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Houzz: New This Week: 3 Gorgeous White-and-Wood Kitchens


Designers: Isabel Dellinger-Candelaria and Nikka Van Horn of Earth and Images
Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona
Size: 330 square feet (30.6 square meters)

Homeowners’ request: Make a dark and crowded space light and bright. 

The cabinets: Simple Shaker style painted in Extra White from Sherwin-Williams. 

The wood: Natural Michigan maple island countertop treated with oil. Dark wood floors. 

Other special features: Hammered polished-nickel pendants. Black-and-white pattern-printed Carrara marble backsplash above the range. White Carrara marble countertops. White subway tile backsplash. 

Pendant lights: Currey & Co.; subway tile: Arizona Tile; patterned tile: Villagio; browse wall tiles

The Chaise Lounge: Episode 124 - Out of the Box .....the Candelaria Way!

On this episode of The Chaise Lounge, Nick chats with Mark and Isabel Candelaria of Candelaria Design and Earth and Images, respectively. They discuss running their businesses separately, working together, andand how they push the envelop by incorporating technology on a regular basis.

Getting to know Mark & Isabel Candelaria

Currently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mark is an architect and Isabel is an interior designer. They met on Facebook through friends of friends and the rest is history. They both love to travel, especially to Italy for the food, architecture, and people.

How did Gillian get into design?

 Mark studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder, then transferred to Arizona State University. While in school, he started working for a professor as a draftsman and quickly became a partner in the firm. Rather than graduating from school, Mark was able to get the experience he needed to pass the qualification exams. He has worked in the field ever since.

Isabel was first hired as a visual merchandiser at a retailer, then she moved over into selling customer furniture and cabinetry. Later on, her mentor, a wholesaler to the design trade, decided to sell her business and Isabel bought it. Isabel was able to go back to school for interior design and soon started working on her own projects.

What the business looks like today

Candelaria Design, a residential architecture firm, employs sixteen individuals. Their projects are all over the place including Montauk, Oregon, and San Antonio. As it turns out, the founder of HGTV lives in a home that Mark designer. This sparked the conversation that led to Mark on the team of designing the 2017 HGTV Smart Home in Scottsdale, Arizona, which includes the latest and greatest in technology.

Isabel is the lead designer in her firm, with two junior designers who also act as project managers. She also employs an office manager who keeps things running. This allows the designers mental freedom to focus on projects. Earth and Images focuses primarily on residential design projects, but also has a small showing of retail space in the studio too.

Both Mark and Isabel enjoy utilizing technology to work on projects that aren’t local. Tools like Skype, FaceTime, and GoToMeeting provide productive and efficient experiences for contractors and clients .

In addition, Mark and Isabel also employ very collaborative design processes. It can be risky or scary to be this exposed, but they don’t worry about that. Each time is different and Mark even mentioned that they land on something incredible that he wouldn’t have come up with on his own. The process forces you to give your client their house, rather than one you designed in a vacuum for them.

Candelaria Design and Earth and Images take part in many types of marketing from community involvement, social media, blogging, and even trips to Italy and Spain! These trips started in 2000 and are open to anyone. Mark mentioned thattravel is the greatest resource for a designer. He and Isabel have compiled a database of photos from travels which they find inspiration in for projects once they return. Traveling with others in the industry also allow for deep relationships and bonds to be formed. They find that the competition cannot compete with their authenticity.

Mark and Isabel are also involved with The Design Network, which showcases unique ways they use architecture and interior design. Facebook brings in clients more directly for Mark and Isabel. As a visual platform, they are able to show time lapse design videos or aerial shots from a job site captured by a drone. They love the immediacy and cost effective nature of the platform. Isabel mentioned that when she does meet with a client for the first time, they already feel like they know her because of social media.

Mark and Isabel enjoy wearing all of the hats in the business. They see challenges and problems as opportunities that they can’t wait to solve! Overall, they want to design and create a home that inspires you to live at a higher level.

Learn more on FacebookInstagramCandelaria Design and Earth and Images.


Arizona Foothills Magazine: The AZ Insider Want to Win HGTV's Smart Home in Scottsdale

Peek inside this home and how you can WIN this grand prize. 

This home in a gated community in Scottsdale could be yours just by entering HGTV’s sweepstakes. Really. And it’s amazing. That’s 3,300 square feet of amazing. The 3 bedroom with 3/12 bathrooms is very cleverly constructed with high tech gadgets and smart solutions for luxury living! 

The home features a spacious 3 car garage, a wet bar, home office, generous pantry and laundry area, as well as a sleek, modern pool for cooling off in the desert heat.

Planned by Arizona architect Candelaria Design Associates and constructed by Arizona builder Eagle Luxury Properties, it’s valued at more than $1.5 million that will be awarded this summer. 

ABC 15 News: 2017 HGTV Smart Home in Scottsdale: Take a look inside the 3,300-square-foot 'desert modern' home

HGTV's 2017 "Smart Home" was built and designed right here in North Scottsdale. The 3,300-square-foot home has three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. It is described as "desert modern." The HGTV Sweepstakes runs April 12 - June 2. The winner will receive the house, the design, a 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e 4Matic, and $100,000 cash.

The home is in a gated community. The public may not be able to see it. However, we took quite a few photos (as did HGTV) so give you a good look at the interior and exterior.

The Arizona Republic: HGTV giving away Scottsdale 'smart home' and a Mercedes

A look at home-design network HGTV’s 2017 smart house. Thomas Hawthorne/

A luxury smart home in north Scottsdale complete with motion-activated toilets, a tub fitted out with sound waves, solar-activated skylights, video security and a hybrid Mercedes is being given away.

A luxury smart home in north Scottsdale complete with motion-activated toilets, a tub fitted out with sound waves, bed connected to sleep apps, solar-activated skylights, tablet-controlled video security and a hybrid Mercedes with its own charging system in the garage is being given away.

It's home-design network HGTV’s 2017 smart house.

To win the house, SUV and $100,000, people can enter twice a day on HGTV’s website between April 12 and June 2.

We got an early peek at the home near Whisper Rock Golf Club in the wealthy 85266 ZIP code.

An exact value has not been put on the 3,300-square-foot home, but the entire prize package is valued at $1.5 million, said HGTV’s Kristin Alm.

The decked-out house, designed with a Southwestern look by Candelaria Design Associates, was built by Eagle Luxury Properties. Both firms are based in Scottsdale.

HGTV’s smart home for 2016 was built in Raleigh, N.C. The winner from Maryland decided not to keep the house, instead opting for an undisclosed cash prize.

An almost million-dollar house does come with a tax bill.

The Raleigh home was later sold for about $900,000, according to the Triangle Business Journal.

The Scottsdale smart home comes with three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a three-car garage.