Professionally Decorated Colonial Townhouse In Lovely San Miguel De Allende

Professionally Decorated Colonial Townhouse In Lovely San Miguel De Allende




Sep 2010

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

"Colorfully arty" appropriately depicts Mariposa Mexico! This is evident in the delightful character of the gated entrance, the painted antique door covered in bougainvillea and in the dreamy view down the lane to the church spire and local market. A hidden arbor path just behind the street entrance leads you seductively along toward days filled with local charm. It is a colorful artists "get away" with its own special magic that exudes from within.
The Arbor and Courtyard
Leafy green vines grow in abundance along the arbor walls and overhead arches. A row of central lanterns light the path at night while a succession of niches spot dramatic stone carvings along the walk way. This path ends in front of a stone stair case that leads to a small, cozy front courtyard. Peeking through the gate across the courtyard, one is treated to the first dramatic view of the Colonial facade. High arched glass doors lead to the ground floor bedrooms off the courtyard while a second set of windows balance the symmetry of the building from the second living room level. A large stone fountain occupies a central position between the gridded doors in the courtyard. It gives a splash of freshness to the privacy of this cozy open area. Directly overhead is the bell tower and rooftop terrace of this artistic Colonial town house (And, yes, the bell can be rung). A small seating area is directly across from the fountain in the courtyard. This provides a likely spot for morning coffee. Directly behind the seating is the stairway leading up to the second floor entrance and antique wooden door that accesses the living room and kitchen level.
Ground Floor Master Bedroom - colors beige, gold and white.
This smart colonial bedroom has light walls and an interesting checkerboard floor pattern that adds real charm. The focal point is the romantic king size canopy bed with white piqued curtains that flutter softly due to the overhead fans. The high mattresses on the beds and super soft pillows and linens of the bedding are divinely comfortable. Everywhere there are tasty things to see and all have a story of their own. The arched gridded mirrors reflect the accessories and give the room an airy, spacious feel. The large St. Peter sculpture, gilded capitols and vingins with air oles all decorate the room with their ageless presence. The "built in" closet has lights that turn on when you open the doors. Comfortable cool mats are "cozy" and the washed beam ceilings give a restful feel to the room. A lovely antique stone fireplace has a carved mantel with assorted gilded candlesticks and a tall overhead mirror that reflects the room in general.
Master Bath
The master bath has a large tub and central "large head" shower outlet. The bath looks out on a tiny private garden complete with a small fountain and romantic lantern. Niches decorate the walls. There are stacks of soft towels and interesting antique accessories. Porcelain bowls are attractively placed inside an antique Mexican table, and a large arched mirror occupies the entire back wall for convenient grooming.
The Guest Room - Beige and Aqua
This fun room has the cache of a bohemian apartment. It has the same checkerboard floors with mats, white washed beam ceilings and overhead fans just like the master bedroom. It also is decorated with lovely period Colonial antiques: a tall pine cupboard, chest of drawers and an antique washstand that is placed right in the room. The two matching single canopy beds have piqued curtains, high mattresses and very comfortable bedding and coverlets. Over the sinks there are also ceiling mirrors that show off the high ceilings and give the room an open feel. The tall pine hutch is decorated with assorted antique books that fill the shelves and the area on top. They end up fitting right inside the beams of the ceiling itself. Wonderful santos, niches and Colonial accessories decorate the room in the faux white and aqua colors. There is a built in closet with lights that switch on when you open the doors. A stone fireplace makes the room very cozy on a chilly day. A ceiling high mirror placed over the mantel reflects the rest of the bedroom, making it "airy and fun." There is a safe with a key in the bedroom for valuables.
Guest Bathroom
The guest bathroom has a shower and a separate toilet stall decorated with niches and colonial accessories.
Living Room/Kitchen
The second level has an open floor plan and the entire floor is used for the living room/kitchen area. The central part of the ceiling has a "boveda" ceiling with spots reflecting up from the moulding onto the boveda itself. In the kitchen section, there are wood beams. The floors are white faux brick with scattered red tapestry rugs. Two balconies look down on the courtyard below and glass light wells are placed periodically in the kitchen and in the corners of the room. Two chandeliers create romantic lighting in the center of the boveda. Inside a circular alcove.


More about us

  1. I lived in Europe for over 20 years, where I was trained as an Interior Designer. I have worked in Italy, France and Mexico. I currently live between Paris, Mexico, and near Utah, with my husband. We love traveling to locations that have quality fun, and artistic people. My husband is a talented musician, and an accomplished polo player, and we are both artistically inclined. We are willing to do exchanges with any one of our homes, although our home in Paris is rented almost year round.

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Where is it?


This "big two hearted" little town...this heartland town of Mexico, called San Miguel Allende, lies in the highlands of central Mexico in the state of Guanajuato. The area is locally called the "Bajio" for a vast plateau of fertile soil and rolling hills that encircles the city.

During the June-October rainy season, the semi arid countryside bursts to life with pink, yellow and blue wild flowers. The ring of foothills acts as a splendid backdrop for the most heavenly sunsets ever!

San Miguel is a 450-year-old Colonial town. It began as an Indian mission and was later drawn to the silver mining era with the mines that were being developed in Guanajuato. Today it is being protected as a national monument due to its historical importance in Mexico's fight for independence. It is for this reason that there are no neon signs, no bill boards, no fire hydrants and no traffic lights.

It is widely considered one of the prettiest and cleanest towns in Mexico. The narrow cobblestone streets remain much as they have for centuries. There is a mixture of 16th and 17th century architecture, old churches and elegant haciendas. All of these have sun baked, multihued walls varying in the spectrum of colors from okra to pastels, faded pink, green and blue.

It is fun to see donkeys tethered head to tail and parked at the entrance to a weathered hacienda door. Their backs are loaded high with bundles of firewood, which is delivered door to door on a regular basis.

It is on these same curved cobblestone streets that one encounters the mounted guards, or as we call them "the guardians of the past." They delight tourists as they sit on horseback in all of their Colonial regalia: blue waistcoats with brass buttons, red head bandanas and red waist sashes. Wow!!

The Jardin, or central park, is also the center of San Miguel. It is a bustling place! On weekends, to the delight of all children, a Clydesdale horse pulls the old ice cream truck right to this central square and there it waits for customers of all ages.

It is not uncommon for a band, also in military regalia, to strike up a march from their spot in the center gazebo, right in the middle of the Park.
Along the tree lined side of the Jardin, there are also groups of colorful older women seated along the walls of the arcade. At the break of dawn, they walk from long distances to set up their baskets of dried flowers which they sell to interested customers. As the day progresses, they generally participate in this communal life that centers around this "pulsating heart" at the center of San Miguel!

The park offers this same right of participation to anyone interested. It is filled with not only musicians but mothers enjoying after school outings with their children and teenagers taking a ritual stroll around the garden with their friends. There are a series of benches that allow for great people watching for Americans and the favored pastime of the locals, is just watching the day go by!
When the sun goes down, thousands of "grackles" make a fantastic ruckus returning to roost in the laurel trees.
In all directions from the Jardin apex, there are fun side streets with shops, restaurants, churches and academies or "belle artes" (these for artistic and academic endeavors). Not surprisingly there are also tortilla factories. It is great fun to walk up to a tortilla counter with a smile and a peso and receive six to eight wonderful hot tortillas and a broad smile in return.

It is along these same winding streets and from behind high walls that one is often treated to a surprise glimpse of an inner courtyard. Each "peak" is a unique and charming experience. Courtyards are alive: some with gurgling fountains, some with intricate wrought iron balconies, often with cascading bougainvillea and the blooming purple jacaranda in Spring. All are wonderfully private areas with elusive and fascinating pasts.

There are a myriad of details that delight the senses! Aromas and flavors seem to come from every direction. Usually at dusk, for example, wafts of tantalizing smoke descend on the street from the local Mexican cooking fires. Once experienced, this inebriating mesquite smell will forever haunt and forever signify Mexico!

San Miguel is often described as having a perpetual Spring like climate. Rarely does it get overly hot (even in midsummer) and although winter days can get "nippy", it is generally temperate (Although sweaters are best kept on hand).

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