Desert Lifestyle

Welcome to Phoenix. It is not Tuscany.

I’m about to come out and say something that will tick off a lot of people, and puzzle some others. This is purely opinion. If you don’t care to hear my opinion, move on.

OK now, for the three readers who are left (who are also, coincidentally, my 3 best friends)…

Phoenix is NOT Tuscany. I believe there is no place in this desert Valley of the Sun for Tuscan inspired architecture.  I wish I could make designers stop it.

My argument, in pictures…

This is Tuscany


This is Tuscan architecture

tuscan stairs

This is what Tuscan style often looks like in the Valley of the Sun

Tuscan kitchen

Tuscany in PHX Ext

Tuscany in DIN

Tuscany in SCTSDL Ext

On the other hand, This is Arizona




This is the sort of interior design that “goes” if you live in metro Phoenix.

AZ Style EXT 1

AZ Style EXT2

AZ Style KIT

AZ Style KIT2

AZ Style LIV


Phoenix is not Tuscany. Now I’m not saying that everybody needs to live in a Santa Fe style house, or have viga beams in the ceiling or saltillo tile on the floor. I’m not saying that you have to have typically “Southwest” architecture and decor in your home. Maybe it’s not your thing.

All’s I’m sayin’ is: if your home is trying sooooo hard to look like it’s located somewhere in Italy, think about why you’re here and not there. And think about whether you just jumped on a design bandwagon because it was passing you by. Maybe your own style is more interesting than what Madison Avenue pumps out with a Tuscan label on it.


I didn’t take any of these photos. Many came from the MLS. Those that came from other websites and blogs are credited with links below that lead back to the original work.

Tuscan landscape, Tuscan stairways, Tuscan Kitchen

Arizona landscapes (2), Phoenix downtown, Additional Arizona Landscape marked “ABQstyle”

The Canadians Are Coming!

More accurately, the Canadians are coming BACK. I've been too busy to write yesterday and most of today, because our winter "Season" has begun in earnest. I've been greeting dozens of returning Canadian friends, and former and future clients who have returned to the Valley for their winter vacation.

For locals who live here year-round, our doom-and-gloom media make it easy to forget what a wonderful town we live in. My Canadian friends and clients have spent 2 days reminding me!  Our prices are slipping and the real estate market news is grim for sellers. But buyers are having a field day, picking up well-priced investments and vacation homes. More important: our winter weather is beautiful, the city is vibrant and growing ever more culturally diverse, we have a hockey team, which those Canucks LOVE, and did I mention the weather??

Thanks for reminding me how great Phoenix is, all you Canucks. And I'm sorry about that falling Loonie business. if I could fix it I would!

To all our visiting Canadians (and others!) welcome back to your winter vacation home away from home. A special welcome to these folks: The Dusyks, The Smiateks, The Higginses, Mr Kowalchuk, Mr Golby, Mr Jarton, Mr Clarcq, The Eshoms, The Christensens, the Boddies, and The MacFarlanes.