Happy Holidays to you all! We close out 2011 and look back
at a busy year and we look ahead to what 2012 will bring.
2011 was a busy year for all of us at Candelaria Design. We
saw several great projects begin and several complete. We’ve had our ups and
our downs but we continue moving forward in always doing our best to design
beautiful homes that hopefully “Enhance our Clients’ Lifestyles.”
First, thank you for all the goodies and bottles of wine. It
is always appreciated but definitely not necessary. We are so blessed and
really, we have enough popcorn balls and peanut brittle to last till July. This
year instead of sending gifts to all of the current and past clients, vendors,
builders, subs, etc…. we are donating a day at St. Mary’s Food Bank as we did
during our first years whereby we will sort and package food for them which in
turn feeds hundreds of families just from our one day effort. We will let you
all know the date and we encourage you to come join us. It is a very fun and
especially rewarding day.
|Zona Verde - 2011 Gold Nugget Award|
A few highlights from 2011 include receiving the Gold
Nuggett Award for 2011 for the Best Custom Home over 6500 sf at the Pacific
Coast Builder’s Conference in San Francisco in June of this year. This award
was given to our Zona Verde home in Paradise Valley that we designed for two
lovely clients who have been so appreciative and gracious. We again want to
thank our great team, Builder Desert Start Construction; Landscape Architects,
Berghoff Design Group; Lighting Designer Walter Spitz and Creative Design in
Lighting, and Interior Designer, Vallone Design. I also must thank two special
people on this project, Jim Smith of Serve the Nation who ran the show and kept
us all heading down the right design direction; and my project architect, Jeff
Kramer, who made it all happen!
|Extreme Home Tour Entry Courtyard|
|Extreme Home Tour Living Room|
|Extreme Home Tour BunkHouse|
We were featured on the Extreme Home Tour by Phoenix Home
and Garden Magazine in November for our
lovely Spanish Colonial Estate in Paradise Valley again for two wonderful
clients who offered their home for the tour to raise money for the Heard
Museum. Yet another fabulous dream team, Builder Greg Hunt of GM Hunt
Construction, Landscape Greg Trutza of New Directions in Landscaping, Lighting
by Creative Designs in Lighting and Interiors by Patty Burdick of Wiseman and
Gale. This is the fourth home we have had on this tour over the last five years!
We were fortunate to be featured in Phoenix Home and
Garden Magazine several times including
three covers this year alone and also received nice coverage in LUXE Magazine
for a number of our homes. We greatly appreciate their continued coverage of
The year saw several wonderful projects completed which is
always so rewarding for us to see our clients’ live in their dream home. What a
joy it is to hear their stories and as many of you know, I love the opportunity
to then come in and cook for you or with you in that new kitchen! From homes in
Idaho to homes here in Arizona we saw a lot of projects wrap up and had some
really good times at those open house celebrations!
Candelaria Design also had a lot happening with our staff.
We had a member of our staff get married and then welcome a new baby! We have a
member of our staff with a baby on the way! We added a new member to our team
in November, Damon Wake, and brought back an original member, Meara Perrin.
They have been great additions as we head into 2012. Damon comes to us via
Cornell University and is the nephew of one of our clients. He has already
brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our team. Many of you remember Meara
who came on board this Fall and is running the front desk and directing our
Marketing. She has several great ideas going forward into 2012 including a
revamped website and some apps forthcoming that I think clients and fans will
find useful, creative, interactive and fun. Overall, I love my team and thanks
to all of you for putting up with me! Every day is definitely an adventure.
|St. James Tavern London|
|Picadilly Circus - London|
|London at Night|
|Espanola, New Mexico|
|Glacier National Park|
|Our last ski trip with our late friend Dave Reinsch (center) in Park City |
|Dukes Hotel - London|
This year we had trips to London, New York, LA, Park City, Montana, Colorado,
Houston, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, LaJolla, and Idaho just to name a few. The
Italy Trip 2012 is set for May 30th
– June 11th
extension option to Paris for three days and three nights…..More details to
follow. The response for the trip has been overwhelming so we are now
potentially planning a fall trip too!
|My girls at the Farmer's Market - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho|
|Getting ready for the Parada del Sol - Scottsdale.|
Meanwhile, we keep working and drawing away. I manage to put
in my 60-80 hours a week, I attempt to keep up with my two younger daughters,
Sophia 6 and Isabella 9, and my oldest daughter, Tiffany, who just was awarded
the Trailblazer of the month at the Westin Kierland Resort! And then there was
Dancing with the Stars for the Arizona Kidney Foundation last February, and
also my time with the Scottsdale Charros and our rides and San Francico Giant
spring training. So we are always busy.
|Dancing with the Stars|
Finally, I want to thank my lovely Isabel who has really
helped me through this year that included back surgery at the end of April,
moving several times, and just always being there for me during this crazy
year. She truly is my angel.
|Isabel and I at the Ivy in LA|
Well, that’s a quick rundown. I’m exhausted and ready to get
a little rest before we kick it in gear and get ready for 2012. I wish everyone
the best – we are always there for you whether as your architect or as your
friend. God bless you all.