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Lola Garcia and Kaitlyn Wolfe, Photo by Jennica E. Maes

Kaitlyn Wolfe of Iconic Design + Build remodels a Mid-Century Modern home into a functional and beautiful space for influencer Lola Garcia.

Striking a balance between old and new–style and function–is a specialty of designer Kaitlyn Wolfe, founder of Iconic Design + Build. The interior designer and licensed general contractor says that she crafts spaces that “maximize the minimal,” taking into account each client’s goals without any added frivolity or clutter. 

When Arizona-based blogger, content creator and influencer Lola Garcia was looking to update her Mid-Century Modern Scottsdale home, she knew that Wolfe was the perfect designer for the job. 

Kaitlyn’s style is far from anything I’ve ever seen before, especially local to Arizona. I knew this home needed something unique and I wanted to branch away from ‘the norm’ that I often saw on social media. Every design she creates is different from the next yet stays true to herself and that is what I love the most about her. She is also one of the greatest people. Loyal and kind to the people she works with, professional, and so creative,” said the reality show starlet. 

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“We were excited when Lola approached us to design her new home, as we are inspired by her lifestyle and brand that she has created,” says Wolfe.

Lola Garcia, Photo by Jennica E. Maes

It had undergone previous remodels and additions, but the remodels were now dated and didn’t fit the original architectural intention of the home,” recalls Wolfe. “We loved the existing materials such as the exposed slump block, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, skylights, fluted cabinet doors, mid-century glass block windows and the expansive views of the golf course and mountain range.” 

We were excited when Lola approached us to design her new home, as we are inspired by her lifestyle and brand that she has created,” says Wolfe.

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The impetus of this home’s design was to honor the home’s architectural history, while creating stylish and fresh interiors that transcend time. Surfaces and materials were thoughtfully selected to reflect that goal. A Mid-Century Modern staple–walnut–was used in both the flooring selection as well as the kitchen cabinetry to create design continuity while paying homage to the original architecture style. 

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While the home’s aesthetics were of utmost importance, so too was the practicality of a functional space for a family with two young children. Wolfe says she “completely changed the functionality of the kitchen by closing off one doorway and opening up two more doorways to adjacent spaces. We loved the intimacy of the kitchen but we were able to maximize the space, making every inch functional.” 

The Iconic Design + Build team refinished some of the existing cabinetry with fluted doors, adding in some new custom cabinetry in a white, frameless European style to give the kitchen a whole new spirit. 

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Echoing the client’s request for functionality, the soft furnishing selections in the adjacent living room space create a warm, family-friendly environment perfect for movie nights and entertaining. Through the use of durable–yet beautiful–fabrics like a white bouclé sectional and wool rug, the space has an elegant and understated feel. 

The Iconic Design + Build team was also brought in to update the dining spaces, including the breakfast nook and formal dining room. A fun dose of color was implemented in the breakfast nook via a custom emerald green-upholstered floating bench. A geometric light fixture and a gallery wall full of ICONIC images complete the space with a lighthearted, Palm Springs-inspired design. The formal dining room became less formal to fit the client’s everyday needs. 

What Lola Likes

Photo by Kevin Brost

“With its indoor-outdoor feel, we layered it with neutral textiles such as a dhurrie rug, leather and walnut dining furniture and a cloud-like chandelier that gives off a comfortable, warm glow,” says Wolfe.

Our clients wanted to play off of the architecture of the home while keeping it clean, minimal and kid-friendly,” she says of the overall goals. With the primary spaces in the home transformed by Wolfe’s magic touch, the client is ready to progress to the next stage of the renovation. 

“We’re excited to enter the second phase of the project,” she says. “Lola has been an incredible client to work with, and we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to partner with her.”

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