Shop Talk

New tech gadgets are being developed, tested and marketed at such a rate that that the average consumer can hardly keep up. Wanting to learn which items are popular, we checked with Connie Chen from the Business Insider. “Generally, it looks like shoppers care about security, car accessories, music speakers and keeping their phones charged,” says Chen. Add sleeping and writing to that list and you have the gadgets that Amazon’s Movers & Shakers have tracked as the top ten tech purchases. All are available at www.amazon.com

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Design

Upon entering Cummings Great Hall on January 30 for the Independent Woman Luncheon 2018, attendees were awe struck. The 60 tables, each created by local designers, floral designers and design sources, were a feast for the eyes.

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Shop Talk

Buying from a locally owned business is a good idea. Not only is parking easier and the crowds more manageable, but independent stores often carry unique items that you’re not likely to find at a national chain. Plus, when you shop local, you’re investing in our community and acknowledging the retailers who are working to make the Valley a one-of-a-kind place to live. Here are five local shops described in detail, plus a sidebar of others, where you’re bound to find the perfect presents you’ve been hoping for. Store hours vary, so best to check before venturing out.

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Design

When it comes to Christmas, no city does it better than New York. During the holiday season, the town sparkles and everything seems magical. Window shopping is irresistible with displays that are a testament to the creative vision and painstaking effort put forth by retailers. Here are some of the engaging examples now on view. 

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Save The Date

The Independent Woman Luncheon has become one of the premier philanthropic events in the Valley, celebrating the contributions of creative, successful women as they support the arts and educational programming at Phoenix Art Museum. In years past, the event has featured high profile speakers like interior design legend Alexa Hampton, HGTV star Sarah Richardson and tastemaker Carolyne Roehm.

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Design

It’s a common tale told by homeowners living in areas punctuated by dramatic terrain. When asked what drove the decision to purchase a particular property, they respond “the views.” And that is just what happened when a couple checked out this residence in 2012. In the market for a larger second home and nature lovers, they were immediately captivated by the lot’s expansive views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains.

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Design

Dara Caponigro knows her interiors. Serving as the former editor-in-chief of Veranda, and the decorating editor at Domino, she now works as the creative director of Schumacher, bringing her keen eye for design to the wallpaper space. Here, she gives us fresh ways to add a dose of wallpaper to your own home, whether it’s a pop of color in an unexpected spot, or a graphic statement on a solo wall, wallpaper is the perfect way to add a playful element to any space. The dozen wallpapers pictured below are available through your interior designer at Schumacher. Visit www.fschumacher.com

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At Home

Their 11,500-square-foot home, Sterling Ridge, reaches out to the desert, welcomes it inside — unlike many of the luxurious but fortress-like neighboring homes at Desert Mountain, one of the premiere luxury communities of North Scottsdale. 

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At Home

Dexter and Cher Hewett’s Oahu home connects them with the sea, sand and surfers.

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Shop Talk

When entertaining, it’s all about the details. Whether you’re planning a holiday celebration, formal dinner party or casual breakfast buffet your table sets the tone. So if you lean toward the contemporary, emulate the classic style or prefer a rustic look there are serving pieces, stemware and place settings to enhance your presentation. An added bonus: a well-dressed table will distract your company from your culinary shortcomings. Here are a dozen of our favorites.

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