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Black Mountain villa melds into the Arizona desert landscape

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Black Mountain Residence is a desert mountain villa designed by H&S International in collaboration with Wiseman & Gale Interiors, located in Carefree, Arizona. This Mediterranean style home is nestled on 2.5 acres of desert mountain property, offering sweeping views of the valley below. The homeowner purchased the land back in 1978 and then got married, had a family and lived 2o miles away, waiting for the day when she would build her dream home. The couple would travel on trips to Italy and get inspired by the rustic architectural qualities and furnishings they wanted to incorporate. The goal of the homeowners was to create a design that appears to have been around for generations, with rooms that appear to be added on by way of varying building techniques. The design team spent some time analyzing the property in order to maximize its climbing topography and sight lines. The size and placement of each room was integral to the design, as was the allocation of the windows, in order to optimize the enchanting views. As for the interior furnishings, the couple realized that the Provincial style was too ornate for their taste, yet they wished to have a similar styling but much more pared down. The designer sourced furnishings and fixtures that not only honored the homeowner’s desire for warmth and comfort, but also with a very timeless yet clean lined aesthetic. There is a harmonious mix of designer pieces with a sprinkling of antiques, yet all the fabrics have a heavy texture to capture the mood.

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The builder and designer incorporated authentic materials into the design scheme, ranging from American barn wood and burnished European timber beams to reclaimed French firebrick and limestone, wide plank oak flooring that was milled in Belgium and oxidized scrap steel, all of which creates an aged appeal. The interior walls consist of layers thick plastered concrete, and the exterior masonry creatively blends varying timeworn stones and bricks with hand-tinted grouting in varying colors. The architecture seems to meld into the mountainside and the mix of beautiful plantings helps to further enhance this connection.

We have featured several breathtaking homes in the Arizona desert here on 1 Kindesign. If you enjoyed this property, have a look at some further inspiration from this beautiful state: Whisper Rock Residence by Tate Studio Architects and Spectacular modern home embraces the desert landscape.

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Photos: Laura Moss & Luxe Source

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