Coco Chanel once said, “An interior is a natural projection of the soul.” This declaration could not be truer when speaking about the new home of Alice Eduardo, astute businesswoman and philanthropist. The three-storey, seven-bedroom structure is as expansive and generous as her spirit, with exceptionally tall ceilings and vast panoramic windows that look onto the lush garden.
“I really wanted space, big rooms and bountiful light,” shares Eduardo. “I wanted to make sure that everywhere I looked, I could see greenery and sunshine.” The main home is designed by Architect Ed Ledesma and embraces the natural elements. Travertine stone slabs were personally selected in Tivoli, Italy by the homeowner and are seen in both the interior and exterior of the property. “I felt they added a unique blend of mountain-born beauty to the space,” she says.
Bringing warmth to the stone is the earthy narra wood panelling that covers the canopies at the main entrance and lanai, as well as the interior ceilings. “I love the richness of narra wood and how it brings a sense of comfort,” says Eduardo.
One of her favourite features is an impressive cascade wall on the right side of the house, which runs from the ground floor to the lower ground floor. “The sound is so soothing and reminds me of the sea,” she says. “I really wished to hear the waterfalls from all the rooms.” Water is an important element of the home, reflected in the wraparound pond at the entrance and in the long lap pool, jacuzzi and fountain in the garden. The luxuriant tropical vegetation was landscaped by Ponce Veridiano and is meticulously tended to by one of Eduardo’s long-time landscapers.