Project Reveal: Chandler Remodel Outdoor Project

outdoor patio with dog

This luxury resort-style outdoor furniture project was an addition to our Chandler Remodel Project! We were thrilled to be able to take this beautiful project further than just the interiors. A lot of people may not know, but interior design can absolutely be extended to outdoor furnishings. In fact, if you’re looking for a fully transformed & completed interior design, you will want your luxury interior designer to furnish your patios, outdoor bars, and lounge areas!

This Resort-Style Backyard

After remodeling and furnishing their main living areas and primary suite, it was important to replicate the layout & function of the outdoors. The overall aesthetic of the outdoor furniture design was luxury & custom oasis. This design color palette played with muted tones and whites to not overshadow the beautifully designed landscape & pool. Our Junior Designer, Marti Diehl, expresses that “from the outdoor fireplace to the enormous crystal clear pool to the abundance of comfortable upholstered seating options, [this project] adds to an overall feeling of peace and tranquility. This backyard is the definition of a private, relaxing retreat, while also having enough space and accommodations to host a really good party!” There were five main outdoor areas to furnish on this floorplan, so our strategy was to allow each space to speak for its own while complimenting one another in design. When selecting outdoor furniture, it is important that they are not just comfortable and appealing options, but also equally durable and weather resistant. We opted for aluminum wood and performance fabrics to battle those scorching Arizona summers, but act as a wonderful entertainment space during those amazing cooler months!

The Bold Casita

The design for the casita called for bold patterns with a neutral color palette to reflect the interior of the main house. It features a main living space with access to a covered patio through glass sliding doors allowing a true indoor-outdoor experience. The casita also provides a dining nook with a built-in bench & a bold patterned backsplash in the kitchenette. In the guest bedroom, the neutral big-ticket items were accessorized with bold patterns and rich colors to make the room balanced. Guests will never want to leave this comfortable & inviting casita!

Modern Guest Bedroom Ideas to Fall in Love With

For most of the home designing process, analyzing how the layout and style of your home can best meet your needs and desires is of the utmost importance. However, when designing a guest bedroom, reframing your thought process to consider the needs of your guests and what would make them most comfortable is essential. 

Creating an inviting and functional space where your guests feel at home should be at the forefront of your mind when designing your guest bedroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with it. 

In this article, we’ll suggest some modern guest bedroom ideas to make designing a stylish and functional guest room possible. 

7 Modern Guest Bedroom Ideas for 2023

Below are the seven top ideas for designing a modern guest bedroom in 2023.

1. Shiplap Accent Wall

A light-colored shiplap accent wall creates an elevated and inviting look in guest bedroom interior designs. This modern stylistic choice provides the room with depth and interest and is highly customizable, matching a wide range of design styles. 

In addition to adding visual interest, a vertical shiplap accent wall can add height to a room and is a common design technique used to help rooms with low ceilings feel larger. 


2. Play With Textures

Guest bedrooms offer significant freedom because you can avoid much of the clutter you may be forced to contend with in your primary bedroom. Playing with textures is the perfect way to add visual interest and dimension to your guest bedroom without relying heavily on patterns or bold colors. 

You can add texture to your guest room through various methods, from textured wallpaper to playing with different materials in the furniture and decor. However, the easiest and quickest way to add contrasting textures to your room is by using bedding like quilts, pillows, and throws with contrasting materials.

3. Add a Stunning Chandelier

A chandelier can instantly transform a simple, modern guest bed into a luxurious statement room. These accent lights come in many styles, materials, and sizes, so you can easily find one to match your design style. 

Our expert design team at Alisha Taylor can help you choose the right chandelier to fit your guest bedroom.

4. Use Unique Nightstands

If you want to keep your guest bedroom minimal and sleek, opting for unique nightstands like these adds intrigue to the room and takes your design to the next level.

The right nightstands will draw the eye without sacrificing functionality for your guests. Opt for nightstands with unique textures, materials, and shapes while ensuring guests have a place to set their things when they go to bed. 

5. Include a Seating Area

Including a seating area in one corner of your guest room offers your guests a place to sit where they can enjoy their coffee while watching the sunrise or lounge and read while they unwind from a long day. 

Like chandeliers and nightstands, accent chairs are available in virtually every style, so you can have fun creating a small seating space that matches your taste. 

6. Use Biophilic Interior Design

Biophilic interior design is focused on combining the inside world with the outside one, incorporating natural materials like living plants. Biophilic design has gained popularity after being reported to promote productivity and improve mental and physical health

By incorporating biophilic interior design elements into your guest bedroom, you can create a calm and inviting space for your guests to relax.

7. Use Tasteful Wallpaper

While bold wallpaper has been gaining traction in the interior design world, it can define a room in a way that might not be ideal for a guest room. Opting for a minimalistic wallpaper ensures your guest bedroom is neutral and comfortable enough for all your guests to feel at home.

When you style your guest bedroom with tasteful wallpaper, you can create a transitional design, which blends modern and traditional design styles for maximum flexibility over the remainder of your design choices. 

As you consider which of the above design ideas you want to implement in your guest bedroom, remember to think about your guests and keep them at the forefront of your mind. 

Work With Alisha Taylor Interiors for Your Modern Guest Bedroom

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we strive to provide our clients with expert guidance while helping to bring their design ideas to life. 

Take a look at our previous design work and reach out to us today for help designing your modern guest bedroom.


Interior Designers in Scottsdale: What Sets Alisha Taylor Apart

Choosing an interior designer for your home is a big decision. Your designer will work with the architect to manage the interior floor plan and overall flow of living spaces. From there, they will lead you through every aesthetic decision for the interior of your home and provide the builder with the detailed plans and specifications needed to make the project come to life. 

In short, an interior designer’s impact on the outcome of your home build or remodel can’t be overstated. Their valuable input and skill will ultimately define the outcome of a project.

If you are looking for interior designers in Scottsdale, there is no shortage of designers, decorators, and stylists from which to choose. But if you are seeking an experienced design team skilled at delivering luxurious, customized results, Alisha Taylor Interiors should be on the top of your list of potential design partners.

Who Is Alisha Taylor?

The namesake of Alisha Taylor Interiors, Alisha Taylor is an award-winning interior designer and entrepreneur based in the heart of Scottsdale. Alisha’s early love of interior design led her to embark on a formal design education, where she earned a B.A. in Interior Design before opening her design studio. 

For over 20 years, Alisha has helped clients translate their tastes and lifestyle aspirations into beautiful, customized interior spaces that impress. She is passionate about helping clients create a space that feels like home — beautiful, functional, and personal.

What Sets Alisha Taylor Interiors Apart From Other Interior Designers in Scottsdale

Alisha Taylor Interiors offers more than just design services to clients. Our expertise, philosophy, design process, and close collaboration with architects sets us apart from other interior designers in Scottsdale.

Alisha’s Expertise

Interior design isn’t just an art — it’s a craft that’s perfected through years of practice and experience. Alisha pairs an artful eye for design with extensive real-world experience executing projects of all sizes. 

In her 20+ years as a designer, she has honed the skill of understanding client needs and visions above all else. Her designs are executed with precision to bring luxurious, livable interiors to life for clients.

Alisha’s keen eye for talent has led her to build a dynamic team of designers and specialists who help her deliver custom, stunning designs to clients throughout the greater Scottsdale area.

Our Philosophy

Our design philosophy puts the client at the center of the design. Design should be an extension of your family, lifestyle, interests, and aspirations. 

We believe beautiful, functional design sets the background for a home’s life-making moments. We help clients realize spaces that are unique, luxurious, and seamlessly integrated into their lives. 

The Comprehensive Design Process

Through our years of experience, we have developed a design process that guides every project we take on, big or small. We break it down into easy-to-visualize phases and steps. 

Our transparent approach and meticulous process ensure clients are involved in every step of the project. Clients always know where the status of their project stands and are active participants in the entire design process.

Our Broad Range of Design Styles

Good interior design considers the vision and lifestyle of the client. We know that everyone has a sense of taste and aesthetic that is uniquely their own. It’s our job as designers to bring that individual sense of style to life. 

Through our high-touch design process, we work with clients to identify or enhance their style and translate that into interior landscapes that embody their ideals. 

We have extensive experience designing for various styles, including modern farmhouse, traditional, Scandinavian, transitional, and more. 

And though a project may be rooted in a specific design style, our projects never feel recycled or stale. We deliver timeless, original designs that are personalized to the client and the life to which they aspire.

Our Collaboration With Skilled Architects

As interior designers, we go beyond the scope of an interior decorator. Our education and experience include interior architecture, giving us a better understanding of what physical structures must be in place for a design to be realized. 

We work hand-in-hand with the best builders and architects in the greater Scottsdale area. When collaborating on a new build or complete remodel, we work directly with architects to deliver beautiful, personal results that honor structural integrity and architecture. 

Work With the Best Interior Designer in Scottsdale

If you’re ready to bring your interior vision to life, we’re prepared to help. Whether you’re building a new home in Scottsdale or planning a dream home remodel in Arcadia, we want to help you create a home that inspires you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can become your design partner. We can’t wait to hear from you. 


Building Your Luxury Custom Home Starts with Your Lot

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At our Luxury Dream Home Date Night Event, we discussed what steps to take when building your luxury dream home. We were honored to have Brady Fenn & Adam Kostis join us for the evening. Brady Fenn, with Fenn Rogers Custom Homes, is a luxury home builder, contractor, and remodeler, specializing in new builds and full remodels. Adam Kostis is the Creative Director at Cosan Studio, a Scottsdale-based architectural firm, executing thoughtful, well-designed projects.

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we are thrilled to have many projects with both Fenn Rogers Custom Homes & Cosan Studios creating efficient, beautiful, and well-thought-out homes for our clients.

One of the most common questions we get from clients starting their homebuilding journey is, “Where in the world do I start when wanting to build a luxury dream home?” Brady and Adam are here to educate our readers about what that very first step should be.

As an architect, what does Cosan Studio offer for that very first step to building a luxury custom home?

Adam Kostis: Even before coming to us, I think the best thing to do is to do your own research and get a short list of firms that you think are going to gel with in style and what you want for your home. Reach out to the creative director or principal and set up some one-on-one interviews. The journey of building a home is an 8-to-12-month relationship, so really making sure that you’re working with someone you gel well with and can make crucial decisions with is definitely number one on the list. It’s important that you are with someone that you’re happy and comfortable with for a long period of time.

As clients or potential clients are shopping for that custom home lot, what do you do, as architects, to help make that decision?

Adam Kostis: The first thing we do is make sure that you’re buying a lot that’ll give you what you want with your dream home. There are constraints, site forces, and things like setbacks. We want to make sure that we can provide exactly what you want on that lot. So, you don’t want to be buying a lot before you meet with an architect. I think that’s a little bit backward.

You’ll want to come to us, and we’ll do a feasibility study for you. What that entails is that we’ll analyze the site. We’ll draw a bubble diagram of where your house would sit and understand how the house could be laid out to make sure the lot is buildable. So that’s pretty much the initial step.

That’s so helpful because, unfortunately, we’ve seen custom home lots that are almost unbuildable. Our advice is to use your professionals to your advantage. Brady, as a custom home builder, you’ve got a lot of insight into cost. What’s great about that is that you can educate a client by just looking at some dirt. 

Brady Fenn: Yeah, absolutely. That’s something we like to do in the predesign phase. We typically go out and look at lots with potential clients and give them an idea of what the buildability is of the lot. Is it hillside? Is it going to require retaining walls? Are the utilities close? What does the HOA require as far as design guidelines? There are just so many things like that that are hard to understand if you’ve never gone through that process before.

Understanding that the same house can cost a totally different price on a different piece of dirt can guide the purchase of a lot. When building your luxury custom home, it’s important to consult with an architect and a builder before purchasing a lot to prevent unwanted surprises!  

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Decorative vs Builder-Grade Lighting for Luxury Custom Home Projects

The beauty of decorative lighting is its ability to transform a room by setting the mood, manipulating the colors throughout the design, and highlighting the architectural features of a space. It might not always seem like it, but lighting is one of the most important elements of a home. A well-lit home draws attention to every detail and showcases the quality & craftsmanship in the design.


Builder-grade lighting that is typically provided by your builder is recessed lighting, also known as can lights, which are used throughout the home as standard, but impactful lighting components. Builders also provide all light switches, including three-way switches with different access points and dimmer switches throughout the project. Because builder-grade lighting does not provide a variety of lighting layers in a space, we as designers, take it a step further by incorporating “decorative lighting” into the lighting plan. These fixtures provide different layers of light that every luxury space craves, while also acting as statement pieces in the entire home.




We like to use large chandeliers in the center of our great room, dining room, and entryway designs to act as the focal point. Chandeliers are great options to use when balancing the scale of a room, just be sure to hang them high enough to not hit anyone in the head!


Kitchens need bright lighting, as well as task lighting, in order to utilize the space in the best way. Hanging a pair of pendants over a large kitchen island will create balance and functionality, and introduce a new element into the design.

Semi-Flush or Flush Mounts

These fixtures are a great option for a room with a lower ceiling by giving the room some edge and a point of view. Flush mounts can serve the function of a chandelier without using too much space.

bathroom flush mount lighting
CHANDLER REMODEL | Circa Lighting – Markos Large Handing Shades in White with Gold

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces really add to the ambiance of a space while serving decorative and task functions. Designing two identical wall sconces flanking a vanity can create accent lighting for such an already large focal point in a space.

bathroom sconces
CHANDLER REMODEL | Circa Lighting – Calliope Tall Bath Light Sconce

Picture Lights

Picture lights are typically placed above a specific element to provide the most direct light and make it a focal point. For example, picture lights placed above a stunning piece of artwork give the scene a three-dimensional feel and highlight the intended textures within the composition.

dining nook picture light
MODERN ELEGANCE | Visual Comfort – Dean 18″ Picture Light

Table & Floor Lamps

Table lamps are small but mighty lighting options that add color and symmetry to a space. When table space is limited, floor lamps are a good option to provide variation in layering within the lighting plan, while still being a source of sufficient illumination.

sitting room floor lamp
DC RANCH VILLA | Circa Lighting – Alander Floor Lamp

Led by owner and Scottsdale interior designer Alisha Taylor, our firm focuses on unique personalization. No two clients are the same, so no two homes are the same either. We strive to enhance our clients’ lives by not only creating beautiful interiors for them but by keeping the design process understandable and efficient through a systematic method that allows them to visualize and be excited about their designs.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation to begin your journey to creating your luxury dream home.

Luxury Bathroom Vanities That Complete The Room

Luxury bathroom vanity.

A luxury bathroom is necessary for elevating any luxury home, and the most defining focal point of every bathroom is the vanity. Selecting the right luxury bathroom vanity to match the overall style and feel of your bathroom and home is essential to creating a harmonious space.

With so many different options, it can be challenging to narrow down the type of bathroom you want to design and what elements are required to bring that design to life. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we pride ourselves on creating effortless, timeless luxury spaces.

This guide will provide you with different luxury vanity styles to complete your bathroom design.

Why Get Luxury Bathroom Vanities?

Bathrooms are often overlooked when renovating and decorating homes because people spend less time in them compared to other areas of the house. Private bathrooms that guests don’t use are at particular risk of being bypassed when styling homes. But a few simple tweaks to these rooms can elevate the overall style significantly.

Luxury bathroom design can help create a cohesive feel within your home, ensuring every room in your house reflects style and class. One of the benefits of bathroom design is that there are typically few elements within these rooms, meaning minor adjustments can make a huge difference.

Opting for a luxury bathroom vanity can instantly transform your bathroom’s look and ensure that you and your guests have a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing experience when using the most private rooms in your home.

5 Types of Luxury Bathroom Vanities You’ll Love

Consider one of the following luxury bathroom vanity styles as you update your existing bathroom or design a new one.

1. Vanity With Custom Cabinetry 

Vanity with custom cabinetry.

Building a luxury vanity with custom cabinetry is an excellent way to ensure your bathroom design fits your space and creates a cohesive feel with the rest of your home. Whether you have an oversized bathroom or a quarter bath, using custom cabinetry ensures that you maximize your storage functionality.

Elements, including hardware type, wood type, and paint color, all allow for the ultimate customization of your vanity’s appearance, which means you can design the luxury bathroom of your dreams.

2. Curved Front Vanity

Curved front vanities are an excellent way to add contrast and shape to bathrooms that otherwise exclusively use clean, sharp lines. While bathrooms clutter easily and often feature simple designs, a curved vanity is a perfect statement feature to add variation and interest to your bathroom.

Partner a curved vanity with organic materials like wood cabinetry and a carved stone sink to create an effortlessly luxurious design.

3. Flat-Panel Modern Vanity

Flat-panel modern vanity.

A flat-panel modern vanity is a perfect addition to any modern bathroom design. This luxury vanity utilizes clean lines and an understated, organic appearance that adds depth and warmth to modern bathrooms and pairs perfectly with waterfall marble top counters.

If you’re looking to design a modern luxury bathroom that doesn’t compromise function, then adding a flat-panel modern vanity is the way to go.

4. Traditional Double Vanity With Inset Cabinetry

Traditional double vanity with inset cabinetry.

Double vanities are practical for couples and families that need extra storage space and want to avoid getting in each other’s way while getting ready. These vanities are just as attractive as they are functional, and selecting a traditional double vanity with inset cabinetry ensures your bathroom has all the necessary storage space without the appearance of clutter.

White-on-white cabinetry and countertops are a classic choice for creating an airy, bright bathroom design.

5. Contemporary Wood Vanity With Vessel Sinks

Contemporary wood vanity with vessel sinks.

A contemporary wood vanity with vessel sinks is perfect for creating a spa-like atmosphere at home. Opt for a dark wood finish for the cabinets, and top it off with a granite or white marble countertop.

The warm, earthy atmosphere of the wood provides a balanced feel, while the raised sink elevates the overall design.

Remodeling bathrooms can be both fun and challenging because of the limited space and limitless possibilities, and there are endless options for selecting a luxury bathroom vanity for your bathroom.

Work With Alisha Taylor Interiors for Luxury Bathroom Design

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, our design focuses on your desires and lifestyle needs. We work closely with you to help design a home you love and bring your vision to life. With years of experience designing luxury bathrooms, we can help you select a stunning vanity that will complement the overall design of your bathroom.

Take a look at our work and reach out today to see how our team can help you design the luxury bathroom of your dreams.

What Happens During the Ordering & Procurement Phase of Your Luxury Custom Home Project

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After you’ve approved your new spaces based on our design presentations visualizing the made-to-order furniture pieces, custom pillows and window treatments, and the best rug for each room, we enter the Ordering & Procurement Phase of the design process.

Ordering Your Furniture & Furnishings

We can’t deny that this is the stage where your patience is required. And yes, we’ll admit it’s even hard for us to be patient once we get excited about a gorgeous design! The beautiful pieces you chose to become part of your interiors must be ordered, fabricated, and shipped. We coordinate all the purchase orders, track shipping, and have items shipped to our receiver. Our incredible receivers at Fully Loaded Deliveries meticulously inspect each item, submit images, and carefully store them in their warehouse until installation day. You don’t have to do any of the work!

To keep the ball rolling, we will be in touch with you twice a month with updates. If we are notified of any back-ordered items, we will communicate that to you! And unfortunately, sometimes these gorgeous pieces experience a long journey to our warehouse and may come in with some nicks and dings. But don’t worry! We handle all manufacturing claims and repair/reorder any damaged items, and everything is inspected before it reaches your home.

Ordering & Procurement Phase Timeline

Custom furniture is not made with a magic wand. Talented artisans create your items, sometimes from scratch. It’s a labor of love for everyone, so lead times can change because of these talented human hands making sure they get your furniture or workroom items right! So, it’s important to understand that we share the information that we receive right from the factories and workrooms. This information may not always be perfectly accurate and may change. Updates may not be what you want, but we strive for honesty and transparency in updating you!

Depending on the complexity of your project and the customization of your specific pieces the ordering & procurement phase can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months, up to a year. Our Business & Logistics Director, Emma, will be in contact about what your specific project timeline will be based on your specifics.

Preventing Major Surprises

To avoid surprises at the end of your project, we include all costs including shipping, receiving, delivery, and installation in our proposals before you approve anything! When it comes to budget, it’s important to communicate your needs and realistic expectations. We work hard to establish a budget upfront and include all costs before we start ordering because no one likes surprise expenses.

With all of our interior design services in Scottsdale, we take great care to ensure the process is smooth and fun for clients. We understand the importance of having a well-designed home you can be proud of and we are thrilled to help you bring your dream home to life. If you’re ready to start designing your custom luxury dream home with us, contact us for more information on our process!

Is Transitional Design Right for Your Home?

Is transitional design right for your home?

Whether building a brand new property or lovingly renovating the house you’ve lived in for decades, curating a space that feels like home is no small feat. A million decisions lie ahead, but the first can be the most daunting. Are you envisioning a traditional design style? Scandinavian? Farmhouse? Coastal? What about the transitional style?

You may have heard of transitional design before, and in this article, we’ll attempt to check one decision off the list: Is it the right style for you?

Transitional design is enjoying increasing popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Blending different design elements creates a fresh, balanced, and timeless aesthetic. So what exactly is it?

What Is Transitional Style?

Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and modern design schools.

Traditional design takes inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries, relying on symmetry, warm tones, upholstered furniture, and ornate detailing. When executed well, it avoids looking stuffy and instead radiates a sense of established luxury.

On the other hand, modern design is known for its clean lines, muted colors, natural materials, and minimalist sensibility. Ideally, this creates spaces that are open, uncluttered, and tranquil without feeling austere.

In blending these two worlds, transitional design arrives somewhere familiar yet new. The lush comfort of the traditional and minimalist beauty of the modern creates homes that are inviting, livable, and visually interesting.

6 Elements of the Transitional Design Style

Transitional design allows for infinite creativity in the meeting of muses. Here are some key elements to consider when decorating in this style.

Neutral Color Palette

A serene mood is central to transitional design. Neutral color palettes help set a calm tone while establishing a cohesive backdrop for the merging of traditional and modern pieces.

Intentional Decor

Just like its modern inspiration, transitional design is clutter-adverse. Rather than relying on extensive wall art and decorative objects, complementary fabrics and textures are used to create a sense of curated depth.

Natural Light

Light helps to contour a room. Natural lighting is essential to transitional design, where it reinforces the calm and establishes a sense of airiness. Natural light also highlights the warm wooden tones of transitional decor.

Complementary Textures and Patterns

Each element is carefully selected in transitional design and mixing fabric and prints is central to this art. This is where the fusion of design worlds is particularly fun to play with: consider the possibilities in matching warm and cool, minimal and opulent, glossy and velvety.


Because this design style relies so heavily on balance, it must be assessed every step of the way. From the precise placement of a painting on the wall to the scale of furniture in a room, the effect of each choice should be effortless.

Modern Light Fixtures

Sleek light fixtures are essential to transitional design, preventing a space from trending too traditional. Adding modern lighting to a room with classic furniture ensures it feels current and on-trend.

Is the Transitional Design Style Right for You?

Transitional design is a good fit if you want your home to embody the following traits:

  • A sleek yet easygoing vibe
  • A minimalist, resort-like aesthetic
  • Comfort that blends traditional design elements with clean, modern touches

A house decorated in the transitional style is uncluttered and inviting to guests while retaining the unique essence of what makes it home to you.

Still unsure if the transitional style fits your family? Working with a professional is one way to reduce your stress, assess every option, and ensure the final product reflects your vision.

Transform Your Home With Alisha Taylor Interiors

With decades of interior design experience, our team offers a full range of design services to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Whether transitional, eclectic, mid-century modern, or something else altogether, we bring our clients’ design dreams to life.

Alisha Taylor is recognized for her award-winning designs locally and nationally. Her design philosophy holds that there should be no separation between comfort and practicality, luxury and daily living.

The first step in our process is getting to know you and everything you want from your home. The conversation continues with design boards and renderings until your vision is perfectly reflected in our plans. Next, you leave everything in our hands, as Alisha Taylor and her team communicate through every step of the project.

Browse our portfolio or get in touch to learn more.

Range Hood Ideas To Perfect Your Luxury Kitchen

With the selection of custom options available today, your range hood can actually become the focal piece of your kitchen design instead of a primarily functional piece. Different colors, metals, and shapes can be integrated into your kitchen uniquely to create a design that will really stand out. Here are some range hood ideas to get you started planning your luxury dream kitchen.

What Is a Range Hood?

Range hoods are designed to pull the steam, grease, smoke, and other particles from the air from your stove and keep the air in your kitchen fresh and clean. There are a variety of designs and sizes available for custom range hoods. 

Custom Range Hood Types

Whether you want your kitchen to be rustic or modern, simple or complex, brightly colored or tastefully muted, there is a range hood for you. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel hoods have a classic yet modern feel that goes well with almost anything. This metal is known for its durability and is resistant to rust and corrosion, which is especially important given its purpose of filtering out vapors.

Stainless steel also comes in a few different finishes, so if the standard plain silver is not for you, there are still options in this material. Some of the available colors, like the popular blue mirror finish, can be quite striking and make for a nice conversation piece in your kitchen.


The antique feel of copper is great for making your kitchen a little homier. Fans of the rustic farmhouse or cottage core aesthetics will especially like what this style adds to their designs. Copper is a particularly strong metal, making custom range hoods of this type resistant to scratches, dents, or staining, even after years of use.

Copper is also self-healing, meaning if it does get scratched, the damage will fade until it matches the rest of the material. It has natural anti-bacterial properties because of how smooth the finish is — perfect for helping your kitchen stay sanitized.

Blackened Steel

Blackened steel shares many qualities with stainless, including durability, rust resistance, and design versatility, but it’s produced in a slightly different way. The steel is blackened or darkened through one of a few different processes, including heat, chemical application, or the use of oils and wax. Each of these processes will produce a slightly different result, so you’ll want to work with your designer to determine which one works best for your kitchen aesthetic.


The bright finish of a brass range hood adds a touch of luxury to any kitchen. Though the design has often been associated with more rustic or classical aesthetics — which was particularly popular in the early 20th century — a variety of more modern brass hood designs are available today as well.

Brass is especially nice as a pop of color in an otherwise muted or neutral kitchen. Pairing it with an all-white or grayscale color palette makes it stand out. Both durable and stylish, brass is a great choice for many kitchen designs.

Duct Insert Range Hood

Duct insert range hoods are ideal for kitchens where you’d like to hang some custom cabinets or other décor above your range. This type of hood is integrated into the kitchen’s architecture so that other things can be installed above or on top of it. While many hood types vent through your kitchen ceiling to remove vapors and smoke from the air, a duct insert range hood includes ducted ventilation inside the hood that often filters and recirculates the air directly back into your kitchen.

These come in various shapes, materials, and finishes, which makes them incredibly versatile. They’re especially great for kitchens where you’d like some extra storage space in the form of cabinets above the stove or where you can’t or don’t want to vent through the ceiling. Some people choose this design simply because they want something smaller or more minimalist than ceiling-vented styles.

Work With Alisha Taylor Interiors To Design a Kitchen You Love

A custom range hood adds a nice focal point to your kitchen design as both a fashionable and functional element. At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we work to help you create your ideal kitchen, whatever that may be. If you’d like to see what we can help you create, contact Alisha Taylor Interiors to schedule a consultation and take the next step toward a kitchen you’ll love.


Why You Need Automation Technology in Your Luxury New Build

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Smart home technology has become such an essential function in custom luxury homes. Automation technology enhances security, improves lifestyle, and offers customization to any design. Although the ability to upgrade an existing home with these advances is possible, we recommend involving your home automation company early in your New Build process. This ensures that your devices are designed to custom fit your specific needs. Linking the devices, systems, and appliances all together will create a connected home for better, easier, and more convenient operations.

Our team at Automated Environments offers professional expertise and systems that allow any part of your home to be automated and put under your control. Home automation such as a security system, home theatre calibration, lighting control, video, and audio distribution, motorized shades, thermostat control, cellular signal boosting systems, etc. are all aspects discussed with Automated Environments when building a custom luxury home. Read on to find out why your custom luxury home needs smart home and automation technology.

Safety & Security

Integrating a security system in the beginning phases of your New Build process can allow for personalized safety. For example, installing technologies that can monitor motion not only by your front door but also along the perimeter of your home gives homeowners that added peace of mind. Smart home technologies are evolving with the ability to remotely control your home’s lights, doors, and security alarms directly from your phone.

Comfort and Convenience

Simple voice controls are evolving to be utilized in a much higher capacity throughout the whole home. Voice control technology can help you to operate your television, light switches, thermostat, and appliances all managed by your voice commands. With more personalization of smart home technology, you can feel more comfortable and safer in your luxury home.

Energy Efficiency

Smart home features include low-energy lighting, energy-reducing power strips, and energy tracking devices, which ensure that energy use is minimal. With features like automating light output and temperature adjustments throughout the day, it is easy to boost conservation in your custom luxury home without giving it a second thought.

Personalization and Flexibility

Home automation technology has abundant scope for customization. For example, the systems can adjust the brightness of the lights, have the curtains drawn at a certain time, or play your favorite podcast while in your bathroom getting ready for the day.

Incorporating automation technologies that match your preferences and suit your lifestyle allows you to be more efficient in your everyday life. Working these features into the beginning stages of your new build project will guarantee proper installation and full customization with each system & device that is integrated into your home. Be sure to check out our home automation partners, Automated Environments, and see all the amazing home automation services that can help to revolutionize your home and life.

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, our interior design projects are individualized to create a true sense of place, reflecting the desires, personalities, and styles of the clients that put their homes in our hands. Browse our projects or contact us to discuss how we can bring your custom luxury home to life!

Why a Master Bedroom is Now Called a Primary Bedroom

In years past, when a house had multiple bedrooms, the largest bedroom was often referred to as the “master bedroom.” In a family home, this would be the parents’ bedroom. In a roommate situation, the master bedroom might belong to a couple or the household’s primary earner. But today, when you buy a new house, you may hear the realtor refer to that room as the “primary bedroom” instead.

What’s the reason for this change? Does the distinction between master bedroom vs. primary bedroom really matter? Read on to find out!

The History of the Term “Master Bedroom”

The term “master bedroom” has been circulating since the 1920s, first appearing in a Sears catalog article featuring an expensive Dutch Colonial home. The largest bedroom was typically occupied by the head of the household or the “master of the house.” At the time, that was usually assumed to be the man or the married parents of a family.

The name quickly caught on and became the common term for the largest bedroom of the house. So if your name was on the deed for the home, you probably occupied the master bedroom. In some cases, when a bathroom was attached to that bedroom, the master bedroom was referred to as a “master suite.”

But society and language have changed in the past century, and so has the way we refer to this coveted room.

Why Primary Bedroom vs. Master Bedroom?

Although many people take the use of the word “master” for granted, in recent times, more and more homebuyers have expressed discomfort with the outdated phrasing. 

The term has a gendered quality as it tends to bring to mind the idea of a man being the master of the home. Of course, this concept is generally agreed to be an outdated idea. Others have felt that “master” carries racist overtones, harkening back to the United States’ history of slavery.

The terms used to identify different rooms in the home are most commonly coined and used by realtors to describe a house to potential homebuyers. Realtors often have to be in tune with the headspace and the feelings of their homeowners, and avoiding distastefulness is just as important as minding client preferences. In an effort to be sensitive to the discomfort that the “master bedroom” evokes, realtors have begun to refer to the largest bedroom of the home as the “primary bedroom.”

The term “primary bedroom” identifies the bedroom as the largest in the home, but it lacks the negative connotations that “master bedroom” carries. It also implies no expectations of who in the house might be most entitled to the bedroom. It simply describes what the room is. Once the home is yours, it’s your choice what to do with it.

The Importance of a Primary Bedroom

Regardless of what you call the space, your primary bedroom should be a haven of comfort and relaxation. This is the room where homeowners are likely to spend a significant amount of their time. It’s not just where you sleep but also where you keep your most prized possessions and favorite comforts.

This is one of the most crucial rooms in the home when it comes to interior design. If your primary bedroom feels bland, cluttered, or outdated, it can impact your feelings towards the home as a whole. Your primary bedroom should be an expression of you — all the things that you find comfortable, beautiful, and functional. It’s worth it to pay for an interior designer to help you bring the image of your primary bedroom to life.

With the help of an interior designer, you can have the primary bedroom of your dreams without having to stress over all the little details yourself. It’s an investment that will pay off with unbeatable comfort and a sense of home for years to come.

Alisha Taylor Can Design Your Dream Primary Bedroom

Is your primary bedroom lacking a certain something to make your house feel like home? Maybe your tastes or needs have changed, or maybe you inherited a primary bedroom that simply isn’t your style.

Alisha Taylor Interiors can help. Alisha Taylor has 20+ years of experience running her interior design studio in Arizona. She has the industry expertise and a keen eye for optimizing comfort, beauty, and function in a primary bedroom. Take a look at our past work to see for yourself what we can do.

Let Alisha Taylor makeover your primary bedroom. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule a design consultation.


Reasons Why Luxury Interior Design Increases Home Values

Your home’s interior is not just a reflection of you and your family but can also increase your home’s value. There’s a lot more to luxurious interior design than most people realize at first glance.

Interior design involves your home’s decor as well as its functional layout and design. As luxury interior designers, we work alongside architects and contractors to create an elegant, aesthetically pleasing, and useful spaces that fit you perfectly. Additionally, we take into consideration the desires of future owners to upgrade your space while increasing your home’s worth.

At Alisha Taylor Interiors, we want to give you all the tools you need to make informed design and remodeling decisions. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide on how luxury interior design can increase your home’s value.

What Is Luxury Interior Design?

Luxury interior design is the process of creating a sophisticated and functional interior. This includes making the most intelligent use of space and integrating premium materials, fixtures, and decor that reflect premium style and attention to detail.

Luxury interior design is ideal for anyone seeking refinement for their home, whether you’re building a custom home from the ground up or remodeling.

By partnering with Alisha Taylor, an expert in luxury interior design, you can bring your vision to life. We will help you make the best decisions for creating a truly exquisite space.

How Does Luxurious Interior Design Increase Home Value?

As luxury interior designers, we consider your tastes and home design’s timeless qualities. By making strategic decisions about space and materials during the design process, we improve the overall value of your home. Here are some of the key reasons luxurious interior design can increase your home’s worth:

It Makes Your Home Stand Out

Designing (or redesigning) your home is a fun project that allows you to display your sense of taste. Additionally, the style and layout of your house will affect how well it performs on the real estate market when it comes time to sell.

Many homeowners don’t hire luxury interior designers, deciding instead to decorate their homes themselves. However, with our support, it will be clear that you worked with experts to create an outstanding space.

We know exactly how to design each room of your house to create cohesiveness. By combining our design knowledge and experience with your creative vision, we can curate a highly functional and beautiful space that will appeal to potential home buyers in the future.

Timeless Interior Design Style Appeals to the Crowd

Some interior design trends go out of style quickly, so it’s important to use elements that are timeless and appealing no matter the year. Whether you’re seeking to integrate trendy styles or find unique ways to express yourself, we can help you incorporate these elements into a timeless design that won’t alienate potential future buyers.

The Right Colors Convince Buyers

Using the right colors when decorating your home is another important way to raise the value of your home, as color can be a key deciding factor for some buyers.

Many luxury home seekers want a move-in-ready space. This doesn’t mean that you have to stick exclusively to neutral tones, but we can help you form a cohesive and elegant style throughout your house that appeals to you and others.

We understand how to balance current color trends with timeless styles while incorporating your preferences. Alisha Taylor can find just the right shades of wall paint, cabinetry, flooring, countertops, and more for your home’s optimal presentation and value.

Luxury Materials Portray Quality

Using the best quality materials is an essential aspect of luxury interior design. By using luxury materials, you’re guaranteeing that your home is built to last and instantly increasing the value of your home.

Materials like hardwood flooring and marble countertops can set a refined tone to rooms, while elegant finishes like brass hardware add those essential, polished details to make your home truly luxurious.

Custom Furniture Makes a Difference

Incorporating custom furniture is one of the easiest ways to make your home stylish and unique. Because custom furniture can’t be found in stores, it creates a distinctive space that highlights the home’s architecture and creates a sense of comfort, cohesion, and sophistication.

As your designer, Alisha Taylor can present you with the best custom furniture around and help you make a decision that appeals to your tastes while considering what will be attractive to potential buyers. We can furnish a single room or your entire house to create a harmonious and distinctive space.

Alisha Taylor Interiors Can Increase Your Home’s Value

Alisha Taylor’s nearly 20 years of interior design experience means you can trust her to create the luxurious home of your dreams. With our award-winning luxury interior design services, our team can work with you to revamp and add value to your home.

Browse our portfolio, and contact us so we can start helping you achieve your design or remodeling goals.

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