A Refined 1970s Ranch With Traditional Charm


In-Ground Pool with Minimal Landscaping

Set in an expanse of lawn that provides a natural connection to the home’s golf course location, the backyard pool was refashioned with glass tiles. Erickson kept the landscaping simple so as to not detract from the view.

Mediterranean Outdoor Seating Area

A seating area featuring woven resin lounge chairs with green cushions fronts an outdoor fireplace framed in tiles. An oversize wrought-iron grill fabricated by Bill Smith’s Custom Ironworks accents the wall above the hearth.

Mediterranean Outdoor Dining Area

Just off the kitchen, an outdoor dining area holds a wood farm table, purchased at Antique Gatherings, and a set of French bistro chairs from the Paris Flea Market. Clay pots from On the Veranda decorate the table.

Traditional Wood Paneled Library

An A. Rudin sofa and chair, purchased through Dean-Warren, form a cozy vignette for reading in the library, lit from above an antique wall sconce and an Allan Knight bronze floor lamp with a champagne shade. A Saxony antelope rug grounds the space.

Traditional White Kitchen with Red Antique Stove

A cherry red French Morice stove purchased at Arizona Wholesale brings a spot of color to the all-white kitchen, creating a distinct centerpiece of the space. The hue is picked up in the decorative tile backsplash on the wall behind it.

Traditional White Kitchen with English Manor-Style Cabinetry

The kitchen’s English manor-style cabinetry from Clive Christian, matched with veined granite countertops from Saban Tile Marble and Granite, gets an updated look with a subway tile backsplash from Waterworks; a rolling ladder provides access to the vitrine.

Traditional Dining Room With Antique Table

An antique brass chandelier sets the tone in the dining room, where Chippendale chairs collected by the homeowners through their travels line an antique mahogany table purchased at a Sotheby’s auction. Stark’s diamond-patterned sisal rug adds texture.

Gold Traditional Living Room

A combination of acquired and existing pieces, such as the new chinoiserie cocktail table from Formations paired with English landscape paintings bought at auction, are set against a butter yellow striped wall covering from Thibaut.

Gold Traditional Living Room

The owner's appreciation of antiques was the inspiration for their elegant living room.

Stucco Spanish-Style Front Exterior

Carol Puck Erickson designed the landscape to create a welcoming entry that unfolds gradually upon approach from the flagstone drive. A combination of new and existing plantings complement the home’s surrounding neighborhood.

For designer Christopher K. Coffin, creating new interiors for a refined 1970s Paradise Valley home was a matter of slow and steady wins the race. “The house hadn’t been upgraded much since it was built,” he explains about the five-year process that culminated in a room-by-room improvement of the entire home. “But little by little, we’ve been constantly reviving each space.”

Situated along a prime golf course location, the home is laid out on a single level with a three-car garage and a separate guesthouse. “It’s Spanish, yet with a Continental flair,” Coffin notes about the exterior architecture, which features red tile roofs, smooth stucco walls and an arcade-style courtyard entry. “Except for new coping and the added guesthouse, most of the exterior structure has remained the same.”

What did change was the approach to the home. “We wanted to calm down the entrance and help it fit into the fabric of the community,” says Carol Puck Erickson, who, along with the aid of project manager Kimberly Arevalo and Curt Davidson, took charge of the landscape. Erickson enhanced the greenery and hardscape, adding agaves and rain lilies to existing olive trees and rare cork oaks and creating planters to better scale down the lawn. The drive was redone with flagstone pavers, and a fountain was added to the courtyard for its soothing effect.

On the other side of the hand-carved maple entry door, the home takes on another look entirely. “It’s not a typical Arizona house from a furnishings standpoint,” Coffin says. “The owners are originally from the East Coast and have another home there, and their tastes reflect that. They also have an eye for American antiques, and we wanted to utilize that as well.”

Evident throughout the home are significant 17th- and 18th-century pieces. While some already belonged to the owners, many were purchased from auction houses and antiques shows back east. Original white oak floors, sanded and refinished, are laid with antique Oriental and sisal rugs, while period artwork adorns walls enhanced with textured wallcoverings. “Wallpaper is making a comeback,” Coffin says. “But if you’re going to use it, you need to have something going on, be it a stripe or small scene, to create interest.”

For the living room, Coffin offset a striped yellow-and-gold wallcovering with gold silk draperies that frame verdant views. He then upholstered antique club chairs and a sofa with yellow silk damask and paired them with wood-frame chairs and side tables. The owners’ collection of antique cranberry glass adds a touch of accent color to the room.

In turn, the kitchen, with its custom millwork and formal white granite tops, was influenced by the sophisticated designs of Clive Christian in London. “The owners love to cook and entertain, so the kitchen has ample work and storage space,” says Coffin, who designed a vitrine across the top that runs the circumference of the room.

Entertaining extends into the formal dining room, where Coffin placed an antique English mahogany table, a double set of Chippendale chairs and a chinoiserie breakfront filled with the owners’ Chinese porcelain dinnerware. An antique brass chandelier and a diamond-patterned sisal rug complete the de´cor. Heirloom pieces continue in the library, where fashion takes center stage with a vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase that serves as a cocktail table and throws from Herme`s and Carolina Herrera that dot the furnishings.

Back outside, a variety of seating areas and a serene glass-tiled pool can be seen in the backyard—all of which shows evidence of Erickson’s handiwork. “The garden was super-large,” she says. “We pulled out the loges so that it became more in scale with the house and kept the landscaping simple so that it flowed with the golf course.”

From start to (not quite) finish, the project reflects the ongoing relationship between Coffin and his clients—a relationship that continues as plans to redesign both of the daughters’ rooms are under way now that they have left for college. “We’re so simpatico, we’re almost like family,” he says, “which has made it a whole lot easier to design their personal space.”