Letter from Editor

Two Decades in the Making...

Editor Debby Larsen on a photo shoot at Viro’s Restaurant.
Photo by Thomas Veneklasen

As we head toward fall, we gain more options for entertaining. Our cover story features a remodeling project that created areas to relax and entertain, both inside and out. See this ’60s-era hacienda on page 12.  
With the monsoons fading, you may be planning changes to your patio and landscaping. The addition of a water feature can go a long way toward creating some tranquility in your outdoor space. Turn to page 20 for inspiration.
Another way of improving your sense of calm is to plant some lavender. Read all about this versatile shrub on page 34.
On page 36 we preview the second edition of The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society’s Field Guide to Cacti & Other Succulents of Arizona.
And if these plants tickle your fancy, you may want to chat with local horticulture expert Jeff Moore. Meet this month’s “Pro” on page 26.
DIY landscaping sometimes has to yield to enlisting the services of a professional. Get a glimpse of how one local landscape company created an exciting updated look for its client on page 28.
Turning to inside spaces, see how the designers at Contents Interiors put together a complete Italian-style apartment. The results are on page 22.
And savor a great cookie recipe on page 32, courtesy of Viro’s Restaurant.