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Designer Adriana Hoyos Creates Her Own 'Casa De Familia' That Pulses With Vibrant Color And Lush, Native Materials
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Crediting "my people, my country and my family" as her main design inspirations, international designer Adriana Hoyos personifies the vitality, innovation and creativity that are the heart of her contemporary design empire. Hoyos' own residence in Ecuador exemplifies her trademark flair for a relaxed yet sophisticated elegance infused with exotic natural influences from around the globe.

"We chose this site for its incredible view of the Andes," Hoyos says of the sprawling 24,000-square-foot site located in Cumbaya. The scenic community sits about 650 feet lower than Ecuador's capital city of Quito's 10,000-foot altitude, making for spring-like weather year-round.

Hoyos provided the architectural and interior design for her 8,000-square-foot, home, a tri-level design that serves as permanent residence for the designer, her husband and their two children. While the exterior is contemporary with Mediterranean influences, the interior is decidedly eclectic with an overall theme that pays tribute to her cultural inclinations, passionate family ties and keen affinity for artisanal creations from around the globe.

Just through custom-designed, double entry doors made of the indigenous Ecuadorian seike hardwood, the foyer pays homage to Coco — Hoyos' very first furniture collection that was inspired by the South American artisans' use of natural materials. "I happened to be working on this house at the time I was designing the Coco line, which features coconut inlay used as mosaics," the designer says.

Here, furnishings from Hoyos' Chocolate and Coco collections include the deep-seated daybed with a dark wenge finish placed opposite a pair of seike-wood nesting console tables and an oversized Balinese mirror with a mosaic inlay frame.

Slate flooring in the entry transitions to native Ecuadorian chonta wood in the main areas. A bright area rug in the living room defines a conversation grouping and determines what Hoyos calls "an energetic, more aggressive color palette." Positioned at a diagonal to take full advantage of the scenic outdoor view, the seating arrangement features a pair of neutral-toned sofas and lime green chairs from her Caramelo collection that feature a broad-seated, six-legged design — the designer's meaningful interpretation of a Latin American woman's physique.

A large still life by Ecuadorian artist Jorge Perugachy presides over an eclectic mix of contemporary and baroque that sets a dramatic theme in the dining room, where Hoyos counters old and new, dark and light. With the exception of the dining chairs from the designer's own Caramelo line, all the furniture here is from her grandmother's home — a breakfront, buffet and dining table base date back to the late 1940s.

Just through double doors, the master suite, fashioned in a soothing tonal neutral and soft sage green palette, is designed to be closed off from the main living areas. Here, Hoyos' custom, king bed with leather headboard and footboard directly fronts a large, arched window that displays a majestic view of the Andes.

"Everything about this house is custom designed for the way we live, as a couple and as a family," Hoyos says. "We're so fortunate to be able to live in such a beautiful environment; I wish everyone could design their homes this way."

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Adriana Hoyos, Adriana Hoyos Interiors, Miami, FL, and Quito, Ecuador

Dan Forer, Miami, FL

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