Arizona Designers On What Makes The Ideal Home


Arizona designers reflect on the simple luxuries of home and designing for the moment.

Janet Brooks
“A gorgeous light fixture that makes a space glow softly and sensuously creates the ultimate feeling of luxury—think Ochre’s Seed Cloud series. Each handblown glass ‘seed’ contains an LED light. The effect is dazzling yet organic.” 

Stephanie Larsen
“The right bed plays a huge role in creating a sense of tranquility. I love the Allure king four-poster from Baker’s Luxe Collection. Paired with Italian linens, it’s a wonderful way to achieve a sense of lush comfort.”

Holly Ogden
“Everyone needs a good set of kitchen knives (Global is a favorite brand), a great place to sit for long phone calls with friends and family, and a reliable wine opener!”

Angelica Henry
“I find neutral paint colors calming, such as Dunn Edwards Bone for a warm undertone and Sherwin-Williams Shoji White for the perfect greige balance.”

Heather Ryan
“You can never have too many beautiful plants in your home. It’s rewarding to see beauty and growth. The filtered air is energizing.”

Tony Sutton
“Family rooms should be inviting, energetic and colorful, whereas master suites should be more romantic in character and charm.”

Karen Ippolito
“The Global Views Two Eye Pillow in black and white is guaranteed to make people smile. Place it on a bench near the front door!”

Denise Milano
“Adults need a space to unwind. We recently designed a coffee station in a master suite. Making your bedroom feel like a high-end hotel room creates a sense of escape.”

David Michael Miller
“I am attracted to natural materials—fibers, woods, stone, metals. Nothing beats a great wool sheer, a washed coarse linen or a beautiful flitch of wood veneer.”

Jenny Slingerland
“I love flipping through design books for inspiration. A few of my favorites are Homefront: Design for Modern Living by Windsor Smith, The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd and Evocative Style by Kelly Wearstler.”

Kim Scodro
“Function is a top priority—furniture that not only looks beautiful but is also usable. Pieces from Hickory Chair and Pearson are handcrafted in the United States and made to last.”

Rebecca Salcito
“Years ago, I used a mohair fabric on an upholstered rocking chair in my baby’s room. It was a smart decision. Mohair is indestructible —after a few years of daily use, it still looked brand new.”

Claire Ownby
“Adaptability and flexibility are key, such as creating a dining room that can be used for a video conference or at-home learning. We encourage our clients to think of the generational use of space so it adapts fluidly as their needs differ over time.”

Mackenzie Collier
“A crisp white wall allows bold, colorful accents to take center stage. I painted my whole house Dunn Edwards Warm White and I love it.”

Laura Kehoe
“A cast-iron or marble bathtub surrounded by an array of salts is ultra-luxurious. Who doesn’t need a little stress relief and detox?”