French farmhouse with a contemporary twist amid the Sonoran Desert

French farmhouse with a contemporary twist amid the Sonoran Desert

This gorgeous French farmhouse style home was designed by OZ Architects, located in the upscale Silverleaf community of Scottsdale, Arizona. The design of this home encourages family connections while providing private spaces for each family member. Based upon simple rural Mediterranean farmhouse architecture, the various pieces of the home surround a central courtyard, creating a private compound with an authentic scale. Indoor/outdoor connections are emphasized, with numerous exterior covered living spaces and fireplaces.

The interiors were designed by David Michael Miller Associates, using antique building materials set against modern and contemporary interior features, working together to create a relaxed and sophisticated dwelling. The material language of this home is decidedly livable and relaxed.

Project Team: Architect: OZ Architects / Interior Design: David Michael Miller Associates / Landscape: Siteworks, LLC / Builder: Linthicum Custom Builders

The contrasts of materiality and the reinterpretations of traditional millwork and furnishings styles are used in a deliberate way, to affect an interior that is new and old simultaneously. Materials were chosen that have a patina and can age well, while the spaces are purposefully intimate, comfortable and human scaled. The plan avoids large connected rooms, instead incorporating rooms for a specific purpose such as the kitchen which features a cooking fireplace and farm table at the center. A private enclosed swimming grotto can be accessed from both the pool and the master shower.


Above: The fireplace surround is french limestone. The light fixture is from Cisco brothers. Flooring is a french white oak, selected in a fumed color called “flemish grey” with an oil wax finish.

Above: The walls of this French farmhouse style abode are an integral color plaster finish, done by a local plaster company. The mix includes coarse river sand and some subtle pigment. It has been troweled on the walls like traditional plaster.

What We Love: This French farmhouse style home features a stunning mix of furnishings and finishes that are old and new. From indoors to outdoors, living spaces have been thoughtfully curated to create a unique atmosphere that is polished yet livable. Antique building materials are set against contemporary interior details, creating an overall relaxed and sophisticated home… Readers, what are your thoughts, would this be your idea of the ultimate dream home? Tell us in the Comments below! 

Photos: Werner Segarra

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