When this couple married, two large families became one huge family with tons of grandchildren, and this house was going to be perfect for them! The couple loves to entertain, any given evening all parts of the house are being used, including the spacious new patio with a fire pit. The remodel included travertine everywhere, especially the Master Bedroom and major Guest Master, so no problems coming from pool area. High maintenance grass was replaced with desert landscaping and a citrus orchard. During demolition, a “secret” room was discovered behind the built-in TV niches. After removing a panel, you could crawl back into a narrow room. I turned it into a playroom for grandchildren by adding a door and painted details all around the room acknowledging every grandchild with something meaningful to them. I finished with the couples’ initials “carved” into the tree.
I love this story…my clients bought this house, sight unseen, on my recommendation! The realtor hated it. The wife had met me briefly at a property I had just finished, “Mohawk”, and they called an asked if I would look at a property nearby. One look and I was envisioning walls gone, new flooring, and totally new baths. The realtor insisted they wanted two baths and a powder and this house had three baths. I said, “If that’s what they truly want, I’ll wall up one shower!”
The old world European look of this home is timeless and perfectly suited for the Southwest. Furniture and accessories were carefully selected to be elegant, but inviting, sophisticated, yet comfortable. With the use of some antiques, the furnishings look like they have been in the family for generations. Even the piano came from a previous estate, and is a necessity for the homeowners’ talented daughter. The former high maintenance lawn was transformed to an artificial turf putting green which is perfect in this golf community that includes seven golf courses. A detached casita is perfect for hosting guests.
An old dated building grew into a chic industrial office space. Ceilings were removed and structural beams, wiring, duct work were all exposed. New lighting mimicked plumbing parts re-used. Old office space opened up for a huge kitchen and conference room for company meetings. A lunch outing to an outdoor cafe inspired me for the lighting. Once old carpet was removed from the stairs, I convinced the partners to not tile or re-carpet but let me do a finish on the old surfaces, and words that the company lives by made the perfect touch. The building now includes a huge gym and showers. When the tile I selected for the main office was back-indefinitely, I made lemonade out of lemons and switched to brick veneer. It turned out to be a much better selection all together!
A huge high rise condo was chopped up into small spaces and the kitchen was cramped and dark. The first thing the clients said to me was they both love to cook. I asked the superintendent who was showing us around the place, which walls were bearing…he smiled and said,”Edie, it’s all concrete and steel.” I was practically dancing with joy, it’s all not bearing, I can tear out all the walls! He laughed and said well there is a few vents and plumbing we have to consider. I was ready to grab a hammer! A bar in the dining room is now a secondary work station in the kitchen and still functions beautifully as wet bar, liquor cabinet, and wine cooler. The fourth bedroom is now part of the living space and the whole space is open with golf course views.
Silver Leaf was new construction with a classic Santa Barbara flair with brick, vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace, and stunning patios.
Orange Tree was a major remodel. After demolition, only the powder bath and a hallway was left. The final home was stunning and in the neighborhood the clients wanted to raise their kids.
Gilbert Horse Property was new construction for a large family and a mom who loved to cook. An antique iron gate made the headboard in the master bedroom. Faux finishes gave the home old world charm. The family’s ice cream parlor was inspired by an antique one in Greensburg, Kansas that my own children loved to go when we lived there.
Instead of just “Southwest”, I call this style Med-Mex…Mediterranean meets Mexico, an eclectic mix from many cultures creating an inviting welcome, inspired by favorite places and journeys.
The home was built on acreage in the Sonoran Desert, so all kinds of wildlife was to be expected, but the and rabbits dug and ate all the greenhouse flowers on the patio. A low stone wall was added and wrought iron railings and gate were the perfect touch. When I told the builder I needed an old weathered beam for the top of the gate, he brought me a beam from his ranch that was used as a mounting block for horseback riders, perfect!