The Best of the Valley's Luxury Real Estate and Design

The Editors | July 17, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

Whether you are shopping for a new home or a new end table, these experts will keep your digs looking chic and polished.

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Modernique at Uptown Plaza in Phoenix is home to quirky, colorful home decor finds.

MOST FORWARD-THINKING Home decor BOUTIQUE
Modernique (100 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 112, Phoenix, shopmodernique.com) Interior designer/author Julia Buckingham’s first home boutique opened last year at Phoenix’ Uptown Plaza, becoming a magnet for those craving her unique mix of old and new, high and low—with plenty of pops of color. Items like furniture, lighting and accessories include many of her own custom designs.

MOST COVETABLE RESIDENCES
FENDI Private Residences (fendiresidencesaz.com) Located in The Palmeraie, a forthcoming luxury shopping center in The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, owners of these covetous condos will enjoy an average of 3,500 square feet, designed head-to-toe by Fendi. The 41 units will be on the market later this year, with projected completion in 2020.

BEST REALTOR TO THE SPORTS STARS
Ted Petersen (sportstaraz.com) SportStar Relocation Arizona President and CEO Ted Petersen describes himself as a “one-stop shop” for pro athletes on the move. He knows Scottsdale’s luxury market and is always searching for homes with what he calls “athlete appeal.” Think gated communities, a resort-style backyard, a home theater, accommodations for private chefs and homes located near teammates.

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER FOR SLEEK LOOKS
Anita Lang (imidesignstudio.com) Since launching IMI Design in 1992, the Scottsdale signer has become known for her chic, clean designs that emphasize luxe materials and numerous custom architectural touches. Her designs have not gone unnoticed—she’s a perennial ASID design-award winner.

BEST CUSTOM HOME BUILDER
Cullum Homes (cullumhomes.‌com) Just named custom home builder of the year by the National Association of Home Builders, this family-owned Scottsdale firm has three-plus decades in the business, with current luxury projects like The Village at Mountain Shadows and The Village at Seven Desert Mountain.

BEST DESIGN POWER COUPLE
Isabel Dellinger Candelaria and Mark Candelaria (earthandimages.‌com; candelariadesign.com) The Scottsdale interior designer and architect, respectively, met improbably—not on a project, but through mutual friends’ Facebook pages. Married since 2013, Dellinger—owner of Earth and Images showroom—and Candelaria, known for his elegant, estate-style homes, have now done several collabs as Mr. and Mrs.

MOST BUZZED-ABOUT ARCHITECTURE FIRM
Drewett Works (drewettworks.‌com) Since launching in 2015, architect C.P. Drewett’s Scottsdale firm has quickly become known for its grand homes, gathering hardware from last year’s Gold Nugget Awards and as this year’s home of the year from the Best in American Living Awards. On the boards? PV’s The Ritz-Carlton Estate Homes.

BEST ARCHITECT ON THE MOVE
Erik Peterson (phxarch.com) Well-known in Arizona for luxury residential and hospitality designs, the architect just expanded his award-winning Scottsdale firm to Beverly Hills, where he’s partnering to rebuild Malibu after the wildfires. Other current projects include a reno of the fabled Arizona Biltmore resort.

MOST EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT DESIGN AESTHETIC
David Michael Miller (davidmichaelmiller.com) The award-winning interior designer has a deep appreciation of architecture, and has worked with some of the best architects in the state, creating elegantly restrained interiors that perfectly complement the light and lines of the house. His own brilliantly modern Scottsdale studio was a collab done with architect Wendell Burnette.

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BEST INTEGRATION OF NATURE INTO DESIGN
Optima (optimaweb.com) Architects/developers David C. Hovey and David Hovey Jr. have imbued their award-winning, sustainable luxury condo and apartment projects (Optima Biltmore Towers, Optima Camelview Village, Optima Sonoran Village and Optima Kierland) with green—lots of it. They were local pioneers in green roofs and lushly landscaped balconies and grounds, creating urban oases.

BEST DESIGNER FOR FUN KIDS’ ROOMS
Jo Gick (jandjdesigngroup.com) The Chandler designer and master crafter (she was a contestant on last year’s NBC reality show, Making It), has a sunny, whimsical approach to creating kids’ rooms, basing designs on their personalities and handcrafting accessories like aviator glasses-shaped mirrors and Popsicle wall art.

BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGNER FOR ESTATE HOMES
Jeff Berghoff (berghoffdesign.com) If you’ve admired the grounds of an estate in, say, Silverleaf or Paradise Valley, chances are it was done by Berghoff. Since launching his firm in 1997, the landscape designer has overseen design, construction and maintenance of countless grand residential gardens, including those at iconic homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Al Beadle.

MOST ECLECTIC CUSTOM HOME FURNITURE
Paul Rene Custom Furniture & Cabinetry (3037 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix, paulrenefurniture.com) A former concept-car designer, Paul Jeffrey translated his talent for automotive style into custom furniture that’s coveted by the design community. The award-winning furniture-maker is known to work exotic wood, metal and more into pieces inspired by everything from mountains and architecture to Spanish guitars.

BEST TABLEWARE FOR A PARTY
Valerianne (7033 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, valeriannescottsdale.‌com) Tucked into a charming old adobe in Old Town Scottsdale, the boutique is known by most as a purveyor of luxe linens, but owner Greg Harper also knows how to set an elegant party table with dishes, flatware, glasses, napkins and more, carrying lines like Vietri, Alice Goldsmith, Alain Saint-Joanis and Simon Pearce.

BEST BOUTIQUE FOR ARTISANAL HOME DECOR
The Collector’s House (8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 208, Scottsdale, thecollectorshouse.biz) Need something that’s a little extra for your interior? Designer Jamilyn Fournier has curated a collection of handcrafted, not-seen-everywhere furniture and accessories, plus antiques, at her Scottsdale shop. Next up, she’ll be adding furnishings by Alfonso Marina and Verellen to her offerings.



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Photography by: Optima Biltmore Towers photo by bill timmerman/courtesy of optima | Modernique at Uptown Plaza photo courtesy of modernique