With its cinematic desert landscape and majestic mountains, Arizona’s natural beauty has served as inspiration for countless creatives—notably designers and architects. This holds true for renowned Scottsdale-based interior designer Claire Ownby—design principal and owner of Ownby Design—who recently completed the interiors of a contemporary modern home in Paradise Valley. The project—a collaboration between Ownby Design, Drewett Works and BedBrock Developers—has already been recognized with multiple awards.
The home’s pool and patio area features streamlined furniture from Gloster’s Grid collection and an outdoor kitchen outfitted with Wolf appliances. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
The team kept function top of mind for this minimalist kitchen, which features cabinets from Distinctive Custom Cabinetry, appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf, and Duchateau Riverstone flooring. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
The refrigerated wine room displays the homeowners’ bottles as works of art, and includes an area for food prep and storage. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
“This elegant home is surrounded by cascading views of Camelback Mountain,” says Ownby of the 6,209-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence. “The clients wanted a space that was luxurious to match the stunning views with lots of indoor-outdoor living opportunities.” They also desired spaces that felt unique to match the architecture—areas that would catch guests’ eyes as they entered. “It’s a modern throwback to the Hollywood era,” notes architect C.P. Drewett. “The textured stone, high-contrast fascia, curved geometry and large simplistic form all speak to that period.”
A custom table by Dan Allaire of Allaire Inc. is surrounded by custom chairs by Sólido. A chandelier from Hinkley’s Lighting tops things off beautifully. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
The clients—avid entertainers who brought with them a large art collection—also desired a space with easy flow that could highlight their unique pieces. To allow the art collection to shine—while also giving Mother Nature star billing—the design team implemented a soft and warm neutral color palette inspired by the captivating views. “We used this calming palette to create a beautiful backdrop in order to highlight the clients’ exquisite art collection,” Ownby explains, also noting that seamless indoor-outdoor transitions were created to bring the views of Camelback Mountain into the living spaces. “Most houses lack art walls, so we wanted to ensure space for the couple’s larger paintings,” adds Drewett. “One of the unique elements of the house are the enormous walls, which extend from the exterior to the interior and are visible throughout most of the home. Three sizes of white textured Turkish limestone in four finishes were painstakingly hand-set.”
The guest bedroom’s soft and neutral palette was inspired by the landscape surrounding the home. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
The guest bathroom shower uses contrasting tile for visual oomph. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
Using Duchateau’s Riverstone wood flooring and Dunn-Edwards paint in Fossil throughout, Ownby created a clean and welcoming starting point for the pieces that followed. One creative challenge was figuring out how to work with the home’s unique architecture. “The house sits in the center of a cul-de-sac, so I designed it to mimic the radius of the curve,” Drewett explains. “About 80% of the interior walls were curved walls, therefore creating a challenge when it came to addressing the cabinetry, countertops and more,” Ownby adds. “We embraced the curved architecture and designed cabinetry that flowed with the curved walls, without sacrificing storage space.”
“Another challenge was designing this home for our clients who were downsizing,” Ownby says. “We made sure to make functionality our primary focus by embracing all storage opportunities while integrating them into the home in a minimal way.” This is especially seen in the minimalist kitchen. Graphic and bold, the thoughtfully designed room contains smart storage solutions throughout. “One of the most important decisions in designing a minimalistic home is the details of the kitchen,” Ownby adds. “Many times, we try to design most of the function in a back kitchen to keep the front as [aesthetically pleasing] as possible.” She worked with locally based Distinctive Custom Cabinetry to create the custom cabinets here and Classic Custom Upholstery for the custom counter-height stools, and implemented appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf.
One of Ownby’s favorite details of the home are the warm wood ceilings, seen here in the living room, where a Poliform sofa surrounds an Allaire Inc. coffee table atop a rug sourced at David E. Adler Fine Rugs. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
“This home is highly architecturally special in that it is not built square,” says Ownby. “Rather, it is built on an axis creating uniquely carved walls throughout the entire home. We loved working with both the challenge and excitement of such a unique design.” PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
Located just off the kitchen is the cozy living room. Housing a sleek sofa by Poliform, a coffee table by Allaire Inc. and a rug by David Adler—plus a bold black fireplace adorned with a colorful art piece—the space is bathed in light and boasts stunning mountain views.
The dining room’s custom chairs by Sólido and custom dining table by Allaire Inc. blend in beautifully with the kitchen and living room nearby, while a sleek and sculptural chandelier from Hinkley’s Lighting adds some sophisticated edge.
Victoria Albert’s Barcelona tub is the centerpiece of the primary bathroom. PHOTOGRAPHED BY WERNER SEGARRA
The home is universally beautiful throughout, but like in any project, Ownby has some spaces that stand out as favorites, including the wine room. “The wine room is the epitome of form and function and was one of our favorite areas to design for our clients,” she says. “The room elegantly displays the homeowners’ wine bottles as their own works of art while it is also a fully refrigerated room complete with counterops and cabinetry that doubles [as a space] for food prep and a storage area... for their many dinner parties.” She also calls out the ceilings. “[Another] one of our favorite details was the organic ambiance created with warm wood ceilings, which coincided with warm wood flooring running throughout the home. These wood ceilings were carried from the interior to the exterior overhangs to further reinforce the existing indoor-outdoor connection.”
Looking back, the team can rest easy knowing that they made their clients happy. “It’s such a special home with so many unique details,” Ownby shares. “Many of the custom accents can be enjoyed throughout every space. When you’re there, you feel a sense of warmth throughout.”
Claire Ownby, Ownby Design
C.P. Drewett, AIA, NCARB,
Russ Greey, Greey|Pickett
Rich Brock, BedBrock Developers
Premier Paradise Inc.
Dining room table, living room coffee table
Artificial plantscape throughout
CLASSIC CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY
Primary and guest bedroom beds and select furniture pieces, kitchen counter stools
DISTINCTIVE CUSTOM CABINETRY
Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry
Fabrication of custom furniture
Dining room chandelier
Dining room chairs
Spellman Hardwoods Inc.
VICTORIA + ALBERT
Primary bathroom tub