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 La Casa Loca: Latino Style Comes Home 45 Funky Craft Projects for Decorating & EntertainingLatino style is a huge and growing trend in home decorating and fashion. Latina personality Kathy Cano-Murillo takes the explosive colors and iconography of Latino style and merges it with pop art to create an inspirational craft book with a hip, contemporary sensibility. The twist: readers can create their very own casa loca crazy house by hand.

Cano-Murillo offers a fabulous array of easy, inexpensive projects to liven up the interior and brighten the garden, to throw killer fiestas and take restful siestas, to live—and look—the Latino style. Use T-shirt fabric to make toss pillows with fringe or turn inexpensive soft-drink bottles into fabulous glittery vases. Use a glue gun to transform an ordinary garden into a Mexicali masterpiece complete with a Bonita Birdfeeder and Milagro Tree Ribbons. Heighten the hues in any home with Margarita Candles and Campy Terra Cotta Patio Lights. Ditch standard party fare for playful Loteria Wine Glass Charms, spicy serving bowls, and Frida Kahlo placemats.

This is the stuff of La Casa Loca—an ethnic treat for the senses that brings the exciting, classy-meets-campy Latino style home to hip decorators everywhere.

Kathy Cano-Murillo was named one of the "10 Latinas to watch" by Latina magazine in July 2001. newspaper. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

  Date Published 3/1/2003

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