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On the cover: Redesigned to accommodate a growing family, this home still manages to retain its midcentury spirit. Read about it on page 26. Cover photograph by Mark Lipczynksi.

A charming midcentury home is thoughtfully renovated and expanded to reflect the spirit of its original author, Al Beadle.


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Our luxury bed picks feel like a dream; Steve Thomas happily confesses his renovation addiction; unique chandeliers and pendants for spicing up any décor.

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Kingly man caves; Moll Anderson creates hospitable spaces for guests.

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t this time of year, several factors have deep effects on our homes. For one thing, the holidays and our lovely winter temperatures bring houseguests. For another, the long, dark nights create a need for warm, cozy lighting both indoors and outdoors. Cooler temperatures mean that we snuggle into our beds and savor the feel of high-quality bedding. And finally, as we know, sports are big here in Phoenix, meaning that it’s high season for sports fans to socialize and enjoy all the games in a comfortable setting. One of the major anthems of Su Casa Phoenix/Scottsdale concerns making each and every space in your home completely your own. In this issue, we’re going to show you some creative and beautiful solutions for illuminating your living areas, consistent with your own design sense and practical needs. We’re going to show you guest spaces that reflect your individual taste and also welcome company with comfort and beauty. And we’re going to tuck you in with a selection of bedding options that will be so tailored to your tastes and keep you so warm and cozy that you’ll never want to get out from under the covers. In this issue of Su Casa, the concept that exemplifies the theme of individuality is the man cave, where one family member has a space all his (or her) own. Sports fans, for example, often have collections of old trophies or sports memorabilia that don’t fit (or aren’t allowed) with the décor, per another family member. In these pages, you’ll see a man cave that actually captures the ambience of a sports bar. These kinds of retreats are the perfect solution for all concerned, and can still be attractive spaces everyone can enjoy. The story in this issue that may have the most practical meaning concerns the midcentury renovation that took the homeowner several years to fully realize. It’s reassuring to know that the quest to turn a house into a reflection of personal expression doesn’t have to involve a complete overnight renovation. Instead, it can easily be a slow evolution. Throughout this issue, the results are stunningly beautiful and always a reflection of the people who live there. In my mind, this is precisely why home ownership is such a joy.

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Life+Style Southwest “This room had absolutely nothing to it when we started,” says interior designer Valérie Marcus, owner of VM Concept Interior Design Studio. “It was a golf cart garage!” Her client wanted a refined, gentlemanly library as a counterpoint to his less formal “man cave” (see “It’s Good to Be the King,” page 15), so Marcus opted for masculine leather accents; warm wood floors; custom, built-in shelving with distinctive millwork; and coffered ceilings. When the elegant double doors close, the owner can retreat to his own, private sanctuary. VM Concept Interior Design Studio,

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by Cristina Olds


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designing the ideal bed is an adventure in textures, fabrics, and comfort

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ome bedrooms are frilly and luxurious, others minimalist and utilitarian. The centerpiece of a bedroom—the bed—is probably the only common denominator, and even then, there’s nothing more personal as the way your bed feels and works for you.

start with a great mattress You’ve probably heard that you spend one third of your life in bed. So how energized do you feel upon waking in your current bed? If you’re sleeping on a quality mattress, your body should feel like it’s floating on air with no noticeable pressure points. Memory foam and firmer latex mattresses may help with back issues, but the materials tend to retain heat. Traditional innerspring mattresses, firm to plush, serve as the base to most mattresses, including customizable ones. 10

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Nestldown carries products by Home Treasures Linens, a bespoke, U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of luxury Italian bed, bath, and table linens.

Mary Grucci, store manager at Duxiana Scottsdale (, sleeps on a king-size “Dux” bed that boasts an adjustable suspension technology, which, she says, allows her to enjoy deeper and longer sleep and relieves tightness and soreness, particularly in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. That kind of comfort and support doesn’t come cheap (a Duxiana mattress can run between $3,980 and $13,980), but it’ll change the way you sleep forever. “A Dux bed is a once-in-alifetime investment—a life-changing experience and not just a mattress purchase,” Grucci says. For another level of comfort, the freestanding Duxiana top pad is latex-insulated with all-natural materials.

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For the ultimate feminine look in bedding, Bella Notte Linens’ embroidered Josephine collection features a tonal orchid design that adorns classic satin.

a quality mattress, your body should feel like it’s floating on air

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with no noticeable pressure points.

Left: The Avelli Collection from Sferra, available through The Linen Tree, is a new pattern featuring a jacquard print and a luxurious blend of long-staple Egyptian cotton and silk.

Duxiana’s linen and down collection complements the Dux bed experience.

linen logic Top your deliciously comfortable mattress with luxury sheets and linens. “The number one thing we ask people buying sheets is the kind of finish they prefer,” says Kendra Burnham, store manager at The Linen Tree ( in Scottsdale. “Cotton sateen has a little shimmer, silk has a satin feel to it, and cotton percale has a crisp hotel feel and more of a contemporary matte finish.” On a recent trip to Portugal, Burnham saw fabrics being woven on looms for sheets, shams, and throws by Abyss & Habidecor; she has clients who exclusively buy from this company. Sferra of Italy is another brand favored by luxury bedding connoisseurs. Laura Weaver, owner of Scottsdale’s Nestldown (, notes that although modern bedding styles are trending in parts of the country, “traditional is always in vogue. My mantra is ‘less is more,’ so I tend to focus on soothing colors—whites, ivories, and taupes that give a good neutral base—and then mix in elements texturally,” she says. Weaver favors the time-tested cotton and silk textiles but also carries eco-friendly linens like bamboo and eucalyptus.

An adjustable spring support system is the key to the Duxiana bed’s legendary comfort.

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top it with covers and pillows Even in the warm Southwest, natural feather down softens the bedroom décor. “If a down duvet is primarily decorative, we can go super heavy for that ‘poof,’ that little pop at the end of the bed,” says Burnham. Although she’s seeing a trend toward dark navy blues, Burnham recommends avoiding heavy colors and fabrics in our climate. A minimalist bedroom might showcase a simple cover and just a couple of shams, while glamorous or feminine aesthetics lend to more of a “show me” bed, says Burnham. Lili Alessandra offers quality linen collections with stunning designs, such as the Morocco line of embroidered linen bedding or the CoCo collection of sheer textured pillows, shams, and throws. Whether you’re about clean lines or dramatic effect, pillows are a bed necessity. Start with a sleeping pillow that provides the firmness that best allows you to rest. After that, pile on the accessories for depth and visual interest. Bottom line: Take the time to build your bed the way you truly want, since the bedroom should be the oasis where you rest and rejuvenate body, mind, and soul. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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by Steve Thomas

confessions of a serial renovator always having a “next project” means your tools never get rusty

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hen I renovated my first house right out of college, my tool kit consisted of a circular saw, a drill, and some hand tools. Over the years (and 10 or so more renovations), I’ve put together a princely tool collection—a shop, a well-equipped job-site trailer, a beefy pickup truck, even a small backhoe. Occasionally I’ll head out to the shop just to hang out with my tools; they give me a sense of substance, of well being, of wealth. More importantly, tools allow me to do stuff, to build stuff, to renovate— and that’s part of my identity. As my current renovation of a shingle-style Victorian began to wind down, I incautiously declared this one to be my last. My wife archly suggested that I sell my trailer and tools and settle down. I was dumbfounded. Not so much that she came up with the suggestion—after 30 years of marriage, she knows how to get my goat—but at realizing this probably was not my last renovation. I wasn’t about to “give up” renovation any more than a painter would give up painting.


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There’s something deeply satisfying about taking an old house at the end of its cycle and breathing another 100 years of life into it. You can’t ignore or cover up these problems once they’ve been uncovered; they must be fixed, and the structure must be strong and code-compliant. Then there are problems pertaining to how to make a renovation of an old house look right. Most old houses are out of plumb, level, and square, and in these conditions you pretty much disregard your fancy laser level and simply use your eye. As in boatbuilding, if it looks right, it is right. Except when it’s not! Likewise, there’s an art to installing a level kitchen counter beneath a level kitchen window, on an old, way-out-of level kitchen floor—without making it look or feel obvious. Which heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems will you choose? Appliances? And finally, there’s the little issue of trying to stay on something that resembles a budget. There is an old quip: “How do you determine the true cost of your renovation project? Get three bids and add them all together!” Unfortunately, that’s not too far from the truth; it’s routine to go 50 percent (and over) the initial budget.

So why bother? (I’m often asked). Why not tear it down and start from scratch? It’s true that some houses are not worth renovating. But most of the houses I’ve done are historic; they’re either in a historic district or, like Sea Cove Cottage, have been part of the fabric of the village for over a century. At the end of the day, I’m not the owner of my buildings as much as the steward. When I pass a house on to another family, and they pass it on, I want to know (as the owner, the carpenter, and the renovation contractor) that I’ve done right by the building—that it will live on because of the time, money, and care I put into it. So, will I ever stop renovating? Doubtful. As I say, I like the work. It’s inherently satisfying, and besides, it gives me an ever-ready excuse to buy new tools!

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The fact is, I like the work. There’s something deeply satisfying about taking an old house at the end of its cycle and breathing another 100 years of life into it. And it’s challenging. Old house renovation presents a series of unique problems that often start with structural issues: sills, beams, headers, rotting wood, rotting brick, rotting adobe.

Above: Steve Thomas at work on the renovation of a historic Santa Fe adobe in 2012. Most recently he completed an extensive remodel of a Victorian cottage in Maine. What’s next for this serial renovator?

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Corbett Lighting Meteor This Sputnik-inspired pendant is an excellent option for homeowners with an eye for the unusual. Handcrafted, gold-leafed iron rods hold individual pieces of natural agate, a semiprecious material often crafted into jewelry. Since no two pieces of agate are identical, each Meteor is unique. This pendant is available in sizes from 18 to 50 inches wide, and as a 12.5-inch wall sconce. $3,790, Statewide Lighting Center

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Hudson Valley Lighting Dunkirk Designed to emulate fireworks, each branch of this chandelier has 32-cut faceted crystal orbs that will enchant admirers with a delightful glow. The magic of this puffy, spherical fixture is its delicate detailing, which introduces a soft aura to any room, no matter how modern or angular. Price upon request, Valley Light Gallery,

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Hubbardton Forge Flux The epitome of modern décor, this sculptural aluminum pendant pairs bold with chic. Available in two finishes, platinum and soft gold (shown here), Flux is beautifully sculptural and boasts the newest light distribution technology. Illumination from the LED is injected into sides of the light guide plates, creating a steadier glow.

Hubbardton Forge Cityscape An elegant skyline motif is composed of varying vertical aluminum cylinders, arranged above and below the rectangular base of this new Hubbardton Forge creation. A handful of finish options gives homeowners the choice to match or contrast the base with the metallic finish of the rods. Lit by an energyefficient LED, this pendant truly celebrates urban architecture. $3,718, Hinkley’s Lighting Factory

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Chandeliers—the royalty of lighting fixtures—have always been an icon of luxury and fashion, even before the invention of the light bulb. A new hanging light fixture can be a cost-effective makeover, and progressive material technologies have led to more stunning and original design options than ever. In sizes ranging from small pendant lights to oversized chandeliers, our favorite new styles can transform any space from cold to cozy this winter.

Design Studio

by Jessica Muncrief

Acclaimed designer and television host Nate Berkus designed this elegant, multifunctional space built by DrewettWorks. Combining wood accents with muted grays and slates, it triples as an office, a home theater, and a refined guest suite.

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he boys are back, and they’re no longer relegated to the garage. When it comes to designing custom family homes, architect C.P. Drewett of Scottsdale-based DrewettWorks ( says the man cave is pretty much standard these days. “It used to be that everyone wanted a home theater,” he explains. “That notion has evolved away from theater seating, which isn’t very engaging, to more of a conversation pit with a bar and entertainment features.” A well-rounded, modern man cave starts with the basics then takes it a step further by highlighting the hobbies, interests, and passions of the man of the house.

Above: VM Concept Interior Design Studio paired sports bar memorabilia and media technology with traditional design elements to create a classy, eclectic man cave.

game day Replicating the sports bar concept in privacy and comfort fueled the man cave craze, so whether hosting buddies for Sunday football or playing video games on the big screen, the media setup is still the backbone. It all starts with the television—or more often these days, televisions, plural—so Cardinals fans don’t have to duke it out with Cowboys fans about which game to watch. “A TV is a must—the bigger the better,” confirms Monica Murphey of DAGR Design (, “and often more than one to watch multiple games at the same time. A large, drop-down projection screen is another man cave option.” SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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DAGR Design created this Zen-inspired display to evoke tranquility and showcase their client’s collection of Asian art. Dimmable lights and a projection screen that drops down from the soffit transform the room into a home theater.

“The whole notion of having a separate space means you’re not indebted to the style of the house. Come up with a theme, and have fun with it.”—C.P. Drewett With numerous movie, television, and music service options on the market, a media specialist like Murphey can help determine the best personalized package, but most modern setups include streaming technologies and the ability to sync with phones and smart devices. Naturally, an excellent sound system is also a must. “Nowadays, man caves focus on sharing all the latest gadgets and technology,” notes designer Valérie Marcus, owner of VM Concept Interior Design Studio ( “It is very important for a man cave to be intelligent.” drinking buddies From aged scotch to craft beers, bars and drinking go handin-hand with male bonding. Drewett’s memorable projects have included vodka taps, restaurant-style syrup dispensers, and ice makers that produce chewable to larger, cocktailfriendly cubes. “Some bar set-ups are serve-yourself types, and then there are the guys who have more of a hospitality binge and enjoy getting behind the bar mixing up drinks for friends,” Drewett says. “Either way, a really cool bar sets the tone for the space.” The sharing of wine is also big with the male sector, with wine storage options ranging from under-cabinet refrigerators to full-blown, walk-in cellars. “Most of my clients are well16

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traveled in Europe and are knowledgeable about wine and the European lifestyle,” Marcus notes. “Because of my French background, I have the opportunity to create great spaces for them that include wine cellars and full bars/lounges.” guy talk “The whole notion of having a separate space means you’re not indebted to the style of the house,” Drewett points out. “Come up with a theme, and have fun with it.” In other words, guys, this room has nothing to do with your wife’s tastes. Sports collectibles, movie memorabilia, those old football trophies—display them all proudly, but also incorporate some conversation pieces that everyone can get in on. Drewett has integrated simple features like cigar humidors and gun collections, as well as more elaborate set-ups such as bowling alleys and shooting ranges into private homes. For motorheads, converting part of the garage into an entertainment lounge is another fun concept. “These types of man caves are gaining popularity because it allows for the showcasing of something the man of the house loves—in this case cars,” says Marcus. “When a designer creates a glamorous closet for a woman, it is an intimate space which reflects her specific tastes and needs. The man cave should accomplish the same goal for the male.”


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media must-haves custom home theater designer Monica Murphey of DAGR Design How does the style of a home factor into a media setup? Your room is as individual as you are. A “one design fits all” perspective is not an approach we take. We always begin with a personalized, inhome consultation, taking into consideration the client’s décor. Are they contemporary, Southwest, or traditional? Do they want to display art, sports memorabilia, or musical instruments?

What technologies are must-haves for the ultimate man cave? If the room is large enough, the ideal situation is to have more than one TV so multiple games can be watched at once. Media players like Apple TV and Roku provide alternate sources for streaming music and movies through apps. No system is complete without Surround Sound. Receivers and speakers that blend in with the room’s décor are a must whether they are inwall, floor-standing, or bookshelf. Nothing is more exciting than “feeling” the rush of jets as they fly overhead or the intensity of

racecars as they zoom by. It’s the sound that creates that feeling you’re part of the action, not just a spectator. What’s the best way to keep media user-friendly? The simpler the options, the better. A universal remote is recommended to get rid of the clutter and allow for ease of operation. If you can’t part with your iPhone, consider streaming technologies like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube from wireless devices. Apps can control many different household items including a Sonos wireless sound system. You can stream hard rock in the man cave and other music throughout the house at the same time via a variety of services like Pandora or Spotify. Technology just keeps getting better and better.

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Enchanted Spaces

by Moll Anderson

company’s coming creating beautiful, comfortable spaces for guests

“Mi casa es su casa—my house is your house. That is truly the way God intended us to live, opening our homes with love and warmth, and sharing our food, wine, fellowship, and laughter.”—Moll

Moll appointed her compact, 900-square-foot guest casita with all of the comforts of home plus the luxuries of a fine hotel. The bedroom (above, top) features sumptuous linens, ample reading lighting, storage space for clothing and suitcases, and a romantic fireplace. Hisand-hers vanities in the bathroom (above) are a lovely touch, along with plush towels, a walk-in shower, and a medicine cabinet.


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Above: A smartly designed kitchenette allows guests the convenience and freedom to stay in for meals or keep their favorite snacks handy. A comfortable seating area brings it all together—a cozy spot for coffee or cocktails.

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y husband and I love opening our home to family and friends, so no matter where we call home, I make sure we have plenty of room to host guests. When designing for company, it’s important to create a comfortable, welcoming retreat—one with the necessities of home and the luxuries of a fine hotel. With our family and friends living away, Santa Fe became a destination for us to gather together for an extended stay. I added casitas to accommodate our guests, and even though the spaces are small, there’s room for all the essentials. In this casita, I packed a lot of punch in under 900 square feet of living space. It’s appointed with a bathroom with two fab sinks and a walk-in shower, and a kitchenette with a refrigerator and freezer drawers, double burners, a coffee station, and a stackable washer and dryer. A table for two in the kitchen invites intimate dining and a place to relax over morning coffee or evening cocktails. But it’s the casita’s bedroom that’s the star of the show with a huge bed, oversized plush pillows, and luxurious Matteo linens. The fireplace lends ambience and a touch of romance to the space, and is always a welcome addition on those chilly Santa Fe evenings.

No matter the size of your guest space, you can create a welcoming guest room or suite in your home. Here are some tips:

Luxurious Linens A comfortable mattress is the most essential piece for your guest room. Add sheets of Egyptian cotton of at least 400 thread count, as well as a selection of pillows from soft to firm. Your guests may be allergic to down, so include some hypoallergenic options. Have extra blankets available even in the middle of summer; everyone has a different body temperature. A Seating Area Create a sitting area for guests to relax and share coffee or a glass of wine. If there’s room, a desktop for electronics and a card with the Wi-Fi network and password will be appreciated. A notepad and stationery are nice additions to your well-appointed guest suite. Beverage Bar No space for a mini-fridge? Add a bar cart or tray for your coffee and beverage station.

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Hidden in the two dramatic paintings in the entryway of Joan Sibbitt’s Tempe home are special memories from her life. Her colorful artwork, coupled with warmly hued, engineered wood flooring (Brazilian chocolate pecan) and fun orange accent pillows add plenty of warmth to the gray wall tones.

s a self-proclaimed “country girl from Nebraska” who grew up roping, riding, and working cattle on the family ranch, Joan Sibbitt has always been in touch with her rustic, cowgirl side. But there was another aspect of her personality that had always longed to manifest—a contemporary, feminine side far removed from jeans, boots, saddles, and spurs. “That’s what came out in this house—this contemporary, modern person,” says Sibbitt, an electronics engineering technician with a major semiconductor company. “On the outside you’d never see it, but that’s what she brought out. She is just extraordinary.” “She” is Tabitha Evans (Allied ASID) of Tabitha Evans Design, whom Sibbitt met at a home show shortly after purchasing her house, one half of a duplex in a modest Tempe neighborhood. Their rapport was immediate (both appreciated the midcentury aesthetic of Hotel Valley Ho), and Sibbitt still marvels at how quickly Evans figured her out. “Tabitha came over to my house, and we talked for a long time,” she says. “She saw in me the side I’ve never let out.” That side favored clean, modern lines, abstract art, high-end finishes, kicky orange and cream accents. And trout. “I’m a fly fisherman,” she explains. “Fish are important to me.” A trout painting hangs in the kitchen behind a dining table, and artist Brent Foreman of Studio 73 Fine Art was commissioned to create several paintings—including the two in the entry— using things that represent Sibbitt’s hobbies: fishhooks, the first bars of her favorite song, and even composer Henry Mancini’s autograph. Having always lived in homes designed around others’ aesthetics, this time Sibbitt was determined to create her own. “I didn’t want anybody else’s influence to come out in this home but my own, apart from Tabitha’s,” she says emphatically, noting that her interior designer incorporated Sibbitt’s old spurs and chaps as décor in the guest bedroom as another personal touch. For her part, Evans, who opened her eponymous design business in 2012, felt like an SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Sibbitt’s favorite color—orange—manifests beautifully in her kitchen in the amber and gray glass tile backsplash, the ebony macassar cabinetry, and the Royal Gorge granite countertops.”I didn’t think I wanted an island,” Sibbitt says, “but now I can’t imagine not having one.”


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Left: The kitchen is as functional as it is striking, cleverly designed to keep guests in on the action at the bar but not underfoot during food prep. Below: Owner Joan Sibbitt (at left) and interior designer Tabitha Evans made a fantastic team during the remodel. The renovation they orchestrated is thoroughly modern yet feminine, and 100 percent reflective of Sibbitt’s personal tastes.

Having always lived in homes designed around others’ aesthetics, this time Sibbitt was determined to create her own.

bat and set the tone for more colorful accents throughout. “Tabitha knew orange was important to me,” says Sibbitt, pointing out the orange cabinets in the guest bedroom and the tangerine walls in her office. Even the kitchen, clad in striking horizontal brindle-patterned cabinetry, entertains the homeowner’s love for orange, as do the highly patterned granite counters and amber and gray tile backsplash. From her kitchen, Sibbitt has an excellent view of her courtyard. The kitchen also opens seamlessly into the living room, where soothing grays and creams allow her accent pillows and

artist standing before an empty canvas with nothing but potential in front of her. “Joan’s home came with a very, very blank slate,” she says of the small space, noting that her client, a self-professed “non-shopper,” was eager to learn. “She told me, ‘I know nothing, Tabitha. But I trust you.’” Although several of the updates in the home were cosmetic, Sibbitt and Evans weren’t shy about tearing out and dramatically overhauling certain areas. The most significant update—indeed, their anchor point for the entire remodel—was the entry, which is accessible through a gated and private garden courtyard. Formerly windowless and cramped, the entry was gutted and a space-hogging AC unit in the space moved into the ceiling. Large glass doors now let in sun where a solid wood door once blocked it; coupled with a new, large window in the kitchen, they offer a fine view to and from the lovely courtyard. Foreman’s enormous and colorful art pieces greet visitors right off the SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Minimally adorned with a transitional-style rug, a contemporary sofa, and a kicky, bright orange La-Z-boy recliner, Sibbitt’s living room is cozy and comfortable.

“Orange is an exciting color that gives you energy,” says Evans, “so why not put it in an office where sometimes you need inspiration?”

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art—orange, naturally—to pop. Though most of the home’s original (and awkward) angles were removed during the remodel, one angled wall in the living room was only slightly modified. Today it’s covered in a cool gray limestone tile and features a sleek EcoSmart gas fireplace. Sibbitt decided she didn’t need or want a tub in her own bathroom, opting instead to put one in the guest bathroom. She and Evans had to carve out some space from her master to accomplish this, but the guest bath is certainly one of the loveliest rooms in her home, at once elegant, feminine, and modern. Exquisite appointments include an exotic vein cut agate countertop with orange and white streaks; a freestanding tub; a Phillip Jeffries silk wallcovering that begs to be petted; and another captivating abstract painting by Brent Foreman. With color being the name of the game in the public and guest areas of the home, Sibbitt and Evans decided to tone things down in the master suite and create a soothing, more monotone environment conducive to rest and rejuvenation. “You can’t call this house cold, even though there’s light colors and grays,” Sibbitt notes. Sliding doors now open to a rear patio that she looks forward to sprucing up, among other projects. For now, though, she’s simply enjoying this jewel box

she and Evans created, so different from the blank slate they started with. Evans remembers that at the completion of the project, she went back to the binder she’d created after their first meeting. “It was amazing to see how many things on that list we were able to do,” she says. Amazing indeed. Inside her own home, surrounded by things she loves and that represent a side of herself she’d never before been able to express—Sibbitt is well placed in every sense of the word. “It’s a very practical home, very livable,” she says. “I feel like I’m living in a little piece of art.”

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The master suite is as muted and soothing as the rest of the home is vibrant and energizing. Sibbitt chose neutral grays and blues for her master bedroom (above, top left) and clean, uncomplicated tile for her shower (right). The guest bath is another matter. Boldly appointed with a freestanding tub, a warm silk wallcovering, and contemporary artwork (above, top right) as well as a singular piece of exotic vein cut agate for the countertop (above, right), the space is truly a showpiece.

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sharing Paradise

a midcentury gem is remodeled, expanded, and designed to fit a growing family

Illuminated cactus gardens lead to the dramatic entryway of this remodeled midcentury home in Paradise Gardens.


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n the early ’60s, families in Phoenix eagerly bought into a new, state-of-the-art subdivision known as Paradise Gardens, where local architect Al Beadle authored a series of contemporary model home designs. It was perfect timing for these sleek homes, as America had become obsessed with futuristic living. Black and white was out; color TV was in. The Jetsons zoomed around in flying cars, and Star Trek led us “where no man has gone before.” Paradise Gardens was important 50-plus years ago, and as an enduring example of midcentury modern architecture, it’s become a popular neighborhood again—though it almost didn’t make it. Expanding city freeway construction eventually impacted the area in the ’90s, when a swath of demolition across the northwest corner of the community wiped a significant number of these homes off the map. For the neighbors whose homes survived, access to the freeway became an unexpected asset. Buzz Gosnell, a city infill entrepreneur and community development leader, was one of the lucky folks who, liking “the midcentury, the flat roofs, the lower ceilings” and the easy access to 51, snapped up one of these homes, with the intention of doing a full-scale remodel right away. Unfortunately, the year was 2007, and almost immediately after Gosnell acquired his house, the economy tanked. So he has managed home improvement expenditures methodically year

Above, all images: The dramatic entryway to Buzz Gosnell and Lindy Graves’s home is actually in the new addition. A glass and aluminum pivoting door opens to polished concrete floors and touchable plaster walls in soothing gray tones. The antlers are a memento of a hunting trip in Colorado; a piece of the arrow Gosnell used to the kill the elk can be seen in the skull. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The whole family—from left, Lauren, Sydney, Lindy, and Buzz, with pooches Sully, front, and Skipper—discusses what to grill out for dinner.

A wall of flat-front Poggenpohl cabinetry (above, left) gives the kitchen a completely uncluttered, seamless look, as do the sleek Miele appliances (above, right) and polished Caesarstone countertops. A small cut-out above the sink looks out through the front door. 28

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by year, with each endeavor focused on simplifying and upgrading. Early on in the remodel, it was about Gosnell and Sully, his Labrador retriever; the priority decision then was where to put the doggie door. Unbeknownst to both of them at the time, things would soon get more complicated in their home—though happily so. Gosnell removed or repurposed layers of previous homeowners’ handiworks while still embracing the spirit of Beadle, including keeping the single-story, eight-foot ceiling height, large spans of glass, decorative compositions of structural masonry, and horizontal eave lines. In a decidedly midcentury move, he installed terrazzo flooring throughout, enhancing the approximately 2,000 square feet of concrete subflooring. Then Gosnell met Lindy Graves, who is currently the office manager of the law firm Withey Morris. Gosnell and Sully soon found themselves sharing their home with Graves, her two daughters, and their dog—a veritable Brady Bunch mashup of kids and pets. By the time Graves and her girls moved in, many of the upgrades enjoyed by the family today had already been completed with advice from Sharon Kindred and Zahra Karimi of the interior design firm K2, who had assisted Gosnell

A wood table and bench set (modern but refinished) and a deceptively simple antique sideboard passed down from Gosnell’s grandmother soften the kitchen’s contemporary finishes. “The sideboard opens up and a table pulls out and seats about eight,” says Gosnell. “I use it for Christmas every year as a buffet table for pumpkin pancakes.”

for years with his prior developments. Design impact on their kitchen can be described as simple but bold. In the vein of Let’s Make a Deal, visiting friends might be inspired to ask, “What’s behind Poggenpohl door number one, two, or three?” Regarding the mystery within that mass of bamboo finished cabinetry is a functional and clutter-free solution for the family. Gosnell himself orchestrated the custom fabrication of the rolling island. Easy-to-clean-and-maintain solid surface countertops were a priority in the decision-making, as were the Miele appliances that add to the sleek, minimalist solution. In working around the needs of two adults, two kids, and two dogs, this modern family soon realized some extra room was in order. Gosnell credits Graves for conceiving ideas for the addition they all enjoy today, 800 additional square feet of space packed with practicality. “That move added more value to the house than anything else I did previously,” says Gosnell, who worked with Joby Dutton and Mike Alexander of Verge Design Build to design and construct the addition. The addition involved simply shifting the parking and storage areas closer to the curb and filling the remaining void with a crisp new entry foyer with polished concrete floors, a laundry room, a bathroom, and two sleeping rooms for the kids. Floor-to-ceiling fixed panes, an impressive pivoting front door, and walls finished

The fridge is impeccably hidden within the wall of Poggenpohl cabinets.



The terrazzo floors that run through the main part of the home are spectacular (and truly midcentury). In the living room, a cowhide rug, masculine leather furniture, and a vibrant abstract by Santa Fe artist Dick Evans warm the neutral space.

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in tinted, hand-troweled plaster establish a pleasing—even glamorous—first impression for visitors, not to mention a delightful daily experience for the owners to and from their . . . garage? Nope. Carport. Regarding why they chose not to close in their parking spaces, Gosnell says, “I just hate the look of a garage door.” Graves agrees: “The carport just looks better with the house; it’s open.” To unify years of previous owners’ “improvements,” the new homeowners duplicated some details in both the remodel and the addition. Inside or out, for example, most lights in the house are now on dimmers. “You don’t realize how useful that is until you have it,” Graves says. “Even in the kids’ room their lights are always adjusted at some level.” When it came to new return-air wall vents for hallway corners, Gosnell sketched up another elegant idea and found a capable fabricator. “Buzz-ified” doorjamb details, including hidden hinges, are also found throughout the home. A must-do in the expansion of the master bath included installation of a clerestory window to let in natural light. The entire space is now streamlined and artistic, with a freestanding Victoria + Albert tub a sculptural central







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Of the two-bedroom, two-bath addition, Gosnell says, “That move added more value to the house than anything else I did previously.” feature. Even the compact Duravit toilet hangs like art on the wall, freeing up the floor for a practical wipe or sweep. But their opportunities for good living aren’t just inside. Accordian doors open to the east-side yard with a lap pool, a shaded outdoor kitchen, and spectacular distant views to the in-walkingdistance Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Impressed with the met-

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Above: Fully appointed with a grill, a burner, a sink, and a fridge tucked beneath the thick concrete countertops, the outdoor kitchen is a happening spot during Cardinal away game nights. Opposite: A sliding glass wall folds away to reveal the patio, the fire pit, and the pool area.

alwork they saw at the Desert Botanical Garden, Gosnell and Graves commissioned Chris Kornegay to fabricate their pool fencing and gates. The backyard is indeed prime outdoor space for family and friends. “During every Cardinal away game, we have a group of people here watching the game outside,” says Gosnell. In the words of actor Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek’s Spock), “The more we share, the more we have.” Today, technology and social media allow us to share our lives in an instant. But it’s being there in person—laughing, grilling, and cheering together—that’s real living. For Gosnell, Graves, daughters, and dogs, they certainly “have more” as they share life in Paradise Gardens. “It’s the perfect space for our family,” says Graves. “We are all happy.”

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A dramatic, Southwestern-style raised spa and a negative edge pool by Presidential Pools & Spas capture dreamy views from this perfectly sited patio.


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pas and hot tubs sure have changed since college days, and even going back, say, 2,000 years, when ancient Romans heated water for bathhouses. Technological advancements have given rise to a whole new kind of spa, with warm water the only common ingredient. This new breed of spa is easier to take care of, more cost-effective to operate, healthier, and highly customizable. “I’ve been doing this a long time and have never seen this kind of technology,” says David Ghiz, owner of Imagine Backyard Living ( in Scottsdale, who points to ultraviolet technology that uses light to keep the water clean, eliminating the need for chemicals. “It is the latest and most efficient way to purify water,” adds Ghiz. “It works 24/7, eliminates 99 percent of bacteria, and costs less than 50 cents a day to operate.” Plus it’s environmentally friendly and essentially trouble-free. Then there’s wireless technology. With today’s Wi-Fi–enabled control panels you can check chemical levels or control water temperature from anywhere via a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop. “Bluetooth technology means your spa is warm and waiting when you get home,” says Nicole Shoppach, senior manager at

California Pools & Landscape (calpool .com). “And you can play music through built-in aquatic speakers. It’s like soaking in your very own jukebox.” Therapeutically speaking, warm water has always done the body good, as ancient Roman bathhouses demonstrated. According to the Arthritis Foundation, warm water works wonders on musculoskeletal complaints such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. In fact, the word “spa” is an acronym for the Latin salus per aquam, which means “health from water.” Add today’s jetting systems, and hydrotherapeutics takes on whole new meaning. “Today’s proprietary jetting systems provide different types of massage therapy in the same hot tub,” Ghiz says. “Whether you’re talking about shiatsu, deep tissue, reflexology, or whirlpool, it’s an incredible experience in pain and stress relief.“

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Really feeling last night’s Zumba class? “The number of jets can vary from 25 to 75 or more,” says Shoppach. Nozzles come in different sizes, pressures, and configurations, “all designed to address specific areas of the body.” Smaller groups pinpoint neck muscles. Larger groups target the back. Precision jets spin around wrists, arms, knees, calves, and feet. Don’t forget the visual effects. Even in this day and age, the entertainment factor of gathering friends and family around a hot tub remains unchanged. With LED technology there’s a lighting scheme for every mood, both above and below the waterline. Some people call it chromatherapy, claiming color itself is a form of therapy, one that helps rejuvenate the body and calm the soul. Last, but not least, is the whole design effect, the aesthetic. More and more, spas are becoming part of the larger scheme of things, incorporated into highly planned, outdoor living spaces that include decks, pergolas, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens. Many spas are connected to pools with water features running between them. “Water features aren’t new, but we’re seeing more contemporary designs,”

More and more, spas are part of highly planned, outdoor living spaces that incorporate decks, pergolas, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens. says Linnzy Foster, custom pool designer for Presidential Pools & Spas (presidential, which has locations throughout the Valley. “There are spillways, scuppers, razor edges, and, of course, waterfalls.” The options are endless: two-person spas, 12-person spas, even large swim spas (15 to 20 feet long by 7 to 12 feet wide) where the exercise benefits of a pool meet the therapeutic benefits of a hot tub. “We build in-ground spas, above-ground spas, and even sit-and-spin versions where people sit on the edge and whirl around to get in,” Foster says. “Spas are the future,” adds Ghiz. “They’re cheaper than pools, work well in small yards, and are therapeutically good for just about everyone.”

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Casa Bohemia: The Spanish-Style House, by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, hardcover with jacket, $55

the house as well as that of its owner. Paul uses a house’s story to add an emotional dimension: Just as a human owner can undergo heartbreak and joy, a house can suffer tragedy in fire, then rebirth in restoration and renovation. She adds a textual layer that illuminates bohemian eclecticism while also contrasting architectural space with a scope of time. Quoting American designer and artist Vito Acconci, the author writes, “Architecture is not about space, but about time. . . . There is a moment in which architecture becomes, suddenly, time.” Casa Bohemia’s museum-quality photos from principal photographer Ricardo Vidargas make this a must-have book for designers, historians, and daydreamers alike. Sectioned by global region, this extraordinary collection of bohemian residences—old casas in California, newer builds in Texas and Alabama, urban homes in Mexico, and others—is both timeless and timely. Author and photographer take


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inda Leigh Paul’s Casa Bohemia: The Spanish-Style House is a stunning architectural design book and an amazing adventure through eras of Spanish-style residences. The Spanish casa, with origins in the Middle Ages, has evolved over a dozen different centuries and across most continents, with each culture adding its own elements of design to the traditionally colorful and highly accented style. Most global regions claim unique bohemian architectural characteristics, but can a design style be a living thing? Paul, who has authored or coauthored over a dozen architectural style books, notes that whereas a Mexican hacienda can convey motion through an arched front entry, a home in Barcelona may express an architect’s deliberate joy. “[The Spanish architect Gaudi] sought the divine within himself and lived it, with his joy expressed in the confident and complex vision of his work,” says the author. Using architectural vision as a framework, Casa Bohemia goes beyond construction details to tell the story of

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three new books delve into Spanish-style casas, natural cleaning products, and terrarium design

Above: The solar-heated pool of this dreamy San Miguel de Allende casa seems especially private because of its enclosure on almost every side—including from the beams above it. Vines and trees provide additional shade.

the viewer on a journey through Italy’s Puglia region, travel through time to San Miguel de Allende, and end with Casa Oak Tree, a fantastical 21st-century residence that looks like its hundreds of organic curves were hand-carved from a single block of concrete.

The Organically Clean Home offers a recipe for a fizzing tablet (made with all-natural ingredients and scented with lemon and peppermint) that offers a hands-off option for cleaning if you don’t feel like scrubbing. The ingredients Rapinchuk uses are refreshingly simple: white vinegar, baking soda, distilled water, lemon juice, Epsom and table salts, hydrogen peroxide. Essential oils—lemon, clove, eucalyptus, tea tree—add a pleasant fragrance to air fresheners, glass wipes, disinfectant cleaners, hand sanitizer gel, and more. Simple, inexpensive, and the biggie: chemical-free. The Organically Clean Home’s 150-plus recipes for common cleaning products are so effective, says the author, “You might even start looking forward to cleaning your house!” Well, maybe.—Amy Gross The Organically Clean Home, by Becky Rapinchuk, Adams Media, paperback, $16

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Bohemian style borrows from other styles. Above, period furniture and a crystal chandelier echo traditional Southern décor, while a heavily tiled kitchen (left) could be straight out of New Mexico.

Casa Bohemia is a celebration of a lively and enduring architectural spirit, and the rich Spanish casa style lives on in this joyous expression of color, art, and detail. Whether you have an hour or an afternoon, lose yourself among these incredible homes, fixed neither in time, location, nor imagination.—Joanna Smith

hen her oldest child started crawling, Becky Rapinchuk suddenly found herself acutely aware of the chemicals and germs that posed potential threats to her baby. Naturally organized and with what she calls “an affinity to homekeeping and cleaning,” Rapinchuk began seeking out natural and organic ways to keep her home clean and her family safe, eventually discovering she could make her own cleaning products using just a few easy-to-find ingredients. A cookbook of sorts was born. The Organically Clean Home is one of the best recipe books you’ll ever invest in, but don’t expect to eat a single dish from it. Divided into recipes for cleaning kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, playrooms, and nurseries, this book is devoid of photography yet is cheerful and upbeat in tone. Rapinchuk, the founder of and a regular blogger on housekeeping tips, explains that most homeowners who turn to organic cleaning products are looking to keep allergens away from family members with chemical sensitivities, cut down on plastics and materials going to landfills, save money, and most importantly, keep toxins out of their homes. “Commercial cleaners are composed primarily of water, chemicals, and fragrance,” the author notes. Your toilet bowl cleaner, for example, probably contains a list of unpronounceable chemicals, yet still requires vigorous scrubbing with a brush to be effective.

Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass, by Maria Colletti, Cool Springs Press, paperback, $25


any of us of a certain age grew up with a terrarium in our home. Ours was a chest-high, white plasticky spherical thing that, for all the space it took up in the living room, never seemed to thrive. Perhaps it simply lacked inspiration. According to author, horticulturalist, and terrarium designer Maria Colletti, inspiration comes in many forms, and when it comes to these tiny, self-contained ecosystems, the sky’s the limit as to how you can create them. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


One of the tricks to terrarium creation is keeping everything in the container spotlessly clean. Here, author Maria Colletti demonstrates the importance of using brushes to keep debris and dirt off plants and the container itself.

Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass, is fun and easy to read—a do-it-yourself book perfect for the winter season and an excuse to bring greenery into what is arguably the least green time of year. The author’s own obsession for creating terrariums developed years ago at The Shop in the Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, where she works as a manager. Experimenting with different types of containers, plants, and scenarios, Colletti developed her own design style; all of her favorite methods are graciously shared in her book. In Terrariums, Colletti reviews the basics—gravel, pebbles, mosses—and the tools made specifically for terrarium gardening, from funnels and brushes to scoops and even chopsticks. She urges hobbyists to be on the lookout for found objects that add to a terrarium’s theme, such as shells, small plastic animals, stone carvings, and so forth. But what makes a terrarium a terrarium is the vessel or container it’s built in, and of course the plants that will help create and then 40

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use the moisture that evaporates from within that container. Colletti regularly uses fish bowls, glass cylinders, footed serving dishes, lidded cookie jars, and Wardian cases, filling them with plants such as creeping fig, air plants, ferns, cactus and succulents, palms, and more. Wondering how to keep your terrarium plants going once they’re planted? The author also explains watering, pruning, and rebuilding. As with most hobbies, there are some basic rules and guidelines for getting started in terrarium design, but as Colletti notes repeatedly, your own imagination will handily lead you down even more creative paths. “In your empty canvas, try out some new ideas,” she says. “You are the savvy interior designer: create anew.”—AG

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Use your imagination when constructing terrariums. The author regularly uses glass cylinders (above, top left), fish bowls, and even small ornament containers (left).


by James Selby

back to the future

IPOB Association, Inc.

an old treatment for new wines

The New California Wine, by Jon Bonné, Ten Speed Press (2013), hardcover


efining “old world” and “new world” wines is one of those tip-of-the-iceberg cases. On the surface, it’s a fairly graspable concept: Old world wines come from Europe; new world, everyplace else. A label tells whether a wine is Californian or Calabrian. But beyond geography, discerning essential characteristics of a wine, and the stylistic approach of the winemaker, “new” and “old” become more philosophical stances than adjectives. Generally, European wines are named after their geographical locations. Sancerre is a wine. It’s also a town and a subregion within the Loire Valley of France. Although it’s made of sauvignon blanc grapes, you won’t see that on the label. Bordeaux bottles will show producer (Lafite Rothschild) and appellation (Pauillac); cabernet won’t appear on the label. Exceptions to the “old world” rule occur, like Italian pinot grigio labeled as such. New world wines, on the other hand, are labeled by the grape. For example, New Zealand has several regions, but what’s prominent on a bottle produced there is sauvignon blanc—just as in California, where

the pecking order is producer (Heitz) followed by grape (cabernet sauvignon) and lastly, region (Napa Valley). What this all comes down to is terroir, terroir, terroir (microcosmos)—the environmental factors of a growing region—which suggests that finer wines come from locations best suited to the grape. Flavor profile is another matter. The thumbnail: Old world wines have lower alcohol, are made with less aggressive oak treatments, and may show more nuance, whereas new world wines typically have higher alcohol, riper fruit, fuller body. A movement, spearheaded by a group of domestic vintners called In Pursuit of Balance (, supports creating wines more appropriate to what the vines and the earth are providing, i.e., letting the grape express what the wine is, versus what an industrial producer might decide it should be. Domestic wines can be made in an old world style, and vice versa. So is the vineyard greener on the other side of the hill? To dig deeper, The New California Wine by Jon Bonné (Ten Speed Press) is an incisive book on today’s profound shift in winemaking. The lesson here: Thin neckties are in vogue right now, but don’t toss the wide ones just yet. It’s a matter of time and taste.

Attendees at an In Pursuit of Balance conference in San Francisco (above) sample wines made by supporting vintners like Wind Gap Wines (above, top).

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


Vida Buena

by Danielle Urbina

cool Colorado

Carl Scofield

two small ski towns with big personalities

Hitting the slopes is easy in Colorado, where there’s a wide variety of ski options. Aspen and Breckenridge offer endless snowy terrain for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.


In addition to worldclass skiing, Aspen and Breckenridge offer a host of other recreational activities including hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, sledding, and winter biking.

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The historic Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge swung its doors open in 1879 and has been a local favorite for more than 130 years.


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or some active types, the best time of year to be outdoors is not only when temperatures drop, but when the snow starts fall. Colorado has long been a mecca for skiers and travelers looking for fall and winter recreation, excellent dining, and plenty of Western history. Two of Colorado’s favorite skiing destinations, Aspen and Breckenridge in the westerncentral part of the state, pull visitors in like magnets. Every year, vacationers flock to these small towns (Aspen’s year-round population is a little under 7,000 and Breckenridge is just over 4,700), which swell in size during the winter months with tourists eager to take advantage of great skiing at impressive elevations (7,890 for Aspen and 9,600 for Breckenridge). Though each town has its own personality, both offer something for everyone, which makes them among the top-rated ski vacation destinations for travelers from all over the world. In Aspen, black diamond terrain at Aspen Mountain is a ski enthusiast’s dream. While the mountain is full of slopes for skiers of all levels, Aspen Mountain Powder Tours takes it to the next level, offering fresh tracks located at the back of the mountain for an unparalleled adventure. Aspen is also home to three other mountains (Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass); each brings something different to Aspen’s atmosphere, whether it’s Snowmass’s family-friendly vibe or the big-mountain terrain of the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands. With an average of 25 feet of powdery snow each year, Breckenridge offers excellent skiing and snowboarding at one of the most popular resorts in America, the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Breck (as the locals call it) offers five peaks spanning 2,908 acres, terrain parks, bowls, super pipes, and the highest chair lift in North America. Not into skiing or snowboarding? Check out excellent hiking (especially in the fall), rock climbing, snowshoeing, sledding, and winter biking. Take a hike in Aspen’s picturesque Maroon Bells (they’re said to be the most photographed peaks in North America), or get your thrills by exploring historic mining ruins and snowshoeing across the manicured trails at Breckenridge’s two Nordic centers. Of course all that time spent playing outdoors is bound to work up an appetite, and the dining in both towns is superb. Foodies will be delighted to venture into any one of the

more than 80 eateries in downtown Aspen, offering anything from homestyle American cooking to innovative restaurants with plant-based menus. In Breckenridge, great dining is everywhere, both on and off the slopes. Four peaks on Breck’s mountain offer delicious eats for hungry skiers, while restaurants in the town’s historic district serve up great food and a slice of history. Don’t miss the Gold Pan Saloon—rumor has it that this bar is the oldest operating saloon west of the Mississippi. If you prefer your speed dial set to low, stroll through the Aspen Museum of Art’s expansive collection of contemporary art, or take in a show at either the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet or Theatre Aspen where performers garner rave reviews. Learn more about Breckenridge by taking a tour of some of the town’s most famous historical sites; afterward you may find yourself enjoying a cold one at the original Breckenridge Brewery. Wherever you end up, you’ll find that there’s not one reason to love Aspen and Breckenridge—there are many.

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Vida Buena

by Catherine Adams

strength in numbers group workouts foster motivation and accountability


t’s the new year and time to shred those abs. Okay, maybe just drop a few. Getting back in shape after the holidays is the New Year’s resolution most often made—and broken. A tip: Try exercising with others. Group momentum really helps. In fact, fitness psychologists describe the phenomenon as the power of the group; meaning, it’s hard to “beast it up” alone. Here are just a few of the many group workout options available in the Valley.

Orange Theory Fitness pump it up and let it burn for hours “The beauty of Orange Theory Fitness is it keeps working after you stop,” says Jeff Edris, who owns Orange Theory franchises in Scottsdale and Tempe. “It works whether you’re 14 or 83 years old, as long as you reach and maintain your own maximum heart rate.” It worked for Joan Clark, an avid surfer who credits Orange Theory Fitness with helping her get back on the surfboard after a double mastectomy. “Since I’ve been in remission, Orange Theory Fitness is the first time I’ve truly challenged myself,” Clark says. “I see myself coming back to life. My body hasn’t given up, and the cancer didn’t win.” The Orange Theory workout entails 60 minutes of cardiovascular and strength training intervals designed to reach the “Orange Zone”: a sustained heart rate of approximately 84 percent for up to 20 minutes. This reputedly creates the Orange Effect, an afterburn that tones muscles and burns calories for up to 36 hours post-workout—also called Excess PostExercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). Participants wear heart monitors and exercise in groups of up to 25 people. 44

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Orange Theory Fitness combines intervals of cardio and strength training in a tight 60-minute workout.

“Since I’ve been in remission, Orange Theory Fitness is the first time I’ve truly challenged myself. My body hasn’t given up, and the cancer didn’t win.”—Joan Clark

pick your passion

The Dailey Method align body and mind with intent

from aerobics to Zumba, there’s a workout class for you

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If The Dailey Method seems sedate, hang on. “Little moves make a big difference,” says 57-year-old Suzi Abramson-Johnson, a member with more than 540 classes under her belt. “I can’t believe how it helps my physical and mental health.” “We focus on neutral spine alignment and muscular engagement, creating balance through flexibility and strength,” says Tarra Sachedina, owner of The Dailey Method in Scottsdale. “It’s a wholeBarre stretch, essential in every body approach, more about Dailey Method class, helps to health than appearance. It lengthen muscles after intense work. includes what we think, feel, eat. We want you to leave here feeling happy and successful.” The Dailey Method utilizes Barre maneuvers, a form of ballet training that combines dance, yoga, pilates, and orthopedic exercises. Low-impact, minimalistic movements work to strengthen the core and align the body. The workout tends to create a strong, lean, sculpted physique—a dancer’s physique—and a honed awareness of body function and position.

Jabz Boxing Fitness for Women punch, sweat, repeat

“Boxers are some of the fittest people I know,” says Len Hayko, founder of Jabz Boxing Fitness for Women. There are two in Scottsdale At Jabz Boxing, women can punch and others in Phoenix, their way to fitness using heavy bags. Glendale, and Tempe. “Our The studio, however, is noncontact. circuit training is similar to how boxers prepare for a fight. I’ve found girls really like to punch things. Luckily we’re a noncontact studio. “I never want to stop,” says 38-year-old Holly Porter, a member since 2012. “It completely transformed how I look and feel. Plus if I gain a few pounds I don’t stress anymore. I know how to manage it. I’ve seen the correlation between food and exercise.” Jabz Boxing combines boxing, strength, and cardio into an hour of fast-moving circuit training. A fully functional boxing ring contains heavy bags and speed bags. Stations outside the ring incorporate strength and agility equipment such as battle ropes, medicine balls, and tires. Sixteen stations accommodate 16 women per session. The bell rings, everyone rotates. The whistle blows, and Action!

CrossFit Blackstorm 5446 E Washington, Phoenix Not for the faint of heart, CrossFit is the totalbody strength and conditioning program that has created a nationwide army of rabid followers. This fitness studio, located on the border between Scottsdale and Tempe, offers several CrossFit classes each day, along with weightlifting and fundamentals group workouts.

Forza Power Training Studios 10643 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Ste 2 This is the only Scottsdale fitness studio to offer CycleOps indoor cycling (which claims to use and develop more strength than spinning) and TRX Suspension strength and flexibility training.

Mountainside Fitness 11 locations around the Valley A Mountainside Fitness membership includes access to almost every one of the 80 weekly classes offered. Check out Zumba, Tabata, CSC (cardio, strength, core) training, TRX, Muscle classes, and others.

RPM Spin 20831 N Scottsdale, Ste 107, Scottsdale Choose from around 20 spin classes a week at this independently operated “drop saddle” studio that combines edgy lighting effects with heart-pumping music.

Valley of the Sun YMCA 16 locations in the Greater Valley area For a challenging but low-impact workout, consider an aquatics class at one of the area’s YMCAs. Shallow Water classes offer a great cardio workout, while Silver Splash classes are designed to improve agility and flexibility.

Yoga Village 8241 E Evans, Scottsdale 16715 E Palisades, Ste 208, Fountain Hills Offering more than 45 classes weekly between the Scottsdale and Fountain Hills locations, in a variety of styles including Anusara, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Tai Chi, and more. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM



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WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN February 1–7 TPC Scottsdale Free February 1–2, $30 February 3–4, $40 February 5–7 The Phoenix Open is the first and best-attended event on the PGA Tour, drawing more than half a million spectators. It generates several million dollars for charity each year. 46

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Arizona Matsuri Festival of Japan

ARIZONA MATSURI: 32ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF JAPAN February 17–28, 10 am–5 pm Heritage & Science Park Free A family festival featuring authentic Japanese crafts, entertainment, food, and merchandise.

CACTUS LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING March 2–April 2 Locations and ticket prices vary; see website Fifteen MLB teams now train in the greater Phoenix area every spring at locations including Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Sloan Park, and others. Look for a complete schedule of training online. Columbia Artists Mgmt., Inc

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ARIZONA MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON January 16–17 Tempe Beach Park (finish line), Tempe Registration fees $25–$105 This event features an assortment of live music and local high school cheerleading squads entertaining and encouraging runners at nearly every mile of the 26.2- and 13.1-mile courses. The marathon begins in Phoenix, races through Scottsdale, and finishes in Tempe. The half marathon course begins and ends in Tempe. Other events this year include 5k and 10k races and a number of races for kids, ranging from the Diaper Dash to mile runs for older kids.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 January 11 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale Price determined by demand The winners of the 2015 Orange Bowl and 2015 Cotton Bowl will square off for the title. This will be the second National Championship for college football teams, and marks the end of the 2015–2016 college football bowl season.

68TH ANNUAL GOLD RUSH DAYS & SENIOR PRO RODEO February 11–14, 8 am–5 pm Free for festival events, $3–$10 for rodeo, children under 5 free Celebrating Wickenburg’s history as a gold mining center, this event includes a display of classic cars on Friday, 150 vendors and exhibitors at the artisan fair, a family carnival, free stage entertainment, and gold panning, as well as a melodrama, a parade, and the Senior Pro Rodeo.

SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN HORSE SHOW February 11–21, 10 am–5 pm Westworld of Scottsdale $7–$35, kids under 12 free As many as 2,500 Arabian horses come from every state in the nation to compete in events throughout this festival. Vendors selling food, souvenirs, and equestrian-related items are part of the fun.

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INNOVATIONS MOD HOME TOUR January 10, 11 AM–4 PM Self-guided, locations in South Scottsdale $25 In its second year, this self-guided home tour promises a peek into innovative modern homes from midcentury to contemporary modern design. A percentage of ticket sales benefits Coronado High School. Registration begins at 11 AM at 77 on the Park in Scottsdale.

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January through March

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOOP DANCE CONTEST February 13–14, 9:30 am–5 pm Heard Museum, Phoenix $7.50-–$18, kids 3 and under free Experience the fast-paced precision and grace of hoop dancing when more than 70 top Native hoop dancers from the United States and Canada compete for cash prizes and the 26th annual World Champion title.

TAO: SEVENTEEN SAMURAI March 10–11, 7:30 pm & 8 pm Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts $39–$69 The athletic young drummers of TAO bring their energetic and explosive performances to Scottsdale for two nights as they demonstrate the ancient art of taiko, using virtuoso drumming, dazzling costumes, and electrifying choreography. FALL OUT BOY March 25, 7 pm Talking Stick Resort Arena Tickets start at $53 The Illinois alt-punk rockers take the stage in downtown Phoenix for one night only, playing double-and triple-platinum singles like “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Dance, Dance,” and “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).”

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luxury golf

course living

If you’re into cars—really into cars—this unique Paradise Valley property is the stuff of fantasy. A four-car garage attached to the main house, plus detached 4and 6-car garages, provide climate-controlled parking for a dozen vehicles. A large driveway accommodates overflow (or guest parking), and two workshop spaces ensure you can keep everything shipshape. With 7,200 square feet of living spaces—including 5 bedrooms and 6 baths—this freshly designerremodeled contemporary residence has plenty to offer: oak flooring and Italian porcelain tile throughout; LED fixtures; fireplaces in the main room and master bedroom; and media and exercise rooms. Step outside to find a guesthouse; a 3,200-square-foot, travertine-tiled patio; a tennis court; and a diving pool with a waterfall. For your lower-octane kicks, take a spin on the go-kart track encircling the 2.25 acres of manicured grounds.

Available in early 2016, this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo is striking modern luxury living with stainless steel fixtures, hardwood and tile floors, and a razor-sharp aesthetic. Located on the ground floor and set just across from the canal from the historic Biltmore Hotel, it is among the first new additions to the Biltmore Estates community surrounding Adobe Golf Course in a decade. The kitchen, which features a stainless steel and granite waterfall island with swiveling barstools, seamlessly incorporates into the open-concept living room. The master bedroom adjoins the patio via full-length electronic windows, and the spacious master bathroom features marble flooring and countertops and sliding glass doors that open into a fully marble-clad shower stall. The patio immediately overlooks the Adobe fairway, which captures wide views of the city lights and beyond. Residents enjoy Estates privileges such as a heated pool and spa, walking and biking paths, a fitness center, and a rec room.

Listing price: $2.9 million Contact: Ilona Rowan, Hunt Real Estate ERA, 310-200-5595,,

Listing price: $1.748 million Contact: Keith M. Mishkin, Cambridge Properties, Inc., 602-493-5100,

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In order to heighten the deceptively simple layout of this multiseasonal space, which includes a freshwater natural stone pool tailored to the long, narrow yard, California Pools & Landscape combined materials that provide visual interest and stand out against its earth tone and copper elements, such as the vibrant lazuli tiling and raised planters. Aesthetically parallel in the design on either end, a cozy fire pit seating area and a therapy spa—created with custom bench heights to specifically cater to the homeowners’ physiques—provide extra warmth in the wintertime. In the summer, the spa can be transformed—with the flip of a switch—into a temperate waterfall feature that provides soothing sounds as water pours gently into the pool. See more ideas for the ultimate spa in “Hot Tubs and Spaaaahs,” page 36. California Pools & Landscape, 48

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