Designer Spotlight: Moxie Design Studio

Debbie Costa and Amy Preheim, the design team at Truckee, California-based Moxie Design Studio are on a winning streak. In November the design duo won grand prize in Hammerton’s Designer Appreciation Month contest, and this week one of their projects won the prestigious 2023 Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Home Award. Read on to learn the details!

First, the winning design project: Moxie Design Studio was charged with creating a ‘mountain-contemporary masterpiece’ for an active family at Clear Creek Tahoe, a secluded residential golf development nestled in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The design challenge involved striking a harmonious balance between the functionality of a full-time residence and the ambience of a luxurious mountain retreat. According to principal designer Debbie Costa, the home had to be optimized both for everyday family activities and social entertaining, with open and flowing spaces that thoughtfully incorporated nature-inspired design elements to emphasize its surroundings. The design team’s goal was to create a versatile space that suited the family’s active and social lifestyle, while elevating the home’s overall aesthetic well beyond the everyday.

Moxie Design Studio punctuated the overall design with a series of Hammerton light fixtures. Over the dining table, a sleek Verdi Chandelier in steel and cast crystal glass nods to both organic and modern design, while above the kitchen island a trio of Ledgestone pendants exudes the bold texture of hand-hewn stone.

Designer Debbie Costa notes, “Lighting is the jewelry of the home, so it’s very important that it is cohesive throughout. We started with simple yet distinct light fixtures in the great room & kitchen and then used those as inspiration to illuminate the rest of the home.”

In the main powder room, Hammerton Axis pendants suspended above the vanity “perfectly represent the mountain-style theme of the home, nodding to organic elements like ice and frost,” explains Debbie.

In the main hallway, a Rock Crystal multi-pendant chandelier evokes the rugged beauty of unearthed quartz crystal, adding a welcome element of surprise to the space.

“Hammerton lighting beautifully complements the style of this home, and adds a unique dimension to its personality,” adds Debbie. “We also love that Hammerton uses energy efficient integrated LED lamping, as we try to maintain sustainability as a core value for all of our projects.”

Moxie Design Group worked with The Sandbox Studio and Greenwood Homes to bring this project to life. All project photography is by Kat Alves.

And last November, the Moxie team won grand prize in our 2022 Designer Appreciation Month! Debbie and Amy enjoyed an expense-paid trip to Salt Lake City earlier this year. They visited the Hammerton factory, met with our design team, and enjoyed a delicious dinner along with an epic day of skiing on us!

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