Enrique Arellano and Libia Moreno have filled their Mexico City home with humor. From the tombstone sink to the bathroom fixtures made from garden faucets, this couple doesn’t take itself too seriously. During the day, Enrique works as a freelance designer, and Libia sells and designs traditional Mexican textiles and crafts. But on the weekends, they hit the flea markets for design inspiration and home furnishings — 95% of the objects in their home are vintage finds. And although they’ve only lived in the apartment for a year, they’ve already infused it with history. — Amy A.
Image above: The bookshelves were left in the apartment by the previous owners; we didn’t like them at the beginning, but we found a different way to use them, and it gives the bedroom an interesting look and makes it cozy. We like plain white linen for the bed, and the cushions are from my shop. They are hand embroidery by Chamulas women, and they are inspired by the blouses they use.
Image above: This space has three of my favorite things: the sofas (found on Mercado Libre, which is similar to eBay); the lamp, which was found at the house of a furniture salesman and needed to be completely rewired; and last but not least, our dog Oli. (The house is painted in a light gray and white that we bought at Comex. The gray is called Alpaci.)
Image above: The “Beloved Wife” comes from a joke many friends made about the look and size of the sink because it is made with the same stone used here in Mexico for gravestones and is big enough to fit a person, so we decided that it was funny to be upfront about the connection — particularly since the wife is often found at the sink!
Image above: I love the look of this sink; it is so simple and basic but still looks so pretty.
Image above: These two objects have always been around the house. The painting was a flea-market find, and we were drawn to the unusually long rectangular shape. The sign was found on the street in NY. One day, we were moving things around, and the sign ended up on top of the painting, and we said, “Hey it’s like a Banksy!” So we left it.
Image above: We love the way the bright light comes into the studio. But it can sometimes be a little difficult to share the same workspace. Enrique is really organized, and I always have a mess on my desk — papers, notebooks and textiles.