Home & Style
July 11, 2013
Rich with modern and eastern touches, a family home in Mexico’s Northeastern State of Nuevo León reenivisions the classic Hacienda.
Out of This World
The dramatic terrain of Nuevo León Cumbers de Monterrey National Park proved irresistible for a 50-year-old entrepreneur, who bought 24 wooded acres in the park’s Chipinque nature reserve in 2003. He then commissioned the architect Mauricio Lobeira, a partner and cofounder of the firms Treheavo Plano (Nuevo Leó) and Ten Plus Three (Texas), to build Casa las Moras: a 22,000-squared-foot, four-bedroom estate that would overlook Nuevo León’s capital city of Monterrey. “The family wanted the flavor of a hacienda,” says Lobeira, “but interpreted in a more worldly way."
Finished in 2012, the home indeed has a global mien that begins outside (previous spread, right). The antique double door from India sits within the facade of Galarza stone from Guebla, Mexico. Inside, in the master suite (previous spread, left), a walnut screen based on an Islamic design rests near artworks by the Mexican ceramist Ana María Montes de Oca and metal consoles from the Nelson Line in Dallas. Custom walnut shelves display pre-Columbian pottery in the library (right and opposite), where a shagreen-clad Parsons table serves as a bar. Indian columns with mother-of-pearl inlay mark the transition to the living room (below), where Brueton sofas and Holly Hunt chairs offer comfy vantage points.
The informal family room (about and left) achieves a rich textural mix. A bespoke Berman Rosetti sectional sofa in a velvety fabric fronts a fireplace sheathed in Galarza stone. Lobar customized the David Sutherland ottomans with suede and zebra hide, and he acquired from a local collector the glazed Indonesian planters, which add patches of glossy green to the largely monochromatic surroundings. The flank another painting in the owner’s extensive Mexican collection, this on by the Michoacan artist Juan Torres Calderon. The custom audiovisual cabinet brings in the walnut cents that appear in the home;s other spaces. In the family room’s casual eating area (left), slip covered chairs from Dallas’s E.C. Dickens tuck under a custom Gregorius/Pineo ding table with a built-in lazy Susan. Overhead, a repoussé chandelier with Chinese pongee silk shades, from the Baker Signature Lighting collection, recalls a Han Dynasty candle stand, which was the fixture’s inspiration. On the patio (above, in the background) is seating from Janus et Cie’s Balou collection.
The backyard’s dining terrace, which is adjacent to the kitchen, maintains aesthetic harmony with the rest of the home. The Galarze stone that appears on the front facade is in play here, as is a set of Indian doors similar to the pari at the home’s front entrance. From Art of Old India in Dallas, the doors conceal the patio’s cooking equipment. Overhead, the 12-foot-high eaves — the same whitewashed pine beams used in a number of the home’s interior spaces — create an easy flow from indoor to outside. Thick stone columns support the overhang, while massive mangrove root, root at Casa Antiguedades Maria Luisa in San Miguel de Allende, props up the dining table’s glass top. Loveira surrounded the table with Dedon’s Richard Friner-designed tang chairs, seamlessly integrating, as elsewhere in the home, styles and eras, contemporary and classic.