Designer Lynne Beyer added a 35-foot custom de Gournay mural across the living room wall, evoking the Asian galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mirror: Christopher Guy. Chaise: Mies van der Rohe from the homeowner’s own collection.
A contemporary “jewel box” with Big Apple flair was the homeowners’ vision when they embarked on the transformation of their ’80s Scottsdale home, which had gone untouched for 20 years. The owners – a recently retired cardiac surgeon and his significant other, a surgical nurse – were six months into a massive structural overhaul with architect R. Nicholas Loope when they called in his wife and business partner, Lynne Beyer, to cast her magic upon the interior.
Loope began the architectural remodel by expanding the space, maximizing natural light and opening up the view line through to the desert sky beyond. For Beyer, the open floor plan and smaller scale dictated the design approach. “I had to incorporate a lot in a space that was visible all at one time,” she asserts. Her starting point, however, was to go big – 35 feet big, to be precise, with a custom de Gournay mural stretching across the living room wall.
Sofa: Holly Hunt covered in Jamie Stern Design leather in copper; Chairs: Holly Hunt covered in fabric from Holland and Sherry; Cocktail table: Holly Hunt; Rug: David E. Adler Rugs in Scottsdale, AZ; Lamp: Currey and Company
“I’ve always wanted to do a very dramatic mural,” Beyer describes, adding that the ornate motifs took their cue from the couple’s love of the Asian galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I knew we were going to have a very long, flat wall, and I wanted major color and fun, nodding back to those visits.” A penny-copper-hued leather sofa, which Beyer dubs “the sexiest, most beautiful sofa I’ve ever seen in my life,” sits next to a concealed panel door, creating a place for the couple to chat and cook in the sleek white-on-white kitchen.
Per the owners’ request, the all-white chef’s kitchen leans toward sleek and modern with a marble island and state-of-the-art Thermador appliances. Cabinets: Neff.
“He is a gourmet cook and wanted everything highly engineered,” comments Beyer, “while she wanted glam, shimmer, things that made her feel ultrafeminine.” A chic, Parisian-style patio and a marble-wrapped bathroom with a state-of-the-art steam room combine the two to provide a retreat-like feel. The rotunda, which recalls another of the couple’s favorite haunts, the Metropolitan Opera, is the setting for their nightly candlelit dinners. A crystal chandelier sparkles above the glass table, which creates an unobstructed view of the dramatic laser-cut marble floor.
Flooring: Imperial Wholesale in Mesa, AZ; Chairs: Christopher Guy; Table: Interlude Home; Vase: Main Dish in Scottsdale, AZ; Chandelier: Wired Custom Lighting; Mirror: Arteriors
“They really sit down and light candles and have these wonderful meals every single night,” Beyer tells us. “They truly live in this home and enjoy all these spaces.” Across from the formal living room, a loft-style wall, inspired by New York City’s iconic brownstones, hosts a cozy library. “It was the perfect use of a very tall space,” Beyer notes. A real ship’s ladder leads up to shelves of books and mementos, along with a comfortable wing chair for reading and a lounge-ready, tufted sectional – a beloved cuddling spot of the family cat.
Loft: Designed by HL Design Build, built by Woodcrest in Scottsdale, AZ; Chair: Dennis and Leen; Sconces: Wired Custom Lighting
“The design of the architecture was so simple, but simplicity, edited carefully, is actually the hardest thing,” shares Beyer. Part of the challenge was integrating many of the couple’s personal belongings, from the piano, which found a place in the newly expanded entry, to the many gifts from patients collected over the years, such as the Asian lacquer art in the primary bedroom that set its black-and-white tone.
Ottoman: Dennis and Leen
“It’s difficult to design such a personal home, and this is an extremely personal home,” Beyer expresses. “But I didn’t want to take these things out for photos because this is who they are, the story of their lives, and I wanted to honor that. This house is a celebration of many years of living and serving other people through their careers.”
In Beyer’s signature dramatic reveal, the clients were not allowed to see the house for two weeks before completion. “They walked through the door, and there were immediate tears,” she reminisces. “We had champagne and they were just thrilled. We’ve seen them many times since, and they’re still like kids in a candy store, every day.”
Photography by Douglas Friedman.
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