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For famously itinerant designer Michelle Nussbaumer, globetrotting is more than an adventure. It's the secret to endless design inspiration, especially for her newest project (and House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year) in Dallas.

"The house has a lot of references to Mexico and especially Acapulco, where I grew up visiting as a young girl," says the maximalist decorator, who also owns a circa-1500s home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. "It was super fabulous and glamorous back then."

But Nussbaumer's muses don’t stop at Mexico. "When you travel, you can be inspired by a knocker on a door, or the way a table is set," she says. "You don't know what’s going to get your inspiration going!"

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So how did she apply a few of her favorite locales to her new kitchen? Read on to find out.

Before any major design project, Nussbaumer does a deep dive into past travel memories and tomes. For her kitchen, she referenced books on Mayan and Aztec architecture as she surveyed her tile options.

"There's also an Art Deco vibe throughout the property, which goes with the Mayan theme," she says.

The next step was making sure the kitchen's appliances—the two Thermador Refrigeration Columns and 60" Dual Fuel 6 Burner Steam Range—stayed on theme too.

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"I've always had Thermador appliances, my whole life," Nussbaumer says. "I love that you can customize it; we did a really pretty custom blue oven knob that matches the rest of the kitchen."

The oven's high-tech features don't hurt, either. "It's almost alive: It's connected to my phone, so I can set a timer and get things started or check the temperature," she says.

Above the range is an eye-catching Thermador vent with a hood that recalls a hand-forged version she once spotted in rural England.

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As for the wall art, Nussbaumer enlisted artist Francisco Moreno to paint a Mayan-inspired mural above the sink that would pull in the rest of the kitchen's colors.

"It was a fun collaboration; we got to bring in a Mexican-Mayan-Aztec vibe," she says. "Why not get the very best—something that sings to your soul?" In other words, this is an anything-but-average kitchen.

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