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April 2017 was busy and now we are on to May!

The Candelaria Design ~ Eagle Luxury Properties HGTV Smart Home 2017

The Candelaria Design ~ Eagle Luxury Properties HGTV Smart Home 2017

Definitely a busy April and now we are onto May. May should also be busy as we have plenty of projects starting construction and several new projects just starting in conceptual design. Love it!

 

Paella dinner at the HGTV Smart Home Premiere Party

Paella dinner at the HGTV Smart Home Premiere Party

I hope you caught our debut and premier of the HGTV Smart Home 2017 on HGTV this month. It is playing every week through June so I hope you can catch one of the episodes. The sweepstakes are also underway to win this home so please enter each day for your chance of winning this amazing Candelaria Design home.  http://www.hgtv.com/design/hgtv-smart-home/sweepstakes?c1=AUDX_GA_Smart-Home-2017_HGTV-Brand_Grand-Prize&c2=Google&c3=HGTV-Brand&c4=hgtv%20sweepstakes There are plenty of ads now on HGTV and the Food Network. We did enjoy watching the premiere at a Candelaria Design remodel we did with the HGTV Smart Home 2017 builder, Jim Audiss of Eagle Luxury Properties, http://eagleluxuryproperties.com and realtor, Chris Karas of the Karas Group. http://www.thekarasgroup.com . I whipped up some paella for our guests and we had a fantastic evening!

 

This weekend we attended the big Prom Gala in support of Gigi’s Playhouse at Wingate Ranch in Scottsdale! Isabel and I were honorary chairs and received a Leadership Award which was a real honor for sure. We are so proud to be a part of this organization and have been a part of the design and creation of Gigi’s Playhouse. Orchestrated and created by our good friend and client, Jennifer Gage, Gigi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with down syndrome and their families providing therapeutic and educational programs right here in Scottsdale, AZ. We donated a paella dinner for a party of eight which went for $1400 and we decided to make it two dinners so the $1300 bidder also stepped up for a dinner for eight so we were able to raise $2700 for our paella donation! Overall the evening I believe was a complete success. You can still make donations to this fabulous organization at https://gigisplayhouse.org/ways-give  

Pics from Gigi's Gala

Pics from Gigi's Gala

Catherine Kennedy of Chaddock Home in Highpoint, NC with Isabel and MC

Catherine Kennedy of Chaddock Home in Highpoint, NC with Isabel and MC

The Gala was Friday night and Isabel and I returned from Highpoint Friday morning so it was a long 25 hour day of travel and gala…ing – but definitely worth it. Highpoint and the Spring Market was fabulous this year. I love accompanying Isabel as she now searches for amazing treasures for her clients, and I get to visit with my friends from The Design Network who carry our show SKETCH! We are underway on production of Season 3 and we look forward to its release in 2017. https://www.thedesignnetwork.com/series/sketch/

 

 

MC and Isabel in Highpoint with Marco Felcioli of Artitalia located right here in Scottsdale!

MC and Isabel in Highpoint with Marco Felcioli of Artitalia located right here in Scottsdale!

Plenty of new trends at the Market with the biggest being the swivel chair. Yes the swivel chair…! I cannot tell you how many showroom guides talked about it and how popular they are. Why – the advent and popularity of the Great Room and the need to swivel between the TV, guests, and the Kitchen area. Totally makes sense, and I tried several of them and for someone who can’t sit still for more than a few seconds, I have to say I was sold! Besides swivel chairs that rotate they have swivel rockers. Overall, the weather was horrible, with rain virtually every day. But the Market seemed well attended.

 

 

From Highpoint we drove from central North Carolina to the west tip of South Carolina to visit my good friend, builder, and one of my first clients, Larry Peery, and his lovely partner, Gloria Ipock. They have a beautiful home on Lake Keowee and it was great to relive some of our stories and projects including the Enchantment Resort he built when at the Phil W. Morris Company and I was at Christensen-Miller Associates. Larry and Gloria are joining us on our Candelaria Design Tour Spain 2017 after having been on the 2012 trip and the 2004 trips. 

Longtime best friend, Larry Peery and MC in North Carolina

Longtime best friend, Larry Peery and MC in North Carolina

Enchantment Resort completed in 1987 - the project where Larry Peery and I met in 1983. 

Enchantment Resort completed in 1987 - the project where Larry Peery and I met in 1983. 

 

With that said, our first Candelaria Design Tour Spain is SOLD OUT but we do have some room for some travelers for our September 2017 Tour Italy. This trip will be amazing and we will be finishing in Venice so you do not want to miss this! http://www.candelariadesign.com/tour-italy

 

Ok, meanwhile plenty going on with our clients and projects. We recently completed an photographed a very cool whole home remodel in Chandler. More photos on this one in the weeks ahead. Our Hillside project in Paradise Valley is making progress as they are now setting steel. Windows are going in on the Camelback Mountain hillside estate. Sketching away on several others.

Kitchen Great Room of whole house remodel/makeover in Chandler by Candelaria Design and Earth and Images.

Kitchen Great Room of whole house remodel/makeover in Chandler by Candelaria Design and Earth and Images.

Great Room makeover on this Candelaria Design and Earth and Images home in Chandler

Great Room makeover on this Candelaria Design and Earth and Images home in Chandler

Steel underway on this Candelaria Design ~ Schultz Development hillside home in Paradise Valley.

Steel underway on this Candelaria Design ~ Schultz Development hillside home in Paradise Valley.

Windows being installed on this Candelaria Design, EST EST Interiors Phoenix Hillside home being built by Bedbrock Construction. 

Windows being installed on this Candelaria Design, EST EST Interiors Phoenix Hillside home being built by Bedbrock Construction. 

Concept rendering for a new Candelaria Design home in Paradise Valley

Concept rendering for a new Candelaria Design home in Paradise Valley

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Happy Easter & Passover 2017

Happy Easter and Passover to everyone. We are looking forward to a wonderful Easter weekend with my family here at Casa Candelaria. Leg of lamb on my new Traeger grill has all the makings of a savory Easter supper!

So – we have been quite busy. Lot’s of amazing projects we have just permitted and will be breaking ground along with several new projects on the boards. My team is cranking and we are so excited with everything happening for Team Candelaria.

Conceptual Study for a Candelaria Design Modern Farmhouse home in Arcadia

Conceptual Study for a Candelaria Design Modern Farmhouse home in Arcadia

Completed Arcadia Candelaria Design ~ Andra Miller Interiors home built by Santorini Homes

Completed Arcadia Candelaria Design ~ Andra Miller Interiors home built by Santorini Homes

Project Manager, Damon Wake and Architect, Mark Candelaria - HGTV Smart Home 2017

Project Manager, Damon Wake and Architect, Mark Candelaria - HGTV Smart Home 2017

Looking forward, this Tuesday at 8pm on the DIY Network we will be featured on Behind the Build : HGTV Smart Home 2017 and then again on Wednesday at 8pm on HGTV. The sweepstakes are underway to win this home so please enter each day at your chance of winning this amazing Candelaria Design home.  http://www.hgtv.com/design/hgtv-smart-home/sweepstakes?c1=AUDX_GA_Smart-Home-2017_HGTV-Brand_Grand-Prize&c2=Google&c3=HGTV-Brand&c4=hgtv%20sweepstakes Its fun to see the ads now on HGTV and the Food Network.

 

This Tuesday, we will be watching the premiere at a Candelaria Design remodel we did with the HGTV Smart Home 2017 builder, Jim Audiss of Eagle Luxury Properties, http://eagleluxuryproperties.com and realtor, Chris Karas of the Karas Group. http://www.thekarasgroup.com . We may have a surprise visit by HGTV and Food Network CEO, Ken Lowe, and so I will be ready whipping up my classic Candelaria Paella. Stay tuned for this one!

 

We also want to thank Nick May and The Chaise Lounge for featuring Isabel and I on their weekly podcast you can find on Itunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-chaise-lounge-interior-design/id926201491?mt=2&i=1000384340810 We enjoyed the interview and you will get a good sense on how Isabel and I met and how we work together and some of the fun projects and trips we have underway.

 

Add to that a big thank you to Scottsdale Modern Luxury Magazine and their feature on our inaugural Candelaria Design Tour Spain. http://digital.modernluxury.com/publication/?i=397917&ver=html5&p=152#"{\"page\":152,\"issue_id\":397917" We had our Pre-Tour dinner at Casa Candelaria Thursday night where our travelers met for the first time as a group. We are so fortunate to have so many repeat travelers from our Tour Italy that we already have great energy and momentum heading into this trip. We depart on June 6th for San Sebastian’ and will finish the trip in Barcelona. Stay tuned right here and on Facebook to follow our first adventure and journey through Spain.

Our 2017 Candelaria Design Tour Italy Travelers, minus three!

Our 2017 Candelaria Design Tour Italy Travelers, minus three!

Gigi's Playhouse Phoenix/Scottsdale Founder, Jennifer Gage with MC and Isabel

Gigi's Playhouse Phoenix/Scottsdale Founder, Jennifer Gage with MC and Isabel

We are also getting ready for the big Prom Gala in support of Gigi’s Playhouse on April 28th at Wingate Ranch in Scottsdale! We are so proud to be a part of this organization and have been a part of the design and creation of Gigi’s Playhouse. Orchestrated and created by our good friend and client, Jennifer Gage, Gigi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with down syndrome and their families providing therapeutic and educational programs right here in Scottsdale, AZ. Isabel and I will be the guest chairs for the event and this Gala will be a total blast and I invite you all to come and have a fun evening with us! Those that donate $2500 will get an invite to a VIP dinner I will be preparing in a private Candelaria Design home. https://gigisplayhouse.org/phoenix/gala/

On April 7th my wife Isabel and I along with builders and our good friends, Rod and Kim Cullum, hosted the BluePrints and Blue Jeans fund raiser for the Habitat for Humanity right at our Village of Mountain Shadows Project in Paradise Valley. What a fun evening. My daughter, Isabella and I prepared our signature Candelaria Paella. The event was a total success and we raised a record amount for the Central Arizona Habitat for Humanity. Thank you everyone for the fantastic turnout!  http://habitatcaz.org/news-and-events/events/

Rod and Kim Cullum with Isabel and MC at the Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

Rod and Kim Cullum with Isabel and MC at the Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

 

This last Tuesday and Wednesday, Project Architect, Meredith Thomson, builder John Schultz of Schultz Development, http://www.schultzdevelopment.org and I traveled to Greenwich, CT to meet with Christopher Peacock and his team as we are collaborating on a fabulous home here in Paradise Valley. http://peacockhome.com/home. This home is going to be a marquis home for sure and we are excited at the skill and expertise that is coming together to create this Candelaria Design masterpiece.

Now let’s throw a wedding in a couple weekends ago as our Tim Mathewson married his fiance’ Amber at the Candelaria Design El Chorro on April 1st. What a lovely ceremony and Isabel and I were proud to say we were in Florence, Italy with the two on our Candelaria Design Tour Italy, when he proposed. We wish them both all the best!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim's Bachelor dinner at The Royal Palms Hotel

Tim's Bachelor dinner at The Royal Palms Hotel

Night of the big proposal in Florence, Italy during the Candelaria Design Tour Italy

Night of the big proposal in Florence, Italy during the Candelaria Design Tour Italy

We also want to thank the Arizona Big Media and Ranking Arizona and all of our followers who voted us number one for Residential Architects for 2016. We have been first 6 out of 7 of the last years and this made it two in a row again! Please vote for us in 2017! http://azbigmedia.com/vote-ranking-arizona

In the midst of all this, Isabel and I snuck off to Oregon, for a little wine exploration and a nice little romantic getaway. While there, I was blessed to reconnect with my classmate from elementary and junior high school from back in Northglenn, CO, Steve Hammond. Steve and I were always the two best artists in school and we had reconnected on Facebook but not since 1974 had we seen each other. We had a fantastic dinner with our wives, Isabel and Laura, in Portland at Nostrana which was fabulous if you are ever in Portland. http://nostrana.com  Of course I ended up in architecture and Steve is a principal of an amazing advertising and graphics art company, H2RAgency in Oregon. http://h2ragency.com His work is fantastic and get ready for some collaborations in the future now that we have reunited. Oregon is of course, beautiful, and Isabel and I had a fun time in Portland, then exploring the wine country, doing some antiquing and sourcing at the Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage and enjoying some quiet time along the Oregon coastline. http://auroramills.com

 

Our first Candelaria Design Tour Spain is SOLD OUT but we do have some room for some travelers for our September 2017 Tour Italy. This trip will be amazing and we will be finishing in Venice so you do not want to miss this! http://www.candelariadesign.com/tour-italy

Our Candelaria Design Tour Italy 2014 Crew at the country houses in Umbria.

Our Candelaria Design Tour Italy 2014 Crew at the country houses in Umbria.

Our 2015 Candelaria Design Tour Italy at the Villa Piazzano

Our 2015 Candelaria Design Tour Italy at the Villa Piazzano

 

Ok, meanwhile plenty going on with our clients, projects, cooking and travel. In two weeks, Isabel and I will head to Highpoint, NC for the Market there and of course some good Carolina barbecue and time with our good friends at The Design Network. We are in full production on Season Three of SKETCH. You can binge watch the first two seasons right here…. https://www.thedesignnetwork.com/series/sketch/

Thom Felicia and other stars from The Design Network at Highpoint

Thom Felicia and other stars from The Design Network at Highpoint

Isabel, Interior Designer, Mary McDonald and MC at Highpoint

Isabel, Interior Designer, Mary McDonald and MC at Highpoint

 

Thanks again for viewing our blog and supporting Candelaria Design! Again Happy Easter and Passover from us all. 

Marching through March

MC with Laurie and Jon Hunter - Getting ready for Fight Night

MC with Laurie and Jon Hunter - Getting ready for Fight Night

 

What a busy March! Wow – I love it.

 

Thanks to all of those who made it out to watch my third performance of the National Anthem at the Giants/Indians game at Scottsdale Stadium. Nothing like having the mic go out on you during the first stanza but having the entire crowd rise up and sing along – a very special moment for sure.

 

So as always, we are busy not only with our clients and projects but with our community projects and events. I want to send a shout out and a congratulations to two of my good friends, Jerry Meek of Desert Star Construction and fellow ARA architect, Brent Kendle, both who were inducted into the Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine Master’s of the Southwest class of 2017 this month. I am proud to have them join me as I was inducted in 2005 and it is a real honor to be a part of this elite class of Masters of the Southwest!

Top - Jerry Meek and MC, Bottom - Brent Kendle and MC

Top - Jerry Meek and MC, Bottom - Brent Kendle and MC

MC Photo from my 2005 Master of the Southwest

MC Photo from my 2005 Master of the Southwest

We then were featured on AZ Family Channel 3 for the second time this year as they showcased our French Transitional estate in Paradise Valley currently listed by realtor Tracy Fitzgerald. https://tracy-fitzgerald.luxuryrealestate.com

Realtor Tracy Fitzgerald with AZ Family 3 and MC

Realtor Tracy Fitzgerald with AZ Family 3 and MC

 

 

Then a week later on March 15th we finally were allowed to announce our involvement as the architect for this year’s HGTV Smart Home located right here in Scottsdale. What an honor to be a part of this team along with local builder, Jim Audiss of Eagle luxury Properties. http://eagleluxuryproperties.com and Interior Designer, Tiffany Brooks, http://www.tiffanybrooksinteriors.com Our Project Manager, Damon Wake, worked night and day to get the design completed and permitted and did so in 2 months – so yes we can design a home in just 60 days…..when the client gives us a program and lets us do our job! Stay tuned on April 18th for the premiere of the design and construction on the DIY Network at 8pm AZ Time.

MC with builder, Jim Audiss, designer, Tiffany Brooks and Project Manager, Damon Wake

MC with builder, Jim Audiss, designer, Tiffany Brooks and Project Manager, Damon Wake

Fight Night Founder Jimmy Walker

Fight Night Founder Jimmy Walker

Then it was off to Fight Night which is always a wonderful event marvelously orchestrated by the amazing Jimmy Walker. Such a magical evening always attended and supported by many of our clients and friends. http://www.celebrityfightnight.org

The Murphy Family with Is and MC

The Murphy Family with Is and MC

Italian Fashion Designer, Stephano Ricci with MC at Fight Night

Italian Fashion Designer, Stephano Ricci with MC at Fight Night

MC, Is with good friends and Italy / Spain Travelers Erika and Russell Dickey

MC, Is with good friends and Italy / Spain Travelers Erika and Russell Dickey

Clients and friends, Patricia and Fernando Iacona with Is and MC

Clients and friends, Patricia and Fernando Iacona with Is and MC

Now looking ahead, we have some marvelous community service projects we are involved in. On March 31st we will be hosting a table at the Ryan’s House Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. We are currently working with Taylor More in adding a Candelaria Design Storage Room to their beautiful facility located in Central Phoenix. They currently have to use one of their bedrooms for storage – a room that could be used for one of the many children and families who could use this space. Their waiting list is long and this storage room addition will make a big difference. Stay tuned for more on how we can get this done! 

We need to make this a bedroom again - and build Ryan House a new Storage Room!

We need to make this a bedroom again - and build Ryan House a new Storage Room!

Help us build the Ryan House Storage Room right off this far corner and free up a bedroom!

Help us build the Ryan House Storage Room right off this far corner and free up a bedroom!

 

On April 7th my wife Isabel and I along with builders and our good friends, Rod and Kim Cullum, will host the BluePrints and Blue Jeans fund raiser for the Habitat for Humanity right at our Village of Mountain Shadows Project in Paradise Valley. Tickets are available now for this fun event where Isabel and I will be preparing and serving our signature paella right there in the kitchen! Please come out and support this amazing organization who does so much for so many in our community. http://habitatcaz.org/news-and-events/events/

Builder / Developer Rod Cullum and my Associate, Vivian Ayala at The Village at Mountain Shadows

Builder / Developer Rod Cullum and my Associate, Vivian Ayala at The Village at Mountain Shadows

 

Finally, on April 28th Isabel and I will be the honorary hosts of this year’s Gigi’s Playhouse Gala at Wingate Ranch in Scottsdale! We are so proud to be a part of this organization and have been a part of the design and creation of Gigi’s Playhouse. Orchestrated and created by our good friend and client, Jennifer Gage, Gigi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with down syndrome and their families providing therapeutic and educational programs right here in Scottsdale, AZ. This Gala will be a total blast and I invite you all to come and have a fun evening with us! https://gigisplayhouse.org/phoenix/gala/

Gigi's Playhouse Phoenix Founder, Jennifer Gage with MC & Is at the Gigi's Gala

Gigi's Playhouse Phoenix Founder, Jennifer Gage with MC & Is at the Gigi's Gala

 

Ok – meanwhile we are drawing away as many of you know. We are breaking ground on two beautiful homes in Paradise Valley and work continues on many others. We have some very cool projects on the boards too so get ready for more from Candelaria Design.

Two Candelaria Design Homes in Fulton Ranch, Chandler

Two Candelaria Design Homes in Fulton Ranch, Chandler

Concept sketch for a new Arcadia Kitchen

Concept sketch for a new Arcadia Kitchen

Concept elevation for a new hillside home in Silverleaf

Concept elevation for a new hillside home in Silverleaf

 

Our first Candelaria Design Tour Spain is SOLD OUT but we do have some room for some travelers for our September 2017 Tour Italy. This trip will be amazing and we will be finishing in Venice so you do not want to miss this!

 

Ok Im done blogging – so it’s back to the board to create some more!!!

Celebrating 35 Years in Architecture

Celebrating 35 years in Architecture!

Celebrating 35 years in Architecture!

Happy Saturday everyone!

A couple quick reminders. First, don’t forget to catch my singing of the National Anthem this coming Monday, March 6th at 1pm at Scottsdale Giants Stadium in Old Town. http://charros.com/spring-training-baseball/ I’m looking forward to singing for the third time. I am really looking forward to this third time as the butterflys are a lot less! Let me know if you need any ticketsto the Scottsdale Charro Lodge for any of the games!

 

 

 Ok today is a very special day for me! 35 years ago, on March 4th, 1982 I started my first day of my career in architecture! We had a fun little celebration yesterday morning and I want to thank all of those who stopped by out of their busy days for a bite from our omelet bar accompanied by a Bloody Mary or mimosa!

 

So 35 years….I remember that first day like it was yesterday. I was 21 years old and had been working at Schuff Steel as a steel detailer drafting billboards. In fact, I did detail the largest billboard in the country at Anaheim Stadium in California. But my billboard detailing career was short lived as they put a moratorium on billboards and I was out of a job in the middle of the 1982 recession. So I was on the streets, recently married, trying to get enough funds to get back to architecture school at ASU. Things weren’t looking too go until I saw an ad in the paper for a draftsman position at the firm of George W. Christensen and Associates.

My mentor, the late George W. Christensen, and I at our Enchantment Resort circa 1987

My mentor, the late George W. Christensen, and I at our Enchantment Resort circa 1987

 

I found my way to the old Lon Megargeehttp://www.a-1beerprints.com/HTML/Lon%20Megargee.html

designed office on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Campbell where George Christensen and his crew had their offices. I really wanted this job as George was an associate professor at the school of architecture at ASU and so I knew this was the key to my future and a job I just had to get at all cost. I didn’t have much of a portfolio (other than billboards which I didn’t think was going to make a big impact) so as soon as the time and date of my interview was set I ran home and starting creating drawings from my architecture drafting books. I really didn’t know what I was drawing but I can tell you the drawings were well executed.

 

I got up early that big day and was greeted by Dianne Kleber who was running the front desk (running the office!) and she brought me into the conference room which is still one of my favorite spaces. What was a livingand dining room with a beautiful plaster fireplace with of course a Lon Megargee painting above. Of course at that time I had no idea what I was doing or who Lon Magargee was but here I was sitting in front of these serious architects. I was 21, hair down to my shoulders, and hoping this would be my big break. I went through my drawings and then it came down to the question of what did I want to be paid? Luckily, I was really hungry and wanted this job, so I countered with, “Look, this is the place I want to be. I can draw anything and love working so I would be happy to come here, do whatever you need me to do or draw and I will gladly take whatever you want to pay me for the work!”

MC with the lovely Dianne Kleber at our 35 year celebration party!

MC with the lovely Dianne Kleber at our 35 year celebration party!

 

The interview went well I thought and I followed up with a nicely written letter and I then waited by the phone – no email in those days! A week or so went by and then I got that call that changed my life forever. Dianne Kleber called and said well Markle Sparkle you got the job. When can you start….of course I said I can be right over! How special it was yesterday to have Dianne Kleber at our little celebration! What a special lady she is! We worked together at Christensen’s office and then she worked with my at my firm, Candelaria Design Associates for several years! I have been so blessed to have this lady in my life!

 

MC and Brian Cassidy, 2016

MC and Brian Cassidy, 2016

That first day was very memorable also. I was the last desk on the row of drafting tables in the studio. Dick Miller, Verner Wulf, John Williams, Brain Cassidy and then me – the new kid in the studio. First task was to set up my drafting table. I had no idea how to set up my mayline (rolling straight edge) and fiddled with it for a while when Brain turned to me and said, “let me help you Junior!” That nickname stuck for a number of years! Brian got me all set up and between him and Dick Miller, who ran the production of the office, they mentored me along and were instrumental in my development of becoming an architect.

The Van Houten Residence, Paradise Valley

The Van Houten Residence, Paradise Valley

 

Some of my first projects was the Van Houten Residence in Paradise Valley with Gerald and Jerry Meek of Desert Star Construction. http://desertstarconstruction.com and the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church sanctuary on Lincoln and then the Casa Blanca Phase 2 Patio Homes in 1984 which I was now the project manager and in charge of putting that project together. Then throw in the Enchantment Resort in Sedona where I was the project manager and the Castle Hot Springs project. My career was off and running.

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church

Casa Blanca Phase 2

Casa Blanca Phase 2

Casa Blanca, Scottsdale

Casa Blanca, Scottsdale

Enchantment Resort - Sedona

Enchantment Resort - Sedona

Enchantment Resort ~ Sedona

Enchantment Resort ~ Sedona

 

Well after 5 years I had moved up from “Junior” who was willing to work for anything to becoming George Christensen’s partner and the formation of CCBG which still exists today. During those years, I never made it back to ASU for architecture but at the savvy recommendation of George, I did go to the College of Business where I studied accounting, finance, business law and of course my favorite, marketing! I also then had the time under my belt to qualify to take the architecture registration exams which I did and received my license in 1992. So this September will mark 25 years as a registered architect.  Add another twelve years and George was ready to retire and so it was my time to head out on my own and form Candelaria Design in August of 1999.

 

So now some 35 years and some 100,800 hours later I have designed well over 1000 homes all across the country, Mexico and Canada. We are celebrating our 18th year of Candelaria Design and I am proud to have a team who was there at the beginning, namely my associate, Vivian Ayala, 16 years and Jeffrey Kramer, AIA some 17 years.

My first Candelaria Design Holiday Card, 1999

My first Candelaria Design Holiday Card, 1999

 

As we all know, nobody does everything on their own and I have been blessed to work with so many talented architects, amazing clients, and phenomenal builders and craftsman who have been so instrumental in bringing these inspirations and visions to reality. I was always fortunate to have designing and drawings as part of my soul and makeup and to see where it has taken me is beyond my wildest imagination. I had no idea when I wandered into that office on 24th Street where the journey would lead me. However, to remind me of that start at the old 24th Street Office, I did find a Lon Megargee print of the A-1 Beer painting the "Cowboy's Dream" that hangs in my home studio. George loved that print and so do I! 

The 2016 Class of Candelaria Design

The 2016 Class of Candelaria Design

Thank you to everyone who has been and continues to be a part of my journey, which despite the rumors, I have not retired and continue to work some 70 hours every week. I’m usually up at 4am drawing away, which I love more than anything, and then in meetings or out at jobsites during the day, and then cooking away for clients, friends, and family with my lovely bride, Isabel in the evening! Squeeze in our tours to Italy and now Spain and I can assure you I am far from retiring! Candelaria Design is doing great and we have put into place a wonderful way to keep it going for years and years with our buy-sell agreement which allows all of our Candelaria Design lifers to be a part of the ownership!

The Candelaria Design Management Team!

The Candelaria Design Management Team!

 

Here is to the next 1000 homes! Ok back to the boards I go!

 

 

 

 

Spring Training Time Is Here!

 

We are into the heart of the winter season! Spring Training is off and running and the streets and restaurants are filled!

 

Ok don’t forget to get your tickets for my singing of the National Anthem at Scottsdale Giants Stadium at 1pm March 6th http://charros.com/spring-training-baseball/ I’m looking forward to singing for the third time. The first time I sang in opera style, the second time I went country, and this time I’m going to give it another spin and style! Let me know if you need any tickets to the Scottsdale Charro Lodge for any of the games! Thanks again to Telluride Natural Stone for having built our Lodge and assembling and disassembling the Lodge every year!!!  

 

 

Last Wednesday I was honored to be part of a panel of design, real estate, and construction experts as we spoke on the means and methods for modernizing old world homes. We had an amazing turn out and some interesting statistics were noted by realtor Thomas O’Leary. The Phoenix/Scottsdale market is really undervalued and the number of homes/properties that are in need of remodeling or freshening up is enormous. As we said in our last blog we love remodel / addition projects and we have some amazing projects going.

Then last Thursday we had our September 2016 Tour Italy Post Trip Dinner at the Candelaria Design~IMI Design~Cullum Homes Village of Mountain Shadows. We had a such a great time reuniting with nearly all of our travelers! Seriously, these trips just get better and better and we are exciting to be adding our first Spain trip this coming June and our 15th Tour Italy this coming September finishing in Venice. We do have room for one couple and/or a single for the Spain trip and we have room for two couples for the September Italy trip! http://www.candelariadesign.com/tours

 

So we do squeeze in some architecture! Here is a peek of what Candelaria Design has under construction!!!

 

From traditional to contemporary, from Scottsdale to Montauk, Long Island, we have some very cool new builds and remodels underway! Right here in Scottsdale/Phoenix we have some very interesting projects underway. Probably one of our most unique and extreme projects going is the home we have under construction on the south slope of Camelback Mountain! This home is being built by BedBrock Developers http://www.bedbrock.com with the interiors by EST EST http://www.estestinc.com . This home is truly an engineering feat given the home is sighted on a 73% slope. Because Phoenix will only allow a 20% slope driveay the only way we could get to the pad site was to make half of the road a tunnel in order to get more length and height.  Our Candelaria Design Project Architect, Meredith Thomson, has been leading the way in getting this home out of the ground (rock)! If you drive down Camelback Road and look north you can’t help but see it emerging on the mountain.

We have also moved to Phase 2 of our Ranch compound project near Fountain Hills. Fellow Principal, Vivian Ayala and I have been working away on this project for some time. We have completed the horse arena and the connected barn is nearing completion. Next we connect all of this to the main residence which Schultz Development http://www.schultzdevelopment.org  broke ground on last week.  The main house will then connect to a guest house, which will connect to an indoor pool, 2 lane bowling alley, indoor pistol range, indoor racquetball court, and indoor gym. Oh, and don’t forget the indoor telescope observatory! Interiors are being done my wife, Isabel, and her crew at Earth and Images http://www.earthandimages.com

Our Village at Mountain Shadows Project is still moving as we have now seen more than half of the available 40 units sold. The development and construction is being orchestrated by Cullum Homes http://cullumhomes.com with interiors by Anita Lange of IMI Design Studio http://imidesignstudio.com Fellow Principal, Vivian Ayala and I have designed 5 models but nearly every sale has customized the plans to their needs and so this has turned out to be so fun and we have enjoyed meeting all of the new residents. Last night the Cullums threw an amazing party celebrating the new beginnings at Mountain Shadows where the new hotel will be opening soon! The 7C’s – caviar, champagne, couture, cars, cigars and car bars! What a great time and what a wonderful project.

We have broken ground on a beautiful mountain home up in the Flagstaff Area of Pine Canyon. The home is being built by Schultz Development with interiors by Kati McPherson of KAM Interiors https://www.facebook.com/kaminteriorsinc/?rc=p This is our second home in Pine Canyon and is being quarterbacked by our Project Director, Rob Banach! This will be a beautiful two story mountain lodge with stellar views of the award winning golf course and the San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff.

 

Ok that is definitely just a peek of what we have under construction. That doesn’t even scratch the surface of what we have under construction not to mention what is on the boards! Stay tuned for more in the weeks ahead and I’ll be adding some more recipes soon too! 

February and its Time to Remodel!

Ok so we are nearly halfway through February – wow the time is flying! I don’t know about you but January flew by and February is shorter and will go faster I’m sure.

 

This morning I am heading to Old Town Scottsdale to ride in the Parada del Sol Parade along with my fellow Scottsdale Charros. Come on down and support us and enjoy the parade and fantastic weather.

 

Ok don’t forget to get your tickets for my singing of the National Anthem at Scottsdale Giants Stadium at 1pm March 6th http://charros.com/spring-training-baseball/

 

This afternoon we will stop by and celebrate the two year anniversary of Gigi’s Playhouse and the kickoff of Gigi’s Café and University. Candelaria Design is proud to have offered our services to design the Playhouse and now the Café and University. https://gigisplayhouse.org/phoenix/events/

 

 

 

It is definitely getting busier out there and has been gaining momentum for some time. The Phoenix Business Journal in their November 30th issue noted that according to Realtor.Com Phoenix, and it’s metro area, will be the fastest growing housing market in the country in 2017 and we believe it.

 

We love doing these projects although they require a totally different skill set from designing a ground up home. First and foremost is the ability to work with what is there and figure out what how walls are being supported, mechanical systems are being run and then understanding zoning and neighborhood restrictions and codes. Developing a budget for these projects is also a lot more challenging in that many times you can’t just use a cost per square foot rule as you can on a new build. Getting the conceptual design on paper and then getting some initial and early cost estimates can really aid in making decisions before you move forward with engineered drawings and construction documents.

 

Half of your construction budget is generally composed of the bones or sticks and bricks and the other half are the finishes and goodies of the project. It’s the goodies where most clients blow their budget so it is important to get this initial estimate broken out so you know what comprises your budget. Then use this initial estimate to fine tune your “goodies” budget so you and / or you and your designer can select “goodies” that match your budget.

 

Of course there are SO many homes that have been built in the 70’s and 80’s here is Phoenix/Scottsdale that simply need to be freshened up. On February 15th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM LUXE magazine will feature an event where I will be on a panel along with Interior Designer, Anita Lange and Architect and fellow ARA member, Dale Gardon whereat we will discuss ways to freshen up Old World Custom Homes. Let’s just say, there are a lot of them out there and it seems the color of choice was “brown”! We have been busy de-browning a lot of houses in the last ten years and many times that is all it takes to give an existing house a simple makeover. Check out this episode of our show SKETCH where that was all we basically did to a home we had designed ten years ago. What a difference! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/modernizing-old-world-luxury-homes-tickets-31713654394

 

https://www.thedesignnetwork.com/episodes/sketch-reimagined-spaces/

 

From the brown trim – casings, crown moulding and baseboards, to the brown doors and brown millwork – lightening these elements up can make all the difference in the world.

 

Working with our team and a good interior designer and a landscape architect can make all the difference in the world in freshening up a dark Old World, Southwest or Tuscan Style Home. The difference is dramatic. We are happy to come out at no charge and give you a consultation to get your project going! I wonder in ten years if we will be “de-graying” homes????  

 

Let's Remodel!

 

2017 - Here we Go!

Happy New Year. I’m still having trouble getting used to writing or accepting 2017 but time marches on as we all know.

 

We are all back from our travels and back to work on some amazing projects. A lot of new work is in the pipeline and many projects are about to break ground and we have a bunch currently under construction! We have a ton of remodel and makeover projects going which we love!!! We see this market only growing in the future and we are very excited to be a part of it.

 

We are busy adapting and employing new technology to both design, present and experience our designs and we are currently working on a Candelaria Design Dream Home that we will share in the virtual reality world each month as it is designed so that everyone can experience and in essence live in a Candelaria Design home. With no limitations, we expect to have a lot of fun with this and at the same time show our untethered abilities. As the home takes shape our viewers will be able to send comments and ideas so the project will in essence evolve over time.

 

Our Candelaria Design crew is always involved in community service and giving back and we are currently in full swing for our Gigi’s Playhouse University and Café project and the Colten Foundation Bat Cave. Two projects that we are so proud to be a part of and we encourage all of you in the design and build community and of course our clients and vendors to get involved in.

 

Last week we announced the kick off for the construction of Gigi’s Playhouse University and Café. https://gigisplayhouse.org/phoenix/ Candelaria Design along with Earth and Images donated our services for Phase 1 of the Playhouse a couple years ago and the project has had such success that now we have just completed design on Phase 2 and are in the process of raising money and donations of materials and services for its construction.

 

Then there is the Colten Foundation Bat Cave!!! https://coltencowellfoundation.org This 35,000 square foot cave is getting ready to kick off under the construction expertise of LGE Design Build. We have a number of fun events planned to raise funds including an auctioned off home cooked dinner for 20 at Casa Candelaria where Isabel and I will cook a gourmet meal paired with wine. This will be a blast and all of the proceeds will go to Colten Bat Cave.  I look forward to getting more people involved in this project – email me for more details.

 

Finally, we have a couple amazing Candelaria Design Tours set for 2017. In June we will embark on our first Candelaria Design Tour Spain and we are happy to say that that trip is SOLD OUT. http://www.candelariadesign.com/tours  We will start the tour in San Sebastian Spain and include a day the San Sebastian Cooking School. From there we will head south to the Rioja/Basque Wine Region and enjoy four days in LaGuardia, Spain. The trip will finish up in the magical city of Barcelona where we will enjoy the work of Gaudi and the cuisine of Catalan. We are now taking reservations for our 2018 Candelaria Design Tour Spain which will in essence be this same trip so make your reservation now to join us in 2018.

 

In September 2017 we will embark on our 15th Candelaria Design Tour Italy! We do have a couple spots open for this trip if interested. We depart on September 20th where we will fly to Florence, Italy. We will enjoy three days in Florence and then will take our convoy down to our Umbria farmhouse compound where we will enjoy a week in the countryside of Umbria and Tuscany. From there we will drive to Venice, Italy where we will enjoy three days in this magical city. If interested – don’t hesitate to contact us as this trip will fill quickly. We are offering reservations now for our 2018 trip which will finish in Treviso where we will tour a number of Palladio Villas. This tour will depart on September 26th 2018 so get on the list for this spectacular experience.

 

We are considering adding a Candelaria Design Tour Santa Fe this August. This will be a short 5 day tour featuring the art, cuisine, and spas of Santa Fe, New Mexico which is a very special place for my wife Isabel and I. She was born in nearby Espanola and my ancestors settled the area in the late 1600’s. We are looking forward to sharing this experience to a handful of travelers over an extended weekend. Email me if interested.

 

Next, I am a board member of the Arizona Chapter of Habitat for Humanity http://habitatcaz.org and we have some fantastic events coming up this spring including a big fund raiser we will hold at the Candelaria Design Village at Mountain Shadows http://cullumhomes.com/projects/the-village-at-mountain-shadows  This will be a fun event where I will be cooking for the entire venue with our Mark Candelaria Collection Pasta Maker. By the way you can purchase your machine complete with recipes on our website. You will love it. http://www.candelariadesign.com/candelaria-products/candelaria-premiere-collection-gourmet-pasta-maker

 

On Monday, March 6th I will be proudly singing the National Anthem for the third time at the San Francisco Giants ~ Cleveland Indians spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium. I am very excited to be doing this again and I look forward to the opportunity to sing in front of my fellow Scottsdale Charros. Email me for tickets – I know the game will be great and the singing will be fun! http://charros.com/spring-training-baseball/

 

Ok so that fills in my free time. Meanwhile, we are busy with our projects and clients with homes on the board on the far east coast of Long Island to projects on the Oregon and California Coasts and projects underway in Kansas City, and a beautiful home on the boards in Cherry Hills, Colorado. That’s just to mention a few – not to mention the wonderful projects we currently have underway right here in Arizona from Scottsdale, to Flagstaff down to Yuma, AZ. All exciting!

 

We look forward to a great 2017! Thanks for reading and participating on our blog. We will continue to share our designs, travels and of course recipes for Inspiring Living the Candelaria Design way!

Welcome to Spain - where it all started for the Candelarias.

Casa Batllo - Barcelona

Casa Batllo - Barcelona

Yesterday my family and I, just missing Tiffany this time, landed in Barcelona España. We are here to finalize details on our new addition to our Candelaria Design Tours – Spain! We will still be doing our Italy Tour with our 15th tour set for this coming September finishing in Venice. But we thought it was time to branch out and so now we will be offering Spain. Our June 2017 trip is SOLD OUT. So do not hesitate to get your spot reserved for the 2018 trip most likely set for June also.

 

Ok so why Spain???? Well it turns out that the Candelaria family originated nearly 400 years ago from Spain when one of my ancestors left Oviedo, Spain for Mexico and then his ancestors eventually made their way to the Albuquerque area of New Mexico and was one of the first or a handful of families who initially settled there in the early 1700’s. So Spain means a lot to me! We will be fortunate to spend some time this coming weekend in Oviedo and so my girls will see one side of where they originated from.

Casa Batllo - Barcelona

Casa Batllo - Barcelona

 

Spain is also significant to me in this is the country where I caught the travel bug. You see in 1990 my good friend and high school classmate, Laurie Clauson, insisted I come with her to visit the family and friends from her times as an exchange student here. I was in the recovery mode from marriage number one and was really searching for what my life was about. I was 30 years old.

Rooftop chimneys at Casa Batllo  

Rooftop chimneys at Casa Batllo

 

Grand Salon at Casa Batllo

Grand Salon at Casa Batllo

 

Laurie, convinced me to join her and she showed me Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Oviedo (which at the time I had no idea my ancestors originated from there) and my favorite, the little fishing village of Luanco on the far north coast of Spain and the home of Laurie’s friends and adopted family. That trip changed my life for many reasons. I discovered this most magnificent country, I connected with my ancestry in a way I would later more fully understand, I realized there was a whole world out there to explore, it opened my eyes to the endless opportunities in design and architecture, it awakened my passion for cooking and food. Well that pretty much sums me up now some 27 years later. It’s interesting that that trip really marked the moment I awoke….I feel I am at another awakening now as I close in on my 60’s and move into a new stage of my life.

Rooftop chimneys at Casa Mila - Barcelona

Rooftop chimneys at Casa Mila - Barcelona

 

I have returned to Spain on a number of occasions since that first trip and my love for Spain continues to grow. I realize now though I have not been here since 2004 – way to long…..! I am so happy to be back, and I am typing this blog from the 25th floor of the Hotel Arts overlooking the entire city of Barcelona. Spectacular.

City view of Barcelona from the Hotel Arts

City view of Barcelona from the Hotel Arts

 

I remember my first trip to Barcelona all by myself. Really my first trip abroad without anyone but me…..a very intimidating but also very freeing experience as it gave me the confidence that I could really do anything and that there is nothing that makes you feel more alive than stepping completely out of your comfort zone. An experience that ever since has served me well with many aspects of my life.

Casa Mila - Barcelona

Casa Mila - Barcelona

Lightwell at Casa Batllo - Barcelona

Lightwell at Casa Batllo - Barcelona

 

Lightwell at the Casa Batllo - Barcelona

Lightwell at the Casa Batllo - Barcelona

I recall walking the streets of Barcelona, and taking in the sights all alone, with no one to reflect or discuss my observations and discoveries. I remember thinking to myself, “how wonderful it would be to be here with someone I love and explore it that way!” Well some 27 years later here I am, with the love of my life, my Isabel, and two of my three girls, Isabella and Sophia. I cannot tell you how excited I am and how special this trip is for me and my life.

My family in Barcelona

My family in Barcelona

 

Life is interesting how it all plays out. I have learned that you just need to keep going and make the most of each day. This is it – this could be the last day. I have been on that edge a few times in life and these near ends have reminded me that this is it – there is not TEVO in life – no replays. Thanks for reading my blog and being a part of my life. I know if you are reading this you must be someone special to me. Enjoy our journey……

Casa Mila

Casa Mila

Cas Mila rooftop

Cas Mila rooftop

Merry Christmas from us all at Candelaria Design

The Candelaria Design Class of 2016 wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Candelaria Design Class of 2016 wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

So this is Xmas

And what have you done

Another year over

And a new one just begun

And so this is Xmas

I hope you have fun

The near and the dear one

The old and the young

 

A very Merry Xmas

And a happy New Year

Let's hope it's a good one

Without any fear

 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

 

 

Merry Christmas to you all! Another year older…. 2017 right around the corner. All of my shopping is done and now its time to relax and enjoy a wonderful weekend with family and friends. Yes, Isabel and I will be cooking – prime rib this Christmas Eve! No big plans though just relaxing by the fire and chillin’.

 

The Candelaria Design Crew at Eddie's House in Scottsdale

The Candelaria Design Crew at Eddie's House in Scottsdale

I am so blessed in so many ways. A wonderful wife, family, friends, clients and of course my Candelaria Design Team! My crew works so hard and this year I am pretty sure we hit an all-time record for the amount of hours we worked. But we have a lot to show for it – beautiful projects on the boards, under construction and now completed. We have many clients spending their first Christmas in their Candelaria Design home. I can only imagine what that would be like….

 

Cooking paella at a Candelaria Design open house.

Cooking paella at a Candelaria Design open house.

I live a pretty modest life in some ways and obviously a pretty big life in other ways. Isabel and I rent our 2700 sf patio home….no we do not live in a mega mansion. I drive my 4 year old Prius…. nota Tesla …..although I would like one. Some guys spend their spare time on the golf course - I love to travel. I love to cook and entertain and get involved in causes that give back to those that are less fortunate…..Gigi’s Playhouse, the Colten Bat Cave, Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent DePaul, St. Mary’s Food Bank are just a few of the many we play very active and direct roles in.

Back patio at Casa Candelaria

Back patio at Casa Candelaria

I love my work. Creating homes and the place people live is so challenging yet very rewarding. The clients and people I have met and have had the honor to work for is beyond my wildest dreams. It is my life, my passion, my soul. I am so excited about the projects we are currently involved with and really our best work is still to come. Truly, my reward comes from the thank you’s and wonderful appreciation we receive from our clients – especially those now living in their Candelaria Design homes. I hope the environments we have created have changed the way our client’s go through life and experience every day.   

 

I love my team. They all care and give so much effort. I cannot tell you how many times I go in at 4 or 5 am and someone is already there working away. They are motivated by the same thing – just knowing a client loves their work is music to their ears. Architects are not a lot different than a stage actor on Broadway. We live for the applause. It’s our biggest motivator. Unfortunately, there is not an audience to give you an ovation at the completion of every drawing, rendering, or field report so it only shows how much these people truly love and care. The talents of my team are amazing and I love taping into it and watch it blossom and flourish.

My Associates, Evelyn Jung and Vivian Ayala at our Candelaria Design El Chorro

My Associates, Evelyn Jung and Vivian Ayala at our Candelaria Design El Chorro

The Candelaria Class of 2016 at the Car Bar at Mountain Shadows

The Candelaria Class of 2016 at the Car Bar at Mountain Shadows

The Candelaria Team - yes we do take breaks now and then!

The Candelaria Team - yes we do take breaks now and then!

Working away at Earth and Images

Working away at Earth and Images

Damon Wake, Meredith Thomson, Evelyn Jung and MC at the Phoenix Home and Garden Home Tour

Damon Wake, Meredith Thomson, Evelyn Jung and MC at the Phoenix Home and Garden Home Tour

 

I love my clients. Wow you are all amazing and inspiring. I have learned so much just being around you and soaking up your knowledge, style, drive, and passion for life. It all fuels me and pushes me to take our designs and projects further. I wish I could spend time with them more – away from architecture….just to learn. I love seeing my clients in their homes and watching the creation that has lived in my head sometimes for years finally come to life.

Lisa Mathews, Damon Wake, MC and clients Cheryl and Tom Fencl

Lisa Mathews, Damon Wake, MC and clients Cheryl and Tom Fencl

 

Clients Gil and Phyllis Lerner at Tina Majerle's.

Clients Gil and Phyllis Lerner at Tina Majerle's.

Heart Ball 2016 with clients Rod and Kim Cullum, Isabel and MC

Heart Ball 2016 with clients Rod and Kim Cullum, Isabel and MC

I love my wife and family. None of this matters without the love of my wife and family. My sweet Isabel has made the biggest impact on my life than anything that has ever happened to me. Her love has allowed my creativity and energy to blossom and hopefully I have had the same impact and effect on her life. I love my time, although it’s never very much, with Isabel and my girls. Our travels are the best. Monday we leave for Spain for a 12 day trip to preview and fine tune our Candelaria Design Tour Italy for June 2017. We look forward to fun adventures, great food, wine, and some well- earned rest.

MC, daughter Tiffany, and her boyfriend Josh touring some of Dad's work!

MC, daughter Tiffany, and her boyfriend Josh touring some of Dad's work!

Our 2015/16 Family Holiday Tour of Italy

Our 2015/16 Family Holiday Tour of Italy

Christmas in Assisi 2015

Christmas in Assisi 2015

 

Merry Christmas to you all. Enjoy and make every moment count and take nothing for granted. On to 2017 we go!

On to 2017 we go!

On to 2017 we go!

Happy Holidays - Thanksgiving Escape to Napa

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday season! We are enjoying the winter temps and all of the parties, functions, and holiday get togethers.

 

Meanwhile in the midst of the holiday fun we are busy working away on our projects – ranging from a beach home renovation on the far end of Long Island, NY to a beach home renovation in LaJolla, CA with a number of amazing projects in between – of course most right here in Arizona.

 

Proud to see all three of the spec homes we recently designed in Arcadia and one in Silverleaf all sell in 2016! We now have several new specs in design!

 

I appreciate all who came to my photography show at Isabel’s store Earth and Images. We had a great turn out and sold several of our Candelaria Collection Pasta Machines and several of my photo pieces – thank you!!!

http://www.candelariadesign.com/candelaria-products/candelaria-premiere-collection-gourmet-pasta-maker

 

It is definitely a busy time of the year and business wise it has been really getting busier as the year is coming to an end. Usually the slowest time, I am optimistic with what we might see in 2017. So to gear up and get a little down time in the midst of my 70 hour work weeks, Isabel and I snuck off to Napa to enjoy a long Thanksgiving weekend.

 

I know many of you have been to Napa – our USA version of Italy just a two hour flight away – we love it. This time we flew into San Francisco and met with our friends and Italy travelers, Gicela and Anthony Dulcich, who drove up from Long Beach and met us at our San Fran rendezvous spot, The St. Francis Hotel on Union Square. I love the St. Francis Hotel and it is definitely my go to spot when I come to the city by the bay!

 

We scheduled only one evening in the city so we had to make sure we squeezed in a dinner at the Tadich Grill, supposedly the oldest restaurant in San Francisco and California. http://www.tadichgrill.com/location-sf.php. Always fabulous, the cioppino is a must.

 

The next morning we squeezed in our morning walk comprised of coffee and some photography. Then we were off for Napa. This time we kept it simple and charming and checked into the Cottages of Napa Valley http://www.napacottages.com at the recommendation of our good friend, designer, and fellow Italy traveler, Rebecca Curtis – great recommendation. Charming, simple, unpretentious and best of all – quiet! We loved it and highly recommend.

 

We checked in and we were off to Michael Chiarello’s, Bottega, in Yountville for a fantastic late lunch. Michael Chiarello is one of my favorite chefs and have loved his show and recipes on the Food Network for years.

http://michaelchiarello.com www.botteganapavalley.com  The food was outstanding but what stood out for me what the whiskey sour the bartender made with raw egg whites in a shaker…..unreal. Fantastic atmosphere and the food was 5 stars. http://michaelchiarello.com Not a bad way to start our Napa experience. After our fabulous lunch it was time to do a little shopping, grab an espresso, a little more shopping then back to the hotel to relax. The rain moved in and after a nice nap we were off to Sonoma to The Depot for a quiet dinner. http://www.depotsonoma.com/dining/

 

The next morning was Sunday morning and so we started the day with a lovely Thomas Keller, Bouchon Bakery https://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchonbakeryyountville basket at our doorstep, the newspaper, hot coffee brewing, a crackling fire and some George Winston playing on our Beats Pill we always bring when we travel.

 

After a leisurely and relaxing start to the day we made our way out into the sunshine and a visit to the Dean and Deluca store on our way to St. Helena, CA. http://www.deandeluca.com/sth-ca I always love these stores and just browsing and exploring. From there our shopping continued in the charming town of St. Helena. Loved this place with wonderful stores and the Orin Swift Tasting Room smack dab in the middle of town. Nothing like starting the day with a little wine tasting of the Orin Swift collection. http://www.orinswift.com

 

After a nice light lunch we went exploring with a stop at the Castello di Amorosa Winery just north of St. Helena. This winery is over the top in terms of the authentic 13th century Tuscan architecture.  It is spot on and if I woke up from a sleep I would swear I was in Tuscany on one of our Candelaria Tour Italy journeys.   http://www.castellodiamorosa.com

 

From there we went further up the valley and to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com. Another amazing winery to explore and then add all of the movie memorabilia from his films – especially the Godfather films – , the grounds and gardens and not to mention the wines and you can easily spend some time here.

Coppola Winery movie memorabilia

Coppola Winery movie memorabilia

Coppola Winery

Coppola Winery

Coppola Winery

Coppola Winery

 

So after an afternoon of enjoying wine it was time to top it off with a fabulous dinner at Bouchon. https://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchonyountville Be prepared to take your time and bring adequate funds. It was fantastic – both service and cuisine.  What an amazing sensory stimulating day – my favorite – from architecture, to beautiful scenery, to fabulous wines to savory cuisine.

Dinner at Bouchon

Dinner at Bouchon

 

The next morning we had our day teed up by my good friend and the uber-talented, Landscape Designer, Jeff Berghoff, who does the landscape design on most of my homes. http://www.berghoffdesign.com Jeff is currently working on the design for two wineries in Napa and he was so kind to set us up with private tastings at the Caymus Winery http://www.caymus.com  and the V.Sattui Winery https://www.vsattui.com both near St. Helena. Wow – knowing Jeff’s style I knew this would be off the charts and it lived up to my anticipation. From our two hour tasting at Caymus to our tasting followed by a lovely picnic on the terrace with V.Sattui President, Tom C. Davies. How gracious to spend time talking with us about our trips to Italy, wine, and the current state of the wine industry. All very fascinating and how wonderful to meet and make new friends in Napa.

The beautiful grounds of the Caymus Winery

The beautiful grounds of the Caymus Winery

The cellar at Caymus

The cellar at Caymus

V.Sattui Winery

V.Sattui Winery

V.Sattui Winery

V.Sattui Winery

V.Sattui Winery

V.Sattui Winery

Tasting Room at V.Sattui

Tasting Room at V.Sattui

Picnic time on the terrace at V.Sattui

Picnic time on the terrace at V.Sattui

Sharing stories with V.Sattui Winery President, Tom Davies

Sharing stories with V.Sattui Winery President, Tom Davies

V.Sattui Winery

V.Sattui Winery

 

We finished our evening back in Sonoma with a stop at the original William & Sonoma store and home of founder Chuck Williams – all right there, in of course, Sonoma! http://www.williams-sonoma.com/customer-service/original-sonoma-store.html Very cool and equally inspiring. You just have to go for it!

 

Well – our time in Napa was done and it was time to get back to the drawing board but now filled with some wonderful dinners, fantastic wine, some romance, rest, and of course many fun memories. Across the Golden Gate Bridge and back to San Fran – but of course not with a stop at one of Gicela and Anthony’s favorites and now mine the authentic Italian deli of Lucca for Christmas raviolis!  http://www.luccadeli.com

 

I wish you all an amazing Holiday season! Get out and enjoy some great food, wine and of course architecture!

Teen Challenge Arizona

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!  I am truly grateful for my family & friends, and I treasure the time I get to spend with everyone.  The same goes to my CDA Team and the people I work with.  I always want to surround myself with the best team who have the same values and love for life, as I do.  That being said I would like to introduce you to my guest writer, Mathew Grove.  Mathew is one of my many talented and promising Project Managers.  He is heading the project for Teen Challenge Arizona and his passion for this project and foundation is unmatched.  So please enjoy and again, thank you for being a part of Candelaria Design!

(Written By Mathew Grove) Teen Challenge is an amazing national organization committed to helping those that are battling addiction. When Paul Cox, Director of Development for Teen Challenge Arizona, reached out to Candelaria Design for help with their kitchen, we were humbly honored to accept the invitation and set a meeting with him right away.  This was the beginning of a beautiful project . . . 

Background

Upon arrival to Teen Challenge, Paul Cox, Jim Moyer and Jonathon Roe educated our design team about the Teen Challenge organization and all of the incredible contributions they make within many communities around our country. Their Phoenix community alone has a daily average of sixty people (from all age groups) that participate - that is a lot of people to feed! To give you a better idea, the kitchen serves approximately 60 meals/3 times a day each year. This totals about 65,700 meals every year, not including holiday meals which serve up to 120 people each.  While jotting down these statistics, we were led to the kitchen which was noticeably in a deteriorating state – the walk-in refrigerator struggled to reach below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and continually would break down, an old dishwasher that was in constant need of repair (we noted that there was no three-basin dish washing sink to use as a backup to the dishwasher and that there was also a range that had bungee cords holding the oven doors shut), and lastly, a rough concrete floor that was not suitable for a kitchen . . . we had to help! We were told that they were applying for a $100,000 grant so they could have the funds to remodel their kitchen that was in desperate need for upgrades. So we signed on and started putting together a plan and design for their kitchen. 

Before & After of the Kitchen

Before & After of the Kitchen

Getting Started

First, we had to put together a program that contained all the necessary requirements for the new kitchen. In order to accomplish this, we immediately setup our first design meeting with Chef Ward at Teen Challenge. Shortly after, we had a well thought-out conceptual plan.  At this point we contacted a home builder here in Phoenix, Arizona who helped us put together a budget for the new kitchen - his first estimates came in and we realized this project could easily cost over $500,000. We realized this wouldn’t work with the previously disclosed budget of $100,000.

After a year of fundraising and reaching the $100,000 mark, I received a call from Paul Cox who mentioned he had a builder that wanted to help.  At this point we met with President and Founder of CR Commercial Contractors, Doug Terrell, who quickly helped put together an updated scope of work, “wish list” and project schedule to help maximize the $100,000 budget.

Thank fully, much of the team was still focused on making the original concept of the new and improved kitchen a reality for Teen Challenge.  In the initial budget, appliances alone were going to utilize just about the entire budget, accompanied by the new floor, necessary dish washer and 3-basin sink. Pat Julian, from Julian Restaurant Equipment, was kind enough to bring all the new appliances in at whole sale cost! With his generosity, a rippling effect amongst the tradesmen, donors and sub-contractors began, all of whom were kind enough to donate.  Before we knew it, the kitchen had all the wish list items and we were able to accomplish our original design.

**Another BIG THANK YOU to all the contractors for their donations to make this project a reality** 

 

 

Phoenix Home & Garden Home Tour 2016

Well it has been a crazy start to November. First you had the Cubs come from down three games to one to win the World Series and then of course President elect Donald Trump’s amazing come from behind political victory. It definitely shows that persistence pays and its never over until it is over. Definitely two of my motto’s for all of my life and surely a mindset you need when you endeavor to design and build a custom home.

Just as in life, it’s never smooth sailing, whether it is a simple remodel room addition or an uber complicated project like some of the projects we currently have on the board or under construction – it is going to take persistence! Hence why you want a great team behind you.

I have been blessed to have been a part of some amazing projects with talented team members. Tomorrow we are proud to have two spectacular projects on the Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine Home Tour which by the way is SOLD OUT!  https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixHomeGarden/

 

On the standard tour we have a beautiful Transitional Spanish Colonial home we designed in the Silverleaf community of Arcadia. This is truly a family home that we designed on what started as a flat lot but because it was in a flood zone we had to bring in 8’ of fill to raise the pad from the street then build the house! The lot has a unique shape which necessitated a unique design.

 

Basically, the home is arranged on a central axis that emanates from the corner and on one side of the axis is the adult side of the house and the other side is the family and children’s side of the house. Between the two is a protected courtyard. Sounds simple, but only when you see the house can you appreciate this arrangement.

 

What was so fun for me on this project was the fact that this was the first ground up project I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborated with my wife, Isabel, and her studio Earth and Images http://www.earthandimages.com. We were still single and dating when the clients hired us! Yes they were a bit worried – what if we broke up???? Well you all know how that story has played out!

Add the talents of Jeff Berghoff of Berghoff Design Group http://www.berghoffdesign.com and my Project Manager, Damon Wake who did a spectacular job on the project and you have the makings of a home worthy of the tour.

 

So many wonderful memories and of course challenges along the way. One of the best was a weekend that Isabel and I put on our work clothes and chalked out all of the paneling and trim on the unfinished drywall walls climbing scaffolding and getting down and dirty. Definitely worth the time and effort and the finished product is again a testament to persistence. The home was beautifully featured in the October issue of Phoenix Home and Garden and now is featured again for Isabel’s work on the daughter’s room in the current November issue of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine!

 

The clients have joined us on our Candelaria Design Tour Italy and we celebrated the completion with a wonderful pasta making party and also a separate paella dinner – which by the way we will be serving to all 800 visitors during the tour tomorrow along with selling our Candelaria Collection Pasta Machines which you can order in time for the Holidays right here….. http://www.candelariadesign.com/candelaria-products

 

Damon Wake cranking away on the Candelaria Collection Pasta Machine!

Damon Wake cranking away on the Candelaria Collection Pasta Machine!

Housewarming party - enjoying my Paella!

Housewarming party - enjoying my Paella!

Phoenix Home and Garden Pasta Party

Phoenix Home and Garden Pasta Party

Then on the VIP Home Tour tomorrow is another special project with a magnificent team and of course client. This home received a 2011 Gold Nugget Merit award for a custom home over 6500 sf and also is the first LEED Home in Paradise Valley, Arizona. This is a very special home in that the husband ~ client sadly passed away just months after the home’s completion. I have so many fond memories and learning experiences in my time with him – he was truly a great man and inspiring figure. The wife ~ client enjoys the home and the memories associated with its creation and she proudly and graciously opens her home up for amazing events raising thousands for various charities in our community.

 

I was introduced to this client by Jim Smith of Serving the Nation whom we had just finished a project in the Phoenix Country Club with and he said I have a marquis project I would like to introduce you to. I remember exactly where I was when I received that call and it has changed my life forever.

Interior Designer Donna Vallone and our team quarterback Jim Smith 

Interior Designer Donna Vallone and our team quarterback Jim Smith 

 

Jim Smith was our project quarterback and he pulled all of the team together from Jerry Meek of Desert Star Construction http://desertstarconstruction.com , who along with his father built the first project I ever worked on back in 1982, Donna Vallone and Niki Saulino of Vallone Design who masterfully appointed the interiors, to Jeff Berghoff of Berghoff Design Group http://www.berghoffdesign.com who meticulously sculpted the gardens, to Walter Spitz of Creative Designs in Lighting http://www.cdltg.com who brought the magic to the project. Then add the long list of trades, suppliers, and vendors all who were intimately involved in this project. Finally, I would be totally remiss if I did not say special thanks to my Project Architect on the project, the humble but most talented, Jeffrey Kramer http://www.candelariadesign.com/meet-the-team/ who spearheaded the project for Candelaria Design from start to finish!

 

This home is definitely one of my marquis homes and everyone who participated on this project has such love and respect for each other…. It is truly a highlight of my professional career and I am so happy to share this home on this year’s VIP Tour!

 

I guess it is easy to see why this home is then so special. The whole four year process it took to design and build this home during a very tough time in the economy and in my personal life again shows the persistence it takes to achieve great things.

 

Ok a couple final notes – please stop by and enjoy an evening of photography at my show Captured Moments & Inspirations featuring some of my photography on the Scottsdale Art Walk this Thursday, November 17th at 6pm at my wife Isabel’s studio Earth and Images. Isabel and I will have sangria waiting!!!!

Let me know what your favorite photo is??????

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Candelaria Design - Giving Back!

Happy Halloween to everyone – I think it is eventually going to cool off….we’ll see! Thank you to you all for the wonderful birthday wishes over the last month – I am so blessed by you all.

 

Well it’s definitely been busy and we are so appreciative of all the amazing projects we are working on and more importantly the fun and creativity we have with our clients.

 

We are also so proud to be a part of so many opportunities to give back and we are so intensely involved in some wonderful projects that contribute to those in our community – and trust me there are many – who are in need. It is so easy to just write a check or go to a dinner or ball and be done – and all of those contributions are so appreciated and necessary - but to physically participate with sweat and effort when you can’t write the big check is just as rewarding.

 

I have never been able to write the big check but throughout my life I have found ways to do my best to make a difference – even if it’s a small ripple in the pond….it can transform one life and become a sunami! I have seen this in action for myself. I love seeing this become an integral part of our Candelaria Design culture and the young members of my firm embrace this spirit of giving back.

 

In fact tonight, my Project Manager, Mathew Grove is attending a grand opening for the Phoenix Teen Challenge http://teenchallengephoenix.com  where we donated our time and energy to create the plans for their new kitchen. Teen Challenge helps members of our community making their way back from drug and alchohol addiction.

Last Monday, I had the honor at the invitation of Jimmy Walker, Founder and CEO of Celebrity Fight Night http://www.celebrityfightnight.org to speak at the Monday morning breakfast  at St. Vincent DePaul https://www.stvincentdepaul.net and 600 homeless people. What a humbling experience and honor that was, to give a speech about Not Giving Up….. an easy topic for me to talk about that is for sure. The magnitude of people who are in need right under our doorstep is eyeopening and it definitely puts things in perspective as we worry about how we are going to squeeze ten more feet into a closet or figure out how to add just two more garages onto a home.....The fact of the matter is it really should not take that much to make us happy and give us what we really need especially when there are so many others who just need the basics. My talk however was not about giving a man a fish but teaching a man to fish which I totally believe - again its easy for those on the fed side to just hand over an extra fish but it takes time, effort and love to tach a man to fish. The focus in this country has been just giving the fish and that needs to change. 

 

Meanwhile, Project Manager, Tim Mathewson, and his team are making great progress working with founder and our amazing client, Charles Keller, on the Colten Cowell Foundation Crime Fighting Cave https://coltencowellfoundation.org !!! We are getting excited to be breaking ground soon and we will be inviting our entire repetoire of clients and design/construction community to help out! This will be an amazing facility and we have donated all design services for this state of the art Bruce Wayne Manor.

 

At the same time, our Project Manager, Damon Wake, is diligently designing along with my wife Isabel and her team at Earth and Images http://www.earthandimages.com on donating our design services for the new addition to the Gigi’s Playhouse http://gigisplayhouse.org/phoenix/ we designed a couple years ago in Scottsdale. This will be spectacular and such a fabulous addition to those families dealing with the needs of children with Down’s Syndrome.

 

Finally, I am now on the Board of Habitat for Humanity and we are working on our Spring Gala where we are hoping to host a wonderful evening at one of our projects to raise money for this fabulous organization! Let me know if anyone is interested in hosting about 200 to 300 guests for this wonderful evening.

 On a final note, the earthquakes continue in our beloved Italy. Please go to our Community Page and make a donation to the Red Cross on behalf of the Italy earthquake victims. At this moment they just need funds for blankets and housing for those whose homes have been destroyed. 

Well that’s a complete list of projects to keep any office busy and these are just our “give back” projects and yes they take time, effort, and dedication along with the normal pressure and stress of any project but it’s what you do when you are part of a community and have a talent and service that can serve others.

 

I strongly urge all of you to help out – even if it’s a donation of money or time to any of our efforts and causes. Trust me we can find a place for you where you will instantly make a difference but more importantly experience first hand, the joy and grace of making a difference…….Text, email, or call me and we will plug you in to a spot where you can instantly impact our community. Who is in????