Luxe Magazine July/August 2017 Arizona

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Sesshu Design Associates 7522 East McDonald Drive, Suite H, Scottsdale, Arizona 480.275.2968 |

“Being able to travel from desert sun to mountain snow and back in one day is extraordinary.”


ith 10 years of regional experience and a reputation as the “authority on green design,” Tanya Shively—an ASID- and LEED AP-certified designer—crafts interior spaces that exude a welcoming feel, a customized personality and zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Her firm, Sesshu Design Associates, is focused on a desire to improve people’s lives and well-being through sustainable, healthy and luxurious design. “We work in collaboration with our clients to create eco-friendly, innovative, timeless and beautiful homes,” Shively says. “Our priority is to make every space as healthy as possible. This means using only materials and products that are free of VOCs, maximize light and views, and bring nature inside whenever possible.” Known for its breathtaking vistas, Northern Arizona has proven an ideal location for Shively to carry out this mission. On the subject of her locale, the designer notes her portfolio’s ample assortment of second and third homes. “Frequently, my clients have a primary residence in another state,” she explains. “They build their business in the Midwest or enjoy the tax advantages of Nevada, Wyoming and Montana, but have a home in Arizona for the weather and activities.” Inspired by the colors, textures and perfect harmony of her surrounding natural environment, Shively strives to design spaces that complement and delight their inhabitants in every way.


MOUNTAINOUS ASPIRATIONS Raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Shively finds refuge and inspiration in the mountains. A naturally diverse environment, Northern Arizona offers the opportunity to work within several ranges. “I enjoy working in a mountain setting,” Shively says. “Mountain homes I have worked on vary in style, from traditional to contemporary, but they all make the views a focal point. Common to all are soaring ceilings, picture windows and the use of native stone


to tie the home to the site.”


1. The family room is cozy and welcoming, with native stone on the fireplace and rustic hand-hewn log beams on the ceiling. 2. Inset slabs of petrified wood in a mesquite bar top create interest and a durable surface for drinks, while the hammered-copper backsplash adds subtle texture. 3. This game room is a comfortable and relaxing area in which to hang out with friends over a game of billiards.


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