Joanna & Dave's Arizona Dream Home

Joanna & Dave's Arizona Dream Home

Rebecca Orlov
Feb 10, 2010

Name: Joanna and Dave
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years

Today we are sharing a pretty (and big!) Arizona home that was submitted by readers, Joanna and Dave. Joanna is the co-owner of a design company and owner of an Etsy boutique, while Dave is an operations manager/realtor and jack of all trades. After the couple married, they were on the hunt for a house to make a home. They finally found a house with good bones in Chandler, Arizona and could see the potential immediately. Like most newer home communities, there was the "cookie-cutter" factor. But per Joanna, "We believe we've created a little something special inside. Between my design 'know how' and my husband's handy work, we were able to create our dream home."

AT Survey:

Our style: Modern Chic. The contrast of black and white mixed with the shimmer of glass, mirrors and crystals makes our home look clean and glamorous. I keep the interest in a monotone palette by playing with textures and adding a pop of color here and there.

Inspiration: I don't know if I can pin point my inspiration, being in the design industry, I am constantly exposed to beautiful things. I think my inspiration is a collection of things I love.

Favorite Element: My favorite element of our home is its functionality. One of our best ideas was to tear down the wall separating our master closet with the utility room. This allowed us a larger closet, while making the chore of laundry much easier. An organized home is a happy home.

Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge was the re-design of the kitchen. A whole new kitchen was in order. Our original white washed cabinets were very short in comparison to the height of the ceiling. We ripped out the soffit above and put in 42" uppers to draw attention to the vaulted ceiling. We wanted to incorporate a hidden garbage area, beverage fridge, drawer dishwasher, wine storage and more pantry space. After many space plans we decided on the perfect one that included everything.

What Friends Say: My friends are always commenting on the crisp and clean decor with a careful eye for the details. The most impressive being the pillow cut marble tiles that cover our fireplace from the first floor to the second.

Proudest DIY: Our proudest do-it-yourself was the vanities in the master bathroom. These were originally dressers that we turned into sinks. I searched on the internet for weeks for the perfect sinks to fit on top, with a faucet that would project enough from the wall to hit the middle of the sink to prevent splashing.

Biggest Indulgence: Our biggest indulgence was our shower in the master bathroom. Since we swapped the original spots of the shower and tub we had to re-plumb the drains and faucets. I wanted to have a large shower with his and hers shower heads. We had the shower heads plumbed so they were at the correct height for each of us. Since I designed the shower custom, we had to have a custom shower enclosure made. It was a challenge and expense to make it frameless like I envisioned.

Best advice: I think the best advice I could give when looking for things for your home is to look at the potential in something. Most objects can be altered with a little effort to make them what you really want. Let's just say….. Do not under estimate the power of a can of spray paint and a glue gun!


Appliances: Sears

Hardware: eBay, Lowes, Home Depot

Furniture: Sitcom, Home Goods, Stanley Furniture, Rowe, IKEA. The powder room vanity was from Stein World.

Lighting: Lamps Plus, Hacienda Lighting, Home Goods, Pier One

Artwork: Custom Dog artwork, Home Goods, Pier One, Framing by The Art Department.

Paint: Sherwin-Williams

Flooring: Imperial Wholesale, Kaiser Tile

Tiles and Stone: Arizona Tile, Imperial Wholesale, Kaiser Tile, Fireplace stone, Contessa Stone

Window Treatments: Custom

Accessories: Pillows from Dio Dio (, Home Goods, Torre and Tagus, Pier One, Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel, Uttermost, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls

Other: Built-in panels:, Custom work table and mantle:, Wallpaper: Osborne and Little

(Thanks, Joanna and Dave!)

Photos by John Woodcock

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