in consultation with Ellis Architects

Design of Maria’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in Woodland, California, began with the renovation of an existing building. The client wanted the style to evoke an old-world Mexican hacienda, and to evoke a sense of permanence using traditional elements. The intention was to create a relaxing environment in which to enjoy authentic Mexican food and to feel transported to an old town in the heart of Mexico.

Initially, a study was conducted to determine the direction for the design and ideas for the layout of the space. Inspiration for this design came from the Colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. White plaster walls and dark heavy timber beams compliment rusted steel and clay chimney pots. Iron combines with wood for the fixtures and furniture.

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