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Stepping back in time, we brought the high art of custom finish work to the high art of famed Italian muralist Carlo Marchiori’s Napa Valley private residence and masterwork Villa Ca’ Toga. The Palladian-style villa was built with everyday materials like plywood, metal sheathing, false beams, and 2x4s made to mimic ancient columns and limestone pillars. Painted in trompe-l’oeil to trick the eye, stir the imagination, and uplift the soul.

Refined work and a small role in the grand scheme of things, Beckner Contracting & Management installed custom cabinetry, interior doors, oversized pocket doors, and hardware. Working on and around surfaces painted with the fantastical trompe l’oeil murals created by Marchiori.

Sixteenth century-style frescoes hang in the main salon, hand-painted stone floors accent the library. Roman ruins, Thai temples, a seashell-encrusted grotto, and an open-air theater sit in archaic splendor on this dreamscape-turned-landscape.

*Photo: Finish work at Villa Ca’ Toga. Calistoga, California. By Craig Beckner.

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