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2013 It's a Wrap - Year in Review

Let's make a toast to 2013 and welcome in 2014.

I love the quiet of the end of the year. Our clients are all away and spending time with their families and so are my employees. Our offices are closed between Christmas and New Years to let everyone catch up and enjoy some down time. I love the time to reflect, recharge and set goals for the new year.
The Candelaria Design Team
2013 was a busy year for Candelaria Design. I look forward to all that lies ahead in 2014. I have such a great crew who make ALL of this possible. We are working on so many amazing projects both here locally and throughout the western United States and for some very interesting and famous people! I love that aspect of this profession.

I’m excited for the new year! My team is in the process of setting new goals for the year and I just love seeing them dream and challenge themselves. It inspires me.  I think so many people go to work to do their job. We are so fortunate to create every day… and look at what we get to create!!! We are so fortunate.

So here is a recap of Candelaria Design’s 2013 and then we will look ahead.

January 2013

We saw the construction of the beautiful Spanish Colonial residence in Arcadia Silverleaf being built by Fratantoni Luxury Estates take shape from concept to reality.

We welcomed Rob Banach to our Candelaria Design team!

Our friends the Baskins with Isabel in Atlanta
Isabel and I traveled to Atlanta to the Market and to visit friends and start on a new apartment rehab project outside of Atlanta.

Atlanta, GA Skyline

We completed the design for a new home that broke ground in Desert Mountain with builder Jim Manship and designer Paul DenBoer.

The Candelaria Design Team with our friends at St. Mary's Food Bank
We had our day at the St. Mary’s Food Bank where we bagged several thousand meals for the hungry.

We started work on a beautiful historic renovation in the Encanto district with GM Hunt Builders.

February 2013

I rode in the Parada del Sol in Scottsdale with my fellow Scottsdale Charros.

We collaborated with Telluride Natural Stone, Hinkley’s Lighting, and Creative Metals to create the new Charro Lodge Façade at Scottsdale Stadium for the Scottsdale Charros.

We then enjoyed some spring training baseball with the Candelaria Design Team!
MC, Rob Banach, Jeff Kramer and Peter Ekama

We completed and photographed a beautiful contemporary southwest residence renovation with Angelica Henry Interiors and J Andrew Development in Carefree that later in the year received several ASID awards.

March 2013

We had several fun Meet and Greets throughout the year at Isabel’s Earth and Images.

We saw the completion of an amazing Candelaria Design contemporary home in Paradise Valley built by Desert Star Construction with interiors by MMB Studios.

We made homemade pasta at a client’s new home and broke in their kitchen!

Construction started on a Santa Barbara style renovation in Paradise Valley with Schultz Development and Ownby Design.

We welcomed Meredith Thomson to our Candelaria Design Team!
Meredith Thompson

April 2013

Santa Fe, NM
Denver, CO
Austin, TX
Tiffany and Karin Candelaria

Isabel and I moved my oldest daughter, Tiffany, to Denver with a stop in Santa Fe and then a quick jaunt down to Austin, TX.

Denver, CO
Austin, TX

Chicago, IL

Isabel and I then went to Chicago and Madison, WI for the SubZero demonstration of all their new products.

Chicago, IL
Subzero Headquarters

Tim Mathewson and Julia Baker

My PM, Tim Mathewson, attended the Julia Baker television show premiere party at the Julia Baker Confection store we designed at the Biltmore Fashion Park. The store would later win a ASID award for the work of designer, Claire Ownby.

Construction completed on this Candelaria Design, 23,000 sf formal mediterranean estate at Silverleaf constructed by Schultz Development, Interiors by Treken Interiors and Landscape by Berghoff Design Group. The home comes complete with a Cat Moat around the back yard.

PM Braden Santarcangelo and I started work on a contemporary design in Paradise Valley.

May 2013

Jeremy McVicars, Luke Wilson, Vivian Ayala,  Jeff Berghoff, and MC
The Candelaria Design team started preliminary concept sketches along with Berghoff Design for a 50,000 sf home in Silverleaf to be constructed by Vista General.

One of my clients purchased this Candelaria Design home in Arcadia and we went to work adding new touches along with Schultz Development.

Isabel and I prepared a paella dinner for the winner of the Arizona Residential Architects silent Holiday auction at the private residence of noted Interior Designer. Anita Lang and  12 of her guests on the terrace of the Camelback Optima.

June 2013

I then was cook for the Scottsdale Charro Pre-ride for a weekend in June. Of course I whipped up paella for the boys out in the boonies.

I then traveled to Coeur d’Alene to visit a couple of our newly completed projects there and check in on friends and contact and put the eye on some new projects.

Isabel and I then went to Dallas to start our new Bentwood Kitchens Candelaria Collection cabinet line with our good friend Colin Snider and Randy Pittard of Bentwood Luxury Kitchens.

July 2013

We then headed to Colorado to photograph this Candelaria Design home on the west fork of the Dolores River in southwest Colorado and enjoyed some time in Telluride.

Started conceptual sketches for a new home on the Paradise Valley Country Club with Schultz Development, Berghoff Design Group and Vallone Interiors while demo got underway.

Enjoyed seeing my clients move into their new Silverleaf Rural Mediterranean home built by Salcito Custom Homes.

Started conceptual sketches for a new home in Paradise Valley.

Started conceptual sketches for a new contemporary design in Arrowhead Ranch being built by Sage Luxury Homes.

Prepared another paella dinner for 16 at Goodall Custom Cabinetry and Millwork at the Scottsdale Design Center.

Gave a tour of a half dozen of my homes to The Design Network and started the launch of my own show, Architainment, premiering in January 2014! Stay tuned for details!!!

August 2013

Saw construction start on the 86 new cabins at the Rim Club  in Payson designed by Candelaria Design being built by MB Fine Homes with Interiors by Earth and Images.

I then went to New York City with Isabel to the Market and to visit with a number of interior designers and architects. 

Saw the completion of the MRA Custom Home Estates in Paradise Valley and started design work on an $18 million 17,000 sf estate for them followed by a spectacular open house in October.

Started filming for

September 2013
We then took off on our 10th Anniversary Candelaria Design Tour Italy culminating with Isabel's and my wedding at the Villa d'Este on Lake Como.

October 2013

Went to Highpoint, NC with Isabel to check ou the Market and participate in the filming for the Hot List for The Design Network.

Started research and programming for the new Bat Cave for Wayne Industries….more details to follow!

The Candelaria Design Team

Saw the completion of this contemporary renovation at the Sanctuary in Paradise Valley by MAK Construction.

Started conceptual sketches for a new contemporary home on the north face of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley.

November 2013

Braden Santarcangelo, MC and Anthony Salcito
Enjoyed a hosted open house by my client of their newly completed Candelaria Design Rural Mediterranean Estate in Silverleaf built by Salcito Custom Homes with interiors by David Micheal Miller and Lighting by Walter Spitz of Creative Designs in Lighting.

Anthony Salcito & Walter Spitz

Toured and filmed the completion of this Contemporary Santa Barbara Style estate in Paradise Valley built by Schultz Development, interiors by David Michael Miller Interiors, Landscape by Berghoff Design Group and Lighting by Wlater Spitz of CDL.

December 2013

Visited our Rural Mediterranean Estate on an 80 acre lettuce farm in Yuma, Arizona to prepare studies and sketches for the new Guest House.  This 8,000 sf house comes complete with custom designed mouse houses.

We completed design for a new home in Desert Mountain for a wonderful couple whose dream it has been for some time to build this amazing home. They have selected my good friends and builders Dominick Abatemarco and his nephew, Chris Watts to build the home. We look forward to an emotional groundbreaking party on site in January. 

So that’s the year! As you can see we stayed busy and this doesn’t even include my personal life….. yes I do have one! See you all in 2014…let’s make it a great one. I'm planning a very productive  year with two tours to Italy planned, over 50 projects underway, three daughters and time with my angel on earth, will be a busy one. I wish all of you a joyous, creative, and happy New Year and I hope I get to either design something or cook something for each and every one of you in 2014!