Age­less Al­lure

Décor - - Contents - Writer Ann Wil­son pho­tog­ra­pher Wer­ner Se­garra pro­ducer Jes­sica Brinkert Holtam

A desert home takes a fab­u­lous turn thanks to re­fined fin­ishes and Euro­pean an­tiq­ui­ties.

Rus­tic pati­nas and re­fined shim­mer trans­form a 1980s home into a neigh­bor­hood gem.

Peo­ple, sun­beams, breezes, and chat­ter cheer­fully spill be­tween el­e­gantly ap­pointed in­te­ri­ors and pool­side pa­tios at this Par­adise Val­ley, Ari­zona, home. Re­designed in­stead of razed, the up­dated 1980s home beau­ti­fully meets the needs of an empty-nester cou­ple— en­cour­ag­ing their kids to visit reg­u­larly and is­su­ing a linger­awhile in­vi­ta­tion to all who en­ter.

The home has jour­neyed a ways since it was first viewed in 2014 by the cou­ple and in­te­rior de­signer Lau­rel Pfan­nen­stiel, who ush­ered in changes that com­ple­mented the home’s finer qual­i­ties while im­prov­ing its lack­lus­ter ones. “We loved that you could see the front and back yards as you walked through,” Pfan­nen­stiel says. “And we loved the light and the vari­a­tions in ceil­ing heights, which cre­ated the feel of both cozy ar­eas and grand spa­ces.”

To am­plify those per­cep­tions, Pfan­nen­stiel opened in­te­rior door­ways, re­placed win­dows and doors with steel ver­sions, in­stalled gray-washed oak floor­ing, plas­tered walls, and used re­claimed boards and beams to add warmth. “We used our bud­get to in­tro­duce in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails,” Pfan­nen­stiel says. “We cre­ated clean back­drops and spent money on things that make the home look like a jewel, in­side and out.”

Sump­tu­ous wall­cov­er­ings and tex­tiles fur­ther the home’s de­sign story, cued by the fash­ion sense and color pref­er­ences of her client. “She wanted so­phis­ti­cated fab­rics and sparks of glam­our,” Pfan­nen­stiel says. “She loves gray, which gave way to in­clud­ing pale blue and bright turquoise.”

Vi­brant turquoise fab­rics daz­zle in the din­ing room; softer blues ap­pear in tex­tiles and cab­i­net fin­ishes. An­tique brass sconces, gold-leaf de­tails on the kitchen is­land, and a band of bronze-color tiles on the mas­ter bath floor sup­ply a sense of gen­tle age. Shim­mer is also in­tro­duced through sil­ver­threaded drap­ery fab­rics, crys­tal chan­de­liers, and mar­ble and mir­rored sur­faces.

It’s this mix of sil­ver and gold, rus­tic and pol­ished, and earthy neu­trals and jewel-tone brights that en­sures the home will stylishly en­dure, Pfan­nen­stiel says. “The home is a beau­ti­ful blend of modern and an­tique. It’s friendly, so­phis­ti­cated, grace­ful, and el­e­gant—just like the home­owner. This home isn’t about trends—it’s a clas­sic that will stand the test of time.”

“There’s noth­ing bet­ter than a mix of plas­ter, steel, and wood when you want to bring in­ter­est and warmth to a de­sign.”

—IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER LAU­REL PFAN­NEN­STIEL

This photo: Bluish-gray shut­ters found at an an­tiques store in­tro­duce a touch of rus­tic­ity to the mas­ter bath’s more for­mal mar­ble sur­faces. An­tique-gold fin­ishes—on door pulls and sconces—add old-world élan. Op­po­site: Lofty ceil­ings in the mas­ter bed­room are con­quered in part by a 19th-cen­tury Ital­ian carved head­board up­hol­stered with Pierre Frey gold vel­vet. The win­dow is flanked by a pair of wooden bib­lio­thèques from France.

Turquoise vel­vet fab­rics on an­tique Scan­di­na­vian side chairs and vintage French host chairs turn up the vol­ume in the din­ing room. In­te­rior de­signer Lau­rel Pfan­nen­stiel en­larged the door­way be­tween the din­ing area and kitchen to im­prove the home’s...

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