Our villa was a labor of love born out of over two decades of charitable work with the Mayan indigenous people of Guatemala. Many of the artifacts in this home, along with the antique architectural elements were discovered there and date back to a time when colonial architecture was the predominant style of the land. Hand-woven indigenous textiles adorn the beds and furnishings and represent the various Mayan cultures in which I worked. While most of the artwork and furnishings were found by a friend who went door to door in villages looking for items families no longer wanted, some of the most treasured carvings were gifts.
A brilliant architect, Jason Bernard from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, came up with the design of a home centered around an open courtyard, with the capability of creating several homes out of one unified villa. Dozens of laborers workers carved the fountains, adobe finished the walls and set hundreds of Cuban tiles, designed specifically for this home. Colonial monasteries inspired tile sconces, iron beds, railings and gates which were wrought by Costa Rican artisans. The warm and inviting atmosphere of this home come from the many hands and hearts who dedicated their time and talents to create this unique and lovely place.
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