Casa Xixim, a stunning villa in Tulum, Mexico, is an eco-friendly, grid-tied, net-neutral house that works in harmony with its surroundings. Occupants can take in the tropical setting from numerous balconies and patios.
This gourmet kitchen draws rich luxury from wood paneling, floors and cabinetry, all in the same warm brown. Wide passageways surround the central island, making it easy for chefs to move from station to station.
Knotty pine paneling is original to this cottage's living and dining space and was kept natural to maintain the modern country feel. The natural wood provides a backdrop to the owner's colorful artwork depicting a jazz club scene.
Wood panelling gives stately elegance to this foyer. A large brick fireplace tucked under the stairs provides an opportunity to showcase modern wall art above the mantel that adds stylish depth to the room.
Much of the home's luxurious feel comes from its materials: limestone, West African Wenge wood, Brazilian rosewood, gold leaf and walnut. Gentle curves, as seen in this long hallway, are a soothing architectural alternate to crisp, boxy angles.