Barefoot Luxury Design at the Marina Pez Vela

entrance and front desk of the marina pez vela

One of the main tenets of good architecture and interior design is the ability to draw people in. Obviously, for the new visitor center at the world-renowned Pez Vela Marina here in Quepos, this is desirable. 

The marina wanted something with a barefoot luxury vibe that would draw people in, make them feel welcome, and appreciated. So that’s exactly what I gave them. 

Simple accents for a chic, barefoot luxury design

Calming Color

Since this design is for the Marina’s Visitor Center, it was only natural to stick with the colors of the sea. I chose a gorgeous shade of teal blue for most of the walls with white accents. 

Simple accents for a chic, barefoot luxury design

This shade not only gives a nod to the ocean but also is a pleasant, calming color. Anything on the blue end of the spectrum makes us feel calm and relaxed, which is definitely how the Marina would like guests to feel when they visit!

By choosing a muted shade, I could use the color liberally on the walls, without being overpowering. It’s just enough to give you the sense of floating in the peaceful calm of the sea.

Sportfishing Vibes

By far, the biggest activity at Pez Vela Marina is sportfishing. To showcase this fact, I chose white stencils to accent the teal walls depicting the favorite species of fish that visiting fishermen (and women!) are hoping to catch. 

Can you recognize the mahi-mahi, sailfish, and other species gracing these walls? You can rest assured that excited visitors do!

Barefoot Luxury Vibes

To fit the barefoot luxury vibe I was going for, I choose wooden and white accents for the desk/cash register and product display stands. 

The gorgeous natural tone and grain pattern of the wood awaken the idea of the jungle that awaits just inland from the marina. The white accents are fresh and crisp, giving the design a touch of modern chic that is very relevant to this audience. 

Simple accents for a chic, barefoot luxury design

And don’t miss those ah-maz-ing light fixtures. The texture, color, and interest they add are like the cherry on top of the cake!

Modern design for the front desk at Pez Vela Marina

A Warm Welcome to All

All-in-all, the idea is to make visitors feel calm and welcome when they arrive. I think this design does that perfectly if I do say so myself. Wouldn’t you agree?

Are you interested in creating your own welcoming and comfortable design for your home or business? Contact me and we’ll create something wonderful together! To see more of my work, don’t miss this bold design I did at Casa Hacienda Pacifica.

Modern design for the front desk at Pez Vela Marina

Master Bedroom Interior Design Renovation

In this Master Bedroom Interior Design Renovation, the main request from my client was to bring some life, color, and texture to their bedroom. They felt the room was too flat and lacked some energy and character.

Check out how the room used to look in these two photos. The walls were plain white, the space lacked dimension and scale, and there were no main features other than a piece of art floating on one wall.

The Transformation

I started by adding some color to the walls. I chose a light beige on most of the walls to make the room feel warm and cozy and a deep green accent wall to add some depth and dimension to the space.

The client also requested a lounge area in the bedroom. He is an avid reader and wanted a comfortable space to enjoy a book and maybe have a chat with his wife before going to bed.

For this purpose, we made a custom sofa deep enough for him to sit comfortably. The simple, yet impactful patterned Sunbrella fabric adds texture and extra colors to the room. I used the same color as the accent wall for the wall shelving unit to create depth and proportion without overcrowding the space.

I bought the accessories specifically for the client, with the purpose of elevating his mood and state of mind every day. Whenever I design spaces, I want to help improve my client’s life somehow. For me, this is the whole purpose of my work.

A Custom Touch

On the other side of the bedroom, I designed a new custom made 100% imported leather headboard for the bed. It looks amazing, the photo does not do justice to how beautiful it turned out. The high contrast between the deep green wall and the camel leather brings the entire space to life and definitively adds a lot of character.

The details on the leather tufted headboard make all the difference. We brought the leather from the UK specially to build this amazing feature for this room. To build the geometry of the headboard we neatly aligned the nails and perfectly placed the leather buttons on the tufting.

An important note is that I always visit the shops before delivering any custom-made furniture to any of my projects to make sure everything is the right quality for my clients.

Here are a couple of extra images of the accessories installed in this project. I strongly believe accessories are a very important part that completes the design. This is why I always go the extra mile to get the right accessories for my projects.

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If you liked the ideas you see here, don’t hesitate to check out more of my work like Kitchen Renovation Residencial Alhambra

Barefoot Luxury Design in Costa Rica

Are a true eco-vacation and luxurious, resort-like surroundings mutually exclusive?

Not in the world of barefoot luxury design.

barefoot luxury in costa rica
Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio, Quepos

We are incorporating simple, yet elegant elements to create luxury accommodations with a down to earth feel, stepping away from the over-the-top opulence found in many big-name luxury resorts and instead focusing on simplicity and comfort and that is what barefoot luxury design is all about.

What’s the Deal With Barefoot Luxury?

Barefoot luxury is a new trend surfacing among luxury travelers. These travelers are looking for a simple experience in comfortable surroundings. In other words, an eco-vacation without sharing their bunk with the bugs. 

And those offering accommodations all around the world are more than happy to accommodate.

High-end resorts and hotels are incorporating design elements like reclaimed wood, stone, linen fabrics, and simple, earthy designs into their decor. Many of these hotels place a strong emphasis on sustainability and this eco-friendly feel is reflected in the decor.

Nature is a strong theme. Large windows or even open walls are common. Don’t be surprised if you find the jungle invading your bathroom in the form of a bathroom garden with a shower that makes you feel like you’re bathing in a waterfall.

barefoot luxury designed bathroom
Aguas Claras, Puerto Viejo

Perhaps the epitome of barefoot luxury design would be a rustic-chic treehouse. But not the type that you’d find in somebody’s backyard. This is a luxury accommodation designed to create a simple harmonious blend of opulent comfort with nature.

As a welcome divergence from the norm, Luxury travelers are eating it up.

the luxury of natural wood texture
Nayara Springs, Arenal, San Carlos

Why Costa Rica?

If you’ll excuse the pun, Costa Rica is a shoe-in for barefoot luxury. Though the country represents a mere 0.03% of the world’s landmass, it is home to a whopping 6% of the world’s biodiversity. 

Millions of visitors flock to Costa Rica each year to experience its beautiful beaches, fascinating jungles, imposing volcanoes, and take a selfie with a sloth. (I don’t recommend that last one as it can stress out the poor sloth. Please enjoy them from afar.) 

Costa Rica is also one of the safest destinations in Latin America. The government works hard to ensure the safety of tourists in the country and visitors don’t have to worry about unpleasant diseases like malaria or yellow fever.

All this makes Costa Rica a great location for a barefoot luxury vacation. And travelers certainly have plenty of options here.

From exclusive, boutique hotels on the beach, to luxurious treehouses in the jungle, to spacious villas in the mountains with views for days, Costa Rica has something to offer every type of traveler. 

barefoot luxury design hotel in the volcano area
Nayara Springs, Arenal, San Carlos

Creating Your Own Barefoot Luxury Experience

People come to Costa Rica to get in touch with nature. But they still like their creature comforts. Barefoot luxury perfectly blends the two worlds to give visitors a relaxed, comfortable eco-experience. 

Looking to draw the barefoot luxury crowd to your hotel or rental house? Not quite sure how to make it happen? I can help you craft a barefoot luxury experience that will be drawing visitors back year after year. Let’s make it happen!

canopy bed in luxurious beach hotel
Latitude 10, Santa Teresa, Guanacaste

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Private Residence Remodel in Santa Ana

The owner of this beautiful condominium located in Río Oro de Santa Ana, wanted to remodel the social areas of her residence. When she contacted, me she did not have an idea of what she really wanted. So after our first meeting, I came up with a concept of mixing modern neutral colors with a lot of natural wood to add some warmth to the space . She was very happy with my concept and ideas and we moved right ahead with the project.

Here are a few images of how the house used to look. The spaces were very flat, she had nice pieces of furniture, but there was no connection between them. And there was not a defined color palette.

So What Did We Do to Remodel this Residence?

First of all, to accomplish a successful remodel for this residence, I carefully analyzed the spaces of the house. Getting together the textures already present in the spaces and the contemporary style of the house. I decided to embrace the clean straight lines, and warm up the spaces with natural wood textures in the new furniture. We changed the wall colors for something neutral with different shades to add some depth and warmth.

the residence remodel included some nice wooden custom made furniture pieces
entertainment center for this remodel was made in cedar wood with very clean lines

All of the furniture was custom made for this residence remodel. We carefully picked the fabrics to work with the design, but also to be washable as there are kids in the house. I love how the neutral scheme works so perfectly with the design of the house, without making if feel cold. On the contrary, the spaces feel very light and airy, but also warm at the same time. This is a well balanced design.

Here are also a couple of photos of the custom made furniture, so you can really appreciate them.

accent chairs for the social area in this residence were custom made with a beautiful printed fabric to add color
Accent chairs for social area.
this tufted leather chair makes the residence look elegant and classy
Dining chairs were made in real leather, with wooden legs, a real statement piece in the residence remodel.