Taliesin West & Desert Botanical Gardens


I’ve definitely shirked in my blogging the last few days, I’ve just been so busy vacationing with family and catching up with my sister-in-law [who I haven’t seen in over a year and a half]. It’s been fun! The last two days we’ve spent discovering some sweet spots around the Phoenix area. Monday, we went to Taliesin West, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects and the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.


It was so neat to be able to walk around where Wright lived and breathed and to sit in chairs he designed and used. I was very happy that we could truly experience the architecture, but incredibly bummed we couldn’t take photos of the interiors. Poop. I made it a mental note to come back if there’s ever a day when I get to build my own house. It was all so inspiring.


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Then today, we hit up the Desert Botanical Gardens to visit the Chihuly exhibit. I guess I’m a woman obsessed. I’ve been to three exhibits of his, two of which have been in the last six months. This exhibit was beautifully integrated with the cactus landscape, which lent itself to a completely different feel than in a museum.


It was loads of fun to walk around the gardens searching for any unusual pop of color. Penelope seemed to like it and the weather was so perfectly gorgeous for us.



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    1. I wish I was there right now. Looks so lovely and warm and relaxing.

    2. Tanya says:

      How fun! I went to Taliesen West over the summer with my parents. I loved that in the architecture program there the students design, build, and live in their own homes. I also want a bathroom like F.L. Wright’s. Sad I missed the exhibit though – looks like fun!

    3. Chris says:

      I wish I were there too. Great photography. This Chihuly photoshoot looks a lot more interesting than the indoor shoot six months ago. It’s gotta be the natural light.

    4. Brooke says:

      Yeah, we will need to get together when you move. Sorry that I was sucha drag. Not sure what my problem is as of late.

      Have you registered at the DB site? It’s so nice! Apparently, there are new logos that we have to put up by next month.

    5. Super jealous about the Frank Lloyd Wright house. “Falling Water” is on my list of things to see before I die. And is Chihuly the guy that did that big red glass sculpture at Abravanel Hall in SLC?

    6. Melissa says:

      Rebekah, Yup. He had a huge show next door for the 2002 Winter Olympics. It was awesome.

    7. jane says:

      what an amazing setting for Chihuly! love it.

      and the site looks GREAT! :)

    8. Sarah says:

      I grew up in Arizona but only since I moved have I truly begun to appreciate the beauty that Arizona has to offer. So pretty!

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