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Aleshanee at Estancia - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Aleshanee At Estancia: A Desert Playhouse For Minnesota Natives

Aleshanee at Estancia: Southwest home becomes desert playhouse for Minnesota natives

This desert home dances amid boulders and beneath the Southwest sky.

Tom and Michelle Tiller’s 7,500-square-foot two-level insets a hillside acre at Estancia, the premiere gated golf club community adjacent 3,148-foot Pinnacle Peak in north Scottsdale.

“We like to climb two boulders by our bedroom — our Sunset Rock — enjoy cocktails and watch the sunset and city lights,” she says. “It’s just gorgeous.”

Designed by Craig Wickersham, AIA, and built by R.J. Gurley Custom Homes, both of Scottsdale, the Italian Villa Vernacular-style custom — called “Aleshanee West” by the couple — includes three bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a one-bedroom casita.

The Vermont natives and high-school sweethearts also enjoy a four-car garage, theater and an outdoor kitchen, heated infinity pool and spa, all dramatically sited at the approach.

Tom Tiller’s cousin, and also a native Vermonter, Debbie Villeneuve, ASID, with Debra Villeneuve Interiors, of Houston, provided the contemporary interior design, with the collaboration of the Tillers, Wickersham and Gurley. Because of their distant locations, they teleconferenced for most of their planning meetings.

The Tiller family started visiting Arizona 10 years ago on vacation from cold Minnesota, where they have lived for 13 years.

They moved in about a year ago. “We have great friends here, and there is so much to do here,” says Michelle Tiller, who dedicates much of her empty-nester time for charities, such as raising money to build a home in the Valley for Honor House, which helps transition combat-wounded soldiers from the battlefield to new lives at home.
“I love my house in the sun.”

Dances in the sun

With Michelle Tiller’s guidance, Wickersham designed a terpsichorean Aleshanee, a woman from the folklore of the Coos Native Americans of Oregon.

“It means, ‘She plays all the time,’ meaning that our Southwest home would be my desert playhouse, an opportunity for me to have fun with the colors, furnishings and finishes appropriate to the desert lifestyle,” says Michelle Tiller, who returns to Minnesota for the summer.

Wickersham designed the symbol of the dancing woman in conjunction with a solar-shaped heart and a saguaro with five arms, representing the five Tiller family members, including their three sons, 19, 22, and 25. “We have one representation made out of iron over our front door, and we carried the symbol into the casita and throughout the house,” she says.

“Michelle brought her own personality and design tastes to the house, for sure” says Wickersham, a graduate of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s schools in Arizona and Wisconsin. He has been designing superlative homes in the desert-sensitive Wrightian tradition for 35 years.

Wickersham had formulated the initial home design with his original client who was unable to continue, and the Tillers purchased it after the foundation was in and most of the framing completed. At this point, Gurley began working with Wickersham and the couple to finish the home.

“Italian Villa Vernacular is a good style for hillside living,” Wickersham says, noting that the home reveals elegant rusticity from the outside, incorporating quarried rock from Montana and earth tones that complement the colors of the indigenous granite.

To optimize the views, he oriented the home so that the primary living and entertaining spaces look south to Pinnacle Peak, the Estancia links and city lights.

“What I find awesome about the home is the feeling you get when you are in the main living space/kitchen,” says Gurley, whose dad, Bob, began building luxury homes in north Scottsdale in 1990.

“Craig did an amazing job. By tucking the motor court down and the garages under the living space, he was able to turn the presentation of the view around 180 degrees,” says Gurley, who graduated from ASU in 1994 and then joined the company. “When you are up in the kitchen, living room, bar or pool patio, you are left with an amazing view, yet still you feel private.”

Among a number of changes to the original plan, as requested by the Tillers to Wickersham: Gurley converted the space above the motor court into a partners’ office and a deep crimson-colored home theater, where Tom watches NASCAR on one screen, college basketball on another and golf on the third. Gurley also converted one garage bay into an exercise room and made other small changes.

Although the lower-level motor court required extensive but sensitive hillside excavation, Wickersham was adept at leaving massive boulders in place and building the home and views around them.

“When you come up to the front door, Craig has set the view of the huge boulder in front and, in the back, a killer view up the hill through the large window,” Gurley says. “After you experience that, you walk toward the kitchen, and the western view knocks you out!”

One multi-ton boulder in the back appears to be rolling down the granite-strewn slope through the earth-toned site wall and into the Tillers’ Zen Garden. Wickersham then selected indigenous rocks and the Montana stone used throughout the home to integrate this intentionally ironic collision with the meditation area, which includes a soothing fireplace, seating area and a serene “rusting” steel-tub water feature designed by Michelle and fabricated locally.

Villa in the Valley

“We had seen lots of Tuscan homes in the desert and wanted something different,” Michelle recalls of the first plan revisions with Wickersham and Villeneuve. “We wanted the house to feel like a villa in the Mediterranean. But we also wanted the outside to fit and feel like it belonged in Estancia, so we were careful to choose exterior stone and colors that blended with the environment.”

At the same time, the Tillers envisioned an indoor/outdoor living space — a contemporary home, filled with light — Villeneuve explains, noting the challenge of using the existing footprint while redesigning the space.

“Interior details were simplified, and new material selections were luxurious, sleek and simple,” she says. “Doors and windows were added, enlarged and repositioned to capture breathtaking views.”

A skylight, for example, was requested above the bar area, just off the foyer, and two new windows near the ceiling in the master bedroom — above the original line-of sight windows by the bed — provide additional dramatic vignettes of the boulders on the hillside.

“I had seen homes in Italy that were restricted on the exterior by law to remain ‘Old World,’” Wickersham explains. “The intention of this is to preserve the beauty and heritage of the historical vernacular.”

However, these homes had very contemporary interiors, with the color palette traditional but the design, both in line and geometry, upscale and modern. “What really excited me was Michelle’s desire to let me blend the two worlds here in Arizona,” he says.

As a result, the color scheme is not a typical earth-tone palette, Wickersham says. “Warm grays and pearlescent plaster walls attract a healthy amount of natural light inside, thus avoiding the darkness of the typical Italian hill town villa,” he says, noting that gray, one of Michelle’s favorite colors, was also used on the dark-stained white oak hallway flooring and on a number of doors for a contemporizing effect.

Materials, custom furnishings, multi-color abstract artworks and other details reinforce this Contemporary eclecticism. The kitchen cabinets and other millwork showcase rich acrylic finishes, stone floors are imported from Europe, and the front-entry breakfast room includes an Alcantara-finished banco for a table faced with polished agate imported from Israel.

Additionally, a custom-cut pool bath sink countertop, manufactured by Vitraform, is in cobalt blue, which makes Michelle think oceanically, the dining room table blends an oak top with an underlit crushed glass center and brushed-steel trim and the television in the master bedroom pops up from the foot of bed.

The Tillers also celebrate shared Vermont roots and their winter home in Minnesota. The partners’ desk is made of maple — the state tree is the sugar maple — and the shelves in their chic wine room were milled from oak trees from their Minnesota property. And, they have personalized their home with many family photos.

The result is a modern desert villa — a haven, Villeneuve says. “The Tillers desired a vacation home that seamlessly transitions the rocky desert exterior into a contemporary and fresh interior. The floor plan and furniture arrangements highlight the panoramic views, natural light and outdoor living areas. Friends and family are drawn into the home’s heart — offering comfortable gathering areas and providing solitude, peace and privacy.”

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Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Choosing Art - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

The Art Of Decorating: Complementing The Theme Of Your Home

The Art of Decorating: Choosing the perfect art piece to complement the theme of your home.

You can enhance the look of anything with the addition of an eye-catching conversation starter, whether it be a diamond necklace dangling from your neck or a work of art hanging on the wall of your living room.

But knowing what will appropriately — and stylishly — complement your look is the real task. Just as you wouldn’t wear every piece of jewelry you own at one time, the same goes for decorating your home with pieces of art.

With a plan in mind and a few tips from interior design experts, you’ll be able to turn heads and keep those eyes from rolling the next time your guests walk into your home.

Stick to a theme

Shopping, by most, can be considered the best part of decorating your home, but before you begin shopping, the first step is to think about the theme of your room and how you want to develop your space.

“The aspiring art connoisseur should think about how important they consider artwork to be in their overall design scheme,” says Krystyn Moroz, owner and principle designer of DTN Design Group.Keep a color scheme in mind — whether you’re taking more of a modern-inspired route or incorporating a vintage feel to the room. Designers agree to look at the surrounding colors and textures. If you notice a lot of patterns on your carpets, furniture and walls, look at solid-colored art pieces.Next, ask yourself where you should place the art. Look at the space you are decorating and determine what size fits best in that specific area. The art your purchase can’t be too large for the room. For instance, if the room you’ve chosen is a living room, don’t use pieces that block people from socializing, like placing a large vase on the table between couches.Also, avoid hanging one painting on each wall of the room, says Paula Den Boer, an interior designer with Ashley P Designs.

Den Boer adds that if you choose glass pieces, avoid placing them by windows; this will camouflage the glass art.

Once you’ve determined the theme, take a few photos of the room and bring them with you when you begin shopping. This will help prevent you from purchasing too many of the wrong items, including those that do not match the color scheme and/or those that will literally not fit.

5 tips when choosing an art piece:

1. Find something you love. Avoid purchasing art to please your guests; be sure you’re absolutely sold on it before you buy it.
2. Stick to a theme. Even if your personal style is an eclectic one, putting random pieces together does not always make the perfect match.
3. Experts agree that you should take a photo with you when you are shopping. It is easier to match colors and remember where everything is placed in your home.
4. Look at the sizes of your décor. If you find a piece too large or small for your room, it won’t add any value to your space.
5. Don’t agonize over the choice if you don’t want to. Consult a friend or an interior designer.

Where to shop ‘til you drop

You do not need to buy the most expensive Picasso to add a touch of elegance to your room. According to Moroz, you can find art just about anywhere.

“A diamond is a diamond whether you find it at a jewelry store or in the dirt at the side of the road,” Moroz says.

While great art pieces can be found in galleries or showrooms like Think Art in Scottsdale, art can also be found at thrift stores, flea markets, a garage sale or even at the mall. Or, for those avid online shoppers, try out Craigslist, Ebay, Etsy or many other online stores. Use your online resources to not only find the best deal, but also prevent driving around town.

Choosing Art

Scottsdale, and Phoenix, are also comprised of local artists and art fairs, f you want to find that unique, one-of-a-kind piece. First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Phoenix has more than 70 art galleries, venues and related spaces. You can have a night on the town and a shopping trip all at the same time.

On the hunt

While you’re on your artwork hunt, don’t feel limited as to what could be considered art. According to Moroz, it can be virtually anything.

“Paintings, sculptures, finely-crafted furniture, botanicals, accessories like vases or candles — all of these things and more comprise the vast universe of art,” Moroz says.

Art can also be both stylish and functional, such as an ottoman you can also use to store items or a painting that relaxes you. Also, a set of three same-scent candles of varying sizes can be just as relaxing.

Adding subtle things can help you develop a space. From a life-size portrait to a bowl of rose petals, find the right accent to give your home the style and coziness it needs.
Because, according to Den Boer, “A room without art is a room without warmth.”

For more information on choosing art for your home, visit:

Ashley P Designs
8150 N. 86th Pl., Scottsdale
(480) 367-1156

DTN Design Group
(480) 458-7700

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012


kitchen work triangle

Escaping Kitchen’s Bermuda (Work) Triangle

Gone are the days of the traditional kitchen work triangle as homeowners alike expand their kitchen needs into multiple work zones.

Before the trend of multiple sinks, double ovens, detached cook tops and hidden appliances, kitchen setups followed the golden rule of what is known as the “work triangle.” Conceived in the late 1940s by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the work triangle consisted of the path between the refrigerator, cook top and sink to create an ergonomically-friendly workspace.

Devised to keep appliances in close proximity and keep movement to a minimum, the work triangle provided a functional one-cook kitchen environment that was suitable at the time.

Since then, the number of cooks in the kitchen has increased along with the doubling of appliances and even the tripling of tools. To accommodate these growing numbers, the kitchen as we know it has expanded to fit such needs while introducing the idea of multiple work zones as it has become the heart of the home.

“The traditional work triangle has been gone for some time now,” says Steve Johnson, owner of Atelier. “It has, over time, evolved into multiple work triangles throughout the entire kitchen, as it has been that way for some time now.”

Creating multiple workspaces for tasks, such as food preparation, baking, cooking, cleanup and eating, influenced the expansion of kitchen, thus ditching the traditional work triangle concept.

According to Johnson, “this trend makes for a functional space for more people to work in while remaining just as practical when used by one cook.”

Taking this concept of moving away from the traditional and more towards multiple workstations, Marc Desplaines, founder and president of Antoine Proulx, notes, “a kitchen that functions best for its owner is what is important.”

Desplaines’ personal remodel created an open kitchen concept with a clean and streamlined look eliminating upper cabinetry. Choosing to remove the pre-existing work triangle, the remodel created a kitchen with three work zones — preparation, serving and cleanup — allowing up six people to freely move within the multiple workstations.

“It is an excellent example of why a traditional work triangle is not always the best solution,” he says.

When plotting a kitchen remodel, the homeowner should focus on what is necessary and how the space will be used. “Eliminating the work triangle for the sake of a trend doesn’t make sense if the pre-existing space is already working for that user,” Desplaines adds.

However, as our needs increase to accommodate the growing number of cooks, appliances and space desired, incorporating multiple workstations has become a common setup for the contemporary kitchen we have now become accustomed to.

For more information about how you can make the transition from the kitchen work triangle to multiple work zones, visit:

Atelier Inc.
4242 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
(480) 424-7900

Antoine Proulx, LLC
3320 North 44th St., Phoenix
(602) 952-1580

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

How Fashion Can Lead To A Number Of Painful Health Problems

Agonizingly beautiful: Wearing heels that are too high and jeans that are too tight are just two of the fashion statements that can lead to health problems down the road, experts say.

Suppressing a scowl and the urge to launch those insufferable stilettos through a nearby window, you hear your mother’s voice in your ear.

“Beauty is pain,” she reminds you.

Fueled by societal standards and a powerful biological urge to attract, women endure grueling conditions to acquire allure and beauty.

Though bound feet, cinched corsets and lead makeup went the way of the powdered wig (phew!), many contemporary beauty trends are just as dangerous to women’s physical health.

“I think footwear is one of the worst things we do to women,” says Dr. Anthony Hedley, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix. “Women’s feet, by and large, get an absolute hammering throughout their lives.”

The usual culprits? Tall, thin, pointy shoes.

High heels place a high volume of impact on a small area of bones, instead of distributing the weight evenly over all 26 bones in the human foot. With each step, sky-high heels add about 25 percent more impact on hip and knee joints and double the stress on the muscles supporting the spine.

Towering heels can lead to chronic over-stretching of the plantar fascia, shortening of the Achilles tendon, and other painful or unsightly foot conditions, Hedley says.

“High heels cause a number of things detrimental to the feet in the log run: drifting of the metatarsals, hammertoes, Haglund’s deformity, bunions, Achilles tendonitis,” Hedley says. “When the feet are ridiculously high, posture is thrown out so badly that it causes back, hip and shoulder pain.”

Several of these chronic conditions deform the foot, making it difficult to wear any shoe at all, whether stiff and chic or drab but comfortable.

To avoid limping down the road, orthopedic experts recommend keeping your everyday heels less than 2.5 inches.

Skinny jeans, high heels’ trendy cohort, should also be worn with caution.

Doctors are noting a rise in the number of patients reporting unconventional leg pain. Increasingly, pant size is to blame.

“Skin-tight jeans can cause vascular obstructions, and you don’t want your nerves constricted,” says Hedley.

Over time, when pressure cuts off the femoral nerve, one can develop burning or numbness as a permanent condition. Other significant and undesirable side effects of skinny jeans are blood clots, muscle pain and urinary track infections, Hedley says.

To dodge a trip to the doctor’s, avoid trendy jeans so skinny you have to lie down to zip up.

Another spring must-have that is becoming a painful problem for fashionistas is the oversized handbag, a fashionable way to tote laptops, diapers, water bottles — you name it.

But before you splurge on a jumbo-sized purse to carry every tool of the trade, consider the risks of having it all.

The American Chiropractic Association recommends carrying no more than 10 percent of your body weight in your purse or bag. Even just basic essentials — commuting shoes, reading/writing material, coat, snack and a laptop — can quickly add up.

Every extra pound of weight you carry is amplified six times across the knee joint, says Denise McGinley, director at the Center for Orthopedic Innovation at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Heavy, extra-large shoulder bags can cause neck pain, muscle inflammation, and, in serious cases, “dropped” shoulders and acute episodes of muscle spasms.

If you need to lug cargo amassing more than 10 percent of your body weight, invest in a rolling carryall, since pack mules are so 2011.

“Don’t let fashion mislead you and make you the victim, because some of the results are irreparable and avoidable,” Hedley says. “You can be fashionable without being foolish.”


Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Handcrafted lights

A Dazzling Display: Four Handcrafted Lights for Your Home

A Dazzling Display: Brighten your home with these one-of-a-kind, handcrafted lights


This unique iron chandelier uses a combination of narrow wood beams and rectangular iron work with Hinkley’s custom-made wax candles. The rectangular material is unique in lighting design and provides a balance of proportions with the heavier wood and a nice weight to this simple, open design chandelier.

Diameter: 36”
Height: 36”

Handcrafted lighting

Hinkley’s Custom Lighting
15023 N. 73rd St., #101
(480) 948-8799


Like snowflakes, no two K-STAR’s are alike. This Venetian crystal pendant has intricate points hand-applied randomly to create a unique fixture. Complete with a thin-braided, stainless steel suspension cable, dangle this work of art and showcase this handcrafted, fine Murano crystal from Italy.

Diameter: 6.75”
Overall drop: 74”

handcrafted lighting

15620 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 998-5505

Santa Barbara

This customized fixture, made in the U.S., was formed using iron as its medium. It has been hand cut, welded, polished and finished. It also incorporates an amber-honey-colored acrylic shade.

Diameter: 36”
Height: 16”
Overall drop: 60”

handcrafted lighting

Premier Lighting LLC
15507 N. Scottsdale Rd., #140
(480) 615-4967

Gallery Spiral

Hubbardton Force lighting hand-forges raw metal into functional art and timeless beauty. This Gallery Spiral table lamp shown has a Dark Smoke finish and a Natural Anna shade.

Height: 22.9”
Shade: 16” drum

handcrafted lighting

Valley Light Gallery
7125 E. Mercer Ln.
(480) 948-5030

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Ardy's Gallery - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Showrooms: Ardy’s Gallery Of Window Coverings

Ardy’s Gallery of Window Coverings: This Hunter Douglas dealer takes care of all of your window treatment needs

Ardy's GalleryFor whom is the showroom designed?

Our showroom is pleasantly designed for retail customers and designers. Ardy’s is a wonderful place to see, touch, and feel all the latest and greatest window treatments.

What products and services does Ardy’s Gallery of Window Coverings offer?

Ardy’s is a complete Hunter Douglas dealer of window coverings in your area; we are always up-to-date on the latest Hunter Douglas products. Ardy’s also offers custom draperies, bedding and hardware, fabrics and trim, home automation, motorization, blind repair and blind cleaning for both residential and commercial clients.

What’s one item in the showroom you love to show off?

We love our home automation, motorized and battery-operated blinds.

What makes your showroom stand out among others?

Ardy’s is so diversified. We offer such a wide variety of options for new blinds, custom window, coverings, blind repair and blind cleaning.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Ardy’s Gallery is a one-stop shop, in-home shopping experience. A designer can come to your home for a free consultation to help you pick out fabric, drapery design or hard window coverings customized to your personal style.

Ardy’s Gallery of Window Coverings

3422 E. Atlanta Ave., #103, Phoenix
(602) 276-2232

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Date Night: Scottsdale Living Magazine

Date Night: SOL Cocina, ZuZu Lounge And More

Looking for a date that goes beyond the basic dinner and a movie?

Here are five ways to create a date night to remember:

Last-chance workout

Sometimes a workout is just what you need to boost your confidence before date night. Mountainside Fitness offers more than 80 group fitness classes each week, stadium-style cardio equipment with personal TVs, certified personal trainers for personalized butt kicking, and Mountainside even offers “Parents Night Out” because parents need date nights, too.

N.E. corner of 116th St. and Shea Blvd.
E. Sahuaro Dr.
(480) 889-8889

Date Night: Make MeaningShow your creative side

Make Meaning, which recently opened at the Shops at Scottsdale Quarter, offers visitors the opportunity to get their art on with opportunities to create and customize soap, candles, jewelry, design glassware, and even decorate cakes. Make Meaning also offers “Make It After Dark,” a schedule of programs and specials exclusively for adults. It’s the perfect unconventional date or after work happy hour with a twist.

15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 845-0000

Date Night: SOL CocinaGet your Baja on

SOL Cocina bring authentic Baja California cuisine — which originated from the fishing families and ranchers who came from mainland Mexico — to Scottsdale. Look for staples like beer-battered mushroom tacos ($6), peanut-crusted goat cheese in chipotle syrup ($11.50), fish pibil ($25.50), build-your-own guacamole with a add-ins like bacon, pineapple, strawberry, tequila, chicharrón, sugar walnuts and cheese ($12-plus).

15279 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 245-6708


Date Night: ZuZu Lounge

If you’ve got a mid-week date to plan, ZuZu Lounge offers its Ho Wine Experience every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Sip wine, meet representatives from top wineries, and learn about how the wine is made. If it’s a weekend date, ZuZu offers sHOwdown from  5-7p.m. on Saturday nights. A different drink is featured each night, all created by ZuZu’s expert mixologists. The featured wines and drinks also remain on special all night.

6850 E. Main St.
(480) 421-7997

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

affordable design - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

A Nursery Transformation With Affordable Design, DIY Projects

Nursery Times: Local designer transforms a room with affordable design and unique DIY projects

Mix birds and crystals, mix in harlequin-patterned drapes and a grand chandelier, paint the walls pink, sprinkle a few do-it-yourself projects throughout the room, and you have yourself an elegant vintage nursery.

Using large pieces of furniture already owned by homeowners David and Brooke Ide, a remodeling project handled by Hidden Line Design in Scottsdale took a vintage approach to designing the nursery. And by taking an affordable design route, the owners were able to save between 30 and 40 percent off the total cost.

Julie Swagar, an interior designer with Hidden Line Design, scoured close-out stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx and The Rack; online retailers, including eBay; local antique shops; and even Target and Michael’s for discounted finds and deals. She also implemented a few DIY projects of her own.

“Affordable design isn’t just about finding ‘cheap’ things,” Swagar says. “It’s also about ‘transforming’ affordable pieces.”

And that she did. Swagar purchased plastic mirrors, paint and supplies through Ebay and transformed them to look like metal; she also added stick-on crystals to them, as well as the vinyl monograms hanging above the cribs, for just a few dollars.

“When I can’t use a large-scale item due to budget or design constraints, I like to find a piece that I can use in repetition to create a work of art,” Swagar says. “Little girls love dress-up, so the mirrors were a perfect fit for our European design.”

Another affordable project included a vintage side table with a removable shadow box top from Rust and Roses in Phoenix. Swagar added baby cards, hospital bracelets and photos, along with some mirrored birds. This side table is the Ides’ favorite aspect of the nursery.

“It is full of little items that have a lot of meaning to my family,” Brooke Ide says. “Plus, over time, we can change what is featured in the table with what stage the girls are going through. It is also the perfect height for our 17-month-old to look at the items and play with her toys on the table.

Hands-on: DIY Project

Affordable Design1. Prepare a work area, and work in a well-ventilated area. I used a large box to lay the mirrors on.
2. Tape off the mirrors carefully using blue painters tape.
3. Use a spray primer geared towards the material you are working with. In this case, we used Valspar’s plastic primer. Let dry according to the directions.
4. Spray with metal enamel paint. I used Valspar Brilliant Metals. Let dry, flip over and paint. Touch up both sides with a second coat. Be patient with the drying time. Don’t rush it!
5. Add décor. I added a small green jewel to each one to round out our concept.
— Julie Swagar

“It is old, tells a story and will be a piece in our family for a very long time,” she adds. “Hopefully one day one of the girls will have it in her children’s nursery.”

But it’s the inspiration behind the projects and nursery as a whole that’s so unique — the girls’ middle names.

“The girls’ middle names are Wren & Jewels, so I used their names to complete the concept with the vinyl monograms and accents of ‘birds and bling’ throughout the room,” Swagar says.

Stick-on crystals were added to the monograms above the cribs and mirrors dangling atop the pink walls, and birds were added to the shadow-box table.

Due to the high ceilings and open floor plan, the high-mounted, harlequin drapes became the focal point, making the space feel grander but “offering a soft warmth,” Swagar says.

“We wanted to create a room that they could grow into, a design that was timeless,” Swagar says. “The harlequin pattern was a perfect fit, as it exudes a traditional European flair while still being fun.”

Swagar stresses that it’s important not to under-value the size of furnishings, accessories, lighting and window coverings.

As for the drapes and chandelier, she says, “they made such a big impact and changed the room. The chandelier is the perfect scale and brought a sense of elegance to the room.”

So what will happen to the nursery as the children get older? Swagar has it covered. The cribs will turn into day beds until they move up to twin beds; and with a detachable table top on the vintage table, the owners have the option to replace the baby items with artwork or recent photos of the girls as they get older.

But the time spent on the room was well worth it.

“Take time to make a room special,” Ide says. “We decorated this nursery over four months, taking our time to find things that were affordable, went with our theme and had special meaning to our family.”

For more information about how you can transform one of your rooms with affordable design, visit hiddenlinedesign.com.

Hidden Line Design
7792 E. Journey Ln., Scottsdale
(480) 290-4700

Decorating a room with a high ceiling?

Swagar offers the following tips to create a balanced look:

1. Mount drapes as high as possible; this helps to make a space feel grander, but also offer warmth.
2. When working with a large bookcase, choose three to five large-scale accessories versus 12 small trinkets; it will have more of an impact.
3. Avoid accessories that are too small and adding too many of them; it can make the room look cluttered.
4. If you choose to add greenery, be sure they’re tall or else it can cut off a room. A seven-foot topiary was placed in the corner of the nursery.

More photos of the redesigned nursery:

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Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Retro, Prints and Ruffles: Swimsuits Are Bolder, Brighter Than Ever

All The (Retro) Rage: Ruffles, neon, prints and retro — swimsuits are bolder and brighter than ever

Four trends are going to be huge this summer, and the biggest trend of the season really follows the out with the new and in with the old attitude …  wait … nope, that’s right; we’re going retro.

Ladies, grab a corseted or bandeau top paired with a high-wasted bottom and get your Marilyn Monroe on. Or, unleash your inner girlie-girl with ruffles; nothing says feminine and carefree more than sporting ruffles.

But maybe classic is more your style. If that’s the case, stick with the tried and true — the nautical trend. The blue/red and white stripes give you a crisp, clean appearance that is timeless.

And finally, don’t be afraid of color. Save those neutral hues for fall and winter, and make a statement with bold, neon suits. Plus, the brighter the color, the tanner you’ll look. And if you’re bold enough, opt for prints — floral or animal.

Trend: Print/Retro

Trend: Print/Cut Out

Spring Swimsuit Spring Swimsuits
Becca, Sweet Indulgence
Top: $72, Bottom: $60
Exquisite Swimwear
Luli Fama, Sexy Senorita
One piece cut out: $150
Everything But Water

Trend: Nautical

Spring Swimsuits Spring Swimsuits
Born with Stripes
Top: $119, Bottom: $110
Beach Bunny Swimwear
We Found Love
Top: $88, Bottom: $87
Beach Bunny Swimwear

Trend: Retro

Spring Swimsuits  Spring Swimsuits
Seafolly, Pinup (magenta)
Top: $80, Bottom: $72
Exquisite Swimwear
Kkini, Monroe Bathers Tank
Exquisite Swimwear

Trend: One Piece

Trend: Ruffles

 Spring Swimsuits Spring Swimsuits
Carmen Marc Valvo, Palm Harbour
One piece bandeau: $139
Everything But Water
Betsy Johnson, French Pastry
Top: $88, Bottom: $86
Everything But Water

Find these swimsuits at:

Beach Bunny Swimwear
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 948-1112

Everything But Water
7014 E. Camelback Rd., #1112, Scottsdale
(480) 941-4623

Exquisite Swimwear
7000 E. Mayo Blvd., #16-1068, Phoenix
(480) 419-6344

Photos taken at the Hotel Valley Ho’s OH POOL:

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
(480) 248-2000

Special thanks to Deborah Maddox Agency and make-up artist, Kerri Metcalf.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Weight-loss surgery - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

5 Things To Know About Weight-Loss Surgery

Eric Schlesinger, M.D., FACS, a board-certified bariatric surgeon and the medical director of the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, breaks down some of the things you need to know about weight-loss surgery.

Who should consider it

Typically, a patient must be morbidly obese in order to qualify for weight-loss surgery. A person is considered morbidly obese if he or she has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher and is at least 100 pounds overweight. A person with a BMI of 35 or higher with two or more serious health issues related to weight may also be a candidate.

Types of weight-loss surgeries

There are several different types of surgery for weight loss, including the adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures. For side-by-side comparisons of the procedures, visit bridgesaz.com/downloads/Bridges_TypesBariatricSurgery.pdf.

How to choose a surgeon

When you are considering a surgeon, you will want to ask what type of procedures he or she performs, if they are board-certified, and if the surgery will be performed in a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (COE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Risks of weight-loss surgery

Complications from bariatric surgery — such as wound infections, abdominal bleeding, staple/suture leakage, respiratory failure, pulmonary problems or other surgery-related issues — occur in less than five percent of the procedures performed. Longer-term negative affects of bariatric surgery can include such issues as ulcers, anemia, vitamin deficiencies, temporary hair thinning and symptomatic gallstones. Depending on the type of procedure, additional negative affects can include abdominal cramping, faintness and headaches. However, many of these risks can be eliminated and/or minimized with a proper nutritional diet and regular physical exercise.

Benefits of weight-loss surgery

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bariatric surgery is the only proven weight loss method for those suffering from morbid obesity (BMI of 40 or more). Obesity is a factor in many health issues and diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, male- and female-related cancers, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, depression and more. People that undergo weight loss surgery may find that obesity-related health conditions improve or are even eliminated as a result of the surgery. With a comprehensive program that provides life-long follow up, counseling and education, the resulting weight loss, and all of its benefits, can last a lifetime.

The costs of weight-loss surgery

Many insurance plans now cover bariatric surgery, especially if the patient has health issues related to weight. There is a complex authorization process, therefore it’s important to find a bariatric program, like the Bridges Center, that can help you with obtaining authorization.

For more information about weight-loss surgery, visit weightlossarizona.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Swimsuit - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

What Swimsuit Suits You?

Not sure which swimsuit to buy? Or what would look great on your unique shape? Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.


Full coverage and support is key. Curves are a beautiful, and the best way to show them off is to make sure they stay put. A full-coverage bottom and a bra top will highlight your bombshell body that will make other women green with envy.

Straight (petite/athletic)

Your goal is to create curves and interest. Ruffles and bottoms with a skirt will look great on you and will add the extra oomph you’ve been looking for. Or, try cut-outs; these will help create the illusion of curves. Own it; this trendy look is difficult to pull off.


It’s all about balance. A full-coverage bottom will give you the support you need for a “bootylicious” behind, and a ruffled top will give you some fluff upstairs.


Again, it’s all about balance. Although you need support up top, stay away from bra tops because they will make your shoulders look broader. Instead, look for a sportier-cut bikini, this way the girls are secure, and the halter-style top minimizes the shoulder area.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Weight-loss - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Weight-Loss Surgical Procedures Help Patients Reclaim Their Lives

Cutting the fat: Weight-loss surgical procedures help patients gain confidence while reclaiming their lives

For most people who battle their weight, there is an epiphanic moment that needs to happen before they make a healthy change that sticks.

“I was 27 years old and couldn’t keep up with my (three) children because I was overweight,” says 29-year-old Autumn Garvin. “I had no energy, and my family was suffering as a result. I had tried every diet and would lose some weight but always would gain it back — and then some. I was frustrated and needed to take control of my own life.”

One day, she suggested to her youngest son that they lay down for a nap before picking up her two older children from school.

“He said, ‘Mommy, don’t be lazy!’ ” Garvin recalls. “That moment was such a wakeup call for me. I would never want my kids to be hindered — or worse yet, embarrassed — by my weight problems.”

That was the trigger Garvin needed to do something about her lifelong struggle with weight. She underwent a laparoscopic gastric banding procedure, performed by Dr. Eric Schlesinger of Scottsdale — a board-certified bariatric surgeon and the medical director of the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. During surgery, Schlesinger placed an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of Garvin’s stomach, creating a smaller upper stomach pouch that limits food intake.

Besides the adjustable gastric band, other surgical options available for weight loss include gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures.

“Each of these procedures treats obesity a little differently,” Schlesinger says. “For example, the gastric band causes a person to feel full after eating less food than previously. Gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch have an additional effect on a person’s metabolism.”

Since having surgery, Garvin has lost 110 pounds (and counting), is able to keep up with her children, now ages 12, 9 and 7 years old, and is doing things she never thought would be possible.

“Last Thanksgiving, I walked and jogged a 5K race,” she says. “It means so much to me to be able to lead an active lifestyle and share that way of life with my family.”

But Garvin’s weight-loss accomplishment hasn’t been without its rough patches.

“The biggest hurdle with my weight loss journey was dealing with people who told me I was a cheater, and I didn’t understand how to ‘really’ lose weight,” she says. “It took some time for me to realize that it didn’t matter what everyone else thought — I was working hard, and it was paying off. Now, if people tell me I’m a cheater, I just say, ‘You’re right. I cheated being obese for the rest of my life by working hard to lose more than 100 pounds.’ ”

For more information about the weight-loss surgical options mentioned in this story, visit weightlossarizona.com.

Surgical Weight Loss Solutions at Tempe St. Luke’s
1492 S. Mill Ave., #201, Tempe
(480) 968-6007

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Talavera - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Taste Talavera Serves Extensive, Seductive Wine Pairings

Tasting Talavera: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s Talavera serves extensive, seductive wine pairings

Did you know that one of Scottsdale’s most comprehensive and innovative wine programs has — of all things — a boss’s daughter to thank?

“I grew up in Long Island where you either worked at the local mall or worked at the local mall in high school,” says Bryan Feigenbaum, director of food and beverage at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. “Determined not to work at Micky D’s, I walked over to the local golf course at 15 and asked for them to give me a chance.”

The chance, it turns out, would be the one of a lifetime.

While doing everything from washing dishes to sweeping floors even before he could drive, Feigenbaum was eventually asked to step in and help cater the understaffed boss’s daughter’s wedding.

An ample extra pair of hands, things only looked up from there for Feigenbaum, whose culinary education would eventually take him to Hawaii and wine-centric San Francisco, before the Four Seasons recruited him in Scottsdale.

Ever since I took on this career, which is truly more of a lifestyle, my primary focus has been giving people romance on the plate and in the glass each day,” Feigenbaum says.

And romance, he provides in spades via Talavera’s deliciously intimate, yet un-intimidating, Taste Talavera wine dinners.

The focus is seemingly simple: develop artfully-crafted, four-course menus accompanied by specialty wines and staffed by winemakers themselves.

“The flow-style evening allows patrons all the alone time they wish while still enjoying personalized attention from some of the best sommeliers and chefs across the globe,” Feigenbaum says. “There is no formal presentation, simply roving experts ready to share at our guests’ leisure.”

This perfect date night activity for lovers of any age starts with cozy seating inside or outside at the dark and dreamy Talavera, overlooking Pinnacle Peak Mountain and the city lights. Once seated, each guest receives his or her own personalized menu, prepared for just that evening.

“This is the fun part,” Feigenbaum explains. “Behind the scenes, our team plans out every single ingredient of these evenings for months in advance. We sip. We savor. We think about what our own loves would want most during the evening.”

TalaveraUsing locally grown farm-to-table ingredients whenever they can, each course is a feast not just for the eyes and lips, but for all of the senses.

And the expansive wine pairings do more than sizzle — they seduce.

In recent months, the resort has welcomed Napa’s award-winning Gabrielle Collection to pour its Vintner’s Collection, which includes high-end yet approachably-named blends, such as “FISH,” “CHICKEN” and “MEAT” to pair eloquently and cheekily with the chef’s plays on fish, chicken and meat dishes.

“But this ain’t your grandma’s menu,” Feigenbaum says. “The chicken might be laced with duck breast and rabbit, while the meat might be from a local farm down the street and paired with aged bleu cheese and Arizona-grown root vegetables.”

Another dinner included pairings from Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma, focused on pleasing pinot noirs and rich chardonnays combined with sweet, salty and savory selections. They’ve also been honored for their innovative efforts, most recently by Wine Spectator with the highly-coveted Award of Excellence.

And, the series has become so popular that the Four Seasons recently expanded its “wine dinners” to include additional “spirited” elements, including cocktails, mixology and chocolate-laced libations.

“But wine — with all of its seductive appeal — still remains a hallmark for our guests and their special someones,” Feigenbaum says. “We even infuse the wines into our recipes as we dream them up.”

In April, Talavera began offering Hangar One Vodka starting at $95 per person.

“We’ve also got our summer series on tap, which has included ‘lights out’ Earth-day focused dinners, farm-to-table dinners and more,” Feigenbaum says.

And, couples looking for the perfect date night destination on any given weekend need look no further than Talavera. With special wine tasting sessions each Saturday at 3 p.m. and a regular menu that includes Wagyu flat iron steak, Maine lobster, bacon-infused buffalo tenderloin and prickly pear-infused salmon, Talavera has romance on tap.

For more information on the Taste Talavera events or the abundance of other date night activities on-site, please visit talaverarestaurant.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Spa Getaway - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

A Spa Getaway Is The Perfect Gift For Moms, Dads, Grads

One-day escape: A spa getaway is the perfect gift for moms, dads, grads

With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation ceremonies coming up this spring, give your loved one the most relaxing gift of all — a spa getaway.

A spa day is perfect for anyone looking to escape the day-to-day routine or need a little “me” time and pampering. As for those college grads, now is the time to refresh and rejuvenate before the job search in the real world commences.

And here in Scottsdale, spas are found everywhere; so you’ll find a spa package that fits the needs of all your loved ones.

Whether you are treating yourself or someone else, the hard work should pay off with a spa getaway and escape!

Spa Lamar


For all: Try the hot stone massage, followed by a steam sauna soak in the whirlpool and lunch by the pool.

5115 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 945-7066

Dolce Salon and Spa


Mom: Customized Organic Facial
Dad: Steam Porter Shave
Grads: Swedish full-body massage

6166 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 722-0500

Bliss Spa


Mom: Rookie Mom Rubdown
Dad: Extreme Sports Massage
Grads: Fabulous Facial

7277 E. Camelback Rd., W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences, Scottsdale
(480) 970-211

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa


Mom: Mother-to-Be Massage
Dad: FORE/MAX Massage
Grad: Organic Spray Tanning or Fresh Start Renewal

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale
(480) 624-1000

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa


Mom: Biltmore Block Package
Dad: Sports Recovery Treatment
Grad: Essential Organic Facial

2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
(602) 381-7632

Hawaiian Experience Spa


Mom: Lavender Scrub, Wrap, Massage
Dad: Lomi Lomi Massage
Grad: Classic Relaxation Facial

11300 E. Via Linda, #E, Scottsdale
(480) 661-2991

Body Beautiful Spa


Mom: Mini Break Away Day Spa Package
Dad: Men’s Escape Day Package
Grad: The Unwinder Day Spa Package

4449 N. 24th St., Phoenix
(602) 522-9222

Scottsdale Spa For One


Mom: Hot Stone Massage
Dad: Deep Tissue Massage
Grad: Therapeutic Massage

4227 N. Brown, #4, Scottsdale
(602) 418-2561

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas


Mom: Signature Stress Melter Ritual
Dad: Deep Tissue Massage
Grad: Time Saver Facial

2502 E. Camelback Rd., #215, Phoenix
(602) 553-8800

Aji Spa & Salon


Mom: SAS’HAICHU (Spa VIP Package – Very Important Pampering)
Dad: CHEOJ (Gentleman’s Facial Treatment)
Grad: OI VE’CHOTH (Organic Facial)

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
(602) 385-5759

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Backyard Furniture - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Create A Shabby Chic Or Vintage Look In Your Backyard

Baby, It’s Bold Outside: Add splashes of color in your backyard with furniture and decor.

Create a splash in your backyard this spring and summer seasons — with color, that is. Paired with your neon-hued, retro-themed swimsuits, your backyard furniture and décor will not only make quite the statement, but prove to be more comfortable than ever before.

Natural & Neutral

It’s back! Upholstered furniture, in both grey and mustard, is making itself cozy and comfortable this season, but this look is anything but dull.

According to Terry Cosgrove, buyer and designer at Paddy O’ Furniture in Scottsdale, add pops of color with red, orange or green throw pillows to create more of an industrial look. Or, go with teal, yellow and brown for more of a botanical or “shabby chic” feel.

Color Me Pretty

The addition of color isn’t limited to throw pillows, however. Consider adding oversized, brightly colored ceramics to complete your backyard furniture set; or, liven up your fire pit, and dump vibrant recycled glass in shades of blues, greens and oranges. And don’t forget about vases, dishware and other simple additions that can give your backyard some flair and character.

Create the Look: Sorrento Collection — Shabby Chic

With its variegated, weathered driftwood finish, this collection reminds us of those long walks on the beach. It draws and gathers you in to a relaxing and sumptuous retreat around the warm glow of a fire.

Sorrento Collection: Shabby ChicOutdoor synthetic woven in driftwood finish:

1.  Sorrento 5-piece Sectional (fabric: Sahara Sailcloth), $6,399
2.  Sorrento Club Chair (fabric: Sahara Sailcloth), $1,499
3.  Sorrento Club Ottoman (fabric: Jinga silver), $558
4.  St. Martin Aluminum Slated Occasional Coffee Table (driftwood finish), $2,299
5.  St. Martin Aluminum Slated Occasional End Table (driftwood finish), $1,099
6.  Uttermost Glass Driftwood End Table, $799
7.  Tommy Bahama Collection Outdoor Rug (8×10), $799
8.  Sunbrella 16” Stock Throw Pillow (fabric: Seasalt), $49.99 each

Create the Look: Tangiers — Industrial

Let the pace of life slow down as you sink into this lofty, textural classic. Perfect option for an outdoor gathering, Mediterranean style.

Tangiers: Industrial

Outdoor synthetic woven in willow finish:

1.  Tangiers 6-Piece Sectional (fabric: Café), $7,214
2.  Tangiers Club Chair (fabric: Café), $1,439
3.  Tangiers Club Ottoman (fabric: Café), $699
4.  Scancom Teak Coffee Table, $699
5.  Uttermost Rivet Lamps (indoor, must be covered), $259 each
6.  Uttermost Stanford Console Table (reclaimed wood), $849
7.  Uttermost da Vinci Inspired Clock, $399
8.  Gensun Occasional Table (granite top), $299
9.  Uttermost Outdoor Slate Lamp, $349
10. Seasonal Living Ceramic Vase, $999
11.  Transocean Hoops Rug (5×8), $399
12.  Sunbrella 16″ Stock Throw Pillow, $49.99 each

Like the backyard patio furniture, products and designs seen here? Visit Paddy O’ Furniture’s website at paddyo.com, call (480) 483-1289 or visit them at:

Paddy O’ Furniture
18540 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85054

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012


Scottsdale Living Magazine – Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Health | Beauty | Lifestyle
Oh So Retro

Only in Arizona will you find people stocking up on sunblock and tanning by the pool — in April. And at the Hotel Valley Ho, it was evident during our swimsuit photo shoot in March, which couldn’t have arrived soon enough as the OH Pool was already swarming with guests.

And here we thought it was too soon to dedicate this side of the magazine to swimsuits.

This spring issue is all about prepping for the upcoming summer season by taking a step back into the past — decades back. During your swimsuit hunt, I’m betting you’ll be hit with a splash of neon, a ripple of ruffles and a wave of retro-themed suits. But which is for you? Don’t worry; we’ll cover that, too, and so much more.

Go for the Monroe or be bold with a Betty; retro is in, and it has never looked better.

Kristine Cannon,
Associate Editor

Home | Garden | Design
Remodeling Memories

Gossie SignatureMichael Gossie,
Managing Editor

Before I moved to Arizona, I owned an old home in Corning, N.Y., with a third floor that had become — over the course of the home’s 100-year history — a glorified attic. After I bought the house, the wasted space of that third floor bothered me. So I gutted it to give it a loft feel, installed a fireplace and bar, and turned it into a place where my friends gathered for Super Bowl parties, fight nights and epic poker games.

Memories from that third floor are what I remember most from that home.

Kristine Cannon’s story in this issue of Scottsdale Living about David and Brooke Ide’s transformation of a spare bedroom into a nursery reminded me about how a simple — or in my case, somewhat complicated — remodeling project can create space that will help your family and friends create memories.That is what turns a house into a home. Or, in my case, a money-making venture, because I ALWAYS won my friends’ money in our epic poker battles. How do you think I paid for the remodel?

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