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Iconic Inspiration

Taking design cues from one of the Valley’s hotels is a great way to bring home a new, glamorous look for your entry, dining room or living room. For instance, the breathtakingly beautiful lobby of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel—newly renovated by interior designer Tami Loewen—is a visual homage to Arizona. “The custom lighting sculpture, hand-blown by Czech glass designer Lasvit, reflects the mythological Phoenix rising from the ashes,” explains Loewen. “Below it, an oversized, segmented table made from cerused, rift-sawn oak represents the sprawling Grand Canyon, and the herringbone-patterned white oak wallcovering hints of the knobby ribs of a Saguaro cactus.” The designer suggests that her dramatic concept, called “Rising Vases,” can be translated to a livable scale with the right choices of a cascading chandelier, modular coffee table and textured wood wallcovering. “Because my design is both architectural and organic, stick to similar concepts when selecting your furnishings. Choose a light fixture that almost feels as if it’s dripping, and make sure the glass or crystal is of high quality for a luxe look. In the surrounding area, use natural, simple finishes and either warm or cool muted hues to evoke the low-contrast look of a desert scene.”


1 Replicate the look of the Renaissance Hotel’s lobby with the same wallcovering used by Loewen in the “Rising Vases” design. The Curva/Chevron wood panels in Lugano, a rustic white oak, add texture, warmth and dimension to a focal point wall in front of which your table and chandelier will shine. Price upon request. (

2 Measuring 27″H by 19″ in diameter, the Harrison pendant from Hudson Valley holds its own in an artistic vignette but won’t overwhelm a small space. A translucent curtain of opulent crystal beads hanging from a modern mesh band softly diffuses light and provides just enough sparkle for a chic living area. $2,166 (

3 The modular Varan Side Table from designer Gil Coste is perfect for small spaces, as it can be rearranged in numerous patterns to accommodate different occasions, and it houses built-in magazine racks for a clever storage solution. Available in oak or walnut, this table’s simple lines and organic finish fit Loewen’s concept to a T. Price upon request. (


4 Crafted from wrought iron and handblown glass, the Wanderlust Chandelier from Curry & Co. is a whimsical take on Loewen’s design that’s suitably sized for a sitting room. Spiraling down from the ceiling, the four-light fixture exudes effervescence and fun. $1,920 (

5 In lieu of real wood, opt for a fabulous faux bois detail, such as the Steel Hickory vinyl wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries’ Against the Grain collection. The low-maintenance look adds an organic element similar to the real thing without the cost or upkeep. To the trade. (

6 Julia Buckingham’s segmented Gemma Coffee Table features a dove-gray finish with gold-dusted, gilt-embossed interiors for a flash of glamour. The 18″H by 46″W by 33″D geometric silhouette lends itself to a contemporary design scheme in need of a statement piece. $2,099 (


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