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22 private by design

Frank Lloyd Wright’s influences are evident in a secluded North Scottsdale retreat filled with copper accents and custom glasswork.

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In the Design Studio, we look at two kitchen remodels: one comprehensive, one cosmetic.

44 Meet Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort’s new executive chef, Rebecca Tillman, who already has her team growing their own vegetables in an on-site garden.


30 Silo House

What started as a storage shed became a model of modern, tiny house living, proving that it really is possible to fit a square peg into a round architectural hole.

outdoor living 42 let’s get away

When your backyard is this comfortable and well appointed, there’s no need to check into a resort. Just bliss out at home.

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Exploring two very different kitchen remodels, and a Q&A with interior designer Jonathan Wheat.

38 Su Libro

Revisiting a few classic books about the Southwest’s most revered architects and designers.

44 Su Cocina

Chef Rebecca Tillman gets things growing at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.

48 Vida Buena

Summer spa specials and new treatments all locals should check out; summer lawn games make a comeback; white wines you should be drinking this summer; and planning a trip to San Diego.

54 What’s Happening? Live performances and fun things to do around town this summer.

56 Adios

When the sun goes down, ArtWalk heats up in Old Town Scottsdale.

On the cover: A grain silo is converted into a meticulously designed and eminently livable tiny home. Read all about it on page 30. Photo by Mark Lipczynski.



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Outdoor misters and fog systems add a bit of drama to outdoor spaces even as they’re keeping the heat down.

Moll Anderson is in a colorful mood; Steve Thomas advocates for small, well-designed kitchens; outdoor misting and fog systems; and a roundup of cool summer entertaining products.

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ne of the great joys of home ownership is redefining spaces as our desires, needs, and budgets allow. What’s fun is that this is an ongoing process; as the Arizona weather changes, we incorporate different spaces into comfortable living. One of the best things about living in this region is how easily we’re able to connect with the outdoors, oftentimes right outside our door. Mountains on almost every side enable practically every home in the Phoenix area to have some sort of a mountain view, and our local landscaping is often a direct reflection of the desert that surrounds us. Few places allow this connection with the surrounding natural world the way this area does. Summer is no longer about hiding indoors. This issue of Su Casa suggests ways to make outdoor living extremely comfortable during these warm summer months. Water misters, popular at many of our local restaurants, can easily be part of your outdoor living spaces. We have all experienced that wonderful misting and the cooling qualities it affords. No longer is there an urgency to be inside. If you’re wondering what to do in your now comfortable backyard, we have lots of suggestions regarding grills, cooking aids, and even outdoor games. The bottom line is that you can create the lifestyle you most enjoy and still be comfortable and active. In this issue, one family chose to retrofit a classic midcentury design home with today’s appliances and cabinetry while remaining stylistically true to the home’s historic roots. Another adopted Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired concepts and applied them to their home in a modern way. Your ideal lifestyle is right at your fingertips. We hope that each issue of Su Casa will further inspire you as to the possibilities that make the most sense and provide the most pleasure for you and your family. Even in the summertime.

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Enchanted Spaces

by Moll Anderson

Energize outdoor spaces with bold, vibrant hues

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The grand but rusted chairs of a metal dining set went from drab (above) to fab (above, left) thanks to cobalt blue spray paint, new cushions, and fun, mixed-pattern pillows. Richard Maack Photography

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requently people ask me how to add a pop of color to their outdoor living spaces. I tell them it’s easier than you think— and you don’t need a big, “colorful” personality to do it. Start by perusing the latest fashion, makeup, and Pantone colors. Which ones inspire you and really get your heart racing? Pick a few, then let go and have a blast by infusing those hot, haute colors you’re drawn to (and are lusting for a chance to use!) into your life. This couldn’t be easier in your outdoor living spaces, since you’re simply going to add your color with accents—pillows, towels, pots, throws, and flowers. This works so well because when you choose fabric for your upholstered patio furniture in a neutral color, either dark or light, you can always change the color of your accents—or add to them when you find another chroma you crave. One of my favorite ways to rejuvenate a space is with a fresh coat of paint. It’s a quick fix for a wall or any piece of furniture, especially this old, tired table and chair set I found. I loved the design and had been looking for the perfect table and chairs to set the mood I’d been dreaming of creating in my Santa Fe home. Most people would look at that table and chairs and think, Ugh! Ugly. But if you train yourself to look beyond the obvious and be adventurous—without necessarily thinking DIY—then you will learn to embrace the imperfect. The table set, I knew, simply needed to be a very electric color. In just a couple of hours, its weather-beaten pieces went from unsightly and boring to super seductive thanks to a little elbow grease and a hot splash of color. You get more mileage out of a can of paint than any other decorating tool!

Right: Large planters in a vibrant blue equal to Moll’s revamped dinette pop against the adobe walls of her Santa Fe home. Where electric blue is dynamic and exhilarating, says Moll, blues in the sky and the pool suggest trustworthiness and dependability.

Which colors are you most drawn to? Blue is most often named a “favorite” color. It’s seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed—the color of sky and ocean. The color blue affects us physically and mentally. Electric or brilliant blues are dynamic and dramatic—engaging hues that express exhilaration.


Soothing and relaxing mentally as well as physically, green helps to alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety and offers a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony. Mentally stimulating yellow encourages communication. Yellow is full of optimism, enlightenment, and happiness, and shades of golden yellow carry thoughts for a positive future. Yellow pops from surrounding colors, brings energy, and sparks creative thoughts and memory.

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Fun and flamboyant, orange radiates warmth and energy. Orange affects us mentally and physically, stimulating activity and appetite and encouraging socialization. Red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is exciting. The amount of red in a space is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red is seductive, increases enthusiasm, and draws attention; a pop of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element. Red encourages action and confidence and a sense of protection from fears and anxiety.

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y friend François grew up in a small French village in the hills outside Lyon. She and her family ran the only bistro, which served coffee, drinks, and of course the legendary French country cooking. In my mind, a “French country kitchen” meant a large space with a vast range and gleaming copper pots, but in fact, the Lagoute family produced all the bistro’s meals on a two-burner gas hob. François was a fantastic cook, and she disabused me of the notion that one had to have a big, fancy kitchen to produce great meals. There was a time I did a lot of cooking and spent a lot of time in the kitchen, though these days I prefer the plein air vistas of “Steve’s Grill Patio & Martini Bar,” where the best of Maine’s seafood is either grilled or steamed in a gigantic gas cooker. My wife Evy rules the indoor kitchen, especially now that we recently completed a really terrific space at our current renovation project, Sea Cove Cottage.

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The kitchen is small, about 10 by 13 feet, but it boasts excellent design, equipment, lighting, and ventilation. Evy says it’s her favorite of all the kitchens we’ve done over the years, and she’s not shy. So what are the “ingredients” for a great small kitchen? Professional design is a must, and to help your designer you have to focus on what you really need. Small spaces are only successful if they’re highly edited—and that takes discipline. Our designer, Robin Siegerman, helped us be ruthless. Modern cabinets and cabinet hardware can utilize every square

to favor simple dishes made with fresh, local ingredients that don’t require an elaborate set of cookware. And back to Steve’s Grill Patio . . . don’t discount how much pressure a good grill area can take off the kitchen. I grill the Thanksgiving turkey outdoors, which my wife loves because it takes all the men (and their unruly holiday behavior) out of the house. We’ve been cooking in our small kitchen since December. It’s easy to work in, easy to clean, and looks really cool. So far, neither my wife nor I would go back to a large kitchen—or for that matter, a large house!

Small spaces are only successful if they’re highly edited—and that takes discipline. inch of available space. You’ll need an “engineer” who can get the most out of a cabinet line. Longtime friend Rick Spencer was able to use stock KraftMaid cabinets in our kitchen and make the result look custom—and he realized a ton of very usable storage, too. Go high end on the appliance package (if you can). High-end machines look great, work great, last a long time, and don’t go out of style. They can also be a differentiator in the marketplace if and when you decide to sell your house. Shop for discontinued, last year’s, or even used models to save money. Rigorously edit your stuff. We went with one set of caterer-quality white plates, bowls, silverware, cups, and glasses, and one set of high-quality pots, pans, and knives. (Okay, the espresso machine was Above: This tiny kitchen uses light colors, compact deemed a necessity!) The happy fact appliances, and see-through upper cabinets to give the is that cooking styles have evolved illusion of space.

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by Jessica Muncrief

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n many parts of the country, homeowners spend their summers outdoors, only reluctantly moving the party indoors when the weather gets chilly. Desert dwellers, of course, face the opposite problem. While average temperatures hover comfortably in the 70s for much of the year, the summer heat index regularly shoots up to well over 100 humid degrees in Central Arizona. It’s no wonder air-conditioned interiors offer more appeal than lounging poolside. “We live in Arizona because we enjoy the outdoors,” notes Dave Johnson, president of Scottsdale-based MistAmerica (, “but at certain times of the year, it’s not pleasant to be outdoors because of the excess heat. Misters allow homeowners to open up their patios and porches all year long.” Using high-pressure pumps, misting systems push water through specialty nozzles, adding moisture to the air and quickly bringing down the ambient temperature. The higher the pressure, the better the mister. “The water atomizes into a very fine particle that evaporates into the air,” explains Dana Pack, national sales manager for Fogco ( in Chandler. “Systems with a lower PSI leave a lot of condensation behind and offer less cooling effect. With high PSI systems, the droplets are so tiny, nothing gets wet, and the patio can cool up to 30 degrees.”

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Outdoor misting systems bring moisture—and even a bit of mystique—to the desert

Aqua Science misters built into a patio awning cool things down around the outdoor grill, while pool misters (above) are perfect for uncovered areas of the backyard.



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“Anytime you can put moisture in the air that’s so dry here, it’s going to create a more pleasing place to spend time.”—Derek Sajdak

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Fogco’s WindChill Patio Cooling Mist Fans provide a focused air stream that carries the fog and helps the fan’s cooling ability.


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Modern misters offer up a whole lot more than just superior pressure. They’re as much about aesthetics and convenience as they are about cooling. It’s all about knowing what homeowners want and when they plan to cool off, says Johnson. “Each porch is its own unique set up,” he says. “We look at the height and depth of the patio and what type of cooling they want. It’s also really important to determine the months and times of day the homeowners plan on using the system. Today, there are so many more nozzles and system types available.” The latest and greatest option— “far and away the best method to cool the patio of any home,” Johnson claims—is the misting fan. In lieu of the line system typically installed around the perimeter of a porch, this mister mirrors a traditional ceiling fan. The multiple rotating nozzles can disperse cooling effects in an area of up to 900 square feet and, as an added bonus, can be customized with a variety of colors and finishes to perfectly match a home’s décor. “Fog or mist is distributed from overhead, creating an umbrella effect that encompasses and cools the whole area instead of just around the edges,” says Pack, adding, “These fans are generating a lot of excitement and demand in the industry.” Homeowners looking to beat the heat a bit further away from the house can prop open an innovative misting umbrella. Some models have a misting fan mounted inside and others have multiple misters outfitted into the spines of the umbrella. “This offers the ability to create overhead mist and get all the cooling effects in an area, like next to the pool for instance, where you might not have a ceiling to attach a mister,” points out Derek Sajdak, coowner (with Joseph Mumbach) of Aqua Science ( in Tempe.

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Umbrella misters, like this one from MistAmerica, direct and keep the cooling mist exactly where you want it.

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In addition to their cooling properties, mist and fog also offer surprisingly pleasing visual effects. Think Hollywood.

Mist and fog also offer surprisingly pleasing visual effects. Think Hollywood. “We can use the same pump that cools around the patio to generate fog features around gardens or landscape streams. At Fogco we call it ‘mistscaping,’” says Pack. Adding fog features to pools and along walkways is also an increasingly popular method to round out an outdoor living space. Sajdak says it’s all part of making misting systems a full package investment. “Aesthetically it looks really pretty, and anytime you can put moisture in the air that’s so dry here, it’s going to create a more pleasing place to spend time,” he says. “People spend so much money on their backyards, but they don’t always finish the job. These systems create an oasis-type feel and also cool down the yard so it’s actually usable. The mist cooling finishes everything off.”

Above: If it’s drama and effect you’re looking for, consider installing a fog system around a waterfall or landscaping. Fog also adds drama to outdoor sculpture and artwork (above, top right)



Life+Style Southwest

by Amy Gross

take it outside The coolest new entertaining products for Arizona’s warmest season

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There’s no need to keep the party indoors this summer. With these fun and functional gadgets and appliances, entertaining outside will be a snap. Your guests will be comfortable, and you’ll be the toast of the town.

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SunBrite Signature Series 55" Outdoor TV Built to withstand heat, rain, cold, and insects, SunBrite’s Signature Series TVs are right at home in backyards, whether covered or uncovered. The LCDLED screen sparkles in even bright sunshine. Bring the gang over to watch the game outside. Shown in white; also available in silver and black. Free cleaning kit included.

Lynx 30" Smart Grill Guesswork begone! The new Lynx Smart Grill automatically cooks foods based on user commands. After asking you a few questions about what’s to be cooked, the grill then connects to an online database of recipes to determine optimal cooking techniques and temperatures. It will even tell you where on the grill to place that ribeye to ensure medium-rare perfection. $5,999, BBQ Island,

Quirk Books Summer Cocktails In their new hardcover book Summer Cocktails: Margaritas, Mint Juleps, Punches, Party Snacks, and More—just released in April—author MarTa del Mar Sacasa and photographer Tara Striano offer up over 100 seasonal recipes for drinks, snacks, and punches to keep the party going well into the evening. $23, Barnes and Noble

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Eton Rukus Xtreme When you’ve got sunshine in spades, why not put it to use? The sturdy and compact Rukus Xtreme wireless sound system is dual powered for electricity and solar. Its splashproof casing and built-in handle allow for easy transport. Use it to charge your cell phone or deliver tunes via any Bluetooth device.

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Phoenix Tent and Awning Company Gazebo In addition to providing protection from the searing heat, custom gazebos and cabanas create a romantic getaway with resort-style elegance in your own backyard. Add decorative drapes for additional style and complete privacy.

Sur La Table Grill and Sear Plancha This heavy-duty plancha (flat-top grill) allows you to grill meat at high temperatures on the center cast iron grate while simultaneously cooking vegetables and side items at lower heat on the raised stainless steel edges. Fajitas and burgers are a snap, from searing the meat and veggies to warming the tortillas and buns. $60, Sur La Table,

Beeline Barware Señor Shaker The mustachioed and sombrero-wearing “Señor” will put the fiesta into your next summer party. Made of mirrorfinished stainless steel, the 22-ounce shaker is perfect for margaritas, martinis, and other chilled drinks, and is guaranteed to make your guests grin. Look for the Old Tyme Shaker, Shiver Me Shaker, and Tennessee Shaker, coming soon. $30, BeeLine Barware

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Design Studio

by Amy Gross

recipes for renovation Two kitchens take different paths to total transformation

Above: Kent and Sue Kime’s kitchen, though brand new in every way, is a perfect stylistic complement to their 1957-built home. Right: Sue’s new built-in desk overlooks the backyard through hopper-style corner windows from Phoenix-based Western Window Systems.


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here’s a reason why the kitchen is still number one on the list of rooms homeowners are eager to remodel. “The kitchen is the most used and congregated-in area of a home,” says interior designer Jonathan Wheat of La Maison Interiors. “It takes abuse on a daily basis and thus most often needs updating and remodeling.” (Read our Q&A with Wheat on page 21.) The kitchens on the following pages both underwent significant transformations— but in very different ways.

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As a countertop material, Dekton appealed to everyone on the team because of its durability and visual simplicity. “It quietly unifies Kent and Sue’s entire kitchen—the cabinets, the appliances, and their nice view to the backyard,” says architect Bill Kurtz.

a seamless fit

The ranch home Kent and Sue Kime purchased in 1989 near Encanto Park was built in 1957—a true midcentury gem. They loved and respected its bones, even as they began systematically remodeling nearly every room and updating the outdoor spaces and landscaping. When in 2014 they finally got around to rethinking the cramped, dark, galley-style kitchen, the timing was perfect: Midcentury modern was back—and all the rage. “We wanted a modern-looking kitchen but not something totally outside the midcentury style,” says Kent. A mutual friend introduced the Kimes to architect Bill Kurtz of Bill Kurtz Architects, who walked through the beautiful backyard and then inspected the kitchen. “Right off the bat Bill said, ‘You have this great backyard, and you can’t even see it!’” Kent recalls. Kurtz proposed relocating a door leading to the kitchen and creating a corner window that would overlook the pool and yard and add much-needed natural light to the cooking area. Stealing a bit of space from a laundry area gave the team—which by this time included builder Joe David of JoeBuilt, who specializes in midcentury modern design—the ability to create a pantry (also much needed) and a built-in desk that fits neatly into corner cabinetry. A smallish dining area on the other side of the kitchen wasn’t being used very often, so the team swiped some of that space, too. A gracefully curving countertop, with endcap shelving that neatly stores cookbooks and décor, is now the perfect place for Kent (and guests) to enjoy a glass of wine, seated comfortably on barstools, while Sue prepares meals. To satisfy the homeowners’ desire for cabinetry with a subtle, vertical grain and a clean, unfussy look, James Douglas of Different by Design suggested anigre, an African hardwood. A relatively new countertop product called Dekton, fabricated and installed by The French Quarry, appealed to Kent, a mechanical engineer who works in the aerospace industry. “It looks like the material you’d see in a high school chemistry lab,” he laughs. Virtually maintenance-free, the matte-finish product has a warm feel to it that mirrors the aesthetic of the surrounding spaces. Metal artist Gary Slater crafted a one-inch-high stainless steel “backsplash” that connects the counters to the cabinetry.

Sue worried that hardware would detract from the clean look of her anigre cabinetry, but she loves these pulls. Jutting horizontally from cabinets and drawers, they are virtually invisible.

“Our intention was not to make a statement with each element,” says architect Kurtz of the redesigned cooking spaces. “We wanted to create something that was more of a background to the rest of the home and not be the center of attention, because that’s when it becomes about the people and their art, and not about the kitchen.” Bill Kurtz Architects, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



fabulous face-lift

Planning a kitchen remodel can be exciting. Adding up the costs involved? Less so. Fortunately for Paradise Valley residents Nicole and Kurt Wood, their kitchen was in pretty good shape structurally and design-wise. It just needed a face-lift. “This was truly a ‘design job,’” notes interior designer Julie Swagar, owner of Hidden Line Design. “Nicole wanted to blow it out, but when we looked at the cost, it wasn’t a value.” The cabinets were in excellent condition, as was the granite, the island, even the appliances. “The main problem was that the kitchen was just kind of yellow,” Swagar says. “And it wasn’t a pretty yellow,” adds Nicole. With that in mind, the first thing to go was the cabinet color, updated to a creamy white that makes the space more cheerful and highlights the high-end stainless steel appliances. (The island cabinetry remained a contrasting dark stain.) A fresh, modern backsplash of horizontal glass and porcelain tile from Bedrosians Tile and Stone now infuses soft greens, whites, and beiges into the cooking area. “The backsplash made a huge difference,” says Swagar, noting that the colors perfectly complement the cabinets and the granite countertops. An extremely easy update was replacing the lighting with a lanternstyle glass pendant above the island. From Circa Lighting in Georgia, Right: Updating the backsplash with horizontal glass and porcelain tile in muted greens, whites, and sands provided an instant lift to the kitchen, which now sports clean white cabinetry. 20

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Focusing on updating her kitchen rather than changing its footprint, Nicole Wood saved thousands of dollars and avoided construction headaches. Keeping the stainless steel appliances and granite countertops also provided a starting place for color and finish choices.


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it’s oversized—and appropriately so, according to Swagar. “Homeowners tend to go too small in terms of lighting,” she says. “Manufacturers are tending toward larger-scale pieces these days, and that was perfect for this kitchen.” One of the main reasons the homeowners decided to merely update their kitchen was because the design works very well for them; the footprint needed virtually no changing for their young family of five. “My husband’s a fantastic cook,” says Nicole. “Everybody’s always running around the island, and we love the big countertop.” A built-in desk is always in use, as are the dark blue (Nicole’s favorite color) barstools opposite the deep sink. As they renovate other areas of their home, the Woods says they’ll be mindful of the need for maintaining a cohesive look throughout. Their sparkling new(ish) kitchen is the definition of “clean and contemporary,” and it’s just what they were hoping for. “It really goes with the rest of the house,” says Nicole. “It feels like our own style now.” Hidden Line Design, As the place where the family gathers, does homework, and cooks, the kitchen really benefits from its updated lighting. Above: Barstools from Restoration Hardware keep potential “helpers” out of Kurt’s way when he’s cooking.

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As a design philosophy, it’s pretty unbeatable: “We are only limited to our imagination!” says Jonathan Wheat, a 39-year veteran of the design field. “Enthusiasm and joie de vivre are integral parts of my personality and design,” he adds. Su Casa caught up with Wheat in his offices at La Maison Interiors, an interior design and luxury home furnishings store in Scottsdale, to find out what kitchen trends homeowners should be thinking about when renovating their own cooking spaces. Why are kitchen remodels highest on the list of rooms homeowners are most eager to redesign? Savvy homeowners are interested in updating areas that will give them the best return on their investment, and kitchens sell homes! When is a complete overhaul necessary, versus a facelift? You might opt for a complete kitchen overhaul when the current cabinet structures are compromised or the current kitchen layout is inefficient or no longer works for your family’s needs. If your current layout is working, refacing cabinet structures, and replacing doors, appliances, countertops, backsplashes, or lighting are all great kitchen updates. Do you have favorite materials you regularly turn to for kitchen remodels? As a designer, my go-tos for a kitchen remodel are stainless steel appliances, but whenever I can, I’ll suggest the current trend of retro appliances with color or neutral tones. These marry well with built-in cabinet appliances and become little gems in the kitchen. My other signature design preference is not repeating the countertop material as the backsplash. For the homeowner on a budget, what changes get the biggest bang for the remodeling buck? Paint! Painting your walls or your cabinets will always give you a new fresh update. If your current counters are showing wear, replace them with a durable solid surface of stone or manmade material. Hang pendant lighting over islands or peninsulas to add character and task lighting. Finally, change the backsplash—or create one if you don’t have one. What trends are you seeing in kitchen design right now? I’m seeing waterfall countertops, islands with contrasting countertops and/or base cabinet colors, signature pendant lights, beverage centers, multiple dishwashers, multiple cabinet heights, and a return to freestanding stoves. I also like that kitchens are incorporating morning sitting rooms and huge gathering islands in the current open floor plans. You will always find your guests in the kitchen! La Maison Interiors,


private by design Frank Lloyd Wright’s influences are evident in a secluded North Scottsdale retreat


by Jackie Dishner

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heir second home, located in a gated North Scottsdale community, could have easily gone the traditional Southwestern route. But this Midwestern couple looked to more modernist design—and indeed, the legacy of a modernist architect—to create the look they wanted. Filled with custom stained glass and accented liberally in copper, the couple’s desert abode takes strong cues from another former Scottsdale resident, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright’s “Prairie homes” of the early 20th century blended mostly horizontal lines with flat landscapes. Following this sensibility, the homeowners created their modern “desert Prairie” home over a period of two years. It’s a “companion” home, the home they live in for relaxation and when family visits during the spring and holidays. With the 22

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help of an interior designer, they borrowed from the Wright influences present at the community’s clubhouse and entry gate to create a modern Prairie-style abode. The décor is striking, and yet the overriding priority in the home’s design wasn’t even aesthetics. It was privacy. The home incorporates enough high technology to protect a fort from intruders and other unwanted guests, and that’s just what the homeowners ordered. Tempe-based Prometheus Technologies installed easy-to-operate gadgets in a climate-controlled walk-in closet. Twelve touch-screen panels and thermostats throughout

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the house operate temperature, audio systems, lighting, window shades, access, cameras, and even the pool and spa equipment—all of which can be controlled and reprogrammed via a cell phone. Even the home’s décor and accents contribute to the homeowners’ desire for anonymity. Intriguing metal and glass combinations are found throughout the house; Arizona-based Art in Metal was commissioned to customdesign a dozen or so Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired windows, doors, and skylights. “I wanted a design that would give us all the natural light we wanted—and the privacy—without having to cover the windows in blinds,” explains the lady of the house. “[Art in Metal] came up with beautiful designs that fit the house perfectly.” Indeed, each design includes a slightly different pattern of lines and angles that outline a mix of iridescent colors of fused glass that provide the perfect balance of light, continuity, and privacy. The couple worked with an interior designer they met “back home” who helped incorporate unique details, including leather accents in the husband’s office, both on the floor and furniture.

Opposite: The striking entrance boldly combines two of the homeowners’ favorite elements: custom glasswork and copper. Left, top: The use of stacked stone on the exteriors and in the stairwell is a nod to the Southwest surroundings of this “desert Prairie home.”

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Left, bottom: Art in Metal created many of the home’s colorful custom glass windows, doors, and skylights. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


“He had to have leather accents,” says his wife, shaking her head. “It’s a boy’s office.” In true Wright fashion, the home showcases intriguing geometrics displayed on the exterior façade, on outdoor light sconces, and elsewhere. The powder room combines a purposeful arrangement of blood red, aluminum, and mirror tiles to great visual effect; it’s worth a trip to the loo just to gape at the striking pattern. Other repeating patterns involve copper, which shows up in kitchen and bath backsplashes, on the home’s exterior flashing (which they had purposefully aged to avoid verdigris), and on the bar top across from the couple’s personal wine cellar. Marble in different patterns covers the downstairs floor, while wool carpet was chosen for the upstairs, where the couple’s two adult sons and their families stay. Neutral earth tones rule the color palette inclusive of the Venetian plaster walls. Unable to find the right size and shape of couch for the living area, the curved couch and fitted shelf behind it

The custom-designed windows, doors, and skylights mix iridescent colors of fused glass that provide the perfect balance of light, continuity, and privacy.

The family/game room is decorated with artwork and photography the homeowners have acquired locally and during their travels. Left: The kitchen boasts plenty of seating for visiting family around two granite-topped islands. The owner opted for highly varnished walnut cabinetry from Kiesler Enterprises. The hardware? Appliance pulls, finished in a hot rod shop.



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A gleaming copper counter wraps around the bar in the great room, illuminated by glass and wrought iron pendants. Behind the curvilinear custom bookcase is comfortable seating around a stone fireplace. The owners use their home as a gallery for the pieces they collect at Thunderbird Artists and other local art shows.



had to be custom made. “Everything we saw was either too big or too small,” says the homeowner. “On this one, we think the curves soften all the angles in the house.” Artwork throughout the house reflects her personal interests and tastes. The large oil painting of pansies in the master bedroom, executed by an artist named Tifo, reminds her of her dad, who loved the flower. And she’s found several paintings, photography, and watercolors by artists who exhibit at the local art shows, including Thunderbird Artists. “I attend every single one when I’m here,” she says. One of her favorite home features is the kitchen millwork, special ordered from Kiesler Enterprises. The large cabinet doors, which stand five feet tall, open and close with “hardware” that demands a second look—a special order of 58 appliance pulls. The super-shiny finish on the cabinets—auto varnish— was done in a hot rod shop. “They told me I didn’t want such a shiny look, that I’d be sorry. But I wasn’t. I love it,” she says, pointing out the perfect contrast between the sheen on the walnut cabinets versus the matte finish on the crown molding overhead. “You just wipe them clean with a Costco microfiber cloth. They’re easy to maintain,” says the homeowner, who spends a lot of time cooking and tending gardens here. “Most of the time while we’re here, we totally live outside,” she says, pointing at the outdoor kitchen area, the negative edge pool and spa, and the cabana in the backyard, all of it facing 180-degree views of the Valley. Other outdoor amenities include a putting green accessed via her husband’s office. 26

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Above: A powder room takes geometric design to new levels. A bold pattern made up of deep red, aluminum, and mirror tiles on the backsplash is echoed on the floor, minus the mirrors. Angling the backsplash and floor patterns gives the illusion of a path passing behind the vanity.

The spacious master bedroom looks out to the beautiful backyard and mixes matte finishes and textures in the stone, wood, and Venetian plaster walls.

Solving the question of privacy and natural light, a custom window in the master bath by Art in Metal is at once functional and artistic.



It’s no surprise that the homeowners spend a huge amount of time in their sprawling and ultra-comfortable backyard. Here, perfectly on-point angles rising from the negative edge pool surround to the roof and awning are composed for maximum wow factor.


The temperature-controlled wine cellar incorporates custom glass accents that echo those found elsewhere in the home.

Top, right: Envisioning Frank Lloyd Wright’s early20th-century Prairie-style homes with a modern twist, the homeowners opted for stacked stone exteriors that mimic the colors of the desert.

The putting green is used most often by the couple’s three-year-old grandson, with Granddad more apt to take a seat in front of the nearby fire pit and have a cocktail or glass of wine with friends or his sons. He does golf, however—a screen print of a European golf course, which hides the TV screen in front of his cherry wood desk, attests to that, as does the fact that his home faces a golf course. It’s a lovely place for rest and relaxation, and the homeowners take full advantage of the insular retreat they’ve created. At the end of the day, you might find them both upstairs on the deck, watching a desert sunset, glass of pinot in hand, safe and secure in their protected, private world. Read about this home’s incredible outdoor living spaces in “Let’s Get Away,” page 42.

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The sliding glass door that opens to the backyard was custom-fabricated with 5-inch V-groove wheels similar to rollerblade wheels. The threeply polygel glass lets in light, but the view is distorted for privacy. Opposite: The “front” door is topped with vertical windows—made by Kaiser himself—that reach to the dome, at the center of which is an oculus.

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t’s a bit disorienting, a little like experiencing the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, but going up instead of down. Like many architects’ homes, Christoph Kaiser’s is a bit unusual: in this case, a former grain silo built behind one of his rentals in the Garfield Historic District of downtown Phoenix. Kaiser actually erected the silo six years before he began renovating it. At the time, his intention was to keep the dirt floors and simply use the silo as a shed. Because of that, it didn’t require permits. Later, however, he decided to try to turn it into living space. “I wanted to see if others would cry, ‘Not in my backyard,’” Kaiser says of his plan to turn the silo into actual living space for himself and his wife, Shauna. “But they didn’t.” Being in a historic district, he had to get approval from both the city of Phoenix and the historic district, which at first referred to the house as a “rocket ship.” “But Historic Preservation loved it,” he recalls. “They saw it as a piece of Americana.” It took Kaiser a year and a half to build the self-financed project eventually dubbed Silo House, working on it in between commissioned projects, at night, and on weekends. Christoph Kaiser LLC,

An aerial view of Silo House, nestled into a canopy of soon-to-be shade trees.



It required the same amount of work as a regular house construction would, he says, just less volume. From first entrance, the realization of what the small, tubular building holds inside (a home built for two) seems counterintuitive. But sit for a while and relaxation comes quickly within the enclosed walls that follow a two-story line all the way to the oculus, converted into a retractable skylight at the top. These scant 300 square feet are comfortable—even homey. Kaiser, principal of Christoph Kaiser LLC, an architecture and design studio in downtown Phoenix, designed and fabricated almost everything in the house himself, and that’s no exaggeration. His hands built the hickory and walnut millwork on both levels, the indoor shower enclosure, the platform and shelving for the bed, the light fixtures, the spiral staircase, the doors and windows, the light switch panels, the water feature, the coffee table, air registers, the stove, the sink, the operable skylight, the outdoor shower. And the list goes on. Kaiser designed his unusual home, which embraces the trend toward tiny-house living, with two floors. A combined kitchen/ dining space and living area downstairs makes up roughly 200 square (er, round?) feet; sleeping quarters and a bathroom above, accessed via a curved Right: The compact backyard, screened by a curved privacy fence, features a small patio, an outdoor shower, a hidden barbecue grill, and beds for herbs and flowers. 32

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“The silo shape is elemental,” says Christoph Kaiser, here with his wife Shauna. “It speaks to the primary form of the silo being a cylinder. I like things that are irreduceably complex, and the silo is that.”

Thoughtful storage space was the name of the game in the impossibly tiny but well-appointed kitchen area. Open cupboards and built-in nooks beneath the Corian countertops accommodate staples, while two door/ shelving units that slide across the refrigerator hide more storage. Even the ceiling light doubles as a pot rack to conserve space.

“We took inventory of what we absolutely needed to have. We went over our daily ritual and accommodated those items first.” —Christoph Kaiser SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The interior furniture pieces, mostly built-in, bend inward, lining the home’s natural curve and creating more space to move around.

Everything in the home is curvilinear, including the the spiral staircase. The rounded sofa, which was designed by Kaiser, faces a small TV built unobtrusively into the kitchen area.

With no room available for anything save for a bed, all of the storage in the second story’s living quarters is cleverly built in, like the shoe “racks” above the bed, or hidden, such as the AC ducts, the sound system, the lighting, and a projection TV.


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Completely unnoticeable amid the wall of walnut cabinetry is the door to the micro bathroom. With what he calls “airplane ergonomics” firmly in mind, Kaiser used the door itself for the storage of towels, toilet paper, and supplies.

staircase, are another 100. This is a home that epitomizes the concept of “everything in its place.” The bathroom, for example, demonstrates what Kaiser wryly calls “airplane ergonomics,” considering how much he had to fit into the tight space: a shower stall, a sink (sans counter space), and a sleek Duravit toilet that fits flush—pun intended—against the wall. Nothing in the home is exposed that might be an eyesore: The refrigerator, heating and cooling duct work, and the water softener are all hidden. When it came to designing the kitchen, Kaiser says, “We took inventory of what we absolutely needed to have. We went over our daily ritual and accommodated those items first.” The large round ceiling light in the center of the living area serves a dual function as a pot rack. Cookbooks, magazines, dishes, coffee cups, and copper mugs for Moscow mules are all stored at the kitchen counter, surrounded by cabinetry made of sturdy custom metal, plexiglass, and walnut, the wood a $350 Craigslist find. Aside from a few accessories, his parents provided the only store-bought items in the house: four black Eames wire chairs purchased at Modern Manor in Phoenix. The only other seated furniture in the room is the custom-designed couch—Kaiser’s first. He says he’s since made others for clients. The vertical “front” door faces a nine-foot, curved sliding glass door on the opposite side, which opens to an outdoor patio filled with herb and vegetable gardens. (Silo House is surrounded by desert greenery watered with a drip system.) The sliding door was custom fabricated, made of a three-ply polygel carefully (and expensively) bent to fit the curvilinear line of the silo. Painted white to maintain the integrity of the natural white corrugated metal exterior, more windows carved into the curved drywall provide plenty of natural light, offsetting any cramped, tight feel inside. Likewise, the interior furniture, mostly built-in pieces, bend inward, lining the home’s natural curve and creating more space to move around. Concrete floors add to the authentic appeal of the 1950s-influenced setting, while Kaiser’s handcrafted millwork provides pockets, shelves, and cubbyholes for all household items in this mini-mansion.

Above: To give the tiny bathroom the illusion of as much space as possible (and for easier cleaning), everything is white, from the sink fixtures and vanity to the penny tile covering the ceiling, the walls, and the floor.



Having left a 2,400-square-foot home in the neighborhood to move here, the couple has lived in the silo for almost two years. “We had to purge,” Kaiser admits, in order to accommodate what he calls an “experiment.” “But we’ve adapted well; we like entertaining friends here—mostly outdoors,” he adds quickly. But Shauna does bring friends over to watch the TV show Girls on the projector screen upstairs. Five or six women will crawl into their bed with food and wine, Kaiser says. “I’m not allowed.” Which brings him to the one thing he misses most: private space. “The only privacy we have in the house is in the bathroom,” says Kaiser, admitting that he does dream of one day having a man cave again. Meanwhile, he says he’s happy maintaining the gardens they’ve cultivated and preparing the space for future renters. Currently there’s a waiting list of three. He’d also like to build the second silo kit he purchased with this first. “I think I’d like to do something commercial with it—perhaps a beer garden,” Kaiser says. “There is boldness needed in Garfield. It’s not as well loved as other historic districts. The silo is attention-getting architecture, and we hope it will pave the way for more development here.”

The gardens, the landscaping, and even the walkways curve around the shape of the silo for a semicircular fit.


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The silo was made from a kit Kaiser found on Craigslist. He extended the galvanized wall with two-by-fours and left a gap between it and the insulation, creating a low carbon footprint for the home. “Turn on the AC, and it cools instantly,” he says.

A slide-out plank becomes instant table space when needed, then tucks backs into the wall.

Building Silo House required the same amount of work as a regular house’s construction, Kaiser says, just less volume.

In the backyard, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, sunflowers, chile peppers, and broccoli flourishes, everything planted in raised boxes (which, naturally, are also curved to fit the shape of the home). A drip system ensures no water is wasted.



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Author Christopher Curtis Mead and his wife, photographer Michele M. Penhall, live in this Prince-designed Albuquerque home that some liken to an ark, others to a cigar.

The Architecture of Bart Prince: A Pragmatics of Place, by Christopher Curtis Mead, photography by Michele M. Penhall, W. W. Norton & Company, paperback, $40. Revised and updated 2010.

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f you’ve ever seen an example of Bart Prince’s architecture in person—which isn’t hard to do in New Mexico as there are residences located in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Jemez Springs, and Galisteo— you probably slowed your car and pointed it out to your companions. Updated in 2010, The Architecture of Bart Prince: A Pragmatics of Place includes five additional houses that illustrate Prince’s growth since the 1999 first edition. More than half the book’s pages are filled with detailed renderings and full-color photos of unique homes in Hawaii, Ohio, California, Idaho, and of course New Mexico, all designed by the Albuquerque native whom many consider to be one of the most creative American architects in the field today. Prince’s style deviates drastically from traditional Southwestern rectangular, flatroofed, adobe buildings. Author Christopher Curtis Mead describes his own home, which was designed by Prince in 1992–1993, as a notable contrast to Pueblo style, “freed from the regional adoboid idiom” while still sampling from popular Southwestern building materials such as concrete block, stucco, and sheet metal. These materials serve to protect


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The author describes his own Prince-designed home as . . . “freed from the regional adoboid idiom” while still sampling from popular Southwestern building materials. from and blend with the elements, keeping the design appropriate to the regional environment while speaking to the larger architectural context. The author delves into the fourthgeneration New Mexican’s ancestry to demonstrate how the family history guided the architect’s sense of self. A personal friend of Prince’s immediate family, Mead interviewed his parents

The courtyard of the Price home in California utilizes “ribbed columns of laminated wood” and “functional pods wrapped tightly in copper.”

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rank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) was not only one of America’s most important architects, but also a prolific orator and author of 20 books and numerous essays. This compilation of 21 of Wright’s literary works offers readers a comprehensive overview of his philosophies from 1900 to the late 1940s. The selections were carefully chosen by historian Robert Twombly, author of Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture, who acFrank Lloyd Wright: Essential Texts, knowledges the extenedited by Robert Twombly, W. W. Norton sive number of books & Company, paperback, $28 already written about Wright and his long career. But, Twombly says, the previous texts were “user-unfriendly. . . . The objective here is to bring together Wright’s most important statements in chronological order so that students of architecture may trace the evolution and maturation of his design philosophy.” Wright, who didn’t finish high school, landed a job at an architectural office to help the family finances when his parents divorced in 1885. Soon he was working with mentor Louis Sullivan, eulogized by Wright in the collection as “beloved master.” With Sullivan, Wright developed his drafting skills as well as his confidence while working on the Chicago Auditorium Building and other notable projects of the day. After a disagreement with Sullivan in 1893, however, Wright was fired and immediately opened his own studio, developing his experimental Prairie-style houses—150 of which were built during the next

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who shared family photos and stories. His mother recounts the young Prince’s inclinations to build architectural models, relaying a memory of her son “dismembering her pantsuit in order to upholster the floors and walls of a model with its bouclé fabric.” As a student at Arizona State University in Tempe in 1968, Prince met architect and visiting presenter Bruce Goff, who would become his most significant mentor and, later, a collaborator. Other early influences include Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright, and John Lautner, but “Prince stands apart from even those architects to whom he is most indebted,” says Mead. Despite his buildings’ most unusual sculptural shapes, Prince is known for designing homes that harmonize with their surroundings while functionally serving the owners’ needs. The overarching vision for his creations is “less about leaving the world behind than it is about that American preoccupation with finding an ideal middle ground between wilderness and civilization, nature and culture.” Ultimately, the author encourages anyone intrigued by Prince to see his creations for themselves, something that Prince fans living in or visiting New Mexico owe it to themselves to do.

Above: Elizabeth Gale residence, Oak Park, Illinois, 1909. An example of “simple slab” roofs, the third type from In the Cause of Architecture (1908).

eight years. The book includes Wright’s first published public lecture at the Architectural League of America meeting in 1900, in which he critiques his profession’s commercialization and encourages young architects to develop something distinctly American, like what he was doing with his Prairie homes. Wright’s 1908 definitive essay “In the Cause of Architecture” outlines the unique characteristics of his developing concept of organic architecture. This theory—that structures should appear to grow naturally out of the surroundings—would be a topic he would ardently expound upon over his lifetime. During this time, Wright “was well reviewed and received; he was much in demand as a speaker and essayist; and he established a national

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Facing Southwest: The Life & Houses of John Gaw Meem, by Chris Wilson, photography by Robert Reck, W. W. Norton & Company, paperback, $35

“Meem brought Santa Fe style to maturity.” —Chris Wilson

ne of New Mexico’s most significant Santa Fe–style architects, John Gaw Meem (1894–1933), was actually born in Brazil. In the first of three parts of Facing Southwest: The Life & Houses of John Gaw Meem, we learn that Meem’s American Episcopal missionary father and German-Brazilian mother sent the 16-year-old to school in the U.S. at the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned a B.S. in engineering by the age of 19. After serving in WWI as a captain in the U.S. Army, Meem contracted tuberculosis, which landed him at Santa Fe’s Sunmount Sanitarium for recovery treatment in 1921. Sunmount, itself an early example of Santa Fe–style architecture, proved to be hugely influential in Meem’s life, along with the many renowned artistic residents he met there. After an intense internship in Denver threatened his health, Meem returned to Sunmount in 1924 and opened an architectural practice with fellow patient Cassius McCormick. Local businesses and the Museum of New Mexico in 1912 were focusing on increasing the state’s tourist appeal, which spurred an architectural movement influenced by continued on page 47

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reputation,” says Twombly, but that reputation would soon change, to be marked by personal scandal and tragedy Wright would be unable to fully shake. In 1909, Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney left behind their spouses and numerous children to pursue their affair. The couple was socially ostracized, and Wright’s commissions suffered. Further drama occurred in 1911 when Taliesin, Wright’s Spring Green, Wisconsin, residence, was set on fire by a workman who brutally murdered Borthwick and six others. For 14 years after Borthwick’s death, Wright struggled in his relationships and his career; his writing style and his tone changed after these significant life events, and he wrote of loss of faith in his profession. Nevertheless, Wright worked until his death in 1959, with the last decade and a half being some of his most productive years. The last speech in the collection is his acceptance of the American Institute of Architects’ gold medal in 1949, wherein he reiterates the challenge to his colleagues to think independently and touts organic architecture as a guiding principle. “. . . His idiosyncratic prose suggests a form of self-centeredness,” Twombly notes. “One wonders whether he had decided that he was his own best authority.”

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he idea of growing vertically isn’t a new one—Google Patrick Blanc, who has created hundreds of incredible works of growing art around the world— but Shawna Coronado’s new book, Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, brings the concept of vertical gardening squarely back to the home grower. Coronado came up with the idea of “growing up” after doing a little math. By turning the growing space of an average window box vertically, she determined she could grow nearly six square feet of plants in one square foot. And what if more people did this? Coronado muses. What amazing things it could mean in terms of feeding the hungry and creating more plants for pollinators! Aesthetically speaking, I love the idea of imparting a bright spot of color on an otherwise blank wall with culinary herbs (which I detest buying at grocery stores) or colorful cactus (as shown below). Need ideas? Coronado suggests an herbal tea wall or a butterfly wall. All it takes is a framed art wall unit that you can purchase or make yourself and a bit of imagination. This is a great little book for home gardeners and anyone concerned about sustainable growing. And if you’re “down” with doing a bit of DIY, you’ll love the concept of growing “up.”—Amy Gross



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let’s get away Blissing out in their own backyard oasis


he owners of this North Scottsdale golf course home value their privacy above all (see “Private by Design,” page 22). But that doesn’t mean they spend all their time indoors. Quite the opposite. Whether it’s just the two of them, or during holidays when the house is filled with visiting children and grandchildren, the couple’s outdoor spaces are well used. In fact, says one homeowner, the majority of the time they’re in Scottsdale, they’re living outside. Comfortable to the extreme and exquisitely appointed, these outdoor living spaces rival those seen at luxury resorts. But for these happy homeowners, “getting away for the weekend” simply means putting on swimsuits, pouring a couple of glasses of wine, and stepping into their own lovely backyard. 42

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In earthy sand tones flecked with slate, the stacked stone used liberally in the home’s exteriors and the backyard privacy fence looks like it could have been carved from the site. Above: Luxurious seating overlooks two pool areas, a huge fire pit, a golf course, and the mountain landscape beyond.

“Most of the time we’re here, we totally live outside.”

The inclusion of sculptural cactus and flowering plants (here and above) softens the rocky hardscaping.

To escape the heat and enjoy a cold drink, guests can belly up to the bar of the cabana.

Partially covered, the hot tub and the outdoor fireplace are set right off the master but apart from the main part of the backyard for maximum privacy.


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local girl comes home Chef Rebecca Tillman steps into the top spot at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

by Jackie Dishner


s a girl, she spent summer staycations with family and friends at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, floating down its lazy river attraction. But today, Rebecca Tillman comes to the North Phoenix resort—daily—for a much more grownup reason: as its executive chef. Currently she is the only woman holding the executive chef position at any Valley resort. The youthful-looking Tillman is a 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry. By the time Su Casa caught up with her, she had already made her own marks on the resort’s restaurants and food service programs. Her biggest changes—revamped menus—are soon to be unveiled. Tillman, wife to Brian (also a chef ) and mother to their three young boys, is a local girl—a graduate of Glendale’s Greenway High School. She began cooking her way into the hospitality industry at the Arizona Biltmore, under the tutelage of award-winning chef Michael Cairns (who was profiled in the Spring 2015 issue of Su Casa). It’s there she met her husband, and in 2006, the couple left Arizona to spend time with Brian’s family in West Virginia. It would take nine years and a move back to her hometown before she’d claim the number one spot in the kitchen. “Actually, as executive chef, you don’t spend much time in the kitchen at all,” Tillman says. “The more you move up, the less you actually cook.” When she has time, though, she turns to cooking as a mental break; today she’s demoing Pacific corvina (a less expensive whitefish substitute for those who like sea bass), and a few veggie sides.


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As the chef prepares two pans with grapeseed oil (a better choice for cooking than olive oil, Tillman says), she lists the many areas that fall into her purview at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort: Rico’s American Grill; Hole-in-the-Wall, a Mexican cantina; Slim Picken’s, the pool kitchen at River Ranch; cabana food for the property’s pools; the employee cafeteria; outdoor events; banquets (meetings, weddings, social events); and, to top it all off, room service for 500-plus rooms. Used to working with a team of up to 100, here she manages just 40 staff, in a way she describes as “much more passionate and empathetic” than she may have once been. “I don’t scream and yell in the kitchen, but I have in the past,” Tillman admits. “With age, you tend to be more patient. I’m not by nature, so I had to learn to be. Plus, she adds, “If you’re frantic, everyone else gets frantic. You don’t get a good result from that.” As executive sous chef at a luxury North Carolina facility (where $500,000 weddings were the norm), Tillman worked with Rick Boyer, now executive chef at The Phoenician. But before either of them came back to Phoenix, Tillman followed Boyer to the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, to work at Destination Kohler’s crowning glory, the 5-star, 5-diamond American Club. “It was originally built to house and take care of Kohler employees of the design center,” says Tillman. It’s since been renovated. “With amazing faucets!” she deadpans. “We all kind of travel in packs,” she says of life in the hospitality industry, “because the hardest thing for chefs is finding and retaining the right people.” It was one of her concerns on the new job. That, and keeping the

The garden is a way to teach her team about food origin, and, at the same time, allow them to use what they grow.

Chef Rebecca Tillman in the dining room and kitchen (here and opposite) at Rico’s American Grill at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.

The seasonal garden at Rico’s, which is visible to guests, is tended and managed by the staff.

Chef Tillman preps vegetables fresh from the resort’s garden that will accompany a dish of seared Pacific corvina (recipe on page 46). Left: Fresh rainbow Swiss chard.

team, many of them long-standing employees, motivated. One of her cooks has been with the company for 37 years. “To excite the staff, we planted a big working garden at Rico’s and ornamental gardens—a few chile and tomato plants—at Hole-in-the-Wall [known for its barbecue],” she says. They’re also now making use of local mesquite for outdoor grilling. “If we have to chop down a tree, we’re utilizing that wood on the grill.” The garden at Rico’s is located on the east side of the restaurant, visible to guests dining inside, and features seasonal herbs and vegetables that grow well in the desert. Once one season’s plants are harvested, Tillman says, they will be replaced with new. The garden is a way to teach her team about food origin, and, at the same time, allow them to use what they grow. “All of the cooks [used to receiving produce in a box, not handpicking it themselves] are responSUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Tillman sauces her Pacific corvina dish with a piquant chimichurri. Left: Heirloom tomatoes. Right: The corvina, served two ways.

sible for caring for and maintaining the garden,” Chef says. “We’re going to have so many tomatoes! The cooks are going to have to pick them several times a day,” she says, amazed. That’s a lot of salsa. “They’ll can and freeze the rest—and they’re excited about it. It’s even fun for our landscape gardeners.” For someone used to working lavish events with over-the-top budgets, Tillman seems at home here, the high-powered executive chef suddenly a gentlewoman farmer. “Yes, it’s a much smaller property with a much smaller team than what I’m used to,” she says. “But it’s also much more family-friendly. No fine dining. No million-dollar weddings. And the food is more approachable.” As far as the new menus, Chef won’t offer a sneak peek. “You have to come see for yourself.”


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Pacific Corvina with Spring Vegetables For a complete meal, Chef Rebecca Tillman suggests serving this dish with rice and chimichurri or another lightly spiced sauce. 2 6-oz fresh corvina fish, thin cut 1 bunch rainbow Swiss chard, stems removed and cut into large pieces 1 cup small heirloom tomatoes 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 shallots, diced 1/2 cup white wine (chardonnay or sauvignon blanc) 1 teaspoon cold butter Grapeseed oil Kosher salt Black pepper Season the fish with a bit of salt and pepper. On medium heat, add 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil to a nonstick sauté pan. Sear the fish for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Flip the fish and sear the other side. In a larger sauté pan, on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil. Sauté the shallots and garlic for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (uncut) and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Swiss chard and cook until almost fully cooked down. Add wine and let reduce by half. Add the butter and season.

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personal pampering Vida Buena

by Jackie Dishner

New treatments and summer specials for locals enhance the appeal of spa-cations Phoenix and Scottsdale are havens for luxury personal care treatments at local spas and resorts, especially true in summer when prices drop to attract more clients. For locals, this means the opportunity to enjoy the area’s top-notch spas when they’re less crowded, and to check out the latest spa services at reasonable rates.

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The new salted lime and tequila treatments at Agave, The Arizona Spa, are made with hand-selected Herradura Double Barrel Reposado.

ceremoniously dump all worries inside. The basket is then removed from the room to help ease your mind. Treatment begins with the therapist placing a heart-shaped pillow infused with herbs and aromatic plants like eucalyptus over the chest for added comfort. For the facial, multiple steps clean, firm, exfoliate, hydrate, and massage the skin with a mix of moisturizers, creams, masques, serums, and tonics. Scents from the ingredients—coconut, lime, citrus, strawberry, lavender, and just a hint of that tequila—fill the air.

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At Agave, The Arizona Spa, locals get an extra discount on Be Well Wednesdays—30 percent off a la carte treatments. You might use your discount to try the series of new salted-lime-and-tequila– based treatments. Choose from a facial, a manipedi, or a body scrub in the updated menu. Sip on a cup of agave nectar as you head over to the Relaxation Room to meet the therapist. While waiting, relax under muted lighting in cushy rattan chairs, enjoying the quiet hum of instrumental music playing in the background and the soothing, sweet scent of white tea. Each spa room at Agave is equipped with a “burden basket”—a Native American tradition—into which guests are encouraged to

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As a nod to its adjacent restaurant, La Hacienda, Well & Being Spa offers the Hacienda Retreat, which includes a multistep, lime-infused, full body treatment for exfoliation, hydration, and relaxation.

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by Donna Schillinger

grassroots entertainment Summer lawn games offer multigenerational fun


scar Wilde called simple pleasures “the last refuge of the complex,” which may explain the enduring popularity of croquet. Stirring nostalgic images of seersucker suits, bowler hats, and parasols, iconic outdoor games of yesteryear such as croquet, bocce ball, and horseshoes are a great way to bond with family and friends while enjoying the long summer evenings outdoors. Croquet remains a perennial favorite. Simple and relatively quiet (yelling is discouraged), it’s a game that can be enjoyed equally by young children, their parents, and their grandparents. In 1852, Irish “crooky” arrived in England and quickly gained popularity as the first outdoor sport in which the sexes competed on equal footing. Launching the game into mass popularity by manufacturing complete croquet sets, London’s John Jaques and Son (now called Jaques of London) still remains the foremost manufacturer of croquet equipment. Individual players or teams advance colored wooden balls through a course of nine wickets and two stakes by hitting them with a mallet, while strategically preventing others from advancing. Make up the rules as you go along, or play precisely according to United States Croquet Association rules, found at Croquet America ( Hailing from the Roman Empire, the perpetually popular bocce can be played on any grass or natural soil surface by two individuals or teams. The jack or pallino (the smallest ball) is first thrown the length of the 90-foot court and becomes the target. Players then take turns underarm tossing four larger bocce balls per team. Score a point for each ball that’s closer to the jack than the closest ball of the opponent. For a techno twist to this old world game, play at dusk with lighted bocce balls, available at Yard Games (

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by Amy Gross

so nice on ice Chilled summer whites offer delicious reprieve from the heat


Vinho verde is the ultimate summer wine: cheap, fun, easy to drink, and ever-so-slightly effervescent. Sauvignon blancs are fabulous summer whites, big enough to stand up to whatever you happen to be pulling off the grill, but delicate and crisp on the palate sans food. They also satisfy the American (and apparently, French) need for immediate gratification—in other words, drink them now. Other pluses: There are many really good ones out there, and generally speaking, they’re relatively inexpensive. Everyday: Kim Crawford. Splurge: Cloudy Bay. Both are available at BevMo! and Whole Foods. Fruity and floral, with hints of peach and honey, pinot grigio wines are lovely paired with chicken, salads, and, thanks to their Italian heritage, pizza. They, too, are reasonably priced and hence ideal for serving to crowds. Everyday: Ecco Domani. Splurge: Santa Margherita. Find them at Albertsons. Finally, if you haven’t discovered vinho verde wines yet, head directly to the “Wines from Portugal” aisle at Total Wine & More and grab a couple for sampling. To me, vinho verde is the ultimate

Fruity and light, Gazela vinho verde pairs well with summer salads and grilled chicken.

summer wine: cheap, light, easy to drink, and ever-so-slightly effervescent. Though you used to be able to get a bottle of vinho verde for a ridiculous five or six bucks, its popularity is growing; expect to pay $8–$10 today—still a great deal if you’re stocking up for a big party. There really aren’t any to consider a splurge, but a few to sample include Casal Garcia, Broadbent, and Gazela. May your summer wines be as cold as the weather is warm. And stay tuned for real wine experts sharing their love and knowledge of all things grape-related in future issues of Su Casa! Editor Amy Gross is a former chef and a happily non-expert “wine enthusiast.”

Sérgio Ferreira; Courtesy of Cloudy Bay

Horseshoes is a uniquely American pastime along the same lines. Each player gets two horseshoes, with the object to throw the horseshoes closest to a metal stake at a distance of 48 feet. A horseshoe that completely circles the stake is called a ringer. Famous outdoorsman Leon Leonwood Bean always kept a set of horseshoes at his hunting and fishing camps, and forged steel horseshoes with solid steel stakes have been an L.L. Bean staple since 1927 ( Here’s a project that will keep the kids busy: Lay square pavers or stepping stones in a pattern leaving the grass or pea gravel as the alternating color to create a life-sized, lawn chessboard or checkerboard. MegaChess ( offers board design guidelines as well as teak chess sets with kings ranging in height from eight to 36 inches. Whether it’s a weekend of sharing traditions with the grandkids or a head-to-head husband and wife match, this summer, step outside and let the games begin!

isclaimer: I am not a wine expert. I do, however, drink a lot of wine, if that counts for anything. (No judging, please.) I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you like it, drink it—and so I do. Here are a few (non-snooty, I promise) suggestions for great summer wine drinking. Like most Americans, I love red wines. But in the heat of summer, the thought of a big cabernet warming me from head to toe makes me break out in a bit of a sweat. When the temperatures rise, and particularly when I’m dining or entertaining outdoors, I reach for refreshing whites with crisp citrus tones that really develop upon chilling.

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San Diego

Vida Buena

by Jackie Dishner

“America’s Finest City” has the sun, sand, and surf desert dwellers love



San Diego’s area beaches, like the one at Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla, draw thousands of visitors daily, including plenty of surfers (below) eager to check out the waves.



ome long weekenders haul boats. Some stay in their condos or beach rentals. Still others pull up in RVs. The trip takes about six hours. But no matter how long the drive, San Diego’s damp ocean breezes are a welcome alternative to the 120-degree heat and dry air of Central Arizona. Following an aching thirst for cooler temperatures, Phoenicians (San Diego tourism’s number one drive market) follow each other like lemmings to hang out along this part of Southern California’s more than 70 miles of coastline during the summer. Desert denizens thrill to the sounds of the surf—San Diego’s is the closest—and revel, if only briefly, in summer temperatures that top out at about 80 degrees. Though it’s hard to avoid the touristy fun (San Diego Zoo, LEGOLand, the Gaslamp Quarter), San Diego’s biggest treat is the ocean. Pacific Beach, for sure. Its almost fourmile boardwalk, from North Pacific Beach to South Mission Beach, attracts families, couples, and singles on foot and on wheels. Clad in flip-flops or rollerblades, crowds meander along the concrete path bordered by palm trees and patches of ice plants. Every morning, surfers in black neoprene weave in and out of the crowds, sometimes on bikes with surfboards in tow, hurrying to catch early waves. Sun-bronzed locals in dark sunglasses hoist blankets, coolers, and umbrellas from the trunks of their cars, scrambling to claim a patch of real estate on the warm seaweed-coated sand. Couples cuddle on blankets amid volleyball games and Frisbees. The lines start forming early at restaurants like World Famous (great for brunch), Kono’s Cafe (try their breakfast burritos, served all day) and the Iron Pig Alehouse, where barbecue is king. From one end to the other, wrapping its way around the Pacific Ocean and over to Mission Bay, where the Catamaran Resort sits, attractions line the boardwalk: a cliffside park, the tidy row of blue and white rental cottages (since 1929) on Crystal Pier, and the wooden roller coaster at historic Belmont Park. On the side streets in between, people sign up for surf lessons, rent bikes, and check out the tightly packed cottages, envisioning their next vacation in the area. Visitors might rent a beach cruiser and cruise the boardwalk, grab a cup of

The beach at Coronado Island. Above: Seaport Village.

From top: Courtesy Paradise Point; Seaport Village; Brett Shoaf, Artistic Visuals; Del Mar Village Association

Ultra-fresh seafood, like this poached halibut dish from Tidal on Paradise Point, is a welcome culinary treat for landlocked Arizonans.

fair trade coffee at The Swell Cafe, or sample craft brews at Amplified Ales or Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Off Mission Bay, noted for its bird watching opportunities, is Paradise Point, the 44-acre, tropical island resort founded by Hollywood producer Jack Skirball in the early ’60s. Movie set artifacts, such as the porpoise fountain from Cleopatra (1963) are scattered around the island. It’s now a resort and spa property operated by Destination Hotels, where guests can rent boats or bikes at the marina, hail a water taxi to SeaWorld, and enjoy custom spa treatments made from any combination of the 600 exotic plants grown on the island.

Desert denizens thrill to the sounds of the surf and revel in summer temperatures that top out at about 80 degrees. For those who need to moor a boat, the San Diego Harbor is a popular destination. From towering hotel windows, guests are greeted to the picturesque view of the Coronado Bay Bridge in the distance. Down below, the wharf along Harbor Drive carries visitors past a sea of sailboats, steps up to the San Diego Convention Center, the Maritime Museum’s Star of India (the oldest, active sailing ship in the world), the boutiques, gift shops, and restaurants at Seaport Village, the USS Midway (public tours inside), and over to the Embarcadero Marina Park where the fishermen hang out. Consider a day trip to any number of San Diego County’s beach cities: Carlsbad to walk through the flower fields; Coronado Island for a tour of the historic Hotel del Coronado; Del Mar to watch thoroughbred horse races; La Jolla to get a glimpse of amazing residential architecture and witness surfing at secluded Marine Street Beach; or Torrey Pines to play a game of championship golf. You might take the Coaster commuter train all the way to Oceanside to visit the California Surf Museum or watch a surfing competition. By weekend’s end, guaranteed: Your thirst for adventure (and cooler weather) will be well quenched.

Visitors to Southern California flock to Del Mar just north of San Diego for miles of pristine beaches and horse racing at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.



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GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS Through September 5 Thursdays and Saturdays, 7–9 pm Desert Botanical Garden Admission included with paid Garden admission See the Desert Botanical in a different light—literally—as part of a sensory adventure where you will see, hear, and feel the desert night. Be sure to bring a flashlight to enjoy the Desert Tortoise Discovery Station and much more.

INDEPENDENCE DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL July 3–4, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick $25–$85 Celebrate the Fourth of July with music and fireworks. Alternative rock band Wilco headlines on July 3, while country music rockers Little Big Town take the main stage on July 4.

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TEQUILA SUNSET LIMITED TEQUILA TASTING TRAIN Verde Canyon Railroad, Clarkdale, AZ June 27, July 25, August 29 September 12, 5:30–9:30 pm $129 (21 and over) Sample festive Southwestern specialties and signature drinks made with premium tequila, all served in firstclass comfort.


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SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK Thursdays, 7–9 pm Main & Marshall, Old Town Scottsdale Free Stroll along Main Street and Marshall Way at your own pace and enter galleries that catch your eye. Take advantage of the trolley, which runs from free parking areas nearby until 9 pm. A 40-year tradition, ArtWalk is a great way to enjoy the Southwest’s exceptional artists while staying out of the summer sun.

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PHOTOGRAPHING WRIGHT CAMP June 8–12, July 20–24, Aug. 3–7 (8 am–NOON) Taliesin West Grades 7–12 (space limited) $300 Using their own fully manual digital cameras, campers use the backdrop of Taliesin West to take photographs of the estate and the desert landscape. Students will learn many aspects of digital photography, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and post-production editing.

Scottsdale ArtWalk

LADY ANTEBELLUM July 11, 7:00 pm Ak-Chin Pavilion $31–$61 Grammy and ACA Award winners Lady Antebellum hit the outdoor stage at Ak-Chin Pavilion for one night to play their country hits, including “Need You Now” and “I Run to You.” Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt open this fabulous show.

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KID ROCK WITH FOREIGNER August 26, 6:45 pm Ak-Chin Pavilion $75 It’ll be a rockin’ night under the stars as rapper and multihyphenate Kid Rock (“Cowboy,” “American Bad Ass”) takes the stage at Ak-Chin Pavilion with Foreigner, whose hits from the ’80s (“Dirty White Boy,” “I Want to Know What Love Is”) helped the band sell over 80 million records.

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WICKED August 26–October 4 ASU Gammage $35–$125 Everyone has a backstory. Long before Dorothy arrived in the Land of Oz, the future Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good were just young girls, but already archrivals. Wicked includes “Popular,” “As Long as You’re Mine,” and all the other familiar tunes from the Broadway smash.

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modern desert elegance PALO VERDE NIGHT GOLF Through October 31; see website for dates and times Palo Verde Golf Course $25 Escape the summer heat and still enjoy your favorite pastime on a nine-hole course lined with glow lights. All players will receive a glow necklace and glow ball. Be prepared to tote your own bags, though: no golf carts allowed.

This elegant example of modern architecture rises out of the dramatic desert landscape along the border of Cave Creek and Carefree. The original architect for the property, R. D. Hayes, was a graduate of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, and the Wright influences are apparent. Floor-to-ceiling windows off the main living areas that open to the pool and patios take advantage of soaring views of the nearby Black Mountain and an abundance of natural light; you can see straight through from one side of the home to the other. In the spacious island kitchen, stainless steel countertops and appliances contrast cleanly with natural wood cabinetry. The master bedroom includes access to a private patio, and the master and guest bathrooms feature Carrara marble countertops and walnut vanities. This one-of-a-kind home includes three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a fireplace, office and den areas, concrete flooring, masonry block, and a copper roof. The current owner completed more than $150,000 in improvements, and architect Richard Doria performed major renovations in 2006. Price: $925,000 Contact: Greg Kilroy, Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living, 480-235-4312, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



ArtWalk A 40-year tradition in Old Town Scottsdale, ArtWalk draws thousands of art lovers and collectors to the areas around Main and Marshall every Thursday evening other than Thanksgiving. When the blistering summer sun goes down, the art scene heats up as Scottsdale Gallery Association members open their doors to the public from 7–9 PM, sometimes combining the event with themes or live performances. As the name suggests, there’s no driving involved; ArtWalk is all about strolling and browsing. Take a free trolley from one of many parking locations in the area and pick a spot to start walking, perhaps around Brown and Main (shown here), then heading west on Main toward a slew of restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

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