Magazine reviews are an odd topic... aren't they? The idea came to me yesterday when I finally got to sit down and read the new July 2007 issue of Phoenix Home and Garden. I try to carve out an hour or so each month to really study decorating ideas, architecture, recipes, gardening ideas and the new galleries and art work that is featured.
So... why the review? With so much information bouncing around in my head, the natural place to drain my brain is right here in this article. If you love the southwest USA as I do... then you probably like the decorating, gardening and travel options the Southwest has to offer.
The biggest news is the Phoenix Home and Garden Idea House is built.. decorated and ready for viewing! The Idea House is located in the Prescott,Arizona area at Talking Rock.
This new house made to look vintage is located on was formerly the Cooper Morgan Ranch. The inspiration for the interior design of the house and out buildings comes from ranch life. The Ideas House is a tribute to Arizona and the old
West and also to the Art and Crafts era. The design team came up with a fictional story to go with the house and help in making design decisions.
The fictional story goes: The main house was built in 1920 by the make-believe great-grandparents, true hard working folks who had started out with a small ranch style home, raised cattle and soon prospered.
The home is filled with a back to nature theme built in the Arts and Crafts Movement heyday. Built with heavy trusses, post and beams, brick and stonework.
A great room has high ceilings, clerestory windows and trusses. Arts and Crafts-style cabinets flank the fieldstone fireplace. Leather furniture and rawhide covered lampshades combine with western art and handmade mesquite tables.
In the kitchen, the island is painted with verdigris green and topped with Iroko wood. A hammered-copper stove hood tops the stove, which is surrounded by concrete coutertops. The floor is stained concrete and the backsplash is tile based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
Some of the design elements in the baths include Arts and Crafts tile, Indian Rainforest granite, hammered copper sinks, oil-rubbed bronze faucets and a free-standing copper bathtub.
The wall colors are warm and rich with the use of golds, rusts and midnight blue. Reclaimed wood and tin are used on the ceilings of the guest cottage with showcases a Native American art, soapstone counters and Talavera tiles.
The July 2007 issue of Phoenix Home and Garden is so full of information that can't be covered in this short article... some of the articles include:
- Recipe for Key Lime Pie Martini
- Strategies for Display: Arranging Art
- Year Round Garden for the Desert
- Remodel- Change a dated home into a Modern Gem
Your copy of PH&G is on the newstands!