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Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: April, 2007, Page 26
Smith & Hawken outdoor teak furnishings at the Idea House include the Adirondack Chair and Ottoman
Painterly mountain vistas and the heady aroma of piñon pines are but two of nature’s gifts to Prescott. Add to these a touch of high-country spring air, and the pull of the outdoors is irresistible.

We’ve taken Mother Nature’s intoxicating brew very much into consideration at the Phoenix Home & Garden Idea House, which is nearing completion at the ranchlike residential community of Talking Rock in Prescott, Ariz.

No less than nine patio areas serve the various Idea House structures, seven of them covered. The largest patio is located off the main house dining room and measures 20 feet wide by 16 feet deep. This covered area steps down to an open-air patio that is 16 feet wide by 14 feet deep.

Patios of the Idea House main residence, its covered Cowboy Kitchen, the guest cottage and the bunkhouse are being decked out with comfy furnishings. These speak of the history of the West; of an Arts & Crafts sensibility that has spanned time and regions; and of high-country lodge-type living of years past.

For example, harking back more than a century ago to where they first appeared in upstate New York, newly crafted teak Adirondack-style chairs will grace main house patios. Guests at barbecues will dine in spirited style in the outdoor Cowboy Kitchen, at a custom trestle table with iron base and on multicolor pine and iron chairs. “They have a Spanish and Mexican feel,” notes interior designer Denise Scott-Weber.

Come and sit a spell on our patios and porches during upcoming Idea House tours. For details, see pages 102-103.

The Avignon Lounge Collection.
The Saranac Lounge Collection
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