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Thousands attend AZ Big Media’s home, travel shows

Thousands of people got a chance to see the best home services, home products, home furnishings and travel opportunities in one place at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

On March 28-29, AZ Big Media hosted the first Home Furnishing & Design Show and first Scottsdale Home & Travel Show under the same roof.

The combination of the two events was a hit with show-goers.

“People were very happy that they got to see the very best Arizona has to offer,” said Mike Atkinson, president and CEO of AZ Big Media. “Homeowners got to see the newest and highest-quality items and services that will help them create their dream homes. And those looking to book their dream vacations were presented with amazing options.”

The Arizona North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Arizona Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and Creative Designer magazine were sponsors of the inaugural Home Furnishings & Design Show, which was held in the award-winning Tony Nelssen Center at WestWorld. Attendees were also able to attend classes and workshops presented by industry experts.

The Scottsdale Home & Travel Show — sponsored by American Express Travel, Sears Vacations, and DirectBuy — offered hundreds of home products and services for homeowners of all varieties; from the do-it-yourself remodeler, to homeowners working on a new build. Attendees were treated to special discounts and deals from professional vendors.

“What was most impressive was the quality of the attendees we had for both shows,” Atkinson said. “It was a very sophisticated audience and they left the shows very happy because we were were happy to give them two shows that gave them great products and services to enhance their lives.”


Apartments on Thomas Win Top Design Award From American Society of Interior Designers

Deco Communities’ Cabana on Thomas project has won the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Arizona North Chapter’s prestigious Adaptive Use award, a top design industry award honoring excellence in interior design.

Cabana on Thomas is one of Deco Communities’ apartment renovation projects in which infill buildings are revamped and given a new vibrant life. The property’s interior design team is Valley-based Private Label International. Private Label is a full service, integrated interior design firm that develops strategic environments and lifestyle brands.

“The Private Label team has been instrumental in helping us define the Cabana brand as a concept that is fresh, inspired and forward-thinking in terms of style and design,” said Deco Communities Partner Rob Lyles. “We are honored that Private Label has received this prestigious award. This award is recognition that the Cabana brand is setting the standard for adaptive use projects both in the Valley, and across the country,” he said.

Deco Communities purchased the 1960’s apartment complex in a transitional urban location and wanted to breathe new life back into this once-desirable place to live. The project scope included a comprehensive property-repositioning plan inclusive of exterior paint schemes, signage, and graphic and cultural brand elements. Public spaces included a leasing office and club room, bike storage, EV charging stations, model units, branded laundries, a fitness center, as well as exterior common spaces and signature pool cabanas.

The challenges were to transform the property on a minimal budget and reuse as much of the existing architecture as possible. The overall vision for the property was strongly influenced by international fashion trends and national art and design, all with a focus on the local community.

The designers pulled in unique vintage pieces from the neighborhood shops, incorporated one-of-a-kind art and brought in a local artist to create exterior murals as public art. The combination of each of these elements resulted in the unique look that is attracting both tenants and the attention of the design community.

Representing the Society’s rich history, the annual ASID Design Awards signify the highest level of excellence in the interior design community, honoring those who have made substantial contributions toward the advancement of the profession while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing quality of life. Cabana on Thomas’ distinction from ASID is recognition of their dedication to style and innovation that is accessible to everyone.

About ASID:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people — designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Our 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.


2012 ASID Excellence Awards Winners: Residential

Arizona North Chapter ASID LogoThe 36th annual Interior Design Excellence awards for 2012 was held at the Arizona Biltmore on August 11, 2012 — and only the best-of-the-best, American Society of Interior Designers members received awards based on submitted interior projects.

With more than 20 categories, we’ve narrowed it down to eight and included the following residential, first-place winners in the following categories: singular space, residence less than 3,500 square feet, residence 3,500-6,000 square feet, residence greater than 6,000 square feet, total remodel, kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor space.

Congratulations to all of the 2012 ASID Excellence Awards winners!

Singular Space

Amy Bubier, Photo: Images by Ana & Lorenzo

First place: Amy Bubier, Allied ASID; AB Design Elements

“This was a master bedroom addition designed to be a serene retreat that opens out to the natural desert floor of this stunning Desert Mountain home. The space incorporated part of the homeowners’ extensive African art collection while pristinely concealing a high-tech A/V and smart-home system.”

Singular Space: Amy Bubier, Allied ASID; AB Design Element Singular Space: Amy Bubier, Allied ASID; AB Design Element

Residence: Less Than 3,500 Sq. Ft.

Ernesto Garcia, ASID; Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC

First place: Ernesto Garcia, ASID; Ernesto Garcia Interior Design, LLC

“This project proves that it only takes a few well-designed and well-made furnishings to convey beauty, harmony and
provide great comfort.”

Residence: Less Than 3,500 Sq. Ft.: Ernesto Garcia Residence: Less Than 3,500 Sq. Ft.: Ernesto Garcia

Residence: 3,500 – 6,000 SQ. FT.

Charles Glover, Allied ASID; Charles Glover Interiors

First place: Charles Glover, Allied ASID; Charles Glover Interiors

Charles Glover Interiors specializes in new construction and major residential renovation projects — with clients ranging from athletes to CEOs.

Residence: 3,500 – 6,000 SQ. FT.: Charles Glover Residence: 3,500 – 6,000 SQ. FT.: Charles Glover

Residence Greater Than 6,000 SQ. FT.

Angelica Henry, ASID

First place: Angelica Henry, ASID; Angelica Henry Design

“This modern British invasion came to life through the use of bright, eye-popping color and highly graphic, yet whimsical, design. The clients, originally from England, wanted something to remind them of home while making a bold, even daring, design statement!”

Residence Greater Than 6,000 SQ. FT.: Angelica Henry Residence Greater Than 6,000 SQ. FT.: Angelica Henry

Total Remodel

Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design

First place: Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design

“Our clients wanted a soft, minimal aesthetic. We accomplished this by layering textured stone materials, warm woods and clean-lined furniture.”

Total Remodel: Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design Total Remodel: Claire Ownby, ASID; Ownby Design


Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio

First place: Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio

“This modern, mountain home’s kitchen provides for the chef’s every needs, with two induction cook tops and two gas cook tops, alongside a 36” fridge and a 36” freezer. This is also the perfect place to entertain, with its full bar and beverage counter, as well as an ice maker hidden neatly behind the strong architectural lines and beautiful raw steel of this amazing space.”

Kitchen: Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio Kitchen: Anita Lang, Allied ASID; IMI Design Studio

For the full list of 2012 ASID Excellence Awards winners, visit ASID Arizona North Chapter’s website.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Avery Lane

Avery Lane: Home Decor To Meet Your Vintage, Contemporary Needs

Avery Lane’s one-of-a-kind, quality designer pieces and consignment furniture are attracting high-end buyers and designers alike

If the finer things in your life have price tags with names such as Kreiss, Drexel Heritage, Clive Christiansen and Ethan Allen, then Avery Lane may just become your go-to shop for not only custom-designed, one-of-a-kind, high-end furniture, but also interior design inspiration.

With its grand opening held March 2012, this consignment shop showcases and sells only high-quality furniture, which Darlene Richert, owner of Avery Lane, says sets it apart from other consignment stores, according to what customers have told her.

“I think the distinguishing factor is that we concentrate on just finer furnishings … very high-end furniture,” Richert adds. In fact, she turns away 75 to 80 percent of the furniture offered to her on consignment by antique dealers.

From English antiques and reupholstered French chairs to whimsical vases and refurbished furniture,  including those repainted Lindy Crain, who uses only Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Avery Lane mixes and matches these vintage items with more contemporary pieces to create eclectic vignettes ― another reason clients frequent the store, she adds.

“It’s more of a European way of designing,” Richert says. “If you look through European design books, they have designs where something doesn’t quite fit, but somehow it all works together.”

But it isn’t just Richert designing these rooms-within-the-room. She’s joining forces with both established and promising interior designers. For instance, in the few months Avery Lane has been open to the public, Richert has welcomed two interns from Mesa Community College to work with her in the showroom.

“Every day we have to redecorate with what we’re given,” Richert says. “So it can be quite the challenge.” The interns walked away with before-and-after photos, real world experience and a portfolio.

And on May 10th, Richert hosted the first-ever Consign Star Showcase, a spinoff of the HGTV show “Design Star.” During this event, two American Society of Interior Designers, Mary Meinz and Liz Hepper, transformed a room within Avery Lane in less than one hour using only furnishings and accessories found in the showroom. Guests were given an interactive experience; the designers asked guests to find pieces and items within the store to include in the room. Meinz and Hepper then gave them tips as to what did and didn’t work.

“One of the things I like to do is create experiential marketing, giving reasons for people to come into the store,” says Richter, who once worked as a luxury realtor and as Vice President of sales and marketing for Lyle Anderson Company.

Aside from the Consign Star event, which will be held once a month, Richert also plans to hold seminars twice a month as well as the upcoming Wine for Humanity tasting event, where guests will sample affordable wines from around the world, poured by Sommelier Lee Blakely. The event will be held on Friday, June 22nd, and all wine sales will benefit Childhelp.

And it isn’t just the event guests and customers who will be coming and going ― the items on the showroom floor will be, too. This includes everything from furniture to jewelry; these items don’t last long.

“If you come into Avery Lane looking for a piece of furniture,” Richert says, “you might end up leaving with jewelry, a purse or even a necklace!”

A few items we particularly liked:

Lindy Crain’s Blue Buffet

Sunshine Yellow Welsh Cupboard (Staff favorite)

Palacek Occasion Chairs

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“Southwest meets Europe” Kreiss Dining Set

Byzantine Bookshelf, graced with four angelic ladies

Late 1880’s Swedish Pink Toile Upholstered Sofa

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For more information Avery Lane and its upcoming events, visit averylanehome.com.

Avery Lane
15613 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
(480) 991-0700

Office Productivity, Interior Design

Dispelling Myths Of Workplace Productivity From An Interior Design Prospective

It’s no secret that our immediate surroundings tremendously impact on how we feel.  Colors, materials, fabrics and lighting play a big part in creating an atmosphere or “mood” — something that we all are accustomed to in resorts, restaurants and stores.

But what about setting the right atmosphere the office? Most people spend more than 50 percent of their lives in an indoor setting, and most employers realize the link between interior design and worker productivity.

For small and mid-size businesses that have limited resources to dedicate to interior design, it’s sometimes hard to differentiate the hype over real needs. Out of the numerous studies conducted on this topic, experts agree that the productivity of the work is affected by four main components: temperature, air quality, light and noise levels in the office.

And that’s why we decided to dedicate this article to highlighting the top three biggest myths about the impact of interior design on productivity.

Open Floorplan

While open floorplans are a great way to foster collaboration between employees, they do not work for every business. Many employees become distracted by the noise and the constant movement around them and are unable to focus. So before you tear out the cubicle walls, think about your employees and their needs.

There are innovative, beautiful privacy screen options that may be a better fit for your office over open desks. These movable screens allow for the flexibility of various activities allowing for options of collaborative or private spaces.

Natural Light

While there is no substitute for natural sunshine, some interior office environments are not possible to structurally change. The good news is that by creating a well-lit workplace with lighting that mimics the natural sunshine, worker productivity remains the same.

If it’s impossible to create skylights, try the innovative lighting options, such as light box walls.  The impact of color palette and texture should not be underestimated to improve an interior space and capture a pleasant atmosphere.

Place to Play

A look at Google’s offices made every business owner envious of Google’s tremendous resources. The most admired rooms were the common lounge areas designed for resting and playing.

But before you convert your conference room to a “creative think-tank” with ping pong tables and foosball or a climbing wall, consider again your employees, their needs and your business style. Often these costly features have gone less used than the financial investment justified.

What’s truly important is providing your team with a place that is conducive to their work.  Inspiring? Yes. Stimulating? Yes! Creative? Yes! But most of all, a place that efficiently supports functional requirements for the work task is required.

When designing your office, a survey of your work force will provide great insight to the perceptions and needs of your staff.  An interior designer or architect can provide a comprehensive questionnaire and interview process to skillfully uncover the true needs within your company so intelligent programming can be established leading to goal-based solutions. Control over their workspace for privacy, temperature and lighting typically lead the list of employee requests. Often these requests can be more easily accommodated than management expects.

There is no doubt that where we spend a majority of our time greatly impacts our overall well being and thus productivity. In fact, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID, 1999) carried out an independent study and revealed that the physical workplace design is one of the top three factors, which affects performance and job satisfaction. The study results showed that 31 percent of people were satisfied with their jobs and had pleasing workplace environments. Fifty percent of people were seeking jobs and said that they would prefer a job in a company where the physical environment is good.

While an indoor sports court and climbing wall can be wonderful luxuries, simpler solutions also exist to make a work environment pleasant and efficient and keep a team happy.

For more information about creating a productive workplace environment, visit the interior design studio, IMI Design, online.