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

TV Room Renovation in Villas de San Antonio, Escazú

tv room renovation results

This beautiful home located in the foothills of San Antonio de Escazú had a TV room that needed some renovation. The owner of the home called me in to help her brighten up the space. She said she just didn’t know where to start. When it comes to interior design, I love the challenge of bringing a space to life.

As you can see in these photos above, the room lacked color and warmth. Also, the furniture was not appropriate for neither its function nor the proportion of the room.

I also noticed we needed to filter the light coming in from the window with a translucent fabric. How you handle the light in the room is absolutely crucial for successful interior design or home renovation.

we added a new custom made sofa to the new tv room renovation
the wood shelf on the wall add a nice accent to the tv room renovation

Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Color

On our first meeting about renovating this area, we talked about adding some color accents. The client was afraid of color, she likes everything to be neutral. But in order to bring the tv room to life I felt it was necessary to add some color, and she finally accepted my proposal.

The installation only took two days to complete. Once finished, the owner was very pleased with the results of her tv room renovation. She loved the effect of the colors I chose and thanked me for helping her add some color without making her feel uncomfortable.

The Furnishings

So, what did we do? We added a very light green on the walls. We chose a custom made sofa with a neutral fabric to meet their needs. The mustard-colored velvet ottoman was also custom made to intentionally add a pop of color — which the client loves.

The rug is a super soft, almost velvety fabric, with various neutral colors to bring everything together. We also added the small custom made side table and the natural wood shelf on the wall that goes so well with the table. These natural wood items add a lot of warmth and elegance to the space. Small details like this make a big difference!

If you love seeing the transformation of these spaces, feel free to check out more of my posts! Please follow the link to see a kitchen renovation