We’re blessed to live in our favorite area of Phoenix. To us, Arcadia and Arcadia Lite are comprised of the perfect blend of old and new. Old neighborhoods with charming and unique homes, well-established restaurants and coffee shops, and proximity to dozens of things to do both downtown and around the Valley. On the newer side, there are always new shops and restaurants popping up on every corner, and although we love the charm and character of the older homes, some of the newer renovations and builds are inspiring.
Another one of the reasons we love this area so much is the frequency in which we get to marvel at one of our favorite architects designs in the area: Al Beadle. We live within walking distance to three of his apartment/condo complexes, so we get to walk around and through the complexes when we go on our walks (read: on our way to our standing appointment at Undertow every Friday).
Some look at simplicity and minimalism as too sterile, boring, modern, lackluster, etc., and that’s okay. To each their own. But we’ve grown to appreciate this type of design more and more as the years go by. I can remember loving the “Shabby Chic” aesthetic – ruffled cotton, pretty pink rose details, antiqued finishes. While I still love and appreciate this sweet and darling style, I gravitate more towards plainer fabrics, details, and finishes now. There’s a complexity to achieving 1) aesthetically pleasing and 2) functional simplicity that you wouldn’t necessarily expect.
His rectilinear, modern designs include floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outside in, encouraging you to connect to the outdoors and increasing your living space (at least in the cooler months). The hard lines and neutral colors serve as a blank slate, and we feel that the simplicity of the design naturally encourages plainer pieces/art (so as to not distract from the structure and outdoors). As a result, well-designed organization and storage is a must. Less belongings, less clutter, less “stuff”.
We just don’t have enough good things to say about Beadle, his designs, and the way of living we feel he encouraged through those designs. We’re hopeful to be Beadle Box owners one day, but for now, we’re loving life in our mid-century digs in a Beadle-filled community.