Tanya Shively, ASID, LEED AP, is Arizona’s foremost authority on green design. She is the principal interior designer and founder of Sesshu Design in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her mission – to create innovative, sustainable and timeless designs that improve people’s health and well-being. “I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them to create […]
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The Ultimate Success Secret – by Dan S Kennedy and Tanya Shively Is it possible that there is one single, super-powerful secret of success of far greater importance than all others? This book was written by marketing and business legend and guru, Dan Kennedy, along with other successful business people to share their best success […]
How to Avoid Interior Design Nightmares – What You Need to Know Before You Hire and Interior Designer, by Tanya Shively Deciding to hire an interior designer can be a scary thing. Ow do you know if it is even the right decision to make? Are your ready to begin your search, and what do […]
When you have a full team, including a designer, each person focuses on their strengths and areas of expertise. With more engagement, more personalized service and more personalized results, you will be happier with your choices and your house will feel more like your home.
It’s All in the Details by Tanya Shively An inspirational coffee table book filled with beautiful color photographs of interiors created by Sesshu Design Associates, along with tips for a successful design project. Designer Tanya Shively and many of her clients, partners and vendors share their insights and stories to guide and inspire you to […]
In a contemporary home this is a wonderful solution, but you might be surprised by how it can be incorporated into more traditional or transitional homes as well.
Blaine Oelkers , Chuck Trautman on Guerrilla Marketing | Tanya Shively Blaine Oelkers President of the AZMA (Arizona Marketing Association) Chuck Trautman is a US Marine Vietnam Veteran who was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. After a short stint in corporate America, he realized his true calling was to be an entrepreneur. He’s owned and […]
Different styles of solar tiles are available such as Tuscan glass tile, Slate glass tile, Textured glass tile, and Smooth glass tile.
Sesshu Design is proud to be one of the companies profiled in this book, which is a spectacular display of elegance and luxury. Sesshu is one of only eight design professionals included in the book which will be distributed to over 10,000 Rolls and Bentley owners.
Have you got your outdoor living space ready for summer weather? Whether it’s a tiny porch high above the city, a covered patio, a deck or, lucky you, an expansive backyard, curtains can turn your outdoor room into the perfect summer hangout.
Defining your outdoor space with gorgeous curtains instantly boosts its appeal. So much so that you might want to budget for entertaining expenses, because
Read the article here: Private Air Luxury Homes Magazine
Tanya Shively, was featured on Sonoran Living Live. She discussed the ways that your home can be made more healthy
With wonderful large walls and high ceilings it was made for beautiful art.
Encaustic tiles have been around since medieval times, but they’re currently enjoying a bit of a moment. I’m a huge fan
unique technology reduces the noise and vibration associated with standard Whirlpool baths by up to 66%, giving the user a truly relaxing hydrotherapy experience.
find a designer who embraces color and enlist their help. Live colorfully!
We were brought in by the builder to help with the finish selections and space planning, as well as fine tune some interior details
Remodeling is a personal journey, full of personal discoveries and accomplishments and all that good stuff. The only way for you to truly know how it will affect you is for you to experience it yourself.
They wanted to incorporate their art and rugs accumulated on travels, and utilize existing furniture while updating the look to a more modern style.
Color has a huge effect on atmosphere and mood, so don’t rush through the process of picking out the perfect shade to create a calming office.
Maytag partnered with Omnibus Research to survey Americans to uncover some interesting stats around how we approach laundry day.
A new study published in Nature Energy takes a look at the role of children influencing their parents to engage in energy-saving actions.
one of our recent projects was published in Su Casa Scottsdale.
Are you trying to preposition me?
LED lighting has many features that appeal to smart people who want quality, efficient, long-lasting lighting.
Take this holiday week to clear out some clutter in your life
That Smonday feeling
LEED certification of a home brings many benefits to owners for equal or lower cost than regular construction.
We all have two choices; we can make a living or we can design a life.
This is so true! I always think this – and even more so after seeing this cute cartoon. Hope your weekend is filled with cultural references, real or imagined.
When you become more eco-conscious, you’ll also discover how much better the quality of your sleep is because your bed and bed linen are so much more comfortable.
This quote from one of the wisest women of the last century is more true than ever with the popularity of social media. You can see it in action everyday, on Facebook especially. I appreciate the people in my life who put the ideas out there for discussion, the ones who make me stop and […]
Some of you will completely understand and agree with this methodology. Have a great holiday weekend!
There are loads of fresh new materials, textures, and colors for alternatives to porcelain tile.
How to be happy
Have you heard? They say Oreo’s are more addictive than cocaine. I believe it. (Not that I know anything about cocaine, but those cookies sure call my name….)
While the payback period for the above products is short and the improvements relatively low-cost, outfitting your new home, or retrofitting your old home, will see paybacks for most sustainable options between under one year to as long as ten years.
You can have a warm, comfortable, functional and beautiful home if you know about products that are Eco-friendly
One of my favorite poems is “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost. This makes me think of that concept of finding your own path and arriving at someplace more wonderful than you could have ever imagined. Be bold, go into the unknown, and see where it takes you! The Road Not Taken Two roads […]
We’ve all been there, right? Have a great weekend, and try to get some restful sleep with your fur babies.
The quality of your mattress has a significant impact on the restfulness of your sleep.
With this being the month of Thanksgiving, let’s all extend our gratitude throughout the month, rather than just one day. Focus on the good things you enjoy in your life, and be grateful for what you have. You will find that you are infinitely happier than if you choose to dwell on what is missing […]
Have a great weekend! And remember to keep your pets indoors to keep them safe this Halloween – especially black cats.
These five tips for buying home furnishings offered below help you insure that your home furnishing purchases are for products that use environmentally friendly and sustainable materials
In honor of Pablo Picasso’s birthday yesterday, we offer this wonderful image and quote. However, it is almost certainly not his. The original author of this is unknown. It has been traced to many other people, including William Shakespeare, but more likely David Viscott originated the adage. I found this on quoteinvestigator.com: “In 1993 the […]
Today’s progressive builders are looking beyond code to create true high-performance structures for their homebuyers.
We want to announce that we have been nominated for Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Best of our Valley- Interior Designer for 2016.
What is green interior design and why is it important?
You don’t have to sacrifice style to have environmentally friendly kitchen cabinets. Here’s everything you need to know to choose eco-friendly custom cabinetry.
Arizona has one of the country’s best rosters of innovative interior designers, including Sesshu Design Associated
Ask these 5 questions of any green interior designer you’re thinking of hiring for home renovations.
By Jane Blanchard Creating a more energy-efficient home can go way beyond the conventional ideas like light bulbs, Energy Star appliances, and tankless water heaters. Needless to say, you’ve already mastered going green in these aspects, and you’re ready to take it to the next level by also achieving an ambiance of luxury and taste. […]
There is no need today to sacrifice your green leanings in the name of quality. Find eco-friendly furnishings and flaunt your style.
be calm in your heart and find peace right where you are
This week is Garden Week! Celebrate the great outdoors and get inspired with a few of our favorite outdoor dining spaces. A connection to nature is so important for a sense of well-being and overall health. Spending time outdoors, eating healthy food, enjoying the company of family and friends, is the best way to bring […]
Bringing the vibrancy of spring into your home can be as simple as welcoming one of these sensational spring colors.
My book, “How to Avoid Interior Design Nightmares (and Enjoy Creating Your Dream Home) What you Should Know Before Hiring an Interior Designer,” is available for FREE this week only- click here to get your Kindle copy now. http://amzn.to/1l7ShsX Deciding to hire a designer can be a scary thing. How do you know if it […]
Going for eco-friendly interior design can be as simple as hanging onto your heirloom pieces, which already count as green furnishings.
We are pleased to announce that we were selected as Best Interior Designer in the Best of Our Valley 2014 from AZ Foothills Magazine. This is such an honor and we feel so blessed to have such support from our fans, clients and friends. Each year AZFoothills.com asks readers what their favorites are, offering thousands of options […]
We are so honored that Sesshu Design Associates have been nominated for Best of Our Valley 2014. Each year, thousands of nominees duke it out for the top spot in more than 300 Best of Our Valley categories. Voting runs October 1 through November 30. (One vote per registered e-mail, per category, per day) […]
Luxury and responsibility: Thanks to the expanding line of EPA-approved WaterSense certified fixtures, you can replace your kitchen and bathroom fixtures with water-conserving faucets that still have the elegant style you enjoy. Yes, you can go green without sacrificing your personal style, your convenience or your luxury. Benefits of an eco friendly faucet A faucet with […]
A home theater can be many things: a sanctuary, a mancave, a gathering place, or just a room to watch your favorite films. Here are some cool designs that can help stir up your creative juices when designing your home theater.FIRST, AVOID: “Deconstructed” Home Theater Some people like to look homeless these days. All they […]
I received this article from a local builder, Cullum Homes, and just really appreciated the sensible ideas and approach they take, so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you will let me know what you think. Sensible Green Sustainable construction is nothing mysterious. Its most important aspects are some of the […]
Where are the storms in your life? How do you weather them?
Stained and polished concrete is a gorgeous material that can be used in so many ways and create a unique look for your home- but it isn’t the right choice for everyone. You may be intrigued by what you’ve seen on television or in design magazines and even on this blog, and you might be […]
Open a book, and friends fly out. I saw this on Pinterest, and loved it immediately! First because it is such an obviously piece of cut paper art. I mean, how do they do stuff like this? The way the butterflies seem to be literally flying out of the pages. But also because […]
As a creative person who also enjoys quiet alone time, I crave a studio space of my own to really let my inspiration flow. The perfect place would have art supplies, a comfy chair for reading and writing, and lots of open floor space to stretch out in a relaxing yoga pose. If it also […]
Woohoo! We’ve been nominated for Best of Our Valley 2013 as Best Interior Designer from AZ Foothills Magazine. This is quite an honor and we are super excited. Each year AZFoothills.com asks readers what their favorites are, offering thousands of options chosen by nominations, editors and focus groups. The contest is answered with […]
Do you have arguments in your house over how to load the dishwasher correctly? There are so many things to disagree over! Pre-rinse or not? Silverware up or down? Liquid detergent or crystals? I recently attended a training on Asko dishwashers and learned more than you ever thought possible about how dishwashers are designed to […]
We all have to eat. And though we often don’t take the time to sit down and really enjoy a good meal, we should. A hurried gulping down of food for sustenance is not healthy for our bodies or our soul. Taking the time to actually stop, sit down at a table, and fully appreciate […]
Your bedroom is the place you go every night to rest and rejuvenate your body. The concept of Zen is also about peace, calm, and a meditative state. When you design your bedroom to incorporate aspects of Zen and a restful place, you create a room that allows you a place to escape to from […]
These days the family isn’t just the typical mom, dad and two kids. More and more often a home design needs to encompass the needs of multiple generations living under one roof. Builder online magazine highlighted three very effective homes that are doing the job quite well. I’ve chosen to highlight just one, a home in […]
Some of the things that have been left behind on this day in history- Columbus landed in the new world- not America, but we still celebrate this day in his honor (and as an excuse to take a day off, let’s be honest) even though he actually landed on October 12, 1492. The Great Fire […]
One of the characteristic trademarks of my interior design is the use of organic, natural and earthy elements that reflect my love of nature. A favorite way to bring that element into a home is using minerals or fossils as accent pieces – they instantly bring a story, a unique piece that no one else […]
One of my favorite blog sites is Inhabitat.com because of the variety of eco-friendly topics they cover. Bathroom design is a key factor to consider when going for a sustainable home. This recent post about making your bathroom more eco-friendly is great- it really does cover the top reasons (and ways) to make the most used room […]
How do we hold onto our creativity – or more likely – get it back, now that it has been trained out of most of us through school, parents and work? Children naturally daydream, draw, doodle and build tings from their imagination. Gradually as we spend more time in school, we are told to stop […]
We share our homes with husbands, wives, children, pets, and sometimes extended family. All of us have our own needs, tastes and desires when it comes to what makes our space feel wonderful and inviting. A well-designed home, a home that you love, should ideally reflect each of those individuals in a harmonious way. Sometimes, that […]
The old standard for designing a kitchen that WORKS has always been the kitchen work triangle– the cooktop, sink and refrigerator. The idea was that you wanted these three work centers to be positioned close enough for efficiency, but not so close that if more than one person was in the kitchen you would have […]
We are excited to announce that you can now purchase the latest lighting fixtures directly through Sesshu Design Associates – any style from modern to traditional, any type of application from ceiling mounted to sconces to lamps. You can browse dozens of manufacturers for chandeliers, bath sconces, ceiling fans, table lamps and more on our […]
I was reading the Wall Street Journal and found this great article on how designers and decorators translate an image or style of an existing room into something that reflects more of the current client’s personality. Great insight into what makes the years of experience and training your designer has so valuable! While the styles shown […]
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong” – so said Joseph Chilhon Pearce. Certainly, being creative is not the safe path for most people- it requires us to be a little daring and willing to risk. Creativity means trying new things, testing them out and seeing if they work. […]
So we have been exploring what you need to know when looking for the “best interior designer” to help you with your home remodeling or construction project. First you need to know when it is the right time to bring in a design professional, and second you really need to understand what an interior designer does and […]
“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.” I don’t know who said this, but I love it! As a kid, I always needed to have the BIG box of color, not just the 8 or 12 color box, but the 64 color box of crayons. I loved using color. The more the better. […]
Okay, now for part 2 in our series- tips on finding the perfect designer for your project. Last time we talked about the right time to hire an interior designer. Today we’ll look at what a designer does and does not do, critical to understanding how they can help you accomplish your vision for your […]
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