The Montana Lake House That Celebrates Nature With A Bit Of Fun {The Montana Lake House That Celebrates Nature With A Bit Of Fun} – English

The Montana Lake House That Celebrates Nature With A Bit Of Fun {The Montana Lake House That Celebrates Nature With A Bit Of Fun} – English

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The clients emphasized the importance of respecting the surrounding environment. To speak to the local vernacular, Dunham recommended residential designer Larry Pearson. He was familiar with Pearson’s work and confident that he could create the contemporary but relaxed vibe the couple was looking for yet stay true to the setting. “We love regional materials,” notes Pearson, who worked with general contractor Kelcey Bingham to incorporate recycled timber and Montana moss rock. “The exterior color scheme and materials blend into the setting,” adds Bingham. A sense of place was top of mind for landscape architect Kurt Vomfell as well. “The goal was to reflect the character of Montana,” says Vomfell. He points to the native and near-native plantings he used that “feel like they were found in a meadow here.”

While the team wanted the residence to fit in, they also wanted it to be aesthetically interesting. So, Pearson flipped the script on a classic lake house. A guest house was erected at the top of the hill, with the main house set below. The entry from the motor court leads to a foyer from which a stone staircase descends into the social spaces at lake level. “This is a home that touches the water,” Pearson says. “So, you’re engaging with the lake.”

A contemporary style was important, but, Pearson asserts, an ultra-sleek modern home was never his goal. It was important, he says, “that you can take your shoes off, walk down to the beach, jump in a boat and come back in soaking wet.” Adds Dunham: “It was much more about organic modernism. Larry was very invested in how his design was working between these materials. You’ve got really beautiful stonework, woodwork, hand-troweled plasterwork and iron elements that he brought in.”

Since the clients didn’t want what Dunham calls “a serious, monochromatic house,” he incorporated color but carefully considered its usage. “The outside view is stunning with the shades of blue and gray-blue. When the lake goes bright, it’s green,” he says. “You’ve got the green of the trees and the colors of the mountains. So those are what you want to celebrate.” The designer worked in verdant tones through furnishings such as teal pendants in the kitchen, a sea-green sofa in the foyer and light green swivel chairs in the living room. Varying shades of sand that nod to the beach set the backdrop.

When Dunham did choose to use other colors—mixing in burnt-orange and saffron-yellow dining chairs among the blue and green ones; designing a sectional upholstered in a pumpkin-colored chenille for the sitting room—he kept them muted rather than bright and intended for them to support the vibrant art. “A lot of the art is quite fresh,” Dunham says. “You didn’t want to put up works that felt sludgy.”

To this end, he hung a vintage tapestry prominently in the dining room. Its black background and bold colors contribute an eye-catching graphic quality and a bit of drama, while the textile itself mutes noise and adds softness against the stone walls and steel-framed windows. The result: A room where dinners last for hours, thanks also to the generously scaled chairs covered in a stain-proof leather that is “semi-indestructible,” says Dunham.

This isn’t the only room for gatherings. The entire house is designed for groups. There’s the cozy nook in the living area warmed by a fireplace—the perfect spot for card games—the inviting orange sectional and the many seating areas out on the deck. Which is precisely the point, Dunham muses. “I look back, and I see the picture over the lake or the chairs around the fire pit and think, ‘that’s somewhere I’d like to be.’ ”

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Say ‘Hello’ To Resort-Style Living At This Desert Mediterranean Home {Say ‘Hello’ To Resort-Style Living At This Desert Mediterranean Home} – English

Say ‘Hello’ To Resort-Style Living At This Desert Mediterranean Home {Say ‘Hello’ To Resort-Style Living At This Desert Mediterranean Home} – English

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“It’s one of only three homes on the sixth fairway with due southwest orientation,” notes general contractor Anthony Salcito Jr. “It’s really the best lot in Silverleaf.” With its stunning vistas of the golf course, valley and mountains, the property was indeed so special that the couple decided to buy it, despite the house not being to their taste. “The existing house was sitting too low on the site and aligned in the wrong direction,” Anthony recalls. “The more elevated you are, the more you capture the views, so in order to do that, the whole house needed to be realigned.” In a bold move, the couple decided to tear down the house, bringing on Anthony, his designer wife Rebecca Salcito, architect Erik Peterson and landscape architect Jeff Berghoff to construct their getaway from the ground up. “This is one of the most special lots in Silverleaf, almost as good as being on the ocean,” Peterson says. “You have to know a lot is worth it when someone purchases a home and tears it down.”

“Capturing views of the valley, desert and spectacular Scottsdale sunsets from virtually every room in the house was our top priority,” says the husband. Though the couple are technically empty nesters, their adult daughters frequently return home for visits, so they sought an expansive gathering place for the whole family to seek refuge from the cold Colorado winters. They also wanted ample space for entertaining their friends, many of whom share the couple’s passion for golf.

Peterson drew upon the current trends in Los Angeles (he has a satellite office in Beverly Hills), conceiving a modern Mediterranean-style dwelling, mixing old- and new-world materials—think a limestone exterior, Douglas-fir beams, steel windows and tile roofs. “We had to fight to be allowed to do this style in Silverleaf, which was new and unprecedented at the time, and now everyone in the community wants it,” Peterson laughs. Of course, there’s something else everyone wants—those desert views. And Peterson brought them in spades. The width and orientation of the lot enabled him to give most of the spaces—even the exercise room—key sight lines west, capturing views of both the golf course and those famous Arizona sunsets. “If you don’t like to work out then this room will change that,” he remarks.

“We wanted it to feel like a resort,” notes Rebecca. To this end, Peterson chose towering steel windows that either pocket away or slide open, enabling the walls to virtually disappear, creating a seamless transition outside. There—set off by Berghoff’s landscaping—large, covered patios with a multitude of seating areas, cabanas, fire pits and a dazzling infinity pool bring that resort feel to life. Completing the vibe is a sprawling outdoor bar made of onyx, backlit to create a dramatic focal point. “It’s the biggest bar we’ve ever put in a home,” Rebecca observes.

For the interiors, however, the designer chose a more understated look. With plenty of stone and wall treatments peppered throughout for texture (a Kyle Bunting hide wallcovering on the stairwell and a shield-like metallic kitchen backsplash, for example), Rebecca opted for crisp white walls and a neutral palette. Working with Cheryl Lucas, a designer who works for the homeowners, she created a warm relaxed vibe, echoing the desert surroundings. The soft tones also serve as the perfect backdrop to the owners’ art collection. “They love bright, colorful art and I didn’t want anything to compete with that,” Rebecca explains.

While the decision to tear down and build anew may have been a risk, the house is decidedly worthy of its prominent location. “It is pretty fabulous when a project of this scope comes together so well,” says the husband. And the neighborhood locals agree. “It’s definitely one of the favorite homes on the golf course,” Rebecca says. “All the golfers comment on it. It’s spectacular.”

In the light-filled entry of this Silverleaf home, designer Rebecca Salcito selected a hide wall treatment by Kyle Bunting to provide textural contrast to the open-glass stair rail. The custom hair-on-hide rug from Atlanta-based Moattar adds a pop of color.

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Crush On This L.A. Design Feed All About Spaces Meant To Be Enjoyed {Crush On This L.A. Design Feed All About Spaces Meant To Be Enjoyed} – English

Crush On This L.A. Design Feed All About Spaces Meant To Be Enjoyed {Crush On This L.A. Design Feed All About Spaces Meant To Be Enjoyed} – English

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FEED TO FOLLOW: @simodesign

WHO: Sam Gnatovich and Alexi Rennalls are the husband-and-wife team behind L.A. design-build studio Simo Design. Known for melding an appreciation for the past with contemporary styling, they define one current project as “a midcentury pavilion meets old-world European villa.”

WHAT: Their posts capture the cohesion of their projects (from historic renovations to new builds) and often include outdoor spaces. The couple firmly believes that having an outdoor area devoted to enjoyment—be it a cabana, a dining area or a fire pit—helps their clients take better advantage of the Southern California climate.

WHY: Gnatovich and Rennalls aim to share images that convey the narrative of their projects, preferring to tell the whole story of how a project unfolds rather than just show the end result.

IN HER WORDS: “We always try to be authentic in our design approach. Authentic to ourselves and to the spaces. Hopefully, our feed reflects that,” says Rennalls.

PHOTOS COURTESY ALEXIS ROULETTE (THE SOCIETY GROUP)

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A Wilmette Home Delivers On A Wish For A More Laid-Back Lifestyle {A Wilmette Home Delivers On A Wish For A More Laid-Back Lifestyle} – English

A Wilmette Home Delivers On A Wish For A More Laid-Back Lifestyle {A Wilmette Home Delivers On A Wish For A More Laid-Back Lifestyle} – English

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To build their vision from scratch, they turned to designer Ilene Chase, architect H. Gary Frank and builder Richard Bondarowicz. Consensus grew quickly on how to interpret the iconic features—beginning with the exterior, which fully embraced the form’s innate eclecticism. “Shingle homes can use a wide array of elements,” explains Frank, who incorporated classic gables, a turret (topped with a weather vane) and a gently curved roofline arching over the entrance. “Having that curve allows the façade to undulate a little bit, so it’s not so flat. It creates a nice, soft feel for the home.”

These personable touches continued inside, as the couple never felt beholden to the expected way of doing things, says Chase. “So in each room, we didn’t just stick with one style. There’s a little bit of each thing they love.” The finishes reflected this diverse taste, with the incorporation of rustic, mountain-inspired materials honoring the couple’s love of Colorado. “We kept very traditional aspects,” explains Chase. “But there was a Western presence they wanted to include, with a lot of organic elements.” The contrast proves striking with crisp crown molding, and baseboards and paneling that feel surprisingly fresh against hand-scraped oak floors (the team spent hours testing for “just the right color that had some warmth and wear to it,” says Chase). A colorful striped runner adds levity to the staircase, with tones that “are playful, yet still warm and earthy,” she adds.

The juxtaposition continues in the kitchen and breakfast area, where white beams stand out against naturally stained white oak panels on the ceiling. “We laid out the pattern painstakingly,” shares Bondarowicz about the process. “We did several mock-ups so that the proportions were appropriate.” For the kitchen island, extra care (and 10 men) was also needed to install the honed Madre Perla quartzite. It’s the perfect counterpoint to the custom classic cabinetry by Abruzzo Kitchen and Bath, “as it’s not polished and shiny, so you can see the imperfections,” says the wife.

Some choices were pragmatic. They embraced the Shingle style’s extra-wide hallways “because you know kids, they just crash into things,” jokes the husband. Other areas were reimagined completely, adapting the style and purpose of each room to best suit the family. Most of all, the couple wanted to avoid overly formal spaces that would lie fallow. “We were trying to eliminate those rooms you only use on Christmas Eve,” the husband notes. This explains the not-so-traditional dining room featuring black-and-white wallpaper and dark furnishings, including the custom table made extra wide to accommodate more people. Bold, graphic and pragmatic, the space proved engaging without feeling too precious.

Though an avid book lover, the husband also didn’t want the library to be a solitary space meant just for reading. “He had the idea of doing this library-meets-cocktail-room,” shares the wife. “Instead of a formal living area where no one sits, how about a space where adults can hang out?” Chase took inspiration from old-school speakeasies that recalled the couple’s life in Chicago, complete with a leather Chesterfield-style sofa, smoky gray wallpaper on the ceiling and deep hunter green on the walls and bookcases. “It’s a little bit moody,” says the designer. “It has a city vibe that they could escape to within this North Shore home.” The speakeasy wouldn’t feel complete without a whiskey bar, placed nearby in the front hallway, borrowing the same mood with dark walnut cabinets and an antique mirror backsplash. The unusual feature harkens back to “a more traditional style, when people would entertain in their foyers,” notes Chase.

The level of detail possible when building a home surprised the couple. “I had no idea,” the wife laughs. “Now I know all about hinges and grout colors that I would have never known in a million years.” The process, however, soon became more than construction—it was about creating spaces that looked back at their life together, while making room for their family’s future.

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Fall For The Rustic Glam Of This CO Pad With A Fairytale Exterior {Fall For The Rustic Glam Of This CO Pad With A Fairytale Exterior} – English

Fall For The Rustic Glam Of This CO Pad With A Fairytale Exterior {Fall For The Rustic Glam Of This CO Pad With A Fairytale Exterior} – English

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Tremblay had six months to transform what he calls “a typical lodge-like home” into something brighter and more contemporary. “We had to be mindful of what we should remove and what we should leave alone because it already worked,” he says. “The house was in great shape and the owners liked the layout, so we didn’t have structural changes to make, which allowed us to focus on interior scale, finishes and fixtures.”

To that end, his team—including senior project managers Melissa Adair and Rachel Ortiz, who oversaw the interior detailing—squared up a sea of dated arches that defined the interior doorways and revamped a series of stodgy fireplaces that were too large for the rooms they occupied. The designers also removed nonstructural columns in the entry and the basement that chopped up visual lines through the home. By simplifying the architecture, Tremblay’s team created a clean backdrop.

“We really had to ‘de-wood’ the place,” Tremblay says, by which he means that the team deployed multiple strategies—including staining, painting or replacing the wood. In Ashley’s office, for example, the team reworked the built-ins by removing shelves and adding a mirrored backing. Across the room, an elegant marble-and-steel fireplace surround balances the look. “Keeping original elements was important to us all,” Tremblay adds, noting that simply staining ceiling beams darker, and therefore removing yellow undertones, preserved the textural charm of such details while bringing the space up to date.

Only two spaces got a complete overhaul: the primary bathroom and the basement. A warren of small, oddly shaped spaces prior to the renovation, the primary bath was gutted and reimagined as a contemporary oasis with his-and-her bronze- framed shower enclosures and a handsome copper tub. A shimmery copper screen hangs behind the makeup vanity, making “the most beautiful place for Ashley to sit and start her day,” Adair says. The basement bar area—which, before the work started, resembled an Olive Garden restaurant— became a contemporary entertaining space after Tremblay’s team removed wood floors and cabinetry and a stone arch above the wine cellar door. In their place, handsome black cabinets and modern glass-and-metal shelving—all atop a sleek honed limestone flooring—create a gorgeous space for the Browns to entertain.

Throughout, layers of textural finishes and decor make the rooms feel both cozy and elegant. Upholstered furniture in tactile linens, velvets and leathers, in mostly muted hues with shades of blue woven smartly into the mix, make for pleasing scenes. “We pulled furniture from countless lines,” Tremblay says, “which helps make the interiors endure the test of time.” Carefully selected wall treatments, such as the metallic raffia wallpaper in the basement living area and the painted walls with gold-leaf detail in the primary bedroom, are stylistic counterpoints to the warm white walls throughout most of the home. Against these ideal backdrops hang exquisite, sculptural light fixtures. “Our philosophy on lighting is ‘the bigger, the better,’” Tremblay laughs. “We found unique pieces, and nearly every room has one that takes your breath away.” His favorite: the Skakuff fixture that extends into the entry from the second floor.

Outside, the architecture remains entirely unchanged—enhanced only by fresh paint on the stucco, a light editing of the landscaping, and a contemporary stone sculpture by the Phillips Collection. While the Browns live primarily in Florida, the Colorado summers draw them to the Centennial State, where they relish their new pad’s fresh style and the opportunity to entertain, indoors and out. “When it’s just Ed and me, the home feels livable and cozy,” Ashley says. “But when we have company, the space is magnificent for entertaining. We use—and love—every space in this house.”

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A Georgian-Style Greenwich Estate with Classic Style {A Georgian-Style Greenwich Estate with Classic Style} – English

A Georgian-Style Greenwich Estate with Classic Style {A Georgian-Style Greenwich Estate with Classic Style} – English

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The resulting manse is a study in breathtaking symmetry, with a serious brick façade accented with limestone quoins and chimney caps. And though VanderHorn and his team researched the classic 18th-century Georgian estates of master architects for inspiration before starting the project, his own interpretation also manages to embrace fresh, modern style—something he accomplished by simply paring down. “In general, you don’t want too much of a good thing,” he says with a laugh. “A Georgian home in the 1700s would have had a lot more detailing, but we didn’t want to overdo it. We didn’t want the moments of architectural interest to become visual clutter.”

Despite demonstrating restraint, however, VanderHorn’s mark is felt throughout the interiors—from the expansive Palladian windows and heavy molding to the intricate plaster cornices and arched openings. All of this set a luxe backdrop when it came time for designer Inson Wood to put the finishing touches on the interiors: a job made infinitely easier by the incredible material palette. Tumbled Botticino marble on the floors in the entry foyer and white statuary marble fabricated by Chesney’s on the surrounds of each of the seven fireplaces contribute to the old-world feel, while cerused white-oak flooring elsewhere offers a contemporary feel. “Every material has a very interesting texture,” Wood says. “There are almost no flat or smooth surfaces. I wanted the pieces I selected to feel the same way, so I tried to cultivate a hand-warped and natural feel.”

Even the Venetian plaster used on the walls in the center reception area, for example, has been hand-waxed and formulated with gold dust. “It’s a shimmer that you can barely see, but it adds warmth to the white walls,” Wood explains. “The effect is fancy and elaborate yet also very subtle.” Columns distinguish the reception area from the open dining and living areas on either side. In lieu of walls, a pair of glass screens provides a sense of separation without sacrificing the flow of light. “The living, sitting and dining rooms are open in this fantastic space, which lends itself very well to cocktail parties where people are wandering about,” Wood says.

In the dining room, modern artwork and simple Swedish furnishings complement the comfortable, contemporary pieces and neutral palette of the adjacent living area. In the more intimate spaces, colorful antique rugs, ornate French and Russian furnishings, and pieces from the owners’ existing collection are combined seamlessly. “Many times we create these historical mansions to be period-perfect,” Wood says. “In reality, however, people from those times would have included pieces from a number of countries and eras.”

Indeed, in the wife’s elegant sitting room, inspired by a 17th-century French chateau, gilded moldings and crystal chandeliers are joined by an eclectic Buddha head that rests atop an antique Biedermeier desk. On the other end of the spectrum, too, is the husband’s office, where African masks and trophies from his many safaris sit peaceably alongside a handsome desk and a Chippendale cabinet. “It was important that they each have their own space,” Wood says. “They both have very good taste. They are an international family that has traveled widely and experienced many different cultures, and that is what is represented in the design of their home.”

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2015 New York issue of Luxe Interiors + Design.

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A Grand Mediterranean-Style Miami Beach Home {A Grand Mediterranean-Style Miami Beach Home} – English

A Grand Mediterranean-Style Miami Beach Home {A Grand Mediterranean-Style Miami Beach Home} – English

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But upon closer inspection, this 21st-century dwelling could be considered the architectural equivalent of an undercover agent, an operative of contemporary design infiltrating an esteemed neighbor- hood of historically preserved abodes: The embellished exterior that blends harmoniously into its surroundings also serves as a guise for its minimalist agenda. “Since the original home was historically significant, the city required that the new construction represent the same architectural style,” explains architect Kiko Franco. “The challenge was to incorporate the homeowner’s modern tastes.”

Arguably, the new dwelling’s simple street presence is a contemporary take on the traditional Mediterranean form. The rear exterior strikes a more classical tone with curved openings and a clear visual of the multiple gabled roofs laid with terra-cotta tiles imported from Bogota´, Colombia. However, the vast windows and glass railings that supply generous water views are elements of the indoor-outdoor rubric that defines modern design. “The house really captures and respects the South Florida landscape,” says Franco’s associate and project architect Jon Bonita, who is also referring to the region’s proclivity for tempestuous weather.

That said, part of the home’s modernity is owed to its innovative armor made of tough load-bearing masonry, muscular engineered-wood trusses and substantial hurricane-grade glass. The latter is especially paramount considering the home’s architectural apex, a decidedly un-Mediterranean 15-foot glass pyramid that crowns the living room. “At the time, it was the largest allowable skylight that met the hurricane-impact standards for South Florida,” explains Bonita. “It’s a unique piece that makes a spectacular statement.”

This sparkling zenith appropriately sheds light on the focal point of the interiors, a double-height living room that exhibits another aspect of modernism: symmetry. Identical suede-upholstered Christian Liaigre Brannan sofas flank the room’s main event—a soaring fireplace faced with textured limestone and rich sapele wood panels. The simple arrangement is an elegant iteration of the homeowner’s desire to keep the interiors minimal. By design, furnishings with sleek profiles don’t detract from the home’s true conversation pieces.

“The homeowner didn’t mind the Mediterranean style outside but insisted on a more contemporary South Beach look inside,” says interior designer Louis Shuster, who worked with designer Eric Dyer to realize the project. “We focused on creating subtle details and clean, linear surfaces,” adds Dyer.

The dining room intentionally functions less for feasting than for exhibiting wine. A translucent cellar-like fixture showcases rare vintages, while a lead-crystal dining table seems to dissolve into the sophisticated vignette. This disappearing act simultaneously accentu- ates the clear wine enclosure as it exalts the sepia-tone work from the homeowner’s collection framed within the buffet.

Here, creating a niche to display art is the exception, not the rule. Throughout the house, the collection is mostly exhibited gallery-style on plain walls. The pieces dominate their surroundings, underscoring the value of minimalist accoutrements. However, in the master suite and family room—where furnishings were kept simple, neutral and streamlined—large bare windows expose their own hidden agenda by quietly diverting focus from the attention-getting, water-themed wall hangings to the real aquatic spectacles: an infinity pool and ocean-fed bay glistening in the distance.

This article was originally published in the Summer 2012 Florida issue of Luxe Interiors + Design.

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You’ll Soon Be Able To Move Into This Historic Charleston Building {You’ll Soon Be Able To Move Into This Historic Charleston Building} – English

You’ll Soon Be Able To Move Into This Historic Charleston Building {You’ll Soon Be Able To Move Into This Historic Charleston Building} – English

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71 Wentworth

The adaptive reuse of a 19th-century building fronting Charleston’s King Street is paving the way for a mixed-use property that lasts 150 years more.

Built circa-1871 by architect John Henry Devereux for the city’s freemasons, the Tudor Gothic Revival edifice sat sentinel at 71 Wentworth Street for decades, until developers East West Partners got designs to transform it with the aid of architect Kevan Hoertdoerfer, designer Cortney Bishop and the blessing of the Preservation Society of Charleston. Double- to triple-height cathedral ceilings and gothic arched windows soar as high as 18 feet, within 12 superlative private residences that span the upper two floors.

Designed to spec by Bishop in five distinct floor plans, they’ll feature original materials (exposed antique brick, original heart pine beams), elegant loggias, high-end appliances, luxury finishes (hand-troweled plaster, certified sustainable French oak floors, Evirio marble, Zellige tile), local cabinetry by Brooks Custom Woodworks and sculptural furnishings, plus modern technologies that bring the building forward. Units will be move-in ready early next year.

living room with brick walls

PHOTOS COURTESY EAST WEST PARTNERS

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How A Perfectly Crisp AZ Retreat Became The Ultimate Sanctuary {How A Perfectly Crisp AZ Retreat Became The Ultimate Sanctuary} – English

How A Perfectly Crisp AZ Retreat Became The Ultimate Sanctuary {How A Perfectly Crisp AZ Retreat Became The Ultimate Sanctuary} – English

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It was this natural palette that inspired designers Kim and Kathryn Scodro when they teamed up with architect Bing Hu and builder Steve Sommer to realize their clients’ vision for a traditional abode on a nearly one-acre lot abutting a mountainous forest preserve in Scottsdale. “They wanted an East Coast aesthetic that fit within the beauty of a desert setting,” Kim says. But realizing the owners’ goals while adhering to the gated community’s rigid design guidelines, which specified dark colors and textured materials, posed significant hurdles. “The guidelines are about respecting the desert and blending in with it,” Hu explains, noting the area was originally a cattle ranch.

Armed with historic photos of desert ranches, Hu pitched his ideas to the committee, ultimately winning approval to contrast the neutral cement board siding and western sandstone with brilliant white roof eaves and window trim. Crisp white millwork likewise defines the covered front entrance, which is set off by pale blue door. “It’s a nice arrival point,” Hu observes.

It also sets the tone for what’s to come: calming interiors with classic touches—such as custom millwork and a marble fireplace—that nod to the clients’ desire for a casually elegant sanctuary. “We wanted it to feel warm and welcoming,” explains the wife.

With that in mind, Kim and Kathryn selected a bright, cheerful Sarah Otts oil painting as a greeting in the foyer. “She fell in love with this piece,” Kim says of the wife’s reaction to the colorful abstract. “It’s just happy.”

For the sanctuary-esque vibe that the owners desired, the designers chose to integrate shades of blue throughout. A blue tête-à-tête in the adjacent living room and the hand-painted flowers upon a neutral wallcovering in the dining room both nod to the owners’ classic leanings. But the fresh color keeps it casual enough for the rooms to feel family-friendly (which is necessary, as there are two children and a golden retriever running around). The palette flows into the kitchen, where doors painted in a muted blue-gray color pop against the creamy perimeter cabinetry, quartzite counters and hand-tumbled white subway backsplash. “It all flows and works together,” Kim says.

The bedrooms are no exception. Designed with the wife in mind, the room’s pale wall-to-wall carpeting and a neutral grass-cloth wallcovering “add such warmth,” Kim muses, while also highlighting the white millwork and peaked wood-beamed ceiling. And, while the team may have been thinking of the wife’s preferences, the husband enjoys the restful space just as much. “He drinks coffee in the corner chair in the bedroom every morning,” the wife says. “It’s a beautiful place to watch the sunrise.”

But the home is not just meant to be a respite for its owners. The clients wanted their guests to feel just as comfortable, so the team created a first-floor guest suite, complete with a private patio. “It feels like the chicest hotel room,” notes Kim.

Accessible from just about every room, the exterior spaces are just as breathtaking. The living area opens to a spacious covered patio complete with areas for living, dining and cooking. A verdant patch of grass frames the placid blue swimming pool, which has an integrated hot tub with picture-perfect mountain views.

With such a plethora of areas to spread out, these outdoor spaces have proven to be some of the most well-used spaces. During this time of avoiding indoor interactions, the ability to enjoy socially distanced outdoor gatherings (even setting up a movie screen so the kids could enjoy their favorite popcorn thriller from the water) has proved to be a life saver. “Even these minimal and simple interactions give you the fuel to go on,” the wife says. “These spaces have worked overtime.”

“With ceilings reaching over 20 feet, the goal for this space was to make the room feel inviting,” says designer Kim Scodro of the entry to this Scottsdale home she designed with architect Bing Hu. To that end, she installed a colorful abstract artwork by Sarah Otts above an Asian-inspired Hickory Chair console.

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A Bold Colorado Home Shines With A Funky Spin On Cape Cod Charm {A Bold Colorado Home Shines With A Funky Spin On Cape Cod Charm} – English

A Bold Colorado Home Shines With A Funky Spin On Cape Cod Charm {A Bold Colorado Home Shines With A Funky Spin On Cape Cod Charm} – English

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The designer and architect Matt Stais collaborated on a design that spoke to Amy’s personality, with references to her roots in Cape Cod. “She’s fun, playful, young and she has a lot of spark,” Schumacher says, “She also wanted the home to reflect Cape Cod, so we incorporated all of those things.” The hydrangea-lined driveway leads to a shingled home whose exterior is illuminated by gas lanterns—all of it a nod to Amy’s New England upbringing. Inside, she gave Schumacher carte blanche to design a new environment for her and her kids.

The designer set the tone with a chic take on a ski-lodge fireplace, inspired by the couple’s 25 years in Breckenridge, where Rob and Stais developed a series of resorts. Here, a floating chimney is lined with a cobalt-blue wood veneer wallcovering that sets the home’s palette. “It’s the first thing you see when you come through the front door,” Schumacher says. But getting it there took some serious engineering. “The hanging fireplace was a big deal,” Stais says. General contractor Dan Fuller says his team had to add additional structure overhead so the ceiling could support its tremendous weight, in addition to steel and concrete bracing all around so it wouldn’t sway.

Schumacher showed the fireplace wallpaper sample to her cabinetmaker, who responded with cabinetry for the bar and kitchen in the same color. She then added feminine touches to the kitchen, like bumping out the blue drawers to resemble a bedroom dresser and incorporating a jewelry-like brass detail on the custom range hood, the barstools and cabinet hardware. The same combination is present in the powder room, where she commissioned a chinoiserie wallpaper on a gold background over a deep blue antique console retrofitted to be a vanity.

For the most part, however, the designer kept the interiors neutral to keep the views center stage. But that didn’t mean Schumacher had to abandon her artistic license, especially in Amy’s bedroom: “She wanted it to be soft in color, but at the same time, we gave her snakeskin wallpaper, and we rocked out her bathroom and made it girly. It is just for her, so it reflects her personality.” Schumacher also created a living space that could easily evolve over the years. Big white comfy sofas offer a crisp backdrop for new accent pillows, rugs or throws. “It has a chameleon-type of essence. You can play with pattern and colors and not have it be overly designed,” she says.

Equally important was the outdoor living space, whose prominent views are in front of the house. “It was really about how everything related to the outdoor patio,” says Stais, who situated it on axis with Mount Evans in the distance. He then wrapped the house around the patio with bedroom wings for Amy and the kids extending off the central living area. Glass pocket doors disappear into the walls to make the great room and dining area one with the patio, which is just as large as the interior space.

Landscape designers Nick and Elizabeth Pisani surrounded the patio with low stone walls, ornamental grasses, rose shrubs and dwarf evergreens. “We had to come up with some creative ways to give her privacy in the front but not block her views,” Nick Pisani says. Colorado River boulders throughout the landscape help to soften the home’s linear geometry.

Though nearly everything is located on the main level, there are two guest rooms and a
TV room downstairs. Stais jokes that he was personally invested in designing “really great” guest rooms because his family hopes to be frequent visitors, having become so close with the couple over the years. “This is a lot more than a new house for Amy,” he adds, taking a more serious tone. “It’s a way of moving on, and I took that very seriously.”

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