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Mix Master Design By DEcesare Design Group

PHOTO: Cristiaan Blok

A MODERN MAKEOVER

WRITTEN BY JAIMEE ROSE     *     PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAAN BLOK

To fully appreciate the masterful makeover that brought life to this mix master house, you’d have to see the before photos. Tacked onto the back of a nearby estate, this guest house was run-down, outdated, and a “general train wreck,” says designer Caroline Tyler DeCesare of DeCesare Design Group. She gutted the place and had a new challenge: to make an empty shell not only beautiful, but interesting.
“I like things to feel collected,” Caroline says, “and not like you got it all the same day, from the same place, from the same era.”
Her clients responded to Asian antiques, industrial edge, contemporary art, nautical notes, and restful colors.
Caroline made all of it work together.
“You obsess, you give a lot, you meet with the client endlessly, you try a million options, you look at a million things, you source a million things and also show up with a semi-truck filled with accessories and send 90 percent of them back,” she says. “And then it just all comes together.”

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PHOTO: Christiaan Blok

PHOTO: Cristiaan Blok

Q. We love those pendants in the kitchen — the knot in the rope is key. How did that come about?
A. My client and I saw those hanging in a design studio like that. The studio had just tied the knot because the rope was too long. The client loved the knot. I loved the knot. So we had to get the knot. They are retro-fitted vintage fixtures.

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PHOTO: Christiaan Blok

PHOTO: Cristiaan Blok

Q. That bedroom is dreamy! What inspired it?
A. This room makes me happy. I think bedrooms particularly should be restful, like visual rest. This space has a lot of great textures — the bed, the art, the curtains. We even repurposed that chair, and painted it black.

Q. What a glamorous bathroom. That Roman shade seems key.
A. I love a layered shade, with a sheer Roman underneath. I just think it softens the space and keeps it from being too cold. This was actually two different bathrooms — his and hers. We opened them up, made the window bigger, and added a nice big shower that you can’t see.

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PHOTO: Cristiaan Blok

PHOTO: Cristiaan Blok

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DeCesare had this fantastic lamp in the foyer made from vintage molds used for ship parts. “I love the calm, the grasscloth on the walls, the crisp white trim molding, and the pop of funky with the Asian-inspired chair. They’re all good things, and all so different.”

PHOTO: Christiaan Blok

PHOTO: Cristiaan Blok

Q. We love this yellow and gray living room. It’s all about the symmetrical sofas, and then that fabulously styled asymmetrical mantle. What was your goal here?
A. The living room, dining room and master bedroom in this house tended to be a little more glam luxe, with a little nod to Asian, too. Also: lots of texture.

Q. That peacock mirror in the dining room is special, isn’t it?
A. Yes, this was before it was everywhere. That mirror is vintage. In the dining room, we decided to go super drama, super dark. I like the big wing chairs on the ends of the table and how dramatic they are — that sheltering feeling, a room within a room.

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PHOTO: Christiaan Blok

PHOTO: Cristiaan Blok


Mesa, AZ

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Caroline Tyler DeCesare founded deCesare Design Group , Inc. in 2008. The design firm is housed in a historic building in downtown Mesa. The design team at DDG, Inc. specializes in both luxury residential and hospitality projects.

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