Design Blog

Five tips for furniture placement

This week we are going to address one of the most perplexing question for buyers of empty houses or those going for a general interior fresh:  where do we place the funiture to maximize room features? Many homeowners make the mistake of moving everything up against the four walls, which makes for a dull if … Continue reading Five tips for furniture placement

Ramp up the glamp

"Glamping" means glamorous camping, and it's hotter than ever.  Gone are the days of sleeping on hard ground and roughing it with boring campgear.  Glamping means all the comforts of home right at hand, but with a wild, romantic twist, as shown on left by Country Living. To all that we say:  why not just … Continue reading Ramp up the glamp

The fine art of layering

One of the easiest yet unheralded tips for successful styling is the concept of layering.  In contrast to clothes, it's not about adding items on top of another (and stripping as the day gets warmer) but of adding and creating what we term vignette volume. Like one of our art-collector friends says:  "One is a … Continue reading The fine art of layering

Keaton’s casa styles

It's like when the big cowboy rides into the dusty, Western town and saves it from the bad actors. Except this is Diane Keaton and she is saving one of Tucson's ancient adobes. News last week that this beloved actress purchased one of the oldest casas (1700s) in the oldest neighborhood in Tucson was hailed … Continue reading Keaton’s casa styles

Small spaces with attitude

Living in a small space today is either a commitment to a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle, a budget necessity, or both.  But living large in a small space is what good design is all about. Today we cover a common challenge in our discussions with clients:  how do we downsize but retain our quality of … Continue reading Small spaces with attitude

Look down South for up-trends

In the U.S. we don't typically look South -- as in South America -- for design trends, but the truth is that countries like Brazil has long held a reputation for innovative architecture and design.  After all, they created Brasilia out of the wild plains! It's time we borrowed some of their flair, so thanks … Continue reading Look down South for up-trends

Five stylish get-aways

It's that time of year, when you yearn for your own vacay get-away.  Those lucky enough to have more than one home typically choose a second one that contrasts from their primary one. Having a second location where you can create a fantasy interior style for your family and guests is a great privilege and … Continue reading Five stylish get-aways

Rustica renewed

The rustic style now trending heavily could not be more different than that of our recent post here.  The Marrakesh's Express' polar opposite has now pulled into the station, and it promises a rougher ride! By that we mean that it's all about rough-hewn, natural and recycled materials in muted colors, plus artful use of … Continue reading Rustica renewed

Take a ride on the Marrakesh Express*

*from Crosby, Stills & Nash title song, 1969.   If you find this vision, below, of the late Talitha Getty (yes, married to that billionaire) lounging about on sumptuous pillows deliciously decadent, then maybe Marrakesh style is right for you! Moroccan style had a moment in the late 60s/early 70s when this photo shoot was … Continue reading Take a ride on the Marrakesh Express*

We’re feeling blue

HGTV  just announced the new color trends for spring:  over a dozen or so in all.  Yet perhaps our favorite, and one we use often here in the Southwest, is blue. But not any old blue will do.  The strong light and deep sky here almost demand we ramp up the hue. Saturated colors like … Continue reading We’re feeling blue