Hearts of the Home

The Valley’s top designers combine form, function and great products to create the best new kitchens and baths.

Natural materials and black accents highlight a Phoenix kitchen that’s part of the adjacent great room. 

Pale flooring, black accents and natural wood combine in this bathroom with a view of a desert garden. 

Light and dark cabinets differentiate the zones of the kitchen. 

The spacious master bath in the Cheval model of the White Horse community opens onto a private garden. 

Peak Style
Bold architecture frames a Phoenix kitchen.

Architect Cavin Costello of The Ranch Mine distilled the iconic forms of Arizona’s missions and ranch buildings with his design of a canalside spec home in central Phoenix that features two gabled-roof volumes and simple materials, such as pale-hued stucco and rusted metal. Collaborating with builder Boxwell Homes, Costello reiterated the exterior forms and materials in the home’s airy kitchen, which opens onto the living and dining areas. Sheltered by a tongue-in-groove hemlock ceiling that soars to more than 18 feet, the kitchen is anchored by two symmetrical towers of dark-painted custom cabinetry and a generously sized island, clad with hemlock and topped with a marble-patterned, quartz-hybrid counter. To link the kitchen to the tall ceiling, Costello designed a rusted metal hood that rises above the range to the ceiling’s apex. The hood is flanked by two small windows that frame mountain views and offer privacy from a nearby street. Polished, exposed aggregate flooring, simple black pendant lighting, a copper farmhouse sink and a curvy faucet add finishing touches. The kitchen’s (and the home’s) design resonated with those who toured it. It sold not long after it was completed last year.

Trinsic single-handle pull-down faucet in chrome, $390, by Delta at Central Arizona Supply, 4750 N. 16th St., Phoenix; deltafaucet.com

White Wash tiles, $15 per square foot, fireclaytile.com

Black LED pendant, $420, vonn.com

Apron-front sink, $895, worldcoppersmith.com

Aristoshield paint in Whisper, from $51 per gallon, Dunn-Edwards, 8686 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, dunnedwards.com


Setting the Stage
A soaking tub gets the spotlight in a dramatic master bath.

As architect Mark Tate was designing a contemporary home in Scottsdale’s Estancia community, he wanted to create a striking master bath that reflected the home’s bold forms and handsome use of materials, including stone, wood and metal. “We knew we wanted to use a soaking tub and make it center stage in the space,” says Tate of the project he worked on with builder Marbella Custom Homes, “so we literally put the tub up on a basalt pedestal at one end of the room, next to a window that overlooks a private cactus garden.” The room’s dramatic focal point is balanced at the opposite end with a walk-in shower that also overlooks another garden space. In between, a floating band of custom walnut cabinetry underscores a long horizontal mirror above the dual lavs. Set in a wall of black marble, the mirror appears to be windowlike and also serves to reflect an accent wall, layered with inky-hued three-dimensional tile. Pale stone flooring, gold-finished faucets, sculptural plants and tubular pendant pin lights finish off the space. “This bathroom isn’t about pastels,” Tate explains. “We used black as our ‘neutral’ color to make this space seem strong, but comfortable.”

Toulouse tub, $5,626, by Victoria + Albert at Clyde Hardware, 4808 N. 15th St., Phoenix; vandabaths.com

pendants, $320 each, stonelighting.net

Faux Zamioculcas zamiifoliae, $595, Botanical Elegance, 15475 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale, botanicalelegance.com

Edge 45 basin, $718, by Victoria + Albert at Clyde Hardware, 4808 N. 15th St., Phoenix; vandabaths.com

Litze single-handle, free-standing tub filler in luxe gold, $2,330, by Brizo at Central Arizona Supply, 4750 N. 16th St., Phoenix; brizo.com


Opposites Attract
An Arcadia kitchen balances contemporary and traditional elements.

Having known this particular set of clients for years, Holly Ogden, co-owner of Wiseman and Gale Interiors in Scottsdale, had a really good idea of what they wanted to achieve with their new 5,600-square-foot Arcadia home by Brimley Development. “They toe the line between traditional and contemporary,” Ogden says. “They also wanted a very warm and inviting home.” The homeowners, a couple, enjoy cooking together and regularly hosting get-togethers. Since they already had a massive dining table, they needed smaller areas where four to six people could dine, so the designer added seating space at the porcelain kitchen island. The clients also eschewed the thought of a stacked double oven or a range, so Ogden provided a practical and sleek solution. “In general, appliances are eyesores,” she explains, “so I designed an appliance wall. It keeps things relatively clean. The rest of the cabinets are for storage.” To delineate the zones, cabinetmaker Rysso-Peters provided stained rift-cut oak for the contemporary appliance wall and white shaker-style cabinetry for the rest of the kitchen. The finished product proves opposites can be entirely attractive.

Marteau counter stools, to the trade, by Holly Hunt at John Brooks Inc., 2712 N. 68th St., Ste. 1, Scottsdale; hollyhunt.com

Twig 5 light fixture, $4,600, apparatusstudio.com

Transitional pull-down faucet, $1,993, waterstoneco.com

E series single oven, from $2,730, Wolf, 15570 N. 83rd Way, Scottsdale, subzero-wolf.com

Beveled gloss tiles, $56 per square foot, prattandlarson.com


Prizeworthy Style
A master bath is part of an award-winning design.

North Scottsdale’s new White Horse community by Camelot Homes has been generating a lot of buzz for its contemporary spin on desert designs, created by Bob White of Forest Studio, which emphasize a resort ambiance. The Cheval model recently won the prestigious Gold Nugget—the building industry’s Oscars—2018 home of the year award. The home’s airy master bath encapsulates the community’s design hallmarks, explains Leslie Walker, Camelot’s design studio manager, who worked with Pacific Dimensions on the interiors. The bath setting features such elements as sliders that open onto a private garden; tone-on-tone organic materials such as marble flooring; and rustic-meets-modern touches like shiplap siding, dark metal accents and simple Shaker-influenced cabinetry. Dual sinks, a separate vanity area, a free-standing soaking tub and a tiled walk-in shower are among the luxurious touches. There’s also plenty of lighting, thanks to an extra window, industrial-style sconces, recessed lighting and a modern chandelier. “Every bathroom needs lighting,” says Walker. “Why not make it interesting?”

Quenouilles round chandelier in gold finish, $1,796, RH, 15015 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, restorationhardware.com

Siderna widespread lavatory faucet in matte black, $592, and handles, $258, both by Brizo at Central Arizona Supply, 4750 N. 16th St., Phoenix; brizo.com

Shaker-style door, price upon request, executivecabinetry.com

Siderna single-handle free-standing tub filler in matte black, $3,088, by Brizo at Central Arizona Supply, 4750 N. 16th St., Phoenix; brizo.com

Rue Pierre Gris marble flooring, $21 per square foot, by Walker Zanger at Facings of America, 16421 N. 90th St., Scottsdale; walkerzanger.com