This Festive Holiday Home is Both Merry and Bright
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.
“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
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.”
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.
Architect and builder: Scott Carson, Cosan Studio, Scottsdale, cosanstudio.com. Interior designer: Jaimee Rose, Jaimee Rose Interiors, Phoenix, jaimeerose.com. Landscape designer: Jeremy McVicars, Refined Gardens, Scottsdale, refinedgardens.com.
ENTRY HALL—Table and chandelier: Shop Jaimee Rose, Phoenix, shopjaimeerose.com.
TOP RIGHT, TEEN ROOM—Art (by Susan Hable): hableconstruction.com. Sideboard: customfurniturela.com.
BOTTOM LEFT, KIDS ROOM—Handpainted grasscloth wallcovering (custom): phillipjeffries.com. Crayon cabinet: the-fairytale.com. PAGES 142-143, LIVING ROOM—Plaster fireplace surround: Hopper Finishes, Scottsdale, hopperfinishes.com. Shearling chairs (custom upholstery by Moore & Giles): shopjaimeerose.com. Velvet sofas (custom): perennialsfabrics.com. Lamps: kellywearstler.com.
MASTER BATHROOM—Cabinets: Burdette Cabinet Co., Mesa, burdettecabinets.com. Light fixture: shopjaimeerose.com. Drapery: The Elegant Window, Phoenix, elegantwindow.com.
MASTER BEDROOM—Art (by Susan Hable): hableconstruction.com. Bench: cb2.com. Wallpaper: phillipjeffries.com. Boucle chair: mgbwhome.com. Bed: shopjaimeerose.com.