Arcadia Neighborhood Home: Still Farmhouse Chic

Phoenix Home & Garden Cover Nov 2009As documented in a 2009 article in Phoenix Home & Garden, Steve and Shelley Adelson of Phoenix, Arizona purchased a 1950s-vintage ranch style home in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix.

When the bought their home in the 1990s, the idea was to immediately begin a remodel.

But, as it happened, raising their very rapidly growing family of four sons (including a set of triplets!) took a bit of precedence over their house plans.

So, some 10 years later, their remodeling resumed, with the Adelsons now focused on creating a home that was fit for a family of six.

Almost needless to say, the project planning was in an era prior to the advent of social media and internet sites—like Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook—that today help homeowners plan their projects.

These days, a homeowner can search for terms and hashtags such as “What’s my Style,” “Fixer Upper,” “Farmhouse chic” and “Arcadia neighborhood” and instantly be inundated with thousands of online images.

It makes combing through magazines seems positively “old school.”

But 10 years ago, Shelley Adelson created a real-life mood board to represent her take on what is now called “farmhouse” style. She used a real-life scrapbook—full of magazine tear sheets, fabrics and plenty of inspiration.

The second step in Shelly and Steve’s plan was to assemble a team of creative-minded professionals to bring that scrapbook—that vision—to life.

Team “Perfection”

The original design team for the project included architect Catherine Hayes, builder Nancy Brunkhorst (of Nance Construction) and, for the interior design, Karen Rapp of Karen Rapp Interiors.

Cathy was particularly inspired by the architectural design of the Pasadena, California home, that served as the setting for the popular 1991 movie, “Father of the Bride.”

It was an innovative, timeless decision for the Arcadia neighborhood.

The original construction was daunting: as the Phoenix Home & Garden article noted, the existing residence needed to be razed to the foundation—only the living room chimney was left standing.

For the new construction, Cathy Hayes shifted the orientation to face the street at an angle, enabling the front yard to be expanded and the rooms to be fitted with numerous windows that let in plenty of indirect sunlight, and an optimized view of Camelback Mountain.

Now, a decade or more later, the Pasadena-style home—in concept and conclusion—has stood the test of time and remains a community showplace.

Adelson Arcadia Neighborhood before KRI and Hayes Studio remodel

Front Elevation “Before”

Adelson Arcadia Neighborhood before KRI and Hayes Studio remodel

Front Elevation “After”

Front Entry
Photo by Laura Moss

An authentic “Arras” garden bench that one might easily find in Paris provides a quaint accent to the Adelson home’s entry.

Adelson Arcadia Neighborhood before KRI and Hayes Studio living room

Main Living Room with Fireplace

A set of chairs and a sofa, originally sourced from Argentina, create the perfect ambiance in this light-filled sitting room with a view out toward the yard and pool.

Kitchen and Living Room

The spacious redesign was characterized by the placement of dramatic, whitewashed beams that span the ceilings in the living and dining rooms.

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Photo by Laura Moss

The comfortable kitchen features some French country touches, including the kitchen backsplash tiles, which replicate famous “French faience” tiles. The tiles are custom-glazed in black, rather than the more customary blue.

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Dining Room
Photo by Laura Moss

A grand, glorious buffet and hutch custom-designed by master craftsman Jim Altman is a replica of a Parisian-style bar. It boasts a tile back splash and wet bar, as well as freezer drawers.

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Butler’s Pantry
Photo by Laura Moss

The butler’s panty features a farmhouse sink, Dutch door and concrete floor tiles.

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Master Bedroom
Photo by Laura Moss

The master bedroom is all about femininity, perfect for the wife and mother in an all-male household. The leopard print fabric on the antique bench and bolster pillows inspired the color scheme.

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Master Bathroom
Photo by Laura Moss

Garden views and natural light fill the master bath, thanks to the windows above the bathtub and “his” vanity and sink. The masculine black cabinetry provides contract to the daintiness of a petite chandelier, feminine footstool, and traditional claw-foot tub.

Black, White and Gold Bathroom

Following is a partial list of some of the artisans, trades- and crafts-people who contributed to the Adelsons’ home reconstruction:

  • Contractor: Nance Construction
  • Architect: Hayes Architecture & Interiors
  • Interior Design: Karen Rapp Interiors
  • Landscape Architect: Berghoff Landscape Design
  • Plumbing: Clyde Hardware
  • Tile and Stone: Handcrafted Tile Inc., and Craftsman Court Ceramics
  • Floors: Premier Wood Floors
  • Light fixtures: Paul Ferrante and Steven Handelman
  • Window Treatments and Upholstery: Jennifer Van Galder, Maudlin
  • Appliances: Monark (formerly Westar)
  • Cabinetry and butcher-block counter: Desert Cove
  • Custom furniture: Jim Altman

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View the original article by Susan Regan from November 2009. Photography by Laura Moss