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Waterworks' New Line of Light Has Vintage Appeal

Heritage home purveyors Waterworks recently expanded their lighting repertoire with a line of vintage-inspired, hand built wrought iron lighting fixtures. Designed for the discerning illumination aficionado, the collection features sconces inspired by French bistros and lighting of 19th century horse-drawn carriages.

We’re big fans of Waterworks over here at Scottsdale Living, and out of this new line we picked out our favorites:

1. Carlton Wall Mounted Single Arm Sconce with Opal Glass Shade: modeled after early lanterns:

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 2. Watt Wall Mounted Single Arm Sconce with Plain Glass Shade: part of the Watt collection, which was inspired by the shapes and colors of telephone pole insulator covers:

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3. Electra Wall Mounted Double Arm Sconce with Glass Shade

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4. Arbor Wall Mounted Single Arm Sconce: inspired by the iron gates and fences of Charleston:

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Tim Harris, co-owner of Relics Architectural Home & Garden

Relics Celebrates 10 Years Of Business, Travel And Antiques

From accountant to curator, from the cubicle to international flights — when Tim Harris of Relics Architectural Home & Garden in Phoenix gets restless and craves change, he does more than enlist a new hobby. He switches careers.

“We wanted to have more independence, a creative outlet and a chance to travel,” Harris says. Thus, Relics was born from a love of antiques, culture and travel by Todd Zillweger and Harris.

And, 10 years later, Relics continues to thrive as a 12,000-square-foot showroom of European architectural salvage and garden antiques.

Front view of a pair of antique iron gryphons at Relics.Five to six times a year, Harris and Zillweger travel to Europe, collecting antiquities from auctions, country fairs, private individuals dealing from their homes, and shops in the cities — snapping photos of every item along the way.

“We started out traveling to Europe about four times a year, then five times, then a couple years at six times a year — every two Marble sink basins with antique iron legs at Relics.months,” Harris says. “We were at a point where we had to expand to keep up.

“In the beginning, we would fill a 40-foot container from maybe two or three vendors,” he adds. “Now, we might fill a container with probably 30 different stops. We’re on the road for maybe 10 to 12 hours a day.”

Harris adds that their need for expansion was due to their ability to carefully hand-select the best pieces for their clients.

“The reason why we succeeded and continued to succeed, even through the recession, is we’ve always been prudent about our Hand-carved French limestone fountains installed in a client's home.choices,” Harris says. “We always think about things carefully. That’s really been a key and a factor of our success.

“We try to be sensitive to selecting things that we think will appeal to a broad audience, but then again, what we do is very specialized,” he adds. “Not everybody wants an antique chandelier or antique armoire. It’s a smaller market, so we just try to educate our clients to understand why things cost more and what can you compare it to.”

But Zillweger and Harris don’t just have an eye for discovering and selecting timeless and salvageable antiques, including limestone wall fountains, fountain spouts and faucets, sinks, chandeliers, religious Cast bronze faucet with escutcheon — popular for powder rooms.artifacts and decorative ironwork, the showroom itself is a clean and organized work of art — one that customers have compared to a museum, according to Harris.

Relics’ customers are comprised of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale residents and designers, with about half of its customers from out-of-state. This out-of-state customer base has lead Zillweger and Harris to put more work into Relics’ website, keeping its inventory up-to-date. Relics even has its own in-house photography studio where every item is photographed for the website.

“We realize how much business the website is generating, and we launched a new website this spring,” Harris says. “But it’s important when somebody is not here, and you’re trying to help them make their buying decisions by a photo and data that you provide. I find that most often people will see our advertising somewhere out of state, then they’ll visit Arizona so they can stop here and identify with who we are and what we do. Then there’s a trust that’s developed. After that, they’ll feel comfortable buying directly from the website.”

Items that have become popular among out-of-state customers? Relics’ custom sinks.

“We’ll buy antique marble basin, and I’ll work with my blacksmith, and we’ll fabricate custom sinks,” Harris says. “They’re big sellers; we sell a lot of them to Californians and Texans.”

To kick off its 10 years in business, consisting of traveling, building relationships abroad, repurposing and restoring items and sharing the stories of the antiques with their customers, both in and out of state, Relics not only welcomed its 50th container, which arrived last week, but it will also host events beginning January. The events will include a monthly salon series where speakers such as landscape architects and builders will cover a variety of topics through the spring.

For more information about Relics Architects Home & Garden and its events, visit relicsaz.com.

Relics Architects Home & Garden
Where: 839 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Contact: (602) 265-7354
Online: relicsaz.com
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Trending Products from Thingz, Think Art - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Trending: New Products From Thingz And Think Art

Finding Nimah

 Nimah at Thingz
Want a chandelier that brings a little sparkle into your life? If you’re looking for an elegant chandelier with a modern look and feel, the Nimah is the perfect choice. A perfect blend of style and sophistication, the Nimah offers brilliantly lucid jewels that are encased with chrome circles, and dangle with sophistication. Priced at $999, the Nimah is available at Thingz in Scottsdale and Tempe.


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Uno Chair

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The Picasso

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Roosevelt Row: vintage, recycling and growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth

One area — or street, to be specific — in downtown Phoenix has businesses teaming up to benefit, cater to and converge the community via consignment goods, community gardening and recycling.

It’s called Roosevelt Row, home of the GROWop Collective, the Greenhouse and Butter Toast.

GROWop features items you wouldn’t find in your local retail store, including home décor, handmade lights and candles. The vintage collection includes shoes, purses, jewelry and more. Open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, the snug, inviting boutique has something new and innovative each visit.

Ashley Eaton, one of three owners of the GROWop, established it as a collective where artists could showcase their work. Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

“My two partners, Kenny and Josh, came up with the name GROWop; it stands for growing opportunity,” Eaton says. “The whole idea of the place is to be somewhere small businesses can start and grow.”

During First Fridays, the boutique offers courtyard space to vendors with no permit required and just 25 percent of their earnings go the boutique. This new idea is called arts markets; vendors will be able to sell their goods and services on empty lots around the neighborhood. This also promotes cleaning of the lots.

“We are all separate, but we work together a lot to see what our street needs and what we need for our community,” Eaton says.

Members are typically the vendors that come out on First Fridays, but anyone can email the collective to get involved.

The collective started with a simple garden in the front yard, and lead to a store in the living room of the house. Although a resident currently lives in the home, the owners are hoping as they acquire more items to sell, the rooms will be cleared and made available for more shelf space.

Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

The vegetables — greens, spinach, and others — that are planted in the garden are sold at the farmers markets in the local area, helping to bring in natural, local produce and create revenue for the area.

Aside from the garden, the clothing sold is considered one-of-a-kind, provided by local designers.

“We bring on designers that share our viewpoint and style,” Eaton says. “We are all into recycling, the planet and handmade stuff. Our concept is community oriented.”

If you journey across the street, you will find the Growhouse, a garden and gallery with a collective garden. They invite community members to join the garden and local artists to present ideas for the gallery on a rolling basis. They hold diverse workshops and events throughout the year, host gallery shows, provide live music and host garden tours on First Fridays.

The goal of the Growhouse is to become self-sustainable with collective, shared grow lots. Members are able to come in and grow their own fruits and vegetables and learn how to grow them at home.

A door away from GROWop is Butter Toast, a small boutique that made its way into the row November 2008. Owners Traci Nelson and Jasmine Jarrett do more than make crafty clothes and soaps; they recycle items into vintage clothes and organic personal items.

They bring in consignment clothing and make them new again. Butter Toast uses recycled plastic bags and reuses items from buildings to promote a cleaner healthier environment.Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

“Our floors are from an old high school gym,” Nelson says. “They were going to throw them away, but we took them.”

With a unique variety of hand-picked clothes, housewares and locally-made, natural soaps, the shop creates an unusual atmosphere that promotes health, well-being and a cleaner environment.

GROWop and Butter Toast have vintage clothing in common, but the two stores are different in many ways.

For instance, Butter Toast is more of a retail clothing store specializing in vintage clothing.

“We changed locations from around the corner because we have grown,” Nelson says. “We have one local fashion designer based in New York that sends us her pieces.”

The owners say they were concerned customers would think it was a breakfast cafe, but the name has caught on.

Roosevelt Row has style, grace and dozens of boutiques from which to choose. With a vital mix of residential and commercial properties, the area has continued to grow since 1948.

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