BEHIND THE DESIGN: Winchester Estate

Winchester EstateAt Alisha Taylor Interiors, every project has a unique story to tell. The journey from concept to creation is filled with choices that ultimately shape the identity of the home. Our Winchester Estate project tells the narrative where comfort meets tradition with a modern twist. Join us as our junior designer, Marti Diehl, sheds light on the inspiration and elements that breathe life into this homey project!

Drawing Inspiration: Crafting Tradition with a Contemporary Flair

For this project, the guiding factor was a combination of comfort, tradition, and modern aesthetics. The design direction was driven by the client’s desire for a haven that blends timeless elegance with modern functionality. Marti Diehl, Junior Designer, elaborates, “Our clients wanted a seamless harmony between traditional elements and updated features in their luxury new build. We accomplished this by pairing classic brass hardware & lighting with sleek cabinet designs, quartz countertops, and waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring, ensuring not only beauty but also durability.”

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A Symphony of Materials and Colors

The #WinchesterEstate’s material and color palette plays with a theme of soft neutral tones distributed with vibrant bursts of texture and color. The flooring, paint, and cabinetry choices establish a soothing foundation, while unexpected pops are discovered throughout the home. For example, the kitchen pantry doors steal the spotlight by using repurposed antique doors combined with fresh metal details to present a fusion of old and new.

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A Clients’ Vision: Weaving Dreams into Reality

At the heart of every project are our client’s aspirations. In this case, our clients desired to create a space that celebrated togetherness. Having evolved into the natural hosts for gatherings, they wanted to craft a luxury custom home that transcends the ordinary. This project prioritizes spaces that foster communal experiences. “For example, the great room with its seamless indoor/outdoor living concept pairs beautifully with the basement, home to an indoor sport court—an embodiment of their vision for a home that effortlessly blends recreation and function,” Marti Diehl, junior designer.

The Winchester Estate luxury new build is a testament to the art of fusing tradition and modernity. It showcases how an intricate interaction of design elements & materials can create a space that resonates with elegance, comfort, and a touch of whimsy. This ‘Behind-the-Design’ reveals that every corner of our Winchester Estate project has been meticulously crafted to nurture cherished memories and timeless experiences.

Interior Design Concepts: Development, Examples, and More

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We are pulling back the curtain a bit today and going deep into how a design develops in the office before you come to the design presentation and see all the beautiful drawings and material samples.

As designers, encompassing your favorite design styles is essential when it’s time to plan your new build or remodel. However, interior design is much more than simply following the latest design trends. There are several key interior design concepts that play vital roles in the design process of any space. Our team of professional interior designers is well acquainted with these concepts and knows just how to introduce them to your space with ease.

What Is An Interior Design Concept?

Interior design concepts are the big-picture building blocks of any room’s design.

These concepts are used as guides to make important design decisions such as what type of high-end flooring to use, what countertops to choose, what artisan piece of luxury furniture will make the space pop, and which dreamy drapery is best for a room.

Think of interior design concepts as elements that work together to create a cohesive and beautiful room. As your interior designer, we will use these concepts through the conceptual design phase to develop your vision and bring it to life.

The Development Process of Interior Design Concepts

You may be wondering, “How is a design concept developed?”. The process is different depending on the interior designer you work with, but in general, we will figure out what is needed to accomplish a beautiful design. We develop those concepts starting with ideas and thoughts and translate them into finishes, cabinetry design, and specific material selections.

Our Alisha Taylor Interiors team is full of design experts, but even we have our favorite interior design concepts! Read on to get a sneak peek into some of our preferred interior design concepts we love to work into our designs at Alisha Taylor.

Interior Design Concept Examples

Let’s take a look at some classic interior design concept examples prevalent in the design industry.


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Interior design balance is something that all designers pay very close attention to because it can make or break a space’s design. There are different ways to create a balanced look, including symmetry, asymmetry, and radial balance.

Symmetrical Balance is a traditional balance method that uses the same pieces on both sides of a room. For example, an interior designer may place the same small side table on either side of a bed for a cohesive style.

Asymmetrical Balance is less traditional and a more unique style that many may prefer. Instead of matching pieces on different sides of an object, asymmetry comes into play. You may see this in a design element such as placing a large mirror and a smaller painting on opposite sides of a fireplace.

Radial Balance is when items are distributed evenly around a central piece or focal point. This adds personality to a space and can be a great design concept to use for those with eye-catching staircases.

Focal Point

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When you walk into a room, there’s always that one element that draws your eyes immediately. This is the focal point. A design must have at least one focal point to feel complete. And if there is more than one focal point you must make sure they don’t compete for attention. One should lead, one should then follow.

That classic four-post bed frame with a lovely duvet you’ve dreamed of in your master bedroom is a coveted focal point example. Other design elements would fall secondary to the bed frame since it is the emphasis of the room. Focal points can play a huge role in balancing a space.


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Harmony is used to unite spaces in your home together. Your small details fall perfectly into place among the chosen furniture, creating a concept of cohesive serenity. Harmony works alongside balance to bring serenity and comfort to your home design.

Unique Details

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Unique details go a long way in luxury home design. Adding gold accents, a statement chandelier, or unique details such as an interesting ceiling can give your room that extra flair you desire. Never underestimate what those small details and finishes can do!


Rhythm consists of many different elements, including contrast, repetition, transition, and progression. Think of it as having a cohesiveness to your home design that flows gracefully from one room to the next. Rhythm can also appear in a single space, a way for your eye to flow from one element to the next.

interior design conceptsContrast is the art of placing opposing elements together, like choosing a dark-colored throw pillow for your lighter-colored lounge chair.

Repetition calls for specific pieces recurring throughout a space to create rhythm, such as using a color scheme or pattern across multiple rooms or design aspects.

Transition has to do with where your eyes naturally flow. Creating smooth transitions between spaces increases the balance and harmony of your home. An arched doorway is a stunning example of a transitional element that is smoother than the straight edges of a traditional door.

Progression occurs when you increase or decrease the number of items in a certain area, such as a cluster of candles or a collection of throw pillows.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what interior design concepts are and why they are important to a polished interior. Trust Alisha Taylor to be your interior designer and rest assured your home will meet the guidelines that these interior design concepts provide.

Plan Your Next Design with Alisha Taylor

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, luxury design concepts are our specialty. With nearly 20 years of experience, Alisha Taylor uses her expertise to bring your dream home to life.

The designers at Alisha Taylor Interiors will sit down with you and help you discover the perfect, timeless design concept for your home. Then, using the concepts we discussed and the design idea you hope to make a reality, we will craft the interior design plan of your dreams.

You can feel secure and confident in the design process with Alisha Taylor. Contact us to get started on your next interior design project!

What to Consider When Accessorizing

Accessorizing plays a pivotal role when it comes to curating the perfect ambiance for your luxury custom home! Elevating your living space from ordinary to extraordinary requires careful consideration of various elements that harmonize with your home’s design and style.

Here are some key points we, as a luxury interior design firm, like to ponder when accessorizing our luxury custom homes:

Harmonizing Color Palette

A color palette is the foundation of any well-designed space. When selecting accessories, we ensure they complement the existing hues within your design. While neutral tones like white, black, and beige provide a sophisticated backdrop, we don’t shy away from incorporating strategic pops of color. These vibrant accents infuse energy and visual allure into our living spaces!

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The Power of Artwork

Luxury homes thrive on the presence of exquisite artwork. Curating a collection of distinctive and captivating pieces that resonate with the aesthetic, highlights these masterpieces in prominent areas. This allows them to serve as conversation starters and focal points that exude refined taste!

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Layering and Proportion

Layering textures, patterns, and materials is an art that adds depth and intrigue to luxury homes. Understanding the significance of proportion by considering the size of accessories in relation to the room’s dimensions is crucial. In spacious areas, we like to embrace larger, statement pieces, while smaller rooms can be adorned with delicate embellishments. Often we will integrate a medley of textures, from sumptuous fabrics to sleek metals, to create a multi-dimensional environment!

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Embracing Nature

Plants and greenery introduce life and vitality to interiors. Potted plants, succulents, and floral arrangements seamlessly blend with luxury settings, infusing a sense of tranquility and organic beauty. The juxtaposition of nature against luxurious decor creates a harmonious balance that is visually stunning!

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Textile Touches

Textiles play a pivotal role in enhancing comfort and warmth in a space. Typically, we soften living spaces with plush pillows, luxurious throws, and elegant drapery. These elements not only provide function but also contribute to an inviting atmosphere that defines luxury living!

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Incorporating these accessorizing considerations into your approach to accessorizing will transform your luxury custom home into a stunning showcase of elegance and ensure that every corner of your space reflects your unique personality and sophisticated taste. In the intricate tapestry of luxury home design, the right accessories are the threads that weave together comfort, beauty, and individuality, culminating in a truly custom & luxurious masterpiece!

Meet the Team at Alisha Taylor Interiors

Alisha Taylor Interiors Meet the Team

Welcome to the world of Alisha Taylor Interiors!

We are a luxury, full-service residential interior design firm helping families enhance their lives through timeless interior design. Led by our visionary owner and lead designer, Alisha Taylor, our dynamic team of talented professionals brings a blend of style, innovation, and expertise to every project we undertake!

Alisha Taylor Interiors Meet the Team
Alisha Taylor, Lead Designer & Owner

Alisha is the magic behind Alisha Taylor Interiors. She has been running her design studio in Arizona for almost 20 years and has been recognized for her award-winning designs locally and nationally. With a B.A. in Interior Design and extensive CAD training, Alisha enjoys combining the technical aspect of construction with the creative side of interior design to create stunning homes that incorporate everything from tile designs to gorgeous furniture.

Alisha’s passion for design started when she was in the 6th grade and she ‘redesigned’ her classroom furniture plan on the back of a school assignment. She arrived at school the next day to find the classroom rearranged based on her design. A note was left on her desk from her teacher that read, “You should think about being an architect or designer someday.” She has been creating and redesigning spaces ever since. When not designing, you will find Alisha cheering on her kids in all their activities from baseball to dance, and then escaping with her husband to travel the country to architecturally rich destinations.

Alisha Taylor Interiors Meet the Team
Marti Diehl, Junior Designer

The lead of our Design Team is our brilliant Junior Designer, Marti Diehl, whose technical skills are incredibly unmatched. Little did Alisha know how much her (work) life would change when she brought Marti on board in January of 2015. With a four-year design degree and three years of work experience in the field, Marti dove in at Alisha Taylor Interiors and has never looked back! Her sky-high attention to detail and honed technical skills provide a solid foundation for every project she is a part of, including mentoring new designers who have joined the team. Marti loves a good laugh, the next delicious taco shop, and regularly makes time to visit faraway islands and European destinations.

Alisha Taylor Interiors Meet the Team
Rebecca Phillips, Marketing Director

Steering the marketing efforts with design flair is our creative Marketing Director, Rebecca Phillips. Rebecca has handled everything branding, marketing & public relations since February 2021. With an eye for design, she tackles every challenge to ensure our brand best represents our creativity & design process. When she’s not busy developing content strategies, you can find her embarking on global adventures with her beloved hubby, indulging in the latest culinary hotspots in the Valley, and snuggling her 120lb fluffy Newfie, Sophie. With her innovative input and positive energy, Rebecca brings an extra spark of creativity to our team!

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Emma Mauvais, Business & Logistics Director

Overseeing the business and logistical aspects is our resourceful and detail-oriented Business & Logistics Director, Emma Mauvais [AKA “The Enforcer]. With an unwavering passion for luxury interior design and a knack for turning furniture plans into reality, Emma merges creativity with meticulous planning and orchestrates the flow of our installs, ensuring every detail is flawlessly executed. When she’s not hopping from project to project (never without her trusty clipboard!), Emma enjoys spending time outside, yoga and Pilates, and is a self-proclaimed rooftop restaurant enthusiast.

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Mia Schultz, Design Assistant

And assisting with unwavering dedication is our ever-efficient Design Assistant, Mia Schultz, who ensures the seamless execution of our design processes. Born and raised in Illinois, Mia escaped the snow when she moved here 5 years ago … and couldn’t be happier! She attended Arizona State University (Go Devils!), graduating with a B.S. in Interior Design. Mia uses her passionate and proactive thinking to help drive our designs to the finish line. Not only does Mia know the ins and outs of technical skills, but she is devoted to her work and creating authentic spaces for our clients. When she is not at work, she loves the suspense of seeing a new movie, popcorn and slushie in hand, and daydreaming of getting a puppy. Mia is excited for the beginning of the rest of her career here at Alisha Taylor Interiors.

Be sure to follow our team’s design Instagram accounts for some fun behind-the-scenes footage & all things design! Together, the Alisha Taylor Interiors team delivers an unparalleled experience, transforming spaces into stunning works of art that truly reflect the essence of each client’s vision!

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MODERN SUNSET Furniture Breakdown

An exquisite new build design nestled in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, Modern Sunset is brought to life through the collaborative vision of our interior design team at Alisha Taylor Interiors, esteemed builder, AFT Construction, and renowned architect, Cosan Studio. Drawing inspiration from the enchanting beauty of Arizona, this project artfully melds contemporary aesthetics with the tranquility of sundown. Join us as we unveil the stunning furniture elements that define the Modern Sunset project, an embodiment of contemporary finesse and modern brilliance.

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In the Modern Sunset project, the contemporary furniture design harmoniously complements the modern materials and finishes, embracing a desert-inspired color palette to create a sophisticated atmosphere. The designers artfully played with desert tones, which perfectly accentuate the natural elements throughout the space. The case goods, showcasing impeccable craftsmanship, feature wood finishes in a rich chestnut shade. This warm and earthy hue adds a touch of elegance while seamlessly blending with the surrounding materials.

Contemporary Design Meets Natural Elements

To enhance the sense of lightness and openness, the upholstery options were thoughtfully chosen in light-colored fabrics. Soft and neutral tones, such as sandy beiges, warm ivories, and pale greys, evoke the tranquility of the desert landscape. These upholstery choices not only contribute to the overall aesthetic but also create a visual balance with the wooden elements, striking the perfect harmony between modernity and nature.

Throughout the living spaces, the contemporary furniture design incorporates clean lines, uncluttered forms, and sleek silhouettes, reflecting the modern sensibility of the project. The careful selection of furniture pieces ensures both comfort and functionality, providing an inviting environment where one can relax and appreciate the breathtaking views that surround the home.

In conclusion, the contemporary furniture design in #ModernSunset beautifully marries desert-inspired tones with chestnut wood finishes and light-colored upholstery. The resulting blend of materials and colors effortlessly complements modern architecture, culminating in a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also showcases a deep connection with its natural surroundings.

MODERN SUNSET Materials Breakdown

An exquisite new build design nestled in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, Modern Sunset is brought to life through the collaborative vision of our interior design team at Alisha Taylor Interiors, esteemed builder, AFT Construction, and renowned architect, Cosan Studio. Drawing inspiration from the enchanting beauty of Arizona, this project artfully melds contemporary aesthetics with the tranquility of sundown. Join us as we unveil the extraordinary elements that define the Modern Sunset project, an embodiment of architectural finesse and artistic brilliance.

In crafting the stunning aesthetics of #ModernSunset, precise attention was given to the material choices resulting in a breathtaking design. Both the interior and exterior walls feature pockets of the elegant Harvest Mix Ashlar from Solstice Stone imparting a sense of natural beauty to the space. Inside the great room wet bar, we achieved an interplay of textures with dark wood-stained cabinetry and metal mesh backing on open shelves adding a touch of intrigue and sophistication.

Throughout the majority of the home, we combined the durable and sleek porcelain tile in the Crest Natural finish from Facings of America with the inviting European Oak wood flooring by D&M, integrating the interiors with the breathtaking 180-degree views of the surrounding landscape.

The kitchen took center stage, featuring a striking backsplash from Craftsman Court Ceramics called Artistic Tile in the shade, Cloud, perfectly complementing the space’s overall elegance. This remarkable kitchen was surrounded by two types of countertops, Cambria’s Winterbourne Quartz and Brittanicca Warm Quartz adding a touch of luxury to the culinary hub. In the great room, an impressive fireplace moment became a focal point. Enhanced by the bold contrast of Arizona Tile’s Metropolis Dark Quartz, the contrast added a touch of contemporary flair to the space. The thoughtful selection of these materials, from the natural stone wall to the fine finishes and luxurious countertops, showcases #ModernSunset’s commitment to beauty, durability, and a seamless fusion of design elements.

#modernsunset lighting In the grand entrance of Modern Sunset, the foyer exudes sophistication with a modern touch. Adorned with an exquisite brass chandelier from Arteriors, the entry casts a warm and welcoming glow upon entering the home. Moving to the dining area, a striking and commanding chandelier from Hubbardton Forge hangs above the custom-made dining table by Peter Thomas Designs, creating an elegant space for gatherings and special occasions.

The kitchen, being the heart of the home, was thoughtfully designed with functionality and style in mind. Two Jamie Young Co gunmetal pendants dangle gracefully over the sink island, adding a touch of industrial charm to the culinary space. These pendants not only provide ample task lighting but also act as striking focal points that blend with the contemporary aesthetics of the kitchen.

With every detail meticulously curated, #ModernSunset boasts an exquisite array of lighting fixtures that not only illuminate the space but also elevate the overall ambiance, showcasing the seamless integration of modern design and functional elements throughout the home.

Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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When it comes to luxury custom homes, the choice of flooring plays a significant role in defining the aesthetic appeal and overall elegance of the space. Solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring are two popular options that offer their own unique advantages. By understanding their similarities, and differences, and weighing the pros and cons, clients can make an informed decision that best suits their needs and preferences. Let’s explore the details!

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is the epitome of timeless beauty. Crafted from solid planks of natural wood, it has been a popular choice for centuries and continues to be a sought-after option for luxury custom homes.

Pros of Solid Hardwood

  • Authenticity and Beauty: Solid hardwood flooring exudes natural beauty, showcasing the unique grain patterns, textures, and colors of the wood species, adding warmth and character to any space.
  • Durability and Longevity: Solid hardwood floors are known for their exceptional durability and longevity. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for generations, retaining their beauty and charm.
  • Refinishing Potential: One of the significant advantages of solid hardwood is its ability to be sanded and refinished multiple times. This allows homeowners to restore its original appearance and address any wear or damage that may occur over time.

Cons of Solid Hardwood

  • Cost: Solid hardwood flooring tends to be more expensive than engineered hardwood due to the higher cost of sourcing and manufacturing solid wood planks.
  • Susceptibility to Moisture: Solid hardwood is prone to expansion and contraction when exposed to moisture, making it less suitable for areas with high humidity or moisture-prone spaces like bathrooms and basements.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is a versatile and popular choice, offering a blend of natural wood and modern technology. It consists of a thin layer of real wood veneer on top of several layers of plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF).

Pros of Engineered Hardwood

  • Stability and Moisture Resistance: Engineered hardwood is less prone to moisture-related issues and provides better stability than solid hardwood, making it suitable for a wider range of environments, including basements and areas with fluctuating humidity levels.
  • Wide Range of Installation Options: Engineered hardwood can be installed as a floating floor, glued down, or nailed, allowing for greater flexibility and ease of installation.
  • Cost-Effective: Engineered hardwood is often more affordable than solid hardwood, providing a budget-friendly alternative without compromising on the natural wood aesthetic.

Cons of Engineered Hardwood

  • Limited Refinishing Potential: Engineered hardwood has a limited number of times it can be sanded and refinished due to the thin veneer layer. This makes it less suitable for extensive refinishing compared to solid hardwood.
  • Appearance Variations: While engineered hardwood aims to replicate the look of solid hardwood, some may find that it lacks the same depth and authenticity of natural wood.

As interior designers, we possess extensive knowledge and experience in selecting flooring materials, including hardwood options. We understand the importance of functionality and space planning. So we consider factors such as foot traffic, room usage, and lifestyle requirements to help you choose hardwood flooring that not only looks stunning but also performs well in different areas of your luxury custom home!

Granite vs. Marble vs. Quartz Countertops for New Builds

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Creating a kitchen that is both functional and visually appealing requires careful consideration when choosing the perfect countertop. With a wide range of options available, it can be challenging to find the ideal fit. To help you make sense of the choices, let’s explore the breakdown of marble, granite, and quartz countertops. This comparison will enable you to select a surface that aligns with your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences.

Explore the Countertop Options

Transform your kitchen into a space worth admiring with a standout countertop. Below we will discuss the cost, maintenance, and durability of quartz, granite, and marble. As we delve into each option, envision how it would complement your dream kitchen!

Granite Countertops

Let’s explore the beauty of granite, a stunning natural stone that you may have come across in design and architectural magazines. Granite has the remarkable ability to enhance a kitchen with timeless elegance. Its unique appearance arises from the composition of tightly packed minerals, resulting in a one-of-a-kind look for each piece. As a natural material mined and transformed into slabs, no two granite countertops are alike.

When designing a luxurious kitchen, granite offers a plethora of choices. Whether you prefer understated slabs that enhance the room or eye-catching options that become the centerpiece, granite provides versatility.

  • Durability: Granite is appreciated for its strength. This resilient stone is water-resistant, scratch-resistant, and not prone to chipping. It also withstands exposure to heat without warping or blistering. Thanks to its durability, granite countertops are a long-lasting choice.
  • Cost: Determining the cost of granite versus quartz or marble countertops involves several factors. Generally, granite prices range from $45 to $200 per square foot. The cost depends on factors such as the manufacturer, stone grade, and complexity of installation.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance for granite involves using a nonabrasive cleaner to keep it clean. Additionally, granite is porous and requires periodic resealing, typically every six months to a year.

Quartz Countertops

Our exploration of countertops continues with quartz, another sleek and versatile option. When your kitchen features elegant fixtures, a beautiful backsplash, and other delightful details, a subtle quartz countertop complements the overall aesthetic.

Quartz countertops offer clean and understated looks, but they can also have a textured appearance, depending on the manufacturing process. Coarsely ground quartz results in a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth-looking slab. Unlike granite, quartz countertops are a blend of natural minerals, man-made resins and polymers, and colorings. Typically, quartz countertops consist of 90-95% quartz and 5-10% man-made materials.

Due to its blending capabilities and various manufacturing methods, quartz provides more options in terms of color and finish compared to granite and marble. This versatility makes quartz an excellent choice for creating a specific look in your luxury kitchen.

  • Durability: Quartz is the most durable countertop material on this list. It is highly resistant to scratches, cracks, and chips. Additionally, quartz possesses stain-resistant qualities that marble and granite lack. However, it is not as heat-resistant as its natural stone counterparts.
  • Cost: Quartz countertops typically range from $55 to $155 per square foot. The price is influenced by factors such as stone grade, source, and installation complexity.
  • Maintenance: Quartz countertops are a low-maintenance and beautiful option. Unlike granite and marble, quartz is nonporous and does not require resealing to maintain its pristine appearance.

Marble Countertops

There’s no denying the beauty that marble countertops bring to a luxury kitchen. This striking stone can breathe life into any culinary space. Let’s delve deeper into the characteristics of marble countertops.

Marble is formed when limestone undergoes extreme heat and pressure, resulting in a recrystallized structure. Unlike granite, which displays grains and speckles, marble has a larger “pattern” that gives it a distinct appearance. Each piece of marble features veins that vary in color, ranging from gray to blue to red and more, depending on the slab. While gleaming white marble is a popular choice, there is a range of color options, including charcoal, green, and tan, allowing for a diverse color palette in your dream kitchen.

  • Durability: Marble is softer than granite, making it more susceptible to scratches and dents. However, like granite, marble is heat-resistant. It is essential to promptly clean up spills and messes to preserve the appearance of marble, as it can easily stain.
  • Cost: When comparing the cost of quartz versus marble, there is a noticeable difference. Marble prices typically range from $75 to $250 per square foot. The type of marble significantly influences the price, with Calacatta marble, known for its dramatic and luxurious look, commanding a higher price tag.
  • Maintenance: Marble is a porous surface, requiring regular maintenance to prevent staining and damage. Applying sealant every three to six months is necessary to maintain the beauty of marble. If you are willing to manage regular upkeep, marble can be a viable option.

Achieve a Captivating Kitchen

Let Alisha Taylor Interiors’ expert design team bring your dream kitchen to life. With over two decades of experience in the design industry, Alisha Taylor offers expertise in design and project management to ensure every detail reflects your unique style. Our full-service luxury interior design team is dedicated to creating show-stopping results that truly reflect you and your family. From the initial concept to the final execution, we make the design process enjoyable for our clients.

Schedule a consultation with Alisha Taylor Interiors today and begin the journey toward your dream kitchen!


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Go Behind the Design for our #DesertCharmRemodel project that captures the essence of the desert, intertwining its rugged allure

with a touch of enchanting elegance

Our objective was to transform this home into a warm and welcoming retreat, evoking the charm and coziness of a farmhouse while infusing it with eclectic elements for a touch of individuality. From rustic textures to vibrant pops of color and unexpected decor, this remodel project embodies the perfect fusion of farmhouse allure and eclectic character.


The design direction for our #DesertCharmRemodel project was inspired by a blend of farmhouse and eclectic styles. The goal was to create a show house with a cozy farmhouse feel, and seamlessly blend the interiors to the existing southwestern style of the exterior, as this is a remodel project. The design incorporated warm desert tones, with pops of green and eclectic furniture, artwork, and tiles to add a unique and vibrant touch.


The specific materials and color palettes used throughout the project were carefully chosen to align with the desired design styles. Warm desert tones were utilized, including earthy browns and sandy beiges, to reflect the surrounding environment. These warm tones were complemented by pops of green, deep blues, and gray for a vibrant touch. We mixed in a variety of textures and patterns incorporated through the funky furniture, artwork, and tiles to add an eclectic vibe!

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Our Junior Designer on the project expressed that she is, “particularly thrilled about the great room design, especially the highlighted wine refrigerator positioned adjacent to the fireplace”. This area showcases a harmonious fusion of millwork, stone, decorative tiles, and quartz, resulting in one of the most prominent focal points throughout the entire home.

Our clients also expressed their desire for a dedicated space where their young grandkids could grow and flourish. In response, “We created a captivating built-in bunk system within one of the bedrooms, evoking a sense of excitement and nostalgia reminiscent of my own childhood.”


Our #DesertCharmRemodel clients decided to remodel to create a show house with a cozy farmhouse feel, combining their love for farmhouses and eclectic styles. They desired a space that would reflect their unique personalities and offer a warm, inviting environment.

The Role and Significance of Back Kitchens in Luxury Custom Homes


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In the realm of luxury custom homes, every detail matters. From lavish interiors to awe-inspiring architectural design, our luxury clients aspire to create residences that represent comfort, functionality, and exclusivity. One architectural element that has gained significant attention in recent years is the incorporation of back kitchens into luxury custom homes. Below, we dive into the purpose and importance of back kitchens, exploring how they elevate the construction and design of luxury custom homes.

What is a Back Kitchen?

A back kitchen refers to a secondary culinary space situated discreetly behind the main kitchen. While the primary kitchen serves as the central hub for cooking, dining, and socializing, the back kitchen operates as a hidden haven, providing an array of advantages to homeowners and their households.

Why You Need a Back Kitchen in Luxury Custom Homes

Enhanced Functionality

One of the primary purposes of a back kitchen is to enhance the functionality of a luxury custom home. It offers additional space for meal preparation, storage, and the concealment of appliances, thereby ensuring the primary kitchen remains pristine and uncluttered during social gatherings or formal events. Back kitchens often feature ample countertops, sinks, and additional appliances, allowing for seamless food preparation, clean-up, and organization behind the scenes.

Catering to Entertaining Needs

Luxury custom homes are frequently designed with entertaining in mind. Incorporating a back kitchen facilitates smooth and seamless hosting experiences. Caterers and staff members can work efficiently and discreetly, ensuring that the main kitchen remains dedicated to the social aspect of the event. From prepping hors d’oeuvres to refreshing beverages, the back kitchen becomes an indispensable asset for hosting glamorous soirées, elegant dinner parties, or corporate events.

Maintaining Aesthetics and Privacy

The architectural design of luxury custom homes places a premium on aesthetics. By integrating a back kitchen into the layout, homeowners can maintain the beauty and elegance of their primary kitchen without compromising its functionality. Hidden from view, the back kitchen allows for the concealment of appliances, food preparation mess, and general kitchen activities. This ensures that the main kitchen and adjoining living spaces retain a pristine appearance, further enhancing the overall luxury experience.

Streamlining Daily Operations

Beyond social events, back kitchens prove invaluable in streamlining daily household operations. They provide a designated space for activities such as meal planning, bulk food storage, and small appliance usage, freeing up the primary kitchen for essential cooking and family interactions. Additionally, back kitchens can accommodate utility functions like laundry facilities, allowing for efficient multitasking and improved workflow within the home.

In the realm of luxury custom homes, the incorporation of back kitchens has emerged as a significant trend in architectural design. By carefully considering the purpose and importance of back kitchens, architects and luxury homeowners can elevate the construction and design of luxury custom homes to unprecedented levels of luxury and convenience.

Creating the Perfect Luxury Great Room: Furniture Layouts That Define Elegance

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A great room is the heart of a luxurious home, where style and comfort intertwine to create an inviting and sophisticated space. As interior designers, choosing the right furniture layout is crucial to maximizing the potential of this central gathering area. We’ve explored some of the best luxury great room furniture layouts to consider and the reasons why they can elevate your living space to new heights of elegance.

The Open Concept

An open-concept layout is perfect for those who enjoy a seamless flow between different areas of the home. Opt for a large sofa, creating a distinct separation between the living and dining spaces while maintaining a sense of openness. Position the sofa to face a stunning fireplace or a panoramic view, allowing guests to enjoy the focal point of the room from various angles.

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The Entertainment Hub

For those who love hosting movie nights or game sessions, the entertainment hub layout is a must-have. Start with a comfortable, oversized sectional sofa, arranged to face a large flat-screen TV or a projection screen. Enhance the experience with a set of armchairs or a row of luxurious theater-style seating. Incorporate a built-in bar area or a console table nearby for snacks and drinks, completing the ultimate entertainment setup.

entertainment hub layout

The Formal Elegance

For a touch of classic sophistication, consider the formal elegance layout. Place two elegant sofas facing each other, with a refined coffee table in between. Add a pair of stunning accent chairs and a grand piano in the corner to enhance the aesthetic appeal. Accentuate the space with luxurious drapes, statement lighting fixtures, and ornate artwork on the walls. This layout exudes a sense of timeless elegance, perfect for hosting formal gatherings.

formal elegance layout

Designing the perfect luxury great room requires careful consideration of furniture layouts that enhance both style and functionality. By choosing the right furniture arrangement, we can create a space that epitomizes luxury, comfort, and sophistication—a place where cherished memories are made and shared!

Remember, it’s essential to consider the size of your great room, the architectural features, and the overall aesthetic of your home when selecting a furniture layout. We make sure to tailor it to your personal style and the way you envision using the space. With the right furniture layout, your luxury great room will become the epitome of elegance and a true centerpiece of your home.

Behind the Design: EUROPEAN HEIGHTS

European Heights rendering

The Somerset Community in Gilbert, Arizona is the location for another Alisha Taylor new luxury build project set to impress with its modern European design. Our #EuropeanHeights project draws inspiration from a mix of classic and contemporary elements to create a stunning masterpiece.


The project’s exterior features clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic, with a mix of traditional and contemporary materials. The exterior design has pockets of stunning natural limestone for that classic touch, and a sleek dark charcoal roofing some sophistication, while the large windows offer breathtaking natural light inside.

The interior of the building is designed to be equally impressive, with luxurious finishes. The entry steel & glass door will be grand and inviting, with light wood flooring, high ceilings, and a magnificent 7-tier crystal chandelier that immediately draws the eye. The spacious, neutral kitchen features custom cabinetry for ample storage and a quartz backsplash & waterfall island for the drama!

One of the standout features of this luxury new build project is the enchanting Common Room on the second floor. We transformed this space into an old-world-inspired chamber, pulling from the mix of classic and fantasy elements, with the aim of creating a unique and memorable experience for the family. The brick fireplace creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, while the deep navy cabinetry adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. The double groin vault ceiling detail is a stunning architectural feature that adds depth and character to the space, while the rich chocolate wood flooring adds warmth and texture.

Overall, this luxury new build project with modern European design is an actual work of art. Every element has been carefully considered and crafted to create a truly exceptional living experience! Keep tabs on the progress of our #EuropeanHeights project on our social media.

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