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The Main House
January, 2007, Page 24
The air is crisp and fragrant with the intoxicating scent of juniper pines at Prescott’s Talking Rock. There, construction continues at an energetic pace on the Phoenix Home & Garden Idea House.
With a nip in the air, one can well imagine a comforting blaze in the main structure’s great room fireplace. That will be happening before we know it, as this stone-encrusted Arts & Crafts-inspired residence, along with a guest cottage, bunkhouse and Cowboy Kitchen, will reach completion in the weeks ahead.
A model of craftsmanship, and loaded with good ideas, the main house is de-signed for relaxed living and entertaining. An open floor plan sees an unobstructed flow between the kitchen, dining room and great room. Visual separation between these areas is achieved in fine fashion, with handmade open-beam trusses and dove-tailed joinery where posts meet beams.
With its high ceiling and massive fireplace, the great room will have the welcoming ambience of a lodge, and both Arts & Crafts and Western appeal. It is being decorated with timeless well-crafted furnishings, primarily Molesworth, Stickley and Adirondack-style pieces. Among these are a Molesworth chair with ottoman, and Stickley’s Harvey Ellis Settle, a cozy settee. Also gracing this spacious room are a table and chairs from Stickley’s Pasadena Bungalow Collection, their design inspired by the work of famed California architects and designers Charles and Henry Greene.
An inviting feeling of warmth and comfort continues in the dining room, where a Molesworth table will be paired with a Stickley sideboard, and a floor-standing Stickley gong will summon folks to dine.
Carpets in jewel tones will cozy up spaces, and art from many parts of the world will add finishing touches. The great room, for instance, will have first-class examples of plein-air and cowboy art, and a major work by Tucson artist Russ Recchion will pay tribute to the area’s ranching history. Talking Rock, as it turns out, is located on the former Cooper-Morgan Ranch, where cattle used to roam. Recchion’s oil painting, of mega proportions, is filled with cow-boys and cattle and a representation of the invigorating high-country landscape.
Great room lighting and furnishings include the Obsidian Pendant light by 2nd Ave.
Design and New West's leather club chair with burled legs, web siding, and concho trim.
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