Arcadia Residence is a beautiful Mediterranean style vacation home for a couple with university aged kids, designed by Wiseman & Gale Interiors in Scottsdale, Arizona. This spacious home is comprised of 5,600 square feet (520 square meters) of living space with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The designers wanted the home to personify a Northern California Mediterranean home, with lots of light and bright hues throughout. Most of the interiors were gutted to achieve a harmonious flow from one space to the next. The living room was originally a breakfast room prior to the remodel, now its a place for the homeowners to relax and unwind first thing in the morning to read a newspaper or hang out with a laptop or even enjoy a bowl of cereal. Bright and airy, this is the homeowner’s favorite room in the house to enjoy a cup of coffee. The color palette displayed in this room is a concurrent theme that travels through the entire home, with hues of blue, orange, red and white. The whites have more of a gray base and the blues are more of an indigo. Through the furnishings, finishes and materials, the designers wanted to make the interiors feel like the house had evolved over time, even though it was collected all at once. By mixing prints, it creates the illusion that that’s how it all came together.
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Another design trick that was used to create a timeless appeal involved layering details, such as the decorative corbels affixed the the island countertop, the sumptuous hood over the range and the lantern-like pendant lights hanging over the island. The blue and orange tiles on the backsplash compliment the deep blue of the island and inviting bar stools of orange and coral.
Several of the doors and windows throughout the home were replaced with metal, factory-like panes to create a more dramatic statement. The other windows had their frames painted black in keeping with the style and mood the designer’s were aiming to create. Even the chandeliers were re-painted to pick up the vibrant hues from the fabrics.
The dining room is part of the open concept living room, with a beautiful wood table that ends with a small bench style seat to allow for more people to sit at the table.
Walking through the master bedroom and into the en-suite bathroom allows the homeowners to be welcomed by a showstopping focal point, a gorgeous pewter bathtub featuring an elegant tile wall as a backdrop.
This guest room is also the couple’s son’s room when he is visiting from college.
The daughter’s bedroom is full of vibrance to match her personality and sliding barn style doors in a beautiful shade of blue that leads into a private bathroom.
Prior to the remodel, the home was very neutral and beige, now it is brimming with colorful accents both inside and out, giving off a playful, vibrant personality…a perfect vacation getaway! What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Photos: Courtesy of Wiseman & Gale Interiors
Black Mountain Residence is a desert mountain villa designed by H&S International in collaboration with Wiseman & Gale Interiors, located in Carefree, Arizona. This Mediterranean style home is nestled on 2.5 acres of desert mountain property, offering sweeping views of the valley below. The homeowner purchased the land back in 1978 and then got married, had a family and lived 2o miles away, waiting for the day when she would build her dream home. The couple would travel on trips to Italy and get inspired by the rustic architectural qualities and furnishings they wanted to incorporate. The goal of the homeowners was to create a design that appears to have been around for generations, with rooms that appear to be added on by way of varying building techniques. The design team spent some time analyzing the property in order to maximize its climbing topography and sight lines. The size and placement of each room was integral to the design, as was the allocation of the windows, in order to optimize the enchanting views. As for the interior furnishings, the couple realized that the Provincial style was too ornate for their taste, yet they wished to have a similar styling but much more pared down. The designer sourced furnishings and fixtures that not only honored the homeowner’s desire for warmth and comfort, but also with a very timeless yet clean lined aesthetic. There is a harmonious mix of designer pieces with a sprinkling of antiques, yet all the fabrics have a heavy texture to capture the mood.
The builder and designer incorporated authentic materials into the design scheme, ranging from American barn wood and burnished European timber beams to reclaimed French firebrick and limestone, wide plank oak flooring that was milled in Belgium and oxidized scrap steel, all of which creates an aged appeal. The interior walls consist of layers thick plastered concrete, and the exterior masonry creatively blends varying timeworn stones and bricks with hand-tinted grouting in varying colors. The architecture seems to meld into the mountainside and the mix of beautiful plantings helps to further enhance this connection.
We have featured several breathtaking homes in the Arizona desert here on 1 Kindesign. If you enjoyed this property, have a look at some further inspiration from this beautiful state: Whisper Rock Residence by Tate Studio Architects and Spectacular modern home embraces the desert landscape.
Photos: Laura Moss & Luxe Source
This bright and colorful 1950s ranch house was renovated by the homeowners, co-owners of Rafterhouse, located in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. The home was inherited from of the owners grandparents, so they wanted to make their own spin on the place and turn it into a family home for their four children. The gut renovation took four months to complete, upgrading all the finishes and even the roof, as well as increasing the size of the home from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet. The home has taken on a completely different vibe, yet the homeowners tried to preserve some of the family memories. With children dashing throughout the home, careful attention was paid to the selection of furnishings. Keeping everything very simple, with clean lines and bright pops of color. The living room features custom barn doors finished with a bright white to conceal the television and other technical equipment.
The kitchen was extended out from the house to accommodate a beautiful crisp white island topped with Carrera marble. The home features a lot of budget-friendly finds such as the industrial style bar stools from World Market. The pantry door was salvaged and re-painted to add a pop of color to the otherwise muted down space. The light fixtures were also a great find, sourced from a vintage market. This was a really fun and playful renovation that we enjoyed sharing with you, what you think, is there any details in this home that speaks to you? Let us know your thoughts below!
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A playroom and bedroom combined for the four boys, this space was once two bedrooms.
This lovely bathroom features a trough sink from Kohler, a vintage mirror to add style and character and a salvaged metal locker (which holds all bathroom essentials) that has been painted in a robin’s egg blue, matching perfectly with the floor mat.
Photos: HGTV Magazine
This desert hillside property is a flawless blend of sophistication and style by ArchitecTor, located in the private community of Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona. The residence is positioned perfectly on a mountainside offering spectacular panoramic views of the valley below. Taking advantage of the year round arid temperatures, the design of the home encompasses a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience. Glass walls and retractable door systems are integrated throughout the home, allowing natural light to infiltrate the spaces and the homeowners to enjoy the natural desert landscape and city views. Upon entrance into the interiors of this spacious vacation home, you will find an open concept plan built for a couple to entertain their five adult children and their families as well as friends. A Mediterranean stye oasis that is both relaxing and stylish, the material palette is a rustic mix of stone and organic elements that are unified between indoors and out. Outdoor living areas are shaded by deep overhangs, with sun loungers, a large pop-up television so you can watch the game while lounging or splashing around in the infinity edge swimming pool.
If you are in need of more desert mountain inspiration, we have featured several others here on 1 Kindesign, here are a couple to get you started: Rustic eclectic farmhouse in the Sonoran Desert and Whisper Rock Residence by Tate Studio Architects.
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The Canyon Residence was designed by Kevin B Howard Architects to make living in the Sonoran Desert an integrated part of daily life in The Canyons, Catalina Foothills, Tuscon, Arizona. This was accomplished by creating architecture that was part of the landscape and allowing the site to influence form. Rock outcroppings and water shed patterns dictated formal responses and anchored the residence. A juxtaposing of horizontals lines and solid masses complement the vertical nature of the saguaro cacti. The entry steps up in time with the hillside meeting the main floor where it rests, bridging the ephemeral wash below.
The residence spans across a wash preserving the existing water shed patterns. The entry walk was designed to raise guests up out of the site along this wash. The main living space is located immediately beyond the entrance, providing a striking mountain panorama from the northeast- facing wall of glass. In addition to the site integration, materials were chosen not to contrast with the site, but instead compliment its beauty.
The entry bridge, looking back over the expansive desert views.
The unique qualities of the site demanded an organically designed residence. The design grew out of site integration and minimal impact. By specifying materials and colors contextual to the southwest, the final design created a home that is both timeless and complimentary to its surroundings.
The living room opens to the edge of the Coronado National Forest. The boundary between interior and exterior is blurred by the continuation of the tongue and groove ceiling finish.
There are 72 Solar PV panels installed on the roof. The first full month of Solar PV production showed 115% above the original estimated amounts. This is due to the slope of the roof being optimized for spring and summer solar orientation.
Photos: Dominique Vorillon Photography
Pass Residence is a stunning contemporary desert home that opens up to incredible views extending 40 miles in the very exclusive area of Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona, designed by Tate Studio Architects. The home was built as a dream retirement for a couple who loves spending time with family. The home is carefully oriented on a 5-acre lot with overhangs that protect the interiors from the relentless desert sun. Outdoor living was a priority as well, so there’s an outdoor kitchen, a lounging patio, a pool and a hot tub. The interiors are comprised of 5,600 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and office and exercise room. The home has solar panels that generate electricity the power company buys; the pool is also heated by solar energy.
A small fountain sits between two of the cacti in the middle of this photo. “Javelinas love to come up and drink from the small fountain,” states the architect. “That window you see here is in the dining room, so the family enjoys watching them while they eat dinner.”
The stucco wall here is part of a long, curved wall that extends the length of the house; sandblasted concrete blocks make up the wall on the right. The design of the square openings repeats throughout the house.
“I wanted to create an inviting entry that didn’t show you everything at once,” states the architect. A large steel beam draws you toward the front door, and a small fountain draws you in with a gurgling sound that echoes through the entry.
The front entryway is all glass yet does not reveal the views; one discovers those after entering the house. The bottom two-thirds of it is flow glass, which provides light as well as privacy. “The glass creates a beautiful glow,” states the architect. “It has iridescent dichroic flakes in it that make it shimmer and change color throughout the day.”
Beyond the front door, suspended reclaimed barn beams create a rhythm down the gallery. To the left, the open fireplace is repeated outside on the patio. To the right, the end of the gallery becomes part of the master bedroom; the reclaimed barn doors slide across to enclose it.
Looking back toward the front door, Alpaca limestone continues from indoors to out, as does the Arizona brown schist seen around the fireplace. Large windows bring in the expansive desert views; the bottom windows are operational and let in the breeze from the valley. The open fireplace divides the living room from the hearth room. Snapped-edge limestone makes up the hearth and mantel; copper covers the uplit fireplace.
“We combined some traditional and contemporary touches in the kitchen,” states the architect. White oak Shaker-style cabinets and brown schist stone lend a warm, contemporary feel. Behind the range wall, you can see how the roof floats, providing clerestory windows that let in additional daylight.
“The clients love to have everyone gather in the kitchen; the wife loves to cook, and everyone can gather at the granite bar,” states the architect. Better yet, they can walk right outside to the outdoor kitchen and the TV lounge on the patio.
The master bedroom and the gallery share space; the gallery ends in the view of the cactus when the barn doors are left open.
The master bath combines several beautiful textures. The tile in the shower stall is a mix of stone and shell, the tub surround is concrete and the sandblasted block wall continues from inside to out. Three niches next to the bathtub echo the openings out the window.
The far edge of the pool has an 8-inch-deep area with two lounge chairs. Toward the back is the outdoor kitchen and TV lounge; to the right is the riparian corridor. “You can lean on the infinity edge of the pool and watch the deer and other animals in the wash below,” states the architect.
The patio has a series of outdoor rooms. “My client wanted to be able to sit outside in the shade while the pool was sunny, so all of the overhangs were very carefully designed,” states the architect. The overhangs also protect the house itself from direct sunlight.
A large open fireplace echoes the one indoors; there is another small fire feature at the end of the patio next to the hot tub. If you look closely, you can see the city lights in the distance.
The form of the house follows the terrain, stepping down the hillside. The neighborhood was built in a way that does not deter the natural movement of local deer, javalinas, mountain lions and coyotes.
Photos: Mark Boisclair
Pima Canyon Residence is a spectacular modern interior renovation project that was carried out by John Senhauser Architects, situated in Tucson, Arizona. The client had initially asked the architects to assist them in selecting materials and designing a guest bath for their new home. Yet their scope of work “progressively expanded into interior architecture and detailing, including the kitchen, baths, fireplaces, stair, custom millwork, doors, guardrails, and lighting for the residence – essentially everything except the furniture. The home is loosely defined by a series of thick, parallel walls supporting planar roof elements floating above the desert floor.”
From the architects: Our approach was to not only reinforce the general intentions of the architecture but to more clearly articulate its meaning. We began by adopting a limited palette of desert neutrals, providing continuity to the uniquely differentiated spaces. Much of the detailing shares a common vocabulary, while numerous objects (such as the elements of the master bath – each operating on their own terms) coalesce comfortably in the rich compositional language.
Photos: William Lesch
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