Sunday, January 19, 2014

30 Year Anniversary of Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ

Historic North Central Restoration - Nance Construction, Berghoff Design, Vallone Design
I cannot believe this month is already half over. This is going to be another busy year. You can feel it in the air and the way this month has started. Wow – what a start. I hope you all saw our intro Episode 1 of Architainment at
We have received over 77,000 views so far! Episode 2 - Designing Fantasies - will launch on The Design Network at on Tuesday, February 4th! Stay tuned for an amazing Architainment launch party at two $9 million Candelaria Design ~ MRA Custom Homes estates in Paradise Valley featured in Episode 1. See our Candelaria Design Events tab for details.

First and foremost we are excited to be retained to design the residential portion of the new Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley. What an opportunity to bring our thirty plus year history of designing residences in Paradise Valley to such a marquis property.

Enchantment Resort - Sedona
And so that’s the perfect segue to looking back at an Arizona classic I was fortunate to be a part of and that’s the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona It was 30 years ago when we started our initial design work for this truly spectacular place while I was a Project Manager with Christensen-Miller & Associates. The resort sits on 80 acres in the gorgeous Boynton Canyon which is the birthplace of the ancient ancestors of the Yavapai Tribe whereupon they emanated from the earth.  When you visit this canyon you feel the energy or the “vortex” of the canyon.

I was fortunate to be assigned this project by my mentor and amazing architect, the late George W. Christensen. I was 23 years old – hard to imagine! I remember my first visit there and was in awe of the challenge of first having to rezone this property for the use as a resort. It involved gaining the acceptance of the Yavapai Tribe, Sierra Club, the National Forest, and the public in general. After a year of designs, sketches, hearings, meetings, etc., we were ready go.

Left to right - John Gardiner, Merv Griffin,
George Christensen and Mark Candelaria
Our client was the late John Gardiner of the famed John Gardnier’s Tennis Ranch in Paradise Valley and his team, primarily my good friend and fellow Charro Grande, Clayton McKnight! Add the construction team of the Phil W. Morris Company and their Project Manager, Larry Peery. Larry, Clayton and I are all still great friends some 30 years later – but this is where that friendship started.

Enchantment Resort Clubhouse

Croquet Lawn at the Enchantment Clubhouse
The project involved remodeling and adding to an existing fired adobe house and turning that into the Clubhouse. The guest house would become the Spa. Then we would add some 50 casitas which we walked every spot and determined exactly where we would nestle them in and save trees going as far as to have them grow right through the decks. We master planned and designed some 30 patio homes and then laid out all of the single family lots of which we were fortunate to design several custom homes including a fun Pueblo style casa for the Hall of Fame quarterback, Y.A. Tittle.

Enchantment Casita Exterior

So many people contributed to the beauty of Enchantment. From Clayton McKnight’s wife and John Gardiner’s daughter, Tricia McKnight, who did all of the interiors, Dan Richardson from Security Savings who spearheaded the project, and many of my teammates at Christensen-Miller, especially Craig Stoffel who built an amazing model of the whole canyon!

Enchantment Casita Interior

Enchantment Clubhouse Pool Terrace

Some 30 years later, the Enchantment Resort is still one of my crowning achievements and is one of my favorite places to go, escape and look back at some amazing times and memories. I encourage you to take someone special and go enjoy a romantic escape.

Enchantment Resort Aerial - Boynton Canyon - Sedona

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Architainment - Premier Launch this Wednesday

We finally made it! Our first Episode of Architainment launches this Wednesday, January 15th, on The Design Network!

First - Where do you find it? Ok our show and The Design Network is NOT on TV! So don't go channel surfing trying to find it - you won't. And it's not on a Pay-Per-View! This is a family show!!! You will find it on the internet just like YouTube and NetFlix. Go to The Design Network at  and you will find it there - but not until Wednesday. The nice thing is once launched it is always there and you can watch it any time and as many times as you like!

Second - What is the show about? Architainment is a show about taking the bones of a building and creating  fabulous architecture  and then blending it with entertainment and a way of life….most often a lavish life where dream homes become real.  The Candelaria Design team will unveil some amazing spaces with the intention of creating a lifestyle to be expressed on that stage…that home setting.  So Architainment follows my team and I as we take on the challenges, drama and rich rewards of designing these fantastic spaces where people live, entertain, escape and gather to celebrate and live everyday life the luxury way…. globe trotting the world  to find the inspiration for a room, a getaway,  a party place, oasis, haven or escape…or to create unusual getaways, interesting fantasies or private places.

Episode 1 focuses on  introducing me and my blend of home design and lifestyle with an intention of infusing the Southern European way of life into these creations - from Spain to Italy. The first show also showcases some of our fabulous homes both from the ground to magical aerial footage of several of our homes.  Episode 1 shares my passion for the Italian culture, way of life, and elements of architecture that influence our projects in America and promote entertaining and living richly in the luxurious spaces we create.  Architainment is architecture, design and entertainment all rolled into one piece that creates the cornerstone for good luxury living.  That is Architainment.

Here is a sneak peek!

Architainment is the perfect cocktail mix of beautiful construction and design that provides the backdrop to entertain and live large, (and sometimes small),….really well.  Architainment will provide viewers a sneak peek into a whole new world of high end design -  and the people who populate it.  
Third -  How many Episodes are we doing? We will be doing five (5) episodes in our first season and then hopefully five more in our second season of course if we are well received. Therefore….

Give us Views!!!! 

We appreciate all of your views of our show. We will be featuring many of our projects from Arizona and around the country. We will be featuring our Candelaria Tour Italy trips, many of our cooking extravaganzas, our clients, builders, vendors and my wonderful cast of characters - the Candelaria Design team! Each episode we will be sending an email blast listing all of the builders, realtors, designers and vendors featured in each respective episode. Our clients' privacy is always of utmost importance and we so appreciate their graciousness in allowing us to film and document these wonderful creations of so many of us.

I hope you enjoy the show and use it to show off our work and your work! Share the link and post them on your pages with descriptions of your work. That is the beauty of the internet! You will love the footage! It is fun and I hope it inspires and entertains.

Finally I want to thank several people who were instrumental in making this happen. I like to thank Meara Perrin who as our Marketing Director got the ball rolling with The Design Network this summer. I especially want to thank my team for all the time we invested in this project. Of course thanks goes to our clients who opened up their homes to our cameras. I want to offer thanks to founder and CEO, Jason Harris and The Design Network for their time and investment in Architainment. Last but not least, I want to thank my director, producer and writer, the fabulous Heidi Foglesong! She is flat out amazing and this lady gets the job done. What a talent and what a just flat out cool person to hang out with and collaborate with.

Ok so here we go! Let's have some fun and give us lot's of views and shares this week!!!