The living area, tucked under a bank of 12-foot-tall windows, provides a stunning view of the desert landscape. Furnishings are toned down so all eyes focus on the glorious scenery just steps from the back patio.
A steel-framed leather chair and soft brown suede sofas lend a clean, tailored masculine touch. "We picked the fabric for the sofas, and then we discovered that the gravel color was a paler version of the sofa leather. It was meant to be," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
Spiked green grass, bursting forth from a natural clay bowl, echoes textures featured in the landscape design.
An 8-foot-tall painting by Kevin Tolman is a feast for the eyes in the great room. Chosen to balance the cool tile in the kitchen, the piece complements the home’s modern styling. “The contemporary design of the house decrees that you keep it simple and clean,” says Woodrum.
A bouquet of sunflowers adds a pop of color in the great room. “You are looking for that kind of hot color because you have the neutral fabrics and the sisal rug,” adds Woodrum.
A happy tablescape pays tribute to the sunny Southwest location with a bowl of chili peppers, history and contemporary Southwest art picture books and antique Native American baskets. “I always start out and keep taking things away and adding things until I feel like I have it right,” says Woodrum.
A hand-planed buffet table – topped with decorative pottery and light sculptures by artist Suzanne Derrer – connects the great room to the kitchen area. "We originally had lamps on that table and I thought, 'My gosh, let’s do something a little more fun.' They suited that space," says Woodrum.