For Canadian transplant and designer James McIntyre, his relatively recent move to Arizona has been busier than most. In the past year, McIntyre has launched and expanded his own line of modern furnishings and moved his office to Scottsdale where he can be closer to both his clients and his own new home. While all this change might intimidate some, it’s only invigorated McIntyre. “The longer I’m here and the deeper my roots get, the happier I am,” he says. So, how does this design visionary stay so energized? Here, McIntyre shares four of his favorite spots around town for kick-starting his creative mojo.
Lisa Sette Gallery
“I love everything, from the inspirational building to Lisa’s exceptional artists to the casual elegance of Lisa herself. When I’m down, a trip to Lisa Sette lifts me back up!”
Desert Botanical Garden
“Truly my favorite place in Phoenix to go and meditate and get inspired. I always get a good creative flow going when I just sit amongst all the beauty.”
“My new favorite: the south of France meets Scottsdale. It has a great scene, delicious food, a fabulous wine list—and those frites! I recently had lunch on its patio, and my little border terrier was welcome, just like in Paris.”
For The People
“With inspirational pieces from furniture to jewelry, this is my source for cool found pieces, Heidi Abrahamson rings and incense from Tennen, all in a laid-back scene.”