Monday, October 23, 2017

Time To Get Out And Enjoy!

First - Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes last week! You can still wish me a happy birthday by casting your VOTE for me and my team! Https://

We are blitzing our way through October and those busy months as we start to close in on the Holidays! But with the weather cooling it is time to get out and enjoy and we did plenty of that in the last couple of weeks! It was nice to spend a full weekend here at home given I have been traveling the last 5 weekends!

We also want to thank all of those who attended our co-hosted event Dietro la Maschera with Scottsdale Modern Luxury at Galleria Stone celebrating their Grand Opening!  Unfortunately, Isabel and I could not make it but I want to personally thank my Candelaria Design crew for being their and hosting our table! I also want to thank Dave Stockett and Walter Spitz for helping our crew! I understand it was a wonderful evening!

Well that was two weeks ago - then we made the most of this past week! Tuesday, Isabel and I were the guests of Jason Monzcka and Anderson Windows at the Chef's Table at The Omni Montelucia Resort What a special evening and so appreciated by Isabel and I. We had a wonderful group of friends, clients, and people from our industry and the food and wine were fantastic.

Then Thursday we had two fabulous evening events with our clients. Of course, you cannot be everywhere at the same time - although I try all the time! Tim Mathewson and several members of our team attended the Colten Cowell Foundation fundraiser at Molina Fine Jewelers Special thanks to Al Molina and Black, Starr and Frost for hosting an amazing event for a charity that we at Candelaria Design are very passionate about! The food and drinks were great and it was a gorgeous setting to meet with some of the Valley's most influential people to discuss the mission of the Colten Cowell Foundation and our designs for their future headquarters, which will be known as "A Mountain to Compassion." It will be a landmark for Phoenix and for our state and we are very proud to be a part of it. Check out their website to see more about the joy that they bring to children and families battling disease as well as grants they provide to other local charities.

Our mission is to help them raise funds in order to build their new foundation headquarters designed by Candelaria Design. We welcome all donations to this amazing cause and if you are a distributor of building products, a subcontractor or installer and would be willing to donate your time or materials to this great cause, please reach out to me or my staff on how you can help. We would love to have you on board.

Then at the same time part of the crew was at Molina's there was a group of us filming an episode for our upcoming third season ofSKETCH at one of our classic Candelaria Design homes in Paradise Valley. This home was completed about seven years ago and it was about time to get this home well documented with our show and at the same time reunite the design team for interviews during the day and a reunion dinner that evening prepared by my partner, Evelyn Jung, and myself. The footage shot by WedgieMedia will be spectacular This LEED certified home also received the Pacific Coast Builders Gold Nugget Award in 2011 for the best home over 6000 sf int he country. What an amazing team - Vallone Design Interiors, Berghoff Design, Creative Designs in Lighting, and Desert Star Construction - the Dream Team for sure. 

Finally, we finished the week with our Candelaria Design Tour Spain post trip dinner. It is always so fun to get the group together and relive the tour with a dinner, a book, and a video of the trip. We still have a few spots for our June 2018 Candelaria Design Tour Spain but don't wait!!!

Enjoy the 2017 June Spain Tour video by clicking this link below:

Looking ahead, we are happy to invite you to join us for the Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine Tour and we will have a very special French Revival Candelaria Design home on this year's tour benefiting the Humane Society. Get your tickets and I will be there all afternoon!

Update on Isabel 

Isabel has now completed 14 chemo treatments including her second treatment of the Red Devil - the heavy duty chemo concoction! She has two more Red Devil treatments to go and then her surgery is scheduled for late December. As always, she continues to stay positive and strong but she is definitely feeling the effects for these new treatments and I know these next three months will be tough. Her mom, Alette, continues to be such an amazing hlep for both Isabel and I and we are so blessed to have her. 

Thanks for all of your continued thoughts and prayers. They truly make a huge difference for us both. You can read more on Isabel's Caring Bridge

Make the most of each day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 2017 - On The Road

It is definitely busy - we are cranking away at Candelaria Design with amazing projects just completed, underway, and on the boards... and not just in Arizona.

We just got some fantastic aerial photos of our project in Kansas City built by Grand Construction who built this Tuscan Style Estate in less than 14 months featuring its own private golf hole. We have another home for this family underway right here in Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale and they are cranking on that home too.

This morning, I am in Northern Idaho, touching base on our Gozzer Ranch spec home! We have two versions, a transitional mountain design and a contemporary mountain design. Curious as to which style you prefer??? Love it up here - this is our seventh design in the area. While here, I had all of my Candelaria girls rendezvous for some Dad time. We used to have a summer home here so my girls have lots of memories here and it is nice to have some one-on-one time with them.

At the same time my associate, Meredith Thomson, is in Beverly Hills this morning with another project team doing a little "research" and building material sourcing. We go to great lengths to make our homes as authentic as possible and this estate we currently have under construction with Schultz Development is going to be spectacular.

Meanwhile, my other associate, Mathew Grove, just returned from Venice, Italy where he went with the Arizona Residential Architects group as the guest of host Brombal Steel Windows and Doors Thank you to Brombal for hosting this amazing tour of their factory and the lovely area around Venice. 

Last week, was crazy as I was in Vail, Colorado over the weekend getting up to speed on two projects there - one a seven store condo project and the other a custom home about 30 miles west of Vail. Growing up in Colorado, it was nice to return to one of my Mom's favorite weekend getaways. Who would have thought when I was 9 years old when we would come here and visit and then return home and sketch ideas for villages inspired from the visit that I would someday actually be designing projects here! So cool - I love how life works. Anyway, it was a quick trip but I was able to enjoy the architecture and the beautiful fall colors of my home state, Colorado. 

The two days later, Meredith and I were off to Los Gatos, CA to begin work on a new home there - our three home design in the Bay area. I just love Los Gatos as it is right out of a Hallmark Channel episode. Quaint, charming, and fabulous residential architecture, from California bungalows, to mission revival, to Victorian so much fun to just get up early and enjoy a morning walk soaking up details. 

OK - it's time to get moving here as my girls are starting to stir. Plenty to follow up on here in Northern Idaho. I get back Wednesday and then Thursday night, October 12th, we have an amazing event set kicking off the fall season with Scottsdale Modern Luxury Magazine promoting their grand opening of Galleria of Stone right there in their off the chart warehouse where we will have a fun Venetian masquerade evening. Me and my team along with Dave Stockett from Stockett Tile and Granite will be making pasta live in the stone slab warehouse, in the midst of fabulous Italian sports cars, fashion from Italy, with plenty to eat and drink. Everyon is invited so stop by! You can order your Candelaria Living pasta maker for your favorite foodie right here or at the event:

Update on Isabel

Isabel has now completed 13 chemo treatments including her first treatment with the Red Devil! She has three more Red Devil treatments to go and then her surgery is scheduled for late December. As always she continues to stay positive and strong. She is still working away with her team and we have some beautiful projects underway with her. 

Your thoughts, prayers, meals, flowers, plants, books, cakes and cupcakes are all so wonderful and remind us of how blessed we are to have the wealth of good friends who offer so much love and happiness in our lives. 

You can read more on Isabel's Caring Bridge

Today is the only day that matters.