If you were looking for one word to describe Jason Isenberg, you
might choose polished.
There are stories behind every cause, but never more so than for
Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The problem: a dated and dark 1960s house and its new owners, a
couple who prefer spacious, expansive loft-style living.
All is not as it seems in this home. You know it as soon as you
approach the turquoise gate to the courtyard. Vivid flowers are in
bloom in even more colorful flower pots, in a row along the garden
wall. And yet it's midwinter. Move a little closer and you see
Think recliner, think Frasier's dad: a grubby, dog-hair-covered
affair way past its best. Those in the furniture trade call them
When Simon Herbert came to remodel his master bathroom, the room
presented a few challenges.
Think sinks, think simplicity. Also think storage. And straight
Edward Holler and Samuel Saunders have made such a name for
themselves in Mexico that their contacts down there have coined a
phrase for them: Aqui viene el drama, meaning "Here comes
Homes are still not selling, new jobs are not forthcoming and
money's tighter than tight.
Fiore Iannacone lives, breathes and cooks his Italian family
"There's no wrapping police," Victoria Friel announces to the
five women seated around a dining table in her house.
Should the trees be strung from the bottom up or top down? What
lights should you go for? And should you even try stringing that
saguaro? Decorating the outside of your home can become one big
holiday headache. So we interrupted the efforts of two of Tucson's
top light-hanging teams and aske…
BISBEE - "Remuddled" is how Nanette Slusser describes the state
of her home when she bought it.
It can be a daunting prospect: family and friends gathering
around your table for the biggest feast of the year. And then you
have all that entertaining to do a month later at Christmas.
At 3 a.m. Saturday, just as Laura Lamb is catching her last
minutes of sleep, Mike Flatley is on the other side of the city,
securing his place as No. 1 in line at Lamb's latest estate
They used to be an afterthought, their purpose purely functional
and their decor barely even considered.
Tucsonans aren't just going green, they're going bright
Wandering someone's house is like perusing their music
collection. It's a window into not only their style but the path
they took to get there: the inspirations, hurdles, challenges and
loves they encountered along the way.
Custom. Heirloom. Timeless. It's not for nothing that these
words are appearing on the lips of shoppers everywhere.
You're forgoing the trip to Hawaii for a weekend mini-break,
making do with Three Buck Chuck rather than that $25 bottle of
There's a surprise lurking in the backyard of architect John
Messina. Behind his traditional 1920s bungalow is a mod-industrial
delight of slanted steel and glass, cement and galvanized metal,
plywood and exposed brick.
It's the first thing to greet visitors, yet often the last thing
we pay attention to. You may not have the cash to splurge on a new
front door, but you can spruce it up and instantly alter that first
impression of your home.
Santa Fe flea markets. Scottsdale hotels. An artist in Santa
Barbara. Bed and breakfasts in Provence. An India Hicks book on
life in the Bahamas.
If patios are the new living room, then our real living rooms
had better watch out.
When we sent out a call for great mid-20th-century bathrooms,
the stories came pouring in.
Times may be hard but we still want our homes to look good. In
fact, the cocooning effect of the recession - forcing us to spend
more time at home - can feed our interior design desires even
It's been a long time coming, this redo of Sweetpea's room. I
promised it to her last summer, but the deal was that she keep her
room tidy first.
When Patrick Egan came to redo the flooring of his Tucson ranch
home, polished concrete was the last thing on his mind. The 1960s
home had a brick floor, and Egan's thought was to add travertine
It's back to college time, and back to the annual parent/teen
shopping adventure that sees credit cards over-stretched and smiles
more than a little bit strained.
The point-of-no-return came for Terry Quinn while lying in her
I just did some calculations. Was lying in bed, staring at the
two extra cupboard doors propped up against one of the bedroom
walls (extracted recently from Hubby's walk-in closet - long story)
and wondering how long there is to go in this yearlong DIY
challenge of mine.
Ask Cheri Peck what her interior design style is and she doesn't
miss a beat: "Transitional. I'm between traditional and
They love the stargazing. They like that they're easy to
maintain. And it's private, they say - no exhibitionism
When you think of the future of solar power, think of
cellphones. They went from being a novelty to ubiquitous in a
decade. The same is going to happen with solar.
The dear, put-upon house is still one great big labyrinth of
furniture and stuff.
"Embrace the world with your own genuine style."
By Gillian Drummond/June 16
The property was like a gift: a 2,600-square-foot warehouse, a
separate 1,200-square-foot workshop and a sprawling lot, in the
middle of town.
Editor's note: Last week we looked at a home that produces way
more electricity than it uses. This week: a house under
construction that may just break energy-saving records.
I want to eat chocolate. British chocolate. All creamy and
sugary and miles better than what you get in the States.
In a month when many Tucsonans are set to see their electricity
bills begin to soar, one couple will pay just $7.88.
"They've become almost works of art," says Corinne Gaul of Mo's
Gallery & Fine Framing in Tucson.
Mark Pirtle is an open book. He talks freely about the too-fast
life he led, the business he had to walk away from, how the stress
led to health and emotional problems, and how he's healed
Whether you're giving flowers today or receiving them, here's
how to make those Mother's Day posies look beautiful and last long,
If Elizabeth Gilbert were a man and instead of loving to eat she
loved to work, she'd be Mark Farris Pirtle.
Time is running out. I threw down the gauntlet for this
year-long house fix-up last September, and already it's nearly May.
I'm starting to panic, reaching for the Bach's Rescue Remedy a
little too often, trying to temper my tendency to stuff myself with
sugar when emotionally wrought, takin…
It's a little after 9 a.m. on a Sunday in March and DuWayne
Bartels' wheelchair ramp is coming along pretty well.
When you visit the home of Michael Bamba and Eric
Cuestas-Thompson, you can't help but look out and up.
Looking for inspiration for that next spring project? Next
weekend, three tours - one focusing on a neighborhood and two on
gardens - will provide ideas and practical tips on home and garden
Running your own tile and stone showroom can have its major
benefits when you're remodeling your own house, naturally.