Desert Radiance 9

Designer Lauren Rautbord creates light, open spaces 
and soaring heights in a North Scottsdale home

Nestled in a quiet DC Ranch community is a cozy home with a simple, desert-inspired exterior and landscaping. The homeowners are the Yates—Chicago natives who fell so much in love with North Scottsdale that they decided to make it their second home.

“We have always loved Arizona—my husband and I were married there and spent a lot of time vacationing there,” says Marisa Yates. “So when looking for a second home we kind of went all over, but just kept coming back to this area.”

However, don’t let the home’s unassuming exterior fool you, for on the inside lies exquisitely-designed spaces expertly curated by Lauren Rautbord of Paul Lauren Design Consultants.

We start at the back of the house, where the master bedroom is located. This lovely, open space makes the most of Rautbord’s distinctive use of neutral palates—the whole room, ceilings included, are painted a soft crème color. The bed was custom-made by Rautbord’s upholsterers, while the whimsical chandelier hanging over it is a one-of-a-kind piece by Nancy Corzine.

“I love everything about this chandelier,” says Rautbord. “The way the crystals shine at night gives it a feminine sparkle, but at the same time it still feels rustic.”

Rautbord also added custom finishes to the master bath, including a Crema Marfil mosaic backsplash and a tall vertical mirror. There’s also a beautiful walk-in closet by California Closets that further extends the space.

For the open-concept living, dining and kitchen areas, Rautbord once again returned to her neutral palate, keeping all the rooms one color and adding wood beams to the ceiling to create a feeling of palatial grandeur. She also put custom Ferrante chandeliers in the living and dining rooms and raised the drapes to add height, adorning them with raw silk coverings to allow for the gorgeous morning sunlight to filter in.

“Lauren incorporated everything I asked for and really listened to me,” says Yates. “She also did a wonderful job with keeping the theme consistent and keeping everything very light and open, so that the space looks a lot bigger than it really is.”

Towards the front of the home are two guestrooms, and an additional den that can also be converted into a bedroom.

However, it’s the entryway that is by far the home’s most alluring aspect, and a favorite of both Rautbord and Yates. It features a long rustic wooden table by Restoration Hardware and a vertical antique mirror.

“When you first walk into the house, to the right, is that beautiful table with the long mirror and two sconces—I just absolutely love it,” says Yates.

With a brilliant eye for design and a natural talent for knowing how to create light, open spaces, Rautbord has certainly transformed this house into an elegant, yet comfortable, home.


To give the space a lofted, open feeling, Rautbord painted the room one color, added beams to the ceilings, new lighting fixtures and long silk drapes. The existing stone surrounding the fireplace was kept intact, and Rautbord added a reclaimed beam to serve as mantle, making the area extra cozy.


A truly welcoming space, the entryway features a rustic wooden table by Restoration Hardware and a magnificent antique mirror.


Over the long wooden table hangs a gorgeous, custom Ferrante chandelier. To the side are three pictures, taken by photographer Michael Baxter, that are part of a series of 18 original works by designer Lauren Rautbord.


Designated for the Yates’ twin girls, Rautbord added feminine touches to the room like white bedding and large horse pictures. She also took advantage of the room’s tall ceilings by adding an elongated vertical mirror, wood beams, silk drapes and a rustic-chic chandelier.


This open and bright space features a lavish bed custom-made by Rautbord’s upholsterers, raised silk drapes and a whimsical chandelier by Nancy Corzine adorned with wrought-iron and crystals.