Simple yet soulful decorating
See how designer Cisco Pinedo does more with less
This makes the house feel peaceful and―by calling attention to the few well-edited pieces on display―also intensely personal. In this setting, even garden gnomes become art.
“I wanted open space without a lot of stuff,” he says. “I didn’t want the house to look busy.”
Except for a mix of items found while traveling and trolling flea markets, the living room is uncluttered. Favorite pieces include a wooden Burmese Buddha, European garden gnomes, and a Mexican santo.
“I love merging cultures in design,” Cisco says.
His trick: simplicity. The open floor plan (he did away with many of the interior walls) is enhanced by the bold use of blank walls, giving the house a spa-like tranquility.
Except that here it’s not about retreating, but rather about gathering.
“Our door is always open,” Cisco says. And with an inviting home like this, it’s not hard to see why friends keep streaming in.
From left: Cisco, Alba, Amanda, Maurishka, and Natalie Pinedo.
“I wanted to blend indoors and out,” Cisco says. “You can play with boundaries and enjoy the outdoors from inside and vice versa.”
“It’s 1,000 years old,” Cisco says. “It’s become something else―I’d rather have this as an end table than any I could make.”
Petrified-wood tiles that look like stone, white walls, warm-hued wood, and uncovered windows echo the same simple, nature-inspired aesthetic seen in the rest of the home.
“If it’s a great material, let it be,” Cisco says.
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“Family meals are a big deal,” he says. And there’s always plenty of food to go around.
Take your time Don’t rush to deck out your home just for the sake of doing so. Creating a look that shows your personality and style takes time: It took the Pinedos 10 years to assemble the few accessories they display, and they’re glad it did because everything they’ve set out has meaning.
Embrace emptiness Cisco has a prominent wall in the master bedroom that’s blank. “I’d love to have a beautiful piece of art there when I find it,” he says. In the meantime, he’s happy to leave the spot vacant.