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In Mexico, a Masterclass in Wallpaper and Bold Color

by Garrett Fleming

Twenty-one years ago, Susana Ordovás came to Mexico on assignment. A report for a British newspaper was on the docket, and so was José, if fate was going to have any say. Fate pushed and pulled behind the scenes, weaving them towards one another in the seemingly-serendipitous style only this couple can pull off. And as fate would have it, Susana and José were soon married and two children were in the works (though, at the time they of course were none the wiser to that last bit of fate’s dealings).

Fast-forward to 2017 and the Ordovás family, all four members intact, is thriving in this newly-renovated, Mexico City, MX home. Nestled on a serene, tree-lined street, the space is drenched in light and boasts vacation-level temperatures year-round. Susana, an avid thrifter and flea marketer, has loved using the home’s potential as an outlet for her interior passions, and so have her friends. But where to start? She and interior decorator Dirk-Jan Kinet felt an egg seemed appropriate. One in African malachite, to be more specific, and one that Susana graciously inherited. This small heirloom single-handledly informed the green hues that skip around the main spaces and some of the bedrooms you’ll see today, and I sure am happy it did.

The potential with green is endless: Mix it with floral wallpapers and velvet sofas; add to it a dash of pink; add to it a bunch of treasures you’ve collected. Susana and Dirk-Jan Kinet have executed them all — and with ease. Click through to soak up all of the tropical — yet still totally livable — vibes the design pair has concocted. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Ana Hop

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Susana and José's daughter Maria wanted a palm print for her bedroom, so she and Mom narrowed it down to this Cole & Son option. They used the leftover material to give the mirrors on her Dirk-Jan Kinet dresser an update as well.
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José -- a lawyer -- holds onto Jambo as he crashes the family portrait. Susana and José moved themselves and their two children Maria and Pepe to Mexico City 14 years ago. A year after living in the city, they were able to take over this home which had been remodeled to their ideal specifications.
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The hand-painted chandelier, vintage dresser, and the throw pillows in Maria's room are just a taste of the vibrant emeralds you'll see throughout this family's Mexico City home.
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What the guest bath lacks in size it makes up for in drama, thanks to a bronze sconce from Madrid and Kelly Wearstler wallpaper.
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These green enamel lamps and the vintage architectural drawings were purchased at La Lagunilla -- Mexico City's Sunday flea market.
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This view of the kitchen shows off its updated style and leafy accessories from H&M.
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In their son's room -- which is off-limits to parents -- Pepe displays a collage of photos from his childhood that his mom made for him, a custom-made headboard and Zara Home sheets.
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Amongst the IKEA shelving and cardboard deer hangs a portrait of an 11-year-old José that a street artist in Paris drew for him as a child.
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Susana liked the vintage Gillette sign in her previous home so much but wasn't able to bring it along when the family moved to Mexico City. Luckily, she's a top-notch thrifter and found one in just the right shade of green to complement her living room's scheme. The sofa was purchased through friend and mentor Dirk-Jan Kinet.
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The "tropical and vibrant" feel of this Christian Lacroix wallpaper -- and matching shade and pillow -- are what drew Susana to the pattern. The blazing print is reflected in the doors of a vintage medicine cabinet.
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African malachite eggs in a white bowl -- the color inspiration for the entire home -- and a disappearing lamp shade on the living room's mid-century credenza.
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"What I love most about my house is having drinks in the terraza," -- Susana Ordovás
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Dirk-Jan Kinet's influence can't be seen more clearly than here with the master bedroom's ceiling. Susana was highly anxious about painting it this hue to match the wallpaper, but lo and behold, she loves it now. Her and José's bed is from Casa Palacio, and their throw is from West Elm.
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Delano wallpaper by Cole & Son, antique mirror from Paris and bedding by Zara Home.
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"Young and fun and full of light" is the theme of the kids' den. It's separate from the rest of the home so they can be as loud and rowdy as they want to be.
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Nearly all of the mid-century-inspired decor in the den was purchased at the Mexico City flea market. A sofa and rug from Casa Palacio round out the look.
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Since Mexico City is drenched in so much sunshine, the family takes the majority of their meals here on the terrace. The Mexican tiles are all handmade, making each one unique and striking. Setting in stark contrast to their rich hue are a table and chairs from Dirk-Jan Kinet and H&M pillows.
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The layout of the first and second levels of the Ordovás' home.
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The lower level of the 1950s-era home.

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Comments

  • I think I could wallow on the sofa, the chair, those wallpapers… You make me like green! Kuddos for a great use of colour, your place is beautiful!

  • The layering of those green hues is so clever. And those wallpapers! I particularly love the Christian Lacroix one but they are all beautiful.

  • I had been wondering if my wallpapering only accent walls instead of entire rooms was becoming too much, but this has emboldened me! She does it so well.

  • The wallpapers are amazing; but I would’ve preferred she use them no place other than the walls. Like the lamp shade – it’s the same pattern like the wallpaper and thus completely disappears. A solid brass color or a contrasting pastel color would’ve been lovely.
    Other than that, I ADORE green and this home makes me happy just looking at it.

  • This home is so gorgeous and unique! Love, love, LOVE all the green. Where is the sunburst art above the master bed from?

  • Hola me gustaría una asesoría me están por entregar mi depa, a donde te pudo contactar y platicar!
    Azucena

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