Mexican design – much like Mexican cuisine – is una mezcla, a mix of vibrant influences, from pre-colonial Indian crafts to territorial architecture to last year’s trend of “Mexican Modernism,” characterized by sleek, modern lines with pops of exotic materials and splashy colors. It’s an aesthetic people in the Valley are intimately familiar with, especially natives.
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?