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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.

Contemporary homes - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Living Environments Are More Contemporary, Cost-Conscious

Earth Friendly, Budget Friendly: Living environments are going more contemporary, and cost-conscious, too

Contemporary HomesThinking about redesigning your home? Est Est and Wiseman and Gale agree that one style in particular has been gaining popularity.

“In the last few years, we have been getting busier with the contemporary style,” says Scott Burdick, managing partner of Wiseman and Gale, an interior design firm in Scottsdale.

Contemporary can range from using retro elements from the 1950s and ’60s, or going more classic-modern, blending traditional elements together.

Going green

One design incorporated into more and more homes is layering grasscloth on walls. This adds more texture to the atmosphere.

“We are seeing more wall coverings, and they give off energy,” says Tony Sutton, owner and head designer of Est Est, an interior design firm in Scottsdale. “The background materials give off more vibrant colors and feelings as to what the room is meant to be used for.”

In addition to adding earthy and earth-inspired elements to their homes, homeowners are making room for more eco-friendly additions, too.

In order to adjust to the demands and support the trending of the LEED green movement, Est Est recently installed solar panels to a Scottsdale home using Cradle to Cradle materials, which are recycled.

“The solar panels are something called active solar; they hook up to the power meter and run backwards,” Sutton says. “This is higher technology that generates electricity.”

Saving a buck

In order to help guide clients through the decision-making process confidently, and to make sure clients receive the design or redesign they envision, Est Est has technology that allows clients to see the final product before the project has begun. This way, clients will be more confident in their decision and purchase.

“We can show blueprints on a screen for customers, and we want to make the client feels comfortable when we show them the samples,” Sutton says. “We have everything right here at our fingertips for clients to see and use before we start the work.”

Hiring professional designers can help you to avoid making costly mistakes, and if a budget is given up front, they can work with it, Burdick says.

“People are now taking a look at what they need instead of what they want for the environment they are creating for themselves to live in,” Burdick says.Contemporary homes

Proceeding with caution

Clients are beginning to work in phases when it comes to designing their home for the first time or redecorating a room. People are proceeding cautiously with their money today, and having shorter projects spaced out is a great way to save and keep track of money.

Designers say that as long as you come in with a plan with exactly what you want designed and plan a budget, getting that beautifully designed house or room can easily become a reality.

“If you can lay out some basic ideas beforehand, and then buy things you love, that to me is the easiest way to create an environment where you can come home every day and say ‘I am so glad to be home,’ ” Burdick says.

“Don’t be afraid to look at design magazines,” Sutton says. “There are creative ways to put something together that has the same feeling as what you see designers doing.”

For more information about turning your home into a contemporary living space, visit:

Est Est
17770 N. Pacesetter Way
(480) 563-1555

Wiseman and Gale
4015 N. Marshall Way
(480) 945-8447

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Kitchen Appliances - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

6 Tech-Savvy, Kitchen Appliances For a Contemporary Look

How Cool is This?: 6 tech-savvy and unique kitchen appliances to give your kitchen that contemporary look

Wolf Convection Steam Oven

Kitchen Appliances

Coming in early 2012, convection steam ovens combine steam and convection cooking options to the kitchen. With technology that monitors time, temperature and environment by sensing the quantity, size and shape of the food, the oven will make cooking easier.

Price: $3,500
Where to buy: Sub-Zero and Wolf, 15570 N. 83rd Way, Scottsdale

Kitchen appliancesMiele Coffee Built In Coffee System

This built-in stainless steel coffee not only makes coffee for two, but it also includes an integrated milk tank, which keeps milk cool for up to 12 hours without any loss of quality.

Price: $3,249
Where to buy: Miele Scottsdale Gallery, 7550 E. Greenway Rd., #100, Scottsdale

KitchenAid Slow Cook Warming Drawer

Not only can this warming drawer keep food warm for when the family is running late, it also can be used as a slow cooker.

Price: $1,249
Where to buy: Genuine Home Appliance, Inc., 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

U-Line Modular 3000 Series

This 18” modular fridge allows refrigeration to be hidden in the kitchen and placed where the contents are most needed. It also provides five distinct food and beverage settings.

Price: $2,629-$2,798
Where to buy: SunWest Appliance Distributing, 8370 S. Kyrene Rd., #107, Tempe

Elica Collection 20” Wide, Evolution Floating Hood Model

Appearing to be a light fixture, this light doubles as a ventilation system — and an air purifier. This gives your kitchen a contemporary, minimalistic look.

Price: $1,800
Where to buy: SunWest Appliance Distributing, 8370 S. Kyrene Rd., #107, Tempe

Kitchen appliancesWolf 48” Dual Fuel Range — Sub-Zero

This top-of-the line Wolf range has two ovens; this means you can bake more than one meal at a time at varying temperatures.

Price: $12,885-$14,530 (depending on top configuration)
Where to buy: Sub-Zero and Wolf, 15570 N. 83rd Way, Scottsdale

Source: Scottsdale Living research

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Date Night: Scottsdale Living Magazine

Date Night: Elan Style, Jo Paris Salon, Posh And More

Date Night: 10 hot tips to create the perfect night out

Getting dressed

Date Night: Winter 2012Elan Style offers a sophisticated mix of contemporary clothing and accessories for every budget, all in a comfortable setting for shopping and socializing. Easily find that great outfit for a night out with the girls, the perfect sexy dress for that hot date or a fun accessory to complete your look.
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., #H-103, Scottsdale
(480) 941-5575

The perfect shoes

Date Night: Winter 2012Whether you want to make a fashion statement on your dinner date or need the proper shoes for an active date, E & J’s Designer Shoe Outlet carries your favorite designers. Whether you are looking for that Cinderella glass-slipper or something to keep your tootsies in comfort on a hike, you will find an abundance of styles and colors to choose from. To complement shoe choices, top quality handbags are also available.
8666 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 607-0170

Primp and circumstance

Date Night: Winter 2012When you think of fashion, you think of Paris. That is why Jo from Jo Paris Salon & Spa is the perfect person to turn to before a date for cutting-edge and up-to-the moment hair styling, colors, French balayages, Brazilian blowouts, nail services or extensions. Jo developed his signature style and technique by learning from the masters in Paris before opening his Scottsdale salon.
14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 663-8994

Relax before the big night

Date Night: Winter 2012Based on the Native American belief that turquoise is a color of protection and good energy, the Turquoise Wrap Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort includes an invigorating body exfoliation, a warm turquoise clay wrap, an application of moisturizing honey butter and a harmonizing rain-stick ritual, the perfect treatment to relax you before your date.
N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree
(480) 595-3500

Last-chance workout

Date Night: Winter 2012What better way to prepare for the Valentine’s dating season than with yoga classes to make you feel good about yourself and your health? Blissful Yoga, with a new location in the Scottsdale Quarter, is the perfect place to get your mind, body and soul right before date night. Yoga not only helps for relaxation and health purposes, but it also results in more energy, a happier mood and better focus, among other beneficial things.
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., #155, Scottsdale
(480) 636-7661

Fun and food

Date Night: Winter 2012POSH is an improvisational, no-menu restaurant in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale operated by Chef Joshua Hebert. It’s fine dining, but has a relaxed atmosphere with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs in action. The improvisational component — Posh offers a list of main ingredients, requesting you to cross off which items you dislike, then its creative chefs surprise you with the remaining selections — offers an alternative to traditional restaurants and is definitely a good place to impress your date.
7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., #111, Scottsdale
(480) 663-7674

Smile, you’re on a date

Date Night: Winter 2012Laughter can be both the best medicine and the best date. Stand-up, Scottsdale! — the brainchild of ASU grad Howard Hughes — brings some of the most edgy and popular comedians from shows such as “Chelsea Lately” and Comedy Central for evenings filled with high-octane laughs. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 882-0730

Join the club

Date Night: Winter 2012Cream Stereo Lounge is a high-intensity entertainment club with Dynacord sound and an eight-foot Roman bathtub inside the venue that displays tasteful, yet enticing visual entertainment to complement the extraordinary sound system and CO2 dance floor.
4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 717-6000

Drink and dessert

Date Night: Winter 2012There are two great ways to end a perfect date: either with dessert or a nightcap. Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream Parlor in Old Town Scottsdale lets you do both with alcohol-infused ice cream. Featured among the flavors of adults-only ice cream is margarita, appletini, chocolate swirl, strawberry daiquiri, limoncello, Long Island tea, piña colada and champagne. They’re priced at $3.75 for one scoop, $5 for two.
7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 429-5337

Get home safe

Date Night: Winter 2012Thinking of enjoying date night with a few drinks or too many scoops of Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream? Clean Air Cab is the smart and sustainable option for getting you and your date home safe and sound!
(480) 777-9777

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Toning Tips - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

6 Toning Tips, Becoming Fashionably Fit

Kevin Shepard, a personal trainer at the DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa, and Chance Pearson, northwest district manager for Core Concepts Personal Training, offer tips on toning and becoming fashionably fit.

No late-night binging

“You don’t fill up the car and then turn off the engine,” Pearson says. “Don’t fill up late in the day when you’re less active. The body just stores than energy. That translates into weight gain.”

Cut back on sugar

“Sweets are a calorie torpedo,” Shepard says. “Attacking sugar consumption alone and doing nothing else will help you lose inches. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, eat a piece of fruit.”

Don’t get fancy

“Lunges are a great exercise that you can do anywhere and any time,” Pearson says. “On vacation, when I’m overindulging, I do lunges on the beach. It’s a great exercise to tone the butt and thighs.”

Maintain balance

“Isolation creates imbalance,” Shepard says. “Do exercises that improve your overall fitness.” Shepard recommends multi-joint exercises like deep and full squats, step-ups, step-backs and step-forwards to shape up problem areas like the butt and thighs.

Get well-armed

“Seated triceps dips, which can be done anywhere using your own body weight, are the perfect way to tone the shoulders and backs of your arms,” Shepard says. “If you do 100 two times a week — you don’t have to do all 100 at once — you will see amazing results in a short amount of time.”

Make cardio count

“Most people do cardio for long amounts of time and make little or no progress,” Shepard says. “That’s because they don’t push their limits. Twenty minutes of high-intensity cardio three times a week will result in serious progress in eight weeks.” To know that the intensity is sufficient, Shepard says sweat should be running down to your underwear line. If it isn’t, you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough.

For more information to toning your body and keeping in shape, visit villageclubs.com.

DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa
18501 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
(480) 502-8844

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Backyard Exercise - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Increase Your Well-Being In Your Own Backyard

From yoga to cardio, increase your well-being by transforming your backyard into a personalized space for enjoyment and self improvement.

The backyard as we know it has possibilities that we often overlook, particularly when it comes to exercise. While the size of one’s backyard may be subject to the density of the community, the layout and infrastructure of homes in Arizona allow a privacy and personalization that many places do not offer.

Backyard ExerciseThink about the exercise possibilities that backyards offer. Beyond having a pool to exercise in, sports courts, putting greens and yoga areas are all possibilities to create the perfect “playground” in the backyard.

With vendors, designers and other specialists readily available, it is possible to unify several elements and interests to create a plan and a system that promotes well being and prepares us for daily tasks — all in the form of enjoyable recreation.


Consider a scenario in which an element such as a swimming pool is not only fun, but can also be part of a proper workout. Most backyard pools are relatively smaller in size than pools found at fitness centers or athletic facilities, providing a limited space for swimming laps. However, with the right mechanisms, this can be changed. A typical residential pool can be modified to create waves for one to swim against, creating an “endless pool” effect. Think of it as a treadmill — except it’s for swimming.

“It is better to consider the endless pool function when first thinking about designing a pool, but that does not mean an existing swimming pool cannot be modified as well,” says Michael Paluscio of Boulder Creek Pools in Phoenix.


Another activity, such as yoga, can easily be transformed as a zone in the backyard. Yoga exercises can take place in a studio with others, but that does not mean it always has to. According to Lee Zinsky from At One Yoga in Phoenix, “As long as the yoga environment is defined, neutral, and safe for an individual, the space can take any form and setting.

“It is dependent on the individual of what they need around them to be able to reach a meditative state,” Zinsky adds.

Based on that, a “yoga zone” setup can vary from household to household because one person’s requirements will differ from another. Thus the zone can be situated in the backyard as long as the basic requirements for a space are met.


Combining yoga and swimming with other activities, such as a putting green or volleyball pit, or even a workout zone and an herb garden, can create a healthier environment in which to live.

This is where a specialist, such as Paradise Greens in Scottsdale, comes in handy for putting green golf systems, and landscape architects or designers, such as Azul Verde Design Group in Cave Creek, become better investments to bring the vision of a backyard setting into reality.

If these possibilities are taken into consideration, the backyard setting now becomes a personalized space for enjoyment and preparation.

Getting Started on Your Backyard Transformation:

Putting Greens:

(602) 920-5938

(602) 319-1866

Yoga and fitness:

(480) 607-0900

(480) 778-0555

Pools and Backyard Landscapes:

(480) 683-8477

(480) 595-0611

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

La Maison Interiors - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Showrooms: La Maison Interiors

La Maison Interiors: Owners Alan Reinken and Davinder Chawla tell us why La Maison stands apart from the rest

Who is the showroom designed for?

The showroom is designed for clients looking for unique furnishings merchandised in a chic, yet approachable environment. We were fortunate to have an architecturally beautiful showroom to start. From there, we used our merchandising talents to create beautiful vignettes featuring today’s styles — urban traditional, classic contemporary and casual European.

Could you please talk about your products and services?  What do you have to offer clients?

La Maison InteriorsWe feel we have the best customer service in Arizona when it comes to listening to the client’s needs and desires. Ours is a business of interpreting those needs and desires to create beautiful rooms and homes whether it’s simply a new sofa or an entire remodel. In addition to our incredible selection of furnishings at La Maison Interiors, we offer an award-winning team of designers who are well versed in everything from furniture selection and remodel to specifications for a custom built home.

We have an exclusive line of furnishings selected specifically to be tailored to the client’s needs.

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

La Maison InteriorsReinken: A large, black, hand-carved bookcase, which can be adapted in height and width, comes in 30 finishes and can be delivered in four weeks. It’s spectacular.

Chawla: A contemporary sofa with gorgeous sleek lines upholstered in luxurious fabric and leather.

How is your showroom unique?

We feel that our showroom offers what we have heard clients ask for over the years — unique, quality, one-of-a-kind furnishings; fantastic lamps and accessories; and amazing art. Our furnishings are individually hand-selected from small factories around the world and everything is purchased with our client’s special needs in mind.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you to those clients who have shopped with us since we opened on September 1st, and we look forward to welcoming new clients to our “ home” — La Maison Interiors. We want you to experience a truly unique home furnishings store; it’s unlike any other.

La Maison Interiors

15450 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 948-1144

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012


Feathers - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings & Fabrics

Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings & Fabrics: Owner and founder Dan Levinson tells us how Feathers’ showroom and products are both timeless and unique.

Who is the showroom designed for?


The showroom is designed for the general public and the design community. It displays about 20 to 30 vignettes and rooms for design ideas and inspiration. The showroom has examples of custom designs of upholstered furnishings, drapery, bedding, pillows, case goods, accessories and custom cabinetry. We display more than 2,000 bolts of fabric, and we have an incredible library of fabric books.

What products and services does Feathers offer?


We offer “Timeless designs specializing in custom upholstered furniture, window treatments, bedding ensembles, case goods, cabinetry and accessories.”
Our staff will assist homeowners in designing their interiors from a simple pillow to the entire house of furnishings, window coverings, case goods and cabinetry. We manufacture everything in our workrooms. Everything is manufactured and installed by Feathers, all of our custom furnishings are made by us and nothing is contracted out.

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

FeathersWe love to show off our workrooms. The showroom is so elegant that no one expects to see all of the work being done on site. The workrooms are located at the very back of the showroom, and upstairs is our drapery workroom. We will also drive clients down the street from the showroom and show them where the furniture gets built and stained. The one thing we do that is very unique with the workroom is the ability to have clients inspect the furniture while it’s being worked on as well as sit test to insure they are getting exactly what they want.

How is your showroom unique?

The most unique thing is that almost everything that is on display is built by us. The showroom is designed like a beautiful home. The one comment we hear most is people will say, “Just bring the showroom home; we want our home to look like your showroom.”

Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings & Fabrics

15330 N. Hayden Rd., #110, Scottsdale
(480) 905-1396

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Minimalistic Kitchens, Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Homeowners Go For A Minimalistic, Tech-Savvy Kitchen

With homeowners putting more time and money into their abodes, kitchens are becoming more sustainable, technologically advanced and filled with cool appliances. One current trend is giving the kitchen a facelift with a minimalistic look, which tends to give one of the most popular rooms in the house a contemporary, European feel.

“Different people have a different idea of what contemporary is,” says Pam Josey, director of corporate relations and education for SunWest Appliance Distributing in Tempe. There are different forms of the contemporary look homeowners go for, but most tend to be a softer form of contemporary, which involves the presence of clean, functional
appliances that help prevent the kitchen from feeling lifeless, Josey says. One way to get that minimalistic / contemporary look? Hide appliances.

Minimalistic kitchensOne appliance that an increasing number of homeowners are tucking away is the refrigerator. Manufacturers are not only downsizing refrigerators in order to hide them within a kitchen’s cabinetry, but they are also strategically placing them around the kitchen. This is called modular refrigeration.

Refrigerators are placed where its contents are most conveniently served, such as a unit that contains only vegetables next to the vegetable sink. Another example is placing refrigerators containing drinks at the end of an island. Having multiple small refrigerators allows easy access to the foods needed in a certain area in the kitchen.

Refrigerators are also taking a step forward in terms of technology. Designers are adding Wi-Fi to them, which will inform owners when the door is left ajar. Other appliances have USB ports that update and search for problems the appliance may have.

However, among all of the kitchen appliances, coffee makers are making the biggest splash. “Built-in coffee makers are kind of the hot appliance everyone wants to get their hands on,” says Megan Still of Allstate Appliance in Scottsdale. Built-in coffee makers allow for increased countertop space and enhance the minimalistic look.

Not only are homeowners saving money with built-in coffee makers by avoiding the morning trip to the coffee shop, they are also saving money by investing in environmentally friendly appliances.

Companies are using recycled material, making appliances more energy efficient and decreasing water consumption. They are also helping to lower the running cost as well as the amount of energy it takes to run kitchen appliances, according to Still, in turn decreasing your electric bill.

As an example, Sub-Zero markets a line of fridges that cost less than $75 a year to run compared with the average $126 a year. As for dishwashers, its water usage is lower than the average 5.8 gallons required for new dishwashers, some using just two gallons of water per load.

However, homeowners are still interested in receiving the “best quality in the best price they can get it in,” Josey says. “People are willing to pay more for something that’s going to last longer,” Still adds, because people are staying in their houses longer instead of moving around.

Upcoming trends include the use of less upper cabinets, linear cabinets and adding pops of color to the kitchen with appliances.

For more information about Allstate Appliance or SunWest Appliance Distributing, visit allstateappliances.com or sunwestdist.net to create your own minimalistic, tech-savvy kitchen.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Trends 2011: Increase In Nonsurgical Procedures, New Demographics

Cosmetic Confidence: Scottsdale plastic surgeons report high numbers in nonsurgical procedures, as well as new plastic surgery demographic trends

In 2010, nearly 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the U.S., according to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics. Breast augmentation was reported as the No. 1 surgical procedure, with more than 300,000 procedures performed, and Botulinum Toxin Type A injections (Botox) ranked as the most popular nonsurgical procedure, with almost 2.5 million performed procedures.

But over the past year, Dr. Todd Malan, cosmetic surgeon and founder of the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center, reported quite different trends. And he’s not alone as other surgeons in the area witnessed similar trends at their respective practices.

For one, although consumer spending increased, money was spent not on the major surgical procedures, but on cost effective procedures instead. Malan says the major procedures have been “significantly down and continue to be down,” while people look for more cost effective options within their budget, opting for nonsurgical, smaller procedures.

“Instead of doing a traditional facelift, they started looking at using a lot more Botox and filler and laser therapy and fat transfers to the face so that they could achieve very similar results for a significantly lower cost,” Malan says.

With about a 12 percent increase in Botox and fillers from 2009 to 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Malan reported an even higher increase at his practice.

“We rely on (Botox and fillers) to really supplement our income by about 30 percent,” Malan says, “so we’ve seen a 30 percent increase in fillers and Botox in our practice.”

But this increase in nonsurgical procedures isn’t coming just from women, but men, too. Malan, and Dr. Patti Flint and Dr. Marc Malek, both board certified plastic surgeons in Scottsdale, have seen their respective clientele demographic change over the past year.
“Facelifting in men increased more in one year last year than it ever had in the history of facial plastic surgery for men,” Flint says.

Malan and Malek’s explanation for this?

“In talking with my male patients, it makes them more marketable in the job market,” Malan says. “The job market became far more competitive, so they are looking to liposuction and Botox and fillers to make themselves look younger, healthier and more vibrant.”

Malan now performs chin liposuction on men three or four times a week, which they used to perform about once a month.

“Men are more and more accepting of cosmetic surgery,” Malek says. “I think image has been a source of empowerment in the workforce, and they’re interested in looking better for the simple reason that looking good means feeling good.”

Malan also continues to work on the Baby Boomers, who “refuse to age gracefully,” he says.

“They’re more careful about their spending, but they still have disposable income available,” Malan says. “We’re in that Baby Boomer age where they’re now in their 60s, and this is a group of people that will not accept aging as being a natural part of the process.”

In addition to the aging population (the Baby Boomers) having procedures, menopausal makeovers are also becoming increasingly popular at Malan’s practice. These patients seek liposuction, a complete facial rejuvenation with fat to restore the lost volume in their face and even vaginal rejuvenation procedures.

“Those procedures are something that were very uncommon,” Malan says. “We’d maybe do two or three every six months, and now we’re doing three a month. These are menopausal patients who are wanting to improve their sexual function.”

All three surgeons are optimistic for the oncoming year, ready to adapt to any changes that may come their way.

“The doctors who are able to adapt to the changing profile of the plastic surgery patient and understand that the patients who want subtle but noticeable changes within their budget are the doctors that will continue to do well,” Malan says.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Master Bath Must-Haves - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

4 Master Bath Must-Haves

Four items you must have in your master bath.

Master Bath Must-HavesHansgrohe: Raindance AIR

The Raindance AIR series, the original AIR-injected shower by Hansgrohe, infuses each drop of water with air. This delivers an invigorating high-performance shower and saves water, too. You can choose between the handshower, the Whirl AIR massage or an oversized showerhead (up to 24” in diameter).

Retail Price: $120-$5,663 (depending on the head and finish)
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply

Master Bath Must-HavesElectric Mirror®: NorthStar(™) Waterproof TV

Electric Mirror’s NorthStar waterproof televisions are completely waterproof and can be found in luxury hotels, transforming the guest’s bathroom into a luxury spa experience. These have a minimalist design, are easy to install and have integrated waterproof speakers.

Price: $4,290-$4,950
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply

Master Bath Must-HavesVictoria & Albert Baths: Shropshire

The Shropshire classic tub, from Victoria & Albert Baths, not only gives your bathroom that classic, stylish look, but also is ergonomically comfortable and made from 100 percent ENGLISHCAST® materials, volcanic limestone — making this tub warm, beautiful, lasting, renewable, strong, practical and unique.

Retail Price: $2,300-$2,700
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply

Jason Hydrotherapy: Designer Collection IC635P

Master Bath Must-Haves

Jason Hydrotherapy tubs provide MicroSilk(™) hydrotherapy — oxygen-rich microbubbles — that works to enhance and improve your skin’s health and appearance, making you look younger, moisturizes your skin to reduce wrinkles, as well as relieve stress. This tub has room for two and also comes equipped with an LED chromatherapy light system, which has positive psychological and physiological effects.

Retail Price: $14,790
Where to buy: Central Arizona Supply

Spa RetreatKohler K3900-0 “Numi” One Piece Toilet

One of Kohler’s newest products, Numi boasts a sleek design, incredible comfort and unmatched control. This compact and modern toilet has a motion-activated lid and seat, an integrated air dryer, deodorizer, a heated seat and feet warmer and music with built-in speakers. But that’s not all; you’ll also have a touch screen remote, a magnetic docking station, an automatic flush system that helps save water and power, and more.

Retail Price: $6,390
Where to buy: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting

Master Bath Must-HavesKohler K2277-M-NA “Timpani” Vessel Style Bathroom Sink and “Falling Water” Faucet

This stainless steel countertop lavatory with a satin-finish surface will give your bath or powder room that spa-inspired and modern appeal. Don’t forget the faucet, though. Try pairing it with the Kohler “Falling Water” wall mount bathroom sink faucet with the finish of your choice.

Vessel Retail Price: $848
Faucet Retail Price: $607
Where to buy: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting

Sources: Jeremy Smith, Central Arizona Supply; Paige Snodgrass, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery  

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Spa Retreat - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Turn Your Master Bath Into A Spa Retreat

A Spa Sanctuary: Get away from it all and turn your master bath into a spa retreat

As you slip deeper into the bubbling, effervescent silky water, warming and moistening your body, your fingers trace the limestone tub. The lights dimmed low, you willingly release the pent up tension of the busy week; with work and kids, you haven’t had a chance to get away.

As you fall further into a calming state of meditation, your trance is broken once your mind begins to question when you were last at a spa. A few months ago? A year? Who cares — your bathroom’s your retreat now.

Not surprisingly, many Scottsdale residents have been ditching the hotel-based day spa and creating that spa experience right in their own bathrooms — for years, even — and they only continue to do so, especially with bathrooms growing in size.

But this doesn’t mean day spas don’t spark inspiration for homeowners just looking for an easier, more accessible means to de-stress and get away from it all — in their bathrooms.
“The bathroom is more than just a place to brush your teeth,” says Jeremy Smith of Central Arizona Supply in Scottsdale. “It’s now a place where you can take time to relax.

“What has really made it more spa-like and people creating more of a spa experience has definitely been led by people going to hotels,” Smith says, “and seeing these hotels have changed the way they do bathrooms.”

Paige Snodgrass, a showroom consultant at the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Scottsdale, has witnessed this trend over the past year as well.

“Eight of every 10 clients I work with are trying to make (their master baths) more of a spa,” Snodgrass says. “This is truly a retreat for them.”

Both agree that homeowners are now spending the extra cash on themselves, to get what they want instead of merely what they need, to make more long-term goals with their master baths to make it that “special room,” as Snodgrass puts it.

“It’s the way of thinking that’s changed,” Smith says. “Now it is much more, ‘What do I want in this bathroom for myself?’ ”

Creating the experience can be as minimal as replacing a shower head to a complete, more elaborate remodel.

One shower head to consider is the Raindance AIR Series from Hansgrohe, which is an AIR-injected shower that adds one part air to every two parts water. Depending on the head and finish, you can purchase this item from $120 to more than $5,000.

“With this new technology, it feels like you’re standing in the rain, which is actually relaxing,” Smith says.

Over the past year, one change Smith has witnessed is an increase in freestanding bath sales. He says in the past, 90 percent of Central Arizona Supply’s sales were comprised of regular bathtubs. Now, it has become a battle of the baths with freestanding tubs taking 50 percent of the business.

“Freestanding can free up to two or three feet of space, making your current bathroom bigger,” Smith says. “So, that’s the reason you’re seeing this trend — as well as they’re beautiful, so it’s an aesthetic thing.”

Spa RetreatBut the regular bathtubs are fighting back — with the Jason Hydrotherapy tub.

“Since (the Jason Hydrotherapy tub) came out four months ago, our tub sales have gone through the roof,” Smith says, “and that has really balanced the freestanding baths we’ve been selling more of.”

Jason Hydrotherapy tubs, priced at $14,790, are unique in that they are the only tubs that use Microsilk, which are oxygen-rich microbubbles. These clouds of oxygen penetrate deep into your pores for a more thorough cleansing, moisturizing your skin. They also keep your bathwater warm, so you don’t have to add more hot water. It’s also “a technology they’ve been using to clean clams,” Smith adds.

Snodgrass calls bathtubs similar to the Jason Hydrotherapy tub “combination tubs.” These tubs have jets and air bubbles, and the purchaser can have the “best of both worlds,” she says. The No. 1 reason why customers will opt for these tubs in their spa bath? According to Snodgrass, it’s all about the health and stress-reducing benefits.

“The main reason people will put combination tubs in their master bath is for the therapeutic reasons to aid in mental wellness and help your mood,” she says.

Spa RetreatOther unique products Smith and Snodgrass have been selling in their respective showrooms include the Numi toilet, which comes complete with feet warming capabilities, a deodorizer, a heated seat, an integrated air dryer and more. “People love it,” Snodgrass adds. This product is perfect for those who want to spend more time in their bathrooms.

On the other hand, there’s the Electric Mirror waterproof TV. This amenity can be found in luxury hotels and can help complete the spa experience in your master bath, but it can also help those multitasking individuals maintain efficiency in the mornings.

A master bath remodel into a spa-like experience can range anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000. It just all depends on what you want and how much you want to spend.

“If you want pretty much a car wash in your bathroom or a toilet of the day, then more money will go into it to create that spa effect,” Snodgrass says.

For more information about how you can turn your master bath into a spa retreat:

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

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
8340 E. Raintree Dr., Bldg. A-1, Scottsdale
(480) 556-0103

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Southwest Spine & Sports - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

10 Tips To Reduce Pain From Southwest Spine & Sports

Top 10 tips from Southwest Spine & Sports to reduce pain.

By Dr. Michael Wolff and Dr. John Jones

1. Stop smoking and drinking

Smoking has been shown to delay healing, increase pain sensitivity, and make a person require higher amounts of pain medication. Drinking alcohol can have serious interactions, even with over-the-counter pain medications. Avoid problems by eliminating unnecessary exposure to these toxins.

2.  Exercise

Exercise can reduce your pain and elevate your mood. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Regular exercise can decrease chronic pain and prevent new injuries. Your doctor can help you decide what type of exercise is best for your condition.

3.  Adjust your workspace

Using good posture and body mechanics can help you avoid neck, arm and lower back pain. Your workstation chair should have solid lumbar support. Make sure to keep your hips all the way back in the seat.  Monitors should be directly in front of you, just below eye level, and easy to see while sitting back in your chair. Keyboards should be at elbow height with your wrists straight.

4.  Take frequent rest breaks

Change positions at least every 30 minutes. This accomplishes two things: It allows active muscles and tendons to take a short break; it also allows stationary muscles, such as those in your neck, back and shoulders to move and stretch, increasing blood flow.

5.  Optimize your sleep

Sleep has a powerful influence on our perception of pain. It is essential for optimizing the healing process. Getting a full night’s sleep means seven to nine hours per night for almost all people. If you have back pain, place a pillow between your knees when lying on your side or place it behind your knees when sleeping on your back. Make sure your pillow is the correct height to keep your head aligned with the rest of your body.

6.  Practice proper lifting

Many lower back injuries occur with bending or twisting. Get as close as possible to the object and keep it close. Bend using your knees, not your back. Never twist your torso to either side while lifting or holding an object. Use two people for lifts that exceed your limit.

7.  Lose weight

People who are overweight are at increased risk for back pain, joint pain, muscle strains and injuries. Many people with pain report feeling significant improvement in their pain even with modest weight loss. Track your caloric intake and exercise.

8.  Manage acute injuries

Use “RICE” (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) therapy for minor sprains and strains. This includes temporarily resting the affected area, applying ice for short periods several times a day, using a compression wrap (e.g. ACE) for any local swelling and elevating the effected limb when possible. Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications may further decrease pain and swelling.

9.  Recognize when to see a doctor

Most painful conditions will resolve themselves or at least improve within several days. If your pain does not improve, is severe, or is limiting your function, you may have a more serious underlying problem that needs evaluation by a physician. In general, if your pain is a concern to you, seek qualified medical advice.

10.  See a physician who specializes in musculoskeletal medicine

Seek physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) for musculoskeletal and nerve problems. The majority of painful conditions can be treated successfully using comprehensive nonsurgical care.

Southwest Spine & Sports

9913 N. 95th St., Scottsdale
(480) 860-8998

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Mediterranean Custom Home, Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Mediterranean Home Mixes Old World With New School

Old world meets new school: Mediterranean home captures fun and energy of New York City and Chicago

A sprawling new home in North Scottsdale perfectly blends Old World Mediterranean with regionally-inspired modern design.

From the exterior, the custom home’s entrance is reminiscent of a courtyard from more than a century ago, which leads into a custom carved entry door. Taking more than two years to build by Dan Couturier of Madison Couturier Custom Homes, the Italian-inspired home is surrounded by Arizona’s untouched desert landscape with mountains and golf courses as backdrop views. Complementing its natural surroundings, the exterior features elements that give a rustic look, like paint that gives a weathered appearance, uneven cobblestones and textured roof tiles.

Designed by architect Jim Hann of James Hann Design AIA, the Mediterranean inspiration was carried through much of the home’s common areas, guest rooms and master wing. Tasked with creating rooms that conveyed the character of the exterior, interior design firm Est Est’s Tony Sutton and Kim Schapiro took inspiration from centuries-old structures with Old World colors and dramatic textures throughout the gathering areas to create a sense of tradition at every turn. No detail was overlooked, from the awe-inspiring Venetian plaster and elegant fireplaces to stonewalls and spiral staircases, all set against a neutral palette. Taking authenticity to the highest level, Est Est used reclaimed two-tier wood beams, placing them in an unexpected place — the ceiling — to evoke surprise in the kitchen and living room.

“This Tuscan villa is a true reflection of what you would see in Italy,” says Sutton, lead designer and president of Est Est. “Although the home is brand new, the couple wanted it to feel as if it was hundreds of years old and passed down from generation to generation. At the same time, they wanted tucked away rooms that surprised guests with modern and unexpected colors that reflected their age and love for entertaining.”

In a few rooms, the interior design makes a dramatic shift from the Old World style. The young couple wanted fun gathering and entertaining areas that paid tribute to two different styles. As a nod to the husband’s roots in the Midwest, Est Est’s designers created a Irish-style pub room that could easily be found in an old Chicago neighborhood.

Surrounded by hardwood floors and an oversized dark wood bar, this traditional take on a “man cave” features a decades-old shoe shine chair and vintage-style clock as focal points of the room.

In another area of the home at the bottom of a classic spiral staircase in the basement, Est Est designers created a fun and modern setting with a New York City vibe by using plush red and purple tones that contrasted against leopard print carpet. Geometric columns covered in metallic tiles create a sense of rhythm. An energetic take on a room almost exclusively used for parties, designers wanted to capture the ambiance of big city nightclubs throughout.

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Home Office Products, Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

7 Items To Keep Your Home Office Productive

Making Your Home Work: Seven items to keep your home office productive and save space

Temahome Domino 7 from Portugal

Home Office ProductsBe organized — and contemporary as well. With Temahome from Portugal, playfully called LEGO furniture, flip and flop the units just the way you like it. You can get the shelves in white, wenge or chocolate.

Price as configured: $2,640
Where to buy: 2b mod, 7147 E. Rancho Vista Dr., # B9, Scottsdale

Home Office ProductsIOGEAR Wireless 1080p Computer to HDTV Kit

Less wires are never a bad thing, and now with IOGEAR’s Wireless Computer to HDTV Kit, you can stream regular or high definition audio and video content from your laptop to your TV — perfect for presentations in your home office.

Price: $130
Where to buy: NewEgg.com

Home Office ProductsHerman Miller Mirra Chair

You’re in it for nearly eight hours a day, five days a week (maybe even more), so why not invest in something trendy and comfortable? The Herman Miller Mirra Chair is both aesthetically and physically pleasing, automatically shaping itself to each user.

Price: $599
Where to buy: Copenhagen, 15804 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Copenhagen “L” Desk

Home Office ProductsEurostyle’s “L” Desk with quality built steel frame tucks perfectly away in a corner, so you have more space to work with in your home office. You can get this in frosted glass or graphite with black glass.

Price: $325
Where to buy: Copenhagen, 15804 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Home Office ProductsEileen Wall System

The Eileen leaning wall system is a stylish way to both organize and decorate your home office. This bookcase with glass shelves is available in a tinted glass/espresso, walnut and cherry wood frame.

Price: $679
Where to buy: Copenhagen, 15804 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Katie Desk

Home Office ProductsTo complete your contemporary office look, consider the sleek Katie desk from Copenhagen. You can choose between black leather and dark brown leather.

Price: $995
Where to buy: Copenhagen, 15804 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Home office products list source: Scottsdale Living research

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Home office - Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Making It Work From Home: Transform Your Bedroom Into A Home Office

Empty nesters and entrepreneurs transform parts of their residence into a home office and office workspace

With nearly a quarter of the employed workforce working from home in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and an increase in stay-at-home entrepreneurial moms (or WAHMs, work-at-home moms), garages, patios and children’s bedrooms have been rearranged and transformed into home offices.

Jeff Hillis, co-owner of Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders in Scottsdale, has witnessed this trend over the past year as well.

Home office“We have many corporate clients and regional sales managers that have chosen to make Scottsdale their home base and incur more traveling rather than moving their families to be closer to their corporate offices or their territories,” Hillis says.

About 30 percent of Hillis Bolte’s projects include some form of an office addition or remodel. Hillis says the home office remodel is Hillis Bolte’s No. 3 most requested project, with kitchen and baths ranking at No. 1 and No. 2.

“We have worked on approximately 10 office projects last year,” Hillis says, “with an increase to 12 to 13 this year.”

What’s important to consider when remodeling a room into an office is location, experts say.

According to Christine Cox, designer and owner of CC Interior Design in Phoenix, homeowners must keep their workspace separate from their personal space.

“Location is important for a productive workspace,” Cox says. “Clients need to make an assessment of what their needs are.”

For instance, if you have children around, where will you hold your conference calls? Find a quiet, closed-off workspace. Or, will you have clients coming to your home? Consider having separate access to your home so they don’t have to walk through the house.

“It’s very important to have business separate from your personal life,” Cox says.

Cox adds that planning is important as well, especially space planning ― knowing the amount of space required for your home office remodel. This includes making sure your furniture will fit in the room, before you spend the money.

Home officeHillis Bolte also emphasizes planning during the beginning stages with its clients. Through a Q&A session, Hillis Bolte “gets them thinking about their overall needs and desires” in order to maximize any room or space with an architect or an interior designer on board, Hillis says.

“The most common mistakes people make when doing a remodel on their own is that they don’t start with a good design,” Hillis adds. “The best way to get the most value out of a project is to create a reasonable budget and utilize the skills of the builder and designer.”

Some easy ways to turn a room into an office include reworking the closet into a useful work storage area. Cox suggests opening up the closet space by removing the doors and adding a built-in. Hills adds that this is both practical and appealing.

Hillis also suggests replacing the carpet of the space with wood or stone flooring, giving the room more of an office feel.

Both agree that doors should be added to close off the space and create separation from the other rooms in the home.

“The key to any office remodel is for it to never look or feel it was a previous bedroom,” Hillis says.

Lastly, you can’t forget about technology, and your Internet, electrical and phone lines. Ask yourself if you have adequate outlets that will keep up with your day-to-day tasks.
Regarding your phone line, Cox says it’s best to keep your business line separate from your personal line. Hillis agrees and recommends to start out with an IT professional to help with your overall computer and technical needs.

Whatever your home business may entail, be sure you plan it out thoughtfully. The more time you put into it, and the more help you seek, the higher the chances the final product will become a productive, regret-free space.

“Everyone seems to find a way to maximize the home office and stay focused and productive,” Hillis says. “It seems that there are many more positives than negatives with the home office.”

For more information about turning one of your spare rooms into a home office:

Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders
8080 E. Gelding, #109, Scottsdale
(480) 990-7979

CC Interior Design, BC Renovations, L.L.C.
2453 E. Prescott Place, Phoenix
(480) 895-0239

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012