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This Festive Holiday Home is Both Merry and Bright

While the house has hints of whimsy year-round, it’s the Christmastime decor that takes the interiors to jolly new levels.

A fun-loving family creates a home that never takes itself too seriously.

By Carly Scholl | Photography by Kevin Kaminski

Like many of the homes upgraded by interior designer Jaimee Rose, this Paradise Valley abode expertly walks the oft-attempted but rarely balanced line between traditional and contemporary styles. “When the owners first purchased this spec house, the design was very much modern farmhouse, which is definitely not their vibe,” recalls Rose. “The family was looking for fun—a space that felt like you just walked in a boutique hotel—and happened upon a really fun party.”

Architect Scott Carson describes the home as transitional with a bit of an estate feel. “The exterior is made up of classic white painted brick with clean white stucco,” he explains. The majority of the roof is flat charcoal concrete tiles paired with a standing metal seam roof.” These more traditional architectural elements provided a fresh canvas for Rose and the homeowners to create an interior life full of color, texture and personality.

While the home features more traditional exterior elements, such as white-painted brick and a pitched roof, the interiors deviate from the popular “modern farmhouse” look one might expect.

“This couple is wildly creative. They wanted big statements—neon signs, bright color, deep and cushy furniture, a billiards room instead of a dining room and even a custom Kelly Wearstler arcade machine,” Rose says. “To move away from the farmhouse look, we took down every modern light fixture and added things that felt more organic and warm. We also included loads of wallpaper and piled on textures with the furnishings and fabrics, including shearling chairs, velvet sofas and woven rope stools.”

For the busy family with four kids, three dogs and a revolving door of friends always coming in and out, the materials and furnishings couldn’t be too precious or high-maintenance. Durable wood and tile make up the majority of the flooring, while “the velvet used on the sofas is high-performance and easily cleanable,” notes Rose. “The rugs are wool, so they’ll stand up to time and cleaning as well. Shearling is a surprising trick here, too. The lanolin in the wool helps it repel stains—even spilled rosè wine.”

“When it was finished, the homeowner said she couldn’t express how it felt to walk through her home and feel like she saw herself and the things and people that make her happiest.” 

—Jaimee Rose, interior designer

1. Sparkling gold and silver accents intermingle with evergreen touches amid the serene white backdrop of the entryway space. Layers of texture—from the shearling pouf to the draped chandelier—create a vignette of visual interest. 2. A forest of sleek conical trees holds quiet court on a side table. 3. In the teen room, a red-and-white-themed tree brings a classical Christmas touch. 4. The living room’s Christmas tree is hardly visible beneath the maximalist baubles, balls and beads. 5. A pink faux tree in one of the children’s rooms is the stuff of a little girl’s daydreams—and perfectly matches the other rosy finishes in the space. 6. The billiards room includes smile-inducing neon artwork reminding everyone of the residence’s laid-back aesthetic.

Throughout the home, the stark contrast between rich black tones and sharp whites sets the stage for flashes of hot pinks, mustard yellows and glimmering brass to bring energy and life. Sumptuous textures ground the interiors in touchable coziness, while natural light fills the home with visual warmth. “I think that’s my favorite part,” Carson says. “The abundance of sun that dances through theses spaces bringing them to life and creating magical moments throughout the day.”

1. With its bold wall treatment and comfy sectional, the family room is a favorite hangout. 2. More feathery boughs of evergreen pop against the timeless black-and-white palette of the kitchen. 3. Interior designer Jaimee Rose used large-scale artwork to add graphic moments of unexpected color to the otherwise neutral interior palette. 4-6. “I love this master suite,” raves Rose. “The wife asked for a dark, sexy bedroom with black walls and floating white furniture, and we were all in.” More layered textures make the bedroom space feel deeply cozy and inviting, while the master bathroom feels like a breath of fresh air, thanks to its clean lines and the bright picture window that brings the outside in.

The result is a home that feels welcoming to all but uniquely representative of its inhabitants. In a twist on the standard gallery wall of photos or art prints, Rose used the family’s collection of personal mementos to create an eye-catching and heartwarming display in the “teen room” around the television. “The star is a note from their now-teenage daughter from when she was little, announcing that she was running away,” Rose points out. “It’s now approximately 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide, rendered in her little-girl handwriting with hot pink marker, and makes everyone laugh.” As is illuminated by the subtle neon sign in the billiards room, in this house, there are good vibes only.

While the home balances elements of modernity and traditional design, it is perhaps most adept at balancing silliness and sophistication. One look at the husband and wife’s sultry bedroom—replete with moody black finishes and floating furniture—gives a grown-up feel to the master suite. But a peek into the children’s’ colorful bedrooms and hangout spaces reveals a motif of lightheartedness in the home’s soul.

1. At this stately Paradise Valley home, nutcracker guards invite guests to discover the festive fun inside. 2. A bottlebrush and pom-pom trees frame a mini house in this blush-hued vignette. 3. In the airy living room, a sleek, modern fireplace anchors the sitting area, made up of transitional sofas and funky three-legged armchairs. More festive decorations—including a Christmas tree draped in subtle shades of rosy pink—set the Yuletide mood. 4. Dual islands in the kitchen speak to this family’s love of gathering and entertaining. Durable surfaces, plenty of seating and tons of space for prepping, cooking and serving make this one of the most popular spots in the house.

Architect and builder: Scott Carson, Cosan Studio, Scottsdale, Interior designer: Jaimee Rose, Jaimee Rose Interiors, Phoenix, Landscape designer: Jeremy McVicars, Refined Gardens, Scottsdale,

ENTRY HALL—Table and chandelier: Shop Jaimee Rose, Phoenix,

TOP RIGHT, TEEN ROOM—Art (by Susan Hable): Sideboard:

BOTTOM LEFT, KIDS ROOM—Handpainted grasscloth wallcovering (custom): Crayon cabinet: PAGES 142-143, LIVING ROOM—Plaster fireplace surround: Hopper Finishes, Scottsdale, Shearling chairs (custom upholstery by Moore & Giles): Velvet sofas (custom): Lamps:


MASTER BATHROOM—Cabinets: Burdette Cabinet Co., Mesa, Light fixture: Drapery: The Elegant Window, Phoenix,

MASTER BEDROOM—Art (by Susan Hable): Bench: Wallpaper: Boucle chair: Bed:


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