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Meet Dana Lyon of The Refined Group in Arcadia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Lyon.

Dana’s passion for design started at an early age. She began renovating many homes in her early twenties while living in San Francisco. During the same time period, she led a full life with a career in advertising at J Walter Thompson. From there she embarked on a career in publishing at Food and Wine. Over the next 10 years, she worked at Conde Nast at Vanity Fair, Gourmet, and Wired. She has lived in New York, San Francisco, Paris, and London. This rich experience provided her with extensive opportunities to travel and exposed her to some of the best design and innovative thinking worldwide.

After relocating to Arizona Dana began working for a prominent residential architect. A year later she opened her design firm. Dana’s firm, The Refined Group, encompass projects in San Francisco, British Columbia, Aspen, New York, LA, and many other locations. Currently, she splits her time between Arizona and Sun Valley, ID where she has a home and many design projects in the works.

Dana is known for effortlessly combining styles to create simple, sophisticated, and timeless interiors. She is constantly evolving, cultivating, and refining what she believes to be “Design for Living Well”.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The Phoenix Scottsdale area has dynamic and diverse architecture. This has allowed us to have a broad range of projects for a refined and discerning clientele. Some of our homes are extremely contemporary incorporating technology and the latest in design developments. Others have a more historic bent and our goal is to make these as authentic as possible. Much of what we do is custom made, which can be challenging because each piece is one of kind.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Refined Group – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
At The Refined Group, we ARE CONSTANTLY evolving, cultivating, and creating what we believe to be “DESIGN FOR LIVING WELL”. We specialize in luxury interior design for both residential and commercial. Working with The Refined Group, clients have access to more than your typical design firm. We believe in technology, from the latest textiles to software systems to visualize your space in a new and exciting light.

We are most proud of our reputation and our vast range of project spanning multiple states.

Two things sets us apart is our unique design sensibility and our sincere customer service.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
One of our most exciting developments as of recent is our first design book, “Refined – Design for Living Well”. It showcases our last 15 years of design and is a great addition to any coffee table or design library.

We have been expanding the scope of our company into commercial. Opening very soon will be 2 new foot and nail spas called PROSE. Circle West Architecture is behind the project and they did an amazing job. We collaborated on the interiors and it has been a great experience that we believe the clientele is going to love.

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Image Credit:

Werner Segarra Photography, Josh Wells Sun Valley Photo, Dino Tonn Photography

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