Candelaria Design Mark Candelaria

Managing Partner of Candelaria Design Mark Candelaria poses with homeowners Mary and Bob Gawlik.

Last November, the residents of three luxury homes in the Scottsdale-Paradise Valley-Phoenix area were busy at work hanging Christmas wreaths on their doors, dangling garlands from chandeliers and carefully placing the ornaments on their ceiling-grazing Christmas trees.

Their decorating prowess was not only gawked at by friends and family. It was also captured for a special Christmas-themed hardcover design book, “Christmas by Design: Private Homes Decorated by Leading Designers.”

The book features leading designers and architects’ custom home projects all dressed up for the holidays.

One of the chosen designers was Candelaria Design Associates, a custom luxury architecture firm located in Scottsdale.

Mark Candelaria, managing partner of Candelaria Design, said he was excited to be recognized for his and his team’s work – and grateful his clients were so open to participating.

“I feel humbled to have such wonderful clients who so graciously opened their homes to us for this special project,” he said.

Northern Scottsdale residents Mary and Bob Gawlik were among the homeowners chosen to take part.

“We were surprised,” the Gawliks said. “We were very happy to accept and excited to share our Christmas holiday joy with others who enjoy this special time of the year.”

Candelaria received the good news from the authors – mother-daughter duo Patricia Hart McMillan and Katharine Kaye McMillan – during the summer of 2017.

Candelaria then chose clients and sent test photos of several of the homes he designed to Patricia.

“Based on my recollection of how my clients have decorated their homes in the past in combination with the best homes I have designed, it was easy to select several homes in hopes Patricia would select one,” Candelaria said. “I was pleasantly surprised she selected three of our homes.”

The other two homes from the Valley are the Hanley residence in Paradise Valley and the Hunter residence in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix.

The book includes photos of the homeowners and Candelaria in their decorated homes.

“This book allows the reader to not only understand why we design a house in a certain architectural style, but the importance of designing around how the homeowners live in their home, decorate their home and entertain in their home,” Candelaria said.

The Gawliks said they kept the indoor and outdoor decorations up for over six weeks.

“It’s a little sad when the time comes for the decorations to be packed up until the next November,” they said.

Candelaria’s best Christmas decorating tip? Don’t be afraid to personalize the space.

“All of my clients expressed how important it is to select items and decorations that emanate from memories or Christmases past and keeping it personal,” he said.

“Christmas by Design,” which was released at the end of September, can be purchased on Amazon – and the Gawliks definitely plan to drop a few copies in their cart.

“We will purchase several books for our family,” they said.