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Divine Interior Design

Author: Rebecca L. Rhoades
Issue: September, 2015, Page 59


Design Excellence Awards honor this year’s top work by ASID professionals

The greater Phoenix region is bursting with great residential design, as seen every month in Phoenix Home & Garden. Honoring the best of that work is ASID Arizona North Chapter’s Design Excellence Awards. This year’s ceremony—the chapter’s 39th annual event—was held recently at The Phoenician, where awards were given in 18 residential categories.

“These awards are the epitome of achievement as far as our organization is concerned,” says Jewell Blair, ASID Arizona North Chapter president. “These are the top projects of all of the designers, and we have some top-of-the-line, high-end designers in our market.”

As the chapter’s media partner, Phoenix Home & Garden is proud to present the first-place and Best of Show award-winning projects on the following pages. First-place winners in the commercial categories are featured in this month’s issue of PHOENIX magazine.

Photo by Jason Roehner
Award: Emerging professional
Elemental Style
Award: Emerging professional
Taylor Eastburn, Allied ASID, Est Est Inc
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Photo by Jason Roehner
Award: Emerging professional
Rustic and refined elements combine in this rural residence that provides a comfortable space for the homeowner’s children while retaining the sophisticated touches required of a professional couple. This whole-house design includes an east wing with a master suite and study and a west layout equipped with a game room and activity area for the children. The neutral color palette throughout, accented by tones of vibrant teal, is elevated by decorative ceiling designs, including bold coffers and embossed tiles.

In the stylish great room, neutral lime-stone flooring is softened by an arabesque patterned area rug and plush furnishings. Natural wood cocktail tables and a cow-hide chair add rustic texture to the space. Geometrics and texture are key elements in the dining room, where hazelnut engi-neered wood flooring installed at a 45-degree angle and a pewter embossed ceiling complement an industrial-style light fixture and a distressed oak table. Large-scale silver-leafed driftwood sconces, a heavy-gauge steel console and a hand-forged metal mirror add dimension to the elegant teal chevron wallpaper.


Photo by Dino Tonn
Award: Residence under 3,500 SF
Home Again
Award: Residence under 3,500 SF
Debra May Himes, ASID,
Debra May Himes Interiors


The homeowner of this North Scottsdale tract house originally planned to sell it after her children were grown. Instead, she decided to remodel it. She challenged Himes to make the house a place she wanted to come to after a long day at work. Every room was gutted and new windows and doors were added. Ceiling beams were installed, fireplaces were changed, and a wet bar was removed to make way for the owner’s baby grand piano. A new custom-designed entry door was also added. Sculptural figures and chandeliers add drama to the entryway, making each return home one the owner fully enjoys. For more about this home, see “Past Reimagined to Perfection” in the July 2015 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden.

Photo by Tony Hernandez
Awards: Model Space and green Design
Urban Sustainability
Awards: Model Space and green Design
Esther Boivin, Allied ASID, Esther Boivin Interiors


City living combines with green sensibility in this upscale townhome. Boivin had 12 days to deliver a unique, contemporary design with a budget of $25,000. She succeeded, using wall-paper and paint to provide a rich backdrop for the home’s neutral palette of white, cream, gray, silver and beige. Art and accessories add pops of color throughout.
 

Photo by Tony Hernandez
Awards: Model Space and green Design
In addition to being visually stunning, the small space wows with features unseen. A net-zero energy home, it combines inno-vative, renewable building materials with green technologies.

Small touches that make a big difference in this green design— created in an urban infill area to reduce vehicle miles traveled—include special energy-efficient learning thermostats and smoke detectors, LED lighting, a home automation system, and foam insulation. Solar photovoltaic panels supply all power to the home, which has a Home Energy Rating System Index score of zero (or less), meaning it generates as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. Hybrid hot water heaters absorb the heat in ambient air and transfer it into water.







Photo by Scott Sandler
Award: bathroom—new or remodeled




A Spa-like Retreat
Award: bathroom—
new or remodeled
Traci Shields, ASID,
Friedman & Shields


Every beautiful home deserves an equally beautiful master bath. But this home was missing that feature. Through creative space planning, Shields was able to repur-pose the upstairs deck into a stunning bath retreat that features the best views in the house. The client’s desires for a serene spa-like sanctuary dictated the design. A welcoming fireplace serves as the room’s dramatic focal point, while a custom vanity and freestanding soaking tub add sleek style. Soothing colors and integrated lighting, including vanity panels that are lit from within, contribute to the room’s tranquil feeling.

The bath also features a large shower with backlit marble slabs, as well as a sauna. During this down-to-the-studs transform-ation, existing plumbing locations were kept to control costs.


Photo by Michael Duerinckx
Award: Special Function Space
Work Order
Award: Special Function Space
Holly Asher, Allied ASID, and
Bianca Olsson, Allied ASID, Est Est Inc


A well-designed home office can promote productivity, but the best ones aren’t just functional—they’re also stylish. When the homeowners purchased a nearly-complete residence, it featured an unfinished office, so they challenged Asher and Olsson to create a space fit for a company CEO that blended traditional architecture and finishes with contemporary touches. The solution: Traditional floor-to-ceiling millwork and ceiling beams in slate blue pair with a contemporary clean- lined, heavily textured wood desk and lacquered guest chairs. Ample shelving displays the homeowners’ collection of antique books, artifacts and modern accessories. This user-friendly space can also be easily transformed into a comfortable room for overnight guests.




Photo by Matt Waclo
Awards: Singular Space and residence 3,500-6,000 SF
Rustic Whimsy
Awards: Singular Space and residence 3,500-6,000 SF
Etta Cowdrey, Allied ASID, and Mandy Abed, Allied ASID, Studio V LLC

Photo by Matt Waclo
Awards: Singular Space and residence 3,500-6,000 SF
The owners of this new Lake Tahoe construction had one request for its design: “We want this home to be fun.” They wanted a place where their family
of five, plus their menagerie of animals, could play, relax and entertain.

A 443-square-foot guest pavilion was designed to sleep as many guests as possible. Custom murphy beds, complete with hydraulics, offer sleeping quarters without consuming valuable floor space, and sectional seating converts to twin beds.

A guest bedroom  features a soaring ceiling and an expanse of windows. The modern canopy bed and horizontal-striped drapery pair with vintage-inspired textiles and lighting.

Guests and family members gather in the kitchen, where reclaimed wood cabinets and vintage telephone operator counter stools contrast with modern elements, including a stainless back-splash. Hand-forged hardware and display cabinets fronted with chicken wire add character.

Photo by Matt Waclo
Awards: Singular Space and residence 3,500-6,000 SF
In the great room, a thousand-pound chandelier with individual glass orbs sparkles like the starry sky above custom funishings. The hot-rolled steel fireplace features a state-of-the-art media center and a modern firebox with a poured concrete hearth and gabion box mantle.

The resulting aesthetic, according to Cowdrey and Abed, is eclectic and bold, with rich textures and impeccable attention to detail.








Photo by Matt Waclo
Awards: Singular Space and residence 3,500-6,000 SF


 
Photo by Mark Boisclair
AwardS: Residence over 6,000 SF and Product Design—Furniture





by Nature

AwardS: Residence over 6,000 SF and Product Design—Furniture
Angelica Henry, ASID, Angelica Henry Design

Photo by Mark Boisclair
AwardS: Residence over 6,000 SF and Product Design—Furniture

Infused with light and energy, this mountainside retreat features unique geometry throughout. As a result, Henry was challenged to create custom elements that didn’t appear forced or hard-edged. Each piece was crafted to enhance the home’s architecture. Carefully selected materials balance each other in varying layers of warmth, texture, character and color, while hard-wearing surfaces main-tain a sense of lightness, according to the designer.

In the bar, a copper-wrapped soffit appears to float effortlessly over the angular stone countertop, while a custom mica chandelier casts a soft glow over the room. In the dining area, a massive dining table (left) that seats 10 commands attention. Made of warm paldeo veneer with brass inlays, its dark walnut base grounds the piece to the dark walnut floor. Every inlay was carefully placed to interact with the flooring inlays, ceiling details and other elements.

For more about this home, see “Natural Serenity,” in the May 2015 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden.


Photo by Michael Duerinckx
Award: producT design—ELEMENT
Innovative Beauty
Award: producT design—ELEMENT
Tony Sutton, Allied ASID; Elaine Alexander, Allied ASID; Taylor Eastburn, Allied ASID; and April Dudley, Allied ASID, Est Est Inc.


In this master bedroom, an inventive use of materials creates a unique headboard wall with the look of fine art. Hoping to provide an aesthetic impact while maintaining the relaxed ambience demanded of a master retreat, the designers researched industry-leading materials. The result: back-lit acrylic panels. Three vibrant panels are attached to the wall with bronze stand-offs, while pockets of LED strip lighting are built into the wall for even distribution of light, allowing the wall to serve as both a light source and an abstract artistic focal point. The panels’ free-flowing, marbled pattern also acts as the connecting image between the room’s mountain and water views.


Photo by De Castro Photography
Award: AGING in PLACE
Restorative Power
Award: AGING in PLACE
Bonnie Lewis, Allied ASID,
55+ TLC Interior Design


This now-inviting master bath and closet had not been renovated since it was built 25 years ago, so the homeowners were ready for a change. To ensure that the owners would be able to remain in their home, and to increase its market value, Lewis created a space plan, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, that would accommodate mobility devices. A custom designed, wheelchair-accessible vanity features granite countertops, dual undermount sinks and easy-access storage. Mirrors and a trio of sconces echo the vanity’s height variation, while the natural stone countertops and floor tiles and creamy-colored cabinets are comple-mented by the wall’s soft gray hue, which is reflected in small floor tiles.

Also increasing the functionality of the space are wider doorways, a curbless shower and accessible linen and wardrobe closets. Slip-resistant flooring and support bars complete the design.


Photo by Ana & Lorenzo Gonzalez
AwardS: total Remodel and Product design—Fixtures
Vacation Home Revamp
AwardS: total Remodel and Product design—Fixtures
Amy Bubier, Allied ASID, and Michelle Jefferson, ASID, AB Design Elements

Photo by Ana & Lorenzo Gonzalez
AwardS: total Remodel and Product design—Fixtures
A complete update of this 4,500 square foot Paradise Valley vacation house inspired Bubier and Jefferson to be extra creative in order to maintain a tight budget and adhere to the homeowner’s desire to keep some existing elements. They worked with the living room’s limestone-clad fireplace (below), adding elegance with custom accents, such as wood textured shelf edging, a large metal chandelier and a glossy coffee table. An oversized mirror brings in the right amount of glam. In the family room (right), they created a game changing, 3-D walnut fireplace. The facade’s panels are constructed of wood veneer on MDF, which helped contain costs. Varying in depth, width and height, they’re mitered at the sides to perfectly accommodate the room’s angled walls, which were not plumb, according to Bubier and Jefferson. The designers also note that the mantle’s plan originally called for convex and concave waves. Sparkling shell mosaic tiles surround the fireplace opening and tie into the ivories, mochas and mink colors of the furnishings.


Photo by Bradley Meinz
Award: Outdoor Living space
Open-Air Elegance
Award: Outdoor Living space
Mary Meinz, Allied ASID, and Gina DeCosse, Allied ASID,
Mary Meinz Design


In always-sunny Arizona, outdoor areas are vital extensions of a home’s living space, so it is important that they offer both style and functionality. A redesign of this 1990s patio added modern elegance while allowing for greater use. Twelve contemporary chairs surround two rectan-gular dining tables, which can be used as a single banquette or separated depend-ing on the crowd. After dinner, guests can retire to the adjacent fireside lounge seating, where artwork above the fire-place and on the side wall adds drama and color. Beyond the loggia, a rectan-gular lap pool has been updated with concrete accent chairs and comfortable chaise lounges with adjustable, removable trapezoidal umbrellas.

According to Meinz, “Seasonal plantings coupled with native cacti add life and color to the patio as guests are encouraged to sunbathe, swim, relax or dine here, while beautiful sunsets paint memorable etchings in the open sky and soft music creates ambience for homeowners and guests alike.”

For more on this home, see “Tranquility and Beauty in the Desert,” in the March 2015 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden.



Photo by Dino Tonn
Award: Reuse repurpose
Reborn Kitchen
Award: Reuse repurpose
Anita Lang, Allied ASID,
IMI Design Studio


Reclaimed materials provide a special touch to modern interior design and create truly unique home spaces. From vintage woodwork to salvaged fixtures, reclaimed items can elevate a design from great to truly exceptional. In this modern kitchen, architectural relics are scattered throughout like an art collection. And nowhere is the use of repurposed finds better illustrated than on the island. Here, an intricately carved wood grill serves as a distinctive countertop for the attached seated bar. Tapered burnished copper legs support the panel, which is protected by a glass top on 2-inch stainless steel stand-offs. “It has been a conversation piece for guests who are casually intertained in this space,” says Lang. Beneath the bar top are push latch doors that mimic the island’s drawers.

Complementing the island top are cabinet doors fashioned from similar wood grills set in oak frames with copper edging.  The smaller carved panels are strategically placed in the overall reveal grid, and each artistic door is fully functional. The room’s Zen feel is punctuated by a boldly colored geometric light fixture, while clerestory windows let in natural light.

Photo by Scott Sandler
Awards: Best of show
Fit for a Chef
Awards: Best of show and Kitchen Remodel
Amy Bubier, Allied ASID, and Michelle Jefferson, Allied ASID, AB Design Elements


Winners of the Design Excellence Awards are determined by the number of points they receive during the anonymous judging process. The project that receives the most points overall is named Best of Show. “Your reputation is what makes your business,” says Jewell Blair, ASID Arizona North Chapter president. “Best of Show really speaks to a designer’s reputation and the quality of his or her work.” In addition to being the best of the best, this winning design was also honored in the Kitchen Remodel category.

Bubier and Jefferson were charged with transforming an average kitchen into a sleek, modern, efficient space that better reflected the tastes of the homeowners, who moved to the Valley from Germany. Budget constraints required keeping the existing tile flooring and some appliances, but new must-have features included a larger pantry and more dish storage, as well as a larger desk area, all with contemporary European style.

Rift cut white oak cabinets are topped with quartz. Large drawers, complete with long pulls, replaced undersized door cabinets, while stainless steel legs and framing lift the cabinets off the floor for a modern look. Translucent glass fronts on the framless silver acrylic upper cabinets “add a graphic quality and lightness to the space,” note the designers. A built-in refrigerator and corner pantry are concealed behind more silver acrylic cabinetry. The statement chimney hood adds drama to the wavy 3-D backsplash, which is made from a gypsum panel painted with a semigloss sheen. The island, which can now accommodate counter stools, is enclosed by a chunky waterfall-edge quartz countertop.

Carefully located, attractive LED fixtures replaced the room’s ineffective lighting. The window sill was lowered to counter height, and the wood blinds were swapped for mesh roll-down shades that block UV light and glare while preserving the view to the backyard spaces and desert wash beyond.   
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