Classic Colors And Fresh Style Merge In The Arizona Desert


A vignette in the dining...

A blue-and-white palette and eclectic accessories, such as Chinoiserie-style porcelain, elevate the dining room of this Phoenix modern farmhouse with interiors by Britany Simon.

Safavieh dining chairs surround the client's own dining table. Art from Minted hangs on the walls.

The living room is a...

Simon anchored the living room with an heirloom coffee table and a rug from Surya. Barrel chairs by Bernhardt and custom pieces by Simon provide plenty of conversational seating. Pillows covered in Schumacher and Fabricut fabrics introduce the homeowner’s favorite accent color: yellow.

The white kitchen has white...

The homeowners wanted to add character to the builder-grade kitchen, so Simon incorporated sculptural wooden stools from Arteriors and open shelves from Rejuvenation for warmth and texture. The trio of pendant lights above the island is from Visual Comfort & Co.

Leafy floral vines on Schumacher’s Hollyhock wallpaper envelop the dining room, where a brass pendant from Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort & Co. hangs over the table. A shagreen sideboard by Bernhardt provides a contemporary counterpoint.

The office has blue pattern...

In the husband’s office, cobalt blue diamond-patterned wallpaper by Thibaut sets the scene for a modern desk and streamlined armchairs by Four Hands. The chandelier from Visual Comfort nods to midcentury style, as does the vintage typewriter art on the wall.

The bedroom has a blue...

Simon designed the main bedroom’s tufted headboard, upholstered in blue velvet from Fabricut, as well as the campaign nightstands, which are painted Sherwin Williams’ Software. Reading sconces from Rejuvenation complement the Pindler & Pindler print used for the Roman shades and drapery.

In the kids' play room...

Cole & Son’s Woods & Stars wallpaper sets a dreamy backdrop, creating an environment ripe for imaginative play. A midcentury-style sideboard becomes a fun spot for board games and music-making in the kids’ playroom. Above it, a map of the world encourages curiosity.

The playroom has a tent,...

Simon designed the playroom’s custom blackboard, framing it to resemble a house amongst the trees. The daybed and teepee are from Crate & Kids. A table holds drawing materials and art supplies while Surya poufs offer little ones a cozy place to sit.

Delft tiles, Chinese porcelain, Wedgewood pottery—blue-and-white has been a classic design duo since the dawn of decor. For designer Britany Simon, the time-tested combo, accented with punches of sunny yellow, presented a solution to a problem: How to bring energy and character to the fairly nondescript interior of a newly constructed spec house.

Situated in the historic Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia, the modern farmhouse-style residence started out as a custom build; however, the owner backed out of the deal midway through construction. When Lizy and Skyler Irvine saw the house, they liked that it was move-in ready, but they weren’t quite sold on some of the design choices. The place was blessed by the real estate gods in that it had great bones and good flow, but the stock fixtures and builder-grade finishes lacked a distinctive point of view. And while the Irvines loved the home’s overall style, it skewed just a hair too modern for their tastes and didn’t feel reflective of the couple and their three young children. “We wanted to make it our own,” says Lizy. “The house didn’t need to be renovated. It just needed to be decorated.”

Simon, who had already completed two previous projects with the Irvines, was their first call. “They wanted me to amp things up style-wise and make it more fun and personalized,” she says. At the top of the agenda: giving the kitchen a more custom look. To warm up the space and provide both storage and visual interest, she installed wood-and-brass open shelving over the gray-veined subway tile. She also changed the hardware on the cabinets and swapped out the lights for a trio of vintage-inspired milk glass-and-brass pendants, the scale of which was better in tune with the island.

The kitchen flows into the adjacent living area, where French doors flood the room in natural light and crisp shiplap paneling on the fireplace underscores the home’s farmhouse vibe. “They wanted the space to feel sophisticated, but also young,” says Simon. Family-friendly furnishings take their place around the centerpiece of the room—a one-of-a-kind marble top coffee table that was handmade by Lizy’s grandfather. “It’s an heirloom that’s stayed in her family for years and has moved with them from house to house,” says the designer. “We incorporated some antique pieces with more modern and transitional ones because they wanted things that would wear well and stand the test of time.” She relied on Lizy’s favorite palette of blue, white and yellow “to pump up the playfulness through color and pattern.” A mix of geometric, floral and menswear-inspired fabrics artfully blends masculine and feminine elements.

That same dichotomy plays out in the dining room and office, which are exercises in yin and yang sensibilities. For the dining room, Simon leaned into a modern femme aesthetic with Schumacher’s classic Hollyhock floral wallpaper, but balanced the femininity with a rustic wood dining set and an industrial brass chandelier. In the husband’s office, she strikes a clubbier vibe. Bolder blues and midcentury furnishings lend a masculine feel, while a cheeky art gallery wall brings lightness and humor to the space. “We wanted the grouping of art to be quirky and unexpected,” says Simon.

Such merrymaking design choices extend to the children’s rooms, too. “We really wanted to find a grand-scale floral wallpaper for the girls, but we couldn’t find one that was quite right,” says Simon. Enter local artist Dana Maciag, who created hand-painted custom murals for the kids’ sleeping quarters. In the girls’ room, a riot of oversize blooms in a rainbow of hues creates a playfully off-kilter canvas for a bohemian blend of prints and accessories, including a rattan corner swing. For the son’s nursery, the artist painted a charming, aviation-themed mural, which guided the decor of the whole room. And in the kids’ playroom, Simon brings the spirit of the outdoors in through a forest-inspired wallpaper, a buffalo-check teepee and a whimsical tree-shaped bookshelf.

Safe, creative space to unwind isn’t limited to the kids’ rooms. Simon’s goal was to make the entire house a joyful refuge from the outside world. “Both of the parents work stressful jobs; they want to come home to a place that’s bright and happy and makes them feel good,” she says. Looks like she succeeded. Says Lizy, “All I know is I walk in the front door and I feel immediately energized and at home.”