Most people might find blending Mediterranean villa vibes with that of Mexican casa a little difficult to imagine; one, yes, or the other, but both? If you're having a bit of trouble picturing it, then a pictorial walk through this family's home will help you figure out why what shouldn't work--does. Neutral tones, big windows, and a unique floor plan make sure that each room in the house is used on a daily basis. 

Upon entering the front door, visitors see right into the open courtyard with the wall fountain and straight through to the garden, past the living room, dining room, and lanai. Although the owners' initial reason for such openness was more to keep tabs on all goings-on in the house, it’s paying off in another way as well: they don’t need lights on in the house all the time.

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(First published in Real Living Magazine, Real Home section as "A Villa of Dreams" in October 2008; styling by Coni Tejada; photos by Miguel Nacianceno; adapted for use in Female Network)
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