Designer Berkley Vallone's two-bedroom cottage is filled with things she loves: cake plates, mirrors, French soap labels, the color pink, Coco Chanel, antique teacups, Fornasetti plates, and, well, you get the picture. Berkley is one exuberant young woman. The daughter of a designer, Berkley turned designer herself and says the most important thing she tells clients is to “find things you love, and we’ll make them work.”
“Love” is the operative word for what’s inside Berkley’s own two-bedroom cottage. She’s passionate about everything here. Purchased as a bachelorette pad when she came home to Scottsdale from New York a decade ago to form Vallone Design with her mother, Donna Vallone, the house was renovated before she even met husband Ken. “And now we’re exploding out of my bachelorette pad!” she laughs.
“When I design for other people, I don’t always use this much color. But for me? I love to be surrounded by color,” says Berkley. “I think that comes from my mom, who’s a master. I grew up in a house with lots of vibrant fabrics; it obviously made an impression!” Snappy throw pillows top every seat in this house—“I’m constantly moving them around and changing them,” she says—and artwork seems to cover every available vertical surface.
Clean-lined windows and white walls sans trim showcase vintage bergères with gold-leaf finishes and easy-wear fabric. The red French farmhouse-style coffee table is from homeowner/designer Berkley Vallone’s childhood home.
The art collection began when Berkley started buying her classmates’ work while studying at New York’s School for the Visual Arts.
Lee Industries chairs in Ralph Lauren raw silk soften an industrial zinc table; pink peonies add a feminine touch. Colorful bowls and glassware enliven the wet bar.
Berkley's love for Fornasetti plates come to a head in her laundry room with the commanding wallpaper from Lee Jofa setting the tone for the black-and-white space. Classic hexagonal tiles cover the floor, while polka dots play under the sink.
A master of making moderately priced furniture like this Oly bed look lovely, Berkley dressed it in washable white linens. The mirrored bedside chest is topped with a lamp featuring a carved bust of Marie Antoinette. French doors lead to a petite patio and garden.
The beautiful backyard garden is filled with whimsical chaises, striped awnings, and grass-green pillows.
Berkley jazzed up a cookie-cutter outdoor area with a fireplace displaying a vintage zinc mirror and a small patio paved with concrete tiles from Handcrafted Tile of Mexico.