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master bedroom remodeling

Master Bedroom Remodels Create Relaxing, Vacation-Like Sanctuaries

Home, Suite Home: Master bedroom remodels create relaxing, vacation-like sanctuaries at home.

With the prevalence of smartphones and tablet computers, it seems everyone is always on the go. People are “connected” at all times to work, family or any number of other responsibilities — making life quite hectic.

master bedroom remodeling“With such busy, plugged-in lives, people are looking for a space to retreat and relax,” says Janet B. Cook, president of Cook Remodeling in Phoenix. And this desire to escape everyday stress has resulted in a trend toward renovations aimed at creating a hotel-suite-like bedroom to serve as an isolated and peaceful space in the home.

“People who are remodeling continually reference a hotel they master bedroom remodelingrecently stayed at when describing what they want their master bedroom to ‘feel’ like,” says Jill Anderson Keig, an interior designer with Wiseman and Gale Interiors in Scottsdale. “They want a refuge that is more than just a place to sleep; it is a place to unwind and recharge. They want a comfortable and inviting space — just like the one they saw on vacation.”

Keeping with this vacation-at-home theme, master bathrooms are also increasingly emphasized, along with removing distractions, such master bedroom remodelingas dedicated office spaces, opting instead for comfortable seating areas and the relaxing ambiance offered by fireplaces.

“The bedroom sizes have scaled down a bit in new construction homes, and the master bathrooms sizes have increased for that spa feel,” says Kerri Foreman, senior designer with Vallone Design in Scottsdale. “Most of our recent clients are doing away with the separate sitting room and instead incorporating a small seating space back into their master bedroom.

master bedroom remodeling“Fireplaces are still very popular, as well as TVs; but the separate sitting and the trend towards an office right off the bedroom are no longer popular. We see it as people trying to bring back the sanctuary retreat and lessen the amount of distractions in their bedrooms.”

As with any renovation project, a clear plan should be laid out from the beginning when tackling a master bedroom redo. This will ensure a finished product in line with your tastes and tailored to your unique habits.

“Considerations to take into account should include determining the lifestyle and activities particular to that room,” Keig says. “The most common mistake in a master bedroom remodel is making the room too small; it doesn’t need to be enormous and wasteful, but it always needs a comfortable sitting area with a place to put your feet up.”

“How do you live?” Foreman asks. “Do you enjoy spending a lot of time in your bedroom? Do you watch TV in the morning or before bed? Do you read to unwind? Do you have pets or children that will use the room with you? Do you like to sleep in complete blackout or wake up with the sun?”

For any master bedroom remodel, Foreman adds, the No. 1 concern should be creating a space you’ll want to use.

“We have seen beautiful rooms with grand furnishing and details but find the client does not enjoy spending a lot of time in the space,” Foreman says. “They made the space so formal that they saw it as more of a showpiece and less of a sanctuary.”

Overall, the consensus among designers and homeowners alike is that the bedroom is an integral part of the home, and that its potential as an at-home sanctuary should not be overlooked.

“It seems everyone is finally considering their bedroom a priority, which makes complete sense when you calculate how much time you spend there,” Keig says.

Foreman agrees, “In the current economy, people are feeling stress in every facet of their lives, and coming home to a relaxing environment has become more and more essential.”

For more information about master bedroom remodeling, visit or contact the following:

Cook Remodeling & Custom Construction, Inc.
(480) 535-7099

Wiseman and Gale Interiors, LLC
(480) 945-8447

Vallone Design, Inc.
(480) 421-2799

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Dr. John Badolato, Studio B Smiles, Photo: Glory Shim

Dr. John Badolato Of Studio B Smiles Transforms Smiles, Lives Of Athletes

Putting on Their Game Face: Dr. John Badolato of Studio B Smiles transforms the smiles, lives of athletes and high-profile clients.

While sports players are revered for their talent, it can be difficult to deny the obvious: their looks, especially when they’re gracing the cover of magazines; appearing in local and national on-camera interviews; and marketing products, from Steve Nash in last year’s Vitamin Water commercials to Michael Phelps’ recent “Core Values” campaign for Louis Vuitton.

And here in Scottsdale, one cosmetic dentist in particular is familiar with the importance of an athlete’s image — Dr. John Badolato (or “Dr. B”), owner of Studio B Smiles.

Dr. B has been enhancing local sports players’ smiles for about eight years. Not only is he the official team dentist of the Phoenix Suns and the team dentist for the Arizona Rattlers, Grand Canyon University and the Phoenix Suns Dancers, but, let’s not forget, he’s also the Official Cosmetic Dentist for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.”

With so many high-profile clients, he knows image, particularly one’s smile, is important, both on and off the court.

“There’s two factors that over the last couple of decades have come into play,” Dr. B says. “One has always been there; that’s a player’s off-court and on-court marketability. These guys have side deals where they’re able to market their products, so, of course, they want to have a great smile. That plays into the cosmetic part of our practice.”

The other factor? High-definition television. “Those two things together have really developed a niche practice with us with a bunch of athletes,” Dr. B adds.

From veneers and whitening to smile makeovers, Dr. B has worked on MVPs of different leagues and sports, from hockey to baseball. But it all started with a soon-to-be Major League Baseball player’s wife, who would become the face of the practice as well as start a chain reaction of referrals.

“It’s been a thriving practice,” he says. “It’s great to do a makeover and then see them on the TV or news the next day.”

But don’t get the wrong idea. Dr. B is set out to do more than just transform one’s smile with procedures such as whitening, veneers or smile makeovers. He wants to help change lives, too. And that all began after a friend introduced him to Chris Powell, who is now the trainer and transformation specialist on “Extreme Makeover.”

“Chris and I got paired up through a friend because we both were in the makeover business; he was training the body, and I was doing the smiles,” Dr. B recalls. “So, we cross-referenced and built our own local makeover team.”

Fast forward through success stories that would catch the attention of national media, and the rest is history. “Extreme Makeover” will be airing its third season, increasing the number of participants from 8 to 17.

“It’s great to see these peoples’ lives change,” Dr. B says. “As they lose weight, as they reach milestones, they gain confidence, and you can just see it. It just glows off them as they go through this process.

“I’m a small part of it with the smiles, but when you put it all together, you just see these people, their potential and where their lives can go from there is radically different than they were 365 days prior,” Dr. B says. “When you can do something by changing their smile that has an impact on their overall self-confidence, their self-worth, their self-esteem, that reward is priceless.”

So just how does Badolato balance various sports teams, “Extreme Makeover,” Studio B Smiles, and an almost 1-year-old son?

“You make time,” Dr. B says. “It’s sometimes challenging, but at the end of the day, it’s totally worth it when you have a lovely wife and an incredible son.”

For more information about Dr. John Badolato and Studio B Smiles, visit studiobsmiles.com.

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A Fruity Fix

Need a quick and inexpensive way to whiten your smile?
Pick up some strawberries and baking soda, and give this a try:

studio b smiles
  1. Crush one strawberry to a pulp.
  2. Mix 1/2 tsp. of baking soda until blended.
  3. Spread mixture onto teeth; leave on for 5 min.
  4. Brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove berry/baking soda mix.
  5. Voila! A white smile.


Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Photo: Central Arizona Supply

Luxurious Home Showers No Longer Just Reserved For Affluent Retreats

Shower sensations: Channeling the chic sensibility of lavish resort spas, luxurious home showers are no longer just reserved for affluent retreats.

Evolving from a place with a distinct purpose to a lavish escape, home showers are becoming a peaceful getaway and the focal point of the bathroom.

Incorporating features such as steam rooms, surround sound speakers, LED chromatherapy lighting, benches, shelving, showerheads that resemble the undeniable sensation of gentle raindrops with the help of air-injection technology and massaging body sprays at every level, home showers are becoming a therapeutic relief in which many homeowners are quickly investing.

“Showers have become the epicenter of the bathroom,” says Jeremy Smith of Central Arizona Supply. “Homeowners no longer feel they have to have a great bathtub. Instead, there are so many amazing features in showers that are being taken advantage of that are giving the therapeutic aspects that the bath used to give.”

Photo: Picasso Tile and StoneworkAs bathtubs are now becoming more of an aesthetically pleasing element than regularly-used items, it’s out with the sunken soakers and in with the spa and sauna-like showers.

“What is being done to these rooms today has become more of a place of retreat than just a place to quickly get things done,” says Tim Thacker, owner of COHACO Building Specialties, explaining the changing faces of in-home showers. “The bathroom has become a place to relax, retire and rejuvenate.”

According to Thacker, a big part in this maturing trend is the multitude of options in materials and technology available today.

From matching faucets and handles to calming tile accents and streamlined shower enclosures, bathrooms have evolved beyond the spa and incorporated a personalized touch to suit a homeowner’s specific needs and wants.

Becoming a popular home investment, an added bonus to these upgrades, according to Smith, is that they are now able to reach a wider range of customers due to competitive price markets lowering the cost of such items. As a result, what is considered a lavish upgrade can now be a more attainable addition to any homeowner’s bathroom.

With such a large selection of bells and whistles to make your home shower resemble the spa of your dreams, homeowners are urged to test before they buy and explore every option available. Smith strongly suggests working closely with your contractor so every detail is appropriately accommodated to meet both your needs and your body’s needs for the best therapeutic results.

For those considering incorporating spa-like features, Thacker says, “Homeowners are finding that the money used in this area is very well spent. It has been proven that in a remodel, the money spent in redesigning a bathroom will always allow you to recoup your expenses when the home is sold or just having it reappraised.”

Manufactures are now starting to mix the perks of top-quality, in-home saunas, steam rooms and luxurious showers, manufactures with products that incorporate more sustainable and water-saving technologies.

“We see many features such as smart temp-controlled valves and insta-hot water to replace water heaters for more saving attributes,” says Melissa Kale, president of Picasso Tile and Stonework.

According to Smith, the addition of such eco-conscious elements is, “definitely the next frontier.”

For more information about transforming your home shower into a spa retreat, visit:

Central Arizona Supply
16431 N. 90th St., # 100, Scottsdale
(480) 922-9191

Picasso Tile & Stonework
126 W. Forest Grove Ave., Phoenix
(602) 225-0525

COHACO Building Specialties
9700 N. 91st Ave., #130, Peoria
(623) 748-0859

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

improper golf swings

Rough Play: How Improper Golf Swings Can Leave Risk For Injury

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly tame appearance of a game of golf; the physical activity involved on the golfers’ end can leave risk for injury if the correct precautions aren’t taken.

In 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that there were more than 55,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms for golf-related injuries. And according to Dr. Adam Downs, D.C., owner of Mountain Vista Health Center, roughly 60 percent of avid golfers will sustain some sort of injury within the next year with the percentage increasing by about 20 percent the older people get.

So why are golfers so susceptible to injury? Two reasons: 1) an improper golf swing, and 2) lack of warm-up and strength training.

Downs, Eric D. Marcotte, owner and chiropractor at Endurance Chiropractic, LLC, and Doug Hammond, director of instruction at Troon North Golf Club, all agree that a proper golf swing is important to avoid an injury on the course. Downs says most amateur golfers have injuries related to poor technique — roughly 70 percent of all injuries.

“Proper golf posture at setup already creates a tremendous amount of load on the lumbar spine,” Hammond says. “If a person is in poor golf posture and increases that load, there becomes a serious risk for an injury to the back.”

According to Downs and Marcotte, the top four injuries include the aforementioned back pain as well as golfer’s elbow (medial or lateral elbow), shoulder injuries and hip injuries. Downs adds that these are common throughout all ages of golfers, with back pain and strain the most common.

Wrist, hand and shoulder injuries can be caused by an off-set grip or swinging the club too upright in the backswing.

“A person who swings the club too upright in the backswing usually will create a steep angle of attack into the golf ball on the downswing, causing the club to crash into the ground,” Hammond says. “This crash can cause a serious wrist injury — common in ladies — or elbow tendinitis over time.”

To improve one’s swing and address swing faults, golfers should take lessons, practice, train, condition and warm-up properly before a game — a step Downs says most golfers don’t take. Take care of your joints, shoulders, knees, hips, elbows and wrists through drills, practice techniques and maintaining range of motion; keep blood flowing through these areas.

Marcotte adds that golfers should work on different areas when training for different shots and swings. For instance, focus on balance for bunker shots and uneven lies; flexibility for increased torque and power generation through the trunk and hips; hand-eye coordination for ball striking and ball contact; strengthening for improved lumbar and LE stabilization; and focus on cardiovascular exercise for stamina and generalized conditioning.

While some may believe there’s no perfect golf swing, one can sure try through training, consistency and simply taking care of one’s self — on and off the course.

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Injuries Par For The Course

Golf-related injuries are more common than one may think. The repetitive motions over time can place significant stress on muscles, tendons and joints. Here are some prevention tips, provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS):

Prevent Golfer’s Elbow

Strengthen your forearm muscles:

  • Squeeze a tennis ball for five minutes at a time.
  • Wrist curls using a lightweight dumbbell: Perform 10 repetitions with each arm by curling the weight from your fingertips to your palm, followed by curling up your wrist to lift the weight an inch or two higher.
  • Reverse wrist curls using a lightweight dumbbell: Place your hands in front of you, palm side down. Using your wrist, lift the weight up and down. Hold the arm that you are exercising above your elbow with your other hand in order to limit the motion to your forearm. Perform 10 repetitions with one arm and then repeat with the other arm.

Prevent Lower Back Pain

Strengthen lower back muscles:

  • Rowing: Perform three sets of 10 repetitions at least three times a week.
  • Pull Downs: Perform three sets of 10 repetitions at least three times a week.
  • Yoga and Pilates: These programs focus on trunk and abdomen strength and flexibility.

Prevent Foot Injuries

  • Insert orthotics in your golf shoes to help stabilize the feet and establish a healthier contact with the ground during the swing.


For more information about correcting improper golf swings, visit:

Endurance Chiropractic, LLC
9376 E. Bahia, Scottsdale
(480) 556-8406

Troon North Golf Club
10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 585-5300

Mountain Vista Health Center
1375 N. Scottsdale Rd., #180, Scottsdale
(480) 874-9800

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

handcrafted table

Handcrafted Tables To Entertain

Holiday parties, family reunions and more — why not consider a new, handcrafted table for all of your upcoming gatherings?

Handcrafted Tables

French Series Coffee Table

This trapezoid wooden table is not only wrapped in steel, but you can also select between 25 wood finishes and five steel finishes.

Marc Desplaines of Antoine Proulx, LLC,
antoineproulx.com, custommade.com

Handcrafted Tables


A mix of grace and contemporary design, this living room table, by Boca do Lobo, is finished in patchwork and high-gloss varnish, with a black lacquered base.

Boca do Lobo, bocadolobo.com

handcrafted tables

The Origami Table

Created by local designer/maker, Steve Banen, this architectural table — with two anodized aluminum arms supporting a 42” round, glass top — will suit the needs, both aesthetically and functionally, of any home-designing risk taker.

Steve Banen, custommade.com

handcrafted table

Strand Coffee Table

Nothing makes an architectural statement like an Artura piece. This coffee table is created with laser-cut steel; it can stand alone or complement it with a glass top.

Arktura, arktura.com
2b mod, 2bmod.com

handcrafted table

Ellis Coffee Table

Inspired by a French industrial piece from the ‘40s, this Vintage Industrial coffee table is great for storage or even as a television stand. And, the design is completely customizable, too.

Vintage Industrial, shop.retro.net

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Tattoo removal specialists at the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale work on removing a tattoo from a client.

Tattoo Removal Industry Booming As More Try To Live Without Regret

That’s the end of tat: Tattoo removal industry is booming as more try to live without regret.

Joelle Murray is a typical Scottsdale soccer mom. She is 34. Two kids. She drives a BMW SUV. She takes yoga three times a week. She loves her life.

But she hates her ink.

“I hate to admit it, but I have a tramp stamp,” Murray smiles, referring to the derogatory term for a tattoo that a woman places on her lower back. “I hate wearing a bathing suit.”

Murray is not alone. Forty-five million Americans have a tattoo, and a recent study showed that at least one-third of them regret their decision to get inked.

“I see people who come directly from the tattoo artist, from a day to a couple weeks afterwards, because they don’t like what they got right away,” says Dr. Jennifer Mundt, attending physician at Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon in Phoenix.

Tattoo regret has created a booming business for Mundt and others who are in the business of removing regret. According to a study by The Patient’s Guide, an online grouping of small medical publications, there will be 32 percent more tattoo removals in 2012 than in 2011.

“Most people get tattoos when they’re younger – 18, 19 or 20,” says Shelley Cook, clinical laser instructor and tattoo removal specialist at National Laser Institute in Scottsdale. “When they turn 30 or 40, they start to look at that Daffy Duck on their arm a little differently. I have lots clients who’ve simply outgrown their tattoos, and others who need to remove them to get ahead in the professional world. Of course, getting the ex’s name removed is a big one, too. And, there are a lot of people who want to take off their old tattoos to replace them with new ones.”

Experts say technology is making it easier than ever to remove a tattoo.

“The process of tattoo removal is actually really quick,” Cook says. “Depending on the size of the tattoo, a session can be over in a matter of seconds.”

According to Cook, this is how the laser tattoo removal process works: A highly concentrated pulsing light targets the black or multi-color ink. This breaks up the tattoo pigment within the skin — splitting it into tiny fragments that are flushed out through the body’s lymphatic system. The tattoo will fade over time, and most clients will need around 10 to 15 laser treatments for the best results.

“The success of the process can depend on several things, including a person’s body chemistry, as well as the size and color of the tattoo,” Cook says. “Black is the easiest color to fade, and blue and green are the most challenging. Also, the closer the tattoo is to your heart, the easier it will fade.”

Since treatments can only be done once every four to six weeks, tattoo removal can take more than a year to complete. As for cost, treatments range from $50-$400 per session, depending on the size of the tattoo, so you can expect to pay more than $1,000 for a successful tattoo removal.

“On average, it’s about 10 (sessions to remove a tattoo),” Mundt says. “I’ve gone has high as 15 and as low as three.”

As for the belief that removing a tattoo is more painful than the needles that created the tattoo in the first place, Mundt says that is just a myth.

“The No. 1 misconception is that it has to be painful,” she says. “It does not have to be painful at all. I numb probably 95 to 98 percent of my patients. My favorite saying when their first tattoo removal is done is, ‘Dr. Mundt, that was it?’ It can be very easy with numbing. They do not feel a thing.”

For Murray, who is three sessions into removing her tattoo, her goal is to be able to wear a bikini without regret by next summer.

“I got my tattoo at the spur of the moment when I was 20,” she says. “It’s a tribal design. I’m not in a tribe. It has no meaning to me.

“And even though I don’t see it when I look in the mirror, I know it’s there. My kids know it’s there. And even though I went out and got a tattoo in a moment of rebellion, I don’t want my kids to think it’s OK to go out and get a tattoo.”


Here are five tattoo removal clinics to try if you’re trying to rid yourself of tattoo regret:

Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon
6020 N. 16th St., Phoenix
(480) 269-9420


James M. Nachbar, Scottsdale Plastic Surgery, LLC
8896 E. Becker Ln., #102, Scottsdale
(480) 289-5300

National Laser Institute Medical Spa
16601 N. 90th St., Scottsdale
(480) 290-7333

Perfect Skin Laser Center
7045 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 897-3623

Phoenix Skin
7312 E. Deer Valley Rd., Bldg. D, #105, Scottsdale
(480) 473.9111

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Park Avenue Design Studio, Photo: Glory Shim

Showrooms: Park Avenue Design Studio, LLC

Owner of Park Avenue Design Studio, Gabrielle Roeckelein, ASID, shares why she chose to tackle the world of retail, who her new showroom will cater to, what makes it unique and more.

Park Avenue Design, Photo: Glory ShimHow did this showroom come about?

I have been designing in the Valley for over 14 years and have run a successful interior design business from home. The timing was right to reinvent my company and expand into a retail setting.

Who is the showroom designed for? Who’s your clientele?

The showroom is designed in two fashions: The new retail customer who desires crisp, tailored, USA-made, one-of-a-kind, custom upholstery goods at a reasonable price. We also have a trade library for interior designers to shop with/for clients who need extra items, such as case goods and occasional tables as well as accessories with discounts attached.

Park Avenue Design Studio, Photo: Glory Shim

What products and services do you offer?

We are a full-service interior design firm with ASID professionals on-site. We provide our clients with new-build specifications, renovations and upgrades as well as single room items. We have it all — tassels to tiles!

What’s one item or aspect in/of the showroom you love to show off?Park Avenue Design Studio, Photo: Glory Shim

Our neutral showroom is unique in that our customers can come in and shop for a “shape” that fits their lifestyle without being influenced by a particular fabric or leather cover. Our Norwalk Gallery, which is open to the public, has clean, refined silhouettes in both transitional and traditional styling. We offer more than 1,500 fabrics to choose from and have the technical Park Avenue Design Studio, Photo: Glory Shimcapacity to build one online in our showroom and match the fabrics right then and there for our clients.

What makes your showroom stand out among others?

The “come into our living room and enjoy the experience” attitude of making the design process wonderful, easy and practical.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to  5 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment. We are happy to open our showroom to clients who want special attention and needs if they desire a private design experience.

Park Avenue Design Studio, LLC

Where: 2720 N. 68th St., #3, Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 326-7771
Website | Facebook

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Glamping, Photo: Wolwedans

Worldwide Trend, Glamping, Arrives To Scottsdale

When one thinks of camping, the phrase “roughing it” typically comes to mind. Flashbacks of faulty supplies, mystery food, bug attacks and the process of “using nature as your bathroom,” tend to prevent people from giving camping a second chance. However, a new trend has emerged that not only accommodate all of your camping needs, but also your luxury needs. and luxury needs. Ladies, meet glamping.

Glamping, originating from such exotic destinations as Africa and Thailand, is a more luxurious way to enjoy the great outdoors by providing glamorous amenities and services. Tents, for example, are often built with an electrical power source, offering appliances, lighting and climate control for guests. As if that isn’t luxurious enough, ditch your sleeping bag and upgrade to either an air mattress or king-sized spring mattress, sheathed in Egyptian cotton sheets. The best part? Camp is set up prior to your arrival, so all that’s left for you to do is to simply enjoy.

The royal treatment doesn’t stop there; full-course meals, laundered clothing, comfortable transportation and on-location spas come standard. Don’t let all this glitz fool you, though; glamping is very much about enjoying and respecting nature. Guests will still embark on river rafting adventures, safaris, go rock climbing and spelunking. The biggest difference being at the end of the day, instead of coming home to a crooked, wet tent, a wait staff and a toasty fire will greet you. Do we have your attention yet?

As this fad’s popularity soars, several resorts and outdoor adventure groups offer glamping escapades, as well as the chance to design your own custom camping adventure. And this includes local Arizona Outback Adventures, which offers a large variety of outdoor adventures, supplying meals and snacks, transportation and all of your camping supplies. Another local option is The Phoenician, a luxury resort and hotel in Scottsdale, which offers its own interpretation of glamping, per request.

“Here at The Phoenician, we can create a glamping experience by providing such luxurious offerings as AAA Five Diamond accommodations, award-winning restaurants and a world-renowned spa (The Centre for Well-Being), all combined with a variety of outdoor endeavors,” says Denise Seomin, director of public relations for The Phoenician.

“The Centre for Well-Being actually offers guided hikes at Camelback Mountain,” she adds. “The resort also has bikes available to guests to explore the 250-acre grounds, or nearby communities. In addition, the concierge staff can arrange a diverse number of active pursuits to add to the glamping trip, from horseback riding to river rafting.”

If your glamping craving takes you beyond the limits of Arizona, Seomin suggests you do plenty of research online and consider seeking assistance from a travel agent.

“Its all depends on the exact type or style of glamping trip in which the travelers are interested,” Seomin says. “Glamping, or the degree of such travel, is really at the discretion of the individuals, who can truly customize the experience to meet their expectations.”

Overall, if you’re interested in pursuing outdoor activities without sacrificing comfort and present-day amenities, glamping is screaming your name.

For more information about glamping at/with The Phoenician or Arizona Outback Adventures, visit thephoenician.com or aoa-adventures.com, respectively.

Glamping at the Phoenician

“Glamping” Photo Shoot Special Thanks To:

Location: The Phoenician in Scottsdale
Clothes and shoes: Barneys, Scottsdale Fashion Square
Jewelry: Hearts, Hearts.com
Makeup: Mozaik Skin & Body
Hair: Lindsay Cohen, All Done Up!
Models: Emily, Kristin and Nicole
Photographers: Cory Bergquist and Glory Shim

glamping at the phoenician

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012


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 ElementSingular 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 GarciaResidence: 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 GloverResidence: 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 HenryResidence 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 DesignTotal 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 StudioKitchen: 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

skin cancer

The Burning Issue of Sun Damage, Skin Cancer

By Kristine Cannon & Remi Omodara

Summer: the season for temporary solutions — such as that crash diet to slim down for your leave-little-to-the-imagination bikini; and, let’s not forget about those days spent tanning either on the beach or in the tanning booth, just for a bit more color.

While some bad habits can be forgiven and forgotten, others can lead to long-term damage, such as skin cancers.

“They’re going to get a temporary tan,” says Dr. Lorna Frederickson, M.D., FAAD of Arizona Skincare Physicians, PLC, “but sustain permanent injury to their skin. You can’t really repair all of the cell damage.”

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), there were more than 2.6 million skin cancer treatments in 2011 performed by ASDS members in the United States, with 2.49 million of them for non-melanomas.

Closer to home, Frederickson says the number of skin cancers they’ve diagnosed and treated at the practice has increased. She goes on to say that women as early in their 20s are developing multiple skin cancers, likely due to tanning bed use.

“Natural or indoor tanning is probably the leading contributing cause to aging of the skin,” Frederickson says. “It’s something people should stop doing, not just for the photo damage, freckling, loss of elasticity and wrinkling, but also because of skin cancer risks.”

And once those in their late 30s or 40s has endured an excess of sun or tanning bed exposure, racking up a fair amount of skin damage, Frederickson says one of the best ways to treat it is with laser treatment.

One of the most common laser treatments at Arizona Skincare Physicians is Fraxel Dual 1550/1927, which stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out. It targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into one’s skin to expedite the body’s remodeling of collagen. And according to Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ptak M.D., F.A.C.S., collagen is an important element to younger, healthier skin.

“The skin is like a sponge,” Ptak says. “Loss of collagen combined with sun damage can age the skin quickly.”

Frederickson adds that both young and older patients, who have discoloration from the sun, pre-cancers, blotchiness and freckling, can benefit from the Fraxel Dual laser treatment due to how safe it is and its minimal downtime.

“It’s great for younger patients because they don’t need aggressive lasers,” Frederickson says. “I will also use it on patients in their 80s because they don’t want a lot of downtime, or they have a lot of medial issues — or for a whole host of issues.”

To avoid skin cancer risks and sun-damaged skin, Frederickson says to not only stay away from indoor tanning, but to also not smoke.

“The only other thing besides ultraviolet light is smoking,” Frederickson says, “and the two together have a negative synergy and magnify one another’s ill effects.”

Other tips from Ptak to keep your skin hydrated and healthy include decreasing caffeine intake, drinking more water and using sunscreen.

Lastly, Frederickson advises to consult a skincare professional with any questions or concerns you may have, as well as for smaller, noninvasive treatments, such as botulinum injections or Botox.

“I see a fair number of women who have gone outside of a core speciality,” Frederickson adds. “I’m negative about the many spas because I end up fixing a lot of problems out of there.”

For more information about sun damage and/or skin cancer, visit azskincareplc.com or doctorptak.com.

Arizona Skincare Physicians, PLC
10565 N. Tatum Blvd., Paradise Valley
(480) 991-3203

Jeffrey J. Ptak M.D., F.A.C.S., Plasic Surgery
9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 451-9220

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

Experience AZ: Fall-Winter 2012


Michael Gossie, Managing Editor
Ten years after moving to Arizona from upstate New York, people still ask me what I like the most about living in the Grand Canyon state. My answer is always the same:

“I haven’t had to shovel snow once since I moved here.”

But if I lived a couple hours north, the yearly snowfall would give my home turf in upstate New York a run for its money. That is what makes Arizona great: Where else can you get a sunburn in Scottsdale and ski in Flagstaff on the same day?

Arizona offers something for everyone, every day.

From hiking and biking to shopping and spas, Arizona provides the opportunity for experiences that create memories that last a lifetime.

That’s what Experience AZ is all about. We want to guide you the the greatest adventures and experiences to make your visit to Arizona one that you will never forget. Based on votes from our readers, we have listed the five best dining experiences, tours, attractions, and places to visit in a variety of categories.

Want to know my personal fab five Arizona adventures? Hiking in Sedona. Running the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Relaxing at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. Cycling at South Mountain. And when friends visit, I always take them to Los Dos Molinos.

So get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. And use Experience AZ to guide you to a visit or vacation that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must-see hot spots off your Top 5 lists. And when you find a favorite, be sure to vote for it by visiting ExperienceAZonline.com so others can share in your amazing memories.

Michael Gossie, Editor in Chief

Michael Gossie, Editor in Chief


Experience AZ: Fall-Winter 2012:
Best of Arizona. Your Guide To The Top 5.

Scottsdale Living - WINTER 2013

Scottsdale Living Magazine – FALL 2012

Fall 2012

Health | Beauty | Lifestyle
Lookin’ ‘Fall’bulous

It was just last year when I step foot into a completely unfamiliar world — where a mass of stunning socialites gathered, most donning couture from head to toe; where wine and various cocktails were consumed like water on a dry, summer day; where glamour was taken to a seemingly impossible new level.Here I stood at Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort. And even in the haze and lights and within the swarm of attendees, one thing was made very clear: fashion is the backbone of Scottsdale; residents thrive off it.

And thus, an issue or two later, the Style section of Scottsdale Living was born.This issue’s Style section is one we’re particularly proud of. Partnering with an incredible team of people, we’re showcasing sophisticated, sleek and sexy fall attire, perfect for your next gala, cocktail hour or date night.

But, before you can look great in fall’s hottest fashions, how’s your skin looking after basking day after day in the summer sun? Sure, that tan of yours looks great now, especially while wearing those neon-hued bottoms and tops, but you may find yourself with sun-damaged skin in desperate need of care and hydration. Flip to page 6, and you’ll find tips from local experts on how to repair the harmful effects of tanning.

So, let’s make this fall the most fashionable, and healthy, one yet. And, yes, that includes your next camping trip with your girlfriends. Instead of roughin’ it, take a more luxurious approach with “glamping” on page 20.

Kristine Cannon,
Associate Editor

Home | Garden | Design
Breaking Down Barriers

Gossie Signature

Michael Gossie,
Editor in Chief

One of the things that I have always loved about owning my own home is having the ability — on a whim — to demolish a wall, ceiling or floor as needed to accommodate my need for more kitchen space, a basketball hoop or solid space for a treadmill.

So Joel Miller’s story on page 26 of this issue — “Home, Suite Home” — really resonated with me. Th e story talks about how many homeowners are basing their remodeling projects on hotel rooms they’ve stayed in or vacation spots they’ve visited when changing up their master bedrooms.

In the last house I owned in New York before moving to Arizona, there was a third-floor attic that was basically 1,000 square feet of wasted space. I decided to remodel it based on a room that I loved in a ski lodge I visited with friends in college. I completely gutted the whole floor, put a brick base in the center of what was becoming a 1,000-square-foot loft, and put a wood burning fireplace/stove and chimney on top of the brick base. That loft effect, combined with the fireplace in the middle of the room and the incredible views from the third-floor windows, turned that waste-of-space attic into the most romantic master bedroom you can imagine.

Just thinking about it makes me want to bust out another wall.

Take it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.

Weekend Jetaway

Events That Give Back: Olive & Ivy Pink Light, Weekend Jetaway And More

Don’t believe the hype — good girls aren’t that into bad boys.

Given the choice, in fact, most women would choose George Clooney over Charlie Sheen any day of the week. Not to mention that all-time good guys Tom Hanks, Larry Fitzgerald and Phil Mickelson all look a lot happier than Nicolas Cage, Jesse James and Tiger Woods do these days.

So, why not show that special lady in your life just how good you can be by whisking her off to one of the many fabulous fall events focused on helping the local community?

Judging from these events, being a good boy has never looked so sexy.

Olive & Ivy Pink Light District — October 1 to 31

Pink Light District 2012Real men think — and drink — pink.

This October, as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Olive & Ivy is giving men throughout Scottsdale the chance to show their pinker side to the ladies in their lives with the addition of a “Pink Light District Menu” all month long.

“We have partnered with Belvedere Vodka and Chandon to create one of the most extravagant pink-themed menus in the Valley,” says Anita Walker of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

A portion of the proceeds from this menu throughout the entire month, including both fabulous food and delectable drink items, will be donated to the Arizona Institute for Breast Health’s Pink Light District, which glows just outside the restaurant patio each year starting on October 4.

“Throughout October, members of the Scottsdale community and beyond are invited to join the cause through this amazing menu, and can also sponsor their own pink light in honor of or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer as part of our annual Pink Light District too,” says Dr. Coral Quiet, co-founder of Arizona Institute for Breast Health, a local nonprofit organization headquartered in Scottsdale whose mission is to provide women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on treatment options completely free of charge.

Dinner under this pink glow of hope will soften any girl’s heart.

For more information about Olive & Ivy Pink Light District: aibh.org

The Weekend Jetaway — November 9

Weekend JetawayPrivate jet? Check!
Couture cocktails? Check!
Vegas vibe? Check!

This fall, set in a top-secret private jet hangar at the Scottsdale Airpark, is the first-ever Weekend Jetaway. The event will feature live music and gourmet food provided by some of Scottsdale’s top restaurants as well as cocktails, wine, beer and much more. During the glamorous evening, all guests will have the opportunity to try their luck with Vegas-style games of chance with one lucky group of winners earning the grand prize — an all-inclusive getaway on a private jet.

“Our aim was to model this after successful fly-away events being held across the nation,” says Dillan Micus, executive vice president of AXA Advisors, LLC – Southwest, title sponsor of the event. “And if you aren’t one of our lucky ‘jetaway’ winners, we’re also cooking up expansive silent and live auctions for everyone to leave feeling like a winner.”

The biggest winner of the evening, however, will be the Pat Tillman Foundation and other nonprofit beneficiaries of the event.

The second-biggest winner? You. At least, in your lady’s eyes.

For more information about the Weekend Jetaway: weekendjetaway.org

Play — November 10

Play at Salt River FieldsPlan now to Play all night with one of the Valley’s newest music and taste events. Set to kick off just after sunset at Salt River Fields, Play will feature a concert headlined by “Take Me Home Tonight” singer Eddie Money and will kick off with a sky full of fireworks. Plus, ultimate VIP tickets, which include access to an ultra-private post-event bonus concert, are also available. Hello, romance!

Restaurant and spirit vendors from all over the Valley will also offer a variety of gourmet foods and the opportunity to sample new wines from Butterfly Kiss, Rose’N’Blum and Stark Raving as well as premium spirits from Ketel One and Bulleit, among others. All event proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

“Through events like this, our Clubs are able to raise critical funds needed to offer more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas: the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation,” says Steve Davidson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.”

For more information about Play: bgcs.org


Event Calendar – Fall 2012


Arizona Association for Economic Development
602-240-2233 • aaed.com

  • Governor’s Economic Development Conference
    Sept. 12-14
    Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park
  • Golf & Ghouls Golf Torurnament
    Oct. 31
    Grayhawk Golf Club


Arizona Builders’ Alliance
Phx: 602-274-8222 Tuc: 520-881-7930 • azbuilders.org

  • State Convention
    Oct. 18-20
    Prescott Resort, Prescott


American Institute of Architects
602-252-4200 • aia-arizona.org

  • WMR/NWP Joint Conference
    Oct. 10-13
    Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson
  • Awards Gala
    Nov. 3
    Heard Museum


Arizona Multi-Housing Association
602-224-0135 • azama.org

  • Perspectives & Projections Conference
    Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Phoenix Convention Center South Bldg.


American Society of Landscape Architects (Arizona chapter)
602-258-8668 • azasla.org

  • Hunter/AzASLA Golf Tournament
    Sept. 24
    Whirlwind Golf Club
  • ASLA National Conference
    Sept. 28-Oct. 1
    Phoenix Convention Center


Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine
602-277-6045 • azbigmedia.com

  • People to Know
    Nov. 1
    Location TBA


Building Owners & Managers Association
602-200-3898 • bomaphoenix.org

  • TOBY Awards
    Sept. 14
    Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
  • Monthly Luncheon
    Sept. 19, Oct. 17
    Renaissance Phoenix Downtown


Construction Management Association of America (Arizona Chapter)

  • National Conference & Trade Show
    Oct. 21-23


CoreNet Global Desert Mountain
623-581-3597 • corenetdesertmtn.org

  • Corporate Real Estate 2020
    Nov. 8
    Phoenix Country Club


International Facility Management Association

  • Charity Golf Tournament
    Oct. 5
    Arizona Biltmore


Institute Of Real Estate Management
602-253-1852 • iremphx.org

  • Fall Leadership Conference
    Oct. 16-20
    New Orleans
  • Lunch, 2013 Election
    Oct. 23
    Arizona Country Club


Lambda Alpha International

  • Members Breakfast Meeting
    Aug. 17
    Phoenix Country Club


National Association of Industrial & Office Properties
602-230-1645 • naiop-az.org

  • Thursday Night Live
    Oct. 11
    The Grand at Papago Park Center
  • Annual Golf Tournament
    Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Talking Stick Golf Club


Urban Land Institute
480-449-7920 • arizona.uli.org

  • Fall Meeting
    Oct. 16-10


Valley Partnership
602-266-7844 • valleypartnership.org

  • Friday Morning Breakfast
    Sept. 28, Oct. 26, 7-9 a.m.
    Phoenix Country Club
  • Inspire and Innovate
    Annual Small Business Summit
    Oct. 9, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
    Tuscany Falls at Pebble Creek
  • 24th Annual Community Project
    Nov. 3

For a full list of Trade Organizations, visit azbigmedia.com/trade-organizations.