Last time Justin and I were in Mexico City we rented a car and drove 2 hours south to Cuernavaca because Justin had just read Under the Volcano, which takes place there. In the 1930s, it was apparently an ex-pat haven...full of American artists and writers...and it maintained that reputation for several decades, attracting the likes of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Timothy Leary (bohemian street cred alert!). The city has changed a lot since then...and the Cuernavaca of today is unfortunately pretty touristy and fairly commercial. But there is one thing that made the drive TOTALLY worth it: The Robert Brady Museum.
Casa de la Torre is the home of Robert Brady, an American artist who moved to Cuernavaca in 1962 and set up camp in a massive XVI Franciscan Monastery. His decorating style is RIGHT up my alley. Lots of color, lots of art, and lots of COLLECTIONS. Collections of pillows, masks, crosses, bottles, ceramics, statues. Art hung salon style! Objects en masse! Everything just the way I like it.
Here are some of my photos from the trip and a few I found on flickr.
Photo Sources: #4, #5, #16 from here; #7, #11, #15 from here; #13 from here; #17 from here
So much decorating inspiration! I love the way he chooses to display his art collection. The mix of high and low. An original Frida Kahlo self portrait next to a bunch of random tchotchkes and Mexican handicrafts. Nothing too fussy. Everything done with a sense of humor. A necklace thrown around a statue...a giant gaucho doll slumped in an antique chair. I love it all. This house REALLY appeals to my maximalist side. Hmm...do I have a minimalist side?