I am passionately invested in building community, experiencing design on all levels and getting inspired! …and Most times the quest leads me to unexpected places (Oh yea!)
I wanted to start the new blog with my trip to the Mexican Wine Country in the soulful Guadalupe Valley. With it’s growing artistic and culinary scene I jumped at the chance to join my good friend and ever-exciting tour guide Merrijam from Folk-Project on this day trip.
About an an hour and a half drive from our little beach town in San Diego we end up on a windy dirt road in Baja Mexico headed to our destination – La Villa del Valle and Vena Cava Winery. With first sight of this estate perched on a hilltop I already could tell this is going to be one of those places (where in my typical fashion) I knew it would be hard for me to contain myself with excitement…and I was right!
This hidden gem is owned by the most gracious, creative and inspiring hosts Eileen and Phil Gregory. They gave up their LA/ Hollywood life to build their dream amongst the vineyard foothills (And I’m glad they did!) A Bed and Breakfast, Yoga Studio, Pool and Restaurant sets the stage within panoramic views, scenic mountains, olive groves, and rows of fragrant lavender. Learning that this wonderment and solitude in part was due to the implementation of Indian Vatsu shastra – An ancient science requires specific orientation of the structures, which creates a positive environment of natural healing and relaxation.
To sum it up this property was ah-mazing! At every turn there were interesting and unique art pieces, well thought out design, architecture and structures, reclaimed materials and reused objects with native landscape and gardens as the backdrop. A truly memorable visual experience!
The Tuscan Style Bed and Breakfast and their Perro, Ultimo. Now you know its going to be the ‘Ultimate’ experience.
Diego Hernández-Baquedano’s – Corazón de Tierra is filled with Folk-Projects’ Huilpil covered reclaimed midcentury chairs adding to the eclectic-ness of this open-air organic vegetable garden to table restaurant.
Eileen with her distiller where she uses the estate grown lavender to produce her private labeled soaps and lotions that you can find in all the guest rooms and for purchase.
The yoga studio was thoughtfully placed and built using the Vatsu Architecture design.
The vaulted ceilings of the winery are made from salvaged boats from a nearby port.
Discarded eyeglass lenses from a local factory act as a kitschy but cool way to add light to the winery.
The caveat is the Vena Cava wineries outdoor canopy focal the best reuse made from remnant irrigation hoses.