Modern Desert House Celebrates Nature And Local Beauty

As you can imagine, life in the desert has its challenges. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s any less pleasant to live out there than it is to have a hillside house in the middle of a forest. This beautiful desert house from Paradise Valley is the perfect example.

It was built in 2016, being a project developed by Kendle Design Collaborative one which shows great respect for the natural topography of the site, the views and the local vegetation. Even the fact that this area usually gets flooded a few times a year didn’t discourage the architects from making the most of this location.

This is a desert house designed to serve as a cozy family home in sync with its surroundings
This is a desert house designed to serve as a cozy family home in sync with its surroundings
The harsh desert landscape actually looks quite charming in this context
The harsh desert landscape actually looks quite charming in this context
Large expanses of glass allow tons of natural light to enter the house, illuminating all the rooms
Large expanses of glass allow tons of natural light to enter the house, illuminating all the rooms

This is a house that celebrates nature and desert living by blurring the line between the inside and outside areas and including features such as an outdoor kitchen, rammed earth walls, expansive glazed surfaces and wooden floors, ceilings and furniture which create a warm and welcoming ambiance while also ensuring a seamless visual connection with the landscape.

The house was built using local materials and features rammed earth walls and a wooden roof structure
The house was built using local materials and features rammed earth walls and a wooden roof structure
The strong relationship between the house and its surroundings is reflected in how natural areas like this one look
The strong relationship between the house and its surroundings is reflected in how natural areas like this one look
The comfort and elegance extend outdoors where there's this cozy seating with a fire pit at the center
The comfort and elegance extend outdoors where there’s this cozy seating with a fire pit at the center

The architects used local materials and a palette of textures and colors inspired by the views and the immediate surroundings. The modern dining room setup shows just how site-sensitive this whole project is, almost giving the impression that nature comes into the room.

The clerestory windows make it seem as if the roof is floating and bring in even more sunlight
The clerestory windows make it seem as if the roof is floating and bring in even more sunlight
The house is designed to suit everyday life as a family, specifically adapted to the desert region
The house is designed to suit everyday life as a family, specifically adapted to the desert region
The roof overhangs provide shelter from the sun and allow the internal courtyard to be used for lounging and entertaining
The roof overhangs provide shelter from the sun and allow the internal courtyard to be used for lounging and entertaining
The house rises from the harsh landscape and looks right at home, as if it's been shaped by the land itself
The house rises from the harsh landscape and looks right at home, as if it’s been shaped by the land itself
A long corridor showcases the owners' expansive art collection, serving as a gallery
A long corridor showcases the owners’ expansive art collection, serving as a gallery
Sliding glass doors and full height windows bring the views and nature itself into the house
Sliding glass doors and full height windows bring the views and nature itself into the house
A vast open space with high ceilings incorporates the main social spaces: the living room, kitchen and a dining nook
A vast open space with high ceilings incorporates the main social spaces: the living room, kitchen and a dining nook
The master bathroom has a gorgeous view and features this amazing 90 degree window which makes everything look magical
The master bathroom has a gorgeous view and features this amazing 90 degree window which makes everything look magical
The bedroom has a similarly amazing corner view and this really opens up the whole space
The bedroom has a similarly amazing corner view and this really opens up the whole space
Out here in the land of dust and cacti this house celebrates everything that is beautiful
Out here in the land of dust and cacti this house celebrates everything that is beautiful


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Using the Latest Decor Color and Trends to Attract Buyers

Guest Contributor: Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

The start of a new year in the real estate industry signals a prime opportunity for sellers to do what it takes to get their home noticed among the sea of listings soon to flood the spring market. After tackling the clutter, necessary repairs and updates, the key to making the best first impression for buyers is using on-trend styling touches to help them emotionally connect. Check out our suggestions below for ways of using some of the trends for 2019 to enhance a home’s features, engage buyers, and take your property from “For Sale” to “Sold” in no time.

A Neutral Gray Backdrop

We can’t say enough about the benefits of using gray or “greige” wall color when staging. This versatile neutral hue instantly brightens a space, enhances its unique features and can increase a property’s perceived size and value. We’re excited to try Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of The Year, Metropolitan, a soft, sophisticated, and calm gray that coordinates well with many on-trend palettes.

A Dash of Color

We love adding a little drama against a neutral backdrop of beautiful architectural elements by layering living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms with pops of bold color dispersed throughout a room. One of our favorite industry picks of the year is Pantone’s “Living Coral” for its energy, warmth, and cozy freshness. This color can also make a statement when paired with different shades of blues such as Behr’sColor of the Year pick “Blueprint,” as well as creams and different metallic accents.

Luxe Fabrics and Bold Patterns

We are seeing a lot of lush velvet fabrics and floral patterns in furniture and accents this year. A floral side chair or wall art, velvet pillows, and duvet covers, a patterned area rug, are just a few ways to add texture, depth, and the right amount of sophisticated style to complement a neutral space and grab buyers’ attention.

Mix Up Metals

A mixture of metal accents throughout a room will always be a timeless way to create balance and definition in a space. You can pair complementary finishes such as brass with chrome, copper with yellow gold, rose gold with stainless steel, or any combination of the above so your fixtures and decor create the “wow” factor that buyers will remember.

Elements from Nature

Using natural elements in the home is a trend that continues to gain popularity as people want to feel a connection to the outdoors. Plants in any size, shape or form such as potted succulents used as a dining table centerpiece, wall hangings, or floor plants in woven baskets have a naturally soothing quality that makes them well-suited for bedrooms and bathrooms in particular. Sustainable materials such as jute or seagrass rugs, natural woven pillows and throws, and pottery vases are also great accents for incorporating a welcoming, on-trend vibe into any space.

For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visit www.pjstagingdecorating.com.

PattiABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Stern is principal, interior decorator, and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating. She has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full-service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. She also developed an award-winning staging program for the luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. Her company received the Houzz 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Awards for Customer Service.


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Boys swim team places ninth at state meet

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The boys swim team placed ninth overall at state on Saturday, Feb. 16, with senior Chris Sprenger, senior Ethan Forristal and sophomore Colby Beggs all placing in the top 16 of their individual events.

Although he was uncertain how they would place because of the change in competition, Beggs was pleased with how the team performed.

“I know [my team] and they wanted to do their absolute best,” Beggs said. “I didn’t know how the team would place since we are 6A now, but we placed ninth and I couldn’t be happier with the team.”

Sprenger finished second in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.

“[Going into the meet] I knew what we had the potential to do and had been working for all year,” Sprenger said. “I was expecting top eight placings in the relays and top three finishes individually in both my events.”

Sprenger was happy with how well the team came together and competed in relays.

“[State] went really well for the team. We placed in the top eight in the 200 medley [relay] and the 400 free relay,” Sprenger said. “The 200 free relay was in the top 16 which was our goal from the beginning of the year.”

The season ending is a bittersweet feeling for Beggs because this was the last season for the seniors.

“[Now that the season is over] I feel sad because [Forristal] and [Sprenger] are leaving and that means that our medley [relay] will be changed,” Beggs said. “This has been one of the best seasons that I have swam in terms of time and just bonding with the team.”

Fangman believes that the closeness of the team led to an amazing season.

“The season was absolutely incredible. Stupendous performance by the team,” Fangman said. “We really supported each other and kept each other near and dear to our hearts.”

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