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Barboglio’s daughter Pilar, now 29, made this her girlhood bedroom. Barboglio designed the bed and frame around the horse picture, which was drawn by her son, Angus.
Proof of Jan Barboglio’s devotion to her Mexican roots is revealed when she says, “I cry when I hear mariachi. I don’t cry when I hear country western.”
Born in El Paso but raised on a family ranch in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila by her Italian father and Scotch–Irish mother, Barboglio is a decidedly American home accessories designer, based in Dallas. Yet, she references Mexico in every object she makes through her namesake company. Decanters, platters, candelabras, utensils, chargers, napkin rings, hurricane lamps, every item embodies something actual and, perhaps, spiritual about her region of Mexico.
Her preferred materials are iron, crystal, silver, wood, and leather, articulated in the kinds of sculptural forms found only in Mexico. “You could say that everything I design is meant to have an old hacienda feel,” she says. “Every object has a warmth to it.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY DAN NELSON
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
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