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High-End Living in Northern Arizona

A mere two hours outside of Phoenix lies Pine Canyon, a luxury 600-acre master-planned community in Flagstaff that offers Valley families a welcome respite from hot temps and desert clime. Taber Anderson and his team at The True Life Companies, a locally based strategic real estate investment and management firm, recently acquired the private Pine Canyon, and, here, discusses how they are making this high-country community the spot for second homes.



Goldwater Hills Beauty

Set in a Paradise Valley hillside once owned by Senator Barry Goldwater, this 8,700-sq.-ft. Southwestern contemporary home includes a prow-like porte-cochère that welcomes guests with colorful split-face block and a copper standing-seam roof.


Formal Living/Dining Rooms
The grand radiused room greets entrants with Manhattan-chic traditional and contemporary elements—a theme continued throughout the home. Natural light radiates from the 6-foot-wide skylight segmented by Sam Terry Studios in Cave Creek. The center divider cabinet island is clad in zinc metal etched with a leaf pattern, which carries through to the fireplace at the hearth seating area. Outside are Camelback Mountain and city-light views south to the airport and beyond.


Feb. 23: Scottsdale's Kitchen & Tasting Tour

Get an exclusive look into some of the most luxurious upscale homes in North Scottsdale. Six spectacular homes are opening up their doors and welcoming guests into their chic entertaining spaces. 

Tasting Tour

The first annual Kitchen & Tasting Tour is happening in Scottsdale on Saturday, February 23 and will be hosted by the Arizona Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

For $40, attendees of the tour will have the opportunity to view new and remodeled kitchens, sample signature dishes prepared by a variety of the Valley’s most talented chefs and view beautifully decorated tablescapes. Guests will also have the chance to mix and mingle with participating chefs, architects, builders and designers.

Participating restaurants and chefs include Creations in Cuisine Catering, Straight to the Plate, Celebrated Cuisine, My Fit Foods and AZPops. Blue Desert Interiors and Flora Bella are among the participating tablescape designers.

Guests will vote for “Best Kitchen Design,” “Best Cuisine” and “Best Tablescape” People’s Choice Awards.

“The Arizona Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation is thrilled to host its fist annual Kitchen & Tasting Tour in Scottsdale,” said Sherry Baker, Lymphoma Research Foundation Regional Chapter Manager. “We are grateful for all of the support we have already received for the event, especially from our wonderful partners, and look forward to raising significant funds for life-saving lymphoma research.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s mission to eliminate lymphoma and serve the thousands that are touched by the disease.  

Tickets for the Kitchen & Tasting Tour start at $40 and are available online or Saturday after 10 a.m. at The Home & Design Idea Center in Scottsdale.

The Home & Design Center will be hosting a pre-party kick-off reception Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.  

If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute you can make a donation by visiting the Lymphoma Research Foundation website.



Luxury Apartment of the Month in Chandler: Parcland Crossing


 Mark-Taylor's Parcland Crossing evokes the feel of a desert oasis yet is conveniently located near hot spots including Chandler Fashion Center and the San Marcos Golf Course. Occupants at this dazzling community can enjoy beautiful Arizona scenery while they take advantage of its easy access to everyday needs.

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Team Collaboration is the Key to Success

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This is Part One, of a Two Part Series- Taking  a look inside the process of collaboration between Architects and Interior Designers

Increasingly, interior designers, architects, builders, and best of all, clients, are realizing the value and importance of having the whole team on board at the beginning of the design process. If not, there is a great opportunity to educate clients of the very real value this approach brings to their project and budget. Having all of the design team at the table at the beginning of a project ensures that; the client’s wants, needs, and vision can be met; that each discipline can offer valuable information focused on design, constructability, and budget; ideas build upon one another creating a well-integrated project that exceeds a client’s expectations (and sometimes even exceeding the design team’s vision).


Part 1 Collaboration: Viewpoint from the Architect

There is always a gray area between where architecture stops and interior design begins, and that gray area is constantly changing even during the course of a single project. Close collaboration can turn that gray area into the best part of the project. It can be frustrating to see a missed opportunity or changes in the field because we weren’t all on the same page. It is so much easier to accommodate design before the first hammer swings. Too often, it seems like there is a tendency to ‘protect ones turf’, or work at cross purposes rather than respect what each party brings to the table. 


When architects have the chance to bounce ideas around, talk about unique finishes and the special touches that make a space more than the sum of its parts, we end up with a great project, a satisfied client, and a referral. Well integrated projects save time and money. Our favorite interior designers are organized, vocal about the design objectives and needs, open to enhancing the overall design concept, and understand budget and the effort required to ensure that interior design elements are constructible and well-coordinated.

It is a real joy to sit through a meeting or attend a site visit when there is that energy or buzz in the air when good design and collaboration happens. Projects are not easy, require hundreds of hours in effort and resources, with fees that are tight, and a team working together from the start is much more assured of a great project.


“I can always spot the projects that resulted from design and construction collaboration, they are a seamless blend of form and function,” Erik Peterson, Principal PHX Architecture says. “I really respect what a great interior designer brings to a project. In many ways what a client touches, feels, and sees defines the architecture. Clients can talk for a week about a special fabric or fixture, and in good humor, I sometimes think we provide the backdrop for the flash and sizzle,” added Nikal Conti, Principal PHX Architecture.


Scott Carson, Principal PHX Architecture also recognizes benefits in designer/architect collaboration. Carson observed that “every successful project shares the key ingredient of an integrated design team. I always prefer to work together as a team from the start, that’s when the magic happens as design ideas are presented and refined by all of us.”

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