Letter from the Editor

Editor Debby Larsen on a photo
shoot at Mayfield Florist.
Photo by Thomas Veneklasen.

A Well Red Kitchen

February is a month of love, and one room on which we certainly lavish a lot of attention and affection is our kitchen. It’s often the first space in our homes that we renovate. To inspire your own remodeling plans, we gathered seven dramatic kitchen makeovers by local interior designers. See the results starting on page 16.

Speaking of inspiration, you’re likely to see lots that will encourage you to tweak, remodel or redesign your spaces at the home tour sponsored by The Arizona South Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). As a bonus, you will meet the designer at each home and learn about their award-winning project. Turn to page 30 for a preview.
Be sure to check out our feature on the landscaping of a Sam Hughes midcentury modern home. It was in need of a major makeover, and the homeowners contacted landscape designer Jeffrey Trent to put together a new plan. The amazing results are on display on page 24.

Mayfield Florist is celebrating its 35th year in the floral industry. This family run business will be very busy this month, especially with Valentine’s blooms. See details on page 12.
Lastly, regional artisan Lauri Kaye will exhibit her latest works at the Madaras Gallery this month.

Read her profile on page 14. We all know what January brings — a growing list of projects around the home! A goal for many of us is starting 2018 with a fresh look to our outdoor spaces. Our cover story highlights the impressive patio and garden of Robbie and Rich Moret. With the expertise of Dean Alexander of Blue Agave Landscape Design the backyard went from blah to beautiful. See the results starting on page 14.

When it comes to our living areas, change can be not just a one-time thing, but an ongoing concept. We profile the home of Anne and Robert Segal, whose interior space is designed to shrink or expand on demand. Read about this amazing “convertible” house, beginning on page 20.

Sometimes it’s just one room that needs a refresh. On page 26, we feature a project by award-winning ASID designer Andrea Rodriquez, who gave a kitchen a colorful makeover.

A mirror can be the ideal way to change the ambience of your living room, bedroom or bathroom. Reflect on some of the unique options from local vendors on page 32.

And although the holidays are over, chances are that cooking and baking may still be occupying your thoughts. Judith Baignet King, the former owner of Culinary Concepts Cooking School, continues to share her expertise throughout the state. Turn to page 30 for two of her favorite recipes.