Modern Mexican Marvel: Casa Jacarandas by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos

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This beautiful contemporary indoor/outdoor residence in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, is a product of the Mexican firm Hernandez Silva Arquitectos. It’s hard to decide which is more beautiful: the elegant stone stairway leading up to the main entrance, or the covered courtyard below it, with sunlight filtering through the wood slats. Natural stone on either side provides a cool, shady place from which you can look out on the front lawn, or proceed directly to the back yard, up another short set of steps. What’s at the back? Beautiful curved stone walls, a small pond, and rolling lawns — a peaceful spot readily visible from the expansive deck and living room that can become open-air with a slide of a glass panel. Inside, natural light pours through two stories of glass wall as well as long vertical windows.

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Complementing and echoing the sunlight, the décor is filled with bright color: lemon yellow on dining-area chairs, vivid orange-red on loungers, green in the art on the wall and the rug on the floor. (More green, visible in the sleek kitchen with its eat-in counter and handy TV, is natural: it’s ivy growing on the stone walls outside!) “Light” and “transparency” are two key elements of the style of Hernandez Silva; you can see that readily apparent in the whimsical sphere “lights” they have dotting the landscape. Relaxation is also key here — with lots of casual lounging areas beneath the roof of the sheltered courtyard, in a handy hammock, and on a third-floor “rooftop” terrace. An open, spacious place to spread out in with elegance and style: that’s Casa Jacarandas.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).