Letter from Editor

From Mod-est Beginnings


Editor Debby Larsen on a photo shoot at Russell’s Retro Furnishings. Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

We’re in a Modern frame of mind, all throughout this issue!
Our cover story takes you inside a far westside home designed by famed local architect Judith Chafee. A marvel of technical ingenuity and artistic vision, the residence will be on display during the Tucson Modernism Week Home Tour. Turn to page 18 to glimpse a preview, and to see more of the schedule of events, flip over to page 88 in Tucson Lifestyle.
Some folks in Southern Arizona live the Modern life year-round. We stopped by a backyard on the east side that has been landscaped with retro objects of all sorts (even an Airstream trailer), lots of concrete pavers, and a multitude of cacti species. See page 22 for this water-wise, throwback-styled garden.
One local woman decided to take advantage of the vintage vibe of her home in El Encanto Condominiums. She created a grown-up pajama party for a group of female friends, complete with old records, fondue, and a classic cocktail. Turn to page 28 to see photos from this fun, informal gathering.
Continuing the theme, on page 14, our newest department — Furnishing the Look — shows off a few retro finds from local businesses.
Although landscape trends come and go, whether you are opting for a clean, Modern look, or you want something more lush, there are some universal truths about what to plant/prune/feed on which months. Check out our Garden Calendar on page 12 for helpful advice.
Lastly, there are lots of things to see and do around town this month. See page 32 for our Events & More roundup.