Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Pet Project

Make changes fur the better to boost your rooms’ pet-friendly quotient.

Late British veterinary surgeon James Herriot said, “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort,” while 19th century social reformer Henry Ward Beecher opined, “The dog is the god of frolic.” So it stands to reason that a pet owner’s home should have at least one room that’s both plush and playful.


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Haute Springs

Make a splash with these decorative water features

The fountain pictured left features hand-carved cantera scuppers mounted in a moss-rock veneered wall with a built-in trough. Boulders over the spa create a grotto fall. Call for pricing.


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Stellar Surfaces

Spiff up your home aesthetic with these textured surfaces, and you may never go back to flat again.

Go ahead: Dare to dream of a home where you can waltz up the shimmering steps of a staircase, wash your hands by the frosty mint-green light of your sink, and watch the walls pop in undulating waves. No need for hallucinogens – when you’re ready to get creative with home surfaces, such aesthetics are naturally available.


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Space Case

Too much stuff? Keep your cache in the closet – or the cabinet – with these creative storage solutions.

What’s lurking in the back of your cabinets? If you’re not sure where Grandma’s prized doilies went, or why you have 10 boxes of petrified macaroni in the pantry, then perhaps it’s time to reorganize. Getting rid of excess stuff is one way of organizing our homes, but as the late comedian George Carlin pointed out, “That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.”


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Herb'n Legend

Try farm before pharma with this folk remedy garden.
Toss out your pill bottles and pick up a shovel – it’s planting season, and a great time to cultivate your own outdoor medicine cabinet. Home-grown remedies “deepen your connection with yourself,” says Renee Rosky, an herbalist at Phoenix Natural Medicine and Detox Center. “You learn how to listen to your body and what you need to heal and get well.” Here are five plants to keep minor maladies at bay – herbalists’ orders.


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It's a Cover Up

Window treatments insulate your home and frame your picture-perfect views.
If a window is a picture of the outdoors, then window treatments are your picture frame. Whether your window tableau is a panoramic view of Camelback Mountain or a glimpse into your backyard, well-chosen coverings can blend form with function, insulating your home while framing your view.

“Fabric window treatments are making a dramatic comeback – and we’re not talking about your mom’s pinch-pleated drapes,” says Claudia Levinson, owner of Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings & Fabrics in Scottsdale. “Window treatments nowadays have become works of art.”


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Wine Racks

From quick gifts to custom closets, wine storage is a matter of, well, taste.

Whether you buy $10 bottles of wine from the grocer or $1,000 cases from the grower, the artful display of wine can enhance any collection. 

And these days, even bottle-at-a-time wine buyers can have a bit of fun. “Some wine holders are really great for gifts,” says Allan Brown, whose online-based Wine Rack Boutique in Surprise sells recycled steel single-bottle holders welded to emulate everything from pirates and priests to Indian chiefs. These aren’t-I-cute countertop holders are ideal for the entry-level wine drinker.


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