Finding Common Ground In A Hillside Arizona Home

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modern living room fireplace artwork...

On a mountainside in Paradise Valley, interior designer Anita Lang collaborated with architect John E. Sather to create a contemporary home defined by natural materials. In the living area, Lang paired Thayer Coggin lounge chairs in a Zinc Textile fabric with a Cierre sofa and a Kravet rug. The hearth's stone is from Cactus Stone & Tile; the painting is by Robin Branham.

modern living area walnut cabinetry...

The living area adjoins the dining area and kitchen, which was divided into a front cooking space and an island with a back kitchen that hides countertop appliances. Linear Fine Woodworking built the walnut cabinetry, while the ceiling's mahogany wood was sourced through Buffalo Lumber. A painting by Louisa McElwain centers the space, where dog Jake enjoys the view.

modern dining area custom wood...

The dining area's custom table from Design 528, Lang's luxury furniture firm, is paired with Bright chairs upholstered in a Castel fabric and a Theo leather. Throughout the home are windows from Western Window Systems.

A lower-level wine room with...

A lower-level wine room with corking and tasting areas was a specific request from the homeowners. Lang used white tile from Craftsman Court Ceramics to define the space and placed a mixed-media work by Carlos Page above a found wood table.

modern brown and white kitchen...

With help from Sather and builder Tom Fisher, Lang lifted the kitchen's millwork, stone walls and gray porcelain floors with white accents like Caesarstone countertops, integrated appliances and barstools by Euro Style. The wife, who enjoys cooking, selected a Dacor range.

modern living area textured pillows

Lang added visual interest to the living area with textured pillows by Jaipur Living.

modern carved-wood side table living...

Carved-wood side tables are featured in the living room.

modern living room decorative metal...

Decorative metal accents can be found in the living room.

modern kitchen cabinetry figural hardware

Figural Jaye Design hardware injects a sense of playfulness in the kitchen.

modern brown bathroom walnut counter...

The powder room features a textured Elitis wallcovering, which Lang sourced through Diversified Wallcovering. The copper-and-live-edge walnut counter, built by Ramsey Brothers, is her own design.<

modern neutral bedroom fireplace gray...

A neutral Phillip Jeffries wallcovering in the master bedroom creates a backdrop for works by Stephen Pentak--over a custom bed by Linear Fine Woodworking--and Nancy Pendleton. The headboard is upholstered in a Holly Hunt leather, the comforter is from Designers Workroom, and the accent pillow features a Kravet print. A Sonneman reading light is perched near nightstand vases from John Brooks Incorporated, while a Loloi rug grounds the space.

modern exterior

Sather chose powder-coated steel and silver travertine for the façade of the house, which he skillfully fitted into the rocky mountainside. Landscape designer Wendell Pickett of Greey Pickett used desert plantings, he says, to create "an elegant but native and natural aesthetic."

They wanted a piece of architecture that used the mountain in unconventional ways,” says architect John Sather of a Paradise Valley home he created with interior designer Anita Lang.

The homeowners, a couple with grown children, were eager to downsize and start fresh with a new multi-level design that hugged their Arizona mountain site. “This is a client we had done a lot of community development work for, and they thought it was about time to develop a ‘community’ for themselves.”

To that end, the couple asked for a home that was small but smart, and that made full use of not only the views but of tucked-away spaces like a protected courtyard and a downstairs wine cellar. They also wanted the structure to blend unobtrusively into the mountain. “One of the biggest early elements was finding indoor-outdoor stone that would relate to the mountain,” says Lang.

The resulting design melds the homeowners’ different tastes (he likes modern, she likes cozy) into a comfortable aesthetic that celebrates the best of their union. “You can create a beautiful design, but if the clients don’t enjoy it, you’ve missed the point,” says Lang. “I’m happy when the clients are happy.”

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