A Traditional Scottsdale Spanish Colonial with Stone Towers


Traditional Neutral Poolside Area with Terra-Cotta Tiles

Intimate seating is offered poolside courtesy of a furniture grouping from Restoration Hardware with custom upholstery that sits atop terra-cotta tiles by Walker Zanger. A dining area and outdoor kitchen are seen beyond. Architect Dale Gardon designed the unusual shape of the pool, fabricated by Phoenician Pool Construction.

Traditional Neutral Rear Exterior with Brick-Accented Tower

A brick-accented tower provides both dimension and intrigue. Landscape designer Jeff Berghoff carefully incorporated a mix of path lights, spotlights and accent lighting for the outdoors. Pine-framed windows and doors offer a sharp contrast to the home’s soft-toned stucco exterior.

Traditional Neutral Bathroom with Sandy-Toned Mosaic

Sandy-toned mosaic tiling from Facings of America dresses the master bathroom’s tub, which sits between custom- finished alder wood vanities. Muted hues continue in the room’s Sahara Beige marble countertops from Arizona Tile, Lee Jofa drapery fabric and honed travertine flooring.

Neutral Bedroom Vignette with Antique-Style Dressing Table

An Amy Howard dressing table is paired with hand-cut glasswork from Mirror Image in Los Angeles.

Traditional Neutral Bedroom with Window Seat

Tranquillity is key in the master bedroom, where a Ralph Lauren Heiress bed is flanked by Niermann Weeks side tables. Antique European white oak slabs from Premiere Wood Floors ground the space.

Traditional Neutral Dining Room with Carved Wood Sideboard

A Formations sideboard echoes the architectural detail of an alcove in the dining room, where custom sconces from Hinkley Lighting play off the chandelier by the same company. Ralph Lauren dining chairs covered in Moore & Giles and Ralph Lauren fabrics are matched with a Dennis & Leen table.

Traditional Neutral Kitchen with Sage Cabinetry

Lightly distressed sage cabinetry joins a Lorts trestle table from Alexander Sinclair and Hickory Chair seating with nailhead trim to offer a country manor feel to the kitchen and breakfast area.

Traditional Neutral Kitchen with Black Granite Island

Black Cherry granite from Cactus Stone & Tile tops the counter of the kitchen island.

Traditional Neutral Living Room with Limestone Fireplace

In the living room, facing Dennis & Leen sofas, purchased at Dean-Warren and covered in Calvin Fabrics linen, are paired with two Century Furniture chairs set before a Lecce limestone fireplace. A Paul Ferrante chandelier from John Brooks adds to the room’s sophisticated tone.

Traditional Cream Living Room with Vibrant Rug

Designers Rebecca Salcito and Renee O’Donnell commissioned a rug and drapery panels from Kravet that splash the family room with color. A custom sectional and a Nancy Corzine chair and ottoman from JW Harris provide plenty of comfortable seating. The Sorrento chandelier is from Formations.

Spanish Colonial Cream Rear Elevation with Stucco Exterior

A predominantly stucco structurer, the house is graced with many well-thought-out features. Carved stone elements add variety to the dominant one-story structure. The house envelops the pool area and backyard on three sides, creating privacy and intimacy, yet it is open at one end to capture the beautiful vistas.

Looking for a space that would be elegant enough to accommodate large family gatherings yet still possess the relaxed feel they desired for daily living, a couple with three young children commissioned builder Anthony J. Salcito Jr. to bring their dream house to life in Scottsdale’s exclusive Silverleaf community. “It’s like our own little world out here,” says the husband of the resulting home—a Spanish Colonial gem with striking views of the nearby McDowell Mountains.

Along with a highly skilled team of players—including architect Dale Gardon and designers Rebecca Salcito and Renee O’Donnell—Anthony fashioned a sophisticated retreat that complements the natural beauty of the home’s surrounding area. “Dale and I have worked together for almost 20 years,” Anthony says, “and as an architect that was involved in the master planning of the home’s community, he was the logical fit for this particular project.”

A predominantly stucco structure with nearly every inch of the interiors covered in Venetian plaster, the house is graced with many well-thought-out features. “We used carved stone elements for the front porch and door surround and incorporated two distinct brick and stone towers that add variety to an otherwise dominant one-story profile,” Gardon says. Inside, Anthony added intrigue with his specialty millwork and trim details, incorporating an inset paneled ceiling and crown molding in the living room and solid Douglas fir beams to accent the vaulted 14-foot-high ceiling in the dining room. “The three-step painted-wash treatment in the living room is a special one that we had to hire a finisher to do,” Anthony says, “however, all the alder woodwork and massive beams we did in-house.”

On the furnishings side, Rebecca and O’Donnell executed the owners’ wishes for a comfortable yet sophisticated home. “The clients stressed that they wanted a house that was both beautiful and livable,” O’Donnell explains. So, the designers went with a muted palette of cream, tan and beige in a mix of linens and silks and brought in furnishings and lighting that recall classic French lines. “We were looking for pieces that had a very casual elegance to them,” Rebecca says. “We also strived to keep the materials very consistent throughout.” Playful accents and patterns are introduced in the family room’s rug and draperies, as well as in muted sage cabinetry in the kitchen and a burst of color in the children’s wing. The master bedroom offers a slightly more opulent feel with silver-leaf side tables, a crystal-beaded chandelier and sumptuous fabrics.

Throughout the home, the eye is drawn to the rear exterior. Here, the house envelops the pool area and backyard on three sides, creating privacy and intimacy, yet it is open at one end to capture the beautiful vistas.

“We paid special attention to ensure that the interior and exterior really flow,” Rebecca says. “No matter where you are in the home, you see courtyards, water features and even the outdoor fireplace.” The kitchen and family room extend onto a covered outdoor seating space and dining area, where terra-cotta floor tiles and architectural details such as carved stone columns and arched openings create a warm and gracious atmosphere. To accent the exterior spaces, landscape designer Jeff Berghoff, along with project manager Jeremy McVicars, incorporated a harmonizing blend of lush desert and horticultural plantings. “The goal was to create a landscape that would complement the surrounding native desert,” he says.

“The whole idea of this house was that we could entertain and that the kids could enjoy themselves,” the husband says. Through careful planning, thoughtful choices and a strong design team, this was a concept that was certainly achieved in a beautiful way.

—Vanessa Kogevinas