Holiday Photo Shoot

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Behind-the-scenes of Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine holiday photo shoot by well-known Phoenix photographer Art Holeman and Phoenix Home and Garden’s creative Art Director Len Luria.

Taken in the courtyard of Linda Robinson’s home, using botanicals from the desert landscape, Amanda and Lien designed the holiday tabletop for a true sophisticated southwest dining experience.

Pick up your copy of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine (December issue) after November 24th and get inspired for your holiday setting!

Happy Holidays!

Amanda Wood

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A Very Fun and Different Commercial Design Project – Check Out the Crazy BEFORE Photos.

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The Linda Robinson Design Team had a lot of fun doing a commercial remodel and interior design project in Scottsdale.  It was done for a medical weight loss clinic and spa who had just acquired a building that had its interior built out to create a cartoon-like Arizona rock-cliff environment.  The atmosphere our clients wanted was one of elegance, peace and serenity… a tremendous change from the chaos of the previous interior.  See the before and after snapshots.  I get so tickled seeing them again.

After all demolition was done we combined sleek, warm wood floors, softly finished walls with glass tile accents, contemporary seating with mirror glass tables and tall agave’s with contemporary paintings.  The reception desk was designed and faced with all glass tile and a frosted glass sign and waterfall.  The room has a lot of natural light coming in which reflects off the glass and mirror and creates a soft glow in the very cool and soothing environment.

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Creative Counter Tops

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Granite counter tops, the industry standard, are very nice but nothing out of the ordinary.  We love wood, limestone, glass and many other unusual materials.  Take a look at a variety of unique counter tops we have created.

Ancient Oak quartzite pair with antique brick veneer makes a very rich & inviting kitchen.

A unique colored concrete wall hung counter mounted on a natural rock wall is so elegant.

An old wood buffet cabinet with wood top is re-purposed with a Stone Forest chiseled stone creates a very warm and comfortable environment.

A Noce Mexican travertine top with chiseled edge sits atop an antique iron console base in a beautiful half bath.

A one inch thick glass counter top sitting on a black cabinet and top creates a very edgy and retro kitchen.

 

Comfort At The Core

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We all look for comfort in our homes.  It’s the place where we relax, refresh and revitalize.  At Linda Robinson Design, creating a comfortable space is at the core of every home we design.  All the materials that we choose have meaning and a purpose with the intention to create a soft, inviting, calm and aesthetically pleasing environment.  Earth, specifically desert tones are often used to create this award- winning look.

Natural materials like Saltillo tile flooring and antique brick that adorn the wall, work in harmony to balance this space.  Although the material of the club chairs is neutral, it turns your eye to the beautiful rug pillows and the fine wool accent rug.  Like many Linda Robinson spaces, there is a mix of leather, fabric, metal, wood, clay and brick.  Your eye moves throughout the space igniting the senses but without being overwhelmed.

 

The soft-textured bedding and chair coupled with the warm neutral color of the walls are accented by the hand-carved antique panel headboard and Persian rug in this serene bedroom.  The view of the beautiful desert landscape surrounding the bedroom helps to bring the outside in, making this space calm and revitalizing.

Through The Eyes Of An Outsider

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A note from Linda:

Ester is our newest staff member and she wrote an interesting observation of our process which I want to share:

When I started working for LRDA just a few short months ago I came in ready to contribute my knowledge of administrative skills.  I had no background in design, but I knew it would be ok because I like to think of myself as a fast learner.  Besides, how hard can interior design be?  They have an eye for color to make sure the lamps will match the sofa and the sofa will work with the area rug.  But as I quickly found out, interior design is so much more than color coordination.

Our designers meet with their clients to hear their ideas and figure out the best way to turn those dreams into reality.  They visit the location to see the best use of the space.  They present unique options to clients , ideas that may not have seemed possible.

Additionally, there is the hard work of coordinating with contractors, electricians, plumbers, landscapers and other trades to build a solid foundation for what will ultimately turn into a beautiful design.  Sure… anyone can get on the internet and look for help with their project, but with the amount of information on the web, who do you get?  Who can you trust?  How many hours of research do you have to do to find someone reliable with great reviews.  It can be very overwhelming.  Our designers know the right person for the job – regardless of what the job might be.

These wonderful designers have tons of factors to figure into their designs.  They coordinate EVERYTHING.  The textures, the colors, the shapes, the scale.  They spend hours looking for and finding pieces.  They reach out to their resources to find the best materials for flooring, wall coverings, furniture, bedding, pillows and lighting.  In the end, that is how they make it look spectacular.

Now that I have seen from behind the scenes how much it entails to make a room or a whole house have uniformity, dimension, life and energy I can say interior design is not for the faint of heart.  The hours and hours of research, drive, and commitment our designers put in to make a dream space come alive is unlimited and truly comes from a special place within.

Here are some examples of what we they can do!

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It’s Fun To Mix Styles!

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The exterior wall in this contemporary Santa Fe dining room used to have windows and doors. They were replaced with a large Nana glass wall which pockets back into the plastered wall.  This made the covered porch with its fireplace a part of the dining room when opened.  Very elegant.

 

We used a mix of styles to make the room fresh and interesting:

  • 21st Century version of English Chippendale dining chairs.  These are painted black with gold detailing on the backs.
  • Traditional country trestle table which is a good base for casual meals as well as elegant formal dining.
  • Antique copper pot with colorful sunflowers.
  • Contemporary abstract printing of an Arizona landscape.
  • Beautiful Spanish Colonial iron chandelier.
  • 3 antique polychromed pots from Burma.
  • Scrap of Turkish Kilim rug on the table for color.
  • Mexican talavera jar on the hearth.
  • Antique Persian rug on the floor.
  • The black painted cabinet on the porch houses a large screen tv and the finish plays well with the black dining room chairs.
  • Custom rusted iron decorative firescreen.  This balances the iron sconces on the wall in the dining room.

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Robinson Design Group Loves Saltillo Tile

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I have had a number of clients over the past several years who had Saltillo tile throughout their homes and they felt that Saltillo is lacking in style and beauty.  But, they did not want to go to the expense of retiling the entire house.  I love Saltillo; it is a very old and classic Mexican/Southern Arizona floor material and is very organic and natural since it is made from the earth.  The hand-made, more rustic, Saltillo tiles are very practical because if they chip they can be touched up easily and just look as though they are part of the character of the tile.

My favorite way to bring Saltillo up to a high standard is with dark brown Briwax.  It is easy to apply and absolutely beautiful when it is buffed up to a soft warm gloss.  Be aware Briwax has high VOC’s and it takes several days for the fumes to subside.  This soft brown effect is also achieved by floor sealing experts utilizing a colored brown stain/sealer.  Two ways to create a beautiful Saltillo floor!

This was a tired old Saltillo floor that required some patching before using a warm brown stain/sealer.

So practical for a heavy traffic area and so rich with the natural rock wall and antique doors on a barn door track.

I really like the rich brown color of the tile and note the gray grout which has become a deep brown; beautiful with the tile!

The warm brown “earth” of this floor wonderfully compliments the antique wood columns and beams.

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A Unique Space For Creative Minds Alike!

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The value of having an office in a co-work space is irreplaceable. Linda Robinson Design Associates is lucky to be part of one of the best communities Tucson has to offer.  That is, Rail Yard.  Founded and managed by Phil Perry, Linda Robinson’s husband, this power couple was able to turn a 65 year old brick building into a true masterpiece. Linda spent countless hours in making the space have a sleek, stylish and luxurious feel.  Raw materials such as steel and wood, old world antiques, bold color and patterns and custom welded desks, help to create a cutting-edge look.  What may look like a large brick building from the outside will capture your eye from the moment you enter the front door.  The space is breathtaking and unique.  Not only does it have all the look and feel you would want in an office space, the current tenants are all wonderful, creative, smart individuals.  Linda Robinson Design Associates thrives around people in the Rail Yard community.  Research has shown that individuals and companies are more successful in a shared environment because of the ideas, creativity and networking opportunities that can occur.   Many of the tenants collaborate with each other, increasing productivity and knowledge every day.  Although Rail Yard is considered a co-work environment, the space surpasses and transcends the typical co-work space in every facet.  For those of you who have not had the privilege to see our workplace, here is an inside look of the building that houses our design studio.

Facade of Rail Yard 610 S. Park Ave.

Cutting edge custom built desks for all tenants by Perry Luxe.

The “gallery”.  Not only a meeting space, but plenty of wall space for local artists to show off their work.

The “Kitchen”…not an average break room.  There is fresh fruit, water, coffee, tea and delicious snacks available to everyone!

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Not Your Ordinary Door

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How often do we really look at the doors in a home?  Most of the time our brains don’t even register them because most are just utilitarian.  At LRDA we often use doors to enhance a room.

 With a little help a door can be as much of a focal point as a piece of art.  Like in this hall… these clearly say, “Take notice of this room!”

The clavos encrusted barn doors in this picture create all the interest needed on this long wall between closets.

Antique painted doors do more than just hide the TV.

And sometimes a door can be art…like this one adorning a garden wall.

Please visit our Houzz Page to find more unique ways we use antique doors:

http://www.houzz.com/projects/1597284/doors

Rugs Aren’t Only For Floors

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Although rugs are commonly known to go on floors, at Linda Robinson Design Associates we use them in more unique applications.   There are endless opportunities in finding beautiful, antique Persian, oriental, kilim or Navajo rugs, with slight damage at a significantly reduced cost.   These rugs can be cut into various pieces and used to create one of a kind furnishings, window treatments, accessories.  All of the different colors, textures and patterns can bring warmth and texture throughout your home.

This elegant bed has a section from an old Kilim rug across the foot as a bed runner. There area pair of antique Persian rug pillows and one Kilim rug pillow.

This high back chair is especially beautiful upholstered in an old worm Kilim rug. It brings beauty and drama to the room.

This antique Navajo rug is hung on the wall in place of a painting bringing color and drama to this knotty alder paneled den.

This accent chair becomes a piece of art when a kilim rug is used as the upholstery.

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