After staying in Leon, Mexico for a couple of days, many people told me I had to visit San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is about a 2-hour drive from Leon and is known for being a beautiful colonial town filled with artists and expats from all over the world. I was really eager to discover something new and so I went on my last day in Mexico.
After getting off the 2hour bus ride and catching another crazy bus that took you right into the centre of the little town, I finally arrived and was greeted by festivities and a beautiful church down in the centre, La Parroquia, a world famous church. The colours of San Miguel are muted and lively, and everywhere you look you find a colour story.
As I walked ice cream in one hand and camera in the other, I couldn’t help just take photos of the simplest brick and children playing on the streets – two young girls discuss how they are going to sell there little Chiclet’s gums.
I had a whole plan of what I wanted to see and where I wanted to go, but as soon as I got there I realized what I was suppose to see would be found with no plan and no itinerary. I walked down the first street and the first place I saw was a gorgeous little coffee shop called –Ki’Bok Café which originated in Tulum, as many things did from San Miguel. I talked to the owner and he invited me to check out the roof which had one of the best views of the city – what captured me most were the other yellow roofs around me.
Next I stumbled upon a contemporary art studio with a little backyard filled with sculptures and plants called Galleria Arte Contemporaneo SMA. The contemporary taste was refreshing and modern and the galleria owner was so kind and intelligent. I was not surprised to see the artists coming from Mexico were equally as talented and inspiring. From here I continued to walk down the street and found an open concept design space. I walked in and definitely walked into a designer’s world. I stumbled upon Tao Studio, a gorgeous space completely designed by the artist – from the painting, to the tables, the furniture and the sculptures. I walked into his world and I was in love. He taught me that an artist or designer should not be labelled – they should be able to create whatever inspires them and informs their world – this I took note of.
I did have one mission in San Miguel and knew I needed to find textiles, inspiration and discover new brands. I walked into KM33 a beautiful boutique with authentic South American and Mexican designers. From handmade hats to unique avant-garde ponchos, their products were immaculate and these girls were tastemakers. Just when I thought I had seen the best I realized that I was actually in a Hotel called Casa No Name.
Casa No Name is a beautiful Tulum inspired boutique hotel hidden amongst the streets of San Miguel. Inside was a waterfall and zen garden that inspired me to sit and just chill – it was incredibly calming. As I sat no one bothered me but instead encouraged me to go check out there bar upstairs. I was shy at first but then I went up and I was so happy I did.
Design in all forms is inspiring to me. The way a space can transport a person to a different culture and give them a different feeling always amazed me. This was no exception.
On the roof was a gorgeous bar, garden and lounge area all decorated with wood furniture, white bedding and killim pillows. It was a mix of so many worlds all together and I was totally inspired and could not stop taking it all in. Casa No Name was my last stop and the inspiration I needed as I think about my brand and what I hope to reflect in the lifestyle and design. As I sat for a little too long admiring the surroundings I realized I had a bus ride back in 20 minutes and it was time to go.