Search
Close this search box.
Search
Michelle Nussbaumer, Ceylon et Cie, Mexico, san miguel de allende, texas

Michelle Nussbaumer’s Colorful Maximalism

By

Share

Texas-based Designer Michelle Nussbaumer—founder of Ceylon et Cie—reflects Her Eclectic Universe in Her Holiday Home in Mexico

For most people, it is difficult to create a vision for a house that needs many renovations. But for interior and product Texas-based designer Michelle Nussbaumer, the opposite is true. While walking the streets of San Miguel de Allende, a charming city in Mexico, Nussbaumer was drawn to a dilapidated wall that inspired her to discover what was behind it: a 16th-century hacienda.

Immediately seduced by its potential, Michelle Nussbaumer sought out the owner, convinced him to sell her the property, and started a complete renovation to make it her family holiday home.

This 23,000-square-foot project reflects Michelle Nussbaumer’s love for different cultures and her eclectic style, characterized by a mix of colors and motifs.

The house has an authentic Mexican vibe thanks to traditional elements such as blue and white talavera tiles in the kitchen; at the same time, it includes references to a palace in Istanbul, the arches of Morocco, pilasters of Rome, and flooring seen in the Château de Versailles, among others.

Filled with antiques and art, this very personal project, where Michelle Nussbaumer honors old techniques in a contemporary context, features visual surprises both inside and outside, where charming gardens, patios with fountains, and terraces invite dwellers and visitors to enjoy sunny days. michellenussbaumer.com

Photographs: courtesy of Douglas Friedman

RELATED TAGS

Enhance Your Outdoor Space with VERGOLA’s Smart Louvre Roof

Elevate your outdoor living experience with VERGOLA—a cutting-edge, automated roof system meticulously crafted to harmonize with California's coastal lifestyle. Designed to seamlessly blend light, shade, and air, VERGOLA offers unparalleled versatility and sophistication.
  • March 20, 2024
  • DIGS

Exploring Corinne Mathern Studio’s Tranquil Spaces at La Tarantella

Nestled amidst picturesque vineyards and olive trees in the Santa Ynez Valley, La Tarantella, a stunning villa, has been transformed into an enchanting space for private events. Spearheaded by Corinne Mathern Studio, the renovation beautifully balances old-world charm with modern elegance.
  • February 7, 2024
  • Karine Monié

Rock Formation: OPEN Architecture’s Chapel of Sound

Located in rural Chengde, China, at the base of a valley with ruins of the Great Wall, the almost alien-looking performance venue Chapel of Sound, which hosts concerts in warmer climes and contemplation year-round, is an architectural opus by Beijing-based OPEN Architecture.
  • May 1, 2024
  • Jenn Thornton

Northern Exposure: The Rock by Gort Scott

Fixed to a rocky crag above Alta Lake in the Canadian mountain resort of Whistler, a truly exceptional private house surveys the mountainous landscape from which it is quite literally inseparable.
  • April 17, 2024
  • Jenn Thornton

Neri&Hu Architects: Making Memory

A contemporary take on traditional Chinese courtyard house by Neri&Hu, a typology based on Confucian ideals where different generations live under the same roof, the structure was built for three siblings, with a memorial garden in tribute to their late mother.
  • April 3, 2024
  • Jenn Thornton

Framing Nature with TEN Studio

A patch of land on Avala Mountain in rural Serbia sets the stage for a gridded, steel-frame structure by TEN Studio.
  • February 7, 2024
  • Jenn Thornton
Sign Up for DIGS Newsletters