Helena Davila opened Casa Legado in Bogotá, Colombia, with a succinct mission — to honor her family. Meals are served in an open-concept kitchen, and each of the seven rooms is named after a family member, with the person's personality conveyed in a decor scheme.
Nailing down the design in a few words? Nearly impossible because it's that eclectic. Gingham-checked pillows, a hammock on the balcony, Toucan-themed wallpaper, Persian carpets, and framed vintage posters are just a few examples. Also, art by local artists is hung throughout the hotel in abundance. "It's an eclectic blend of styles, design, and a space filled with treasures from the family," says Davila.
Although the building dates back to the 1950s, its unfortunate chapter as offices during the '90s meant a facelift was in order. "We wanted to honor the story and the period of the property in order to bring it to its former glory," says Davila. "All the living areas were kept the same and the gardens and exteriors were (redone) to be all about nature and oxygen, to contribute to the city's need for green spaces." Davila also makes sure the vibe remains local. "Our collection changes constantly, so we have hundreds of Colombian artists that pass through the house." This includes ceramics and dinnerware by Tybso and Manola Ceramica, as well as light fixtures by Alejotapias Studio.
Given the cozy vibe, it's no surprise Davila wants guests to feel, "that they are staying at home with family ... that they can trust that they are in the hands of locals and friends."