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Lawn to Garden – Pt2

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Join Pete Cure as he continues a major backyard renovation — he’s turning a dry backyard into a beautiful botanical garden. (Part 2)

Fountain Install

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

An old historic fountain built in 1926 is turned into a contemporary planter. Instead of destroying the antique fountain, Pete Cure and the homeowner decide to install a new custom made fountain from DeSantana Stone in order to add the sound of water to the courtyard.

Pete talks with Jessica Cox from Cox Cactus Farm to learn more about different types of agaves such as agave americana, agave parryi truncata, agave cornelius, and agave blue glow. They range in size anywhere from 7 inches to 7 feet wide, so homeowners have to be careful in picking out the right size for their planting project. Agaves are a great addition to any landscape, so call Cox Cactus Farm to pick out your agave today!

Pete has a lot of old vegetation to clean up at the historic project. He shows you a quick pruning method with a Sawzall power tool. Manufacturers make blades specifically for pruning trees and large shrubs. With this tool there is no need for sharpening blades as much as with a traditional chain saw. So give it a try!

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desantana logoDeSantana’s custom handcarved stone products are of old Mexico. The centuries old artistic techniques employed in their crafting have remained relatively unchanged since the time of the Spanish conquest. The detail resulting from these primitive methods of execution are, indeed, hallmark of authenticity hand crafted work of art.

 

DeSantana Stone is proud to be the largest importer and distributor of these products the United States and Canada. They feel their success is due, in part, to owning their own quarries, stone cutting plant, and central office location in Guadalajara. This allows them to supervise and inspect the production and craftsmanship to insure the artistic quality and detail our customers have come to expect.

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Adobe Home – Part 2

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shops at Urban Southwest for the ideal gate for the historic home remodel in Paradise Valley. They have a lot of neat stuff including old doors, custom mirrors, zinc table tops, and much more. Pete also learns the story behind the legendary home builder, Lon Megargee. Today, Fred Unger is preserving Lon’s history at the Hermosa Inn. A variety of Lon’s artwork can be seen throughout the property.

Back at the site, Pete builds a wall to separate the courtyard from the pool to protect the homeowner’s little ones. He also talks about his design plans for the backyard, which includes adding a bar area and barbecue. In the courtayrd, an old historic fountain built in 1926 is turned into a contemporary planter. Pete also installs a new custom made fountain from DeSantana Stonewhich adds the sound of water to the front entrance.

Pete talks with Jessica Cox from Cox Cactus Farm to learn more about different types of agaves he can plant at the historic home. He has a lot of work to do back at the site and needs to clean up old vegetation. He shows you a quick pruning method using a Sawzall. With this power tool, there is no need for sharpening blades as much as with a traditional chain saw.

Pete lays out a great design plan that maximizes all of the homeowner’s landscape around the property. He first cleans up the site and cuts back all of the overgrown plants. The newly cleared area gives Pete a fresh canvas to start his landscaping project. Creating a mini-stack wall gives the front entrance a much more defined and elegant look; and a variety of eye-catching plants from Cox Cactus Farm spruce up the front entrance. Check out the final product of the wall and gate install, which completes the courtyard and sticks to the original character of the 1920s home.

Courtyard Gate

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure is at the historic adobe home where he’s building a wall to separate the courtyard from the pool to protect the homeowner’s little ones. He frames the opening to match the gate purchased from Urban Southwest. See how he builds mortar wall from scratch and installs a new gate to mimic the existing structure of the historic house. He builds a rigid frame and installs old antique doors that add character to the courtyard.

Pete also visits the homeowner’s backyard and talks about his design plans for the area. He’s going to install an irrigation system, add stepping stones, clean up the yard and add plants to pretty it up. He’s also going to create a bar area and add an outdoor barbecue for the family and guests to enjoy.

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urbansouthwest2Urban Southwest has provided homeowners, storefronts as well as commercial establishments with a complete and unique line of furniture made entirely from locally gathered reclaimed lumber and scrap steel. Nick Colamartini atUrban Southwest creates custom affordable furniture not only out of scrap reclaimed product, but also with a minimal amount of power equipment.  The goal of Urban Southwest is to create works of art that are functional, affordable, and that owners will love.

Urban Southwest has been featured for its ‘green practices’ and custom designs in Phoenix Home & Garden. They have also been  featured in Sunset MagazineArizona Republic, and Good Morning ArizonaUrban Southwest is proud to produce rustic and sophisticated art for yourself or for someone else as a gift. Come visit their store at 1016 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014 for a unique experience! You will never think about Southwestern design in quite the same way.

For more information, please visit www.urbansouthwest.com or call Nick Colamartini (602) 980-8660 or Rose Ann Colamartini (602) 686-8000

Yard Makeover

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure reviews some of the finished projects around the historic home remodel. See the final product of the wall and gate install, which completes the courtyard and sticks to the original character of the 1920s home. Since the Arizona Historical Society recommends keeping the original 1926 fountain intact, Pete adds a new smaller custom fountain from DeSantana Stone to add trickling sound of water in the courtyard.

Pete lays out a great design plan that maximizes all of the homeowner’s landscape around the property. He first cleaned up the site and cut back all of the overgrown plants. The newly cleared area gave Pete a fresh canvas to start his landscaping project. Creating a mini-stack wall gave the front entrance a much more defined and elegant look; and a variety of eye-catching plants from Cox Cactus Farm spruced up the front entrance.

Southwest Remodeling

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shops at Urban Southwest for the ideal gate for the historic home remodel in Paradise Valley.

Check out the neat stuff at Urban Southwest including old doors from Mexico and Mediterranean period. In addition to importing products, Urban Southwest also builds custom dining room sets and furniture to meet their customers’ specific needs. They create and build things like custom mirrors, rustic doors, windows, zinc table tops, art glass lighting, custom-made cabinets, wall art, and much more.

Did You Know: Urban Southwest uses recycled materials from their local neighborhood to build anything from simple to elaborate, contemporary to antique furnishings for customers. Check out their showroom and take a virtual tour, click here.

Back at the historic home, Pete learns the story behind the builder, Lon Megargee. Reading stories about the Wild West and seeking adventures as a young boy, Lon hops on a train and ends up in Arizona at the age of thirteen. He embraces Western lifestyle and makes himself into a cowboy. As a self-taught painter, he earns most of his living. Today, his murals can been seen throughout the Arizona State Capitol Museum and Arizona State University. Lon’s paintings are valued around $7K.

Lon Megargee lived life to the fullest and was somewhat of a ladies’ man. He was a big time entertainer and loved to socialize. He had lots of friends and enjoyed gambling. When his friends would come over, he’d let them stay at his guest ranch and that became the foundation for what is now Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley.

Did You Know: Lon Megargee built underground tunnels to escape local Sherriff’s, who were trying to bust him for gambling and having poker games at his home. Over the years, guests at the Hermosa Inn say they see Lon’s ghost wandering around the property.

Fred Unger is preserving Lon Megargee’s history at the Hermosa Inn. He’s owned the property since 1992 and rebuilt it after a devastating fire using local building materials. A variety of Lon’s artwork and gems can be seen throughout the property. Hermosa Inn is a fantastic getaway with a southwestern charm that people all over the world can enjoy. Call and make your reservation today.

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urbansouthwest2Urban Southwest has provided homeowners, storefronts as well as commercial establishments with a complete and unique line of furniture made entirely from locally gathered reclaimed lumber and scrap steel. Nick Colamartini at Urban Southwest creates custom affordable furniture not only out of scrap reclaimed product, but also with a minimal amount of power equipment.  The goal of Urban Southwest is to create works of art that are functional, affordable, and that owners will love.

Urban Southwest has been featured for its ‘green practices’ and custom designs in Phoenix Home & Garden. They have also been  featured in Sunset MagazineArizona Republic, and Good Morning ArizonaUrban Southwest is proud to produce rustic and sophisticated art for yourself or for someone else as a gift. Come visit their store at 1016 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014 for a unique experience! You will never think about Southwestern design in quite the same way.

For more information, please visit www.urbansouthwest.com or call Nick Colamartini (602) 980-8660 or Rose Ann Colamartini (602) 686-8000

Tower Garden

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by xmlrpc

The Maricopa County Home and Garden Show has thousands of design, landscape and home improvement companies all in one location.

Tower Garden is just one the unique products highlighted at this year’s show that will have you rethink the way you garden. The Tower Garden simplifies traditional gardening, using a unique vertical garden system that makes it easy to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables at home without using soil.

Adobe Home – Part 1

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé takes you inside a legendary and historic adobe home built in 1920s by famous cowboy, Lon Megargee. Original architecture is unique and has a lot of character, though landscaping outside has been neglected over the years. He shares his thoughts with the homeowner, Fred Unger, on how to spruce up the property by building a gate, creating a botanical garden, and expanding pathways to make it safer and more enjoyable for guests.

Visit the Hermosa Inn, a hidden gem located in Paradise Valley on a very peaceful and quiet 6.5 acres. It’s comprised of 35 single-story casitas with fireplaces, gorgeous baths, and a look and feel of the early 1930s. With a four-diamond restaurant that is well known for its artful American cuisine, you are sure to satisfy your appetite at Lon’s Restaurant. From ‘garden-to-table’ concept crafted by Executive Chef, Jeremy Pacheco, you will taste the freshness and quality first-hand.

Pete visits Cox Cactus Farm to pick out some cool cactus for the historic home remodel project in Paradise Valley. A lot of plants suffered from frost damage during winter, so Pete is careful to pick out the best plants to withstand cooler temperatures. He also shows you how to frame the main front entry by building a mini-stack wall. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just have an old cool look.

Create a garden sculpture with blue tortilla cactus and build a symphony of plants using ocotillototem polegreat big Arizona organ pipeArgentinean giant, and few agaves. Add some color with purple verbena and desert marigolds. You can create a beautiful painting with existing cacti on your property as well mixing a touch of new colorful ones. All these plants become part of a symphony that makes a front yard landscape look great. See it now!

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Adobe Home

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé takes you inside a legendary and historic adobe home built in 1920s by famous cowboy, Lon Megargee. Original architecture is unique and has a lot of character, though landscaping outside has been neglected over the years. This historic home deserves a little tender, love, and care. Pete starts by laying out the landscape design plan and project outline. He shares his thoughts with the homeowner, Fred Unger, on how to spruce up the property by building a gate, creating a botanical garden, and expanding a few pathways to make it safer and more enjoyable for his family and guests.

Did You Know: The original fountain, which is the centerpiece of the courtyard, was built in 1926.

Learn About Cacti

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc 1 Comment

Pete Curé visits Cox Cactus Farm to pick out some cool cactus for the historic home remodel project in Paradise Valley. A lot of plants suffered from frost damage during winter, so Pete is careful to pick out the best plants to withstand cooler temperatures.

Did You Know: Cox Cactus Farm carries only locally grown plants and 50 different agaves. It’s important to get Arizona-grown plants because of the Arizona climate. Though other plants may look better, more colorful, they won’t necessarily last as well in the local climate. For more information, please visit www.coxcactusfarm.com

Back at the historic project site, learn how to frame the main front entry by building a mini-stack wall. You can do it yourself this weekend. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just have an old cool look. Check it out!

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Cox Cactus Farm LogoCox Cactus Farm prides themselves on having one of the Valley’s broadest availabilities of cacti, agaves, aloes, and euphorbias from one gallon to large specimen. They also grow shrubs and even broker to ensure every need is met with our unsurpassed customer service.

To contact Cox Cactus Farm, please click here, or call 480-220-1848 to receive more information.

Cactus Symphony

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shows you plants that don’t need a lot of care and still add drama, character, and depth to your yard. Create a garden sculpture with blue tortilla cactus and build a symphony of plants using ocotillo, totem pole, great big Arizona organ pipe, Argentinean giant, and few agaves. Add some color with purple verbena and desert marigolds. You can create a beautiful painting with existing cacti on your property as well mixing a touch of new colorful ones. All these plants become part of a symphony that makes a front yard landscape look great. See it now!

Property Clean Up

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by xmlrpc

The historic Paradise Valley home undergoes major transformation. Pete Curé cleans up property and gives you some pruning tips for your native plants such as palo verde, creosotes, and choyas. While Pete continues to work on site, we take a tour of the beautiful grounds at Hermosa Inn.

Did You Know: Lon’s Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn was the original home of Lon Megargee, who was perhaps Arizona’s first cowboy artist. Over the years it’s become a guest ranch and now it’s the Hermosa Inn where the owner, Fred Unger, hopes to welcome guests all over the world just like Lon used to do.

Hermosa Inn is hidden gem located in Paradise Valley on a very peaceful and quiet 6.5 acres. It’s comprised of 35 single-story casitas with fireplaces, gorgeous baths, and a look and feel of the early 1930s. It’s very small, private, and intimate – ideal for a wedding party or business affiliation. You can host a personal dinner party or a boardroom meeting — practically take over the whole property and make it your own.

Did You Know: Hermosa Inn recently added a spectacular underground wine cellar, boardroom, and library that many people feel was done by Lon Megargee himself in 1930s. Hurry to get your reservation today!

Hermosa Inn has excellent customer service that tailors to your individual needs. With a four-diamond restaurant that is well known for its excellent and artful American cuisine, you are sure to satisfy your appetite at Lon’s Restaurant. With a 1/2 acre organic garden that rotates seasonally, the menu at Lon’s changes regularly to reflect the freshest local ingredients. From ‘farm-to-table’ concept crafted by Executive Chef, Jeremy Pacheco, you will taste the freshness and quality first-hand.