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1. Large windows. Big windows and French doors are a standard fixture of French colonial style. While these windows and doors are traditionally multi-paned, this home has taken a more modern approach — one that won't obstruct the view — that mixes several Mexican flavored styles and eras.
2. Gilded accents. After winning the war, France implemented Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph of Austria as Mexico's Emperor — Emperor Maximilian I. The former Commander-in-Chief of the Austrian Navy, Emperor Maximilian abandoned his duties and his country for the prospect of ruling over exotic, faraway Mexico. Upon arriving in Veracruz with his family, he immediately started implementing new designs in Mexico. His palace, Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, was redone with traditional French baroque features, including a fair amount of gold gilded accents. Here, gilded gold frames and trim accent a bright red room with tiled floors — a great example of how Mexican and French elements can be combined in decor.
5. Balconies. A popular French-colonial addition to homes, balconies also began to be seen in Mexican structures once the multilevel layout took off in popularity. This home is a great example of traditional French colonial style. While homes in Mexico tended to have a few different elements, open air balconies like this were a great way to take advantage of the nation's perpetual good weather.
7. Pastels. Colors à la Marie Antoinette were a huge part of the new French baroque interiors of Chapultepec Castle. Bedrooms, sitting rooms, and traditional French furniture were often done in soft shades of blue …
… periwinkle, green, and even pink. Surprisingly, this is another facet of French design that wormed its way into Mexican decor well into the 20th century. Many homes eventually evolved with paint shades that were deeper and richer than the Easter-egg variations of the French palace.
9. Roof and public gardens. As a final embellishment on the already grandiose Chapultepec Castle, Emperor Maximilian had botanist Willhelm Knechtel create various gardens throughout Mexico City, most notably perhaps, the roof garden on the top of the palace. These gardens had wide paths, lush lawns, water features, and a surrounding border of columned walkways on the roof of the castle — much like the garden above.
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