Dettaglio Interior Design rises to the occasion as a family of six enlisted its services for their dream home in Chandler’s Fulton Ranch community.
“Our clients wanted to build a new home large enough for their family of six and all of the activities that go into having four kids,” says interior designer Jeni Robison of Dettaglio Interior Design (dettagliodesign.com). “They wanted an organized kitchen equipped for big dinners, a basement with a bonus room for their kids to hang out and a man cave to escape some of the busyness that comes with having four kids. And, at the end of the day, they wanted a spa bathroom to wind down from the hustle and bustle.”
A custom three-story chandelier from Sun Lighting (sunlighting.com) lights the stairway.
“While our clients wanted their dream home, they were extremely busy and didn’t want to be consumed with the design process of the new home,” says Robison. “Our strategy was to always put ourselves in their shoes, asking ourselves constantly, ‘What would they like?’ and ‘How would they use this space?’ The clients created a team with builder Forte Homes (fortehomes.com), architect Glen Zilly of LifeForm Design and Robison so they could all communicate throughout the process in creating a turnkey design while staying in tune with their overall tastes and needs. “We met with our clients periodically to review the phases of construction, including cabinetry, tile, ceiling details, millwork, etc. Once we got the green light on all those decisions, we took it from there to finalize all interior furnishings and accessories that truly brought this whole home together,” she says. “This sounds like a perfect scenario, but the pressure was on to make the correct decisions based on what they would want.”
Goodall Custom Cabinetry & Millwork (goodallllc.com) cabinets are featured in the kitchen with accessories in most doors and drawers.
The house layout and style was all inspired by their previous home. “They both really liked everything about the aesthetic and function, yet they needed more space and a few other special rooms,” says Robison. “We took their thoughts and enhanced the design with a more updated aesthetic; higher-functioning custom spaces; and special rooms such as the exercise room, kids’ bonus area and man cave. They didn’t know how much they were lacking in their previous home until we tempted them with many other options and upgrades. “We elevated the home’s character with elaborate tile, custom lighting, elegant fireplaces, elaborate millwork and brighter walls with pops of color and interest in the art and furnishings.”
In the primary bedroom, the accent wall makes a statement with wallpaper from Schumacher (fschumacher.com).
“We knew what was important to our clients, so we paid extra attention to detail in those areas,” says Robison. “For example, the upstairs man cave was a space that was to emulate a dark vintage speakeasy. We accomplished this with brass accents in the lighting, floor border inlay and a custom brass countertop. We finished it with a careful curation of fabrics and finishes in the furnishings. It is an awesome retreat. For the wife, the kitchen was most important, so we identified a use for each door and drawer and added accessories to keep the kitchen organized and efficient. Their primary bathroom was very important to both. We made sure the perfect, comfortable tub was placed in front of the large, picturesque window for the wife. The bathroom had a fireplace, sauna and shower equipped with steam, six rain heads, body jets and handhelds. This one was quickly coined the human car wash.”
The photos above the shuffleboard in the man cave are images of people whom the husband admires the most, with commissioned art by Phoenix Art Group from local artists.
“Our clients deemed this their final home because it has everything they want,” says Robison. “All six of them are using the spaces and fully enjoying the outcome.” This alone is all the reward needed, but the highly prioritized man cave winning first place for Special Function Space in this year’s ASID, Arizona North, Design Excellence Awards is also cherished.
Photography by: BY MICHAEL DUERINCKX