Silver Leaf, Orange Tree Country Club, and Gilbert Horse Property

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.

Old Town Scottsdale

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.

Double Tree

A graceful old Southwestern style home had just been purchased by my clients. I had helped them with their previous home and was excited about fixing the new home to meet their busy family’s needs. The heavy old fireplace was one of the first casualties. Then a large Powder Room sink that almost blocked the door, and large columns that closed in the Living Room and Master Bath also disappeared. The fireplace was replaced with a much smaller hearth and covered in hand-painted Mexican tiles that suited the architecture perfectly. The Wine Room got a renovation and so did the Master Closet. A bold blue custom TV cabinet completed the look.

Wooded Acreage in Ohio

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.

Greyhawk Transformation

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!”

Red Mountain

After converting the too small formal Dining Room into an much needed Office, I converted a large screened in porch off the Kitchen into the new large Dining Room. A total update to the Kitchen, new cabinets, fabulous “leathered” green granite made an amazing change. The island is all butcher block and it’s used as such by the husband who loves to cook. Their two dogs vied for my attention, and one of them actually made it into the photo shoot!

Puerto Vallarta

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!

Eagle Feather

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.

Sunset Canyon at Desert Mountain

“A River Runs Through It” as the home sits atop a ridge with a hot tub outside the Master Bedroom that overflows into a stream which meanders down the side of the house, dumps into the negative edge pool, then trickles down to the Guest Suite hot tub. New construction and clients that were open to new ideas, let me be very creative. The all onyx bath is back-lit. I designed patterns to be cut into the slate flooring and uniquely tiled baths are throughout. However, absolutely unbelievable views from all the rooms and patios were going to be ruined by putting up the required fencing for the pool. I arranged a meeting with the City of Scottsdale Building Inspector with the intent of convincing him that because of the way the house would sit on the mountain side, that no one of any age could possibly scale up the steep cliff without being part billy goat, and there would be fencing at the driveway level. He could definitely see my point when he came on the building site and told me about an obscure building code that would apply to just this setting, a cactus barrier. So by planting across the back some very sticky, nasty, but short cactus the amazing views were saved!