Luxe Magazine March 2017 Arizona

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SESSHU DESIGN ASSOCIATES Scottsdale | Arizona | 480.275.2968 |

Creating a residential environment that ensures the well-being of its inhabitants, as well as the surrounding natural world, is increasingly the motivation behind renovation projects. For interior designer Tanya Shively, bringing this concept to fruition has been a joy. The principal designer and owner of Sesshu Design Associates has made the creation of beautiful, healthy homes her life’s mission. “Being a green designer has been a driving focus for me since I began my firm in 2005,” she says. “Growing up, I watched my father suffer from severe asthma. Indoor air quality was a big deal in our home. As I started my design career, it became my intention to help other families lessen the impact from the side effects building materials had on their lives.”


“I believe in creating spaces that are both beautiful and healthy.”

TANYA SHIVELY’S HEALTHY HOME TIPS + Use hard surface materials, rather than carpet, in every room. + Reduce the toxins you bring into your home by selecting low-VOC finishes. + Open windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate




when possible. + Incorporate live plants to increase a connection to nature and clean the air.

Illuminating innovations. “I love the creative designs being introduced with the advent of LED lighting,” Shively says. “You no longer need a bulb and socket, and lighting designers are fully taking advantage of the capabilities with stunning sculptural fixtures.” Industry insights. Remodeling or building a home can be a stressful and overwhelming endeavor. To help homeowners navigate the process, Shively wrote How to Avoid Interior Design Nightmares. “My book will help any homeowner find the ideal team and guide them from beginning to end,” she says.



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1. Abundant natural light, combined with quartz countertops and a glass mosaic on the backsplash, gives a sense of openness to this contemporary kitchen. 2. This serene master bath uses limestone in subtle, neutral shades to create warmth and a sophisticated elegance. 3. Deep, vibrant color, natural stone and copper, combined with rich wood, create a warm and welcoming living room in this Desert Mountain home. 4. A modern version of stacked stone makes this fireplace the focal point, complemented by the custom cabinetry and a cocktail table in walnut.

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