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Extreme personal-style makeover

Extreme personal-style makeover

If you were looking for one word to describe Jason Isenberg, you might choose polished.

June 19, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Listen to these tales of breast cancer, and you'll want to run like the wind

There are stories behind every cause, but never more so than for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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1960s adobe gets a green makeover

The problem: a dated and dark 1960s house and its new owners, a couple who prefer spacious, expansive loft-style living.

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Bright and brash

Bright and brash

All is not as it seems in this home. You know it as soon as you approach the turquoise gate to the courtyard. Vivid flowers are in bloom in even more colorful flower pots, in a row along the garden wall. And yet it's midwinter. Move a little closer and you see they're fake.

February 06, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Furniture in motion

Furniture in motion

Think recliner, think Frasier's dad: a grubby, dog-hair-covered affair way past its best. Those in the furniture trade call them bubbas.

January 30, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Totally tubular

Totally tubular

When Simon Herbert came to remodel his master bathroom, the room presented a few challenges.

January 23, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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the shape of sinks to come

the shape of sinks to come

Think sinks, think simplicity. Also think storage. And straight lines.

January 09, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Drama always on display

Drama always on display

Edward Holler and Samuel Saunders have made such a name for themselves in Mexico that their contacts down there have coined a phrase for them: Aqui viene el drama, meaning "Here comes the drama."

January 02, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Comfort is top '11 trend

Comfort is top '11 trend

Homes are still not selling, new jobs are not forthcoming and money's tighter than tight.

December 26, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Tuscan, but in Tucson

Tuscan, but in Tucson

Fiore Iannacone lives, breathes and cooks his Italian family heritage.

December 19, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Art of gift-wrap

Art of gift-wrap

"There's no wrapping police," Victoria Friel announces to the five women seated around a dining table in her house.

December 12, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Holiday Sparkle

Holiday Sparkle

Should the trees be strung from the bottom up or top down? What lights should you go for? And should you even try stringing that saguaro? Decorating the outside of your home can become one big holiday headache. So we interrupted the efforts of two of Tucson's top light-hanging teams and aske…

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From 'remuddled' to delovely

From 'remuddled' to delovely

BISBEE - "Remuddled" is how Nanette Slusser describes the state of her home when she bought it.

November 21, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Holiday settings for little cost, maximum impact

Holiday settings for little cost, maximum impact

It can be a daunting prospect: family and friends gathering around your table for the biggest feast of the year. And then you have all that entertaining to do a month later at Christmas.

November 14, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Bargain hunters circle for sale of a lifetime

Bargain hunters circle for sale of a lifetime

At 3 a.m. Saturday, just as Laura Lamb is catching her last minutes of sleep, Mike Flatley is on the other side of the city, securing his place as No. 1 in line at Lamb's latest estate sale.

November 07, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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More folks are putting the focus on fireplaces

More folks are putting the focus on fireplaces

They used to be an afterthought, their purpose purely functional and their decor barely even considered.

October 31, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Homes: the next generation

Tucsonans aren't just going green, they're going bright green.

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Home tells a life story

Home tells a life story

Wandering someone's house is like perusing their music collection. It's a window into not only their style but the path they took to get there: the inspirations, hurdles, challenges and loves they encountered along the way.

October 17, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Hunting for heirlooms

Hunting for heirlooms

Custom. Heirloom. Timeless. It's not for nothing that these words are appearing on the lips of shoppers everywhere.

October 10, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Take walk on thrifty side when collecting furniture

Take walk on thrifty side when collecting furniture

You're forgoing the trip to Hawaii for a weekend mini-break, making do with Three Buck Chuck rather than that $25 bottle of pinot.

October 03, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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What's that out in the backyard? Why, it's the bedroom

What's that out in the backyard? Why, it's the bedroom

There's a surprise lurking in the backyard of architect John Messina. Behind his traditional 1920s bungalow is a mod-industrial delight of slanted steel and glass, cement and galvanized metal, plywood and exposed brick.

September 26, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Don't overlook front door

Don't overlook front door

It's the first thing to greet visitors, yet often the last thing we pay attention to. You may not have the cash to splurge on a new front door, but you can spruce it up and instantly alter that first impression of your home.

September 19, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Personal travels, readings inspire Dove Mountain redo

Personal travels, readings inspire Dove Mountain redo

Santa Fe flea markets. Scottsdale hotels. An artist in Santa Barbara. Bed and breakfasts in Provence. An India Hicks book on life in the Bahamas.

September 12, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Durable fabrics push living rooms outside

Durable fabrics push living rooms outside

If patios are the new living room, then our real living rooms had better watch out.

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That '50s tile with style

That '50s tile with style

When we sent out a call for great mid-20th-century bathrooms, the stories came pouring in.

August 29, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Rethink, reuse, switch, swap for no-spend design

Rethink, reuse, switch, swap for no-spend design

Times may be hard but we still want our homes to look good. In fact, the cocooning effect of the recession - forcing us to spend more time at home - can feed our interior design desires even more.

August 22, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Home is a four-letter word: Redoing daughter's room can be painless with right kind of paint, some accessories

It's been a long time coming, this redo of Sweetpea's room. I promised it to her last summer, but the deal was that she keep her room tidy first.

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Concrete conquers Tucson flooring

Concrete conquers Tucson flooring

When Patrick Egan came to redo the flooring of his Tucson ranch home, polished concrete was the last thing on his mind. The 1960s home had a brick floor, and Egan's thought was to add travertine tile instead.

August 15, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Tips, top five items to take with you to college

Tips, top five items to take with you to college

It's back to college time, and back to the annual parent/teen shopping adventure that sees credit cards over-stretched and smiles more than a little bit strained.

August 08, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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A respite, Japan-style

A respite, Japan-style

The point-of-no-return came for Terry Quinn while lying in her bathtub.

August 01, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Home is a four-letter word: 19 DIY tasks still to go - and I'm fresh out of excuses

I just did some calculations. Was lying in bed, staring at the two extra cupboard doors propped up against one of the bedroom walls (extracted recently from Hubby's walk-in closet - long story) and wondering how long there is to go in this yearlong DIY challenge of mine.

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Traditions, Transitions

Traditions, Transitions

Ask Cheri Peck what her interior design style is and she doesn't miss a beat: "Transitional. I'm between traditional and contemporary."

July 25, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Owners love their open-air showers

Owners love their open-air showers

They love the stargazing. They like that they're easy to maintain. And it's private, they say - no exhibitionism allowed.

July 18, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Sungevity eases process for solar pitch

Sungevity eases process for solar pitch

When you think of the future of solar power, think of cellphones. They went from being a novelty to ubiquitous in a decade. The same is going to happen with solar.

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Home is a four-letter word: Golden baseboards - well, why not?

The dear, put-upon house is still one great big labyrinth of furniture and stuff.

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Living large in a tiny space

Living large in a tiny space

"Embrace the world with your own genuine style."

June 27, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Let's make do with less (if we must)

Let's make do with less (if we must)

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'Warehouse' living makes old look new

'Warehouse' living makes old look new

The property was like a gift: a 2,600-square-foot warehouse, a separate 1,200-square-foot workshop and a sprawling lot, in the middle of town.

June 20, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Sowing seeds of energy-efficient design

Sowing seeds of energy-efficient design

Editor's note: Last week we looked at a home that produces way more electricity than it uses. This week: a house under construction that may just break energy-saving records.

June 07, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Home is what you make it - then, now

I want to eat chocolate. British chocolate. All creamy and sugary and miles better than what you get in the States.

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Could this be the lowest electricity bill in the country?

Could this be the lowest electricity bill in the country?

In a month when many Tucsonans are set to see their electricity bills begin to soar, one couple will pay just $7.88.

May 30, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Mirrors crucial as accessories

Mirrors crucial as accessories

"They've become almost works of art," says Corinne Gaul of Mo's Gallery & Fine Framing in Tucson.

May 23, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Home joins new way of life

Home joins new way of life

Mark Pirtle is an open book. He talks freely about the too-fast life he led, the business he had to walk away from, how the stress led to health and emotional problems, and how he's healed himself.

May 16, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Floral know-how

Whether you're giving flowers today or receiving them, here's how to make those Mother's Day posies look beautiful and last long, too.

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Self-healing, Zen bring calm to home makeover

If Elizabeth Gilbert were a man and instead of loving to eat she loved to work, she'd be Mark Farris Pirtle.

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Renovation proves costly, but marriage remains intact

Renovation proves costly, but marriage remains intact

Time is running out. I threw down the gauntlet for this year-long house fix-up last September, and already it's nearly May. I'm starting to panic, reaching for the Bach's Rescue Remedy a little too often, trying to temper my tendency to stuff myself with sugar when emotionally wrought, takin…

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Co-op builds skills, good will

Co-op builds skills, good will

It's a little after 9 a.m. on a Sunday in March and DuWayne Bartels' wheelchair ramp is coming along pretty well.

April 25, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Plenty of room to snooze, schmooze or stargaze

Plenty of room to snooze, schmooze or stargaze

When you visit the home of Michael Bamba and Eric Cuestas-Thompson, you can't help but look out and up.

April 18, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Gardens where great ideas grow

Gardens where great ideas grow

Looking for inspiration for that next spring project? Next weekend, three tours - one focusing on a neighborhood and two on gardens - will provide ideas and practical tips on home and garden improvements.

April 04, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Random cuts blend into tapestry of tile

Random cuts blend into tapestry of tile

Running your own tile and stone showroom can have its major benefits when you're remodeling your own house, naturally.

March 28, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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