Curators help figure out furnishings in Mexico

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Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott in March celebrate the launch of their first custom framing program, Scott Living in New York City. Photo: Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images for Michaels
  • Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott in March celebrate the launch of their first custom framing program, Scott Living in New York City. Photo: Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images for Michaels

Just over 10 years ago, my husband and I purchased our home in Mexico. This was our dream come true, since we had both always wanted to live by the water.

We bought a pre-construction condominium unit. As we waited for it to be completed, we started thinking about how to furnish it. As our possession day neared, we excitedly booked our airfare to come down for a week with the intent of getting our home all furnished and outfitted. Looking back and with the experience I now have, I realize how naïve I was.

Luckily, there are more resources available today than there were then. One thing that has made it easier and more cost-effective to decorate your home in Mexico is the emergence of furniture curators.

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According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a curator is one who has the care and superintendence of something; especially: one in charge of a museum, zoo, or another place of exhibit. The use of the verb curate traces back to the 14th century. It is only recently, however, that this word was adopted by other areas such as music, design, digital media, fashion and furniture.

How do curated furniture groupings work?

Although I like to think I have a good design eye, I enjoy seeing how others put together individual pieces of furniture and décor. I love seeing how they achieve a design style, whether it be beach house chic, contemporary Mexico, or mid-century modern. Everyone has unique tastes that can help you generate some great ideas for your home.

New social media apps such as Pinterest are perfect for inspiration. Most of the furniture curators on these social media apps are a combination of professionals and amateurs who love home design. I encourage our customers to use these types of apps to send us images of the look and feel they want in their home in Mexico. Based on their desired look, we source their furniture and décor to achieve it.

Another new trend is the addition of furniture curators who work with manufacturers to develop their own lines. A great example is the Scott Brothers. Drew and Jonathan Scott are probably best known for their hit TV show, “Property Brothers,” which has aired in over 150 countries and averages about 2 million viewers per year.

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They recently brought their design style to Coaster Furniture, a furniture and décor distributor in North America since 1972. Their design philosophy blends heirloom industrial and modern aesthetics with exciting materials, textures, finishes and colors to create unique signature looks.

Another curator whose name some may be familiar with is Donny Osmond. He and his wife Debbie have designed a collection of furniture and décor that offers a casual, comfortable point of view. Their living room and dining room groupings encourage family togetherness with its warm, welcoming style.

These new stylish curators make it easy and affordable for us to furnish and decorate — and yes, they are accessible to homeowners in in Mexico.

Sheryl Novak is an expat from Canada who has owned a home in Mexico for over 10 years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico, an online furniture store and an expert on sourcing all styles of furniture, for all budgets, in Mexico. Buying a home in Mexico? Email furniture@solutionsmexico.com to get a free home inventory list.

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