A jet-setting international couple enlists Dana Lyon to create an elegant Sonoran pied-à-terre at Paradise Valley’s historic Casa Blanca residences.
Contemporary glamour reigns at this petite pied-à-terre, where a chair from Stowed, an RH side table and a crystal sculpture from Katherine McCoy create an understated vignette.
When The Refined Group (therefinedgroup.com) owner and lead designer Dana Lyon’s longtime friends approached her to reimagine their home at the historic Casa Blanca complex, she knew it had to reflect their vibrant, fashionable style. “They are expats who love to collect art and [are] pied-à-terre collectors,” Lyon shares. “With small residences in the Italian Riviera, Aspen and Baltimore, the couple is now adding the Sonoran Desert to their collection.”
With a sectional and coffee table by The Refined Group, an Ochre chandelier and a commissioned art piece by Kelly Walker, the great room reflects the homeowners’ vibrant fashion-forward style.
The home required a complete architectural interior refresh, with all walls needing removal and reimagining. Conceptually, “their goal was to have this small gem feel like a resort,” Lyon explains of the homeowners’ vision. “They also wanted to respect and celebrate the desert.” Both contemporary art collectors, the fashion-forward couple also wanted a chic space conducive to entertaining.
Luxe white lacquer and quartz are the heroes of this eat-in kitchen.
“Loft-style living was the inspiration for this home,” says Lyon. “As the designer, our challenge was to reimagine the space and build custom furniture pieces that fit within [it].” She worked with contractor and landscape designer Marty Mietl, who helped transform the space. “We wanted the main space to be as open as possible, adding skylights and large-scale glass doors to allow for indoor and outdoor living and entertaining.”
The great room and patio open to an airy entertaining space surrounded by mature fruit trees that provide shade year-round. Furniture is by Harbour Outdoor.
Lyon implemented a neutral color palette throughout the home to allow her clients’ art to shine, especially in the living room. “This space features large-scale commissioned artwork by Kelly Walker (kellywalkerfineart.com), and a custom-made sectional and an extra-large coffee table—made by The Refined Group—that floats in the space,” she shares.
Equipped with heat lamps, the homeowners can enjoy the outdoor dining area year-round.
The designer applied a similar thought process to the kitchen. “The kitchen features a 12-foot contemporary mirror installation making the space seem grand,” says Lyon. “The kitchen is primarily white, allowing for the fantastic cuisine to be the highlight.” Also notable is the primary bedroom, where Lyon and her team used a combination of silvers and gray for a neutral and calming effect, and the primary en suite bathroom that features a marble wet room and vanities made from white delicato marble slabs.
Kohler illuminated mirrors and Waterworks fixtures in the primary bathroom enhance the white delicato marble slabs.
Outside, lush green planters with oranges and grapefruits surround a fire pit, a BBQ and furniture by Harbour Outdoor (shopharbour.com), which thrilled the homeowners when they first saw the entertaining-friendly space. “[We were] able to install start to finish while [they] were away, making it a full fun reveal experience,” Lyon shares. “[They were] elated with the decor and thrilled with the ingenious storage spaces.”
Double French doors lead into the primary bathroom’s wet room, where a linear skylight creates an ethereal vibe.
The custom channeled bed creates a soft landing in the primary bedroom. The pendants are from Sonneman, and the Audrey Hepburn photograph is from Conde Nast.