Ready for a before-and-after that will seriously satisfy your brain? Hitting the market today: the beautiful Biltmore Heights renovation project I’ve been working on with Camelback Urban Development. The team includes realtor/developer Rob Kukla and his wife, architect Sandra Kukla — also known as She Who Designed Sky Harbor Airport. (!@#$!)  There’s an open house on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.(5125 N. 32nd Place, Phoenix) — but until then, come have a look inside:


Our vibe was Arcadia Farmhouse — but with a modern edge. I’ll be breaking down the materials and finishes in posts to come — but don’t you love those wood floors (NOT tile), the ceiling detail, and wide open entry? I’m in love with the color palette: serene walls, crisp white trim, and rich gray doors with just a touch of black hardware to give that modern edge.


The kitchen features the world’s largest island clad in goooorgeous honed Olympic marble. Note the chic fireplace and designer Visual Comfort Lighting. I selected the lights to help tie in the dark door frame and to make the farmhouse vibe feel a little more modern and fresh. Also, these lanterns are glass-free and therefore easy to clean. Dear future owner: you are happily most welcome. And can we be friends, so that I can come to parties here? Out that back window: a big view of Camelback Mountain.

P.S. The kitchen used to look like this:


Yikes! And now it’s this:




Before we got our hands on this house, the bathrooms looked like this:


And now they look like this:


And the master:




I love this master bath  – so elegant and calming: there’s gray marble everywhere, paired with small luxuries like statement cabinet hardware, notched marble backsplash corners, cross-handle faucets, and Visual Comfort sconces with gray-trimmed shades. And it’s right next to the largest master closet I have ever seen in a flip — and by Classy Closets, even.

Exterior before:


And after:



Those red gooseneck lights were the first thing ever selected for this house – from Rejuvenation. Oh, and here’s a peek at the cute powder bath:


That wallpaper!!!! I walked a few friends and clients through this house and they were all dreaming of this ikat in their lives. It’s paired with gray wainscoting and a custom gray wood mirror,  and gold fixtures and pendant lights to warm it all up.

Lastly, a tease of the laundry room and drop station – I love this crisp floor.



I’m thrilled with how this project came together and really loved collaborating with Sandy and Rob. This house is a testament to their work ethic and incredibly thoughtful planning and foresight. (There are like 4 hall closets – all enormous, featuring things like shelves sized to accommodate luggage.)

The listing is here (link updated!), if you’d like to see more — and everyone is welcome to the Open House on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Which room is your favorite?

Photos, as ever, by the wonderful Isaac Bailey.