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Josefina Larraín Lagos poses for Yucatán at Home magazine's cover on Aug. 17, 2021. Photo: Carlos van der Gracht de Rosado This morning in Josefina Larraín Lagos’ own home, which she designed with architect husband Salvador Reyes, serenity would be a struggle for...
For eight years now, CENTRO Architects have been working to address maintenance issues large and small in Mérida’s Centro. 
Illustration: Juan Pablo Quintal García Cats replaced people as my friends soon after quarantine 2020 began.  Watching the street took on a new fascination after lockdown. The utility roof was meant for ventilator and air conditioning equipment, not for cocktails,...
I thought I knew a lot about dogs until I took in two rescues. I was wrong. Rescuing a dog off the street, one that’s never been in a home or felt a tender hand, is a completely different story. 
Architect Carlos de la Barrera is well known in Mérida for projects that blur the line between interior and exterior and challenge established ways of doing things locally. 
Succulents dominate the landscape outside the entryway to Ric Kokotovich and Alison Wattie's home in Mérida. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht When Ric Kokotovich and Alison Wattie expanded their Mérida home by buying the lot next door, they took an opportunity to...
Marc Olsen's ranch in a remote part of Yucatán is powered completely by sun and wind. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Long before social distancing became a thing, Marc Olson took the concept to a new level. He began building a home...
Yucatán at Home's first issue came out over the summer when throwing parties just wasn't allowed.
Trading Los Angeles for a new life in Yucatán would never be easy. But the payoff has been huge for Monica Petrus, an artist who has become “Monica de Hocabá,” and a bit of a celebrity.
As Christmas approaches, so does the opportunity of finding your ideal indoor greenery. When it comes to trees, most people tend to divide into two teams: artificial or living.
Organic food production is a somewhat newer trend in agricultural ventures, as it promotes a friendlier environmental process, and is overall said to be healthier for consumers. 
Located right in front of the high school Centro Universitario Montejo, the market hosts slow-food vendors on the weekends and maintains its crafts and decor market all throughout the week.
Its yellow church, French cobblestone streets, and botanical garden are testimony of the passing of time throughout the capital.
A neighborhood of great importance in the city, it emerged in the late 1940s, under the government of Ernesto Novelo Torres, but did not become relevant until the following decade. 
Nochebuenas, otherwise known as poinsettias, are the iconic Christmas season plant. They are the most widely sold potted plant in the world, and, a fact widely ignored outside the country, they are actually native to southeastern Mexico. 
It’s not a quiz show — it’s a phenomenon that occurs a lot in Mérida, and perhaps other cities in Latin America as well, where expats have fixed up their dream retirement home and as the final touch on their restoration place a plaque on the wall next to the entryway that says “Casa Flores” or some such thing.
Built in the 19h century, the now boutique hotel was declared a Historic Monument in 1982, and to this day preserves its original French-style architecture. It has become one of the most iconic buildings in Paseo Montejo.
In today’s Centro, people are looking for properties that maintain the original essence of what there was, whilst becoming functional and enjoyable. FMT faced this challenge in 2018, with a project they dubbed “La Casita”. 
Fabián Gutiérrez met Francisco Bernés while they were both studying architecture in UADY, the state university of Yucatán. After spending some time abroad in Austria, and through their shared influences, they started designing together. 
The splendor and flare of the mansions became a symbol of the economic success brought to the state by the “green gold era” — the henequén times, which coincided with the Porfiriato. 
Weddings took up most of Fabrizio’s time, until the pandemic halted all social events. Then, as most anxious personalities did, he turned back into his hobbies to find purpose and inspiration.
The park, which measures about a full city block, features a roller skating rink, a children's playground, a large esplanade with a musical fountain, green areas, and a stage where artistic and cultural events are frequently held.
After being seemingly abandoned for some time, its 2020 for-sale announcement reawakened curiosity for the building.
The town is well known for its beautifully adorned 17th-century church but is not frequented by many tourists.