Et Cetera

Hot fashion trend seeps into the backyard in this year's ASID home tour

This year's ASID Arizona South home tour on October 27th, in association with Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, gives us five homes and the theme 'Designing Inside Out'. Our top picks from the tour:

* Kathryn Prideaux of Prideaux Design, who used a color block technique we're seeing right now in fashion to make a backyard she affectionately calls her "desert jewel box". The colors were inspired by a piece of plaid fabric her clients loved on their kitchen bench.

Kathryn Prideaux 'desert jewel'

Color blocking in the yard by Kathryn Prideaux. Photo by Balfour Walker

Blue and orange tile mix with stacked stone and bright planters to produce a palette that in some ways she took a chance on. "I remember when the [orange] tile backsplash went up and the contractors were just like, 'Wow'. There's that moment when you question, 'Is this going to work?'" says Kathryn.

Et Cetera Kathryn Prideaux

Photo by Balfour Walker



As well as all that color, there's a 'spool', a fire and a nap bench. Read more about Kathryn in Pleased to Meet You.

Et Cetera Kathryn Prideaux 10/15

Photo by Balfour Walker


* Look out for copper slate facing and 3-dimensional wall pop-outs on the patio of Michele Carnes' design, plus a pop-up TV on the outside bar.

* The TV's in the home by David Knittle are cleverly hidden behind motorized works of art, and the speakers are invisible.

When it is: Saturday October 27, 2102 10am– 5pm. Tickets $30 in advance or $35 day of event.

Details: For a preview check out the current issue of Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden magazine. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ballet Tucson More info at 520-312-8355 and ASID Arizona South

Recovery time or not?

Home resales rose at the fastest pace in two years last month. Plus, what to do if you're denied a loan. Read the monthly property round-up  from Tucson real estate agent Brent VanKoevering.

Calling all mid century mods

Tucson Modernism Week 2012Tucson's first annual Modernism Week is looming! Set aside November 9, 10 and 11 for some very exciting happenings: screenings, talks, a home tour. 3 Story will be going mod for that issue, just for fun. And if you're interested in volunteering, contact them now.

 BollyKids Presents FAME

Photo courtesy of Tucson Children's Museum


This free family arts and music experience (FAME - geddit?) includes live entertainment, hands-on art activities, and all things Indian:   henna tattoos, bindis, children’s dress-up activities, and Hindi name writing.

When: Sunday October 21, 11am-2pm
Where: Hosted by Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. 6th Avenue.

Sam Hughes

neighborhood garden tour

If, like us, you drive or walk the streets of historic Sam Hughes and dream about what's behind those walls, now is your chance to find out. This self-guided garden tour gains you entry into the secluded courtyards and patios of eight private residences and two public properties, including Sam Hughes Elementary School where students and parents have turned a patch of bare dirt into a lush vegetable garden. Other highlights include water harvesting, xeriscaping, rooftops and a hummingbird garden.

Photo courtesy of Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association

When: Sunday October 21, noon - 5pm

Tickets: $10 adults, free for children with paying adult. Purchase tickets the day of the tour between noon and 3pm at Sam Hughes Elementary School, 700 N. Wilson Ave.

More information: Contact Rick Bell, 520 907 3425 or [email protected]. Or visit

Bring out your inner child for an evening of play

How about a night at the museum... without the children? This grown-ups only evening at Children’s Museum Tucson features a sensory experience of live artistic performances, playfully inspired libations and savory culinary creations from some of Tucson's most creative chefs.

Photo courtesy of Tucson Children's Museum

When: Friday November 2, 2012 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Where: Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. 6th Avenue

Tickets: $125 each

More info here or from Daniela Siqueiros, 520-792-9985 x 105

or [email protected]





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