Personal Space

Inside Misty Guerriero's Internationally Styled Ralph Haver Home in Phoenix

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The kitchen is possibly the most interesting room in the house. But it's not even exactly a room. There are two full walls and high cabinets in place of the other two, but nothing reaches the ceiling, creating a shadow box of sorts.

Natural light spills into the kitchen through a south-facing elevated skylight. Guerriero compares it to the periscope of a submarine, peeking out to the backyard.

Though most would hear "plywood cabinets" and immediately start picking out any other kind of wood to replace them with, the couple didn't even consider touching the original cabinets. Navon shows them off with pride as the "gotcha" factor of the kitchen, telling his guests to guess what kind of wood they're made of while knowing they'll never get it right.

Vintage dishes, including a set of gilded champagne flutes from the 1930s, that Guerriero has collected over the years fill those cabinets and the matching built-in shelves just outside of the kitchen.

Each piece has a story, whether it was brought back from a trip to Israel or represents a little piece of Guerriero -- like the tiny, gold hotel desk bell in the shape of a lion selected because Guerriero is a Leo.

Zodiac signs pop up again and again in Guerriero's home. Above the dining room table hangs a bronze-framed circular mirror several feet in diameter. The 12 zodiac symbols line the frame formed out of bronze with impressively intricate detail.

"Can't get more Bohemian than that," she says.

A black vase with a face on each side à la Jonathan Adler's Dora Maar vase brings a modern flair to the otherwise mid-century-inspired dining room.

Having only moved into the house in March 2014, Guerriero and Navon say some rooms are still a work in progress, like the back room, or lounge room, as they call it. It features a Street Fighter II arcade game from the 1980s. Navon is especially proud of that find because, unlike other standing models, this version was meant to have the players seated, making it a collector's item.

"It was one of my dreams to have this," Navon says while sitting down and showing that the game still works.



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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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