Her quest for the unique often takes her to Lumature (closed Sun; 15620 N. Scottsdale Rd.; 480/998-5505). Step inside, and you'll feel like you've entered a surreally perfect photograph in a glossy magazine. Italy is the source of most of the streamlined objects found here, from snow-white couches to metallic tables that gleam in the light of swan-necked lamps. Across the street is Bungalow (15505 N. Scottsdale Rd.; 480/948-5409), where city chic meets cozy. Here dining tables and sideboards from India and Thailand get jazzed up with pillows and cubed ottomans.
For a quick bite nearby, the appropriately modern Flo's Asian Kitchen ($$; lunch Mon-Sat, dinner daily; 16495 N. Scottsdale Rd.; 480/609-9888) is a local favorite for its chile-spiked curries. Afterward, a visit to the recently opened Azura (closed Sun; 16000 N. 80th St.; 480/663-8000) will have the refreshing effect of a mint. An uncluttered temple to the 21st-century bathroom, the museum-like space showcases sleek cabinets and oversize tubs.