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Sublime Sanctuary

A home that was four-plus years in the making becomes the ultimate retreat for a husband and wife who love to entertain and lead an active lifestyle.

A seating area designed to bring the outdoors in

“To help balance the impressive Mediterranean architectural style of their home, my clients desired a warm and welcoming, eclectic, French-inspired atmosphere inside,” says Tony Sutton, principal and interior designer of Est Est in Scottsdale.

Featuring block, frame, brick stone and stucco construction, the two-story Scottsdale estate home has six large bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a partial basement. While large, it incorporates the best energy efficiencies currently available, including low-e dual-pane windows and solar metric sensitivities like extended overhangs.

The homeowners, a couple, began with a custom Italian-made Molteni range in the kitchen, and the architecture and interior design for their spectacular Scottsdale home followed in course.

“Because of the size of the house, an overall intimate feel was important to achieve in order to balance the character of the home,” says Sutton, whose firm recently received local ASID awards for work on it. Achieving this envisioned balance, the estate-size home affords the family intimacy and the flexibility to host special events.

Throughout the four years of design and construction, Sutton coordinated with several company associates, including Mara Green, Allied ASID, who completed the project; Scottsdale architects Terry Kilbane and Justin Kilbane; the builder, Linthicum; and his clients to ensure that the home would serve as a family retreat and celebrate the unique materials and finishes available worldwide.

Specialty rooms here are particularly unique: a generous home theater, pub/game room, a rustically finished indoor basketball court with rock climbing and a drop-down movie projector, and a virtual-reality interactive sporting room for golf and other sports.

The spa-like retreat for the fitness bath includes a steam shower, dry sauna and tanning bed, with intricate tile designs in a black, cream and gold palette complemented by soft upholstered walls, a marble and glass custom floor medallion, and, above, a rose-colored crystal chandelier.

The signature space for the husband is the two-story hunting trophy room. The space features a small refreshment area with barn wood; hand-forged lanterns; a fireplace; natural vignettes, including trees, rocks and water; and his adjacent study.

A favorite gathering spot is the upstairs game room. Inspired by an Alaskan lodge the family frequents, the space features a small kitchen with a corrugated metal roof, retro appliances, additional hand-forged lanterns, a rustic pool table, fireplace seating, multiple TVs and a game table. A sentimental element is the reclaimed barn wood from an old family barn used for the wall paneling. A commissioned painting of “Grandpa’s Barn” completes the domestic picture.

This home loves the outdoors too, including a full-size kitchen with a brick pizza oven that always delivers and a second gas barbecue, topped with a custom copper hood, for gatherings and groups. A Steve Oliver-designed resort pool spills into the adjacent spa, and another feature fills the front courtyard area with additional water music.

And, Sutton explains, “The outdoor furnishings, including the canopy-style chaise lounges, complement the European-inspired interior furnishings, while softening the hard stone surroundings of the patio.”

Because of the home’s scale, Sutton and his design team were able to incorporate custom designs, such as the one-off kitchen range. In the dining room, for example, a 14-foot table graciously accommodates guests, oversize hand-forged light fixtures in the family room have everyone looking up and a whimsical iron canopy bed is just right in one of the bedrooms.

Additional European details appear throughout, such as the antique stone flooring, fireplaces and stone sinks, creating cohesion with the overall architectural style in and out.

Still, the Old World inspiration is combined with contemporary insights. “The house exudes a more current interpretation of the eclectic influences of Western Europe and rural Mediterranean character, demonstrating current design trends, less heavy than the now-dated Tuscan look, with lighter colors and light-weight French-influenced light fixtures,” he says. “We were even able to add some unexpected solutions in the sensory experience, such as a touch of glam in the spa area.” 

Everywhere, the home welcomes superlatives, Sutton says. “It is one-of-a-kind, the definition of a dream home, with everything anyone could dream of.”