Name: Gabriela Franceschini, Thaïs, 10-years-old, and Samba, the golden retriever
Location: Itacimirim; Bahia, Brazil
Size: 1,400 square feet/130 square meters
Years lived in: 8 years, Owned; Lived in 6 months
Straddled between one of Bahia's most cherished beaches and a forest preserve is where you will find Beija Flor resort subdivision, meaning Hummingbird. Such subdivisions are common in this sun-drenched coastal region of Brazil, but what sets this one entirely apart is architect (and Ayurvedic practitioner) Gabriela (Gabi) Franceschini's streamlined eco-conscious and eco-friendly approach to its design and decor. Comprised of four duplexes, each with two attached residences, Gabi has designed and built this small-scale condo community with acute attention given to everything from the locally-sourced construction materials to the recycled furnishings and accents of her own home here, which she shares with her daughter and a steady flow of friends and family.