For Michelle Griffith of Lively Haus, designing her client’s Scottsdale Piedra Drive home was all about playing the long game. The project began during the onset of the pandemic, which meant ongoing supply chain disruptions were a significant part of the process. But with some clever problem solving and expert space planning, she managed to rework her client’s open-concept layout with a pair of green velvet sofas to help set the tone. Michelle is taking us behind the scenes of her design process, and sharing custom details—like the metal range hood and arched built-ins, to name a few–that set this home apart. Take a look inside with photographs captured by Nick Sorensen.
Project: Piedra Drive
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Scope of Work: Kitchen redesign, space planning, and furniture selection.
Tell us about this project and the scope of work involved.
The client first came to me needing help with a furniture floor plan and furniture selections in her main living room, dining room, and primary bedroom. While wrapping up the furniture design, the client asked me to redesign her kitchen. But there was a caveat: I had to keep her perimeter cabinets. Overall, I was ready for that challenge since the home had a large open floor plan and the space we were already working on flowed together. It felt like a treat for me to complete the whole look.
Talk to us about the initial inspiration and the process of honing your vision?
During my initial discovery call with the client, she expressed a strong interest in having a green velvet sofa. Once I heard that, it was pretty simple in the direction I wanted to take the design. I wanted to pair earthy tones, organic textures, and a soft color palette with the deep green velvet sofa. I ended up playing with various shades of green in the overall design, from the custom built-ins, fabrics, and the custom island. I also wanted to embrace all the natural light, so we opted for custom sheer window treatments.
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What were some of the major pain points, and how did you problem-solve with design?
For the furniture phase: I started this project in early 2020, so there were a lot of unexpected furniture delays to navigate and work through. In addition to those delays, we also had damaged furniture and workroom flair-ups. I managed to reselect the furniture with some ins-tock pieces (shockingly), and in the end, I was so happy with the outcome.
(Continued) What were some of the major pain points, and how did you problem-solve with design?
For the kitchen: there was an awkward existing island we needed to reconfigure. However, when designing the new kitchen island, we had to keep the same footprint because we didn’t have any more existing flooring to work with. As a result, we landed on a large square island that provided spacious seating and extra storage space. It felt right, making that island a special spot—a staple piece for my client and her young family to enjoy!
Any favorite details to share?
I have a lot favorites in the kitchen, but I think the custom metal hood stole my heart! Also, the stunning Armac Martin Hardware on the island and the custom arched built-ins— IN LOVE!
Tell us what made working on this particular project so special?
The client really did trust my vision and our styles naturally aligned with one another. Having that rapport with my client and the freedom to create a space that impacts a family’s everyday life is something I don’t take for granted.
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