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Barcelona - Start of our 2019 Tour Spain!

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

Evelyn and MC - Ready for Spain!

Evelyn and MC - Ready for Spain!

La Sagrada de Familia

La Sagrada de Familia

This year we embarked on our third Candelaria Design Tour Spain our 18th Tour over all since our first tour in 2000! This was our largest group ever for Spain, 22 travelers in all. Our itinerary included San Sebastián, Granada and Barcelona – where we started our tour. 

I love Barcelona as it is one of my favorites of Europe – at least so far, I still have more to see! I love the robustness of everything about Spain but particularly, Barcelona, from its architecture of course, but also its cuisine and Catalan culture. From Gaudi, to Picasso, to Dali, to Hemingway – there is nothing timid about this culture. You simply either get out of the way of the bull or you get gorged by the bull! Its flamboyant, its captivating and its proud. The people of Barcelona and Catalan are proud of their culture and they have every right to be. Its amazing.

 

Thursday May 30th

 

Hotel Arts - Barcelona

Hotel Arts - Barcelona

We started our tour this year where we finished our first Spain Tour in 2017, at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona. ihttp://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/spain/barcelona?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2. What a luxurious and modern experience starting with a glass of cava – in essence Spanish champagne, and a welcome for my travelers who had been traveling for nearly 22 hours. We checked in mid-day, relaxed and rested a bit, and then went out for what else, paella! 

Hotel Arts - Barcelona

Hotel Arts - Barcelona

 

Becket and Sophia Edwards enjoying paella

Becket and Sophia Edwards enjoying paella

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My group was fantastic and consisted of a wide age range from 20 to over 80! Half of my group was younger than thirty and the rest were all near 50 or older. I loved it – what energy was brought by the younger travelers and I’m excited to see the next generation of Candelaria Design Tour travelers emerging. 

 









Friday May 31st

 The next day a large part of our group were off to visit the Gaudi houses of Casa Batlló and Casa Mila.  https://www.casabatllo.es   http://www.lapedrera.comTwo amazing works by Gaudi both along the grand boulevard, the Passeig de Gràcia – one of the most beautiful tree lined boulevards in Barcelona. Both of these works are really more works of art than architecture, although Gaudi manages to masterfully merge both, into a whimsical Art Nouveau creation with Casa Batlló and something from out of this world with Casa Mila – especially if you visit the roofs of both and encounter the chimneys that look like space soldiers from Star Wars. As I have said several times, I am convinced Gaudi was taken to another world, brought back and built what her remembered from his journey. 

 

La Rambla

La Rambla

The rest of us toured the La Rambla, another beautiful boulevard in Barcelona, but a bit overrun with tourists. . Of course I had to make a quick stop to my favorite spot in Barcelona, the La Boqueria. http://www.boqueria.barcelona We made a quick dash through as it was a busy time of the day – but I was able to assure myself that it was there, the world was good, and I could come back later while here and take the time to truly enjoy the magic of this food mecca.

 




From there we strolled through the old part of Barcelona, the Barrio Gótico de Barcelona where we basically went from shop to shop, through a maze of car free, narrow streets with the sounds of people speaking Catalan and the sounds of dishes clanking from small apartments where people are enjoying a light lunch before their siesta or from little cafes which we ultimately ventured into for our own light lunch and then it was back to our hotel for our own siesta. 

Phil and Renee Giltner and Isabel at La Boqueria

Phil and Renee Giltner and Isabel at La Boqueria

La Boqueria

La Boqueria

La Boqueria

La Boqueria

 

Then that evening, we got right into it with our first of what would be three Devour Food Tours, one in each city we would visit on our Tour. https://devourtours.com  Devour is an amazing concept by James Blick where they combine what is a guided history tour, as you typically see throughout Europe, with a food and wine tour. It lasts about three hours, you learn some history, see some sights, but you eat and drink along the way all the while experiencing local foods, wines, and traditions with locals in their settings – so away from the typical tourist spots. They are fantastic, a great value and I highly recommend them. They started in Spain, but they are growing to Rome, Paris, and Lisbon – I am sure we will see them springing up throughout Europe and I sure hope so they are a great way to get a nice macro/micro tour when visiting a city and dinner at the same time all while walking and burning those calories! 

Our Devour Tour started at the Mercat de Santantoni https://www.mercatdesantantoni.com/

Mercat de Santantoni

Mercat de Santantoni

which is another fabulous market worth visiting and considering. We were guided by two lovely ladies who broke us into two smaller groups alternating the restaurants we would visit for quick bites and drinks.  

 

Our two Devour guides flanking our traveler, Bob Kramer!

Our two Devour guides flanking our traveler, Bob Kramer!

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Vermut

Our first stop was the La Bodega d’en Rafel https://labodegadenrafael.dudaone.com/

 This was a fun stop with wonderful tapas and we were introduced to Vermut  which is a very popular drink in Catalan and is basically what we call Vermouth – an herb infused wine poured over ice with a twist of lemon or orange. https://talesofthecocktail.com/culture/doing-vermouth-catalan-style Then the second introduction was the drinking wine from a Porrón which is a traditional glass wine pitcher originating right here in Catalan. Let’s just say my group of travelers really took a liking to the Porrón!

Drinking from the Porrón

Drinking from the Porrón

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Cellar Florida

Cellar Florida

Our next stop was the Cellar Florida for more tapas and some delicious cava and wine. We made our final stop where we met up with the entire group at the Els Sortidors del Parlament. Another wonderful spot filled with locals – not a single tourist, except us of course – and the perfect place to gather the group around a large table and enjoy more amazing wine and tastes of Catalan.

 

Cellar Florida

Cellar Florida

Our travelers enjoying Els Sortidors del Parliament

Our travelers enjoying Els Sortidors del Parliament

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We finished our evening walking a few blocks to the Font Magica de Montjuïc – or the Magic Fountains! It was a beautiful evening and the perfect night to take this in. Plenty of tourists here but we managed to have some fun, do some jumps and enjoy the light and water show along with the spectacular views. 

 





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Becky and Dave Stockett getting carried away in Barcelona!

Becky and Dave Stockett getting carried away in Barcelona!

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Saturday June 1st

 

We started this day the same way we started the day before with a large group headed to two more spectacular Gaudi works, the La Sagrada Familia Cathedral and then Parc Güell. https://sagradafamilia.org    https://www.parkguell.cat 

Both of these works are off the charts and the Sagrada Familia in my opinion is one of the most amazing creations and architectural feats ever designed and constructed. As I said in our video, it is like looking into a kaleidoscope and then being able to walk into it. It is truly an awe-inspiring experience. Parc Güell is a lovely place to finish your Gaudi experience. It is like being a kid and exploring a fairytale. You find yourself looking for the Mad Hatter or Alice in Wonderland…or maybe Alice Cooper….its out there!

Isabel doing some shopping!

Isabel doing some shopping!

 

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While one group was soaking in more Gaudi a few others slept in, relaxed by the beach, or went exploring and shopping. Isabel and I went exploring and shopping! We had morning breakfast at the La Boqueria at the famous Pinotxo Bar. Pinotxo is most likely La Boqueria's, and even Barcelona's, best tapas bar. The famous and charismatic owner, Juanito, greeted Isabel and I and personally served us Spanish Tortilla, and café leche, along with a few other breakfast treats. From there we did some shopping along the Passeig de Gràcia and back in the Barrio Gótico when I started getting some Instagram messages from a childhood friend I had not seen in probably 30 years. He had been following my posts and realized I was in Barcelona where he was visiting and we made arrangements to meet at the La Boqueria for lunch! This time we would go to one of my favorites, Bar Boqueria http://barboqueria.comfor their spectacular grilled seafood platter. 

Jamie Gomez with MC at the La Boqueria Bar

Jamie Gomez with MC at the La Boqueria Bar

What fun to meet, reconnect and share some stories from years gone by. His family and my family have been friends since our great grandfathers back in Durango, Colorado so that goes back a few years! Well we couldn’t stop at the seafood platter so we went for a closer – the filet with topped with foie gras. Off the charts. A cold beer to go along and what a fantastic memory and experience. 

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Isabel and I then went back to the hotel for a siesta as tonight we were going to dine in high style at the contemporary Catalan restaurant – Windsor Cuina Catalana. This came at the recommendation of our concierge at the Hotel Arts and it did not disappoint. It is always nice to experience both ends of the spectrum in food and atmosphere. 

 

Sunday June 2nd

 

Our final day in Barcelona and it did not disappoint. Given it was a Sunday we needed to go to church and so we made a trek to the mountains northwest of Barcelona and the monastery of Montserrat http://www.abadiamontserrat.net/(S(1b0knnbyzw2nubo2pwog3a1x))/Defaultangles.aspx  Such a beautiful setting and experience – if you could subtract all of the tourists…. I would recommend going on a cold rainy day so you could have it all to yourself. Nonetheless, I loved experiencing this mountainside Monastery, and the fantastic architecture. We were lucky enough to be there just as Sunday Mass was underway which I enjoyed very much. I took some time to meditate and pray and mentally cancel out all the people that were there to just take pictures and move on to the next venue on their tour. 

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From here we traveled down the mountains to the valley floor below and to the winery Oller Del Mas. https://ollerdelmas.com/en/Sitting in a fertile plain with the Mont Serrat range in the distance, we enjoyed a tour of the winery and a light lunch in a beautiful private space with spectacular views and what do you know a porrón with which to enjoy our wine! 

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We finished our lunch and emptied our porrón and made our way back to Barcelona to relax and then up to the rooftop of our hotel for a farewell cocktail party to bring our Barcelona leg of the trip to a close! 

Kent Welborne and Evelyn enjoying the final evening in Barcelona!

Kent Welborne and Evelyn enjoying the final evening in Barcelona!

Heidi Haggerty-Welborn, Becket and Sophia Edwards

Heidi Haggerty-Welborn, Becket and Sophia Edwards

Adios Barcelona!

Adios Barcelona!

Happy Fourth of July 2019 - Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

Happy 4th from Mark and Isabel

Happy 4th from Mark and Isabel

Happy 4th of July weekend to everyone. Hopefully, most of you have turned this into a four day holiday. By the looks of my emails, it’s apparent most of you have! That’s part of the reason I always try and take a week or two off right around this holiday as it is quiet and a good chance to relax – which we have been doing!

 

The Candelaria girls 2019

The Candelaria girls 2019

With the added time, as I look back through my past blogs, I write a blog virtually every 4th of July. Type 4th of July in the search box and check out what comes up. It’s interesting to see my take from year to year, especially as my girls get older, and as do I! It is a good time to take stock of how the year is going as we have just passed the halfway point!

 

Group photo from the 2019 Candelaria Design Tour Spain.

Group photo from the 2019 Candelaria Design Tour Spain.

Well it has definitely been a busy first half of the year. Isabel and I have traveled to Atlanta, Joshua Tree, Milan, Napa, Santa Barbara, and Spain, and now we are up here in Northern Idaho enjoying Coeur d’Alene…. One of my favorites! It is special to me for a number of reasons. It is the home of my first Candelaria Design project, the Murphy Residence, in 1999 right along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. I consequently enjoyed coming up here so much that I bought a home here in 2004 and spent many summers and many Christmas/New Year holidays. I sold that home in 2012 but we have still been coming up summer, winter, and fall as it is just a real relaxing place with great produce for cooking amazing meals for the family. And so, that’s what we have been doing! 

Murphy Residence, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Murphy Residence, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

 

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From the Kootenai County Farmer’s Markets, to hiking, to boating, we have been enjoying it all. We arrived on July 1st, enjoyed the 4th of July Parade and fireworks, and now I am taking a couple weeks off until the middle of the month and then I will work here and teleconference in until the end of the month. I brought my drafting table and tools, some canvases for some painting and of course my cooking gear from pasta maker, to instapot, to paella pan! An artist cannot be without his tools. 

 

All three of my girls and Isabel are here for the first 10 days including my oldest daughter Tiffany’s boyfriend Josh! We have been having a blast hiking, fishing, boating, dancing, and of course cooking and eating. Isabel, Tiff and Josh all leave in the next few days and it will just be me and Sophia 14, and Bella 17 until the 22nd. Wow – now that should be an adventure! Good times, and more good memories for sure. 

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You realize how fast time goes by, especially when you get off the train and look at it whizzing by. And I guess that’s the point of taking some time to truly get off the train. I’m enjoying it and I thank my partners, Evelyn, Vivian and Meredith for keeping the train flying down the tracks while I’m away! They are amazing and I love all of them for what they have accomplished and the gift of time they are giving me. They have no idea how special that is. 

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So taking stock….. I am first so grateful for all that has happened in the first half of the year especially for my health and the health of my family and especially my sweet Isabel. She is doing great, we are collaborating on a number of fun projects and we just returned from our Spain Tour and now getting excited for our Italy Tour coming in September. Candelaria Design has been on the cover of Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine the last two months including the current July issue and we have a beautiful home in the new LUXE Magazine and we were awarded a RED Award by LUXE Magazine for best Regional Classic Architecture in April. 

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Needless to say, we are excited about and looking forward to the second half of the year. On August 27th we will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary of the start and founding of Candelaria Design! I cannot tell you how proud I am of that. I am working with writer David Brown, my good friend Chris Wahl, and renowned and best-selling writer Patricia Hart McMillan from San Antonio, Texas on a book featuring the 20 years of Candelaria Design and 20 of our marquis homes along with the stories behind the homes and a recipe that goes with each home. We are working away on this and I hope to have it completed by the start of 2020 to commemorate our 20 years and celebrate my 60th birthday in 2020.

 

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Our team is cranking away on amazing projects from as far away as North Carolina to the California coastline and in every size, shape and style from Traditional to Contemporary. We get typecast as only doing new build Tuscan Mega Mansions but I can tell you we have so much diversity in our work, both in style and project type. We are working on several remodels and makeovers and we have just broke ground on two Barrio Queen Restaurants, one in Tempe at the Tempe Marketplace and one in Queen Creek! 

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So much to be excited about for sure. I promise I will post some recipes and more from Spain. Check out our videos on our website at http://www.candelariadesign.com/sketch-daily Have a great rest of the weekend and follow our social media on Instagram and Facebook! 

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Spain 2019 - Here we Go and THANK YOU!!!

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I am SO excited to be kicking off our 3rd Candelaria Design Tour Spain! 16 of my 22 total travelers will be departing Phoenix this Wednesday afternoon, May 29th, and we will be arriving in Barcelona, Spain the afternoon of Thursday May 30th. Five of my travelers are already in Europe. My wife, Isabel, and two of our best friends and clients we are currently designing a home for just arrived in Rome and will be near Positano on the Amalfi Coast sourcing materials. Two more of my travelers couldn’t wait to get started so they left for Barcelona and are already there exploring. The five of them will all meet us in Barcelona on Thursday.

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Needless to say, we are so excited and I have an amazing itinerary with tours of the works of Gaudi, Tapas and culinary tours in Barcelona, Granada and San Sebastián, Turkish Baths in Granada, tours of the Alhambra, cooking classes in San Sebastián, and Flamenco dancing in Adalusian caves just to name a few adventures on this year’s journey. 

 

Follow us right here on our blog and on our social media. We have two amazing photographers/videographers coming so we will be sharing some spectacular content along the way. 

 

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Today is a very special day also in that it is the two year anniversary of when Isabel and I heard the doctors say those words know one ever wants to hear….”I’m sorry, but you have cancer.” So much goes through your mind when you hear that but the first thing we said to each other was let’s keep living and we will just do our best to follow God’s plan whatever that may be. Our first Spain Tour was just a few weeks away and the docs said to go ahead and go and Isabel could start chemo when she returned. That proved to be great advice as we realized it was in fact important to keep living and living we did. Despite 16 chemo treatments, surgery, and 33 radiation treatments, including treatment number 30 where they told Isabel she now had a brain tumor we kept living our lives. On treatment 33 they did a radiation mega zap and eliminated what was left of her breast cancer and hit a bullseye on the brain cancer. 

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Now two years later, Isabel actually just arrived on the Amalfi Coast in Italy with our two best friends and clients who are building a new home virtually a block away from where we live. My angel keeps going and keeps  #inspiringlivingas we like to hashtag all the time. Thank you to all of you for being there for both of us and for praying for my Isabel. 

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To celebrate and to keep this fight going I volunteered my time and my team’s time to the Arizona Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their annual fundraiser Man and Woman of the Year. This is the last week to give and their Gala is next week so I hope you find some time to GIVE to this amazing organization that makes such a difference in so many lives. The progress we have seen in the two years this became a part of our world is astounding. 

 

https://pages.mwoy.org/az/az19/mcandelari

 

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I want to thank my Assistant, Stacey Payne, who has really done so much to make my campaign go and operate! Her brother was fighting cancer he same time Isabel was and her brother also survived. We had many mornings together wondering what was ahead for those that were so dear to us. We both feel honored to have a chance to say thank you.

 

Thanks to David Neishabori and Azadi Fine Rugs  https://azadifinerugs.com/?keyword_session_id=vt~adwords%7Ckt~%7Cmt~b%7Cta~324572288331&_vsrefdom=wordstream&gclid=CjwKCAjw8qjnBRA-EiwAaNvhwCAGdNqF80b8lNqmFWWaLerH-VN8acJpVrGXA75DVLXC7hDk-cEi-hoCBwIQAvD_BwE

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for the full page add in this month’s Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine on behalf of this fund raiser. Man, you are an amazing friend and a good person to have in our design community. God bless you. 

 

Thanks to all the others who have donated silent auction items, including a beautiful handmade jacket from Evan Delaney, an amazing painting from artist, Kathy Henneman, a signed jersey from Larry Fitzgerald, and we are auctioning off two spots flying business class to and from ITLAY for this year’s 2019 Candelaria Design Tour Italy. We will be sending out the link for this auction item this week with all of the proceeds going to the fundraiser. 

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As you can see I have a lot of “THANKS” – so much to be grateful for that is for sure. We have been busy too. Check out our videos on our Candelaria Design Channel on YouTube and on our website. We have posted some fun videos of our homes and our cooking including last weekend’s trip to Flagstaff where we did some cooking in our Mountain Lodge at Pine Canyon. 

 

Another thank you to Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine for our feature of our Candelaria Design home in Montecito in the June Issue https://indd.adobe.com/view/8c3250a0-8c92-40c4-a03c-147fbdf1ce2d. More to come on this one but such an amazing story. This is the second home we have designed for this amazing couple who have become true lifelong friends and in fact were at Isabel and my wedding at Lake Como. How’s that???? Also, so proud to have made the cover with this truly memorable home. Special thanks and kudos to my associate and Project Architect, Jeff Kramer AIA, Donna Vallone and Shane Mehrer of Vallone Design https://www.vallonedesign.com and Landscape Designer Puck Erickson of Arcadia Studio http://www.arcadiastudio.com for their masterful collaboration on this beautiful legacy project.

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Finally, I will close with a thank you to LUXE Magazine and our second RED award in as many years for Best Classical Architecture in the Arizona Region https://luxeredawards.com https://luxeredawards.com/2019_regional_winner/candelaria-design-associates/#.XOroTi_Mwn0 for a home we took over during framing and converted the design from a ranch style to a classic French Revival. The home was built by Brimley Development http://www.brimdev.com/#home.html

with Interiors by DeCesare Design Group http://decesaredesigngroup.com

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Ok time to go pack, get a couple renderings done, and get the Traeger fired up for some short rib red chile enchiladas tonight! See you in Spain! Adios. 

 

 

Exploring Milan and Napa April 2019

Las Alcobas - Napa Valley

Las Alcobas - Napa Valley

Well 2019 is off to the races. I cannot believe I have not written a blog in over four months! What the heck. I guess it means we are busy – which we most definitely are!

 

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I write today’s blog from the Napa Valley and I want to start off with wishing everyone a very Happy Easter and Passover! It’s time to start fresh, to rejuvenate, and rejoice and I cannot even begin to express the gratitude and joy I have with the news we received this week from my wife, Isabel’s doctors, that all of her tests came back cancer free! We cannot be more filled with humble happiness and we want to thank all of you who have been there for both of us and our family through this journey. Every day, every moment, is an absolute miracle and gift so please remember that as you go through each day and don’t sweat the small stuff in life. Love at every opportunity, give back wherever and whenever you can, and take time to savor life…and we are doing just that here in Napa!

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Speaking of Napa, we are here this weekend putting the finishing touches on our first Candelaria Design Tour Napa set for October 3 – 8th, 2019! This will be our 20thCandelaria Design Tour! There are a few spots left but for the most part, this tour is virtually sold out with repeat travelers! Thank you!!! 

Our view from the Las Alcobas Luxury Hotel in St. Helena

Our view from the Las Alcobas Luxury Hotel in St. Helena

 

We depart for our 3rd Candelaria Design Tour Spain on May 29th which is SOLD OUT, and then we have our 16th Candelaria Design Tour Italy set for September 11th and we have room for three or four on that tour. Don’t wait to book your 2020 Tours as they are filling fast. 

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Candelaria Design Tour Spain 2018 San Sebastian

 

San Francisco 2019

San Francisco 2019

Our Napa Tour is going to be fantastic. Five days of wine tours, tastings, amazing cuisine experiences, shopping, spa and oh yeah, maybe some architecture! We were going to start the tour in San Francisco, but after our visit there this week we decided to bypass this stop as frankly I was appalled as to what has become of this once beautiful city. I won’t go into the details, but the aromatic blend of urine and marijuana doesn’t inspire me and does not set the tone for the kind of experience we want to create or promote…and we were in the luxury part of the city! I hope San Francisco wakes up and gets their city back!




 










Las Alcobas Hotel Pool

Las Alcobas Hotel Pool

After our San Francisco experience we were really happy to come to the Napa Valley. We checked into the Las Alcobas Hotel https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sfola-las-alcobas-a-luxury-collection-hotel-napa-valley/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2and right away we were mesmerized and transported to another world! This will likely be our home for the five days we enjoy the Napa Valley. 

 






View from our suite!

View from our suite!

Patio heaven.

Patio heaven.




We have enjoyed several wineries, including Rombauer https://www.rombauer.com, Mending Wall https://www.mendingwall.com, Orin Swift http://www.orinswift.com/index.cfm, Caymus https://www.caymus.com, Cakebread https://www.cakebread.com, and V. Sattui https://www.vsattui.comamongst others….there is only so much time!  

 

Then add our dining experiences from Bouchon https://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchonyountville, Press http://www.pressnapavalley.comand Bottega https://www.botteganapavalley.comwe have been enjoying the amazing farm fresh cuisine. 

 

After enjoying the wine and cuisine of Napa Valley you need to recharge and rejuvenate and so for Easter Sunday we spent the afternoon at the Atrio Spa at our hotel Las Alcobas. Now I designed the Enchantment Resort and Spa in Sedona and the Atrio Spa is definitely worth the visit. Definitely a recharging and rejuvenating experience and we are looking forward to our Tour travelers enjoying an afternoon of food and wine recovery! https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/fitness-spa-services/details/sfola-las-alcobas-a-luxury-collection-hotel-napa-valley/6040989/

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Now people ask me aren’t you worried about giving your tour ideas away and the answer is no because not only is it about the places, but it is about the order we move the group and more than anything it is the group of people we put together for these tours and the lasting friendships that come from these journeys. So Napa 2019 is off to a great start and we look forward to sharing Spain, Italy and then Napa for our 20thTour Anniversary. 

 

Lisa and Dave Matthews with Isabel at the Galleria in Milan

Lisa and Dave Matthews with Isabel at the Galleria in Milan

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So Napa was this week and last week Isabel and I were joined by  Project Architect, Lisa Matthews, and her husband Dave in Milan, Italy for Design Week! What a great trip as we joined with DeCesare Design Group and Tom Argue of Argue Custom Homes to meet our client from Munich, Germany for some shopping and design time. Milan was fantastic and the Design Week show was great. Isabel and I even had a little time to escape to our wedding spot at Villa d’ Este on Lake Como https://villadeste.grandluxuryhotels.com/en/h/163/villa-d-este?gclid=CjwKCAjwzPXlBRAjEiwAj_XTEeAZmBf6bZKPlZdjNbOIMbPypuGw7wSONWj5yhQ2RFbkD85mcNo3uBoCLZkQAvD_BwEfor cocktails and dinner at https://www.ristorantegattonero.it/it/Plenty of things to see and experience at Design Week in Milan from the classics to modern and well worth the trip and experience. Milan is great and we truly enjoyed our time there. 

MC and Caroline DeCesare in Milan at Design Week

MC and Caroline DeCesare in Milan at Design Week

Mark and Isabel at their wedding spot at Villa d’Este on Lake Como

Mark and Isabel at their wedding spot at Villa d’Este on Lake Como

 

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Ok besides travel we have been working like crazy and we have amazing projects on the boards and being built and completed. 

 

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We were proud to have a number of our homes featured on ABC 15 Sonoran Living a couple weeks ago and we used the spot to kick off our Leukemia and Lymphoma Arizona Society Man of the Year fund raiser. Isabel and I look forward to working with this organization in raising funds and awareness for something that obviously means a great deal to us. Our fundraising campaign is underway and we ask you help us make a difference by making a donation to our campaign. https://pages.mwoy.org/az/az19/mcandelari

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We are also always happy to have several features in local magazines. First, thank you Southwest LifestyleMagazine for featuring our Paradise Valley Hillside Contemporary home built by Schultz Development In fact, we have 29 pages of our content throughout the magazine so thank you! 

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We thank Scottsdale Modern Luxury InteriorsMagazine for featuring our October 2018 Client Appreciation Party, Ranking Arizonafor ranking Candelaria Design Number 1, Paradise Valley Magazinefor featuring one of our Arcadia homes built by Santorini Homes, and Troon Livingfor a beautiful feature showcasing all the styles of homes we do!

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 We thank Modern Luxury Magazine for featuring our three Principals, Vivian Ayala, Meredith Thomson and Evelyn Jung in their Dynamic Woman feature!

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Actress Rita Wilson, MC and Mrs. Mohammad Ali at Fight Night

Actress Rita Wilson, MC and Mrs. Mohammad Ali at Fight Night

I also had the amazing experience of singing the National Anthem at this year’s Celebrity Fight Night on March 23rdat the JW Marriott at Desert Ridge https://celebrityfightnight.org. Thank you, Jimmy Walker, for this opportunity – no pressure singing with Quincy Jones sitting right in front of you and hanging out with actress Rita Wilson and Mrs. Muhammad Ali backstage. I guess I did ok but Quincy didn’t sign me so I guess I’ll keep drawing! 

 

 

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MC with Celebrity Fight Night Host Jimmy Walker

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 We are also proud to announce that we have two new licensed architects on staff, Lisa Mallas Matthews and Peter Ekama, both longtime members of our Candelaria Design team passed their exams and now are officially “Architects”! This is no easy process and we are so proud of their efforts and commitment to themselves and the profession. 

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Lisa Mallas Matthews - ARCHITECT

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Peter Ekama - ARCHITECT

 

Moving on, we have a lot of amazing projects underway both on the boards and under construction. We are starting several projects throughout the Valley, the state of Arizona, and have several going across the country and several new projects brewing that are over the top. 

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Candelaria Design home with Santorini Custom Homes and H Ryan Interiors in Arcadia

Candelaria Design home in Montecito, CA with Vallone Design

Candelaria Design home in Montecito, CA with Vallone Design

 

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Of course, we are always looking to give back and the Candelaria Team just recently donated our time and services for a new expansion at The Ryan House and our team volunteered several weekends to paint a fantastic mural on the side of the addition! Special kudos to Architect, Peter Ekama who spearheaded the project and Candelaria Design artist, Hector Medina for orchestrating the mural.  https://www.ryanhouse.org

 

We also were proud to work with Santorini Homes on the design of a Designer PlayHouse for Panda and their event last month! Thanks again to our on-staff artist, Hector Medina, for his work on this creation!  https://www.azpanda.org

 

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On May 20th, I will be speaking to the homeless at St. Vincent De Paul. This will be my second time speaking and I have had a lot of time to think about my message this time especially in light of my recent trip to San Francisco. So much needs to be done but everyone, including the homeless, need to make an effort and contribution no matter how small and that will be the essence of my message. https://www.stvincentdepaul.net

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 Vivian Ayala and Samar Kattan kindly attended the Central Arizona Habitat for Humanity Blueprints and Bluejeans fund raiser of which I am proudly a Board Member. We were blessed to have our client and good friend, Jerry Colangelo and his lovely wife Joan be the keynote speaker and we heard the evening was a smashing success!



Thank you Jerry Colangelo

Thank you Jerry Colangelo

Ok - stay tuned to our Sketch Daily’s as we post new videos each week featuring the activities, tours, and projects of the Candelaria Design Team spreading the Candelaria Style! Subscribe and catch them all!

 

http://www.candelariadesign.com/sketch-daily/

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I hope everyone is having a great spring and let’s get ready for summer! Follow our travels to Spain here starting on May 29th. I’ll do my best to do some blogging along the way!

 

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Happy New Year - 2019...Here we GO!

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And so we are charging into 2019 and wow what a January so far! I hope everyone had wonderful Holidays and their 2019 is off to a great start!  We are very excited to begin this year – so many things in the works and so many things to look forward to!

For starters, those of you who missed our Christmas Eve feature on Fox 10 Cool House here is the link: 

 

I want to thank our client for opening up their home which was one of three homes featured in Patricia Hart McMillan’s book Christmas by Design, available on Amazon. Thank you to Fox 10’s Syleste Rodriguez who is always a joy to work with. We are looking forward to sharing more Candelaria Design Cool Homes in 2019. 

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We are also proud to have several features in local magazines. First, thank you Phoenix Magazine and writer Jenna Ortiz for the feature in the December Issue on our Candelaria Tours. We are excited for our 2019 Tours, with our third tour to Spain in June, our 16thtour to Italy in September, and now a new Napa tour that we are co-hosting with Your Iconic Life.

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Tiffany Candelaria

Tiffany Candelaria

Check out the article written by my daughter, Tiffany Candelaria, for Iconic on our time in San Sebastian’ https://iconiclife.com/san-sebastian-culinary-capital/ 

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Next, thank you LUXE Magazine for your feature on our Candelaria Design home in your current January/February 2019 Issue! We have 12 pages and 12 fabulous photos in the feature. Fabulous work by interior designer Jana Parker Lee of Wiseman & Gale, Lighting by Creative Design in Lighting and Landscape Design by Berghoff Design Group. Special call out to fellow Candelaria Design Principal & Architect, Meredith Thomson, AIA for leading this project from start to finish. 

 

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Then, thank you Arizona Red Book Magazine and writer Karen Fernau for the wonderful feature in this month’s magazine on Isabel and I and our wonderful dinner parties and our love of cooking and hosting our friends, clients, and family to dinners at Casa Candelaria. We love having this important aspect of our personal life featured and we look forward to many wonderful dinners ahead. 

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Moving on, we have a lot of amazing projects underway both under construction and on the boards. We are starting several projects throughout the Valley , the state of Arizona, and have several going across the country! It is really exciting to see the expanse of our market and the opportunity to work in so many new markets.

 

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Project Manager, Damon Wake and I are off to Greensboro, NC next weekend to start on a wonderful new home on a 13.5 acre estate, with Salt Lake City, designer Anne-Marie Barton http://annemariebarton.comand local landscape designer, Jeff Berghoff http://www.berghoffdesign.com. Stay tuned for more on this project. 

 


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We are excited about the Southeast Market and Isabel and her associate, Nikka Bochniak, and I were in Atlanta a couple weeks ago and had a great trip and I was able to have lunch with LUXE Sales Director, Sibyl de St. Aubin, to meet and get up to speed on what is happening in this market. Apparently, LUXE Magazine is launching a new SE United States edition and going head to head against Veranda, and Atlanta Homes. It is an exciting region with a lot of growth and potential and with a project underway in Nashville and now Greensboro we are excited to see where this all goes. 

 

Speaking of Atlanta, we had a great time. Isabel and Nikka hit the market and I enjoyed dinner with the ladies every evening and some of that amazing Southern cooking. Can’t say enough about the food and hospitality in Atlanta and although it was quite cold it didn’t slow us down. Thank you to our friend Chris Meek and his wife Zeni for hosting us at a fabulous restaurant for dinner – definitely check this place out next time in Atlanta - https://www.chaiyoatl.com

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Finally, last week we did some cooking in a fabulous Candelaria Design contemporary hillside home we recently completed with Schultz Development http://www.schultzdevelopment.org, Interiors by Anita Lang of IMI Design Studio  https://www.imidesignstudio.com, lighting by Creative Designs in Lighting http://www.cdltg.com, and landscape by Greey-Pickett http://www.greeypickett.com.  We made our signature Spanish paella and enjoyed a spectacular evening and dinner under a full moon. Definitely more to come on this home!

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Thank you Julianne Harrison McKay of Pearl Blossom Photography for the fabulous photos, Jessica for the video and Rob and Maxi for serving and assisting in an amazing dinner!

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Of course, we are always looking to give back and while Isabel and I were in Atlanta, Candelaria Design and Earth and Images sponsored a table for the Gigi’s Gala which we support every year and of course we were both proud designers for Gigi’s Playhouse, Café and University! I urge you to support this amazing organization. 

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Finally, I am proud to have been nominated for the 2019 Man of the Year by the Lymphoma and Leukemia Arizona Society! http://www.mwoy.org Isabel and I look forward to working with this organization in raising funds and awareness for something that obviously means a great deal to us. More to come on this as the campaign kicks into gear in March with the Gala set for June 1st. 

 


Stay tuned to our Sketch Daily’s as we post new videos each week featuring the activities, tours, and projects of the Candelaria Design Team spreading the Candelaria Style! Subscribe and catch them all!

http://www.candelariadesign.com/sketch-dail

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 And please wish my Dad, Donald Candelaria, a Happy 84th Birthday on January 31! Love ya Dad and looking forward to having an Old Fashioned with you on your day!


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Ok, here we go! I wish everyone a fantastic 2019. Stay positive, stay healthy, and remember to enjoy life and every day is a gift. Love you all! 




















Merry Christmas - 2018

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First, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and here is to a wonderful, healthy and prosperous 2019. In many ways, 2018 was a tough year but at the same time one of the best years ever at Candelaria Design and my life personally. I guess that’s life – there are ups and downs – and the key is to persevere and always strive for good health, creating beauty, giving back and spreading love. 

 

Syleste Rodriguez of Fox 10 and MC on Cool House for the Holidays!

Syleste Rodriguez of Fox 10 and MC on Cool House for the Holidays!

Make sure tomorrow morning, Christmas Eve, between 9am and 10am you tune into Fox 10 and Syleste Rodriguez as they feature a Candelaria Design home decked out for the Holidays. This home is beautifully decorated for the Holidays and is one of three Candelaria Design homes featured in Patricia Hart McMillan’s book, Christmas by Design, now available on Amazon. I am looking forward to sharing this beautiful home built by Brimley Development, http://www.brimdev.com, Interior Designer, Caroline DeCesare, http://decesaredesigngroup.com, and landscape by Berghoff Design Group, http://www.berghoffdesign.com



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What a year…. A year ago today, my wife, Isabel, came home from her breast cancer surgery and then got ready for 33 radiation treatments to start the year. At treatment 32 she was diagnosed with brain cancer where by at treatment 33 the docs did a mega blast and we were hopeful their aim was on target. In June we were relieved to find out that they had hit a bullseye and Isabel was cancer free after her year long battle all the while running her design firm, Earth and Images, with the phenomenal help of her amazing team. 

 





This week we received great news that her blood markers were perfect, her hair is growing like crazy, and she gets stronger every day - and so we obviously have so much to be grateful for this Christmas and we are both looking forward to the New Year. 

 

For Candelaria Design is has been a great year too, filled with many exciting projects, meals, events, tours, and new additions to our Candelaria Design family. We currently have projects in 13 states with a couple new ones pending across the country not to mention many right here in Arizona! So exciting to know of so many homes completed this year whereupon our clients are enjoying their first Holidays in their new Candelaria Design Homes. We have come a long way since that first year in 1999! 

 

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Prime rib on the Traeger for Christmas Day and time with family before we head to Coeur d’Lane, Idaho the day after Christmas to relax and chill at the invite of one of my clients and good friend at their Candelaria Design log home overlooking the lake. I am looking forward to cooking, relaxing, and planning the year ahead with my Isabel up in the cold north country next to a cozy fire, a glass of Brunello, and maybe I’ll sneak in a cigar or two. 

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Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

 

Well, Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you for all your support and most importantly your prayers this year. They make such an incredible difference and we are definitely saying our prayers for all of you. We look forward to working hard and creating beautiful homes and projects, tours and experiences, giving back to our community, and of course, some amazing meals! Happy New Year and God Bless! 

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Candelaria Christmas in Italy 2015

Candelaria Christmas in Italy 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!







Happy Thanksgiving - 2018

The Candelaria Clan Thanksgiving toast!

The Candelaria Clan Thanksgiving toast!

Smoked herb crusted prime rib!

Smoked herb crusted prime rib!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I know our family sure did! So nice to have my Mom and Dad, Isabel’s Mom, and my brother, James and his wife, Beth, and two of their kids with us for the Candelaria feast! We had a fabulous day smoking a turkey and prime rib along with all the other goodies our two moms put together. The best part was just hanging out, talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. 

Smoked Turkey stuffed with fennel, orange and garlic

Smoked Turkey stuffed with fennel, orange and garlic

The Candelaria Ladies plus Isabel’s mom Alette!

The Candelaria Ladies plus Isabel’s mom Alette!

The Candelaria Clan

The Candelaria Clan

 

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MC and Tiffany

Also nice to have the long Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy a little downtime. I’m writing today’s blog from Denver, Colorado, my hometown! I brought my daughter, Bella, with me and we are visiting and spending a little time with my oldest daughter, Tiffany! This afternoon we will make our way through the mountains for a quick visit to Vail where I have a couple pending projects brewing!

Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver

Denver Union Station Tree Lighting

Denver Union Station Tree Lighting

Tiffany and Bella in Denver

Tiffany and Bella in Denver

Time with my girls in Vail, CO

Time with my girls in Vail, CO

 So much happening with the Candelaria Design crew too! Isabel and I spent a nice extended weekend in New York where we attended the New York Boutique Design Fair which was fabulous. Of course, Isabel and I worked in a little quality time enjoying with a stop at our good friend, Christopher Peacock’s showroom  http://peacockhome.com/homeand some great food in one of our favorites cities on earth.

 

 

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Nick May of the Chaise Lounge Blog

Nick May of the Chaise Lounge Blog

Nice walk through Central Park

Nice walk through Central Park

Isabel at the Roc

Isabel at the Roc

The Christopher Peacock Cabinetry Showroom in New York

The Christopher Peacock Cabinetry Showroom in New York

 

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During the same weekend, my partner, Evelyn Jung, and one of Isabel’s associates, Nikka Bochniak, enjoyed some time in Napa, California compliments of GE Appliances and our friend, Jason Monczka who extended the invite. I know Ev and Nikka had a great time and enjoyed the GE demonstrations and of course what wine tours. 

 


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And at the same time we were in New York and Ev was in Napa, Meredith was overseeing our participation in the Phoenix Home and Garden Home Tour. We were so proud to have a fantastic Candelaria Design ~ Kimberly Colletti Interiors ~ Berghoff Design home built by Schultz Development on this year’s tour! The attendance was great and we send a special thanks to our clients for opening up this amazing home complete with a cat moat for the tour!

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And we always work in some cooking of course! From a Candelaria Design home kitchen christening party covered by Iconic On-Line Magazine to a three silent auction paella dinner donations a couple for Gigi’s Playhouse and one for Panda we made eight paella’s in just 30 days! Always such a great way to raise money for these fantastic organizations and well there is nothing better than cooking for a client in a Candelaria Design kitchen! 

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Silent Auction winners for Panda

Silent Auction winners for Panda

Silent Auction winners for Gigi’s Playhouse

Silent Auction winners for Gigi’s Playhouse


Then add some family cooking at Casa Candelaria! So wonderful to prepare a dinner for four of my all-time favs of Phoenix, Jerry and Joan Colangelo and Jimmy and Nancy Walker. Talk about a fun afternoon relaxing, sharing stories, watching Italy videos, and of course enjoying some Candelaria Osso Bucco. We also worked in a dinner with our dear friends and clients, Kirk and Zhanet Kaprelian. We designed a beautiful home for them in Silverleaf and have become even better friends over the years. Then a couple weeks later we geared up for a group of gentlemen visiting from Ireland and so we gathered some of our Irish clients for a wonderful home cooked barbecue all covered by Redbook Magazine – stay tuned for this feature!

Hosting the Colangelo and Walkers at Casa Candelaria

Hosting the Colangelo and Walkers at Casa Candelaria

Ribeyes Candelaria Style

Ribeyes Candelaria Style

Dinner at Casa Candelaria with our clients and friends the Kaprelians

Dinner at Casa Candelaria with our clients and friends the Kaprelians

Dinner at Casa Candelaria with our visitors from Ireland

Dinner at Casa Candelaria with our visitors from Ireland

Irish barbecue at Casa Candelaria

Irish barbecue at Casa Candelaria

 

We were also proud to have one of our Candelaria Design ~ Earth and Images ~ Berghoff Design homes featured on Fox 10 Cool House by the lovely Syleste Rodriguez. Always fun to have our homes featured and Fox 10 did a great job capturing this home. 

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Ok – so much more from a group of my crew attending the Heart Ball of which my partner, Vivian Ayala, served on the committee, and we proudly purchased a table – more to come on that one, and then to the Not My Kid breakfast hosted by one of our good friends and client, Debbie Moak, to the Brophy Fashion Show, and our yearly participation at the TGen Walk for Team Lee Hanley! Yes, we stay involved that’s for sure. 


Tim Mathewson and Damon Wake at Not-My-Kid

Tim Mathewson and Damon Wake at Not-My-Kid

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T Gen Walk - Team Hanley

Team Hanley - T Gen Walk

Team Hanley - T Gen Walk

 

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Let’s not forget the Candelaria Design Client Appreciation Party! Thank you to all of you who attended! We had such a great time and it was the perfect venue and evening to say THANK YOU  to so many, of course our clients, my partners, my staff, our builders, designers, subcontractors and vendors and yes our friends – all who support us in so many ways!

 

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Finally, we do make some time to create and produce architecture! So many amazing projects under construction and on the boards and my team is working hard creating beauty wherever they can. From contemporary, to mountain modern, to modern farmhouse, to even Moroccan, we love it all – not to mention all the remodels which by the way makes up over 2/3rds of our body of work! We don’t just do mega mansion! 

Candelaria Design ~ Sticks and Bricks Modern Farmhouse Spec home in Paradise Valley

Candelaria Design ~ Sticks and Bricks Modern Farmhouse Spec home in Paradise Valley

Meredith holding court with our Rossland Spec Team

Meredith holding court with our Rossland Spec Team

Rossland Spec Home Concept Rendering

Rossland Spec Home Concept Rendering

Candelaria Design Mountain Contemporary Spec Home in Pine Canyon

Candelaria Design Mountain Contemporary Spec Home in Pine Canyon

 

Ok so that’s November – off to December we go! Make sure to vote for us for Best of the Valley – just one week left so you can vote every day up till November 30th. Also remember to pick up your copy of Christmas by Design featuring three spectacular Candelaria Design Homes! Happy Holidays everyone!

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Back from Italy - Loving October

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Great to be back to Arizona! Love all the rain and enjoyed a wonderful morning hike this morning. 

 

The 2018 Candelaria Design Tour Italy Crew

The 2018 Candelaria Design Tour Italy Crew

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We had an amazing Candelaria Design Tour Italy – our 15th Italy Tour and our 17th Tour overall. Starting our trip in Florence we spent two amazing evenings in this Renaissance masterpiece. We then made our way to our farmhouse compound in Umbria where we spent the week exploring both Umbria and Tuscany! From there our base trip finished in Venice. Then a few of us went on to Lake Como and the Villa d’Este where we celebrated Isabel and my wedding with a small ceremony. Overall, one of our best tours ever and always nice to leave Phoenix when its 107º and come back to October and the 60’s!

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Candelaria Design Tour Italy 2019 - Treviso and the Palladio Villas

Candelaria Design Tour Italy 2019 - Treviso and the Palladio Villas

Our Italy Tour next year will feature Florence, Umbria, Tuscany, and the northern Italian region around Treviso. That tour begins September 11ththrough the 25th http://www.candelariadesign.com/blog-content/2008/09/italy-trip-day-1.html?rq=trevino. Our Spain Tour will begin on May 29ththrough June 11thand will feature Barcelona, Granada, and finish in San Sebastian. Both tours are filling fast so get on board quickly! 

 

Join Isabel and I on our 2019 Tours!

Join Isabel and I on our 2019 Tours!

Candelaria Design Tour Spain 2019 - Barcelona

Candelaria Design Tour Spain 2019 - Barcelona

Candelaria Design Tour Spain 2019 - San Sebastian

Candelaria Design Tour Spain 2019 - San Sebastian

Tomorrow tune into ABC 15 and Sonoran Living at 9am as I will be speaking about the hot trends in Kitchen remodels. LIKE our Candelaria Design Facebook Page and post a picture of your kitchen and we will select one kitchen for a design consultation! This will be my second appearance and I’m excited to be featured once again.

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Lot’s of great projects on the boards and under construction right now and my first week back from Italy was busy! A special thanks to my team while I was away! We are cranking on so many great projects and have a busy Fall coming our way. My partner, Meredith Thomson, AIA is off to Cincinnati, Ohio this evening for the American Institute of Architect Custom Residential Architects Network AIA CRANS https://www.aiacincinnati.org/cran/and Principal, Vivian Ayala will be off next weekend to the BOND Custom Forum for America’s Leading Custom Home Architects http://www.bondevents.com/en/2018/07/20/introducing-the-bond-custom-100/. We are proud to be ranked Number 14 in the entire country for 2018. Both will come back with a lot of info from these events on the trends in custom home design!

 

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Of course, one of my favorite things to do besides designing and architecture is cooking. We got busy in the kitchen this week for sure. Sunday night, I whipped up a wonderful grilled swordfish – see the recipe below.  Then Monday I welcomed my project team from one of our Paradise Valley projects who had flown in from across the country come over for dinner at Casa Candelaria. Nothing like Hatch Red Chile shortribs over homemade pasta. No pressure cooking for likely the top cabinetmaker in the world and probably the person who has designed and installed some of the most beautiful kitchens anywhere, Christopher Peacock. Fun evening for sure! http://peacockhome.com/home

Hatch Red Chile Short Ribs with a Fennel and Arugula garnish

Hatch Red Chile Short Ribs with a Fennel and Arugula garnish

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Then Friday night we fulfilled our silent auction donation for a Paella dinner for 8 for Gigi’s Playhouse https://gigisplayhouse.org/phoenix/. Tons of fun and so fulfilling to donate this dinner for one of our favorite charities. 

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Then last night I got back to my Traegers and smoked some ribs and roasted a chicken over a cast iron skillet of golden potatoes for Mom and Dad and a few close friends. Add a grilled artichoke and some of our wine from Italy and you have the makings of a wonderful evening. 

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I’d like to make a couple call outs of new books available written by two of my good friends. The first is Glam Italia! How to travel Italy: Secrets to Glamorous Travelby Corinna Cooke https://www.amazon.com/Glam-Italia-How-travel-Italy-ebook/dp/B07FN7R8K5/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1538956015&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=glam+italia&psc=1. Corrinna runs her own Glam Tour and I love her passion for Italy! Dinner is long overdue my friend. 

 

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The second is Chopping Woodby my good friend, Jim Steg! Love your zest fir simply going for it – relentless!!! https://www.amazon.com/Chopping-Wood-School-Mentality-World/dp/1719888353/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538956122&sr=8-1&keywords=chopping+wood+jim+stegYou definitely want to pick up both of these books.









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Then the book we are featured in by Patricia Hart McMillan, Christmas by Design – Private Homes decorated by leading designersis coming out soon in time for the Holidays! We have three Candelaria Design homes featured so get your copy now as the perfect gift for the Holidays. https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Design-Private-Decorated-Designers/dp/0764356542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538956227&sr=8-1&keywords=christmas+by+design+private+homes+decorated+by+leading+designers

 

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Welcome Maverick Woods Mathewson

Welcome Maverick Woods Mathewson

Finally, our Candelaria Family continues to grow, as our long-time associate, Tim Mathewson and his wife Amber gave birth to their new son Maverick Woods Mathewson! We wish them both endless happiness and love with their new family! 

 









Grilled Swordfish

 

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This is a real easy way to enjoy a swordfish steak. I picked up a nice swordfish filet from AJ’s. Let it come to room temperature and then brush it with olive oil and I squeezed a little lemon over the top then sprinkle a little paprika on both sides and set it on a hot grill pan that you pre-brushed with olive oil. Just leave this on the pan for about 5 min and flip and get the grill marks on the other side – again about 5 min or just enough time to get the grill marks as the finsh will finish in the sauce. 

 

Then for the sauce, I get a non-stick skillet and add a couple tablespoons of butter and melt that over medium heat. I halve as many cherry tomatoes – I like the multicolored tomatoes – and add those to the melted butter along with a couple tablespoons of capers, three or four chopped cloves of garl