Truly a privilege to work on a home designed by Bing Hu. He was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and is a world renowned Architect. I saw the plans before the clients bought the plans and property that the house was designed to go on, in Desert Mountain. I was pretty concerned that I had to tell Bing Hu that his plans needed major changes. But at our first meeting he was gracious and he listened when I said, “Bet you’ve never carried a case of Coke from your car to the kitchen.” Changes were made and I had the opportunity to work on one of the projects that I am most proud of, with many thanks to the wonderful clients that I worked with for giving me the freedom to unleash my design creativity.
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.
The client on this project was so great to work with, he came to the table with an amazing collection of art glass and a love of Texas Longhorn’s orange, hence the orange pool table felt. I didn’t even know pool table felt came in orange!
The house is beautifully situated on Troon Mountain with fabulous views. I was able to incorporate several of his existing pieces with new ones. I first sorted out older pieces that were not working, then by adding finishing touches like new bedding and art, and of course another TV for watching football, made it truly home.
Nestled in the trees on wooded acreage, this home had excellent “bones”, but after several decades it needed an update. We shipped Durango Limestone and Travertine up from the quarry in Mexico to re-do all the flooring and showers. The teenage daughter got the loft as her private suite, but my favorite is the new western bar and theater carved out of an un-used part of the lower level. Done in Ohio State’s red and gray, the bar is complete with tractor and saddle bar stools and an embossed tin ceiling.
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.
Built in 1826 by a well-to-do miner, now it’s right at the base of the main ski lift in Aspen, Colorado and is absolutely incredible. Around 8000 square feet and I re-did every inch. The challenge was to take it back to its Victorian splendor with all the modern convenience of steam showers and new kitchen. Several of the guys I sent there sent me back pictures of snow that they had seen for the first time! Each room, named for one of the ski runs, had all the flavor of its name. For instance “Magnifico” was grand and Stein Erickson, Norwegian in flavor. It was truly a joy to return her to her Victorian splendor inside and out.
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!”
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!
Suenos del Mar, Dreams of the Sea, is well named. It is perched high above the beach on a steep mountainside, overlooking the ocean. A waterfall flows through the Dining Room and one Guest Suite is reached by a walkway under the pool. Beds are draped with netting from the ceiling that puddles on the floor, so that the walls of glass can be left open at night. Yards and yards of fabric came down in suitcases and my carry-on was full of brushes and paints. It’s always fun to travel to a project with swim suits, sunglasses, and finish each day with a margarita by the pool watching the sun go down!