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On the cover: Nature, wildlife, and mountain views are all captured from the patio of this Rio Verde home. Read about it on page 26. Photograph by Mark Lipczynski.
Steeped in Midwest tradition but with a decidedly Southwestern twist, a Gainey Ranch remodel is transformative in more ways than one.
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On the edge of the Tonto National Forest, a Southwest contemporary home pulls the distant mountains right into the backyard.
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Inside Su Casa
A remodeled bathroom shrinks to size and acquires a home gym; integrated home automation systems put control of your house at your fingertips; Steve Thomas champions engineered materials; and a roundup of sexy lounge chairs.
Moll Anderson explains how to turn extra room in your home into lucrative rental space; and the latest window trends and products from the leading manufacturers and suppliers. Outdoor kitchens are ideal for taking the party outdoors, any time of year.
The otherwordly architecture and beautiful windbells of Cosanti; exciting and affordable staycations at Valley-area resorts; luxury real estate listings; and what’s happening around Phoenix and Scottsdale this summer.
The Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan is a low-key alternative to the Valley’s gourmet dining scene; James Selby shares his favorite wine accessories.
A rare cactus “grows” at Desert Botanical Garden.
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Right: Sited to capture views of the Tonto National Forest through a wall of pocket doors, this art-filled Southwest contemporary residence feels right at home in its desert surroundings. Read more about it on page 26.
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e Phoenicians are generally heat tolerant and consider only July and August as the “hot” months. Despite the extremes in weather, life goes on, just like it does in Minnesota in the winter. Yes, one must take prudent precautions to adjust to the weather, but life certainly doesn’t have to stop. Our enjoyment of our homes simply takes on a different routine: appreciating the cool mornings outside, then hunkering down inside during the heat of the afternoon, and finally re-emerging to enjoy the lovely, starry nights. The featured homes in this issue of Su Casa Phoenix/ Scottsdale have all taken Arizona’s weather into consideration and are no less enjoyable in July than in January. Their swimming pools and splash pads; lounge, cooking, and entertaining areas; and outdoor spaces can be enjoyed year-round. In each home, the lovely local environment is invited in through many view-capturing windows. After all, one doesn’t have to sweat to enjoy the beauty of the summer desert. Throughout this issue, you’ll see attractive and comfortable options to enjoy your home inside or out. Lounge chairs made for relaxing poolside or curling up with a good book indoors address basic comfort—and the singular pleasure of putting your feet up after a long day. Beautiful, quality windows are another key to making the most of the summer. From behind a high-performance window, Arizona’s scenic views can become one of the most enjoyable features of your home. After all, you wouldn’t want your romantic stunning sunset view blemished by a window that didn’t deliver the clearest view possible. Add the insulation value and protection from the sun, and a quality window delivers much more than pretty scenery. The bottom line is that our homes here are just as livable in the summer as the winter. We might be enjoying them more from the inside than outside for a couple of months, but the blue skies, mountains, desert foliage, wildlife, and sense of place make the Valley one of the greatest places to live, regardless of the season.
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Most people dream of having a more spacious bathroom, but not Kip and Colin McCormack. The master bath in their Paradise Valley home was cavernous, with a massive, whirlpool-style tub and a refrigerator and sink combo (yep, a fridge in the bath!) taking up a huge amount of space at one end. Dan Voykin of Sonoran Desert Homes helped the McCormacks partition off the tub area—and then some—to create a compact but well-appointed gym where Colin, a fitness enthusiast, and Kip, who is training to run the Chicago Marathon, can work out. (Turns out that fridge was helpful after all!) Voykin extended cabinetry from the area to create a seamless transition between the old and new spaces, while in the bathroom itself, the team added a gorgeous slipper tub that’s now the center of the elegant—and much more manageable—space. Sonoran Desert Homes, sonorandeserthomes.com
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by Steve Thomas
no more Mr. Natural
today’s engineered materials are durable, well-made, and great-looking
or years I was quite doctrinaire about building materials: If it looked like wood, it should be wood; stone should be stone, and so on. Manmade materials that tried to mimic some natural material were faux, and, in my opinion, not worth using. That’s all different now. Today’s extensive and increasingly superior quality engineered materials are sometimes superior to their natural counterparts. On your home’s exterior, in place of wood trim for fascia, corner boards, window surrounds, gable end rake boards, and decorative wood molding, consider products made from cellular PVC. These components used to have the look and feel of, well, plastic, but now there are manufacturers producing exact replicas of those elements. Cost is often premium, but the cellular PVC does not rot. For columns and other structural components once made only of wood, manufacturers are now using various glass fiber–reinforced polymers that are both structural and nonrotting. Relatively new to the market is a suite of materials made from blending fly ash from coal-burning power plants in a polymer matrix, thus turning a waste product into something useful and durable. For porches and decking I’ve been using a cellular PVC product with a photo-realistic top sheet that looks like wood—so much so
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Today’s extensive and increasingly superior quality engineered materials are sometimes superior to their natural counterparts. Inside the house I’ve also found myself gravitating toward engineered options: quartz countertops in the kitchen (durable, easy to clean, non-staining); a new, super-tough vitreous material for the hearth and the bathroom vanity tops called Dekton; and an Italian porcelain body tile for the bath and shower that offers the look of marble at a third the cost— and it won’t stain. Even the shower pan under the tile is synthetic, a high-density Styrofoam clad in a waterproof membrane. Now available in virtually every category— kitchen and bath, flooring, roofing, siding, decks, Durable, nonporous, and heat-resistant, Dekton by Cosentino is gaining popularity as a countertop material.
that people stop and ask what kind of wood it is. “Plastic wood,” I answer. This choice would have been unthinkable to me 10 years ago, but the product looks great, needs no painting or sealing—either when first installed or ongoing—and does not splinter, rot, or deteriorate. Same for deck and porch railings and newell posts. I’ve been using railing systems made from cellular PVC reinforced with aluminum. It looks like wood, requires no paint, and will hold up in the tough climates of coastal Maine and the arid Southwest.
It looks uncannily like natural wood, but durable, manmade Zuri decking by Royal Building Products withstands all types of environments.
railings, trim—there are dozens if not hundreds of synthetic options. So how do you choose? Well, not necessarily by initial price, since many material choices cost the same as their wood or stone counterparts. I try to look at the whole life cycle of the item in question: the purchase price, plus the cost to install, plus the cost to maintain, plus the longevity. Then I factor in the material’s practicality or user-friendliness, and its aesthetics and overall appropriateness to the build or renovation. Once you’ve chosen your high-quality engineered materials, invest in a good designer or architect, and a good builder, renovator, or subcontractor to make the most of them. As with the materials themselves, you’ll pay more for quality expertise, but in the long run your build or renovation will be the better for it, with the long-term assurance that your building partners will stand behind their work. Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert and the spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity International. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
by Moll Anderson
revamp, refresh, remodel ... rent! with a little updating, you can put your empty guest spaces to work Above: Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living adds value to even small guest spaces. Be sure to include multiple seating areas to encourage conversation and personal time.
Furniture slipcovers are a great option in rental spaces as they can be easily washed and affordably replaced if needed.
ummer is upon us, the perfect time to take note of your home, your guesthouse, and your outdoor living spaces. Summer fun happens all season long, so be ready for weekend staycations and friends and family traveling your way—or, instead of letting that extra space go unused this summer, you may want to consider turning it into a rental. The future rental income would more than cover what you put into updating your guesthouse or casita, and you can really have some fun while still staying within a reasonable budget. Decide what feeling you would like to infuse into your space, and with a little work you can create a welcoming getaway for guests. A guest bedroom or guesthouse doesn’t have to be spacious to be amazing; it’s all about making the most of the space you have. In this 850-square-foot Santa Fe casita, we refreshed the inside and included all the essentials: a gourmet kitchen, a luxurious hotel vibe in the bedroom, an ample closet, a bathroom with a shower, and a seductive place to dine that’s part of a warm and inviting living area. When choosing furnishings for your rental, look for versatile pieces with simple, clean lines in durable, serviceable fabrics. Add personality to your space with art and accessories that will set your home apart and bring out the WOW factor.
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Appoint bedrooms with comfortable mattresses, luxurious bedding, and all the trappings of a luxury hotel.
This time of year, everyone loves to be outside, so your best payoff might be an outdoor remodel. In the Santa Fe casita update, we carried the inside living spaces outside with French doors that open up to an amazing, resort-like backyard. Think about how you live indoors and take that functionality outside, creating gathering places, an outdoor dining area, and a cozy place to lounge. The key to maximizing any usable space is to plan how to use it in advance. When tiny spaces are well designed, it’s amazing just how much living space you can pack into small quarters.
creating a home away from home When creating a place for company, and especially a potential rental property, remember that guests want the same comforts and amenities they are accustomed to at home, so creating a “home away from home” is the goal. Think clean, current, and comfortable! • •
Hire a cleaning service to thoroughly clean your home between rentals. Hang artwork or photographs on the walls to add personality to your space.
Accessorize with pillows and throws on the couch, and bring in ambience with candles, a sound system, and vases for flowers.
Add accent rugs to soften the space. They should be easy to clean and dark enough to hide the dirt.
Stock the kitchen well with basic cookware and utensils, spices, and cooking essentials; place settings for 10–12; a coffee maker; wine glasses; basic barware; and cleaning supplies.
Provide plenty of storage space in the bedroom for belongings; closets with coat hangers; and nicelooking, comfortable bedding, including an extra set of bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels.
Keep visitors entertained with books, magazines, games and cards, and of course all the modern amenities—internet, cable TV, and a DVD player.
Provide a binder with information about your home. Include important phone numbers, local shopping and dining options, and area attractions.
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window shopping strategies for letting the sun in (or not!) in the Southwest
t may not be as exciting as selecting cabinetry, furniture, or paint colors, but window choice does matter—especially in Central Arizona, where the sun always shines. Choosing the right windows starts with functional elements like energy efficiency and protection from the desert sun’s harsh rays, and ends with creating a beautiful and cohesive design throughout the home.
“A lot of people don’t realize that 40 to 60 percent of a home is usually window or door space,” explains Chelsea Rokusek of Renewal by Andersen Window Replacement (rbaphoenix.com). “That’s a good portion of the home, so changing the color of the window trim or changing the grill pattern can bring definition and design that maybe you were lacking. Windows can bring a home together in ways homeowners don’t even realize.”
Above and inset: Renewal by Andersen proves that replacement windows come in all sizes and shapes, even rounded and arched, as seen in this Mediterraneanstyle home.
Matthew Lakko at Pella Window & Door (pella.com) in Scottsdale has been in the construction industry for 16 years. He’s seen windows evolve from standard issue basics into high-performance glass panes surrounded by extra durable trim materials. “It used to be that window treatments were a must,” he notes, “but with today’s windows, you don’t necessarily have to cover them because they will already filter out the ultraviolet rays that can cause fading and deterioration in fabrics and furniture. Low-e coating is like sunscreen that keeps you from getting burned.” Going bare is an ideal option for the clean, contemporary style that Lakko has noticed gaining popularity across Scottsdale, but if you still want to filter out some of the extra light, he recommends Pella’s Designer Series with triple pane glass. The blinds actually go in between the panes of glass so dust doesn’t collect on them. Left: These Pella Designer Series® awning-style windows feature between-the-glass shades. 12
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Below: Wood windows from Lincoln Windows’ Traditions collection are available through American Vision Windows.
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What’s the most important thing homeowners should look at when choosing windows in the Phoenix area? Energy efficiency. Low-e glass is super important. It reflects radiant heat off the glass and reduces the heat gain into the house. Milgard windows are manufactured right here in Phoenix. What makes Milgard a good option? First and foremost, it’s the warranty. Milgard has a lifetime warranty on the glass. In the event your kid throws a baseball through it or if a weed eater throws a rock through your sliding glass door—we get that a lot!—Milgard pays for the glass and the labor to replace it. That’s huge. And, if we’re doing retrofits, Milgard doesn’t charge any extra to customize the size.
How do you ensure the windows match the style of the home? Think about how the window is going to look from the inside, not just the outside. Milgard’s Essence Series lets you do a wood finish on the interior and then a durable fiberglass on the outside. Their Tuscany vinyl windows can be customized with a different color on the exterior than on the interior. With so many lines, you can mix and match so you get a cohesive look on the exterior, but still change up the interior to match the function or design of the room. The bottom line is, go to someone who has the expertise to walk you through all the little details that may or may not come into play. Do you want grids on the glass? Do you want a dry wall return where the wall runs right up to the base of the window, or do you want an expansion jamb that trims the window in wood like a picture frame? You also need to think about choosing the right hardware and the right finish for that hardware. One of the first things we ask about is window treatments. What window treatments are you planning, and what size is the head rail? That’s going to help us determine the best type of window for your space. Lasting Impressions, liwindow.com
To get that aforementioned “definition and design,” Rokusek recommends looking beyond the classic double-hung windows that open from bottom to top. Gliding and sliding windows that can be opened from either or both sides are popular because they let in consistent airflow, while awning windows open outward and upward, making them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms where extra sunlight is desirable. Likewise, there’s no limit when it comes to color choices. “We do a lot of different wood and color trims on the interior: white, tan, oak, pine, maple, the list goes on and on,” Rokusek says. “On the exterior, we’ve done many different colors, like matching the red that is common in Sedona. Try blacks, browns, and bronzes to really bring some definition to the home.”
“Low-e coating is like sunscreen that keeps you from getting burned.” —Matthew Lakko “Arizona has a unique set of concerns when it comes to windows,” says Elias Arreola of American Vision Windows (americanvisionwindowsaz .com) in Mesa. “Drastic swings in temperature from extreme heat to extreme cold, combined with a lot of dust—windows can help alleviate all of that.” He points to his company’s Arizona Package as a one-stop solution. Specifically designed for the harsh desert climate, these windows have a warm edge spacer, triple-layer silver metal coating, PLUS easy-clean coating, “flood filled” argon gas between the panes, and triple weather stripping for a product that exceeds Energy Star requirements. “It really makes the distinction between an energy-efficient window and a highperformance window,” says Arreola. “A lot of people confuse the two, but a high-performance window . . . has the ability to slow down the transfer of heat over a long period of time.”
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Below: Milgard’s Essence Series of windows and doors, available through Lasting Impressions, offers a sleek, clean look for contemporary-style homes.
put your feet up indoor and outdoor chaise lounges
by Stephanie Love
From ancient Egypt and early Greek civilizations to France— where the term chaises longues or “long chairs” was coined— cultures from around the world have indulged in the comfort of chaise lounges for centuries. Enduring the test of time, these regal chairs make one thing obvious: When it comes to luxury and style, relaxation needs no justification. Whether you’re poolside or escaping the heat indoors, stretching out in a new chaise will upgrade your leisure this summer.
Whiteline Christiane Chaise Suave and sleek, this leather lounge ushers the 1960s into the 21st century. A rounded chromed steel base incorporates armrests for added comfort, encouraging relaxation in a refined, sophisticated form. Offered in white or black leather, this chair will enhance any modern—or midcentury modern—home. $855, 2b mod, 2bmod.com
Chatham Mesh Stacking Chaise Crafted from sustainably harvested mahogany and eucalyptus woods, these Forest Stewardship Council–certified chaises are more than environmentally friendly. The weatherproof mesh material and its foldable, stackable form offer functionality and comfort for added efficiency outdoors, and each lounge adjusts to four different positions, including completely flat. With supreme durability and a sleek nautical design, the Chatham Mesh Stacking Chaise set belongs beside your pool this summer. $1,199 per pair, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com
Jonathan Adler Arden Tête-à-Tête The Arden Tête-à-Tête’s multidirectional backrests and symmetrical form allow it to function well in the center of a room by unifying multiple transitional areas. This lounge’s soft oatmeal–colored fabric brightens darker, traditional elements; the downfilled back cushions offer wonderful comfort; and its innovative design is certain to draw attention. $3,500, Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler.com 14
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Hampstead Teak Double Chaise Relaxing by the pool is even better with extra room—for company, or all for yourself! This lounge for two utilizes durable teak hardwood, which ages beautifully and benefits from moisture-resistant oils. With two back wheels for easy mobility and four adjustable positions, this chic chaise provides rustic elegance in any space. Cushions—offered in an assortment of colors and materials—are sold separately. $1,928 with outdoor canvas cushion, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com
Garbo Leather Chaise Lounge With a rugged, masculine aesthetic, this chaise lounge’s monochrome leather surface and rounded angular form allows its purpose to shine. Providing a bit of flair in its oversized backrest, the chair—offered in 12 different neutral and dark coverings—makes the perfect statement piece in a quiet reading nook and pairs beautifully with other classic furniture. $2,999, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com
Benchcraft Lochian Chaise Inspired by the curves and comfort of Hollywood Regency décor, the Lochian chaise’s button-tufted details and classically sloped arms offer a delightful taste of deluxe lounge design. With a reversible seat cushion and individually pocketed coils for added support and comfort, this bisque-colored chaise is ideal for napping, reading, or watching television. $560, Ashley HomeStore, ashleyfurniturehomestore.com
LaCerte Living Lounger Recline in style with this durable patio lounge, inspired by a 1970s-era original design. Handcrafted from powder-coated wrought iron with an updated turning and rocking mechanism, the LaCerte Lounger withstands all seasons in the Valley and comes paired with your choice of custom cushions; it looks especially stunning in geometrically patterned, era-appropriate fabric. $1,900, LaCerte Living LLC, lacerteliving.com SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
One of many smart home automation systems on the market, Control4 allows homeowners to manage lighting, security, entertainment, and more from a tablet or phone.
one-button easy integrated home automation systems offer safety, convenience, and peace of mind
hese days, home automation is like an ongoing performance, a complex melding of technologies whose goal is actually to create ease of living for the homeowner, who simply sits back and enjoys the show. The products associated with custom home automation—entertainment systems, video, music, lighting, window coverings, air conditioning, security, and the internet—can now perform together as a collective whole. The first step for anyone considering home automation is to decide on the conductor—or systems integrator—of their home automation orchestration. “With custom systems, it depends on the experience and the quality of work that the integrator has or does,” explains Jenny Milpacher, a seasoned integrator and the founder and CEO of DeMille Global (demilleglobal.com). “You can have bulletproof hardware, but if you don’t know how to program or install it, it is not going to work properly.” Bryan Watt, founding owner of Watt Integration (wattintegration.com) in Scottsdale, agrees. “It is not necessarily a brand we’re selling, because brands change and there might be a run of bad product that we don’t want to use,” he says. “We are selling our service and our knowledge.” At the end of the day, Watt notes, “it has to be simple stupid.” Remember the goal: ease of living.
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at your fingertips Steve Randazzo, whose company Randazzo’s Home Systems (randazzoshomesystems.com) has been in business for over a decade, summarizes the latest, greatest, and most popular trends in home automation in three words: “one button easy.” Picture this scenario, says Randazzo: You come home from a long day of work. When you disarm the alarm, your favorite background music turns on, and the lights turn on to your preferred levels. “You don’t have to think,” he notes. “Then when you leave the house, with just a couple of taps on a screen, the alarm is set, the doors lock, the HVAC sets itself to any temperature, and anything that was left on is turned off—if you want it off. It’s peace of mind.” “Homeowners really like to control their homes with their iPads or iPhones,” notes Milpacher, who emphasizes the popularity of controlling everything from one convenient location. Outside of perhaps telepathy, not much is easier than the ergonomic convenience of pushing a button from your lap or palm. long-distance relationships But what about when you’re not at home? Randazzo claims that “having access to their home when not at home” is the other significant trend for today’s progressive homeowners. For example, a homeowner might be on vacation in Rome when he remembers to cool down his house in Scottsdale for guests coming in for a short stay. Milpacher, who specializes in working with clients who own multiple homes, takes it one step further in integrating each of her client’s residences with one another. “It creates a cohesive experience no matter where they are,” she notes.
Products by Nest, such as the Nest Cam (shown here) and Nest Thermostat, are designed to work together integratively.
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that’s how they roll Remote-controlled window shades continue to be one of the most popular home automation improvements in new and remodeled homes. No more messing with cords or cranky slats. Susan Oster, owner of Scottsdale Shade & Light (scottsdaleshadeand light.com) is a home automation integrator whose expertise includes automated motorized window treatments. Long a fan of Lutron Electronics’ automation technology, Oster now praises the recent partnership between Lutron and Apple that allows the two systems to talk to each other. “You can now ask Siri to lower your shades,” Oster says. “And you can do it from your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.” Though Lutron offers different control systems for their residential market, all are compatible with Apple’s framework for home automation “from anywhere in the world,” Oster adds. Though battery-powered shades are not new to the market, Lutron now boasts unplugged automatic shade technology that offers an enhanced life expectancy over simple standard D-cell batteries in their Serena and Triathlon lines of shades. “What that means to the homeowner is that you can put motorized shades anywhere in your home with battery power that lasts five to eight years before you need to change batteries,” explains Oster, who loves the motorized window shades she has in her own home. What’s more, she adds, “They’re quiet, easy to install, you can get them in 20 days upon order, and they come in hundreds of different selections.”
Watt Integration’s expert staff provides simple solutions for home automation, design and entertainment. We pride ourselves on creating elegant solutions which are capable of controlling a single room or a whole home. Our designs can be tailored to fit your budget, whether modest or upscale. Our services include consultation, design and installation of home lighting and automated window treatments, home entertainment systems and security. We feature top quality brands such as Bang & Olufsen, GoldenEar, Lutron and Sonos. Contact Watt Integration to discuss your home integration, security and entertainment needs, and let us create a personalized plan for your home. Our highlyskilled team will provide solutions to fit your individual needs.
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a Gainey Ranch remodel is transformative in more ways than one
by Amy Gross photographs by Mark Lipcynzski
t’s hard to imagine a home with so much personality once being almost entirely devoid of color or distinguishing features, but it was immediately obvious to Dee Dee that the neutral, staged-for-selling twostory she’d stumbled upon had lots of potential. When he learned the house was on a corner lot in Gainey Ranch with spectacular golf course views, her husband Eric, who is in sports broadcasting, was on board. “If this house will work for you, you can do anything to it,” he told her. So Dee Dee took him at his word. Well, eventually.
Traditional Midwestern design elements were subtly incorporated into Dee Dee and Eric’s Southwest home. “We got the landscaping done the minute we got here,” Dee Dee says, adding that the exteriors were restuccoed a few years after that. But it took a while longer—several years, in fact—to convince Eric that a comprehensive remodel to improve the home’s long game was worth the short-term inconvenience of having people tramping through it. Being a private person and working a lot from home, he dreaded the disruption. Turns out, he need not have worried. Taking baby steps, the couple hired design and build firm Tri-Lite Builders/Homework Remodels Left: The colorful but xeric landscaping includes many varieties of cactus and one of Dee Dee’s favorite plants, Knock Out roses. Birds love nesting in the transplanted saguaro. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
Abundant natural light pours through stacked floor-to-ceiling windows in the comfortable great room, which also showcases two of the many gorgeous iron chandeliers found throughout the home.
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Previously allwhite, the interiors now feel warm and welcoming thanks to a palette of chocolates, ecrus, and coppers displayed in materials ranging from leather to iron.
Above: Dee Dee, with Labradoodles Abbie and Sherman, surveying the soulsatisfying changes to her home. “We’ve had such great luck with Tri-Lite,” Dee Dee says of the company that helped transform the home—in baby steps—over several years. “If it had been anyone else, I don’t think it would have happened.”
to redo two guest bathrooms and, for safety reasons, add height to some perilously low railings on the second floor. Things went off without a hitch, and even Eric started to come around to the idea of a more elaborate renovation. A few months later, they took the plunge once again with TriLite, this time working with lead designer Sheila Lanier and project manager Aaron Thomas. “Aaron and Sheila are so detailed—such perfectionists,” Dee Dee marvels. “They had everything timed out perfectly. Otherwise I don’t think Eric could have stood it.” Dee Dee credits Lanier with zeroing in on her tastes right away. “I thought I had no ideas!” she laughs. Going off the bathrooms that had been redone earlier, Lanier had a good sense of her client’s style, even if Dee Dee wasn’t clear on it herself. “Sheila said, ‘Oh, you’ve brought the Midwest to Arizona,’” the homeowner remembers. Woodwork around the windows, windowsills, carpeting, traditional furniture—all appealed to Dee Dee, who hails from Indiana. Her husband, likewise, is a Midwesterner
from Wisconsin (if you couldn’t tell from the Cheesehead proudly displayed in the living room). That one bit of décor notwithstanding, the living room today is a comfortable, elegant space that looks nothing like its sterile predecessor. The newly trimmed-out, floor-toceiling windows seem to bring the greens and fuchsias of the flowers, cactus, and golf course right into the home; as an added benefit, the honeycomb shades between the glass are motorized and even solar-powered. A 12-foot limestone fireplace breaks up the wall of windows, softening the space and redirecting the eye to the comfortable furniture and décor, which includes a dramatic iron chandelier overhead (one of several similarly styled chandeliers throughout the home that Dee Dee loves) and a piano gifted to Dee Dee by a friend in Indiana. From the living area is an unobstructed view of the lovely dining room, with its warm draperies and metallic faux ceiling. In the entryway, just inside the gorgeous custom double wood and wrought iron doors, one of the transom winSUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
Dee Dee and Eric’s Midwestern roots are evident in the traditionalstyle dining room, which combines symmetry with classic décor and detailing— studded chairs, an iron and crystal chandelier, and sumptuous fabric window coverings.
dows is stained glass, custom-designed by Lanier with the manufacturer “in a paint-by-numbers sort of way,” she says. The muted Victorian browns and ambers of the glass are carried over to another stained glass transom in the master bedroom and echoed in medallions designed into floors and even showers. “It was nice to have something beautiful to draw our inspiration on,” says Lanier, who had another idea up her sleeve she hoped her clients would like. After cabinets were torn out and an awkward peninsula removed, the kitchen was essentially a blank canvas. Lanier had been dying to use a particular mosaic marble backsplash in a project—and it turns out this was the one. A combination of three classic marbles—Emperador Dark, Crema Marfil, and Rojo Alicante—the backplash was handmade in France to Lanier’s specifications and pieced together in Scottsdale. “Oh, that backsplash!” Lanier sighs. “You don’t see it everyday, so to find a beautiful place to put it in was so gratifying.” Against rich cherry cabinetry and high-end appliances, the backsplash is an eye-grabber, a sumptuous and anchoring decorative element in the much larger space. 22
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Upstairs, the layout of the master bath was adjusted: The shower got bigger and the tub smaller. Beautiful, dual-toned custom storage cabinetry mimics the colors in the medallions and transom windows, while the Venetian plaster faux finish on the backsplash and metallic faux finish in the water closet call back the colors of the dining room. The master bedroom is adorned
“Oh, that backsplash! You don’t see it everyday, so to find a beautiful place to put it in was so gratifying.” —Sheila Lanier with new bedding, linens, and drapery, plus a pair of groovy metallic lamps that Dee Dee (the woman allegedly with “no ideas”) picked out herself at Le Maison. The curtains were almost the last touch, and to Dee Dee’s surprise, her husband called them out as one of his favorite elements of the remodel. “It was so funny,” she recalls. “Lanier and Lou
The kitchen uses accent and task lighting beneath (and even inside) the cherry cabinetry to create ambience and functionality. Reflecting off the polished granite countertops, the custom marble backsplash (above) is a one-of-a-kind statement piece. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
The master bedroom employs softly metallic table lamps and bed linens for a contemporary twist on traditional.
Above, left: The team had aging in place in mind when they turned the downstairs powder room into a full guest bath with a large, curbless shower.
[Corey, of Today’s Interiors] came by and set up the bedding and the curtains. Eric was just skipping around—so happy!” The curtains, Eric confessed to his wife, make the house feel “homey.” And indeed it is. Dee Dee credits Tri-Lite not only with the expert transformation of the house she feels so blessed to live in, but with changing the mind of her husband, who had fretted endlessly about dealing with remodeling nightmares which, it turns out, simply never came. The biggest change? “Eric couldn’t watch HGTV before,” Dee Dee says with a grin. “But now he can.” Below: Outside, multiple seating areas encourage conversation by the pool and enjoyment of the surrounding golf course views.
Patterns, motifs, and palettes recur throughout the home, such as the master bath’s medallion design. The twotone custom storage cabinetry (right) is also found in the kitchen. 24
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a Rio Verde contemporary pulls the distant mountains right into the backyard
With its stacked stone columns, crisp lines and angles, beautiful glass and steel entry door, and minimalist landscaping, Craig and Ann Conradâ€™s Southwest contemporary home fits naturally into its desert surroundings. A fun, desert-forward alternative to a pool, the splash pad (at right) adds a low-maintenance water feature to the entry courtyard. 26
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A 32-foot, motorized pocket door removes obstructions to the mountain-facing view. Just beyond the backyard fence lies protected Tonto National Forest land.
iving part of the year in a downtown Austin, Texas, high-rise, Craig and Ann Conrad are in the very heart of a bustling city scene. They wanted an entirely different view— and vibe—for their house in Arizona, however, and found it in a lot in Rio Verde that backs up to Tonto National Forest land. If there’s any bustling going on in the expansive spaces beyond their rear patio fence, it comes from nature: birds (including a pair of bald eagles), coyotes, bobcats, javelina, and what Craig refers to as “a somewhat infamous group of wild horses that roams back there.”
“I don’t know how to do this,” Craig told his architect, “but I want mountains in my house.”
With three bedrooms in the main house and one in the detached casita (above), the homeowners have plenty of space to offer eager out-of-town visitors. Visionary, an oil on canvas painting by Delmar Pettigrew, is one of many pieces in the owners’ lovingly curated art collection.
The couple found themselves drawn to the contemporary architectural style here because they felt its clean lines and use of glass would afford the best opportunity to maximize the view from the lot. “I don’t know how to do this,” Craig told architect Bryan Rains during the design phase, “but I want mountains in my house.” Steve Wiggins, founder and president of Regency Custom Homes—and the homeowners’ nephew-inlaw—built the Conrads’ Southwest contemporary home, which, true to style, makes liberal use of storeSUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
To combat the great roomâ€™s many hard surfaces, Regency Custom Homes used floating architectural pieces with acoustic paneling to deaden the sound. A collaboration between the homeowners and Austin-based hide rugmaker Kyle Bunting produced the custom hide rug, which also helps with acoustics.
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Left: A cool palette of taupes, grays, and sands brings the dining and great rooms together in a seamless way, and allows colorsaturated artwork, such as a Peter Lik photographic print, to really stand out. A wine chiller discreetly tucked into a stone column offers the convenience of custom storage without the cost.
front glass, stacked stone–clad walls and columns, and steel doors and gates. To accommodate Craig and Ann’s extensive collection of art, ample wall space and art lighting figured heavily into the design, a 4,200-square-foot layout that opens into a central hallway flanked by sleeping wings on either side and an open-plan living, kitchen, and dining area on the opposite end. To capture the north-facing mountain views Craig so desired, Wiggins installed a 32-foot sliding and motorized pocket door that’s so big it required a commercial I-beam across the frame for reinforcement. When fully open, the effect is dramatic. The entire north side of the home—the dining and living areas—transitions seamlessly to the rear patio and gives the sensation that the mountains, which are actually far in the distance, are close at hand.
Right: A playful light fixture and curvilinear art pieces, such as Martha Pettigrew’s bronze sculpture Consuela con Frutas on the island, help to soften the kitchen’s angles and flat surfaces. Above: A rare, three-armed geode is an intriguing addition to the art collection. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
Evoking a clean, midcentury modern aesthetic, the master bedroom flaunts Eamesstyle lounge chairs and custom, floor-to-ceiling– sliding barn–style doors.
To accommodate the Conrads’ steady stream of out-of-town visitors, a detached casita (left) off the courtyard (right, inset) adds sleeping space and comes with a private entrance. Below, left and right: The expansive rear patio captures the million-dollar views and hosts a huge party every March. The fire pit is the natural gathering spot for the 50-plus guests.
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As frequent entertainers, Craig and Ann felt it important to incorporate outdoor spaces on both sides of their home. With ample built-in bench seating around a fire pit, the rear patio easily accommodates the 50-plus friends who come out for a party every March. “We’d never had a fire pit before,” Craig says, “but it’s become one of the most-often-used areas of our home. At one point during our party this year there were 45 people pulled around it.” On the street side of the house, a spacious and fully enclosed front courtyard connects the main house with a charming detached casita. Since neighborhood building codes prevented the owners from putting a pool in, they decided to bring the water up.
As frequent entertainers, the Conrads incorporated outdoor spaces onboth sides of their home: a mountain-facing rear patio and a front courtyard with a splash pad. “We opted for a splash pad,” Craig says. “It’s a nice water feature—water is always moving. It sounds nice—and it’s a little different from anyone else.” Wiggins’s daughters, who are frequent visitors, are big fans. Inside the home, the finishes are modern, clean, and unfussy; the palette cool and desert-appropriate. The owners’ collection of vibrant art—much of it acquired through galleries in Scottsdale and Santa Fe—pops against white and stacked-stone walls. In every room of the house are paintings, prints, and sculptures by Native and Western artists such as B. C. Nowlin, Delmar Petti-
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take it outside
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With ample seating wrapped around an ultrafunctional circular cooking space, this outdoor kitchen is appointed with every convenience, from grills and warming drawers to coolers and storage.
inspired outdoor kitchen design for year-round enjoyment
eople tend to gather where things are cooking, and a well-appointed outdoor kitchen naturally draws the party outside. With nearly limitless options in assorted amenities and designs, an outdoor kitchen is incredibly functional—there’s no need to run indoors for ingredients, cookware, or drinks—and it presents a fun opportunity to uniquely express personal style. “It’s an amazing extension of your living space that your friends and family can enjoy,” says Mike West, owner of BBQ Island (bbqislandinc.com), a barbecue product retailer with stores in Scottsdale and Tempe. The latest trends in outdoor kitchen designs encourage alfresco cooking, especially foods whose preparation is not conducive to cooking indoors. Ted Campbell, whose Tempe-based company Creative Environments (creativeenvironments.com) designs customized outdoor spaces, says that authentic smoke flavors are making a comeback. “More people are using smokers and charcoal grills,” Campbell says. West agrees, noting the enduring popularity of The Big Green Egg at BBQ Island. Tripling as a grill, a smoker, and an oven, The Egg uses natural lump charcoal to instill a raw wood taste. The trend toward robust outdoor kitchen amenities is here to stay, says Chris Norris, director of showrooms and builder sales for Ferguson (ferguson.com) in the
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Stacked natural stone and a wood-burning pizza oven reflect this outdoor kitchen’s landscaped but earthy setting.
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spaces are also gaining popularity. Moreover, notes Norris, “The region’s temperate climate allows homeowners to expand upon an open floor plan with retractable glass walls, creating a seamless transition into an outdoor living space.” It’s also important to consider landscape design and the entire layout of the outdoor entertainment space when choosing cooking amenities and architectural features. “We are seeing not only the typical barbecue structure but more of an entertainment area for everyone to gather around, watch the game, grill, and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather,” says Campbell. He adds that the best outdoor kitchen designs include pool, sitting, and cooking areas that all flow together.
“For increased functionality, task lighting near a grill or outdoor kitchen area is essential during the evening hours,” says Ferguson’s Chris Norris.
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An inventive flooring finish that resembles wood but is actually durable tile that extends from inside the home is a cohesive design element in this outdoor kitchen designed and built by Creative Environments.
Southwest. “Many of today’s outdoor kitchens reflect indoor amenities, with everything from built-in grills, sinks, and pizza ovens to refrigerators, dishwashers, and outdoor chandeliers.” An added benefit of cooking outdoors with smokers, grills, or pizza ovens is that unwanted odors and heat stay out of the home, which also helps to alleviate energy costs throughout the sweltering summer. While exposure to the elements is the main difference between indoor and outdoor kitchens, with the unveiling of stainless steel and powdercoated cabinetry that withstands the elements, many homeowners are finding it easier than ever to construct a resilient relaxation space. To further protect outdoor amenities, attached covered patios, freestanding pergolas, decoratively useful barrier walls, and other styles of partially enclosed
“[An outdoor kitchen] is an amazing extension of your living space that your friends and family can enjoy.” —Mike West Homeowners can mix it up by imaginatively incorporating luxuries like swim-up bars, fireplaces, beer taps, and fresh herb and veggie gardens planted alongside the cooking area. A cohesive outdoor space emphasizes that idea that an outdoor kitchen is simply an extension of the home. “The style of your outdoor kitchen should be influenced by the architecture of your home and the natural elements of your backyard,” Norris explains. Other important considerations when planning an outdoor kitchen involve choosing the appropriate lighting for individual prep, cooking, seating, and entertaining areas; creating enough outdoor counter space so guests can visit with the chef; and finding the materials that work best with pre-existing outdoor elements as well as the overall design. While the leisurely living style offered by an outdoor kitchen makes it an incredible investment for your home, it’s ultimately all about convenience, company, and fun. Campbell loves his own outdoor kitchen and notes that he and his guests are always outdoors. “We can sit under the patio and enjoy the pool and be close to the barbecue island—to make sure we don’t burn our steaks and burgers.” SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
by Amy Gross
Above: Artists work year-round in the foundry beneath the Foundry Apse, an example of passive solar architecture. Visitors can watch bells being poured weekday mornings.
out of time Cosanti continues Paolo Soleriâ€™s architectural and artistic legacy
Bronze wind bells at Cosanti are either polished and burnished, or patinaed like this elaborate custom bell assembly displayed in the Gallery. 36
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n 1955, when Paolo Soleri founded his architectural studio, ceramics studio, and bronze foundry in the Phoenix area, the Italian-born architect no doubt chose the location for its solitude and wide open spaces. Today, the unassuming five-acre parcel is surrounded by the orderly rows of estates and immaculately landscaped yards of what is now Paradise Valley. Designated an Arizona Historical Site, Cosanti is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to architectural research. Its founder, an innovative architect, artist, ceramicist, and teacher who once studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, lived and worked there until his death in 2013. The deep, rumbling growl of the foundry furnace is ever-present at Cosanti. (The name comes from combining the Italian words cosa and anti and means â€œbefore things.â€?) The intensity of the furnace is at odds with the delicate clinking of the hundreds of handmade bronze and ceramic windbells, gongs, and works of sculptural
Left: A view of the tunnel, as it is known, from the ceramics studio. During hot, dry summer months, the tunnel’s walls are mistmoistened to help cool the courtyard by evaporation.
There are very few sharp angles at Cosanti, where buildings and structures take on organic forms. The North Apse (below, top) serves as shaded workspace and an intriguing entry to the compound and studios, while the Bell Tree (below, bottom) displays the standardstyle bronze bells made daily on the premises.
hanging art—Soleri’s legacy, carried on by contemporary metalworkers and artists—displayed at every turn. Some bell assemblies, priced in the thousands of dollars, are prized collectors’ items found in art galleries, public buildings, and private homes around the world. Others, less elaborate and pricey, are just as pleasing to the eye and ear. As one visitor was recently overheard to say about her purchase, regardless of its complexity, the perfect bell will call to you—likely from a bit of description-defying architecture.
Windbells hang from sinewy beams and curvilinear “trees,” and appear to grow naturally from earthen archways. The buildings, workspaces, and apses that make up the compound are sculptural, earth-cast concrete structures that might have been pulled from a science fiction movie set. Windbells dangle from sinewy beams and curvilinear “trees,” and appear to grow naturally from the earthen archways that Soleri—and the many hundreds of students who apprenticed with him over the years—designed and built on the premises. Peaceful and otherworldly, a tour of Cosanti is an intriguing step out of time and place, a peek into the life’s work of a visionary architect, accented occasionally by the soft ding of a bronze windbell. Before you go: Call ahead to determine when the daily weekday morning bronze pour is scheduled. Tours are self-guided and free, or by reservation with a $10 donation ($80 minimum). Cosanti (The Studios of Paolo Soleri), 6433 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Paradise Valley, 480-948-6145, cosanti.com. Free, open Monday through Saturday 9 AM–5 PM, Sunday 11 AM–5 PM SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
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where do you think youâ€™re going?
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a Valley staycation eliminates the hassle of travel and gets straight to the fun
Beautiful poolside cabanas are part of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princessâ€™s summer Sip, Savor & Sand package. S U C A S A S U M M E R 2016
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Keep mum. Don’t tell people where you are. If they know you’re in town, they are more likely to bother you. Limit technology. Leave your phone in the room and resist email and social media. Avoid the news. Break from routine. Sleep later, rise earlier, exercise more or less—whatever differs from your normal routine. Climbing out of ruts can reveal new horizons. Think like a tourist. Do things you wouldn’t normally do, things you might do with an out-of-town guest. Why travel to the other side of the world to do something you’ve never tried at home? Treat yourself. Do or buy something you wouldn’t normally spend money on. That in itself is adventuresome.
Should you decide to vacation near home you needn’t look far for options; resorts and hotels in the Valley have turned staycationing into an art form. Check out these enticing close-to-home summer getaways, and be sure to ask about any additional resort fees and parking rates when you book your visit. Then, let the relaxation begin!
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Left: Mermaid University is just one of many daytime kids’ programs at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
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vacation is like an intermission, a break in the performance (known as the daily grind) when you gather your wits. Staycationing, or remaining near home for vacation, has distinct advantages. For one thing, you spend less time and energy traveling. “The great thing about staying close to home is you get right to the ‘fun’ part of the vacation,” says Kim Cole, spokesperson for Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. No lines at the airport, no hours in the car. “You also can be a bit more spontaneous knowing you don’t need to lock in flights months in advance.” Plus, you save on travel expenses, leaving more money to spend on activities, accommodations, and self-pampering options. Resorts are designed to make you feel like you’re miles away from it all, and a staycation will do the same, especially if you treat it like you would a real getaway:
While the kids enjoy ageappropriate activities at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Mom and Dad can take advantage of one of two golf courses (above) or a heavenly spa treatment (left).
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 East Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale fourseasons.com/scottsdale A desert oasis in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North incorporates the natural environment and the creative work of indigenous artists. A great getaway for couples and families, the resort features beer and wine tastings, stargazing with a professional astronomer, a free kids’ program from 9 am–5 pm each day, pools, private cabanas, tennis courts, an art gallery, and shuttle rides to Troon North Golf Club. Summer staycation special: Rooms from $179/night and spa discounts.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Dr, Scottsdale fairmont.com/scottsdale Always a fantastic getaway for families, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess debuts its all-new Sunset Beach pool, glamorous cabanas, and 102 new guest rooms this summer. Kids can enjoy the property’s water slides and nature walks with Ranger Rick by day, and Techno Glo pool parties and dive-in movies by night, while Mom and Dad take advantage of spa time and decadent fine dining. Summer staycation special: Sip, Savor & Sand package (through September 10) includes rooms from $179 per night with a $50 daily resort credit. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
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Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 East Camelback, Phoenix royalpalmshotel.com Billed as the number one resort in Phoenix by Travel + Leisure Magazine (2015), Royals Palms, a destination luxury hotel at the base of Camelback Mountain, is popular among couples seeking romance. The resort features a spa, a full-service salon, a fitness center, a pool, private cabanas, a poolside cafe, and a library. Summer staycation special: Rooms from $149/night, with a $40 spa credit, $25 restaurant credit, and two free welcome cocktails.
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Left: As beautiful at night as during the day, Royal Palms Resort and Spa (left and inset) caters to couples seeking romance and privacy.
Family fun and adventure are the name of the game at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, where guests can experience surfing in the heart of Arizona on the FlowRider wave simulator (right) or take it down a notch tubing on the Lazy River (below).
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Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale kierlandresort.com This Southwestern-style resort in the heart of Scottsdale pays tribute to people and places that have shaped Arizonaâ€™s cultural heritage. Popular among couples and families with kids, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa features a water park with a wave simulator, a tube-friendly Lazy River, a 110-foot waterslide, manufactured snow, and a synthetic ice rink. Summer staycation special: Rooms from $169/night through June; $149/ night through Labor Day. Includes a $50 dining credit or two free sessions on the wave simulator.
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he wine accessory business is bullish, offering an array of accoutrement, utensils, and sundry widgets ranging from gimmicky to innovative. Much of the paraphernalia we can live without, but there is useful and noteworthy merchandise out there. Matching the right gadget to the function—or wine drinker—should be the guiding principle. And as with wine itself, one can spend a lot, or very little. Here are a few of my favorite accessories. Why would you need a leather, three-bottle wine bag? Because it’s nerve-racking to carry bottles home from a wine shop or to a dinner party knowing they’re fighting their way out of a paper bag or rolling around in the trunk of your car. Wine professionals use specifically designed bags, so why shouldn’t you? This one from Wine Enthusiast has a shoulder strap and a handle, a corkscrew pocket, and plush dividers to protect against clinking before you’re ready to make a toast ($200). It can also be personalized—a nice gift. Less luxe but just as handy is BUILT New York’s durable, twobottle neoprene (wetsuit material) tote. It’s washable, insulates well, comes in solid colors or stylish patterns, stores flat, and is a safe way to pack bottles in checked luggage ($18). Gizmos to preserve wine after opening are numerous, but all require extracting the cork first, which exposes the wine to oxygen and thus compromises its longevity. The Coravin system, invented by an oenophile
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in the medical device industry, is a must-have ($350). A surgicalgrade needle pierces the cork and then pressurizes the bottle with argon gas from a small, replaceable canister. Wine flows up the needle and into a glass. Remove the contraption and natural cork seals itself. Estimates suggest the wine remaining in the bottle will hold indefinitely. Plan to open a wine tonight and finish it in a day or two? Try Private Preserve, a hairspray-sized can of magic that delivers the same inert gas into the bottle with a WD-40–like tube ($10). Then, put a cork in it.
James Selby James Selby has directed wine programs in New York, Portland, and Santa Fe, where he lives and works as a wine consultant and writer. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
Above: The fries at Frites are hearty, thick-cut potatoes, deep-fried and simply seasoned. Above: One hungry diner poses with his plat du soir, a pile of potatoes topped with savory pork and sour pickles.
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photographs by Mark Lipczynski
keep on truckin’
Are you getting my good side? A plate this pretty deserves a photo.
here’s one for your culinary bucket list: the Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan
On a balmy Saturday evening at 5th Avenue and Goldwater in Old Town Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan welcomes eight to 12 trucks offering fare from burgers and waffles to ramen and lobster rolls.
lowly parking lot by day, on Saturday evenings the corner of 5th Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard in downtown Scottsdale pulls a Clark Kent, morphing into a lively, brightly lit outdoor dining area with food trucks, music, and hungry foodies looking for the next big nosh. “This is not about popcorn and pretzels,” says Lori Baker, the founder of the Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan and its weekly gatherings. “It’s a boutique-style food truck event that’s unique and different from any other in the Valley.” The difference, Baker claims, is the gathering of“true gourmet food trucks,” whose chef-owners are typically event planners who use their trucks as the catering arm of their businesses. Regular trucks include Mingo’s (Louisianastyle cuisine), Bites (mini donuts), The Grilled Cheeze, Waffle Love, and others. On Street Food Saturdays, as the event is dubbed, beginning at sundown and going about three hours into the evening, the Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan welcomes a weekly rotation of eight to 12 trucks, chosen by the Caravan from a fleet that includes approximately 35 truck chefs. The fare is varied and intriguing. Spice It Up’s Pulled Pork Rendang Sandwich (shredded pork cooked in coconut curry sauce, served on a brioche bun with crispy onions and a spicy yogurt sauce, just under $10) is a delicious, messy concoction, while The Maine Lobster Lady’s lobster rolls ($20) are well worth the wait lines when she’s in town from fall to spring. For a young couple with a stroller, a couple holding hands, and a group of old friends, this curious melding of upscale eats in a low-key environment has definite appeal. “We like it for the variety of food and the music,” says one diner. “The kids can run around and play.” SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM
Playing up the caravan concept, Street Food Saturdays offer a worldly, quasi-Moroccan, melting-pot experience—one that happens to be on wheels. This is Old Town Scottsdale. Fifty years ago 5th Avenue was point zero for shopping tourists visiting Phoenix, and while tourists are welcome at the Caravan—indeed, it’s a fun, spontaneous, and affordable alternative to eating out every night—its greatest appeal is for locals who just want to get outside with family and friends and escape from the everyday. Playing up the caravan concept, which conjures images of camels, white tents, and cross-legged dining, Street Food Saturdays offer a worldly, quasi-Moroccan, melting-pot experience— one that happens to be on wheels. “We call it a caravan because we travel . . . and because we have people from all over the world who come here, ” says Baker, who describes the colorful, boho atmosphere as “kind of a modern twist on hippie.” “We create a unique floor plan every single week; it is never the same,” she adds. Picnic tables, tables with folding chairs, throw rugs, and pillows are scattered about for first-come use. This summer they’ll be clustered within an assembly of misting pots, and in the colder months under space heaters. Like general seating at a concert, many walk in and “reserve” a place for their evening via beach towel or blanket. (BYOB?) A private tent with table seating and a chandelier can be reserved so you can arrive as you please and enjoy an evening with friends within the luxury of a partially privatized space. Live music is part of the formula for a good time. It’s comfortable background noise to conversations held with strangers
“This is a great place to socialize my dog,” says the owner of one pooch.
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From waffles to Hawaiian and Japanese cuisine (opposite), the variety of foods offers something for every taste.
After deciding what to nosh on from a long line of gourmet foods trucks, finding seating is the next challenge. Table seating (below) is available but limited. You can also “BYOB” (bring your own blanket) and stake out an area on the ground, or take advantage of a handy curb (above, top). Trucks at the Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan are chosen from a fleet of some 35 food truck chefs (left).
The ahi poké plate ($12) from Flyin’ Hawaiian includes a scoop of rice and an edible orchid.
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while standing in line to order and of course while dining. Live amplified guitar music is shared by the house musician playing ongoing classics—“nice but not overpowering,” Baker observes. First time at the Caravan? Take tips from the regulars. “Always come hungry,” advises one vendor at the cash register. Then again, maybe not too, as longer can mean better when deciding where to order. According to one veteran, there’s one simple way to get a bead on the best food: “You can tell by the line.” Scottsdale Food Truck Caravan, foodtruckcaravan.com
A paper lantern hangs beneath the awning of the Yatai Ramen food truck.
July through September
Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo
27TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ARTWALK July 7, 6:30–9:30 pm Scottsdale Arts District, Scottsdale Free The 27th Annual International ArtWalk celebrates talented artists from around the world represented in Scottsdale galleries, mingled with presentations, lectures, cool treats, and gallery fun. Look for “ArtWalk the Line” sidewalk decals along Main Street, west of Scottsdale Road and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to 5th Avenue. scottsdalegalleries.com. WINTER IN JULY July 18, 7–11 am The Phoenix Zoo 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix Free with zoo admission 46
This “winter” event brings 25 tons of snow to the Phoenix Zoo for a snowball target area, a toddler snow pile, a craft station, magic shows, interactive animal talks, and more. phoenixzoo.org/event-items/winter-july. Sedona Hummingbird Festival
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JULY 4TH TEMPE TOWN LAKE FESTIVAL July 4, 5–11 pm Tempe Beach Park 80 W East Side of Mill & E Rio Salado Pkwy $5–$8 (free for active military) This annual festival features a fireworks display, live music, an inflatable kids’ ride village, vendors, and fun and games for the entire family. tempe4th.com.
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SEDONA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL July 29–31 Sedona Performing Arts Center, Sedona One-day pass $17, three-day pass $45, children 12 and under free The Sedona Hummingbird Festival includes presentations by hummingbird experts— focused on science, gardening, photography, and conservation—as well as hummingbird tours. sedonahummingbirdfestival.com hummingbirdsociety.org/media. 2ND FRIDAY NIGHT OUT August 12, 6–10 pm Downtown Mesa between Center and Country Club Information booth on Main and MacDonald Free
Part of its second Friday monthly block party celebration series, 2nd Friday Night Out showcases over 60 artists presenting their newest works. Shops stay open late, and don’t forget to bring cash for food vendors selling savory and sweet treats. Each month’s theme is different, but there’s always live music and activities for the kids. 2ndfridaynightout.com. INSPIRACIÓN FLAMENCA August 26, 8 pm Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E Second St., Scottsdale $12–$15 The first local dance company to take the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ main stage in over a decade last August, Inspiración Flamenca returns for another incredible show, featuring three guitarists, two vocalists, percussion, flute, and five dancers. Julia Chacón, acclaimed dancer and the company’s director, says, “Flamenco truly embraces the Valley’s history and diversity.” scottsdaleperformingarts.org. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES September 14, 7 pm Ak-Chin Pavilion 2121 N 83rd Ave, Phoenix Tickets starting at $25 Hall & Oates, the beloved musical duo, performs with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, as well as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. livenation.com/artists/41593/hall-oates.
Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon
DEF LEPPARD WITH REO SPEEDWAGON September 20, 7 pm Ak-Chin Pavilion 2121 N 83rd Ave, Phoenix Tickets starting at $25 Pour some sugar on this! English rock band Def Leppard visits the Valley on their tour with American rockers Reo Speedwagon. livenation.com/artists/41440/def-leppard.
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“The only place a guy needs to know about when it comes to skincare, massages, and manscaping!” says one satisfied customer of this (mostly) male Scottsdale spa. Try a blue agave–based treatment called the Tequila Shooter Facial (a.k.a. Balls in Your Face). Men’s Spa Week (June 19–26) honors dads with Papa-pampering specials. wedomen.com Left: An array of skincare products for men at Simplicity, A Male-Concept Spa.
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The Intuitive Herbal Body Buff at The Spa at The Boulders invites guests to handselect herbs and other ingredients from the spa’s Organic Garden to create a custom body polish. A luxurious treatment follows. theboulders.com A tiled and walled courtyard greets visitors to this 4,445-square-foot estate; which showcases other Southwestern architectural details—coved ceilings, latilla ceilings, cozy fireplaces, and adobe brick—throughout the interior as well. With four bedrooms and six bathrooms, this spacious, adobe-style home flaunts its original, spacious design by acclaimed MexiSheraton Wild can architect Jerman Robledo. Horse Pass Although Resort styled as a dreamy retreat, the home integrates more modern amenities—like a double-island kitchen, a & Aji Spa gazebo, a charming guesthouse, a shimmering tiled pool with an inset Veev-A and La Spa spa—for added relaxation and convenience. Camelback Mountain makes Package, $190 the perfect natural backdrop for this stunning, Mexico-influenced gem. Aji Spa created the Veev-A La Spa package List Price: $1.59 million that your Realty, choice 602-291-1446, Contact: Libby Cohen,includes Walt Danley of one of two refreshing waltdanleyrealty.com and relaxing 50-minute treatments; one of three 25-minute treatments; on the market and full access to the spa’s amenities, paired with a complimentary spa cocktail featuring Veev Acai Spirit. The package is good Mondays through Thursdays only, through June 30. wildhorsepassresort.com
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The heat notwithstanding, Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden is still a great visit during the summer, where you can bet the more than 1,260 species of cactus scattered throughout the 140-acre grounds are loving every second of the season. At the entrance, the rare and elusive species winkingly referred to by regular visitors as “Chihuly cactus” catches the rays, its neon glass spines glowing among other more common (and, ahem, real) varieties of cactus and agave. Created by glassmaker Dale Chihuly as part of his first site-specific exhibit at the Garden in 2008, Desert Towers is now a permanent feature. See it in a different light (literally) on Thursday and Saturday nights through August, when flashlight tours at the Garden offer nature adventure for the whole family—happily, after the sun has gone down. Desert Botanical Garden, dbg.org
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