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Party Grills

Fire up the barbie and share the great outdoors with family and friends

The ‘Dry Tropical’ Terraces of Bankers Hill

Concerns over erosion lead a couple to shore up their yard and bring it to life

Bi-coastal Sensibility

A Cardiff home blends styles, but most importantly gives the homeowners plenty of opportunity to enjoy the California lifestyle
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Archive »Home Design

Give Your Rooms New Life

Do you need some help giving your home a fresh new vibe? Here are some helpful tips to get you out of your funk and see your home in a whole new light.

Bi-coastal Sensibility

Originally from the East Coast, Sue loves the Cape Cod/Nantucket style. James, from California, likes cleaner lines. “So we tried something that would blend both styles,” Sue says.

Kitchen of the Year: Modern Zeal

By tearing down walls and adding folding glass doors that sweep open to an under-the-sky courtyard, designer Donna T ran of Borrelli Design + Cabinetry unleashed a Point Loma kitchen from its boxed-in position between dining and living rooms.
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Archive »Gardening

Keep Your Garden Healthy in Dry Times

As a lifelong gardener, I sympathize with people who worry that they must watch their flowers and lawns wither in the name of water conservation. But I have great news: It’s possible to keep your garden and save water at the same time. Here are my top 10 tips for keeping your garden healthy while doing your part to conserve water.

Modern Meadows

Imagine a meadow garden — grasses and dainty wildflowers dancing in the breeze, alive with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Now imagine one in an urban setting, rather than on country acres.

The ‘Dry Tropical’ Terraces of Bankers Hill

Annual holidays at their Mission Bay vacation home convinced Dick and Bobbie Vandervoort to retire here, but the Chicago couple knew they wanted a quieter neighborhood.
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Archive »Lifestyle

Fired Up Over Clay

During last December’s Seventh Annual San Diego Pottery Tour, Richard Burkett sat at a potter’s wheel, sculpting cups, bowls and jars as he answered the questions of curious tour-goers in Nan Coffin’s back yard. The ease and speed with which he worked amid the distractions reflected his 45 years of experience.

Drawing on Theatricality

Certain recreational pursuits must be taken seriously. Parachute jumping, motorcycle riding and life drawing may spring to mind — until you walk into The Merrow on the third Saturday of the month.

Art for the Ages

Melissa Inez Walker opened ArtHatch in 2004 to support and sell the work of emerging international artists and provide studio space for local artists. The 7,000-square-foot Escondido facility houses a gallery and 14 artists’ studios.
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Archive »Restaurants & Food

Apple Lettuce Salad

Fresh fruits and veggies provide the foundation for a healthy diet. Try Mayo Clinic’s apple and lettuce salad for a light lunch. Simply add grilled chicken for a more filling meal.

Party Grills

One need not be clairvoyant to declare that a majority of Americans will enjoy a barbecue on the first Saturday of this month. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, Independence Day even beats Memorial Day for the proliferation of a characteristic aroma that fills back yards across the nation.

Asparagus Wrapped With Speck & Eggs

Thanks to Chef Giovanni Novella of Stella Public House, you don’t have to have a nonna to enjoy this traditional northern Italian dish that features speck (cured meat similar to prosciutto, bacon or pancetta). Speck is available at Italian markets, but prosciutto is a great substitution.
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