My family’s in the restaurant business. If you guess Mexican food, you’ve been paying attention.

My uncle had the genius idea of opening in a developing city where there was essentially zero competition. Business boomed and customers practically demanded a second location. In came my dad, followed by my other uncle and two more locations. Now Tio’s (means uncle in Spanish) is on to their fifth location and expanding no.4. And since we’re keeping things in the family, I’ve been brought on to create a design concept and make materials/decor selections.

I want it to have color moments in thought out places. I don’t want people to walk in an have it be arriba arriba all up in your face as most Mexican restaurants are known for. No cliche wall murals here.

Here’s a look into what my brain is thinking.


I want a neutral base with half painted walls in that rich green color to add depth and dimension. An easy way to bring in a bold hue without going overboard. Brighter colors and texture will be brought in through decorative items, art and selective zarape upholstery.

My first commercial space. Exciting times.

  1. February 11, 2014

    hey, what do you have against murals?

  2. February 11, 2014

    Just gorg! Love the clean, less is more theme you have going on. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  3. February 11, 2014

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  4. February 11, 2014

    Love your inspiration so far!!

  5. February 11, 2014

    Sweet Huanusco pics. 🙂

  6. gurrl – you nailed it. love that. and i love how not cliche it looks. hey – i am dying to source basket pendants JUST like those for a kitchen project… any ideas where i can find ones JUST like that?!

    • February 19, 2014

      Hi Bethany,

      Not sure just yet. I’m going down to Mexico soon and hoping to score some there. I found something similar at HD Buttercup here in Los Angeles.

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