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Adobe Grand Villas Custom Doors - A Portal to Paradise
ADOBE GRAND VILLAS’ CUSTOM DOORS CREATE MAGICAL ENTRIES TO
LUXURY SEDONA LODGING
Though you do it countless times a day, each time you step through
a doorway is a highly symbolic act. You’re demonstrating a
willingness to engage in change, transformation, and perhaps even
meet the unknown.
Doorways are symbols of home, hospitality and transition. In native
Southwest architecture, doors were placed at the top of everyday
and ceremonial structures to signify a “rebirth” every
time one entered or emerged. When you travel, every doorway leads
to a new experience, and each of Steve Berman’s magical doors
at Sedona’s Adobe Grand Villas creates a threshold to a world
of luxury, comfort and fantasy.
You’re greeted to this new luxury Sedona B&B by the main
lobby door that frames, unbelievably, a graceful sheer waterfall
behind a series of delicate copper vines, cradling luminous crystals
here and there. It’s as if all the mystery, beauty and artistry
of Sedona is captured in this threshold, and every visitor who crosses
knows they are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
THE FRONT WATERFALL DOOR - MAGICAL ENTRY WAY FOR THE MAIN LOBBY
Adobe Grand Villas is a new concept in high-end Sedona lodging.
Each of the 15 villas is over 850 square feet, creating a kind
of private resort for each guest.
Inspired by themes from Tuscany, Provence, and the American Southwest,
each master suite is a world unto itself, from the rustic Silver
Spur villa, where the blonde pine furnishings fill the suite with
a woodsy scent all the way up to the 20-foot ceiling, or the shabby-chic
Country Garden villa, a pastoral fantasia of a bygone era. Inspired
by each room’s theme, Steve Berman came up with a door design
that sets the tone for the guests’ experience before they
ever set foot in the room.
“I was inspired by the themes for each room, as well as a
lot of local materials,” says Berman, who is a self-taught
artist capable of creating what he calls “functional art”
in just about any imaginable medium.
Local pine and Alligator juniper are featured in several of the
doors and furnishings around the villa, all of which were crafted
by Steve on-site. Materials come alive in his hands; whether it’s
the subtle way the blonde pine of Whispering Pines glows with sunlight,
or the kinetic energy of the water-powered Wagon Wheel door. With
a flair for the theatrical, Berman also created a covered-wagon
bed frame for this suite that will spark to life any latent cowboy
fantasy you may have lurking beneath the surface.
Berman’s creative talents go beyond the doorway in every
room at Adobe Grand Villas, extending to wardrobes, light fixtures,
imaginative floor coverings and whimsical bath furniture. It’s
apparent that this is no corporate, cookie-cutter resort the minute
you step into the lobby, where every interior structure has a rich,
handcrafted, organic feel, from the impressive fireplace enclosure
to the built-in refreshment bar.
The creation of Adobe Grand Villas was a family effort, with Berman’s
father Stuart at the helm for development and construction and his
mother Ilene in charge of interior design. The trio previously worked
together developing and building luxury homes in California before
they decided to change gears and build this visionary Four-Diamond
resort in Sedona, which has every amenity you could dream of, right
down to bread makers, cheerfully filling each room with the scent
of baking bread for the incoming guests. Steve is disarmingly modest
about his work, but it’s clear that for his relative youth,
he has a reserve of talent and vision more mature artists could
only aspire to. “He’s fearless about trying a new material
or technique,” says Stuart Berman, with obvious pride.
Adobe Grand Villas is for now the only place in Arizona where you
an see Steve’s creations, but inspired by his work there,
he’s opening a custom-door building business based in Sedona,
where people can work with him to create unique portals for their
own “resorts,” taking a little of Sedona’s magic
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