Find It All Now!
Published Oct 30, 2007 - (Updated Aug 30, 2013)
Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Fall/Winter 2007 issue.
Fashionable, stylish, chic, trendy, elegant, hip, smart and modish — not shoes or hairstyles, but everything required for your Vallarta home! From sofas to refrigerators, lighting to rugs, find it all — for indoors and out — just a short ride north of the airport in Las Juntas, along the highway to Tepic.
Design a spectacular kitchen with the help of staff architects from HighEnd Equipos y Cocinas, located in the Banco Santander center near Boca de Tomates. Next door, visit Gabrielle for stunning wood floors, doors and related hardware. Choices range from laminates to imported woods, and installation services are available. And don’t miss the newest branch of the venerable Rattan de Guadalajara in the same center. After 65 years of manufacturing in Guadalajara, this firm shows the latest in indoor and outdoor furnishings.
At Plaza Las Juntas, a little farther south on the highway, start at dettaglio, where a complete line of modern, moderately priced furnishings allows you to mix modular elements and colors to express your individual taste. The company, with branches throughout Mexico, also boasts its own line of tasteful kitchen and bar accessories. At Habitania discover 500 square meters of contemporary design. In addition to furniture, the store shows attractive accessories, and it is the sole local distributor of raku ceramics, a special technique developed in 16th-century Japan.
Al Deco boasts a variety of styles in furniture and rugs — modern, minimalist and contemporary — while at Art by Design you’re encouraged to come play with all the elements and build your rooms around the wide selection of art and accessories. At Tradiciones view well-crafted Mexican furniture and fine art from a wide variety of providers throughout Mexico. Construlita — Luz and Light provides high-tech lighting solutions and an array of decorative ceiling fans. Next door, at PvKlean, you will find a variety of decorative accents made of marble onyx and other semi-precious stones.
With 40 years’ experience in Guadalajara, Artrel makes available contemporary art for all aspects of the home and office. Visit EuroGabinetes for kitchen planning and cabinets manufactured right in Puerto Vallarta. Minha Casa is the exclusive distributor of designer furniture imported from Brazil and made of exotic and tropical woods. If you don’t want the children climbing on the new couch, go to Big Kids, where the collection is geared to the younger set, with sturdy bed/desk combinations and everything to match. And if hip and funky is your thing, it doesn’t get any better than Guga, where you will find all sorts of contemporary furnishings imported from Europe.
Most of these establishments offer interior design services, and many will work with you to plan a “package” of furnishings. Several shops are open throughout the day, but to be safe, check for comida closings. And if you’re going to need a hammer and nails to put up the perfect painting or a shelf to show off that dramatic vase, be sure to cross the road and stop at the Home Depot on the way home!
But wait! Just when you imagined you had seen it all, mere minutes south of the airport, in Marina Vallarta’s Plaza Neptuno and environs, is an even larger concentration of home décor shops worthy of your attention.
Across from the plaza on Fco. Medina Ascencio, you will find Mobarq / Artex and Nuvell, a two-floor exploration of contemporary furnishings: leather couches, dining room sets and more. Nearby, the Interceramic showroom makes planning the perfect bath a pleasure, with its array of sparkling fixtures, faucets, flooring and wall tiles. Legacy Manor Furniture design center manages to cover most of the bases, from window treatments and ceiling fans to imported and made-to-order furnishings, Tio Sam now selling kitchen appliances and cabinets in the same expansive space. Next door, at the funky Galeria EM, you’ll find all manner of intriguing decorative objects in glass made on the premises, with tours available.
Exotic and eclectic, Arte Primitivo is a commanding presence in the plaza, with decorative treasures galore from Asia and Africa. Offering a complete interior design service, Artell features fabulous imported fabrics from around the world. Sofas & Sillones takes the guesswork out of finding the right furnishings, with a wealth of fabrics and designs to chose from for one-of-a-kind custom items that reflect your personality. A house not a home without flowers, Florart has fresh-picked natural and great-looking artificial blooms, both traditional favorites and exotics. And when it comes to that all important room, Kitchen House carries the sleek Italian Berloni line of cabinetry, as well as name brand appliances. Nomada’s African and Asian decorative items contribute an exotic look at down-to-earth prices. The whole family will get a kick out of gallery Rodo Padilla’s whimsical sculptures and paintings, whereas Casa Pericos harkens back to a glamorous era, with oversize silk lamps and all manner of mind-blowing accessories. Synthetic fibers in punchy colors make Complemento’s furnishings and accessories easy-care and fun – now with a kids’ section parents won’t want to miss! Casa Zinser provides personalized attention all the way, from the architectural design of your home itself to made-to-order furnishings, high-thread-count bedding, you name it. Noventa Grados by espacios represents a premium German line of blinds in wood, aluminum, PVC and a wide range of fabrics. SC estudio offers decorative items and paintings, the Sofa Gallery custom-made seating. Rosa Mexicano is a treasure trove of this country’s well-crafted furniture and fabrics, with designs and art for the uninhibited. Equilibrio has sleek modern furniture in exclusive designs and interesting tactile fabrics like leather and corduroy. Great pillows! Huella bathrooms and hardware carries top quality European fixtures, faucets and door handles and locks with a very handy no-rust guarantee.
Regardless of which of these two locations you choose to explore first, you will not fail to notice Kim Cawood Interiores as you head northbound from Plaza Neptuno to Las Juntas. Her extraordinary collection of indoor and outdoor furnishings is not to be missed.