This refined residence is the result of a collaboration between renowned American architect, Ike Isenhour and Mexican born, celebrated jewelry designer, Brenda Schoenfeld.
Aptly named Villa Joya – or “Jewel Estate” – this contemporary gem is nestled into the scenic Florentine hills only a 15-minute ride from the city center.
The once humble villa was painstakingly converted into a luxurious retreat filled with extraordinary details and every convenience.
It was designed with an emphasis on comfort, relaxation, refined luxury, and harmony.
"The secret to planning a common room is flexibility."
A beautiful table set with Emilia Castillo tableware can make your heart sing.
A most treasured view.
I see outdoor spaces as extensions of the home. I love to bring the inside out and the outside in.
By blurring the line between your home and its surroundings, you gain the positive healing powers of the natural world.
Your home feels like an intrinsic part of nature.
"Nature is master of the mix"
A retreat that enlights.
The pool area features chaise lounges by David Sutherland
and touches of Morocco.
"The kitchen is the creative center and emotional heart of a home."
Conjuring a fresh, fanciful and feminine take on traditional elegance.
J oya is an ideal place to be lost – and found – at the same time.
A fresh pied-à-terre in the heart of Florentine hills.
A perfect outdoor sanctuary
Wellness is a state of mind, a feeling from within.
It is promoted by the energy of our surroundings.
Literally and figuratively, the bedroom is the most private room in the home.
It is where our most intimate selves can emerge.
The bedroom is where we let our guard down.
Luxury must be comfortable or it is not luxury.
We are approximately 60 percent water. No wonder we love to bathe as we commune with our most important element.
Beautiful spaces cultivate beautiful minds.
Design inspired by the vitality of nature.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to fine tune my senses.
All are welcome, some will stay.
- Ike Isenhour
When many people her the word “sanctuary,” they think of a quiet, solitary space.
But sanctuaries can be rich and uplifting provided their energy is balanced and in harmony.
Our design projects almost always will call for a large gathering place where families and friends congregate for love, laughter and celebration.
The design of Villa Serena reflects an aesthetic sensibility as well as a refined lifestyle.
When I think about this project, it was not about creating abundance, it was not about creating a life of luxury for everybody. It was about creating a life of possibility. It was about taking that which was scarce and making it abundant.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not to be waited for, it is to be achieved.”
- William Jennings Bryan
We wanted to deflate the seriousness of a grand villa, to design something that was stylish and eternal yet progressive and direct.
An essential aspect of creativity is not been afraid to fail
There is calmness to a life lived in gratitude.
This beautiful and beloved project, Villa Serena, will be forever remembered.
- Brenda Schoenfeld
Built in 1572, this beautiful Taxco hotel is a jewel of Mexican colonial architecture. I had the honor to put my touch on it.
Gracias a Dios soy de Tachi
- Alfonso Ramirez Mendoza
It’s a gathering space that gives visitors and guests a sense of privacy and tranquility.
Sometimes you let go of good things to make room for great things.
Where dreams live and emotions are born.
The happiest spaces don't have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything.
Beauty begins in your heart
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others"
- Mahatma Gandhi
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers for in doing so some have entertained angels without knowing"
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all others.”