Hotel Indulgences: My review of the vibrant The Saguaro resort in Scottsdale Arizona…

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Beware of sensory overload with these colorful images of The Saguaro-Scottsdale. This above is my own picture. I lost a lot of photos when my Galaxy S4 wouldn’t turn back on so I had to resort to instagram screenshots and pics I emailed myself along with others found online.

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Yeah I know I am a whole 10 months late with this but with the constant rain and flip flopping 80-one-day-55-the-next tempertures, I have done little else than dream of going right back there…somewhere hot consistantly. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really loved my two night three day stay there last August.

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Designed by Stamberg Aferiat Architecture, the Saguaro Scottsdale is a very vibrant, colorful fun stay in Arizona. It was a standout search for me as everything else is the color of sand and neutral. That’s because there are building codes prohiting the exteriors to be anything other than that. The colors are based on Arizona’s wildflowers.  It’s located in oldtown Scottsdale which is simple walks and short golf cart rides to restaurants, bars, and shopping. The golf cart rides are free, you just tip the drivers and that was a ball of fun. One recommendation is have them take you to the nearby CVS so you can stock up on snacks and waters for your room as there are no……..I repeat………NO soda machines or vending machines which I find incredibly odd. For the resort fee, the least they can do is offer you one complimentary bottled water per day per guest.

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The hotel used to be a motel so you walk outside to get to your rooms which can be noisy depending on where you face (pools vs cityview). We opted for a city view which pretty much was just the hotel’s check in area and landscaping. The balconies aren’t really big at all, just standing room but still nice to get fresh air. It would be nice if they had small stools that are bar height to sit on while out there. However people on ground level with pool views had little patios to lounge out on.

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The hotel looks exactly like the pictures which is all I really cared about. The beds were super comfy and the Kuerig coffee makers were a nice touch each morning. The landscaping and colors just really perked up my mood. One minor goofy thing was the bathroom sliding door. The idea is cool but it really didn’t leave you feeling private. It wasn’t as if there was a gap or anything just a little odd for a bathroom setting. I roomed with my friend so it was fine.
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Although we didn’t dine out at the hotel’s restaurant, we did partake in cocktails poolside at the main pool which was super chill.  We lounged at the pool before our spa appointments (which were affordable for an hour service and had complimentary drink vouchers to be used at the pool)! We soaked up enough sun to have 2 rounds of cocktails and burning skin. I guess the crowd didn’t come until after our spa appointments because afterward the pool was packed and the music was more lively than when we were there.

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I just loved the southwestern landscaping. The furthest west I’ve been was Vegas but I don’t remember much except the strip, the ride on top of the Stratosphere and seeing West Side mountains for the first time.  So this was a way for me to soak up all of the landscaping the desert has to offer.

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I just couldn’t stop staring at the unique formations of cacti…

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The pool was such a calming place on Monday. I guess everyone had left the resort on Sunday…

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Although we didn’t use them, I liked how the resort offers free use of the bikes.

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The pool bar had water misters that cooled you off and some shade for sun relief…

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Have you seen Zara Home’s new lookbook?

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One thing that can describe Zara Home’s new lookbook is tailored comfort. The bedding is classic and the colors are very neutral. What I like most is how the lookbook is styled and shot. The backdrops especially are very beautiful. I found some gems I will do a collage about soon.

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Have I ever mentioned how much I adore lanterns? The can get a bit pricey but they are on my list of wants…

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For those of you expecting but don’t want the common areas of your home to turn into colorful kiddie patterns, this bassinet/stroller thing is for you…

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This just makes me want to ask someone for an old twin mattress to cover with a fun fitted sheet and stroll out on the grass in the backyard. Seriously…

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Love the use of baskets to hide planters…

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Sour apple plush restaurant seating…

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I am not a fan of olive green but in a plush material like velvet or microfiber and combined with a luxe color palette of black, gold and white, the color can look so regal.

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Love the details and lattice like design over the bar which is echoed in the pendant lighting. The walls are absolutely pretty. It looks like gold tinted mirrored molding.

{Photo by Gareth Gardner for yatzer & designed by Shh Architects}


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Bold bathroom tile & wallpaper designs…

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Soon I’ll be moving to my condo I’m buying and though it is move in ready, I can’t wait to be able to give my personal touch to things. One way you can do that is the bathroom. There isn’t a lot of wall or floor space usually so wallpapering a powder room or laying higher end flooring shouldn’t be too costly because you have a small area to work with.

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It also may fit your budget if you splurge on marble for the bathroom sink vanity versus in a kitchen for countertops. You can sometimes find affordable slabs of stone that can get cut and sized to fit your needs in hardware stores or tile shops. A lot going on with patterns in the above bathrooms but it all works because it’s in the same color scheme…

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I love how this bathroom has two mirrors on opposite ends giving it the illusion of a larger area….

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Vertical stripes will make the ceiling of a bathroom feel higher…

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The dentil molding in this bathroom is everything! I plan to add some sparkle to my walls and ceiling with chandeliers. Even a flush mount fixture will be enough to add some ambience to a bathroom or hall…

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Changing hardware, lighting and decorative mirrors can add the oomph you need to tranform a bathroom into a fabulous space…

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Happy Christmas Eve!

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Today I am bombarding you with recent pins and inspiration for the holidays. This is only one post but there will be one on wrapping ideas and tree decorating. Plus I will show you what I done at home and scenes from a party I attended over the weekend. Clearly, your homes are already finished but you can get ideas for next year and color schemes you can shop for Friday when everything is on sale. So if Christmas isn’t your thing….come back Friday for part 2 of get-2-gether party ideas. If you haven’t already, part 1 is about wine and cheese tasting ideas.

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Muted color palettes…

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A monochromatical gray color scheme doesn’t have to be boring as long as you layer, add textures, and bring in bold furniture and decor pieces. The seating above is truly a work of art. A modern chair combined with a rustic tree stump side table is an unexpected pairing but it all works in the space. That is another way you can keep things interesting in a muted palette.

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QOTD: What is your Christmas color scheme?

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My Packers Party Decor….

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Remember when I introduced you to Big Dot of Happiness? Well here is the custom party decor I used to decorate a small Packers Party gathering last weekend….

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So the plates, napkins, cups, banners, confetti and table top decor all came from Big Dot of Happiness from their football themed collection and you can pick the colors to fit your favorite team’s colors.

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Anytime you have a football party, you have to have cupcakes that reps your team!

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Shopping with PinkLion for the holidays…

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A while back I was introduced to PinkLion which is a company that curates products from  independent brands to bring you a seletion of modern, crafty essentials. I was gifted a print by Latte Design in my favorite theme: coffee. Anyone who knows me knows I live for my Dunkin Donuts and McCafe coffee beverages.

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At first I thought I would style it in the kitchen and create a small coffee station similar to these but all of my art in my office/den is black and white so I figured I would place it there.

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Excuse the quality of pictures. I took them with my Galaxy S5 but the outdoor lighting sucked that day. It was gloomy, either snowy or rainy, for days.

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Tuesday’s Tips: cramp spaces can still have big style

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You can see how small this space is and it still has so much style. We can take a cue from hotel design. The ceiling height is taken advantage of by having a high wingback chair, armoire and a huge painting that keeps our eyes drawn upward. Placing a desk behind the sofa instead of a console table makes it functional for work and relaxing. It’s really all about creating zones and spaces in small rooms.

{Image via designed by Phillipe Stark}

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