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The Scottsdale architectural firm of Candelaria Design Associates is one of the premier luxury residential architecture firms in the country. Enjoy our blog which features our work, our travel, our recipes, wines, tips on design and decorating, and the lives of our clients and employees, etc.....its all the ingredients for the Candelaria Design Lifestyle. Contact Candelaria Design to start your dream residence 602-604-2001!

Happy Thanksgiving from Candelaria Design

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Wow, I cannot believe the Holidays are upon us. I think it always sneaks up on us out here in Arizona when you go outside and the grass is green, the geraniums are blooming, and its sunny and 84º!

We all have so much to be thankful for that is for sure. What a year it has been so far. We have all weathered some tough seas out there and we are so excited with what we see ahead. First we have added some new faces to Candelaria Design. We welcome Stacey Payne who acts as my executive assistant and runs the front desk, Damon Wake and Peter Ekema who are both recent graduates and now part of our design team, and we have just brought on Rob Banach who will join the Candelaria Design team on January 2nd! So we have done our part to add new jobs to this economy. As many of you know, I firmly believe its the small businesses in this country that make our economy. So we are proud of this accomplishment and we appreciate the support and confidence of our clients who give us the wonderful commissions to make this happen.

So what is happening....??? First, we have some exciting projects we have recently completed, projects in construction, and projects on the boards! Here is a quick run of just a few...

Recently Completed

First, projects completed include a beautiful registered historic renovation we have just completed on North Central with Nance Construction, Vallone Design , and Berghoff Design Group, Vivian Ayala, Project Manager.

We have just completed a stunning 10,000 sf hillside, mountain home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on Hayden Lake - constructed by Rosenberger Construction, Robert Vieracker, Project Manager.

Finally, a contemporary Hillside home in Paradise Valley constructed by Schultz Development on Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley. Interiors by Holly Ogden, Wiseman-Gale, Braden Santarcangelo, Project Manager. We just set an amazing sculpture custom commissioned for the project by Santa Monica sculptor, Guy Dill

Under Construction

A 20,000 sf formal Mediterranean Estate in Silverleaf ~ Horseshoe Canyon is nearing completion by Schultz Development, Interiors by Treken Design, Landscape by Berghoff Design, Braden Santarcangelo, Project Manager.

Another 20,000 sf Rural Mediterranean Estate is underway in Silverleaf ~ Horseshoe Canyon by Salcito Construction, Interiors by David Michael Miller, Landscape by Berghoff Design, Braden Santarcangelo, Project Manager.

A two-story beachside renovation in LaJolla, CA under construction by Parker Construction, Vivian Ayala, Project Manager. Wait until you see the before and afters on this one!

A new retail space for Julia Baker Confections, is under construction by Schultz Development with interiors by Claire Ownby Design Project Managers Vivian Ayala and Tim Mathewson. The new store is going to feature a wine and chocolate bar and is located in the Biltmore Fashion Square next to William Sonoma, set to open right before Christmas.

On the Boards

We are finalizing construction documents on a new mid-century contemporary hillside home on Mummy Mountain which will be constructed by GM Hunt, Landscape by Berghoff Design Group and Project Manager Braden Santarcangelo.

Drawings are underway on three cabin plans for 86 lots at the Rim Club in Payson Arizona. The project is being developed by Diamond Ventures  and constructed by Mb Fine Homes, LLC. Three cabins are being created ranging from 2700 sf to 3500 sf in a Mountain Miner, Mountain Manor and Contemporary Style. Stay tuned for some amazing upcoming events with this property. Robert Vieracker, Project Manager.

Plans are in for permit on a new home in Verrado that will be constructed by GCon Construction, Jeffrey Kramer, AIA Project Manager. Its nice to see things happening at Verrado which is a beautiful property in the West Valley.

For Sale

Definitely one of our masterpieces from the last 12 years has come on the market. Listed by Ellie Shapiro, this French Chateau features 8400 sf livable space on an exquisite lot in Arcadia. The home was built by Nance Construction and Landscaped by Berghoff Design Group. Project Manager Vivian Ayala.

Comfort is first and foremost in this Rural Mediterranean home just listed in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf by Debbie Sinagoga. This home was built by West Construction with Interiors by Charles Glover Interiors http://charlesgloverinteriors.com

Finally, we have two stunning estates available in Paradise Valley. Listed by Christopher Karas. Constructed by MRA Custom Homes and landscaped by Berghoff Design Group. We have also started design on two additional homes for MRA in this subdivision. The two completed homes are spectacular and open most weekends from noon till 4 pm. Please stop by and enjoy a tour of these homes.

Candelaria Design Tour Italy

Well that is just a quick peek at what we are up to on the architecture side. We also had a fabulous trip to Italy on our Candelaria Design Tour Italy 2012 Trip. We had 10 travelers who enjoyed 14 days of amazing architecture, food, wine, and scenery. We had a wonderful Post Trip dinner just a couple weeks ago and relived our memories. We are sold out for the 2013 Trip that departs September 4th as we have 16 travelers already signed up, so we will start planning the 2014 trip! See our previous blogs and our Candelaria Design Tour Italy page on Facebook

Charities and Publications

Thanks to all of you who attended the Phoenix Home and Garden Dream Home Tour this month. We were fortunate to have two homes on the tour, including the Extreme Home which was also featured on the cover of the November issue of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine  I sincerely thank my two clients who so graciously offered their homes for the tour which raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

We also had a home in Silverleaf featured on the LUXE Home Tour for Life which raised funds for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

Finally, we have one of our homes featured inside and on the cover of the new Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine coffee table book, Essential Southwest. You can purchase the book at

I continue to contribute time and resources to the Scottsdale Charros of which I am a very proud Grande member. I enjoyed my 7th ride in September, and made many new friends and acquaintances. We raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year which benefit youth and education in Scottsdale and throughout Arizona. Our big fundraiser is coming up, that being the Charro Lodge at Scottsdale Stadium, for the World Champion San Francisco Giants I have amazing packages for the games this spring and advertising opportunities in our spring training programs and banners. Help us raise money for our amazing programs and enjoy some spring baseball! Contact me for details at the office 602-604-2001.

Wrap up

Finally, I will wrap up this blog update with a personal announcement. Last month I made it official as I proposed to my lovely Isabel with all of my girls present and we are looking forward to an intimate gathering and wedding sometime in February of 2013. I am very excited to have found such a wonderful person who shares the same passion for life and beauty that I do and we look forward to building a life and future together. Make sure to check out her beautiful boutique, Earth and Images, in the Scottsdale Design Center for your Holiday treasures.

We are excited about all that has transpired and everything we have created in 2012. We are looking forward to another very exciting and creative year as we start our 13th Year as Candelaria Design and my 31st year of designing homes. We wish you all the best during this Holiday season!