a room where basic function often overrides design, like that bright red chinoiserie room divider.

 

And these antique medicine bottles atop a rustic wood pedestal relate back to the sink area boasting a large mural of farm life. By this point the cultural reference are blurring; perhaps the geographically diverse influences have more similarities than differences.  

 

 

Moving to the master bedroom, there are fewer but equally interesting wow factors; as suiting for a space to begin and end the day. 

 

 

Still, a weathered curio cabinet holds objects of interest that invites the imagination to wander to faraway places and moments in time. 

 

The juxtaposition of industrial, metal framed wingback chairs with a traditional caned sofa and a set of posh side tables gets me. A saturated red tile floor connects all these elements into a proudly diverse, if perhaps a bit eccentric, family.

 

 

If this mix of traditional elements and eclectic, modern design gets you like Whoa, I recommend their coffee table book, 'The Artisanal Home' where Casa Midy is featured among eight striking homes the design duo has completed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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