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Are Solar Water Heaters Worth it in Arizona?

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Solar water heaters are a great way to save money on energy costs. Your water heater is probably one of the biggest energy consumers in the house because it has to keep the water temperature up at all times, even when you aren’t using it. Using a solar water heater can dramatically reduce your costs,… Read More →

Jen of all trades: Scottsdale designer puts heart into homes

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In order to understand how Scottsdale designer Jennifer Adams transformed her life of cleaning houses, teaching aerobics and being a receptionist to becoming a successful entrepreneur, you would need to trace her journey all the way back to home. “I realized at an early age the power of home and what you do to your… Read More →

Local Bistro in North Scottsdale gets full renovation

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Local Bistro, located at 20581 North Hayden Road in the Hayden Peak Crossing shopping plaza will undergo a full interior renovation to commence on June 28. The renovation will be spearheaded by local design architecht/restaurant designer, Ivonek Badilla, Principal of EVODESIGN and in collaboration with Todd Kessell, of Platinum Commercial and Ron Hecht of Valley Architecture.… Read More →

How to protect AC unit during monsoons

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Is your air conditioner ready for the dust storms, torrential downpours, thunder and lightning that is monsoon season? When an air conditioning system stops working during an Arizona summer, it is the worst and it can be very costly to repair or replace. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping you cool in the hot summer… Read More →

Solar and Other Ways to Save on Electricity Bills

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In 2013, Arizona earned a new nickname -“the solar state”- by participating in heated debates regarding net metering and the growing solar electric industry. As expected, the utility companies put up a fight, which resulted in a minor victory allowing them to charge a small fee on new residential solar electric installations. But the power… Read More →

Go treasure hunting at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

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More than 175 creative artists from Arizona, California and surrounding areas are taking over WestWorld in Scottsdale from May 2 and 3. The Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will offer the ultimate vintage and handmade shopping experience, all while enjoying the Valley’s best food trucks and listening to live music from local musicians. The… Read More →

Kitchen & Tasting Tour benefits lymphoma research

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The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s (LRF) award-winning 3rd annual Kitchen and Tasting Tour is coming to north Scottsdale. Individuals interested in home design, home renovation and who have an appreciation for fine cuisine, won’t want to miss this event. On Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, the foundation will host a self-driving tour where ticket holders will have… Read More →

The Classy Kitchen celebrates one-year anniversary

Terri Mainwaring and Linda Klein, owners of Classy Kitchen

Two women not quite ready to retire took over a kitchen consignment store, renamed it The Classy Kitchen and spent the last year building a clientele of art-appreciators. “We’re not a thrift store,” Linda Klein, one of the owners said, “You can tell by looking at it, and we don’t take anything cracked. You just don’t pay… Read More →

How to Choose the Right Hot Water System for Home

Fresh Water is Becoming Scarcer with the Planet's Changing Climate

Choosing the right hot water system for your home is no easy task. Hence, it’s a buying decision you don’t want to make at the last minute. You have to consider lots of factors such as the number of people in the house, area of installation, fuel or energy source, your budget, energy efficiency rating… Read More →

The Enclave at Borgata opens preview center

The Enclave At Borgata has unveiled The Debut, a preview center showcasing the new luxury condominium homes on the former Borgata retail site.

Scottsdale’s new luxury condominium residence, The Enclave at Borgata, has opened its preview center, called The Enclave Debut. It is located near the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive, on the former Borgata retail site at 6176 North Scottsdale Road – between Blanco and Paul Martin’s. The Debut offers an introduction to the… Read More →

Arhaus brings handcrafted goods to Scottsdale

Handcrafted, Custom Furniture - Scottsdale Living Summer 2012

Arhaus, known internationally for its exclusive assortment of handcrafted home goods, is moving in to Scottsdale at Kierland Commons, 7030 East Greenway Parkway, marking the retailer’s first ever store in Arizona. Arhaus will soon begin to renovate a little more than 31,000 sq. ft. spanning two floors—a space formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble. Chairman… Read More →

Tucson designer finds national acclaim via Houzz website, app

Photo from Within Studio Interior Design firm website

It’s often said advertising is key to a successful business. In that case, Within Interior Design Studio found it on national television with the use of a website. Just how the commercial and residential interior design firm based out of Tucson got this opportunity began when 35-year old interior designer and principal of Within Studio… Read More →

Arizona creative Diana Madaras hosts book release party

"King of Sandibe"

Watercolorist Diana Madaras has turned the world into her canvas — from the plains of Africa to the hills of Greece and her home for the last four decades, Tucson, Ariz. For years, the owner of Madaras Gallery in Tucson has wanted to release a coffee table book but didn’t know what it would be about.… Read More →

Junk in the Trunk plans Fall Market

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Shoppers, designers, vintage lovers and treasure hunters – the date has been set. On September 20, 2014, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will return to the newly-built, state-of-the-art, air-conditioned building at WestWorld, Scottsdale’s nationally recognized special events facility.   This event, which will feature all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, will provide a treasure… Read More →