Category: Home & Garden

A Full Range: Kitchens Before & After

From new appliances, to updated cabinetry, to custom islands and countertops, these kitchen makeovers have all the right ingredients.

The homeowners found their kitchen to be uninspiring, as well as lacking in functionality for their cooking and entertaining needs.

DESIGNER: MICHELLE CARNES, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DORADO DESIGNS WWW.DORADODESIGNS.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: STEVEN MECKLER
DESIGNER: MICHELLE CARNES, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DORADO DESIGNS WWW.DORADODESIGNS.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: STEVEN MECKLER

Before

The kitchen sported cherry-stained cabinets, glass mosaic backsplash and granite countertop, along with basic pendant lighting.

After

The kitchen’s footprint was changed, with the island shape redesigned to offer more storage and better traffic flow. Revised elements include a new pantry layout and built-in appliances. Slate-gray painted cabinets and white marble-look quartz countertops add a fresh look. The hood was replaced with an inset version covered in drywall layered with oxidized copper, which added a bright punch of turquoise. Brass cage pendant lights were added above the island.

DESIGNERS: MELISSA ELKINS AND MATT YANEY DESIGN FIRM: SOUTHWEST KITCHEN & BATH WWW.SOUTHWESTKITCHEN.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: KC CREATIVE DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY
DESIGNERS: MELISSA ELKINS AND MATT YANEY DESIGN FIRM: SOUTHWEST KITCHEN & BATH WWW.SOUTHWESTKITCHEN.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: KC CREATIVE DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY

The homeowner recently purchased this abode, and a kitchen remodel was at the top of their wish list. The result was a fresh new look with a modern white and gray color scheme.

Before

The kitchen’s style was reminiscent of the late 1990s. The overall layout worked, but the homeowner disliked the look of the perimeter cabinets. The island was oddly shaped and lacked function. Dark knotty alder cabinets, travertine floors and backsplash, granite countertops appeared dated.

After

The island and peninsula cabinets, pantry door and the stove hood were replaced. The layout of the island was changed to include seating. The pantry cabinet was converted into a coffee bar. The perimeter cabinets were retained but updated with custom doors and drawer fronts to match the new cabinets. The ceiling was redone with shiplap. Subway tile was installed, spanning from the new quartz countertop to the ceiling. A white hood with stainless steel trim became a focal point for the kitchen, along with the adjacent floating shelves. Dramatic chandelier pendants were added above the island, and the recessed can lights were updated with LEDs.

The homeowner wanted a redesign to result in a lighter and more modern look through the use of materials such as quartz, marble and granite.

DESIGNER: PATRICIA MOONEY, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DESIGNLINES, INC. WWW.DESIGNLINESAZ.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF
DESIGNER: PATRICIA MOONEY, ASID DESIGN FIRM: DESIGNLINES, INC. WWW.DESIGNLINESAZ.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF

Before

The home was built in the late 1980s with raised panel oak cabinets, Corian counters and dark blue mosaic tile backsplashes. The existing island, which was too large and bulky for the scale of the space, was the biggest challenge. Outdated appliances and light fixtures needed to be replaced.

After

The first order of business was to redesign and replace the kitchen island and incorporate a free-form raised granite bar counter. A full slab of marble was installed above the cooktop for a dramatic accent. The original doors and drawer fronts were replaced with Shaker-style versions in maple that were painted white. Polished chrome hardware finished off the look.

DESIGNERS: BOB HARVEY AND LAURA NATALE DESIGN FIRM: CANYON CABINETRY & DESIGN WWW.CANYONCABINETRY.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN MCMASTERS
DESIGNERS: BOB HARVEY AND LAURA NATALE DESIGN FIRM: CANYON CABINETRY & DESIGN WWW.CANYONCABINETRY.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN MCMASTERS

The previous kitchen was dark, dated and too cramped for the needs of a growing family.

Before

The home was built in the late 1980s. The kitchen had dark, heavily grained cabinets. The lower soffits made the room feel closed in. The small-scale ceramic floor tiles and dated appliances needed replacing.

After

Two partial walls that separated the kitchen and family room were removed. The basic layout was reconfigured, and the refrigerator relocated to an opposite wall. The soffits above the cabinets were taken out, and an archway closed off and replaced with a door. Larger windows, cherry cabinets and sleek stainless appliances were added. The limestone subway tile backsplash creates a contrast with the wood tones. Wood-look flooring differentiates the kitchen from the family room. New lighting was installed, including under-cabinet LEDs, low-profile fixtures and recessed LED lighting in the ceiling.

DESIGNER: EDITH VILLALOBOS-ZAMORA, ALLIED ASID DESIGN FIRM: EMV DESIGN BUILD WWW.EMVDESIGNBUILD.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF
DESIGNER: EDITH VILLALOBOS-ZAMORA, ALLIED ASID DESIGN FIRM: EMV DESIGN BUILD WWW.EMVDESIGNBUILD.COM PHOTOGRAPHY: ROBIN STANCLIFF

This ’90s-era Southwest-style home’s kitchen required re-working to increase its functionality.

Before

The custom, energy-efficient mud adobe home features exposed brick on the inside. The kitchen had a utilitarian feel, with a stainless-steel backsplash. The interior finishes included honey-colored shaker cabinets and outdated appliances. The original L-shape design only allowed for a tiny island and pantry. The layout did not work well for entertaining.

After

The old kitchen was completely gutted. The sink and stove locations were reversed to create a better flow. The pantry wall was removed to open up the space, and an island was constructed using five mesquite pieces. A new hutch was made of mahogany and stained to match the mesquite countertop. A porcelain tile backsplash complements the adobe walls. Rustic golden alder cabinetry enhances the ranch-style concept.

Retro Ranch Remodeled

A spacious center island prep area and wall of windows provide an open feeling.

Retro Ranch Remodeled

This 1961 gem received a much-needed makeover that retained its bones but updated the style.

BY ROMI CARRELL WITTMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT VACA

 Floating shelves hold the homeowners’ collections. The entire space lends itself to the mid-century modern aesthetic.
Floating shelves hold the homeowners’ collections. The entire space lends itself to the mid-century modern aesthetic.

How do you know when you’ve found The One?

For one couple, it was all about the feeling they got upon entering a stylish mid-century in the eastside Windsor Park neighborhood.

Tucson couple Billy and Helena had been on the hunt for a home for several months, but they’d had no luck in finding something that suited their growing family. It didn’t help that it was 2007, the very height of the housing boom, when nothing stayed on the market for long. They originally wanted something in midtown, but were priced out of the market. They never considered looking on the eastside until their Realtor suggested it.

Turns out their Realtor was onto something.

“I just knew,” says Billy about discovering the three-bedroom, 1900-square-foot home. “I walked in and saw the wall of windows and that was it. It was an emotional response.”

Built in 1961, this classic mid-century ranch featured sleek, angular lines, large expanses of windows from which to see the Catalina and Rincon Mountains, little to no exterior ornamentation and the liberal use of glass, concrete and wood throughout. Unlike the mid-century residences you might find in Palm Springs, with their turquoise, orange and green accents, the home’s palette is subdued, creating a sophisticated and timeless appeal.

Although the couple loved the house and the friendly neighborhood, there were some aspects they decidedly didn’t love.

First, there was the entryway, which at one point had been an outdoor porch. A previous owner had enclosed it to make a living room, but it was completely at odds with the home’s design style.

Soon after moving in, the couple attacked that problem first, hiring an architect to streamline the house, while maintaining the overall square footage. The next item on the to-do list was the kitchen, but, being a much bigger undertaking, the couple put it off until 2016.

They knew they needed expert help for the job, so they contacted Kathryn Prideaux of Prideaux Design and David Papanikolas of Alta Constructors after seeing ads for their respective businesses during Tucson Modernism Week. The couple had no idea that Prideaux and Papanikolas frequently work together.

The kitchen had been updated over the years and the end result was a cramped, dated U-shape with builder-grade, alder cabinets and green granite countertops. Aside from the problems with functionality, there was a potentially more significant issue with the stove, a commercial-grade restaurant range.

“People raved about it because it was a professional six-burner range,” Helena says. “But restaurant ranges aren’t usually found in home kitchens. It had no insulation around it and I worried it would burn the surrounding cabinets.”

Another issue was the overwhelming smell of natural gas. “The pilot lights on a commercial stove … you could smell gas all the time,” Billy says.

The couple came up with their new kitchen wish list and provided that, along with their budget, to Prideaux and Papanikolas.

“I gave them an idea of what was involved with each wish list item,” Papanikolas says. After three or so visits, the couple decided on a design, then decamped to a friend’s home in Oro Valley for the duration of the four-month-long renovation. “We donated a bunch of our stuff and used it as an opportunity to declutter,” Helena says.

Fortunately for the design team, the home was in pretty good shape from a systems perspective. There was little required in terms of correcting bad wiring, plumbing or other issues. That meant the bulk of the budget could be devoted to the remodel itself, which included the construction of a huge kitchen island, a wall of northeast-facing windows and new cabinetry.

The island, which runs nearly the length of the whole kitchen, draws the eye first. With its white quartz countertop, ample storage and built-in seating, it makes a gorgeous statement while remaining accessible, inviting and imminently usable.

 Deep, full-height wood cabinets provide storage while maintaining a clean look. The flooring is large-format gray porcelain tile with narrow grout lines.
Deep, full-height wood cabinets provide storage while maintaining a clean look.
The flooring is large-format gray porcelain tile with narrow grout lines.
The dining area looks into the living room.
The dining area looks into the living room.
 Rift-cut white oak cabinets supply warmth and contrast to the bright white quartz countertops. Handmade Heath tile on the backsplash pulls in a natural desert color palette.
Rift-cut white oak cabinets supply warmth and contrast to the bright white quartz countertops. Handmade Heath tile on the backsplash pulls in a natural desert color palette.

In addition to the island, J-Swiss & Company custom cabinets (made of straight-grain white oak) were installed, providing both functionality and a form consistent with the home’s style. An understated, hand-made Heath Tile backsplash perfectly complements the white quartz.

The north wall of the kitchen was converted into windows, bathing the space in natural light and amplifying its size. It’s easy to imagine both large parties as well as more intimate gatherings congregating here. To anchor the design, the homeowners selected a 24-inch gray porcelain tile, which was installed throughout the home.

When it came to selecting furnishings, Prideaux directed the couple to newly constructed pieces with a retro feel. “They didn’t have time to hunt for the perfect pieces,” she says, “and vintage pieces often need to be refurbished.”

Black pendant lights over the kitchen island add a punch of contrast to the white painted tongue and groove ceiling.
Black pendant lights over the kitchen island add a punch of contrast to the white painted tongue and groove ceiling.

Prideaux looked toward modern furniture brands like Blu Dot, Room and Board, West Elm and even Ikea to furnish the space. The result is a clean, stylish home that’s not only attractive, but also livable for the couple and their children.

“We really like it, but not necessarily because it’s mid-century modern,” Billy says. “We just like the home overall.” HG

Sources:
Prideaux Design, www.prideaux-design.com
Alta Constructors, Inc., www.altaconstructorsinc.com

Touche Garden

Pansies, Petunias and Panache

This homeowner has a passion for planting colorful annuals to enliven her patios.

BY ROMI CARRELL WITTMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY HASKELL

Homeowner Perri Touche takes a moment to enjoy her garden.

Floral displays add splashes of color to this seating area adjacent to the pool. Floral displays add splashes of color to this seating area adjacent to the pool.

Tucked away on a northeast-side cul-de-sac, sitting amid two lush acres, is the home of Perri and Steven Touche. The highlight of the property is Perri’s garden, which bursts into life from winter through spring. An avid gardener, Perri begins prepping her beds each fall, cultivating and nurturing an explosion of colorful, flowering plants that provide the perfect backdrop for get-togethers with family and friends.

The Sonoran Desert is a veritable paradise in wintertime, when mild temps and sunny days mean outdoor activities take center stage. This is especially true when it comes to gardening — with some planning and elbow grease, year-round color and lush gardenscapes can result.

Touche Garden

White wrought-iron patio furniture offers seating among the blooms
White wrought-iron patio furniture offers seating among the blooms.
An étagère in the background holds a collection of terra cotta filled with annuals.
An étagère in the background holds a collection of terra cotta filled with annuals.

Perri has been gardening for 30 of the 33 years they’ve lived in their home, and says that the key to it is understanding the region in which you’re working. “I’ve taken classes to learn what works and what doesn’t,” she says. “I call it ‘Plant Camp.’”

The gardening classes are tailored to Tucson’s specific needs, as well as those focused on the Lake Tahoe region, where the Touches also own a home.

One of the tricks she learned from “Plant Camp” was watering her plants before covering them in advance of a hard freeze. “The plants will never freeze if you do it that way,” she says. “If you don’t water them, they will freeze and probably die.”

Perri has created pretty and tranquil garden spaces in both the front and rear of their home. An array of colorful pots greets you as you approach the front door. This gorgeous display extends to the backyard, where multiple seating areas and relaxing nooks are framed by vibrant plantings. The brick patio area includes an outdoor fireplace with cooking space. Down a dirt path, there is a larger fire pit, perfect for fall nights and s’mores.

“It’s a great place to sit and relax with friends,” Perri says of the backyard garden. “We’ve hosted as many as 300 people here.”

Although Perri hires a landscaper to maintain the “big” areas, like the grass and trees, she is hands-on when it comes to her flowers. Every fall, usually in mid- October, she purchases as many as 50 flats of geraniums, snapdragons, gerbera daisies and other blooms. She gets most of her plants from Harlow Gardens, but also buys a few from Home Depot and Lowe’s. Gardening, she says, isn’t a cheap hobby, “but it’s a pretty one.”

Most days, she’s up at 4:30 a.m. and out in her garden by 5:15, where she spends up to an hour and a half deadheading and pruning. “When it’s dark, I usually start on the front patio where I can turn on lights,” she says with a laugh.

The Touches travel both to their home in Lake Tahoe and to Dallas to visit their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren — but Tucson remains home base.

Perri’s flurry of gardening begins in October but ends April, when it’s time to prune, pull and prepare for the next planting season. Still, the high point of the season for her are the gerberas. “I just love gerberas in Spring,” she says with a smile. HG

A large outdoor fireplace is flanked by a variety of annuals
A large outdoor fireplace is flanked by a variety of annuals

Richardson Home

Homeowner Nina Richardson photographed by Amy Haskell.
Homeowner Nina Richardson photographed by Amy Haskell.

Tree-riffic!

Holiday décor enlivens the Richardson home each year, with special help from a local floral designer.

WRITTEN BY DEBBY LARSEN | PHOTOS BY ROBIN STANCLIFF

Nina Richardson’s home portrays their personalities year-round, but this time of year it shines with holiday spirit. She and her husband David, a local anesthesiologist, purchased their place in the Catalina Foothills in 2011. As part of the renovation process, the Richardsons enlisted the expertise of interior designer and artist Kim Coffman of Fine Art Interiors. Her creativity is evident in the elegant décor — especially the formal living room, dining room and master suite.

The elegant formal dining room shimmers in tones of blue. Silver and glass ornaments and table décor complement the room’s ambience.
The elegant formal dining room shimmers in tones of blue.
Silver and glass ornaments and table décor complement the room’s ambience.
 The massive front entry door is framed with garlands of glass balls, ribbons and lights, flanked by toy soldiers. Design by Jacque Askren
The massive front entry door is framed with garlands of glass balls, ribbons and lights, flanked by toy soldiers.
Design by Jacque Askren
Bright red and chartreuse dominate this whimsical themed room, complete with Santa figure. Large-scale candy ornaments adorn this tree.
Bright red and chartreuse dominate this whimsical themed room, complete with Santa figure.
Large-scale candy ornaments adorn this tree.
A large flocked tree glimmers with garlands of brightly colored glass ornaments.
A large flocked tree glimmers with garlands of brightly colored glass ornaments.

“I have been working with Nina for more than four years,” Coffman notes, “and we just finished the complete remodel of the master bedroom. It really was a pleasure to work with Nina because she has a natural inclination toward design and attention to detail. She and I share a love of fabric, so when we were choosing textures for the custom bedding and headboard, we made sure the fabrics had a beautiful texture and aesthetic. It was amazing to see how perfectly Jacque Askren’s Christmas tree design works in the space.” Coffman also has worked with Askren and Nina in putting together vignettes throughout the home for other holidays, as well as everyday décor. Nina’s passion for creating lovely Christmas vignettes began with a prize she won at a Ballet Tucson fundraiser — a fully decorated tree donated by Askren & Sons, Inc. Nina met floral designer Jacque Askren when Jacque delivered the tree, and a friendship grew out of their shared appreciation for the traditions of the season. Every December, with Jacque’s help, the Richardsons’ home is filled with amazing theme trees and all types of décor — from the front entry to the back patio. Nina begins the process of creating her holiday scenes in November. For eight days, she unpacks the carefully categorized and labeled bins and starts her “labor of love.” This process is conveniently coordinated with her husband’s annual hunting trip to Vermont. When Jacque arrives, the duo gets to work adding or subtracting from last year’s collections. After a year in storage, some items need a bit of TLC. Nina’s favorite is a flocked tree she calls the “bubble gum tree” — a 10-footer that glistens with long garlands of glass balls. Jacque explains that when decorating voluminous trees, the use of large ornaments creates depth. “Sometimes when designing a new tree, a particularly beautiful ribbon will catch my eye and dictate a new theme.” On a tall tree, wide ribbons, tucked in and out of the branches, add movement around or down, and clusters of large bows, flowers or ornaments create pockets of interest.

The master bedroom suite shines with subtle tones of gold and taupe.
The master bedroom suite shines with subtle tones of gold and taupe.

In the master bedroom resides what Nina calls her “‘bling’ tree — lots of gold, shimmering ornaments of crowns and stars,” she says with a laugh.

The formal living room echoes the blue tone of the dining room, situated across the entry hall.
The formal living room echoes the blue tone of the dining room, situated across the entry hall.

The latest additions include nine-foot garlands, sporting oversized ornaments, to surround the large front doors. The entry hall chandelier is embellished with strands of LED lights, which hover over a large table display. Decorating is truly a family affair. The Richardsons’ two young daughters, Darya and Natalie, also get into the act by choosing their favorite color theme to coordinate with their bedrooms. Even Nina’s mother Mimi joins the fun. On the last tree, she sewed wide ribbons together to create a custom tree skirt. In the master bedroom resides what Nina calls her “‘bling’ tree — lots of gold, shimmering ornaments of crowns and stars,” she says with a laugh. The media room decorations are the most traditional, in reds and greens, complete with a life-sized figure of Santa. Here, whimsical figures seem to climb among the tree’s branches, with dozens of ornaments fashioned by Darya and Natalie. Giant red and white candies are placed among the chartreuse ribbons. The candy theme is repeated in the kitchen, with gingerbread house-style displays on both the center island and soffits. The collection started with just one house, and years later it has become a village. By the middle of December, each room gets a final nod of approval from Nina and Jacque for the Richardsons’ annual holiday event. “Let the party begin!” HG

Sources:
Askren & Sons Inc., askrenandsons.com
Fine Art Interiors, (520) 975-2947, www.fineartinteriors.com

Get In On the Outs!

Debby Larsen
Debby Larsen on a recent garden photo shoot.
Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

Dive into spring, with an issue filled with reasons why we love being outdoors in Tucson! Our cover story is an award-winning pool and patio remodel by Elizabeth Pryzgoda-Montgomery. The new light and bright look pleased not only the homeowners, but contest judges as well. See the results, starting on page 18. Another contest winner involved a complete pool and patio renovation by landscape designer Allen Denomy. His task was to create elements to block an unwanted view, along with making the outdoor living areas more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Turn to page 30 for the reveal. Two local firms, Pro Remodeling, and Pools By Design, collaborated on a project to replace a worn-out pool with a new one and build a cozy, wellappointed pool house. This picture-perfect makeover was a win-win for all. Check it out for yourself, beginning on page 24. Elsewhere in this issue, visit the kitchen of Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic, who shares a favorite recipe for mini chicken pot pies on page 14. One afternoon, we visited Yume Gardens to photograph the result of a Japanese floral arranging class led by guest Ikebbana specialist Ping Wei. Marvel at a few of the participants’ designs on page 34. We have more beautiful flowers for you on page 32 — orchids — which may not be as hard to grow as you think! Debby Larsen on a recent garden photo shoot.

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