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Mediterranean-Inspired Home in The Boulders, Scottsdale

Photography by Julianne McKay

Architect | Candelaria Design

Builder | Dick Lloyd Custom Homes

Interiors | Hyde Park Interiors

Landscape Architecture | Greey/Pickett

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 In North Scottsdale, a Mediterranean-inspired home embraces multi-generational living.

Overlooking a thicket of desert shrubs and trees on the shores of a golf course lake, a newly built home in The Boulders of Scottsdale has Mediterranean roots and modern influences. Designed as a welcoming retreat for family and friends. Located in The Boulders community of North Scottsdale, the home’s warm style is thanks to a hands-on collaboration between the owners, a couple who are transplants from Alaska and a stellar team of local design talents.

“We started out as snowbirds here in Arizona when our daughter was going to college,” the husband explains, “but when grandchildren arrived, we decided we wanted this to be our primary residence and sold our place in Alaska.”

Looking to build a mediterranean-inspired home, they found a 2.5-acre lot on the golf course that had belonged to a member of the Osmond family. Along with the lot, they received architectural sketches for a proposed house, done by Scottsdale architect, Mark Candelaria

That house wasn’t exactly what the couple wanted. Says the wife, “I’m a visual copy cat. I collect inspirational photos and memories of places we’ve been. We both loved the style of the [now-closed] Sassi restaurant in Scottsdale.” The couple took their ideas to Candelaria and found he could achieve their vision of blending Mediterranean and modern influences to create an inviting, livable home.

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“This is not a pretentious home,” Candelaria explains. “It has traditional lines but celebrates our bright, informal Arizona lifestyle with spaces where you can live indoors to out.”

Working with builders Joe Lloyd and Dick Lloyd of Dick Lloyd Custom Homes, Candelaria and his architectural team crafted a four-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot mediterranean-inspired home, detailed on the exterior with stone-clad walls, brick window sills, shutters and clay roof tiles. A spacious entry courtyard, anchored by an antique French fountain, greets visitors and provides plenty of space for lounging, dining and entertaining. Inside, the central living room opens onto the pool patio, lawn and putting green.

Other rooms were designed specifically for the owners’ lifestyle, including a stylish, but serious kitchen (they both like to cook), a dining room with a barrel-vaulted brick ceiling that’s framed on one side by a glass-walled wine cellar (the husband is a serious collector) and offices for both husband and wife. “I call mine the ‘she shed,’’ the wife quips. “It’s in the laundry and craft room, but that’s where I like to be.”

When it came to furnishings, the couple started with clean slate for the new mediterranean- inspired home in The Boulders, Scottsdale, except for a few pieces of artwork. They worked with designers Erik Humphrey and Nikki Peres of Scottsdale’s Hyde Park Interiors to achieve a setting that reflected the architecture and their lifestyle. “We’ve worked with the owners on several houses,” explains Peres, “so we know they love a cozy home that’s not sterile. They both like warm colors, and she likes to have unique pieces throughout the house.”

Working with a style they call “elevated traditional,” Humphrey and Peres guided the couple toward pieces that have classic forms, but with updated finishes and fabrics. For the living room, they specified a split sectional, flanking the fireplace, allowing the flames to be seen from the adjacent kitchen. An agave-shaped chandelier speaks of the desert and adds sparkle to the living room, while shelves on either side of the fireplace are decidedly asymmetrical, per the wife’s request.

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In the dining room of the mediterranean-inspired home, a round guanacaste wood table is an organic counterpoint to the brick ceiling, as is the chandelier, dripping with small geodes. In the media room, what Peres says the owners laughingly dubbed the “land yacht,” is a sectional large enough for the owners, children and grandchildren to lounge upon when catching up on Netflix movies.

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“This interior was designed to withstand family life,” says Peres. “There’s a dog, grandchildren, friends and a lot of entertainment, so for the most part, we used performance fabrics and surfaces with faux leather for easy care.”

Throughout the interior, the designers added touches that reflect the owners’ tastes and history. In the kitchen, a Tabarka tile backsplash is dotted with blueberries, a nod to Alaskan forests, as is the tile on the guest suite bathroom wall, which looks like birch trees. 

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For the powder room, a vanity of pale, backlit onyx and an ombre-effect tile wall looks, the wife says, like a glass of sparkling champagne. The laundry/office/craft room’s smokey teal cabinetry was a request by the wife for a happy color in that space. In the wine cellar, a stained glass piece depicts a desert scene.

mediterranean-inspired home wine cellar

Outdoors, the mediterranean-inspired home’s landscape makes visual use of the surrounding golf course setting, and includes places for outdoor entertaining. “We embraced the architecture with the exterior hardscape,” says landscape architect Clayton Miller of Scottsdale’s Greey/Pickett, “and we went with a clean desert feel that was appropriate for The Boulders community.”

For the front courtyard of the mediterranean-inspired home, limestone pavers ground the patio, which curves around planter beds. Garden walls repeat the stone cladding of the home’s walls. In the back the pool has a negative edge, but is raised slightly above ground, providing an extra—and subtle—safety barrier for grandchildren. Plant materials were selected and installed by Desert Foothills Landscape from nearby Cave Creek, creating a manicured setting through the use of cactus, agaves and other desert natives.

mediterranean-inspired home courtyard

Now complete, the mediterranean-inspired home has provided the perfect backdrop for the owners’ friendly personalities. “We love to entertain,” the husband says. “We had 100 people here for a party without a problem.” “They throw great parties,” Peres agrees, “including their annual ‘Friendsgiving’ the night before Thanksgiving.” As is his tradition for completed homes, architect Candelaria came over and cooked an inaugural dinner for the couple.

In the end, the couple got the house they wanted. “We worked with some amazing people on this project,” the wife says.  “That’s why it works for us.” Adds the husband, “This house is genuine and welcoming—you walk in, and it’s like getting a big hug.”

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