Classic Mediterranean Style In Arizona

Our design inspiration for today comes from a 23,000 square-foot classic Mediterranean style estate located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The impressive residence, with its lushly landscaped grounds, positions grandly in the natural desert surroundings overlooking a golf course. The stately mansion, designed by the luxury residential architectural firm Candelaria Design Associates with interior design by Kimberly Colletti, features many old-world inspired architectural elements and elegant design details to create a rich and formal home.

The opening photo shows the regal living room. The polished marble floors, decorative ceilings, and ornately carved, honed limestone fireplace feature here and throughout the entire Mediterranean style home. Interior arches line up with exterior arching windows and French doors which welcome in the view of the gardens. The size and style of the windows play an important role in every room. They are integral architectural components necessary to create the desired dramatic effect. Gilded framed mirrors hang over a pair of marquetry chests on either side of the fireplace. A custom silk upholstered sofa anchors the sitting area on the traditional rug while a large crystal chandelier sparkles above.

Mediterranean style dining room

The formal dining room features hand-painted coffered ceilings and wainscoting highlighted with white gold. The full height limestone fireplace gives the room an air of dignity. A Regency-style walnut dining table surrounded by painted and distressed silk upholstered dining chairs gather on a traditional design rug. A grand crystal chandelier suspends above. Elegant silk window treatments with stacked passementerie trim and double tassel tie-backs dress the windows. The colors throughout the home remain soft and subtle creating a perfect backdrop for the fine antiques, some dating to the 16th century.

Mediterranean style library

The very handsome library features solid walnut floors with an inlaid brass perimeter while walnut paneling lines the walls. The soaring vaulted ceilings display hand-painted, gold accented design details. A series of grand traditional design chandeliers suspend through the room. The rich wood tones and gold accents create a sense of warmth. A 17th-century Italian rectory table commands the center of the library on an antique rug. Bronze figures, bust, and Neoclassical design details accent the room with a noble feel, while a pair of simple chenille club chairs placed before the fireplace eases the formality and provide a place for some real comfort.

Mediterranean style hall rotunda

Mediterranean style corridor

The gracious entrance hall features two bisecting galleries crowned by an exquisite domed ceiling. One enters the home into a light-filled gallery that crosses at its center. The hall continues forward leading all the way through to the other side and out onto the series of outdoor living spaces. The long passages also extend both left and right running the full length of the estate giving access to the home’s rooms and courtyards which all comprise on a single floor. The gleaming marble floors continue in all directions as does the repeated arches and French doors. The groin vault ceilings feature highly decorative hand-painted designs in 23-karet gold. A Palladian sense of balance and symmetry throughout is in keeping with its formal Mediterranean style. The mathematical repetition creates a sense of rhythm and order.

Mediterranean style kitchen

The Polished marble continues in the kitchen with the floors and the outer perimeter counters topped with a lighter marble. A dark textured granite tops the center island. The kitchen also continues the classical architectural elements including niches where life-size hand-carved statues reside. Velvet upholstered barstools create an elegant eat-in breakfast area. Two large crystal chandeliers sparkle above. Of course, this grand kitchen has only the best commercial grade, high-end appliances, many faced to blend with the surrounding cabinetry. A cooking area created just outside the kitchen allows for additional outdoor entertaining as well.

Mediterranean style office

Stained and glazed alder wood completely envelopes the home office. The antique burl wood desk includes an inlaid leather top, and the antique chairs still have their original upholstery. The French doors open the office onto a garden graced with fountains. Sounds like a wonderful place to get some work done.

Mediterranean style master bedroom

The master bedroom is full of grace and charm though this photo only shows this one perspective. The silk upholstered headboard and bed frame, dressed in elegant custom silk bed linens, serve as the focal point here. On either side of the bed, a pair of matching chests, each with a large framed antique painting hanging above it, perfectly establishes balance and symmetry. The room, of course, is crowned with a glamorous gilt and crystal chandelier.

Mediterranean style master bathroom

The tinted plaster walls and glazed woodwork glisten softly in the natural light that washes over the master bathroom. Polished marble covers the floors, counter-tops, and the tub surround in the bathing niche. Mosaic mother-of-pearl sinks pair with crystal handle faucets. Crystal chandeliers feature in here too, along with crystal-dripping wall sconces. Custom silk draperies dress the windows.

Mediterranean style loggia

Mediterranean style patio pool

Mediterranean style loggia view

Mediterranean Style In Arizona

In true Mediterranean style, arches and stone columns frame the loggia located off the living room and entry. All-weather furnishings provide year-round comfort for the multiple outdoor entertaining spaces. Statues, fountains, and planters punctuate the gardens creating focal points in every direction. The view is very “man has mastered nature” with all this lush greenery and abundance of water in the middle of the Arizona desert.

Mediterranean style fountain

Mediterranean style exterior full view

The red clay tile roof and stucco exterior are signatures of classic formal Mediterranean style. The estate is a visual feast for the eyes. That is apparent the moment you enter the carved limestone and iron gates. Though the home is grand in volume and square-footage, it still maintains a comfortable level of intimacy. The estate presents beautifully while remaining livable and inviting.

That concludes our design inspiration for today. I hope you all enjoyed this formal Mediterranean style estate in the Arizona desert and you have found much inspiration in its delightful design.


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Photography: Werner Segarra

Additional: Tuscan Style-Summer 2015

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  • Tasha

    What a beautiful house. I appreciate the way you give people a vocabulary for speaking about the interior elements of a house- from architectural concepts to interior furnishings. I have a feeling the reason people are obsessed with their kitchens is because they have mastered the elements that make up a kitchen- the counters, backsplashes, islands, appliances and color schemes are all familiar by now. Outfiting an entire house with taste and style requires a diffrernt understanding and I think your explanations offer that. Thank you again for a great piece of writing.

    • JD Knight

      Thank you so much Tasha. We are so glad you like the home and our coverage of it in particular. We appreciate you very much! Thanks for reading along with us..

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