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The Structural Approach

A landscape renovation team follows cues from a Rancho Santa Fe home’s architectural elements

Field of Vision

Opening up a seascape sets the stage for a spectacular garden tableau
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Follow the Leaders

Difficult, typical, cramped, closed off, sad and desperate: Those are words used by local designers describing “before” aspects of residential spaces they’ve remodeled.

Palms Down

Even though Hawaiian style was a favorite for globetrotter clients, the palm-tree stair posts in their newly acquired Escondido home didn’t blow them away. That décor seemed more like a tropical motif for a vacation rental. What they wanted was a sophisticated Hawaiian-inspired theme.

Get Stool Height Right

With a wide variety of stool styles available, choosing one to complement the look of a kitchen or bar area shouldn’t be too difficult. Finding the correct stool height, however, can pose a problem. The optimum seating height is always a 10-inch difference from the counter- or tabletop to the top of the seat. Here’s a vocabulary list to help you get the height right.
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Archive »Gardening

Cut It Out

An entrance is an opportunity to impress. Instead of standard, solid steps, these cantilevered concrete platforms accessorized with greenery create a more elegant look.

Fertilizing Your Landscape Trees

Fertilizer is often misunderstood and misused. It is not really direct food for trees, but instead a boost providing the ingredients needed for photosynthesis and growth. A frequent misconception is that fertilizer should be applied only when minerals are lacking or absent in the soil. However, it also can maintain a good chemical balance within the soil all year long. Here are some tree fertilizer tips.

The Structural Approach

When Alan and Mary Schulman bought a house in The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, they planned to give it what Mary calls “a facelift.” As so often happens, one thing led to another and the project turned into a major renovation.
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Quest of the Guest

With the holiday season just around the corner, friends and colleagues are preparing for festive gatherings at their homes. In addition to our regular holiday shopping, we should stock up on great host gifts that make an impression.

Boundless Energy

In a playhouse, actors take the stage, the curtain goes up and the show begins. At the end, the actors bow to applause and the audience goes home. It’s a simple, time-honored ritual.

In Harmony with the Outdoors

Although he says, “Alaska is the navel of the universe for me,” it was the Anza-Borrego desert that delivered John Luther Adams a life-altering epiphany.
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Rice to the Occasion

Sweep into a sushi restaurant and the bar beckons. Your seat awaits before a glass case filled with silky fish. Chances are good that you will order sake to accompany the coming selection of rolls and sashimi. And San Diego’s sushi spots will help you explore an array of aromatic, sweet to dry, complex to clean, aged to fresh sakes.

Squash and Kale Brown Rice Pilaf

Winter squash and kale are a perfect fall pairing, not only for their combination of seasonal flavors, but also for their vibrant colors. “Butternut squash is a great choice for this recipe, since it is relatively easy to cut with a knife and peel with a vegetable peeler,” says Julie Diaz, chef/owner of One Fresh Meal.

Brunch With a Punch

At an order for a Milk Tyson Punch at Bankers Hill’s new Sunday brunch, the server more or less leapt for joy. “It’s the best!” she exclaimed. And the comfy-but-heady shake of bourbon, blackstrap rum, vanilla, milk, cinnamon and sea salt indeed is delicious and perfect for brunch.
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