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22 a soul reclaimed

A couple takes over an abandoned hacienda in North Scottsdale, restoring the authenticity of the home’s original construction­and reclaiming its soul.


Farm-to-fork experiences are all the rage, and Executive Chef Michael Cairns is preparing great ones for guests of the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Above: Today’s pools are making waves with more innovative features than ever.


30 desert canvas

Native Nebraskans build a clean, contemporary home in the West Valley as a gallery for their growing modern art collection.

38 au naturel

An engineer and his artist wife build their dream retirement home and studio in Cave Creek, where their own handmade art brings the sprawling adobe to life.

outdoor living 46 faux fabulous

Artificial turf goes high-tech, offering creative alternatives for desert-friendly landscapes and play areas for humans and dogs alike. Take a stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden’s newly revamped Center for Desert Living Trail to learn about year-round vegetable and herb gardening.



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8 Inside Su Casa 10 Life + Style Southwest

Su Casa’s editors review three new nonfiction works that encourage inspired living—in the home, in the kitchen, and in the garden.

Outdoor lighting adds value and beauty; Moll Anderson dishes on her little piece of heaven—her seductive Santa Fe bathroom; Steve Thomas builds a “64 House”; a roundup of sculptural metal art; and how to “do Western” from Cave Creek retailer Valerie Watters.

20 Design Studio

Dive into pool design with three pool building companies weighing in on the latest trends, plus a Q&A with successful pool and landscape designer (and former NFL player) Chris Griffin.

48 Su Cocina

Executive Chef Michael Cairns welcomes spring with his new chef’s garden and farm-to-fork program at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

52 Vida Buena

At Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, one of the most intriguing masterpieces of the new museum is the building itself. Slow down in Tucson this spring with a visit to Canyon Ranch, where “every choice you can make is a healthy one.”

58 Su Libro

Interiors designed with literature in mind, recipes light on calories, and gardens full of edibles are the inspiration behind these three reads.

64 Adios

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Is it a wine shop? No, it’s a walk-in wine cellar, where the grape is glorified—and lovingly imbibed.



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Cover: Wooden entry doors, with their Hopi-carved symbols, reflect the colorful new life injected into a Pinnacle Peak home. Read more about this Republic West Remodeling gem on page 22. Photograph by Chris Corrie.



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Right: A contemporary metal gate leads to the front entrance of an equally modern home in the West Valley. Read more on page 30.



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he newly opened Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, which we feature in this issue of Su Casa, is a metaphor for what we’re seeing in housing across the Valley. While the design incorporates a nod to cowboys and the Old West, there is a very contemporary and high-tech quotient to the project. Environmentally, the structures are LEED-certified, all housed within a sound and efficient building design. This combination of old and new is increasingly a part of making our homes more comfortable, efficient, and beautiful. Like the museum, several of the homes featured within this issue have historical connections but incorporate contemporary design and technology to create pleasing, livable, modern environments. There’s the contemporary gate that works with a traditionally designed home; the outdoor fire garden that allows the homeowner to creatively participate in the fire’s design; pool designs that have upped the wow factor beyond negative edging, creating a blending of water and ground; and outdoor lighting so dramatic it might impress a filmmaker. In the end, as we ponder what we can do to improve our homes, I cite the words of Sara Hankins, the owner of our cover home, who allowed herself to connect with her home to the extent that she felt its soul. That feeling gave Hankins the direction she needed for a lovely restoration project. If you can feel the soul of your home, you’ll know exactly the direction to take. On a final note, I wanted to express my gratitude for the warm welcome that Su Casa Phoenix/Scottsdale has realized these past few months. Readers, advertisers, and newsstand proprietors have been thrilled with our premiere issue, giving us the inspiration and desire to share even more about what makes living here in the Central Arizona desert so special.

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playing with fire Grownups need toys, too. The Zen Fire Garden, designed and built by Phoenix artist Adam W Carter, comes with its own play tools that encourage an interactive artistic experience. Draw designs in the sand, or spritz water on the fire to set sparks aglow. Functional as an outdoor lighting feature and inspiring as a spiritual element, the steel and river rock sculpture is built on-site at Carter’s workshop/studio (dubbed “Outback Gardens”) in the F. Q. Story historic neighborhood. The Zen Fire Garden, like all of Carter’s metal works—everything from wall art to fireplace surrounds to mobile sculptures—focuses on balance, both internal and external. Taking its place among traditional nighttime lighting elements, it elevates the lowly fire pit—and indeed, the concept of outdoor lighting—to new, artistic heights. Read more about outdoor lighting on page 12 and more about the Zen Fire Garden on page 18.

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by Rebecca Rhoades


omeowners spare no expense when it comes to building or remodeling their showcaseworthy houses and yards. But all that hard work often disappears when night falls—due to overlooked or incorrect exterior lighting. The right lighting not only allows outdoor areas to shine after sunset but also helps draw attention to special architectural features and prized landscaping. “The biggest reasons for having exterior lighting are for the enhancement and beautification as well as the use of your property,” says Rich Perry, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives ( in Phoenix. “If you have beautiful outdoor areas, you want to be able to use them.” From simple porch lights to a system of in-ground uplights for illuminating architectural details, one thing is certain: choose LED. While more expensive than CFL bulbs, LED lights are extremely energy efficient (a 10-watt LED bulb creates the brightness equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb) and last upwards of 50,000 hours—up to 18 years of nighttime service. “With LED fixtures, you’re going to find a lot of contemporary transitional styles, and here in Arizona, that’s what most people want anyway,” says designer Jem Funk, a.k.a. The Lighting Diva, with Scottsdale’s Premier Lighting (, who says the Tuscan and Santa Fe vibe are out. What’s in, she says: a clean, modern look; industrial-style fixtures featuring wood, iron, and mesh; and vintage-looking Edison bulbs. When choosing finishes, Funk recommends cast aluminum or powder-coated, noting that brass is also making a comeback. When it comes to landscape lighting, the objective is to have the fixtures disappear and the best features of the home stand out. Perry says, “You want to create light and dark contrast and create a mood. If it’s too dark, you’re not going to see anything. And if you light everything up, you’re not going to know what to look at.”



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“We light a lot of columns, trees, and cacti,” he adds. “And it’s amazing when you do some low lighting on boulders how much it can add to the look of a home.” Lights in and around pools, as well as inside water features, can also create an ethereal ambience. Managing all of these lights, however, can cause confusion. That’s where centralized control systems from companies such as Lutron and Crestron come in, which allow homeowners to control all of the lights in and around their houses and yards with a single touch panel. These software systems, which integrate with cell phones and tablets, can be programmed to set interior and exterior lights for specific times, coordinate lighting with entry gates, and even set landscape lights to follow the pattern of sunrise and sunset. “From a security standpoint, control systems really make a big difference,” says Thad Campbell, co-owner of Tempe-based Prometheus Technologies ( “As far as being able to access the house controls, you have to know some pretty specific information, and most of it is password-protected.” Whether for looks or security, the correct lighting adds both beauty and value to a home. No matter how you choose to light up the night, there’s no limit to the effects that can be achieved.

The right exterior lighting not only allows outdoor areas to shine after sunset but also helps draw attention to special architectural features and prized landscaping. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Enchanted Spaces

by Moll Anderson

a little piece of heaven When you mix form with function, a well-designed bathroom delivers the “wow”

“Old trunk fronts and panels make wonderful sink fronts,” Moll notes. “I love to layer mirrors because it adds dimension. By hanging these fabulous old gilded mirrors from the ceiling with chains, I was able to mirror the entire back wall.”

“A large copper tub (above) serves as an eye-catching focal point and brings a lot of ‘wow factor’ to a bathroom—and nothing beats it for a long, luxurious soak,” says Moll Anderson. “Lighting in a bathroom is everything, from a chandelier over the tub, to antique sconces on either side of the mirrors, to well-placed accent lighting.”


hen it comes to home design, I think bathrooms should be right up at the top of the list with kitchens! Think about how much time you actually spend in your bathroom. Every morning I bet it’s the first place you go straight out of bed. It is for me. You prepare for the day in your bathroom. You bathe or shower, brush your teeth, put on your makeup or aftershave. It’s the place you first see yourself every morning in the mirror, and where you take that last-minute look to say, “Okay, I’m ready to face the world!” before walking out of the house. That being said, a bathroom should reflect the vibe of your home and yet be super functional. You need to ask yourself this question: “What does my bathroom need to do to make my life better?” I’m serious! That should always be your goal when remodeling or building. If your life isn’t going to improve by it, then why do it? Other questions to ask: What does my bathroom look like now, and why doesn’t it work? Is it outdated or not user-friendly? Does it always seem to look dirty or cluttered? What would the ultimate dream bathroom be for you and for your relationship? Is it a Zen, modern, or sophisticated vibe? Or like me, do you want your bathroom to be an extension of your design décor? When I was working on our Santa Fe home, I knew my master bathroom needed to have what I call “the wow factor”—the moment when you walk into a room and all you can say is “Wow!” I know you know what I mean! Because I was remodeling an older (historic) home, I had to work within certain parameters, but the bathroom still had to be multifunctional to make a difference for my husband and me—meaning, it needed a closet, a laundry room, and a place to take long lingering baths and showers. By hiding all the necessities behind doors and upping the “wow factor” with accessories, my bathroom is both functional and “Santa Fe seductive.”



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The “When I’m 64” House

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Small, highly designed spaces for active boomers thing is in your face, so you want everything you see and touch and feel to speak quality. Control costs by editing features and furniture. Building small means you use less “stuff,” and editing the stuff you do put in means you’ll use less still. Utilize simple, efficient, robust building systems. On Sea Cove I used a combination of spray foam and cellulose In overall concept, the insulation, along with highly efficient Kolbe & Kolbe windows and doors (from Sunwest Construction Specialties in “64 House,” like the Santa Fe) for a very tight building envelope. The state-of“Family House,” is a the-art, mini-split heat pumps heat and cool the house for a dollar a day, and the electrical and plumbing systems are workshop, but one to straight and simple. Our 64 House is easy to maintain: We can lock the doors and go off for a month without worrying facilitate getting out of about complex mechanical systems failing. the house rather than We moved into the house this past December, just as the worst of the Maine winter set in. Despite bitter temperastaying at home. tures, the heat pumps keep the house warm, even below zero. It is always very instructive for me to live in what I renovate because I get to see firsthand what works and what Small doesn’t mean blah. Designer doesn’t. So far, so good with Sea Cove Cottage. I’ll let you Robin Siegerman maximized every know how it’s doing in six months. Or maybe I’ll just send square inch in Sea Cove with built-ins. It’s like living in a grand yacht rather than you a post card . . . from Patagonia! a small house. Left: Living Go for premium fixtures, fittings and small means appliances. If you think I like spending living smart. more for appliances than a car, I don’t. But Clever builtthe Wolf/Sub-Zero/Asko package is worth ins, like these under-stair every penny. Living small means every-


hen the Beatles song first came out, turning 64 was never going to happen! But it’s coming, so I’m thinking about it, particularly in terms of housing. My wife and I have bought and renovated a series of homes, each bigger and more suited to an active family life. The best was a 1700s first-period colonial shoe shelves, in the historic district of Salem, Masfree up sachusetts, with a big backyard for kids valuable and dogs; tons of bedrooms and bathcloset space rooms; a big kitchen for the holidays; a elsewhere. garage, workshop, hot tub. I loved that place, but I needed something very different for my “64 House.” I’m currently renovating a circa Left: High-end kitchen 1905, Shingle-style cottage in Maine appliances are worth every penny, says called Sea Cove—a shore base for us Steve Thomas, who and a practical retirement home if we is partial to the Wolf, age out of the rigors of island life. We Sub-Zero, and Asko could just call it “64 Cottage” because brands. Likewise, he the whole concept is to create a base says, it pays to invest for a very active next couple of decades in quality hardware and finishes, like the for my wife and me. upscale (but still fun) The “64 House,” like the “Famnautical fixtures on his ily House,” is a workshop, but one to kitchen sink (right). facilitate getting out of the house rather than staying at home—to ski or bike, to travel to Paris or Patagonia. Sound Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert and the spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity International. 16


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Life+Style Southwest

by Jackie Dishner

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Molding aluminum, iron, steel, and even barbed wire into one-of-a-kind designs

Kevin Caron Building Blocks Originally designed for a public commission, this colorful and whimsical aluminum sculpture stands five feet tall. Appropriately named Building Blocks, the color comes from different shades of patina stain. The yellow block gives the illusion of the metal being twisted, which is intentional on artist Kevin Caron’s part, as he often creates objects that are meant to trick the eye. Hollow on the inside, this work of art is also more lightweight than it appears but stands steady, as the bottom cube is weighted down with sand. It can be displayed either indoor or out. $3,600, Kevin Caron,

Dick Huntzinger/Bent H Ranch Barbed Wire Chandelier A little bit kitsch and a little bit Western, this striking, handcrafted chandelier is sure to light up conversation as well as the space where it’s hung. Measuring 24 inches in diameter, this quirky piece is made of old barbed wire gathered from ranches in Arizona and embellished with Swarovski crystals. And yes, says artist Dick Huntzinger, “I bleed on every damn one.” $489, Valerie’s Furniture & Accents

Kevin Caron Hangin’ Known for his large sound sculptures, Kevin Caron created this 12-foot piece, aptly named Hangin’, to place outside in garden settings. Made of oxidized steel, which gives it an aged, rusty look and feel, the sculpture is designed so that the bottom plate is installed into the ground, suggesting weightlessness. The cylinder, with a single metal clapper attached inside, is actually a recycled oxygen tank. $3,100, Pearson & Company 18


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Q &A

by Teresa Bitler

Valerie Watters

on Western style

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A modern, mixed-texture throw pillow looks right at home against a classic Western leather and cowhide armchair. Below: Orange accent pieces evoke the colors of the setting Arizona sun.

Valerie Watters fell in love with the West at a young age. For the last 25 years she’s been an authority on Western home furnishings, serving on the board of the National Home Furnishing Association and working with clients out of her Cave Creek store, Valerie’s Furniture & Accents. How did a girl from Michigan become an authority on Western furnishings? A teacher introduced me to Western novels, and I fell in love. I would read a Western a night, one of those paperbacks. I dreamed of living in the West, marrying a cowboy, and owning a ranch. I also love antiques. Love, love, love them—old, time-worn objects, old smelly books, old furniture. I love leather, iron, copper, natural items.

How does the Western lifestyle work in our modern world? Western actually works well with our modern world. You don’t have to go all full-out “yippee ki-yay cowboy.” You can put Western throw pillows on a contemporary sofa, or a black and white, hairon-hide rug on the floor, and it brings the Western look into a modern setting. Right now, it’s actually popular to mix modern or contemporary styles with Western accents. I had a client who incorporated horses on her shower curtain and a saguaro lamp into a modern bathroom, and she loves it so much she had to redo the guest room with the same look. What else is popular in Western décor right now? I just came from a trade show. Brass is big time. It’s very popular—shiny brass as well as rustic brass. Barbed wire is very popular. A barbed wire chandelier in a modern bathroom looks fabulous. Southwest is actually back. Katsinas are in. I don’t know if we’re going to see howling coyotes, but we will see more Southwest. And anything vintage is cool. Anything cowboy or Western from the ’40s or ’50s, like old linens with a cowboy print, is very popular. How can someone start incorporating a Western look into their home? Western works well with all styles— industrial retro, modern, contemporary, Tuscan—so you don’t have to start over from scratch. You can add just a few items. Blend them into your current décor. If you don’t know where to start or need some help, our design team can come to your home and help you create the perfect look. Valerie’s Furniture & Accents SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Design Studio

by Teresa Bitler

Central Arizona’s hottest—and coolest—pool design trends


ools are making a splash today in shapes, sizes, and designs previously unimaginable. Add technology with strobe light effects and other options, and the possibilities for one-of-a-kind pool design are endless. Four of the Valley’s leading pool designers weigh in on what’s trending in pool design this coming summer.

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Zero edge pools (here and above) give the illusion that the water is even with the ground.

Phoenicians want clean lines, according to custom pool designer Audra Waddle with Presidential Pools ( Square and rectangular pools trump free-form, curvy pools these days, she says, and she isn’t getting as many requests for rocky, elaborate water features. Instead, her clients are opting for cleaner, simpler water additions, such as local Bobé Water & Fire Features’ spillways and scuppers. Waddle points to new products on the market that enhance the streamlined look. “You don’t have chunky, ugly drains anymore,” she says. Redesigned drains lay flush at the bottom of the pool and are almost invisible. Customers also have the option of in-floor cleaning systems, like Blue Square Q360, that shoot streams of air upward, pushing the dirt off the bottom of the pool. Waddle says it not only looks better—no more sweeper and hoses cluttering the area—but it works better, too. 20


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“Technology has enabled the homeowner to control their own pool experience.”—Bobbie Kennamer, Earth Stone Water zero edge

creative, fun materials

“It’s a fun time to be in the pool industry,” says Bobbie Kennamer, vice president of sales and marketing for Earth Stone Water ( “People are being creative within their budgets.” Plenty of homeowners still opt for swimming pools in cool shapes—like the violin-shaped swimming pool that’s popular on the internet—and incorporating innovative materials into their swimming pools to accentuate them, like glow-in-the-dark tiles or mother of pearl blended with pebbles, is kicky and fun. Lighting with special effects is trendy, too. Really, Kennamer says, budget is the only limit to what you can do with pools today. Technology adds to the creativity. Not only can homeowners control the filtration cycles and heating of their pools with automation, but they can also control water features and lighting. As Kennamer notes, “Technology has enabled the homeowner to control their own pool experience.”

Chris Griffin, Unique Landscapes & Custom Pools Chris Griffin became an entrepreneur at the tender age of 12, when he started mowing lawns. Later, after a short NFL career, he jumped back into landscape maintenance, eventually shifting his focus to design. Today, as the owner of Unique Landscapes & Custom Pools, Griffin is one of the Valley’s premier providers of custom landscapes, pools, and outdoor living spaces. How has your football career influenced your business? Football taught me to never quit and to never focus too much on what you’ve just accomplished. As a football player, you are always focusing on the next play, and there’s always room to improve. You have to keep getting better. According to your company website, you’ve done every job in the company. Growing the company from two to 50 employees, I’ve done everything with my own two hands. I know what it takes to get a job done. I think that’s what makes me a good leader and manager. You have a degree in civil engineering. How has it helped you design better landscapes? In my civil engineering classes, I learned about issues like hydrology and drainage, the meat and potatoes of our business. My background taught me how to design landscapes that last.

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A few years ago, infinity, or vanishing edge, pools were all the rage. Today, it’s zero edge, says Nicole Shoppach, senior manager at California Pools & Landscape ( Unlike infinity edge pools, zero edge pools don’t appear to extend to the horizon. Instead, the water comes up and over the edge into a trough, giving the water the appearance of being even with the ground. Shoppach says that although a zero edge can work with any pool shape, squares and rectangles are most popular. The look is clean and neat, which is why few people add complicated water features or grottos. “A zero edge pool is striking on its own,” she says. “You don’t want to junk it up with too many accessories.” Adding a spa to a zero edge pool is an extremely popular option. With a zero edge pool, the spa doesn’t have to be attached to the pool. It can be completely separate, connected only underground—giving the appearance of two distinct bodies of water. “It creates a much richer look,” Shoppach says.

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a soul reclaimed

Long abandoned, a Mexican-style hacienda now pulses with life and family activity

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ara Hankins says she knew the moment she opened the dusty, dirty doors that this was the one. Looking past the cobwebs and clutter inside, she focused instead on the architectural details: colorful Hopi designs carved into the wood of the arched, double-sash doors at the entrance; the giant pine tree trunk projecting through the roof in the living room; the odd-shaped clerestory in the master bath. “I walked in and felt a connection to this house. It had a soul, and I wanted to make it a home again,� says the self-proclaimed rescuer. Sara and her husband Eric knew the scruffy foreclosure, a long-aban-

doned Mexican-style hacienda, would transform beautifully. Built on a cul-de-sac at the end of a long road of custom homes that overlook Pinnacle Peak in North Scottsdale, this home did indeed gain new life when the Hankinses bought it from the bank and hired Republic West Remodeling of Scottsdale to restore it—in just over three months.

Republic West Remodeling, Above, far right: These carved entry doors were just one of the many unique original features in the home that called to the homeowners. The amazing mountain views from the backyard (above, center) also caught their attention. The couple decided not to stain the wood on the tree trunk in their living room (opposite), but they did insert lighting in the banco that surrounds it, making it an attractive and well-lit seating area at night.


Whatever wood in the house wasn’t brought in new had to be stripped and restained. It took a month to get the stain just right, including on the vigas and skylight surround in the kitchen. The door handles on the arched door to the family room in back came from an old gate Sara and Eric found outside. When the new hickory kitchen cabinets were installed, the old cabinets were reused in the man cave.

To maintain an authentic casita feel in the kitchen, the homeowners opted for Saltillo— not on the floor, but on the backsplash. 24


“Everything [owner Jim Weisman] promised, he delivered,” says Eric. “In hindsight, it was a pretty unreasonable schedule,” Sara adds, recalling interviews with other contractors who pitched timeframes of a year or more. Between May and September 2011, the Republic West crew (which included up to 14 trucks out front—Eric remembers counting them once) was able to completely gut and rebuild the home into the 7,000 square feet it is today. Eric and Sara are former Wisconsinites and the parents of two very active children involved in competitive racing (Kayla, 13, is a 2014 U.S.A. Cycling National Juniors Track Champion; her brother, Alex, 10, is a 2014 U.S.A. Cycling State Juniors Track Champion). Mom and Dad are two very active people themselves. Eric’s a high school science teacher and rides on the same racing team as his children. He also refurbishes and rebuilds vintage cars and limos and races hot rods. Sara is a corporate lawyer, a triathlete, and an accomplished horsewoman. The family needed space that would suit their active lifestyle. “We wanted to maintain the integrity of what was already here and increase the feel of the house as a family home,” says Sara. This meant altering the floor plan.

Left: A sitting room was added as a bonus space to the master bedroom, the arches in its kiva and doorway lovely echoes of one another. Below: The children’s framed artwork lines the hallway walls leading to their bedrooms, the guest bath, and their dad’s office.



“Speed wasn’t the issue. Making the dream the reality was.” —Jim Weisman, Republic West Remodeling

Right: The fireplace in the master bedroom is just one of 11 throughout the house. Coupled with energy-efficient, 18-inch, scoria-pour (concrete and lava rock mix) exterior walls, the fireplaces help keep the house toasty in winter. Below: This Mexican tile art in daughter Kayla’s shower is one of the few remnants of the home’s former casita state. They kept it because Kayla loves horses.



They added a sitting room to the master bedroom and redesigned the kitchen. A rooftop patio was completely enclosed and transformed into a second-story bar/lounge for adults only. The adjoining flat roof was turned into an outdoor deck for great sunset views. An elevator shaft in the family room became a stairwell, providing a secret hideaway for the kids. And the garage was transformed into Eric’s workshop/man cave, showcasing his restored limos, a collection of vintage limo ads, and even a semi truck sleeper cab for extra overnight guests. “Removing the elevator shaft was one of the greatest challenges, because we weren’t sure what was there,” Weisman says. “Was it a wood frame or metal or what? It turned out to be solid concrete and took a week to clear out. We had to chip away at it!” The team salvaged as much as possible. The Hopi-designed doors stayed. Old gates in the yard were repurposed—one into a headboard in the casita. Leftover Mexican tiles became coasters. And they kept the skylight as well as all 11 fireplaces— each one handcrafted and different from the next. Inspired by the bathroom, the guest casita on the east end of the house maintains much of the home’s

Left, top: A small part of Eric’s collection of 5,000 vintage limo ads line the walls of his man cave/workshop/ garage. This is also where he parks his two fully restored vintage limos. Left, bottom: This space upstairs was a covered patio before Republic West Remodeling converted it into the warm and inviting bar/lounge it is now. The long picture window opens to a fantastic view of Pinnacle Peak.



former hacienda appearance, complete with Mexican tile, heavy wood doors and beams, and a raised bedroom with canopy bed. Sara and Eric also updated the landscaping and added a slide to the pool, which includes a stream that runs along an outer edge. They chose practical design materials, such as hickory and ceramic tile on the floors, and granite on countertops. To maintain an authentic casita feel in the kitchen, they opted for Saltillo—not on the floor, but on the backsplash. Great seating arrangements take advantage of all the views. Sara’s favorite for reading is the one next to the tree trunk. She and Eric both enjoy spending time upstairs in the lounge with friends and out-of-town guests, where a large picture window exposes the per-

“I hate to rip out things that don’t need to be ripped out,” says Sara, so they salvaged a lot, including the original backyard pool (above). Adding a water slide and water feature gave the pool a modern update. Right: Blue LED lights mounted beneath the bar top create a soothing, jazz club ambience at night. 28


The Hankinses opened this space to entertain guests for a friend’s wedding recently. Other friends have told them their sunset views are unmatched.

fect view of Pinnacle Peak. Sara, who worked closely with Republic West’s design team, says it was hard to find coordinating materials for all seven bathrooms, which is why each bath has different sinks, hardware, and stone. Weisman says he is still taken by “the sheer beauty of the job,” most of it having to do with the wood in the house. The trim, vigas, and beams in every room had to be stained—and what a challenge that was. “The wood was so old and untreated that every time we tried to stain it, the wood just soaked up the stain,” says Weisman. “You’d wait a few days, and the color just wasn’t right. We worked on that an entire month. We had a whole team trying to diagnose the problem and find a solution. Finally, we realized we were going to have to sand everything down and treat the wood as if we were installing it brand new.” However, he notes, “Speed wasn’t the issue. Making the dream the reality was.” Eric agrees. “It’s so unique, and it’s so comfortable here. As soon as I come home, I don’t feel the need to leave.”

The couple added the hacienda-style gate for both privacy’s sake and as a nod to the home’s original design.

“I walked in and felt a connection to this house. It had a soul, and I wanted to make it a home again.” —Sara Hankins SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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A modern Phoenix home is the perfect backdrop for world-class art


ative Nebraskans Robert and Linda Labenz only intended to briefly visit with Linda’s parents when they swung through Arizona almost a decade ago, but it appeared kismet had other plans for them. A chance stop at PebbleCreek, a Robson Resort Community outside of Phoenix, would change their lives. “My parents lived farther south in Sun Lakes,” says Linda. She and Robert had visited the Scottsdale area many times, but somehow they wound up in the West Valley. “We weren’t even looking



for a retirement home,” she adds. “Yet we signed papers the next day.” Abounding with resident amenities, the Labenzes’ PebbleCreek home was a classic “snowbird” residence and a lovely example of the gated, master-planned Robson Resort Communities. Located in Arizona and Texas, Robson Resorts are known for their clean, quiet neighborhoods surrounded by pristine golf courses, stunning views, and pleasant living.

by Jessa Cast Photographs by Chris Corrie

Robert and Linda Labenz at their PebbleCreek home.

Above: Clad in stucco and stacked stone, the home’s traditional Southwestern exterior belies the clean, modern lines within. Above and right: Arizona Royal landscaped the one-story property with short cacti and citrus trees in order to preserve the vistas.

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Fast-forward eight years to October 2013. After splitting time between their Nebraska and Phoenix homes, Robert and Linda investigated other PebbleCreek lots, fell in love with a spot flanked by views of both the White Tank and Sierra Estrella mountains, and again made a flash decision to build their second Robson Resort home. In early 2014 they completed the design process, later sold their other homes, and began moving in July, making Arizona their permanent residence. Robson Resorts affords retirees a well-tuned buying and design process. Design consultant Cheryl Cooper guided Robert and Linda through hundreds of options, which led to their unique 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom home. “This house has the most change orders of any house they’ve built in PebbleCreek,” says Linda wryly. But details mattered to this style-conscious couple, who compliment Robson Resorts on bending over backward to attend to every one they brought to the table. Robert and Linda broke the mold in their community, eschewing the predominant Southwestern flair in favor of an artistic blend Right: The laundry room is the perfect place to not only store but also feature some of Linda’s quilt and needlework designs.

The entertainment center in the great room is its own work of art. Constructed by DAGR Design, the geometric, dimensional wall hides audio equipment and showcases unusual sculptures and glassware. Through the doorway, artist Sherri Belassen’s Violet Hoof Cheval from Wilde Meyer Gallery in Scottsdale draws the eye. 32


Above: In the dining room, Roll & Hill’s “Superordinate” antler chandelier is suspended above a custom dining table from Objects of Scottsdale, surrounded by midcentury Mies van der Rohe chairs. White Oakcraft kitchen cabinetry offers a clean platform for Caesarstone quartz countertops in Concrete and eyepopping Red Shimmer. Tying all of the colors together: neutral Soho Sable glass tile (left) from Arizona Tile.



Left: The almost all-white color scheme of the master bedroom allows the eye to draw naturally to the more colorful outdoors. Virtually the only adornments: dark purple pillows, the LC4 Chaise Longue in cowhide, and one of Linda’s vibrant, geometric quilts. Leather dresser by Poltrona Frau New York.

Every bit as neat and orderly as the rest of her modern home, Linda’s studio (above) is fitted with plenty of built-in shelving to accommodate fabric swatches, patterns, and quilting supplies. 34


of modern and contemporary styles. Only a recurring theme of iconic antlers throughout the home gives a nod to their Southwestern surrounds: individual antlers on windowsills, a painted steer skull in the kitchen, steer horns in the backyard, a Roll & Hill antler pendant above the dining table. The Labenzes’ home is accented with colorful art and furniture, but they say that what most visitors hone in on first is the floors. The gray-washed tiles by Longust create the illusion of aged driftwood slabs. Subtle pattern variations hide any errant dirt, while the pale colors keep the space light and open. “Nothing

Clean lines keep visual noise to a minimum, allowing these avid art collectors to showcase a home replete with art. shows on the floors. Nothing shows on the countertops,” says Linda. And that’s no accident. She and Robert wanted their new home to be as low maintenance as possible, so they selected surfaces that enhance their style and are easy on the eye. One surface, however, catches the eye: the kitchen island’s bright red Caesarstone countertop in Red Shimmer, which at once stands out and blends into its surroundings. “The head contractor, when

The office, cooled by a sculptural Minka Aire woodgrain ceiling fan, serves dual duty as a work space and a wine storage room. Paintings by David Dornan, J. Pycior, and Jane Mlinar decorate the walls, along with V8, a red hubcap sculpture.



The White Tank Mountains form the background of this long stuccoed banco. It faces a coordinating fire pit on the back patio.

It’s all about clean lines here, immaculate but not sterile, fun but mature. he started to install it, thought somebody made a mistake,” jokes Robert of the island top. That blast of red in the center adds energy to an otherwise serene space. It’s all about clean lines here, immaculate but not sterile, fun but mature. More Caesarstone counters frame the rest of the kitchen, but in gray, they emphasize the sleek GE Monogram refrigerator. Only the glass backsplash tile provides comparative texture where everything else is smooth. Those clean lines keep visual noise to a minimum, allowing these avid art collectors to showcase a home replete with art. Much of their art hails from Arizona, but their collection began back in Nebraska. Bold artwork, like a ceramic tube of paint and a red hubcap, and furniture such as the Eames lounge chair, placed just so in every room, repeat the arresting effect of the red island, all over the house. It’s impossible not to examine

Splashed in University of Nebraska crimson, the casita is outfitted with a full bath so it may be used as mother-in-law quarters or additional guest space. It also sports the requisite large-screen TV for watching Cornhuskers football games.



each item—eye candy at every turn. Several of David Dornan’s pieces grace the home, as do photographs by the couple’s talented son, Seth Labenz, and a variety of Linda’s own masterfully handmade quilts. In fact, her fiber art studio (also the laundry room) is art in itself, with colorful fabrics stacked beautifully behind glass in stark white cabinetry. Separate from the main house but cozily tucked into the front patio sits a 1,000-square-foot casita. The Labenzes use the crimson and cream space as the “man cave” to watch University of Nebraska football games, awash in the team colors of their beloved Cornhuskers. The front courtyard, girdled by the house and casita, boasts seating around a low-slung gas fire pit, inviting visitors to linger. On a peripheral tiled wall, tiny square tiles from ModWalls pepper the panel with patternless reds, oranges, blues, and greens, and sparkle at night under a spotlight. But for entertaining in their desert surrounds, Robert and Linda’s crowning jewel is the back patio, featuring stand-up heaters and a large flat-screen TV, with ample seating around the grill and two gas fire pits that can serve as excess seating or dinner plate space. Lighting under the low fire pit ledges lends a luxe effect at night; on hot days, the couple can retreat under the portico, complete with remote controlled shades. “Everybody loves the yard,” Robert notes. Though most of the neighborhood’s homes employ backyard fencing, the Labenzes decided to forgo it. Ever the art lovers, they choose to flaunt and admire nature’s ever-changing canvas.

Above: The comfortable backyard features numerous sitting spaces, including cushioned bancos along the fire pit and shaded spots beneath the lattice dotted with Brown Jordan tables, swivel chairs, and loungers. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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outine, 12-mile bike rides in the early ’80s up Cave Creek, the road their children dubbed “the roller coaster ride” for its many dips, led Patrick and Anita Evers to the lot that would eventually become their current home. “At the time, there wasn’t much housing here,” Patrick says of his neighborhood. “It was just so primitive,” Anita adds. They often encountered javelinas, bobcats, and deer in the area, where they loved hiking the nearby trails. The Everses hired Humberto Urbina, owner of Mesa-based Creative Designs, to build their 5,491-square-foot home, because of his experience with earthen adobe, the material the couple believes is best suited for the desert environment. “They wanted everything natural,” right down to the solar heating, Urbina remembers. He trucked in adobe block from Tucson, and all the imperfections in the mortar were on purpose. “They wanted it that way,” he says. Opposite: Uneven adobe walls, tree limb railings, and natural vegetation blend with the desert environment. Tile work on the steps leading to the courtyard was a gift from the builder, Creative Designs, to the homeowners (right), Patrick and Anita Evers. Below: Anita’s paintings of skeletons (she calls them her “seethrough people”), exposed brick walls, and Patrick’s metal sculpture are part of the charm of the sitting room.



The living room was designed with fun and practicality in mind. Even the vigas fulfill a secondary function as a sturdy support for their grandchild’s baby swing.

The now-retired couple, who have three adult children, spent five years as a young couple living and teaching (he math, she the fine arts) in Switzerland. Influenced not only by the desert but also by their time in Europe, when it came time to design and build their dream home, Patrick, an engineer, and Anita, an artist, had their hands in everything. “I drew mock plans about how I wanted everything to be arranged,” says Anita. “We would come out here and sleep on the ground or the foundation while it was being designed,” Patrick remembers, “and the foreman would hold up windows so we would approve the sight lines.” The home faces views of the mountains surrounding the town of Cave Creek as well as distant views of Piestewa Peak, South Mountain, and even the Estrellas and the White Tanks way out West. If you were to see the floor plan from overhead, Urbina says, you’d think the home “is shaped like a whale. Anita wanted that.” Anita laughs off the suggestion, saying it was her son who referred to it that way. But it’s true that Anita, a ceramicist, made all the outdoor light sconces, says Urbina, pointing toward unpainted,



primitive ceramic faces. And Patrick is a potter. “It was important for them to have a home where they could do their artwork and then display it,” says Urbina. “In our old house, in order to bring out the kiln and do our ceramics, we had to go outside, and only in the spring. Here, I have room to throw pots whenever I feel like it,” says Patrick, who also tinkers with anything recyclable. He made the home’s exterior gates, the entryway shelf, and various sculptures, including a mosaic scorpion on the courtyard wall from leftover flagstone. Anita also paints. The pair often work together—he throws pots or vases, even lampshades; she tools and paints them. That means you have to be careful with wet mud when Anita’s around, as Urbina and his crew found out during construction. One day, right after plaster had been smoothed onto the air vent over the stove, Anita climbed up on the counter, despite an old leg injury. “I scared the bejeezus out of them,” she says, but within 10 minutes, she’d managed to embed a swirly, free-flowing design in the plaster using her fingers and a tool. Urbina’s crew custom-built the cabinetry out of knotty alderwood, cut and trimmed the pine logs on-site, and laid German birch floors.

Above, right: Before the plaster on the kitchen exhaust hood could dry, Anita drew a freeform design on it with just her fingers and a tool. Creative Designs built the custom alderwood cabinetry. Right: Patrick, not a fan of dark, narrow spaces, turned the home’s only hallway into a library.



Like an art gallery, the Everses’ home is open and airy, even while filled with unique finds and their own masterpieces.

Patrick’s office, well-lit by natural light, opens to both the living and sleeping quarters. Right: Vessels and plates he created with an in-home pottery wheel and kiln decorate the kitchen.

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Anita’s art studio, the size of a large bedroom (and in fact complete with full bath and sleeping quarters), is jam-packed with art supplies, canvases, sketches, etchings, clay figures, and samples of the dark blue tiles for the master shower now under renovation. Patrick also has his own workspace, a potter’s wheel in the laundry room and kiln in the garage. Both spaces connect to the kitchen and dining area on one end of the house. Bedrooms are located on the other end. In between is the hall library, a sitting room for visitors, and the living room—space that opens to the kitchen and Patrick’s office. Sans curtains, windows let in natural light and desert views. Indeed, like an art gallery, the Everses’ home is open and airy, even while filled with unique finds and their own masterpieces: Patrick’s ceramic plates, bowls, and mugs, neatly stacked in the custom cupboards that open with cast-iron, crocodile-shaped doorknobs; collections of his vases and platters, with Anita’s imprint; and other collections of odds and ends, from skeleton figures and family heirlooms (platters from Patrick’s Hungarian parents) to wooden chess pieces from Mexico. An antique barber chair, complete with barber pole, found in Washington State, sits in a corner near the wood-burning fireplace.

Left: A wall of “readers” is among the many unexpected collections that color this warm-spirited home. Below, left: Exposed rafters, natural light, and unpainted walls in the art studio give Anita an ideal artistic environment in which to work year-round. Below: The master bath is one of the few places in the home with window coverings; in this case, screens made out of saguaro ribs.



“We would . . . sleep on the ground or the foundation while it was being designed, and the foreman would hold up windows so we would approve the sight lines.” —Patrick Evers And then there’s Anita’s work, much of it on canvases featuring what appear to be skeletons, though the artist calls them “see-through people.” Triptychs tell the stories of a “modern-day Adam and Eve”— Eve with child, the couple holding each other, falling from grace. Some are funny or thoughtful. Some are even painted in the likeness of Anita and her husband, illustrating their lighthearted nature. All are fascinating. A home filled with paintings of the oldest couple known to man? Can’t get any more natural than that.

Above, right: An exposed archway beam in the dining area is adorned with a collection of wooden spoons. Right: Rather than remove a dead ironwood tree in the yard, Anita decorated it with clay masks made by friends during clay-throwing parties at the house. Far right: The Everses, who volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, incorporated native plants into the landscape design.



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Arizona Turf Masters

A green and maintenance-free lawn, 365 days a year by Rebecca Rhoades

For out-of-state transplants who love the desert but still want the grass they had back home, incorporating artificial turf with boulders, stone, and other local materials creates a beautiful blend of color and vibrancy. Other pluses: Artificial grass saves on water and maintenance expenses and is the perfect material for putting greens, outdoor play areas, and even pet runs. “Putting greens and bocce courts are extremely popular with Valley homeowners,” says Mull. “You can create a small area for practicing or something a little bigger that transitions into a lawn area or seating area . . . with sand traps and contours.” 46


Durable and easy to sanitize, artificial grass is ideal for pet runs. Below: Different colored turf distinguishes between adult and child play space in a backyard by US Grass and Greens.

Paradise Greens

Artificial grass saves on water and maintenance expenses and is the perfect material for putting greens, outdoor play areas, and pet runs.

Above: “Intricate cuttings are one of the hottest trends right now,” says Bonnie Mull of Arizona Turf Masters and The Synthetic Grass Store. Interspersing turf with pavers, stones, or poured concrete gives an amazing look and minimizes wear from foot traffic.

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n certain parts of the country, lush, green lawns are the norm in most yards. But here in the desert, green lawns are hard to come by. Or are they? Artificial turf offers Valley homeowners several options when it comes to creating a verdant home landscape. “The biggest thing homeowners want is something that looks and feels realistic,” says Charlie Ferer, president and CEO of Paradise Greens ( “They want something that’s going to look like a lawn, and they don’t want anyone else to be able to tell the difference.” Recent technological advances in the manufacturing of artificial grass give it a more natural look and feel. “There are a lot of different types of grasses to choose from. Different colors, different textures, different heights,” says Bonnie Mull, co-owner with Stephen Mull of Arizona Turf Masters ( and The Synthetic Grass Store (synthetic You can even choose your preferred shade of green. Today’s faux grasses also feature variegated blades and even brown fibers to mimic a more authentic appearance.

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Meaning, artificial grass doesn’t have to be laid flat, or even on the ground, for that matter. One of Arizona Turf Masters’ biggest residential undertakings was installing a rooftop putting green. The pet aspect is also huge. According to Ferer, about 40 percent of all residential installs done by Paradise Greens are for pet owners who don’t want to mess with pets tracking in dust or mud. Artificial turf also doesn’t stain or burn when used by pets for elimination, and it can be easily sanitized with everyday cleaning products. Whether you’re looking to create a verdant pool surround or a safe play area for children, one of the biggest issues is the summer heat. Everything gets hot, from concrete to stones to pool surrounds. Today’s artificial turf addresses that issue with the advent of “cool fiber” technology, which keeps the blades cooler. “We use a product called Bermuda Pro,” says Brad Rein, president of US Grass and Greens ( “It has a heat-resistant yarn, so it doesn’t hold heat like other surfaces. It’s also UV-affected, so it’s only hot when the heat is shining on it. If it’s in the shade, it’s cool to the touch.” The best thing about faux turf? No mowing required. Ever.

Soft and free of rocks and holes, this play area by Arizona Turf Masters is a safe bet for kids.

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Complete with sand trap and sloping edges, this backyard putting green by US Grass and Greens mimics the look and contouring of a real golf course.



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by Jackie Dishner Photographs by Rick D’Elia

farm-to-fork Omni Executive Chef Michael Cairns brings a new level of wellness to the table


Executive Chef Michael Cairns is now treating guests at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia to even fresher meals with ingredients straight from an on-site garden.

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Around a chef’s table at the garden location, guests may learn about the benefits of fresh versus dried blueberries.

arm-to-fork experiences are all the rage right now at Valley resorts and restaurants. The latest, launched this year at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, is headed by one of Arizona’s top executive chefs, James Beard Award winner Michael Cairns. Within the yellow walls of this Andalusian village–inspired boutique property, Cairns recently unveiled the secret garden he’s been hiding behind the wooden gates of what was once a children’s activity center. The space is now a chef’s garden, complete with space to cook, teach, and entertain. “We were already serving good meals. Now we’re moving to great,” he says of this new opportunity for guests at the Montelucia. “It’s also our way to take wellness to another level.” Bringing the “fresh and local” component as close as it gets, Cairns’s focus is on indigenous foods that grow well in the desert climate and also promote the property’s original goal of mimicking the style, design, and cuisine of southern Spain. The Montelucia’s Moorish motifs—grand archways and smooth round columns— combined with blue-tented cabanas at the pool, giant palm trees, bright colors, and metal lights shaped like three-dimensional stars create the ambience new owner Omni wants to advance. Chef Cairns’s part has involved creating an updated menu with “approachable Spanish cuisine,” especially at Prada, the resort’s signature restaurant, where the art of sabrage—opening a champagne bottle with a saber—is practiced. There, Cairns and his staff prepare Spanish-style tapas and specialty sangria cocktails, along with other delicious food and drink. In addition to already sourcing as much local product as possible, the produce, herbs, and fruits grown on-site puts an Arizona spin on the Andalusian experience. “Whatever grows here, that’s my focus,” Cairns says. Depending on the season, expect to see citrus, sugar snap peas, and mint sprouting from trees, boxed terraces, and terra-cotta pots. All of it will be used for farm-to-fork classes, educational workshops, food and wine pairings, and wedding tastings or events—open to hotel guests and the general public. The new experience brings guests into a quiet courtyard where water trickles from freestanding fountains, the scent of potted herbs perfume the air, and umbrella-topped tables overlook a fire pit and terraced greenery. Soon, lemons and oranges will blossom here. Sweet onions and chile peppers will season the garden. Guests may even get the opportunity to harvest the pomegranate and olive trees. Programming will change regularly, at the whim of a chef who says he’s prone to experiencing life as it comes—a European trait he adopted from his mother.

“Everyone wants to learn how to cook,” Cairns says. An old hand at training staff, the hands-on chef (left) is excited about teaching guests as well. “Don’t overcook the salmon,” Cairns warns, demonstrating how to prepare the fatty fish over an open fire (below). “You want to see a little pink inside to keep the beneficial oils intact.”

A spinach and toasted walnut salad perfectly accompanies the medium rare salmon. For Cairns’s salad recipe, see page 50.

Not only is he helping bring the resort back to its roots, but he’s returning to his own. Cairns grew up around farms. His dad hailed from New Jersey, a.k.a. the Garden State, and his mother, whose heritage is French, comes from a potato-farming family in Maine. “We always had something growing at home,” he says. When his family moved to northern California, surrounded by vineyards and citrus groves, Cairns got right into cooking. “I knew by the time I was 12 or 13 that I’d be a chef when I grew up,” he says. “All the creativity involved in cooking is in the produce,” Chef Cairns explains. It’s the key to presentation. The cheese platters, the fruit displays, the ice carvings? “That’s the fun part,” he says.

“We were already serving good meals. Now we’re moving to great. It’s also our way to take wellness to another level.” —Executive Chef Michael Cairns SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Along with the garden, which is located on the southeast side of the property that faces the head of Camelback Mountain, the new space includes a demonstration kitchen, a chef’s studio with a chef’s table, and a conference room, where Cairns will share his food knowledge—for example, what he’s learned about salmon during summer vacations in Homer, Alaska. Wild or farmed? “Of course you want it fresh, but it’s a seasonal fish,” he says, “You can’t get it fresh year-round. Summer’s the best time [for salmon]. For the rest of the year, farmraised is fine, as long as you buy it from Shetland Islands in Scotland or Skuna Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.” He serves both in his signature salads. Coming from a chef who grows his own corn in nearby Glendale, it’s understandable when Cairns insists a project like his farm-to-fork venture is going to be fun. But don’t take his word for it. Take the James Beard Foundation’s. That’s an organization that knows a great a chef when it’s served by one. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia 50


Spinach and Toasted Walnut Salad Not one to use recipes—the chef says he usually cooks for large parties, and it takes too much time to parse the ingredients—Cairns graciously pulled one together for Su Casa for this zippy salad offered at Prada. He suggests pairing it with pan-seared salmon, topped with slices of your favorite Arizona citrus fruit. Serves 4 Salad: 2 heads baby spinach 1/3 cup dried blueberries 1/2 red onion, sliced thin 2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow), julienned, preferably by hand 1 cup toasted walnuts Dressing: 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon honey or cane sugar Prepare dressing first. Toss spinach in mixing bowl with blueberries and onions and half the dressing an hour before serving, lightly wilting the spinach. Toss with bell peppers and walnuts just before serving, then apply the remainder of the dressing.

Outdoor Living

by Jackie Dishner

Desert Botanical Garden Revamped Center for Desert Living Trail produces year-round bounty

Signage and plants along the trail demonstrate efficient, useful, sustainable, and harmonious ways to work with nature when growing herbs and edible plants.

Bright red shades protect the beds of the Edible Garden. Adam Rodriguez

Courtesy of the Desert Botanical Garden


walk in any garden is good for the soul, and now, on the recently refurbished Center for Desert Living Trail at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, it’s good for the nose and tummy, too. Veering away from the Desert Botanical Garden’s indigenous plants, succulents, and cacti, the revamped Desert Living Trail now leads visitors along a path that passes both the Steele Herb Garden and the Edible Garden. Signage and plants en route demonstrate efficient, useful, sustainable, and harmonious ways to work with nature when growing herbs and edible plants. Here, they grow in raised boxes made out of recycled concrete. Accompanying signage, such as the Edible Garden Harvest Guide, provides real-life lessons on what to plant each season. Overhead, bright red adjustable shade cloths protect the vulnerable plants from heat damage. Lovely details, like a tiny bonsai tree complete with a miniature tire swing hanging from a limb, can be found along the trail. As spring warms, the scent of basil rises in the herb garden, while tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant thrive in the vegetable planters. Come winter, the basil will be replaced by thyme, oregano, and cilantro. Kale, carrots, scallions, leeks, sweet peas, butter head lettuce, and beets will prevail in the veggie planters, with the bright yellow blooms of calendula in between. Such bountiful harvests are not typical in Phoenix, which may explain why the plants are propagated indoors before being planted outdoors. Interpretive signs and guides discuss this and more, offering interesting did-you-knows: Chicken waste? It’s a great fertilizer for plants in need of an extra boost of nitrogen. Like its growing season, the Desert Botanical Garden’s educational classes are also year-round. Look online for a list of all on-site classes.

The Lewis Desert Portal is the hub of the Desert Discovery Loop Trail.

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Vida Buena

by Teresa Bitler

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Celebrating art from 19 Western states in an architectural tour de force


estern Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, which opened in January, strikes a visual chord on the corner of First Street and Marshall Way in Old Town. Inside, the museum is filled with art and artifacts from the nation’s 19 westernmost states, stretching from Texas to Hawaii. A mix of contemporary and traditional, the museum blends what Museum Director Mike Fox describes as the Old West with the New West—and visitors may find that one of its most engaging masterpieces is the building itself. Designed by Phoenix-based architectural firm Studio Ma, the 43,000-square-foot space incorporates Western themes inside and out, according to Christiana Moss, one of the firm’s principals and a coarchitect on the project. The exterior base is inspired by what one might find on the ground in the West, she says, such as plants and rocks. The second story has a softer feel, like the plains. Though the upper level looks like copper, it’s a more contemporary material: “Steel with a patina on it,” Moss explains. Inside, glass walls and large windows near the ceiling look out at the courtyard, creating an open feeling reminiscent of the expanse that was once the West. Wagon wheels hang overhead in the lobby, with organically harvested cedar lining the walls. The scent is quite strong. Every sensory detail is meant to evoke the West, says Moss. Just as the Western pioneers and trailblazers would have used a landmark or a point of reference and the sky to keep them on course, Moss and the architectural team employed this concept to help design a space that would help guide visitors through 52


Just as Western trailblazers would have used a landmark and the sky to keep them on course, the museum’s architectural team employed this concept to help guide visitors through the eight rotating exhibits. the eight rotating exhibits. “There are a lot of museums where you get lost,” she says. “We didn’t want this to be one of them.” The Christine and Ted Mollring Sculpture Courtyard became the stake around which everything else revolved. Though each gallery connects to it, the museum is laid out in a free-form manner, so you don’t feel like you’re on a linear path. It encourages the sense of being free to explore. Sustainability played a key role in the $11.4 million, city-owned museum’s design. Built to meet the LEED Gold Standard for sustainability, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West conserves precious resources like water and was constructed with recycled materials wherever possible. Steel, the most commonly recycled metal in the world, is found throughout the museum, including on the counters and windows.

Fragrant cedar planks line the lobby walls, and wagon wheels decorate the lofty ceiling.

Courtesy of Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Floor-to-ceiling windows and an open stairway allow natural light to bathe the entryway. Opposite: Visitors can relax amid desert plants and sculptures in the courtyard.

The newly designed museum is built to LEED Gold certification for sustainability.

Moss points to the Weeping Wall as one of the most obvious examples of how Studio Ma incorporated sustainable concepts. When rain or condensation from the air conditioner drips down the wall, water collects in a trough and is channeled to the property’s landscaping. “You see where the water goes,” she says. “Eventually, there will be signage explaining how we reclaim condensation with the Weeping Wall.” Curator Tricia Loscher hopes that the museum will prompt visitors to reexamine their definition of the American West, including its geographical location, its people, and its future. “I want this to be a transformative place,” she says.

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West 3830 N Marshall Tickets $8–$13 Open 9:30 am–5 pm Tuesday through Saturday (9:30 am–9 pm on Thursdays during Scottsdale ArtWalk) and 11 am–5 pm on Sunday

The museum’s extensive gallery space features rotating exhibits of Western art, cultural artifacts, and interactive displays. The works seen here in the Zaplin Lampert Gallery are part of the Confluence of Cultures in the American West exhibit. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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Canyon Ranch by Barbara Wysocki

Slow down and grow at Tucson’s award-winning resort and spa


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“Every choice you can make here is a healthy one,” Canyon Ranch promises.

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Located at the foot of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, Canyon Ranch welcomes eager seekers of selfimprovement. Touting the “power of possibility,” attentive staff backs up the resort’s promise with offers of dozens

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Above: At a Lunch & Learn cooking class, watch a chef prepare a delicious, healthy meal in the demonstration kitchen, then enjoy the results. Tasty, waistline-friendly meals are also served in the Clubhouse (above, top).

ere, quiet pathways crisscross 150 acres of ponds and flowing streams. Desert flowers, trees, and cactus plants grace colorful gardens. Timeless sculpture echoing the wisdom of Arizona’s ancient ones enriches peaceful walkways that fan out from the building they call the Clubhouse. Snugly situated in the adjacent rolling landscape, Southweststyle casitas almost whisper “relax” by way of rocking chairs nearby and white-noise machines. It’s the perfect place to slow down. Canyon Ranch, a world-class destination resort and spa, has been teaching guests since 1979 how to live healthier, longer, and more joyful lives.


The resort’s peaceful nature lends itself easily to yoga and meditation.

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of classes, workshops, and lectures daily. Guests sit down with program advisors to design four or more days’ worth of renewal and discovery. A sample itinerary might include a photography hike in the morning, exploring sacred dreams or a better golf stroke at midday, then closing the day with a discussion on how to connect nutrition with the immune system. Within this smorgasbord of medical, fitness, spiritual, and WITH THIS AD metaphysical activity exists the opportunity for introspection and personal growth. From sunrise to moonlight there’s so much to do. Guests take dips at the Aquatic Center; paint at the Creative Arts Center; combine knowledge with tasty bites at Lunch & Learn kitchen sessions; hit the tennis, squash, and wallyball courts; and even zip-line through the High Ropes Challenge course. The spa offers numerous treatments—try an herb-infused wrap—but the red adobe building also houses six gyms, a Pilates studio, a yoga dome, indoor cycling, and spaces for dance, drumming, and weight training. Many guests and new friends pause to chat in the spa lobby as they grab water, juice, fruit, and cookies at the snack bar. (Delicious, calorie-annotated menu items are also served in the Clubhouse.) Early risers may bump into Mel Zuckerman, the resort’s 87-year-old founder, in the gym, where he works out daily. Inspired after having revitalized his own body and soul, Zuckerman and his wife Enid created Canyon Ranch to offer “healthy living vacations,” ensuring “every choice you can make here is a healthy one.”

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On-site medical evaluations by physicians and medical personnel often become springboards to changing old habits. New ones are initiated with the support of Canyon Ranch staff in an intimate setting. The Life Enhancement Department helps guests focus on weight loss, brain health, smoking cessation, and even new exercise practices. But


guests can also indulge in horseback or bike rides, facials, or new lifeaffirming awareness via astrology. At Canyon Ranch they say, “Maintain your body as devotedly as you do your house,” which might mean working literally from the ground up. At the Healthy Feet Center, for instance, classes are designed especially for the feet, because “when they hurt, everything hurts.” In “Happy Feet,” even the toe tips get a workout standing, balancing, and stretching.

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Zuckerman and his staff members urge guests to take time for contemplation. Slowing down for solo pursuits, such as laps in the outdoor pools or hiking on the boulder-bordered desert trails, stimulates new internal rhythms, they say. Guests are encouraged to take selfSUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The beauty of the resort’s grounds can be appreciated through the huge windows of the Spiritual Wellness Center or along any of the walking or biking trails (inset and opposite).



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Within the resort’s smorgasbord of medical, fitness, spiritual, and metaphysical activity exists the opportunity for introspection and personal growth. guided Spirit Walks, where along the way, short prompts provide space for internal reflection and suggest what it means to experience peace, joy, and serenity. Benches in the new Meditation Garden allow for wordless communion with birds, butterflies, and sculptures and a connection with symbols of rebirth (the lotus flower, for one), letting tension melt away just by focusing on the gentle splash of a nearby water feature. Guests are invited to splash, too. Watsu, another calming treatment, provides water-supported massage inside a warm personal pool. Overheard emerging from the pool, a Boston banker declared it made him feel “like a manatee,” while a children’s librarian related the experience to that of being in the womb. Before it’s time to leave, stop and browse the Showcase Boutique or Ranch Store for books, workout gear, fitness equipment, and aromatherapy. These are just a few of the many take-homes available for purchase, so that the lessons learned about slowing down don’t come to a full stop. Canyon Ranch,



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different perspectives Three new books on literature, cooking, and gardening


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The SkinnyTaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor, by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones, RD, Clarkson Potter, hardcover, $18


ome cook Gina Homolka found her place in the world of blogging when she merged her love of photography with a knack for creating delicious, low-calorie recipes of her own. “Needing a place to house all of my skinny creations, I started purely for fun,” she recalls. “As a graphic designer, my blog allowed me to marry several of my passions: creating fabulous skinny meals, design, and photography.” Originally inspired by her quest to shed a few pounds, Homolka began creating healthy recipes that avoided the use of artificial and processed foods found in many of the fad diets she’d tried over the years. “I’ve always loved to cook, and I love a challenge, so I set my mind to figuring out how to make some of my favorite meals lighter,” says Homolka. She began to tweak her favorite meals by using all-natural ingredients lower in fat and calories but in a way that still left in plenty of flavor. Hundreds of recipes, millions of fans, and many gratifying weight-loss success stories later, and Homolka knew she was onto something life-changing. Homolka’s first cookbook, The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor, features 150 tasty recipes—125 new dishes and 25 all-time favorites from her blog. Each flavorful dish is healthy for the entire

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Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature, by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, Potter Style New York, hardcover, $35

n her book Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature, Los Angeles– based author Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, a former columnist for W magazine and essayist for Martha Stewart Living, takes readers back in time to literary worlds they may have once romanticized. From the bare rooms of a Dickensian house, to the extravagance of the D. H. Lawrence period, to Alice in Wonderland’s fantastic underground rabbit hole, 60 classic novels are mentioned in conjunction with Giramonti’s purpose: to help readers determine their design style through the lens of the classic novel. Divided into richly designed sections that delve into six different concepts (simple, traditional, earthy, glitzy, bohemian, and fantastical), Giramonti, along with the many beautiful images created by photographer Ivan Terestchenko, takes readers on interesting twists and turns. She offers lessons on how to live these particular lifestyles—how to inhabit a room like The Great Gatsby, for instance, or the importance of creating a quiet place to read, as one might find in Little Women. To assist a reader with dressing up actual spaces in the way novelists do on the page, she includes lists of period-appropriate decorative items—silhouette portraits, valet trays, leaf prints. Each section includes quotes from the characters in novels mentioned, illustrating how they existed and entertained in their literary spaces, or what they admired. About the library she created for the March family, Louisa May Alcott is quoted as saying, “The friendliest homes seem to have an untidiness that enhances their beauty.” On the other hand, in going “Au Naturel,” the author describes what it’s like to live in a room well edited: “When we whittle down our possessions, what remains becomes more sacred.” It’s very much like living with Heathcliff in the austere farmhouse known as Wuthering Heights, where one might walk on stone floors, sit on hand-carved furniture, or sip from an earthenware cup. In “Anything Goes,” Giramonti shares how to make an emphatic statement with color, how to mix patterns like a bohemian, and why an eclectic room demands attention. At the end, Giramonti lists each classic novelist mentioned, including a paragraph about the books and interiors discussed, calling the reading list a “jumping-off point” for future investigation. Her gorgeous book is a novel—and literal—approach to interior design.—Jackie Dishner

Homolka inspires (and challenges) home cooks everywhere to get in the kitchen and take charge of their health in the most delicious way possible. Taking it a step further, Homolka includes the advice of registered dietician Heather K. Jones and also shares her tips for portion control, meal planning, and kitchen organization. With this book, Homolka inspires (and challenges) home cooks everywhere to get in the kitchen and take charge of their health in the most delicious way possible.—Danielle Urbina

Roasted asparagus garnished with lemon and parmesan, from The Skinnytaste Cookbook.

Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (Arizona, Nevada & New Mexico), by Jacqueline A. Soule, Cool Springs Press, paperback, $23


n what may be the understatement of the century, botanist and author of nine books about gardening Jacqueline A. Soule opens her latest work, Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, with the statement, “Gardening in the Southwest is not like anywhere else on earth.” Anyone who has ever tried to grow a garden in the high desert of New Mexico or the drier climate of Arizona knows exactly what Soule is talking about; even Southern New Mexico, though more favorably disposed to growing, has its own share of idiosyncrasies. This book, much like gardening itself, is down-and-dirty. There’s nothing frou-frou about it, because its intended use is as a guide book, to provide the reader (and, it is assumed, the experienced or novice gardener) with clear-cut directions for getting his or her own garden to thrive. As the title suggests, the three growing regions of Soule’s focus include Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, but the book is divided by chapter into gardening topics relevant to the growing regions (e.g.,“Planning & Planting Your Garden,” “Fruits,” “Dealing with Pests”) rather than the regions themselves.

You won’t find any flowers in this book, just edible plants. But about edibles, the author is enthusiastic, inspiring the reader to experiment with growing relatively exotic fruits like pomegranates and pineapple guava (in the Southwest, remember!) and establishing gardens for less complicated (but still bountiful) late fall harvests of cool-season vegetables like turnips, arugula, carrots, onions, and cilantro. Unsure of when and how to harvest? These things are spelled out for each edible featured in the book. Although Soule is a botanist with a PhD, her writing is friendly, and her tips are easy enough for even the newest gardener to grasp. She offers advice liberally but without judgment, urging gardeners of all experience levels to give themselves a break when something doesn’t grow the way they’d hoped. After all, this is the Southwest. “There are many actors that don’t make the red carpet and tons and tons of produce that is fed to livestock,” Soule points out. “When it comes to food you grow, if it tastes good and is healthy for you and your family, a few blemishes do not matter.” The point of gardening, she reminds us, is to have fun, get a little dirty, and experiment like crazy.—Amy Gross

The author suggests placing something under your cantaloupe fruit so they don’t sit directly on the ground.



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family and includes easy-to-find ingredients and detailed nutrition info for the everyday home cook. Recipes include comfort foods like Buttermilk Oven “Fried” Chicken and Kiss My Grits Shrimp, and more refined dishes like Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side and Sweet n’ Spicy Sriracha-Glazed Salmon. For readers with a sweet tooth, Homolka’s Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (with mashed avocado swapped for butter), and Pumpkin-Obsessed Vanilla-Glazed Scones definitely hit the spot.

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THIEVES MARKET April 4, 8 am—3 pm Big Surf Water Park, 1500 N McClintock, Tempe $3 ($6 for 8 am early admission) Stop by for the last time this season to hunt for vintage, antique, and handmade items in the market’s new Tempe location, the parking lot at Big Surf. More than 100 vendors are represented. Parking is free, but bring cash because not all vendors take credit cards. Food and beverage available on-site. LEONARDO DA VINCI PAPERS Through April 12 Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N Central, Phoenix $6–$15 A peek inside Leonardo da Vinci’s mind is offered in a special exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation, at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Codex Leicester is a manuscript of some of the artist’s most important intellectual papers. Totaling 72 pages of his writings and drawings, it’s the only da Vinci manuscript in a private collection, focusing mainly on his studies of the moon and water (of relative importance to Arizona). Other artists’ works are on display as well. GREAT ARIZONA PICNIC April 11–12 Noon–9 pm on Saturday, 12-6 pm on Sunday Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7280 E 2nd, Scottsdale $5–$10

FAMILY CAMPOUT April 18–19 Lost Dutchman State Park, Mesa $70 per family of 4; $5 each additional family member (No pets; children 5 and over only) Bring the family and spend two days in the Superstition Mountains where the fabled Dutchman lost his gold. Learn how to set up a tent; try your hand at dutch oven cooking; hike the trails; go on a birding excursion; listen to critter demonstrations; sing karaoke; and star gaze.

ARABIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW April 23–26 WestWorld, Scottsdale The Region 7 Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld in Scottsdale, sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association, offers fans an opportunity to see some of the highest-quality Arabian horses in one of the finest show venues in the country. Riders and horses compete in the main ring of the Equidome as well as the two covered arenas on either side. All disciplines included.

ARIZONA BBQ FESTIVAL May 2, 11 am–8 pm Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N Pima, Scottsdale $12–$60 The Arizona BBQ Festival at Salt River Fields is more like one big public honky tonk with live music, beer, and booze; tons of smoked meat (brisket, chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and more); and a “redneck” zone with live wrestling, mullet pageants, and eating contests. Visit Mesa

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SPRING TRAINING March 3–April 4 (schedules and ticket prices vary from park to park) Cactus League Spring Training happens each year in Greater Phoenix, attracting baseball fans from all over the country. With 11 baseball fields in play and 15 teams to watch, including Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale (Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies), Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants), and Sloan Park in Mesa (Chicago Cubs), there’s plenty of opportunity to take in a game or two.

More than 40,000 foodies are expected to gather at the Great Arizona Picnic, the main event of the six-day Scottsdale Culinary Festival (April 7–12), for cooking demonstrations from 40 different restaurants, beer and wine tents, live music, and other foodie fun. Tickets to the festival, thought to be the longest-running one of its kind in the United States, are available for purchase in advance to satellite events throughout the week, including a multicourse dinner designed by James Beard Award–winning chefs.

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SCHNEPF FARMS PEACH FESTIVAL May 9–10, 16–17, 7:30 am–4 pm Schnepf Farms, 24810 S Rittenhouse, Queen Creek Free Schnepf Farms, the largest peach grower (all organic, pesticide-free) in the state, has been picking and shipping peaches all over the country for almost 50 years. It now operates a U-Pick orchard and hosts the annual peach festival. Families come to pick Arizona peaches; hop on the truck for a hay ride; listen to live music; ride the carousel or train; enjoy a Peachy Pancake breakfast; sample other foods made out of peaches; take home peach pies and other goodies; and roam through the arts and crafts booths. URBAN WINE WALK May 16, 1–6 pm Downtown Phoenix $2–$3 per glass (21 and older to participate) Hop on the Light Rail corridor for an evening of noshing and sloshing downtown. Participating restaurants offer snacks and up to three wine samples for $2 to $3 per glass. All establishments are within a short walk from Light Rail stops, and walkers can begin at the location of their choice. To participate, get the map that lists participating restaurants and specials online. The first 300 people to purchase wine samples will receive a free souvenir wine glass. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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There are few bad days that can’t be cured (or at least temporarily forgotten) with the application of wine. Even more restorative: when the wine is just steps away in one’s own home, as it is in Ethan and Brenda Golf’s North Scottsdale residence. Designed and built by Innovative Wine Cellar Designs, the cellar is exquisitely organized, with ample room for not only storing some 2,000 bottles, but for enjoying them on the spot, as though tasting at a winery. The state-of-the-art walk-in cooler keeps vintages chilled at 55 degrees, and a special filtration system even allows Ethan to enjoy a cigar in the cellar along with a glass of vino. Reclaimed wine barrels complement the mahogany wood wine racking, travertine floors, and stone columns, and cheeky wine décor reminds visitors that despite its grandeur, enjoying wines and having fun is what this room is all about. Innovative Wine Cellar Designs,



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