To give your home a forested, prehistoric feel, a well-placed five-gallon hibiscus ($25) provides an affordable alternative to renting dozens of velociraptors. Pick up a five-gallon bougainvillea or a 15-gallon young sissoo, mesquite, or ficus tree ($70) to establish a wood-based clique unseen since roving gangs of marionettes ruled the streets. Complete the yard with a one-gallon asparagus fern ($5).
Equipped with years of experience as an interior decorator, Azalea’s owner Lori Watts curates an eclectic set of contemporary furnishings and dazzling jewelry. Sparkle hounds can sniff out gems such as the pearl jewelry box ($30) and jeweled frames ($45). Meanwhile, the numbered wine glasses prevent involuntary drink swappage and encourage guests’ polite debate about the merits of arithmetic ($15). Groupon buyers can also take a chunk out of the cost of bigger ticket items such as the duck-footed dresser mirror ($88) or the oversized glazed ceramic chip and dip ($95).
With the dry Southwest climate in mind, the employee-owned Dunn-Edwards has been manufacturing paints and mixing up myriad kaleidoscopic colors for more than 85 years. Paint dabblers visit Dunn-Edwards for free expert color consultations with its resident interior designers, who help find the appropriate color combination for each individual's abode. Upon request, customers can also receive two free 8-ounce paint samples to try out on their walls.
After sliding (or diving in slow-motion) through the copper-clad doors of Urban Beans' rehabbed 1950s warehouse, patrons are free to sit beneath the local artwork from regional artists and surf the free WiFi while sipping a house blend ($2 for 12 oz., $2.25 for 20 oz.), latte ($3 for 12 oz, 3.75 for 20 oz.), or hot tea ($2.60). You can also perch on the patio with your own bottle of wine ($6 corking fee) and order up a table full of small plates. The menu is packed with sociable, shareable snacks from goat cheese torte jazzed up with sun-dried tomatoes and toasted-walnut pesto ($8) to gooey spinach and artichoke dip with a blend of three cheeses ($8.50). Meat-mongers can savor the Urban Melt (crisp lavosh with house-made smoked linguica sausage and fontina cheese, grainy mustard, and cornichon pickles, $9), while hopelessly lost Moroccan sheepherders can calm their nerves over a little hummus and tabouli ($7.50).
Eden GardenHouse's attentive staff curates the feel of an outdoor garden by bringing pottery, trellises, and terra cotta accents together as a backdrop for the home-accents shop. The assortment of house- and condo-beautifying products includes lamps, candles, finials, and pictures. Clients can choose items for themselves or bring an Eden consultant into their home to help them decorate unadorned sitting rooms or floating houseboats stripped of décor by thieving seagulls. A children’s garden room nestles inside Eden, where the branches of a tree mural hang over a play area full of garden-inspired toys such as rakes, watering cans, and riding lawnmowers. The space also plays host to children’s workshops where they work with parents to complete a garden art project.
Southwest Gardener is a Phoenix retail shop specializing in useful gardening tools, creative garden art and garden-inspired home décor. Our customers are people who are serious about gardening or just seriously in love with nature. Gardening in the desert is not for sissies,so we also offer classes to green up your thumbs.
The friendly staff at Statewide Lighting helps visitors illuminate their dark domiciles with a showroom that unveils a beaming variety of decorative and functional lighting accouterments. People can line the hallways of their homes with stylish ceramic wall sconces ($21 each) or grant their kitchens the gift of light with dangling mini pendants ($59.50 each). The elegantly shaped Tiffany lamp ($174.90) can be used to accent a side table or to shoo away loitering shadow puppets, and the cast-iron coach light ($51.50) offers a clear view of the outdoors during nighttime hours. Any of Statewide Lighting’s fixtures can be installed by one of their industrious illuminators at an additional charge.