Story by Trever Hill 
Photography provided by Jessica Knutson, Photos Copyright – Listing AZSC120 on 

When my longtime friend, Jessica Knutson, hired me to assist her with Scottsdale, Arizona home, I quickly packed my bag and headed south. Even though she had me at ‘Arizona’, I was even more intrigued when she told me that she was considering renting it out as an Airbnb. After a few brief trips to the always-sunny state, the result was a beautiful space that would make anyone want to extend their vacation.  

Mid-century Modification
While Jessica lives in Bismarck, and me in Fargo, we had no problem making quick trips to a warmer climate to complete her redesign. When she made the decision that it was going to be a vacation rental, we knew there would need to be some modifications to our existing design. In the original plan, we had it furnished with one-of-a-kind art, some of which was by local artist, Jessica Wachter. We needed to decide which pieces should stay, and which would need to be replaced.

We decided to keep unique pieces like the floral print we found at a local vintage shop, which was done by an Arizona artist. Another piece that stayed, is near the front door; this was purchased at a Bismarck art gala and later brought to Arizona. The home was comprised of mainly expensive furnishings and a few more affordable pieces that we knew might work well for a rented vacation home. 

Jessica and I pulled together the final look with a lot of pieces from Restoration Hardware and various other places, including Wayfair. We also mixed in a few pieces from Jessica’s Bismarck home. The Arizona Airbnb market is competitive, so we wanted to make sure every detail was perfect, but also keep a cost-effective mindset throughout the process. Since this is essentially a vacation home for others, we made sure to choose only furnishings that we knew would be able to withstand heavy wear and tear.

Meet the Owner: Jessica Knutson“Traveling from Fargo and working with Trever was a breeze. He would fly in and we would hit the ground running; usually hitting up a modern furniture store closer to the airport, and then circling back to the house. He was a trooper – just, go go go, and had a great eye that did not get distracted as we searched. He was able to find things that I would have never seen or even thought about that were so special and really tied the place together.”

“The living room was a different shape and I really wanted to highlight both the fireplace and the seating area. Trever came in and moved the furniture around in a way that really opened up and brightened the space.”

“The fun part about this home was the style. I had existing, ‘chunky’ furniture from my North Dakota house, but I wanted to incorporate the Mid-century modern and make it a bit more fun. It didn’t take a lot of money or new pieces; just the right ones, in the right places, to really pull together and blend with what I already had.”

Find the Finishes: Common Area

Sofa, coffee table & accent chairs – RH ModernWhite swan chaise – Brickell CollectionDining table and chairs – Restoration HardwareArea rug – HomeGoodsDining mirror & outdoor coffee table – WayfairOutdoor furniture – Restoration Hardware,  Design Within ReachAccessories – Mixture of vintage stores, previous homes & HomeGoods

Find the Finishes: Bed & Bath

Master bedroom – Restoration Hardware
Spare bedroom beds – RH ModernSpare bedroom lighting – Vintage shopsSpare bedroom bedding – HomeGoodsSpare bedroom flooring – CoreTec Laguna OakSpare bedroom countertops – MarbleBathroom vanities – Ikea

For more information, contact:
Trever Hill Design

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