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Rustic Refinement

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: January, 2007, Page 20
These Arts & Crafts-style furnishings, carpet and flooring  will grace the Idea House den.
Construction on the Phoenix Home & Garden Idea House at Talking Rock continues at a steady pace in the wonderfully cooler climes of Prescott, Ariz.

Our homestead-like guest cottage, prairie-style barn/bunkhouse, and modern-day Arts & Crafts-style main house have lost their skeletal look, as framing once open to the great outdoors has been enclosed, and shapes of rooms are more defined.

These intriguing spaces await the final embellishments of interior designer Denise Scott-Weber, principal of Weber Custom Interiors Inc., who was ordering furnishings, accessories and artwork well before the first nail was struck on the project’s trio of homes. “‘Back-to-nature’ is the common denominator used to mix their different styles effectively,” she states, noting the various dwellings’ ample use of wood and stone.

The guest house will be dressed with rustic and Spanish-Revival elements, the designer says, and the bunkhouse, also rustic, will be gussied up in a salute to the West. The primary residence, with some elements of rustic refinement, will reflect a casual elegance, and will showcase a “reinterpretation” of the Arts & Crafts styling popular in the early years of the last century.

Enjoying a rebirth, Arts & Crafts design allows for an easy blending of modes, such as Mission, Craftsman, Art Nouveau, Western, Lodge, Adirondack and Molesworth, along with influences of Frank Lloyd Wright and Native American artistry; all of these will be represented in furnishings from such longtime industry icons as Stickley, around for more than a century: The venerable bow-armed Morris chair. The Eastwood Chair and Ottoman. The Ellis Settee. These and numerous other Stickley history-makers will have their place in the main house.

Excited about the possibilities herself, Scott-Weber promises that people who read about or visit the Idea House will be “wowed!” “They’ll come away with good ideas and will feel more comfortable about mixing styles.”

Completion of the Idea House is expected in spring of 2007.
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