EXTREME DREAM HOME - Sophisticated Sanctuary
A visit to this property offers a rare opportunity to see a richly detailed estate with exquisite interior design by Avril Interiors and expansive resort-like grounds by Trademark Landscape. Highlights of the home include extensive millwork, richly detailed ceilings, including an intricate dome ceiling of inlaid wood in the foyer, a powder room with walls covered in embroidered silk, and a museum-quality art collection indoors and out. Exterior spaces-which were showcased in the November 2009 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden magazine as well as on the Grand Tour of Gardens in April 2009-also abound in amenities. These range from a water feature at the front of the house crowned with life-size bronze figures, to a stream meandering across a backyard with a children's playground, tented pavilions, a sunken tennis court and a large pool ramada.
Originally designed by architect Clint Miller, AIA, a Phoenix Home & Garden Master of the Southwest, and now 5,700 square feet, this rustic mud adobe home boasts interiors by Tucson-based interior designer Linda Robinson, also a Phoenix Home & Garden Master of the Southwest. Special touches include a painted antique door to the kitchen pantry; a kilim rug used as a drape in the pool bath; and barn-style sliding doors in the new master suite. The acre-lot also offers such outdoor amenities as a ramada, a tree-shaded dining patio, a bocce ball/badminton court, and a tortoise enclosure.
Eclectic Desert Beauty
Situated on a large lot with desert landscaping, this remodeled '60s-era Santa Barbara-style home offers oodles of charm in less than 4,000 square feet. A neutral color palette and eclectic furnishings provide a fine backdrop for beautiful works of art. In the sunken living room, a nearly lifesize terra cotta soldier is an unexpected discovery, as are chairbacks covered in pieces of Aubusson rugs. Outdoor delights include a low-walled kitchen patio with a fireplace and cantera fountain, and a sunken alfresco living area that overlooks an expansive backyard.
Italian Meets Contemporary
Originally built in the 1950s, this 5,500-square-foot home recently was "stripped down, refined and expanded" for its current owners by Janis Van Wyck, with new landscape by Phil Van Wyck. At the core of the home is a central atrium used as a solarium. Radiating from this glass-walled and roofed room are public and private spaces punctuated with engaging works of art. Exterior additions to the property include a walled entry courtyard, an outdoor kitchen, and a fire pit anchored with boulders. Mature trees supplemented with new plantings create a private desert Eden.
Originally a Ranch-style home built in the 1960s, this completely remodeled 6,700-square-foot home with guest casita reflects the talents of interior designer Heidi Leuning. Along with a stunning new kitchen, the home showcases understated Transitional furnishings and beautiful materials used in interesting ways. In the powder room, for example, walls are clad in red-toned marble tile and mirror tiles are used in lieu of a traditional mirror. Outdoor amenities include a revamped pool with a jumping rock and beach shelf and a nearby dining pavilion.
Bonus Home - HISTORICAL ADOBE HACIENDA
The garden of this 1915 Mexican hacienda-style adobe home was featured on our Grand Tour of Gardens in April, and now guests are able to tour the interiors as well. The property's original owner was William J. Murphy-who built the Arizona Canal, and in 1990, it was Phoenix Home & Garden's Designers Showhouse. In addition to a strong sense of history, you will find nine different fireplaces, rooms punctuated with fabulous art and Spanish Colonial antiques, and interesting tilework indoors and out.