Have a drink where everybody knows your name.
Sometimes the best place to knock a few back isn’t at a swanky bar or hip watering hole. In fact, when it comes to entertaining, Bar You offers some distinctive advantages.
“There is a sense of community and togetherness that you get when you host something in your home or go to something that’s being hosted in someone’s home,” says Ana Wells, co-owner with husband Brian of urbAna, a home goods boutique in Arcadia. “It’s an expression of you, and that comes through [in] your home.”
Add exotic touches to your home oasis.
For the past 20 years, the Van Lith family has made an annual pilgrimage to Morocco to source products directly from craftspeople and artisans for their Scottsdale home furnishings and décor shop, Tierra Del Lagarto. They travel to India, Indonesia and Turkey every year, too, but Morocco has a special place in their hearts, says daughter Meg Van Lith.
From cake stands to cutting boards, outfit your kitchen like these local chefs.
Chefs are never really off the clock – even at home, they have to eat. And then answer questions from friends and family. Which knife should I buy? Stainless steel or nonstick pans? Which brand of food processor is the best?
The Linen Tree
6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Above:“We don’t want to just sell you something and shoo you out the door,” says owner Kirk Laibe. “We want you to really be happy with what you buy.” Headboard starts at $1,675; mattress starts at $5,171; pillows start at $90; throw blankets start at $140.
“Life’s too short not to have fun stuff,” says Terri Weisz, owner of Two Plates Full in Scottsdale. That holds especially true for aesthetes, for whom the merely perfunctory simply will not do. A plain wooden chair, a stark white cutting board, blandly basic décor?
Romance, drama, intrigue – the hallmarks of Gothic literature also make for captivating modern design. But just because your aesthetic is more Frankenstein than faux-Tuscan doesn’t mean you have to live in a vampire castle. Channel the mystique of Gothic design, and leave the gargoyles to The Munsters.
“People are naturally attracted to the sound of water. It has a calming, cooling aspect to it. It’s very healing. We want to be around water, we want to hear water.”
Ralph Biezad would know. The former Marine Corps machine gunner now owns Pondscapes AZ, a full-service landscape installation company that specializes in water features. His favorite features are pondless waterfalls, which have no standing water but instead recycle the same water when they’re turned on; when they’re off, the water goes into an underground basin. “You enjoy all the aspects of having water and you’re not wasting water,” Biezad says.