Plan Your Room Virtually

November 29, 2011 | 1:00 PM | Furniture | By Staff

Don’t break your back moving grandma’s hand-me-down sofa from place to place in your living room, visualize your room full of furniture from the palm of your hand with the SnapShop app for iPhone and iPad.  You can shop from your favorite brands, use your fingers to literally place that new couch or sofa in a photo from your album and share room ideas with friends. Check the video below of the ingenious way to pose as an interior designer.

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DIY Friday: Holiday Ornaments

November 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Thanksgiving is over which means we are officially on the high speed crazy train to Christmas Town and there ain’t no stopping us now. With that in mind, here is another amazing DIY project from BLDG 25 that will having you decking everyone’s halls with handmade cheer. Just pick up some of those clear Christmas bulbs from your local craft store and whatever objects you would like to fill it with to compliment your holiday decor. They used funky feathers and small, plastic woodland creatures to give off that signature whimsy, but the possibilities are endless. We love the idea of stuffing them with tinsel and hanging these bad boys from a wire over a mantel or filling them with family photographs and putting them on your tree to add a personal touch. If you make it happen, send us some pictures! We’d love to see the finished product. Let the countdown begin!

Divvied Up

November 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | Home & Design | By Staff

Create space while preserving the open air feel and design of a room with an architectural screen from Yellow Goat Designs. The custom lighting design house from down under creates some “crazy but cool” pieces to divvy up a space in style. Check some of our favorites below and more from design inspiration by Yellow Goat Designs by clicking here.


Totally Tubular

November 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | Home & Design | By Staff

So, it’s not as if homeowners in this state have a huge need for a device like a radiator. For most of us, references to a radiator brings thoughts of hand-cuffs, chaining up your beloved while you strum your guitar and sing some raspy, dirty blues to her in a thunder storm, right? Oh wait, maybe that’s just us.

Imagine our surprise to see what the Italian folks at Tubes Radiatori have been doing. Tubes has been in the radiator business since 1994 and their innovation has really remade the radiator wheel. No longer hiding below hip level against the wall, their modern radiators are now proudly presented in a room as modern art. The pieces come in different styles of sculpture from the freestanding Milano with its waving column, to the Pompidou – honeycomb wall installation. Beyond radiators, warming towel rails keep towels or your Snuggie warm and snuggly for you just out of the shower. Tubes show us a superb mix of design and technology that can enhance the style and functionality of any interior design, even in Arizona.

For more information on the Tubes Radiatori, click here.

Design Inspiration: Lovely Loo

November 8, 2011 | 1:00 PM | Home & Design | By Staff

What was once an ordinary master bath is now the loveliest of loos for a sophisticated urban dweller here in Phoenix. Local kitchen and bath designer Leigh Kohrs of Inhabit Studio was tasked with the challenge of updating a dull bathroom for a busy, jet-setting client into a high-style sanctuary. Kohrs says, “First, I have to say I’m so jealous this isn’t my bathroom.” We’re jealous too!

Read more from the designer and see before and after shots of this Lovely Loo after the jump: »READ MORE

Design Inspiration: Modern Tract Homes of LA

October 18, 2011 | 2:30 PM | Home & Design | By Staff

“Affordable housing for the masses has been an age-old problem that some of the best minds in the world have tried to solve,” so says the authors of Modern Tract Homes of Los Angeles. The coffee table book to inspire the design-minded by John Eng and Adriene Biondo, takes us on a pictorial tour of the best in modern design from some of Los Angeles’ housing tracts built between 1948 and 1964. Homeowners dish about their digs, sharing their stories, pictures and even their floor plans. Find inspiration here. 

Image via DailyPundit

DIY Friday: Tree Branch Curtain Rod

October 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

We always thought curtain rods were a pretty standard household item with little creativity involved. In fact, we hadn’t given them much thought before we stumbled upon this DIY blog, Olive and Love. It may not be the easiest thing to find large tree branches in AZ (we’re 99.9% sure this blogger is from Canada due to the not-so-subtle use of “eh”), but you can find decorative “tree branches” at places like World Market, Pier One and even Michael’s. Just find and cut the right ones for the window you want to use, buy or make curtains to slip on and voila! You can even spray paint them any color to jazz them up a bit. If you want the full directions on how to do it the Mountain Man way, go here.

DIY Friday: Pixel Painting

October 7, 2011 | 11:30 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

All these overcast days and cooler temperatures just make us want to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea and James Blake playing on a loop. If the creativity bug bites you during all this “in” time, you might want to try this Pixel Painting idea given to us by Wit & Whistle.  Find a photo you love, blow up the pixels in photoshop and then trace the grid onto canvas (or paper) before filling in with watercolor paints. The finished product will have the essence of your favorite photograph and all the satisfaction knowing you made it happen. Get more detailed directions here and happy painting happy pixelated little trees (or what have you).

DIY Friday: Bright Idea Lamp

September 23, 2011 | 12:00 PM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

SkyMall never ceases to amaze us, but when we saw that you could buy a kit to put together this amazing lamp of awesomeness, it flew a little higher in our hearts. The DIY Coil Lamp designed by Craighton Berman on the website The Future Perfect  is only $79 and takes any preconceived notion of a table lamp to a much more modern level. Like most assembly required items, the light bulb is not included. Order it here and turn something as simple as your light fixture into a hot topic of conversation.

Nambé Away

September 20, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

Now that Nambé is open in Scottsdale Quarter, it looks like this week’s check is going to be spent on some majorly awesome home accessories.

“Design your life with Nambé”, and not just your life. The tabletop design specialists can help you with gifts for any occasion.

So what are you waiting for? Nambé away!




September 13, 2011 | 12:45 PM | Furniture | By Staff

Remember when you were a kid with a new toy from Grandma or Santa and you spent hours entertaining yourself with just the box it came in, rather than the actual cheap plastic Lego set or new kiddie kitchenette found inside? Well the creator of Chairigami turned his childhood-inspired “long love affair with cardboard,” refrigerator boxes to be exact, into “cardboard furniture for the urban nomad.” The perfect furniture for a student, recent divorcee or those averting the commitment solid wood furniture insists.

The Triple Wall corrugated cardboard is tough, yet chic, making for some “rad furniture,” says the designer. The current collection, starting at just $70, features a sofa, tables of various sizes and the namesake chair. Coming soon to the online retailer, a shelving system and surprisingly, a wet bar.

Take a peek at the Chairigami table in urban action below.



Worth Repeating: Est Est Cleans House at ASID

September 4, 2011 | 10:00 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

Est Est, Scottsdale’s oldest interior design firm, cleaned house with 11 wins at the American Society of Interior Designers Awards. Accolades from projects include the interiors at Chateau on Central, Chrysalis Shelter and nabbing the “Best in Show” Commercial Award for the showroom of tech company, Cybersound. Take a peek of Cybersound’s winning interior space by designers Kristin Fredstrom and Jessica Moreau.

Wallpaper Gone Wild

August 30, 2011 | 9:55 AM | Interiors | By Staff

Bring the runway to your walls with the latest in wall fashions inspired by the wild side of life. Wallpaper designers have gone wild with the patterns, textures and colors found on safari and on the catwalk, in their latest collections. Take a tour of our favorite wild wallpaper patterns.

Est Est Cleans House at ASID

August 30, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Interiors | By Staff

Est Est, Scottsdale’s oldest interior design firm, cleaned house with 11 wins at the American Society of Interior Designers Awards. Accolades from projects include the interiors at Chateau on Central, Chrysalis Shelter and nabbing the “Best in Show” Commercial Award for the showroom of tech company, Cybersound. Take a peek of Cybersound’s winning interior space by designers Kristin Fredstrom and Jessica Moreau.


DIY Friday: Sequin Canvas Lantern

August 26, 2011 | 11:55 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Lights, camera, lanterns! Who needs to read a long list of materials and instructions on how to make a sequin canvas lantern when there’s a convenient video you can watch to get step-by-step instructions helpfully narrated by someone from BLDG 25.Crafty, pretty and perfect for the outdoor parties that you are already dreaming of, these simple lights can be made with any fabric or embellishments of your choosing.[/youtube]

Tree House

August 23, 2011 | 2:55 PM | Interiors | By Staff

The Wood Collection by Niba Rugs brings the outdoors elegantly in.

Share Your Space with IKEA’s “Share Space”

August 17, 2011 | 3:22 PM | Interiors | By Staff

IKEA is opening their online home to ours with the launch of their community photo-sharing website, “Share Space.” The site allows design enthusiasts to share photos of their IKEA inspired home with the world. The site will also house their new blog, filled with home tips, tricks and trends from staff design experts. We’re hoping the blog includes instructional videos of “how-to build IKEA furniture without breaking a nail.” We’ll keep you posted.

Image via Share Space


Today’s Object of Desire: Euro Bubbles Chandelier

August 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | Interiors | By Staff

Bubbles make us happy, both in our glass or floating above. Today’s Object of Desire is inspired by the bubbly interior of Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge in Scottsdale. Bring the happy bubbles home with the Possini Euro Bubbles Hanging Chandelier. Purchase here.

DIY Friday: Potato Stamp Wall Paper

August 12, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Ahh, the wonders of google. When struggling to find DIY inspiration, it always comes through with amazing blogs like this one called Young House Love which follows the decorating and DIY adventures of a young family living in their second home in Richmond, VA. They even like to get their toddler, Clara, in on the home improvement action like in this potato stamp wall paper project. Add a little pizazz to your sanctuary walk-in. All you need are some potatoes, paint and the tools to make whatever shapes you want. Check out our gallery of photos after the jump to figure out how to do this fun, easy project yourself.  »READ MORE

DIY Friday: The Light Bulb Vase

August 5, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

If your thumbs are all twiddled out and you are through with watching How I Met Your Mother re-runs, here’s a little project to keep you occupied. Thought up by those crazy creative types over at BLDG 25, this DIY light bulb vase is both simple and yep, you guessed it, whimsical. You just need to gather up some of those out-of-date light bulbs (hello? are we not in the age of LED?), pliers and gardening wire. Read more for the instructions and impress yourself with your use of the three R’s. Your kindergarten teacher would be so proud.  »READ MORE

DIY Friday: Instagram Photo Wall

July 22, 2011 | 7:47 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

We’ve all heard the saying, “take a picture, it will last longer,” but usually the motive behind the words is less than friendly. We are about to change that with the help of the blog BLDG 25 and the amazing instagram photo wall. Rather than obnoxiously posting your every move onto Twitter or Facebook, you can upload them to your instagram account and create this “visual diary” to remind you of your travels and every day experiences. All you need is an instragram account, a piece of white poster board (however big or little) and some glue! Print out your photo memories, tack ’em on and voila! A beautiful collage of your own making is at your disposal. You can also trade photos with friends to keep it interesting and then show them….in person….what you’ve been up to. What a fabulous concept.


July 15, 2011 | 12:37 PM | Home & Design | By Rebecca Bogdansky

Add a splash of pattern to your living room or bedroom with these amazing pillows and throws we discovered from COCOCOZY. Designer Coco claims she’s no interior design professional but we beg to differ. The collection includes classic, clean-cut patterns with bold, bright colors to create modern sophistication. COCOCOZY has been featured in InStyle, High Gloss and Lonny Magazine. Shop online and visit Coco’s blog where she shares her passion and ideas for interior design and home decor.

A Touch of Glass

June 16, 2011 | 10:45 AM | Home & Design | By Samantha Belli

Check it up, down, and all around. Go ahead and touch it. Slide your fingers over the deep indentations and slight bumps. No, this isn’t your mother’s fine crystal vase. It’s an Elizabeth Lyons production to be specific. These heavy glass vases, decorated with pressed radial patterns in thick hot molten colored glass, both captures and reflects light. Although your flowers, or whatever you place in the vase, may put up a good fight, all eyes will be on these beautifully unique vases. Much of Lyons work can be found in galleries and fine art showrooms throughout the states, these Chunky Vases can be purchased through Lyons’ webpage or, if you can wait long enough, they will be available this fall at Barney’s NY.

DWR & DLT Home Design Winner: At Home With the Engels

June 3, 2011 | 12:30 PM | Home & Design | By Staff

Blown in from the harsh winter weathers of the east coast just five years ago, David and Illene Engel took refuge in the appealing warm desert oasis of Scottsdale, Arizona. Here, the two transformed their average mid-90s contemporary style home into their creation of a modernized beauty in which they both live and work.

With a massive redesign completed by 180 Degrees, the house was extended in three directions; seamlessly and very organically. Running a successful company out of the house, leaving only for groceries, and to go to Hong Kong for business, and as David points out “living in a space all-day every day, and running a product design company, it was important for us to have an inspiring atmosphere.”

Today, the 3,500 square-foot 3 bedroom home has almost double the footprint thanks to expansions to the east, west and south. A guest suite was added and two of the original bedrooms evolved into a home office featuring an all-glass conference room. The existing two-car garage was transformed into a standalone guest suite.

The new three-car garage includes a dedicated space for art, and is connected to the main house via a glass-lined walkway/display gallery. (Which was important because most of the house features glass facades and masonry block columns, so there’s not all that much wall space.) The Engels have similar taste in art; Keith Haring is their patron saint. “No spouses were harmed in the making of our (art) collection.”

As you’ll see in the photos, the master closet is incredible. It’s 400+ square-feet and filled with whimsical things you wouldn’t expect in a modern house. There’s a massive crystal chandelier, as well as a neon shoe sign salvaged from an old bowling alley. Most important, there’s floor to ceiling shelving, from IKEA of all places. “You should hear the squeals of delight when Illene takes her friends in their for the first time.”

A wonderful property, thanks so much to DWR for sponsoring our first annual Home Design contest! »READ MORE

Urban Luxury at West 6th Tempe Towers

May 25, 2011 | 11:09 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

Good news for Tempe urbanists and well-heeled ASU students as the posh West 6th Street Tempe Towers are finally open for business with move in scheduled for as early as August 1. Never heard of West 6th Street? Well, that’s because it was formerly known as Centerpoint Condos, i.e. the half-built high-rise towers that have been hulking over Mill Avenue for years now.

Take a full gallery of these deeeeluxe apartments in the sky-hi-hi after the jump. Or click here to learn more about this once-cursed project, including why it was one of dozens of high-profile projects that came to a crashing halt after Phoenix’s infamous ‘Tuxedo Suicide.’


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