European-Style Design Gets Casual in Phoenix


Casual Elegance in Phoenix, Arizona

A philanthropic couple seek a fresh setting in Paradise Valley for their significant collections of art and antiques.

High Ceiling Entryway with Arched Glass Door and Mirror

Designers Anne Gale, Patty Burdick and Jennifer Campos created a sophisticated entry hall for the Paradise Valley home of philanthropists Pat and Earl Petznick. The contemporary glazed front door and windows by Hope’s Windows set off the antique chandelier by Paul Ferrante and pair of silver-leaf consoles by Rose Tarlow Melrose House.

Checker Tile Exterior Floor with Statue and Mini Fountain

Fondly known as Ebby, a statue from the Petznicks’ previous estate is now part of the fountain at their new home. Landscape architect Greg Trutza contrasted the required desert plantings on the property’s edge with roses, manicured shrubs and a checkerboard terrace inside the garden walls.

Family Crest Living Room with Crown Moulding, Artwork, and Antiques

The Petznick family crest tops the living room window surround carved by Scottie Reid’s Southwest Designs. The designers re-covered existing furnishings in camel-colored wool felt by Rose Tarlow Melrose House. Pat’s assortment of chinoiserie boxes rests on a Charles Pollock coffee table.

Traditional Wooden Library with Stone Fireplace and Artwork above the Mantle

Builder Rod Cullum oversaw the fabrication and installation of the hand-carved limestone fireplace Campos designed for the living room. The tall candlesticks are French antiques, and the antique Turkish Oushak rug is from David E. Adler Inc. Fine Rugs; the owners purchased the early-20th-century painting at auction.

Red Library Full of Books and Antiques

The designers chose a single shade of red as an accent throughout the house, which is dressed predominantly in neutrals. Lorna Blend of Rysso-Peters Handcrafted Cabinetry fabricated the built-in shelving and storage. The library shelves feature Earl’s collection of antique ivory.

Catering Kitchen Buffet Butler's Pantry with Chevron Pattern Tile and Artwork

The butler’s pantry serves as a catering kitchen and buffet area when the family entertains. The floor tile and backsplash are by Tempest Tileworks from Craftsman Court Ceramics, the cabinetry was fabricated by Rysso-Peters Handcrafted Cabinetry, and the Aldo Bernardi lighting is from Design Alliance LA in Los Angeles.

Russian Artwork Elevated Eat In Kitchen Dining Area

A gilt-framed Russian painting presides over the kitchen to raise the level in what is otherwise a casual eating area; the owners’ collections of antique silver pitchers and domes complete the vignette. The counter stools are by Rose Tarlow Melrose House, and the pendant lights are by Aldo Bernardi.

Terra Cotta Fireplace Dining Room with Custom Chandelier

For the dining room, Burdick and Campos designed an elevated fireplace that was fabricated in a molded concrete resembling terra cotta. The custom chandelier displays the family crest.

Antique Mudroom with Warm Color Floral Wallpaper

The walls of the cloakroom and its adjacent powder room are upholstered in Groundworks fabric by Lee Jofa. A tufted bench by Michael Taylor Collections’ Panache Designs is covered in velvet by Kerry Joyce; the hooks and mirror are antique.

Washed Paneled Library with Leather Sofa and Antique Table

A leather Knoll sofa occupies a corner of the paneled library, which is lit with custom wall lights by Paul Ferrante. The silk drapery is Ralph Lauren, and the rug is from David E. Adler Fine Rugs.

Orange Upholstered Library Ceiling with Rug and Antiques

The library ceiling is upholstered in Romo fabric, which picks up the red trim that adorns the main-floor windows inside and outside. The custom desk is an antique reproduction, and the shelves display the owners’ leather-bound books and sterling-silver yachting cups.

Cream Master Bedroom Damask Fabric Flock Wallpaper with Custom Furniture and Fireplace

The master bedroom walls are swathed in sheer velvet-applique Highland Court damask by Duralee and accented by soothing wool drapery fabric by Holland & Sherry. The custom bed and dresser are hand-carved and painted in a 17th-century French style. The armchairs are by Rose Tarlow Melrose House, and the chandelier is by Paul Ferrante.

Custom Handcrafted Adobe Wall Art and Bench Exterior

Gale worked with local artist Jim Schroeder and Los Angeles-based Tile Guild to produce a mural depicting the Petznick ranch and vineyard in Page Springs. Campos designed the bench to look antique; it was fabricated by Handcrafted Tile.

Neutral Traditional European Style Outdoor Stone Bench

To create an inviting outdoor vignette, Campos designed a tall niche with a bench. A gilt-framed mirror hangs over the bench, which features a cushion upholstered in Perennials fabric and a pair of pillows made with faint Donghia stripes.

"Our family has always lived side by side,” says Pat Petznick, the Phoenix philanthropist who founded the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation with her sister, Beverly Stewart. When one family member moves, the others generally follow—which is what happened when Pat’s son, Earl Jr., purchased property in Paradise Valley and Beverly bought land two doors down. “There remained a lot between the two of them,” Pat says, “so what else could my husband and I do but buy the middle lot?” 

The home Pat and her husband, Earl, were leaving was a refined European-style estate near Phoenix. But for their move to the desert hills, “we thought we would enjoy toning down the formality of our lifestyle,” she says. To make that happen, the couple’s longtime designer, Anne Gale, along with fellow veterans Patty Burdick and Jennifer Campos, set about making the Petznicks’ fine furnishings, artwork and antiques settle into a more relaxed environment. 

To start, the team had to make decisions about interior architecture that would mesh with the development’s required stone-and-stucco exteriors. “My first focus was to create an interesting interior space that was all about shape and shadow, working with only whites and creams,” says Gale, who came out of retirement for her fourth project with the Petznicks. For project ideas, she turned to the fanciful organic lines of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. “His work inspired my design of the grand staircase and the vaulted ceiling of the central hallway—all soft, flowing curves in plaster,” she says. 

Architect Greg Schouten produced many sets of drawings to land on the final design for the sculptural statement-making staircase. “Anne described a family of details—things like scrollwork; elegant but bold,” he says. “I just tried to draw what she was describing.” Plaster artisan Dennis Hopper of Hopper Finishes oversaw bringing the design to life, in addition to plastering the distinctive beams that crown the double-height great room. The latter elements frame clerestory windows that form a “spine of light” down the long space, Gale describes. The room is bookended with huge windows and dramatic views toward the mountains on one side and the city on the other. 

Designing every room with a beautiful view was critical, Gale says—and Schouten, working with builder Rod Cullum, delivered. “A piece of glass specially made for the living room window measuring 110 inches by 110 inches was craned into place to provide maximum city light vistas,” Cullum says. The outdoors can be admired from the room’s inviting chairs and sofas, which Gale had reupholstered in caramel-colored wool for a smart and fashion-forward look. But given the owners’ significant collections of precious objects and artwork, Schouten was also mindful of the interior views. “We thought it was important to add some detail in the circulation spaces,” he says, citing the chairs and painting in the entryway as an example. “When you’re entering or leaving a room, your mind shifts, and you can enjoy those details more.” New wide-plank floors also set off the furniture pieces. “The gold-leaf furnishings look marvelous on them,” Gale says. 

In determining the home’s floor plan, the design team decided to leave a formal dining room out of the mix, just as the welcoming great room replaced a proper living room, Campos says. “As we worked on the plans, things started changing, getting less and less formal,” she says. “Here, the dining room is part of the kitchen.” However, elegant touches appear throughout: In the kitchen, for instance, the designers refinished a ship’s table from the couple’s former guesthouse and surrounded it with re ned seating. “The formal kitchen chairs look really good with the more casual table,” says Burdick, who worked with Campos to design the molded terra-cotta fireplace that anchors the space. 

Such juxtapositions also can be found in the terraces and gardens. Neighborhood regulations required landscape architect Greg Trutza to use desert plantings to surround the property. But within the sloped backyard, he built retaining walls and filled them with fertile soil to grow roses, shrubs and trees that wouldn’t otherwise survive the rocky terrain. He also designed a terraced fountain with a statue from the previous house and a checkerboard patio of turf and hand-chiseled pavers. “Before, the Petznicks wanted European style done to the nines,” Trutza says. “Here, it’s southern Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial with rustic stone veneers—but we wanted some elegance as well. It was a very delicate way to landscape.” 

That casual elegance begins at the home’s courtyard entrance, where an elaborate tile mural depicting scenes from the Petznicks’ Page Springs vineyard, D.A. Ranch, hangs above a stone bench; artist Jim Schroeder interpreted Gale’s ideas for the mural using an ancient Portuguese tilework technique. With this feature, the stunning stairway that greets visitors inside and the sophisticated interiors throughout, the Petznicks’ new home is a career highlight for their celebrated designer. “After 55 years,” Gale says, “I count this as one of my starring designs.” 

Jennifer Sergent