A Sneak Peek at The Dove Mountain Project!


There is never a dull moment as we create our new lifestyle. We have been busy exploring new things, trying different food and working up our stamina for our upcoming hike in Glacier National Park the first part of September.  Our newly found favorite hiking spot is Catalina State Park just about 5 miles from our home.  5 AM sunrise hikes help us beat the heat.  Here is a recent picture of one of our favorite areas in the park.Catalina_State_Park_stream-sunrise_hiking_beautiful_Catalina_mountains_tucson-AZ

Although we have found time to play and enjoy our new surroundings, project work must go on.  Several months ago we told you about our project here in Tucson at Dove Mountain.  If you missed that post or want to read it again here it is:  We are still working on additional furnishings and finishing touches.  Here is a sneak peek of a few of the areas as they are coming together.  (Please remember they are not finished and the photography if from my phone).

The living room fireplace wall is expansive with 20′ ceilings and great built-ins around the fireplace.  The client wanted to bring in more light and color.  The bookcases did not have lighting. The dark wood shelves and rich mocha brown walls did not work in the scheme of lightening things up.  First the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque.  I thought the back off the bookcases needed some oomph!  I found this beautiful Candice Olsen wallcovering by York to add just the right amount of light, texture and sheen.  Next came the installation of LED ribbon light strips on the underside of each shelf.  WOW-what an impact.  We are still working on the accessories. We used many of the owner’s glass art pieces.  The placement and assortment will be tweaked and added to as we proceed.  I will elaborate more on the fabrics, rug, etc. in a future post when I have better photography and the shelves are FINISHED.LR_large_bookcase_led_lighting_metallic_wallcovering_accessories_DoveMtn

Here is a small area which we bumped up a notch or two with another Candice Olsen wallcovering by York.  This pale “aqua/teal” textured wallcovering set the tone for the rest of the bedroom fabrics, accessories and rug.  We were lucky to find the accessories we used here in the owner’s stash.  The only thing new in the niche is the wallcovering.  Just goes to show what an impact wallcovering can have.  MBR_niche_Wallcovering_textured_lighting_DoveMtn_accessories_owners

Here  are close ups of these stunning wallcoverings.  The pictures really do not capture the depth, sheen, texture and detail of these wallcoverings.

LR Wallcovering with metalic accents.

LR Wallcovering with metallic accents.

MBR Niche Wallcovering with raised texture.

MBR Niche Wallcovering with raised texture.

That is all for now.  So much more to come.

Thanks for joining me here this week.  Love the recent comments!  Keep them coming!


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  1. […] Finally we are able to share the wonderful Dove Mountain project.  If you recall we showed you a sneak peak of this project back in October.  Read it here if you missed it. Dove Mountain Project in the making […]

  2. Mary says:

    The house is coming along! 🙂 Looks like you may get a chance to build again.

  3. Mary says:

    Thank you Kathy! It is still a work in progress! Fun project!

  4. Mary says:

    Hi Mary Ann-the glass was collected over time. I don’t think it is local. Glad you are enjoying the posts.

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks, Eloise. It has been really fun mixing some of the fun casual lake styles with the desert influence.

  6. Mary says:

    Kathy-good to hear from you. Glad you are enjoying our posts. There is more to come.

  7. Kathy Bowen says:

    Great improvements, enjoying your posts.

  8. Eloise Ward says:

    These designs are lovely and I am sure that you are being renewed with the wonderful vistas and colors. Your work is lovely.


  9. MaryAnn Whittemore says:

    Pictures are beautiful, love that wallpaper. How much different that living room looked with paint and LED light strips. Had the owner done the glass pieces or had bought them from artists? Why I ask is, as an alum of Alfred University where Glass Blowing and technology is a biggy I am always checking to see if the glass or ceramic artist is a graduate of Alfred! We do have some graduates living in and around the Tucson area. Enjoy the posts.

  10. Kathy Everhart says:

    Beautiful transformation!

  11. Yvonne says:

    Looks good, I want to build again.

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