As a creative conduit for the homeowners' ideas, Tor Barstad created a one-of-a-kind hillside hideaway that mixes Old World Architecture with contemporary style. With almost 9,000 square feet, this home's use of organic colors and rustic finishes connect the space with the desert surroundings.
This petite living space mixes rustic and Southwestern styles for a feel that's warm and inviting. Decorative lath wall panels clad the exterior wall where barn doors once hung. Those same doors have been repurposed to slide over the large living room window when privacy is desired.
Broken Spanish is deeply devoted to a homey Mexican-American décor and offers a variety of dining experiences, from easy going two- and four-tops in the main room to bar seating. Orange and white Mexican tile decorates the entire wall adjacent to the open kitchen.
This installation of vintage Bracero hats hangs in the stairway between the first and second floor of a Mexican-inspired restaurant. The display, paired with a rustic wood dresser and mounted metal horse heads, creates an overwhelming sense of authenticity.
In this Spanish Colonial living room, designers wanted to create a casual, elegant space, so they took advantage of the natural light that streams in through the arched windows on the space's far wall. Neutral tones and exposed beams continue to warm the space, while soft fabrics create a comfortable space to relax or entertain.
Earth-toned stacked stone is used to create a beautiful exterior for this Arizona home. Overlooking the desert landscaping is a large balcony with dining area and comfortable lounge chairs. Urns full of cacti bring the southwestern landscaping into the design.
This room envokes a feeling of being in your own five-star hotel room. The tasteful minimalism includes cinnamon-colored side tables, white leather furniture and oversized lamp shades. The real star of the room is the wood-planked ceiling. This particular home is a weekend getaway in Palm Springs, hence the tall cactus. The carpet and wall covering are made from recycled materials.
In the same landscape, landscape architect Keith Anderson also created this Southwest garden, complete with "musicians." Along with the Asian- and European-style gardens, the entire landscape fits into an acre lot. Social events held in the three spaces have seen up to 270 people at one time in the garden.