After the 2007 Corral Canyon fires decimated this community -- and destroyed one woman's dream house, she set about rebuilding.
Inspired by Ayn Rand's strong female protagonists, she worked with iconoclastic architect Tomas Osinski (with Frank Geary Partners), artist Chuck Arnoldi, and designer Nadia Ghaleb to create a showplace that manifests values such as courage, originality, independence, transparency and true sharing.
While the result was indeed a "phoenix rising from the ashes" -- literally -- the name Scorpiesse seemed more apt, both as a feminized version of creator's zodiac sign, as well as a tribute to the ornery creatures that -- along with plenty of other fierce flora and fauna -- call Corral Canyon home.
Paul Evans iconic cityscape living room furniture grounds the great hall, while Milo Baughman dominates the dining room under a dramatic Venetian glass 'Feathers' chandelier set, which serves as a conversational Rorsach test (what do you see there?).
Sculptures are by Dorothy Draper, the famous interior designer and grandmother to the doyenne of Scorpiesse, who also proudly displays oil, watercolor, and mixed media originals from her family's collection. Modern impressionistic pieces, such as John Lee's Proposal, round out the eclectic mix.