Scottsdale Historic Revival
Luxe Interiors + Design Arizona, November 2011
Change often requires giving up the old, familiar and comfortable in order for something new to take its place.
But the owners of this Scottsdale residence, who got the opportunity in 1998 to acquire an acre next to their existing lot in the Paradise Valley country club they call home, jumped at the chance to switch it up.
The couple wanted to build a new residence in the center of both lots that had the look and feel of their Coronado, California, pied-à-terre—a renovated Mediterranean-style carriage house.
“We wanted it to look like it had originally been a much smaller house that was slowly added onto over the decades,” says the wife.
To get a better sense of the vibe the homeowners were after, architect Don
Ziebell flew out to California to look at the house and, in particular, a loggia the couple had added to the structure. Along with Ziebell, the couple assembled a supporting team that included interior designer Karen Rapp, builder Jerry Meek and design consultant Jim Smith of Serving the Nation.
Together, they tackled the challenge of making this new home appear as though its stucco walls and tiled roof had been there for centuries. To accomplish that, the couple traveled with Ziebell and Smith on a buying trip to the south of France to select authentic materials to be used in the building process, such as reclaimed roof tiles, stone fireplaces, antique terra-cotta floor tiles and ancient wood ceiling beams.
November 2011 article by Rebecca Sherman, Photography by Dominique Vorillon
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Arizona Foothills, November 2011
Arizona Foothills Magazine has given back to our [Phoenix, Arizona] community for more than 16 years and we are about to take on one of our largest projects yet!
Arizona Foothills Magazine will be partnering with The Phoenix Dream Center and some amazing community leaders such as Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Meek, from Desert Star Construction, and Mark and Chrissy Donnelly, authors and philanthropists.
The Phoenix Dream Center serves more than 40,000 people every month through a variety of programs and Arizona Foothills Magazine will be helping by supporting The Dream Center Life Recovery Program.
We are so excited to be a part of such a wonderful cause and help in every way we can to make this project spectacular!
The Dream Center Life Recovery program is a faith-based, residential recovery program that helps men and women overcome substance abuse, anger management and emotional struggles.
The Dream Center Rescue Project operates two separate homes for underage girls and adult women (18-30) who have been rescued from human trafficking and sex slavery from the streets of Phoenix.
The Rescue Project is designed specifically to meet all their needs including spiritual and emotional support, while providing an environment that is loving and caring.
Karen Rapp of Karen Rapp Interiors was one of 10 Phoenix-area interior designers who volunteered their time and resources to the Dream Center.
November 2001 article by Sarah Love
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Karen Rapp Named “Master of the Southwest”
Master of the Southwest Karen Rapp Turns Her Clients’ Wishes Into Thoroughly Delightful Homes
Raised in Salt Lake City, Karen Rapp was thinking about interiors of homes long before she ever thought of making a career of it.
As a little girl, she would draw imaginative floor plans on her parents’ driveway. “I also used to build little pieces of furniture out of twigs and leaves and leave them under our lilac hedge,” she adds merrily. “I thought little fairies lived in the bushes.”
Today a resident of Phoenix, this Master of the Southwest still has magical visions, only now they are given reality in remarkably put-together new and remodeled homes, say clients and peers.
All speak of Rapp’s talent, keen attention to detail, and warmth.
One client, Susan Taylor, says of her experience with the designer:
“In her egoless way, Karen listens to your vision, your needs, then pulls it together, from furniture to fabrics to light fixtures, and the result is an authentic and unified look that is strictly yours and appears effortless in how it comes together. Nothing is contrived.”
Rapp, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, comments, “I do my best work when a client is involved.” And turning aside any notion that she might have a signature look, she states, “The only signature apparent is my client’s.”
This fact is evident to architects Don Ziebell and Cathy Hayes, who consider it one of Rapp’s special gifts.
“She approaches each project on its own and strives to make each a unique reflection of the clients and their lifestyle,” Ziebell remarks.
Notes Hayes, “Karen creates rich, dynamic interior designs that are truly specific to each client, exceeding their expectations while respecting their vision and their budgets.
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Phoenix Home & Garden, March 2008
The residence would be equally at home in a Mediterranean setting.
The builder of this Arizona home, Jerry Meek, considers its architect, Don Ziebell, an artist, in large measure because of his constant attention to detail. The living room’s complex ceiling trusses, for example, were fabricated on-site using antique beams, says Meek.
“Every beam was individually template and handcrafted to honor the materials and to duplicate the Old World craftsmanship of where they were originally used.”
Designer Karen Rapp, who fashioned the interiors of this Mediterranean residence, calls Don Ziebell “a visionary,” praising his play with “scale and proportion from room to room” and harmonious use of finish materials.
Ziebell’s backdrop for her design of the family room and adjacent kitchen included wide archways, vintage crisscross ceiling beams and flooring of antique French terracotta pavers that once served as ceiling tiles.
Overlooking the Ziebell-designed pool is a guest casita with private patio.
The lipstick-hued reading room, with its handsomely decorated beams, opens to a media and billards area.
Working with the design team, the homeowners chose elements that contribute to the kitchen’s old-time look, such as butcher-block-topped center island, countertops and sink of soapstone, antique terracotta tile stove backsplash, and rustic antique beams.
High-tech appliances and energy efficiency used here do not detract from the mood of the space, said Ziebell, for even when a house is meant to look old, “it must have the conveniences a modern home should have.”
Trimmed in wood, this partial opens to the stone-walled dining room.
Sitting areas from which to enjoy the outdoors include this wide patio at the bath of the house. French doors defined by tall European-style shutters make for easy access to the space. The stairway (far right) leads to a second-story loggia.
Soft light shines through French doors in the book-lined home office.
A vintage French bathtub commands attention in the sunshine-yellow master bath. As in other Don Ziebell-designed rooms, the configuration of tiny view-catching windows and the mood-evoking ambience hold special appeal for interior designer Karen Rapp.
“When experiencing his spaces you are engaged and enchanted,” she says. “They are classic, ageless and soulful.”
With bases of brick, tree-trunk posts hold up a lush vine-covered arbor at a loggia off the dining room. A vegetable garden lies beyond.
Shaded by a beam-and-tile overhang, this poolside loggia is a serene spot for entertaining or personal relaxation.
Spanning a wash and accented with a network of beams, this narrow hallway acts as an enclosed bridge.
Ample stonework and wooden trusses were crafted of very old beams, but the fireplace mantel, of burled wood from a French chateau, is even older, about 800 years old, says Ziebell.
Master Suite Spa Patio
Phoenix Home & Garden, November 1990
A restful, soothing ambiance prevails in “Tres Olivos,” as the master suite spa patio just off the master bedroom has been dubbed.
Shaded by three gnarled olive tress and paved in weather borgata brick, the patio is large enough to encompass a bubbly spa and several comfortable chaises and armchairs.
Adoquin stone was used to dress the banco, repeating the theme of the master bath, and then embellished with sage green tile and more borgata brick.
The rich colors of Mexico in the Indian tile mural framed in carved wood give the banco area a strong focal point.
The furnishings’ and accessories’ rustic looks complement the time-worn feeling of the space, and the greyed-green colors extend the tones of the master suite out of doors.
Pictured: Karen Rapp, Karen Rapp Interiors.
Resources: New Directions in Landscape Architecture, Karen Rapp Interiors
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