Monday, May 1, 2017

April 2017 Was Busy And Now We Are On To May!


Definitely a busy April and now we are onto May. May should also be busy as we have plenty of projects starting construction and several new projects just starting in conceptual design. Love it!


I hope you caught our debut and premier of the HGTV Smart Home 2017 on HGTV this month. It is playing every week through June so I hope you can catch one of the episodes. The sweepstakes are also underway to win this home so please enter each day for your chance of winning this amazing Candelaria Design home.  http://www.hgtv.com/design/hgtv-smart-home/sweepstakes?c1=AUDX_GA_Smart-Home-2017_HGTV-Brand_Grand-Prize&c2=Google&c3=HGTV-Brand&c4=hgtv%20sweepstakes There are plenty of ads now on HGTV and the Food Network. We did enjoy watching the premiere at a Candelaria Design remodel we did with the HGTV Smart Home 2017 builder, Jim Audiss of Eagle Luxury Properties, http://eagleluxuryproperties.com and realtor, Chris Karas of the Karas Group. http://www.thekarasgroup.com . I whipped up some paella for our guests and we had a fantastic evening!


This weekend we attended the big Prom Gala in support of Gigi’s Playhouse at Wingate Ranch in Scottsdale! Isabel and I were honorary chairs and received a Leadership Award which was a real honor for sure. We are so proud to be a part of this organization and have been a part of the design and creation of Gigi’s Playhouse. Orchestrated and created by our good friend and client, Jennifer Gage, Gigi’s Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with down syndrome and their families providing therapeutic and educational programs right here in Scottsdale, AZ. We donated a paella dinner for a party of eight which went for $1400 and we decided to make it two dinners so the $1300 bidder also stepped up for a dinner for eight so we were able to raise $2700 for our paella donation! Overall the evening I believe was a complete success. You can still make donations to this fabulous organization at https://gigisplayhouse.org/ways-give  


The Gala was Friday night and Isabel and I returned from Highpoint Friday morning so it was a long 25 hour day of travel and gala…ing – but definitely worth it. Highpoint and the Spring Market was fabulous this year. I love accompanying Isabel as she now searches for amazing treasures for her clients, and I get to visit with my friends from The Design Network who carry our show SKETCH! We are underway on production of Season 3 and we look forward to its release in 2017. https://www.thedesignnetwork.com/series/sketch/



Plenty of new trends at the Market with the biggest being the swivel chair. Yes the swivel chair…! I cannot tell you how many showroom guides talked about it and how popular they are. Why – the advent and popularity of the Great Room and the need to swivel between the TV, guests, and the Kitchen area. Totally makes sense, and I tried several of them and for someone who can’t sit still for more than a few seconds, I have to say I was sold! Besides swivel chairs that rotate they have swivel rockers. Overall, the weather was horrible, with rain virtually every day. But the Market seemed well attended.



From Highpoint we drove from central North Carolina to the west tip of South Carolina to visit my good friend, builder, and one of my first clients, Larry Peery, and his lovely partner, Gloria Ipock. They have a beautiful home on Lake Keowee and it was great to relive some of our stories and projects including the Enchantment Resort he built when at the Phil W. Morris Company and I was at Christensen-Miller Associates. Larry and Gloria are joining us on our Candelaria Design Tour Spain 2017 after having been on the 2012 trip and the 2004 trips. 



With that said, our first Candelaria Design Tour Spain is SOLD OUT but we do have some room for some travelers for our September 2017 Tour Italy. This trip will be amazing and we will be finishing in Venice so you do not want to miss this! http://www.candelariadesign.com/tour-italy


Ok, meanwhile plenty going on with our clients and projects. We recently completed an photographed a very cool whole home remodel in Chandler. More photos on this one in the weeks ahead. Our Hillside project in Paradise Valley is making progress as they are now setting steel. Windows are going in on the Camelback Mountain hillside estate. Sketching away on several others.






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