A personality-packed family set the tone for this statement-making remodel by Britany Simon Design House.
Bold patterns and textures define the great room, where Simon chose graphic dining chairs and turquoise ottomans from CR Laine. The oversize floor lamp is from Visual Comfort, and the custom mauve sofa was designed by Britany Simon Design House and upholstered in S. Harris velvet. Photographed by Laura Moss
A peekaboo moment into the primary bath features a custom curved chaise by Simon, a table by Lillian August and a bubble fixture from Visual Comfort. Photographed by Laura Moss
Every one of Britany Simon’s clients are special to her, but the Bunger family holds a special place in her heart. “I have a rental property in Tempe near ASU, and all of the homeowners’ kids ended up living there over the course of four or so years. I got to know Steve [Bunger] throughout this time,” she says. “Years later, I was asked to speak at a classes at the American Institute of Interior Design in Fountain Hills, where it just so happens Cassidy, the clients’ daughter, had enrolled to pursue a career in interior design after her time at ASU.” Long story short, Cassidy ended up interning with Simon, and now is on her team officially as a full-time design assistant and project manager.
Simon added an edgy touch to the domed ceilings throughout the home, working with a local mural artist to create a one-of-a-kind graphic element to this vestibule. The pedestal and sculpture are by Global Views. Photographed by Laura Moss
While interning, Cassidy showed Simon photos of her parents’ home in Chandler, a dated, Tuscan-style space that was in desperate need of an update. What started as a small project—a bedroom makeover—quickly turned into a full home remodel. “The issue was that this home was so specifically Tuscan, and the homeowners wanted a totally new feel and contemporary flavor,” says Simon. “By us only touching and updating one space, the home would then become very visually disjointed.”
A decadent lounge area in the primary bathroom is accented by an art piece from These Fine Walls. Photographed by Laura Moss
The Bungers craved a brighter, more contemporary home in line with their unique personalities. “They wanted contemporary and intentional but to include a bit of maximalism within the overall design, meaning more is more,” Simon adds. “More pattern layering, strong color choices, unique art and wall details, and an overall sense of playfulness with bold gestures... so every room has a mix of colors, wallpapers, prints, trimwork and a different color scheme from the next.”
A two-tiered quartz table by Britany Simon Design House pairs nicely with a bold mauve velvet custom sectional. Wallpaper by Thibaut adds subtle texture to the walls and accents the oversize art piece by Zoe Bios Creative. The perforated metal side table from Noir adds some edge to the room. Photographed by Laura Moss
To start, Simon and her team “de-Tuscaned” all spaces. “We knew we had to remove the decorative columns... primarily in the dining and the living room and throughout the main hallways, and the tiered drywall accents on all doorway transitions and built-ins,” she says. “We wanted to focus on using finishes and architectural elements that were classic and timeless for the remodel to not allude to any specific time frame or trend. We amped up the current architectural elements with trimwork, like adding crown molding to some of the existing ceiling details and adding some unexpected elements, like ceiling murals in the great room and vestibule to the primary bedroom, as well as the graphic wall mural in the dining room.”
The kitchen features all-new cabinetry by Rysso Peters and counter stools by Global Views upholstered in a lavender vinyl from JF Fabrics. Photographed by Laura Moss
For furnishings, Simon set the overall tone with mainly custom-designed larger pieces (sofas, beds and more) in bold colors, such as the mauve sectional in the great room. “[It] was the jumping-off point for the space, allowing us to play with complementary colors of teal and deep purple used in the other textiles within the room,” she says. “We updated the fireplace mantel with a black Nero Marquina marble and designed a more modern built-in in a walnut color to ground the colors of the space. We wanted to amp up the domed ceiling by designing a custom mural that was hand-painted within the dome itself to create a bit of drama and add a conversation starter to the room.”
For this show house-style dining room, Simon designed a bold custom wall mural fabricated by a local artist. Canary yellow chairs by Sonder Living and ceiling fixture by Arteriors finish things off. Photographed by Laura Moss
While the primary bedroom is more toned down compared to some other rooms in the home—Simon wanted to keep it light and bright but still unique—it still stands out as a highlight. Simon created custom pieces throughout the room, including a wingback bed, a tufted ottoman, a curved sofa and more, all backed by Th ibaut’s Treviso Marble wallpaper and accented by Visual Comfort lighting and artwork from Zoe Bios Creative.
The primary bedroom features a custom wingback bed and tufted ottoman by the designer, nightstands from Bernhardt and lighting from Visual Comfort. The statement art is from Zoe Bios Creative. Photographed by Laura Moss
Just off the primary bedroom is what may be the home’s most unique space of all—the primary bathroom. “The primary bath is where we really had the most fun,” Simon explains. “Typically clients want to keep the bathroom neutral and spa-like, and these clients wanted quite the opposite. They wanted this to feel more like a bathroom you would find in a high-end hotel in Vegas, something completely unique and over the top,” she adds. “We started with the bold floor pattern [by TileBar], which set the tone within that space, and found the most fabulous quartzite for the countertops and to frame out the vanity mirrors to the ceiling.” Another unique feature is the lounge area within the primary bathroom, decked out with a custom settee upholstered in Élitis fabric and a white leather ottoman by CR Laine. “Every primary bath should have its own lounge area,” Simon says.
In the dining room, a custom tiered console in lacquered gray sets the stage for accent lamps by Visual Comfort and an antique mirror from Mirror Home. Photographed by Laura Moss
Other incredible spaces throughout the home include the kitchen, where Simon integrated a custom 3D diamond shape on the upper cabinets, and the hallways, many of which are accented with custom murals designed by Simon and executed by a local artist. But there are too many highlights to list, not surprising as Simon counts this project as a career favorite. “It isn’t often that clients ask us for more wow and more boldness,” she says. “We are often the ones pushing that, and this was quite the opposite.”
Simon’s clients wanted an over-the-top bathroom, something she accomplished with bold marble flooring from TileBar, floor-to-ceiling drapery from Romo Group, mixed metal accents and plumbing fixtures by Kohler, and a chain chandelier from Arteriors. Photographed by Laura Moss
As for the clients, they couldn’t be more pleased. “They were overjoyed with how everything turned out,” Simon shares. “They said it feels like a complete expression of their personalities and their lifestyle.”
INTERIOR DESIGN, CUSTOM FURNITURE & MURAL DESIGN THROUGHOUT
Britany Simon, Britany Simon Design House
Dining nook chairs, living room and primary bathroom ottomans
Kitchen counter stools, hallway pedestal and sculpture
OLD TOWN FLOORING & DESIGN CENTER
French oak flooring—from the Mediterranean Collection in Sebastian—throughout
Custom cabinetry throughout
Dining room chairs
TAYLOR VICTORIA ART
Mural fabrication throughout
Living room and primary bedroom wallpaper
Bar area and primary bathroom floor tile
ZOE BIOS CREATIVE