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Welcome!  I'm Virginia, I started this blog as an outlet for my obsession of beautiful home design, landscape design, cooking, entertaining and DIY projects.  I hope that you will be inspired to browse my collection of photos and ideas that I have found in magazines, blogs and on-line to help you design or remodel you house, beach house or outdoor living area.  I love finding new interior designers or architects that impress me enough to blog about.  I have been a foodie forever and I love to create menus and entertain.  Also, I love beautiful tablescapes, fabrics, flowers and the list goes on....

Beach Pretty House Tours-Beach House Serenity in Tulum, Mexico

Beach Pretty House Tours-Beach House Serenity in Tulum, Mexico

 On a narrow lot fronting a protected bay in Tulum, Mexico, is designed to be fully self-sufficient, and to work in concert with its unique site. A path leads from a mangrove marsh, through a palm grove, into a main living space that can be fully opened. The path then continues to the beach beyond. The distinction between interior and exterior dissolves, and house and site merge to become part of one continuous experience.

The upper bedrooms of the house open onto a series of terraces, both planted and habitable. The upper roof is a lounge shaded by an overhead solar array. These elevated viewpoints provide another way to experience the surrounding environment.

The house is fully self-sufficient, with photovoltaic power generation; on-site waste processing via tank digesters and an artificial wetland; and rainwater collection, storage, and pressurization systems. Passive systems are also used, with louvered doors to capture breezes, and planted roof areas to mitigate stormwater flow.

Materials used in the house were all locally-sourced, including louvered wood sliding doors, and hand-painted “pasta tiles”. Tulum-based craftsmanship is emphasized, with intricate stonework for selected walls, and site-built furnishings throughout. 

Architect:  Specht Harpman

Interior Designer:  Matthew Finalson


Every time I look at this dream vacation house, I just want to go...jump on a plane with my favorite people and spend some fun time on the beach, catch some local seafood and make some kick-ass fish tacos and drink some sangria, and dance in the moonlight to some island music...a girl can dream, so beach pretty!


Tulum


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