Recently, interior designer Jennifer Ferrandi, impeccably designed her home from the ground up in Arcadia, Arizona. Here, she explains more about this experience: “It was a gift and a curse to finally have the opportunity to build a dream home for my own family. Upon purchasing the lot I went to work designing a home and guest house built around a courtyard pool. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest so just naturally feel better looking at grass and water. I knew a U-shape plan would not only work for how my husband I wanted to live it would allow every room to look out at grass and water. I knew exactly what rooms we wanted and how we wanted them to function. The only thing left was to assemble my dream team.”
On this post, you will find plenty of interior designer ideas and all details shared by the homeowner and designer. But let me warn you… this post is long and it’s so beautiful that it deserves your full attention. Find a comfy spot, pour yourself a glass of wine or some fresh coffee and take this time just for yourself. It’s time to drift away….
The architectural deatils of this home perfectly blends with its surroundings. Notice the stunning brick driveway.
Architecture is by Simpson Design & Associates and builder was Luke Wilson from Vista General.
This home will take your breath away! There’s so much to be inspired by! How about this brick flooring? The home’s exterior brick was used for interior entry flooring to further marry the indoor/outdoor feel.
Entry Steel Door: Sierra Pacific.
Lighting: Currey & Co. Denison Oversized Lantern.
“This space really serves as the hub of the home. Being a U shaped upon entering you are presented with three choices. Go right and you are heading into the children’s wing, straight will lead you out to pool/guest house and left will take you to main gathering spaces. I wanted guests staying in guest house to have the privacy to come and go without having to walk through our home. We designed this home so that our children’s wing is on separate air conditioning unit and has pair of doors at entrance. This layout will allows us to “shut down” kid’s side and really just live on left as soon as my last kids fly the nest.” – Jennifer Ferrandi.
Brick installed in Herringbone pattern with a soldier course border. The brick flooring by Marvel Building & Masonry Supply.
The foyer ceiling is clad with white planking and reclaimed beams.
The entry was designed to feel like walking into a desert conservatory.
Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Because kitchen is open to dining/living I wanted it to be clean and free of clutter as much as possible. A large pantry with a second sink hide all my mess. I installed swinging door with porthole so this door would always be shut.
I wanted kitchen to have an industrial restaurant feel so tiled the entire wall in lieu of standard backsplash.
Fridge/Freezer and wine cooler: Sub Zero
Vaulted ceiling was dropped to help define this space as the kitchen.
Kitchen Cabinetry: Shaker Doors Painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Cabinetry Throughout the House: J. Stineman Cabinet Maker.
Open shelving hold all our everyday dishes.
Floating shelves are White Oak – similar here.
The builder Luke Wilson fabricated the custom hood. Hood finish is polished Chrome.
Pot Filler: Kohler in chrome.
Backsplash Tile: 2” x 9” Asian Statuary marble tile – similar here.
The marble apron at sink came about from my conflict of I really wanting the island’s long expanse of cabinets broken up by a farm sink, but also really wanting the functionality of Kohler’s 8 degree sink.
Cabinet Hardware: here (similar)
Countertop is Calacutta Umber marble – Honed.
Kitchen Faucet: Grohe Semi-Pro pull-down in chrome.
Kitchen Island Cabinetry: Shaker Doors in White Oak.
Pendants: Visual Comfort.
Locating fireplace in the middle helped break up the space and gave the dining its own focal point.
We purposefully designed this home without a formal dining room. Our prior home had a formal dining and living room that we never used. I knew I wanted this home to have one large open room to house kitchen, dining and living. .
Planking all the walls and ceiling give this room such an amazing feel.
A fireplace anchors the informal dining area that separates the living area and kitchen. It features plank walls, a greywashed reclaimed wood mantel and Caesarstone Concrete.
The interior designer sold her previous home completely furnished. “It was so liberating to completely start over and not be saddled down with past purchases.” says the designer.
The large farm table divides the kitchen from great room and serves as our casual dining room. I wanted fireplace placed in this space to further define this room.
The Great Room feels as happy as day on the beach… Casual elements such as white shiplap, linen upholstery, swivel chairs and a jute rug, bring a soft and welcoming feel to the entire space.
Custom slipcovered swivel rockers: Lee Industries.
The great room was designed to be a casual and inviting place for family and friends to spend time. The off white slip covers are easily removed and thrown in the wash if ever a spill. If you really stop and look almost all the upholstery pieces in entire home are in a neutral fabric. I spend all day long at work looking at colors and pattern. I really wanted my home to be a quite neutral safe haven. This blank slate also allows me to change the entire look of the room with new throw pillow and rug.
All walls are planked with V-groove planking painted a glossy warm white. Dormers and French doors flood the space with natural light. The east side of room has sliding French door system that leads out to a quaint enclosed side yard with soft seating and garden while the west side leads to pool and guest house.
Planking all painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.
A custom built-in media cabinet creates a focal point in this living room. In fact, this is a good design layout if your living room doesn’t have a fireplace.
Back pillows for wooden frame chairs: Walter G Indigo cotton with block print.
Seat pillows: Tiger Leather Jute Brown Leather.
Coffee tables: Noir Old wood with metal detail.
Lamps on Sofa Table: Pottery Barn.
I knew exactly what pieces of furniture were going in each room so it was constant back and forth on room dimensions. Each room was adjusted inch by inch to house exactly what I was specifying.
This is one of only two spaces where I put wall to wall carpet in the home. I wanted this space to be a small, dark cozy place for my kids to hang out with friends and watch movies or play video games.
Custom millwork hides video consoles and even a small fridge for snacks.
Color on walls and cabinetry are custom as I matched to the navy in “Stark” carpet.
The hardware is by RH – similar Pulls: here.
Books and neutral decor add interest to the custom bookshelves.
Lighting is by Visual Comfort.
Flooring is Clayton Flooring Geometric Print Carpet.
Cocktail table: Dovetail – Cocktail table is made up of three tables. Smaller tables can be pushed under when not in use – similar here.
Chandelier: Noir Antique brass fixture with white glass globes – similar here.
I love how the interior designer decorates every space of her home.
Art: Soicher-Marin Oversized GQ man underwater triptych. Walls are board and batten.
Walls are treated with a square board and batten treatment.
All millwork was designed by the interior designer and done by builder.
This stunning powder room features board and batten walls and a floating vanity. Paint color is Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove.
Flooring is hardwood.
Sink: Decolav semi-recessed.
Bathroom Faucet: Rohl Wall-mounted bathroom polished nickel.
This black and white laundry room features white shaker cabinets, black countertop, black and white cement tile and an utility sink.
Pulls: Top Knobs.
Sink: American Standard.
Backsplash Tile: Circulos white and black cement tile.
Countertop Indian Premium Granite in Satin finish.
Knobs: Top Knobs.
Floor Tile: Arizona tile Porcelain tile 12”x24” Metal Wood Carbonio – similar here.
Washer & Dryer: LG.
White Dove by Benjamin Moore.
This teen’s bedroom is full of character and great ideas!
The framed photography is by The Dreamery.
Chandelier: Visual Comfort.
Loft ladder was custom-made by Vista General.
This bathroom features creamy white cabinets, painted in BM OC-17 and a Venetian-style mirror hung on the window.
Faucet: Delta Polished Nickel.
Sink: Mirabelle Undermount sink.
Small Pulls: Top Knobs.
Sconces are from Visual Comfort.
Countertop is Calacutta Umber marble – Honed.
Bathroom Design Ideas: Appliance pull used on bathroom cabinet as towel holder.
Bar Pull: Top Knobs.
Knobs: Top Knobs.
The walk-in close features white marble floor tile and a mirrored vanity.
This room was designed for our son who is in college. I wanted the room to have a masculine feel that would be neutral enough to double as guest room down the road.
Rug: Hide area rug.
Reclaimed barn wood was installed to bed alcove and industrial style wall lamps were added.
Wall treatment at bed wall: Reclaimed Barn wood.
Striped throw pillow: RH
Wall Color: Flat Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards.
Wall lamps: Robert Abbey Modern swing arm wall fixtures.
Nightstands: Bobo Intriguing Objects – other beautiful metal nightstand: here.
Bedding: Pom Pom Black quilt and shams.
Countertop Indian Premium Granite in Satin finish.
Sink: Kohler Square Undermount.
Faucet: Kohler Purist in brushed nickel.
Floor Tile: Black Porcelain tile 12”x24” – similar here.
The custom bathroom vanity is Rift Oak.
Shower Walls: Daltile 6” x6” Artic White – semi-gloss.
How inspiring and refreshing! The master bathroom features a combination of tile wainscot and tongue and groove.
Master bath vanities and tub surround features White Oak millwork.
Tub deck is Calacutta Umber marble – Honed.
Closet Cabinetry: I spent hours designing both this closet. Not only did I analyze how many linear feet I needed for shoes, short hang, long hang etc… I made sure to have beautiful storage for purses, belt and accessories. I also placed a complete built in desk in this space. We made sure closets were wired for speakers to further enhance the ambiences. Mirror backing to all the built-ins make this space sparkle. My closet is by far my favorite room in the house.
Countertop is Caesarstone Mocha.
Flooring is Clayton Flooring Animal Print Carpet.
Similar Cabinet Pulls: Here.
This guest house has fully equipped kitchen, laundry and pantry. I wanted guest staying out there to be completely self-sufficient. I’ve seen so many homes that have a guest casita that is basically a glorified bedroom disconnected from home. I always feel like it would be more of a punishment than a treat to be exiled from access to morning coffee, washing machine etc…
Paint color is Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee – Flat sheen.
This house is also used as an extension of our home. We use it when lounging by the pool, BBQing or having drinks by firepit with friends.
Perimeter countertop Indian Premium Granite in Satin finish.
Backsplash: 3”x6” glossy white subway.
Kitchen Cabinetry: Shaker Doors Painted White.
Flooring is hardwood flooring installed and then painted white by builder.
Kitchen Sink: Kohler.
Countertop is Caesarstone Ocean Foam.
Kitchen Faucet: Brizo Tresa Collection in polished Chrome.
The guest house bedroom actually has best view in the house. Window faces Pinnacle Peak where you can watch all hikers all day. I was adamant there be a large walk in closet. We designed the guest house to sleep quite a large crowd so I wanted to make sure there was a place to stash everyone suitcases.
Linen Duvet and shams: Pom Pom (one of my favorite bedding!)
Table Lamps: Target Clear glass base lamps.
Paint Color: Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee – Flat sheen.
Black and Cream Mud cloth throw pillow: House of Cindy
Similar Rug: here.
The loft contains three twin beds with built in reading lights and nooks for I phone charging.
I want our friends and family to feel like they just checked into the coolest little hotel when they come to visit.
I did board and batten treatment on walls in living/kitchen and loft. Not only do I love the look but it is indestructible. You can just wipe down scuff from suitcase etc…I chose a sectional that is actually two twin mattresses for extra beds. It is covered in a black subrella fabric so will never show wear and tear. Old distressed chest for cocktail table is perfect for throwing feet up on.
Sectional: Lee Industries in Sunbrella fabric.
I kept palette to a strict black and white and and accessories to a minimum to keep the space neutral and almost impersonal.
I wanted guest staying in the guest house to experience something completely different than their homes. I would never be so brave to put such a busy bathroom floor or white wood in a primary residence. Since this is just a space for short stays I felt I could have a little fun.
Countertop Indian Premium Granite.
Sink: Kohler Undermount.
Bathroom Faucet: Newport Brass Bathroom faucet matte black.
Handle Pulls: here (similar)
Countertop Indian Premium Granite in Satin finish.
Similar Bin Pulls: Here.
Flooring is Black & White Marble tile – other beautiful black & white tile: here.
The home gym features an industrial glass and steel garage door.
Landscape Design Detail: I met with George & Mike Iddings of Idddings & Sons numerous times armed with stacks of images. I wanted the landscape to look more what we call “Calizona” than the typical Arizona desert landscape. Since almost every room in the home looks out to the courtyard the getting the landscape right was crucial. George had strict instructions to not plant one purple lantana plant. I wanted large agaves, cacti, vines and olive trees. We walked through the interior numerous times analyzing the view from every window. We tried to make sure every window had some type of interesting vignette to look out to. Our neighborhood has very strict restrictions on plants so we were always walking a fine line and looking for loop holes. I hadn’t planned on becoming so well versed in the latin botanical names of desert plants but after weeding through pages of HOA approved plants to find species with the right look I am somewhat of desert plant geek.
Outside you will find beautiful plants such as fig vines, white geraniums, agave, bougainvillea and cactus.
Outdoor Kitchen Barstools: Cost Plus.
Oversized swing beds hang from guest house pergola.
Adjacent BBQ area with barstools in perfect area for entertaining while enjoying beautiful Arizona weather.
Exterior brick is General Shale Ironworks.
Wooden square pots: Park Hill Collection.
The stucco color was custom.
Windows: Sierra Pacific Black windows with simple horizontal panes.
Pergola is custom.
I wanted this home to have more than one space to enjoy the outdoors. We designed the east patio to be a quaint little space we could have our morning coffee while watching the sun rise.
We also have a small private patio with fireplace off the master bedroom. This is the perfect spot for sharing a glass of wine by the fire at the end of the day.
Rectilinear pool and spa are the focal point of courtyard. A large portion of pool is taken up by shallow sun shelf where ledge loungers rest. We knew from our past residences that our pools were rarely used for actual swimming. Quick dips in to cool off followed by lounging in sun were always how are pasts pools have been used. Alternating grey and black glass tile at water line created a playful vertical stripe around the border.
Pool Chaises: Ledge Loungers by Tierra Del Lagarto.
Architecture: Steve Simpson, Simpson Design Associates, LLC
Home Builder: Luke Wilson, Vista General
Landscape Architecture: George Iddings, Iddings and Sons Landscaping
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