Peruvian Baroque Drawing Room

There's something comforting about surrounding ourselves in spaces that remind us of our childhood. My mom is from Lima, Peru, and I've had the privilege of spending a lot of time there. Why not write a blog post about the design style down there? Here's some background:

When the Spaniards colonized Peru in the 1500s, they brought with them an architecture and design style called Spanish Baroque. The baroque era was all about drama in elaborate shapes, with the goal of wowing people (especially the illiterate) to draw them into the Catholic Church. We see very grand, intricate and ornate motifs in the furniture of the era. In Peru, this baroque style met with pre-Columbian Peruvian handicrafts, locally mined silver and gold, and beautifully colored textiles. The result of this merge is a uniquely Peruvian decor style that has lasted roughly 500 years. 

Going to Lima often as a child, I saw this Spanish Colonial / Peruvian Baroque style in most homes (as well as my favorite restaurant, Jose Antonio!). There is something so authoritative and masculine about the style, yet interesting. Many homes (including my own) have pre-Columbian artifacts (think gourds, clay pots, etc.), as well, adding to this multi-dimensional style. Mid-century modern design also landed in Lima; one sees that influence in many homes, too. But, for now, I'll show you what "Peruvian Baroque" looks like: