A curvy, 14-foot-tall hood made of cement dominates this vivid, high-ceilinged room.
For their house in Mérida, architect Salvador Reyes-Rios and designer Josefina Larraín played imaginatively with Mexican materials and styles. Their most brilliant idea: the giant hood. A pattern along the edge was stamped into the wet cement with a wood mold. Blue paint on the hood and apricot paint on the stucco walls evoke the sky and sun. The backsplash is a mosaic of new and vintage tiles.
A back-to-basics kitchen on a 200-acre organic farm is outfitted with a wood-fired stove and traditional stone pots.