I saw a really fun pair of chairs at the Farmer’s Market last weekend. Rather than pay to have a worn out cane seat redone, make your own with belts! A fresh coat of paint and a colorful mix of belts makes for a great accent chair. This would be wonderful in a dressing room, or you could even make a whole dining set – although I’m guessing that would require some thrift shop stops for extra belts! Now I know what do do with all those seatless old chairs I’ve seen at the flea market.

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These chairs made by Was Paper.

Even Better Than the Real Thing

The things that grow in the desert are amazing. But to be honest, the most wonderful thing I saw at the Desert Botanic Garden in Phoenix was these amazing glass “plants” by artist Dale Chihuly, whose work I adore.

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These are a permanent installation at the garden. Unfortunately, I just missed a major Chihuly exhibition there in which his works were scattered throughout the landscape of the park. I was devastated! Google it – the photos are unreal.

Chair-izona Part 2: Midcentury Heaven

If I ever win the lottery, I am headed straight to Red Modern in Phoenix, Arizona to outfit my dream house with some of their amazingly beautiful and pristine vintage Midcentury furniture finds.

They had some rare pieces like this Saarinen Womb Settee and a pair of Wegner Papa Bear Chairs. I’d never had the chance to sit in either of these before, so that was pretty exciting for a chair nerd like me.




Even the sign outside was fabulous:


As was the staircase inside:


I was like a kid in a candy store – there was so much to see!


I’m still dreaming about these orange chairs. They were beautiful from every angle.



Which is better – the back of this chair – or the front?











What catches your eye? I’d love to know – comment or send me a message on the Contact page!

More Arizona Design Finds to come…stay tuned!




Lunch Finds with PIF

I had a lovely lunch this week with my Partner In Finds and spotted some great lighting at the same time!

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The cobalt blue glass looked amazing against the texture of the reclaimed wood and the varying sizes of the pendants gave it a great funky fun vibe. And of course everything looks better with Edison style filament bulbs – these long ones are wonderful.

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After lunch, we stopped by JT Interiors in Potomac, Maryland and PIF picked up this lovely seat for her garden. She has plans to clean it up and give it new life – I’ll keep you posted on what she does to it.



Chair-izona, Part 1

I spotted some great chairs in Arizona!


I love this funky colorful spin on a traditional classic. Fabric choice really does make all the difference. A little paint and new upholstery can turn any chair into a focal point.

Speaking of paint, check out these great green tractor stools I came across!



I’ve always loved tractor seat stools. They’re usually quite comfortable. Painted this happy green color, these were real showstoppers.




Let’s Go Visiting: Frank Lloyd Wright

The main reason I was really excited to go to Scottsdale, Arizona during June was not the fact that it was going to be 106 degrees every day, but that it provided me the opportunity to visit Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio. I’ve visited several other Wright properties over the years, and while there is genius in all of them, Taliesin West¬† is now my favorite – it spoke to the landscape so beautifully.




The architectural details are wonderful – I love these glass corners:


There were unique uses of shape and color:






Sculpture is integrated everywhere – some of it even embedded into the structure.




This Buddha head was Wright’s favorite – he hand carried it between his homes.


Photography was not allowed in most of the interior spaces, so there are many details I can’t share. One highlight was Wright’s personal bathroom, which had a small footprint but a very high ceiling. The lower portion of the room (including the fixtures) was entirely stainless steel, while the upper portion was the desert stone masonry rubble construction seen throughout the property. The contrast of the stainless steel with the roughness of the upper walls was stunning.



If you find yourself in Scottsdale, Taliesin West is well worth a visit. There are beautiful architectural moments at every turn.





Color Me SMOCA

Hello! Happy summer to you! Please forgive my blogging hiatus of the past few weeks – I’ve been enjoying summer so much that my laptop got ignored a bit. But I have been busy collecting Design Finds and I have many to share in upcoming posts.

Two weeks ago I got the chance to spend several days in Scottsdale, Arizona. What an amazing place! It was my first experience with the desert (except for the time my cousin and I drove from LA to Vegas, but I’m not sure that counts since we didn’t really get out of the car) and I totally fell in love with it. The landscape is so beautiful! The heat didn’t even bother me – I was so taken with my surroundings.



I had a mini freakout of joy and disbelief when I saw my first Saguaro cactus. They really do look like the ones on the Roadrunner cartoons! I had a similar reaction when I came across the amazingly vivid and beautiful colors in the Lounge at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA):


Now THAT is how you add some color to a wall!


Or a table…


I was totally inspired. The wheels in my brain have been spinning ever since I saw this space thinking about ways I can translate what I saw into my own home.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more Arizona Design Finds!