The Treasured Life

A new home at the Village of Silverleaf is a mix of personal and reclaimed gems.

Designed by architect Don Ziebell, the home opens to a backyard that includes a dipping pool, outdoor kitchen and several patios. 

The basement includes a pool table and a backlit bar.

A staircase has space to display vintage pottery.

An antique table anchors the romantic, glass-walled dining room.  

A family-heirloom chandelier graces the upstairs master bedroom.

The living room’s reclaimed beams and wood flooring provide a warm backdrop for the owners’ eclectic collection of furnishings.

The master suite loggia has views of nearby mountains.

Neutral hues mark the gourmet kitchen.  

Limestone frames the passage to the home office.

A master-suite chandelier and a foyer mirror from one owner’s childhood in the Midwest. An antique walnut dining room table from her partner’s former Paradise Valley home.

Reclaimed wood, bricks and limestone from the United States and Europe. The couple’s custom home in The Village at Silverleaf in North Scottsdale stylishly, joyously communicates that life’s treasures should be celebrated every day.

Customized to fit the homeowners’ collectibles and favorite pieces, the residence synthesizes old and new, combining classic European design and today’s welcoming open space. The 6,924-square-foot rustic Mediterranean-style villa unfolds on three elevator-connected levels, with a light-filled entertainment basement and an upper-level master suite. The two first- and lower-level bedrooms comfortably accommodate guests. Extensive exterior living space includes a welcoming front courtyard, a courtyard off the home office, a backyard, a covered entertaining patio and a master bedroom loggia slatted to provide both privacy and views.

“With the doors and windows open on cool days and nights, our home makes for a truly elegant indoor-outdoor space,” says owner and interior designer Lauren Rautbord, principal of Paul Lauren Design Consultants, which recently relocated from her native Chicago to Scottsdale.

The home—as well as the others in the community—was designed by architect Don Ziebell, president of Oz Architects Inc., and built by Rod Cullum, principal of Cullum Homes. For Rautbord, Ziebell is an “extraordinary place-maker, style-maker and master of materials” for his skill in creating a community style and vibe, extensively modifying her home’s original floor plan to accommodate design goals.

Upstairs, Ziebell created the master retreat, which includes expanded closet space. The bedroom features her mother’s antique Italian chandelier, acquired from Nestle in New York five decades ago. “It’s cozy, private, pure luxe, complete Zen enjoyment,” Rautbord says.

And, to optimize natural illumination throughout the home, the couple asked Ziebell to expand the window sizes to fill the basement with light. In particular, he replaced one basement stairwell wall with an additional 30-foot wall of glass. Here, the architect also extended the oak treads and risers from the stairs to the wall, where the homeowners display collector pots—transforming what is most often a functional or forgotten space into a magical experience. “People cannot believe they are in a basement,” Rautbord says. “It’s a bright party area where we can entertain without having to be in the kitchen or living room.”

Ziebell also worked with the owners to incorporate their antiques and reclaimed materials. Adjacent to the great room and patio, the dining room extends like an island into the desert, enclosed on three sides with steel and glass doors, creating a perfect venue for impressive entertaining with its focal-point antique table.

With a nod to the couple’s love of limestone because of its texture and aged quality, Ziebell acquired an antique limestone fireplace hearth from France and, from Scottsdale’s Telluride Natural Stone and Reclaimed Wood, reclaimed limestone for use on first-floor walls and basement beams. He also found an antique limestone basin from Provence, with a mysteriously chipped corner, which greets visitors in the entry courtyard.

Throughout the home, wood beams, with original adze cuts, were personally reclaimed by Ziebell from centuries-old structures in France. For pathways, he installed reclaimed Chicago brick, some retaining the original casting numbers.

“My goal for the home was a modern sense of space with a neutral palette and natural materials so our antiques stand out,” Rautbord says. “The end result is contemporary timelessness.”

Now that the home is completed, the couple enjoys their calming residence, as well as the charms of the community, nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains.

“We love the easy lifestyle, the serenity and design of the community,” says Rautbord. “It’s like a European village—a charming location where you walk to golf, dinner, the spa and then home. We enjoy sunrises over the mountains and alpenglow sunsets with the city lights twinkling.”

Single-family home

The Village at Silverleaf, Scottsdale

Don Ziebell, Oz Architects

Rod Cullum, Cullum Homes

Lauren Rautbord, Paul Lauren Design Consultants


Master bath tile


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