San Miguel House and Garden tour… through books

San Miguel de Allende is a town where style matters! Architects and interior designers have talent to exalt the beauty of this colonial jewel.

Here are two new books featuring some of the most beautiful houses in San Miguel.

The Artisanal Home: Interiors and Furniture of Casamidy

Written by Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada, Preface by Anita Sarsidi, Foreword by Celerie Kemble, Contribution by Ingrid Abramovitch

Artisanal Home

An arresting mix of artisanal, old, and contemporary furnishings is the hallmark of Casamidy’s vibrant and cheerful interiors. For the design duo of Casamidy, Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy, creativity is a way of life that is reflected in their designs, a fusion of their French and Mexican heritages. They show how to incorporate artisanal objects and treasured family heirlooms to orchestrate vivid and dramatic surroundings. This inspiring book showcases their homes and other projects in urban and country settings that illustrate their appealing bohemian aesthetic. For a charming Mexico home, the front doorway is collaged with tin ex-votos and religious charms and crowned with a dramatic cement concha shell. Baroque mirrors, French-style armchairs re-covered in remnants from a fine Paris textile shop, and weathered Moroccan side tables grace the comfortable living spaces. The terra-cotta floors warmed by the sun recall homes in the South of France. For each project, the couple shares their design process, giving the textures and a color palette.
> About the Author
Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy are the founders of Casamidy, a highly publicized contemporary furnishings company in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which began in 1998. Their work has been published in leading lifestyle magazines, among them Elle Decor, Vogue, and World of Interiors. Midy is also an interior designer. Ingrid Abramovitch is a lifestyle journalist, a senior writer and editor at Elle Decor, and the author of Restoring a House in the City. Anita Sarsidi is the contributing interiors editor Architectural Digest. Celerie Kemble is a principal in Kemble Interiors. Her work has been featured in leading interiors magazines, and she is the author of two books, including To Your Taste.

Casa Bohemia, the Spanish-Style House

Written by Linda Leigh Paul, Photographed by Ricardo Vidargas


A celebration of the uniquely vibrant architecture and interiors of classic and new Spanish-style houses in the southwestern and southern United States, Mexico, and Spain. Casa Bohemia showcases a collection of some of the most beautifully preserved Spanish style houses, from restored haciendas in Mexico to early and recent 20th century California mission styles.
Twenty-nine residences built between the late seventeenth century and the present day are featured in new, stunning color photography that captures architectural details inside and out and enchanting Spanish, Moorish, European and Mexican antique furnishings, artifacts, and crafts. Author Linda Leigh Paul traces the history of Spanish style architecture from its Iberian sources to the development of the Mission style in the Americas to the still-flourishing Spanish Revival and Mediterranean styles, and endlessly rich details, including ornate wrought-iron, wood balconies, crafted glass, colorful tiles and textiles, and graceful arches. But what all of the houses featured in Casa Bohemia have in common—though they range across centuries and places as diverse as San Miguel de Allende, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Hollywood, Malibu, Texas, and Wyoming—is a visual richness and vitality that emerges from the distinctive approaches to preservation and decoration found in each.
> About the Author
Linda Leigh Paul is the author of many books, including Cottage and Cabin, Cottages by the Sea, Coastal Retreats, Desert Retreats, Cottages on the Coast, The Cabin Book, Island Living, and Lakeside Living.