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Husband-and-wife designers put a fresh spin on the University Heights scene

Major League Loft

Loaded with glitz, a downtown penthouse bats a thousand in dazzling design

Between a Rock and an Easy Place

An El Cajon property strewn with boulders accommodates a relaxing garden with a wide vista

Coming Into View

Baths of the Year: Ebb And Flow - Wolf Kalber, Wolf Design Build Inc

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Archive »Home Design

Add Color Without Painting

If you’re not up to moving furniture, priming walls and painting, you can change the look and feel of a room without repainting. Here are some alternative methods to add color.

Rejuvenating a Period Home

An older home built in any well-defined style — from Victorian to Craftsman to Mid-century Modern — offers the owner many opportunities to make it shine again. Using original stylistic elements can provide authenticity. Here are a few tips to approach the project — whether a room or a whole house — and keep it focused.

Riding on the ‘L’

Nestled near the top of Mount Helix, a master bathroom addition takes advantage of natural light and panoramic vistas.
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Archive »Gardening

Rose Bugs

Roses are fair game for pests and diseases. Here are some of the most common ailments and how to rein them in.

April Garden Planner

Spring is the best season in San Diego gardens. Warmer weather beckons everyone outside to delight in flowers, fragrance, and flitting birds and butterflies. Gardeners wrap up planting and mulching tasks to keep gardens glorious and productive summer through fall.

How to Grow Lifesaver Plants

Huernia zebrina looks like somebody glued Lifesaver candies to it, but Mother Nature did it all on her own. Despite the fact that its leaves resemble cactus spines, this member of the milkweed family is not a cactus. Yellow, starfish-shaped flowers are striped with fine, reddish lines and a big, red Lifesaver candy-like middle. This low-grower, also known as a Lifesaver plant, is fun for all ages to grow.
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Archive »Lifestyle

Space to Grow

Shoppers traversing the maze of terraces, walkways and bridges up to Horton Plaza’s fifth level stumble upon curiously vibrant activity — from art displayed on roving human canvases to experimental music, poetry and improvisational dance performances.

Coming Into View

Margaret Dykens slips on blue protective gloves before carefully opening the richly illustrated Historia Naturalis Ranarum Nostratium (Natural History of Our Frogs). The re-search library director at San Diego Natural History Museum can’t mask her excitement over the book’s frontispiece.

Theater Engagement

Never mind what Hamlet said. These days, theaters across the country are scrambling to attract younger audiences, and local companies are coming up with imaginative ways to encourage new attendees and enhance the theater experience.
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Archive »Restaurants & Food

Sweet Potato and Poblano Soup

This sweet potato and poblano soup is popular among DuChâteau guests and employees. The interplay between sweet and spicy provides excitement for the palate but makes the dish "comfort food" as well.

Opening Day

If you’ve run out of room in your wine chiller, if you have friends that enjoy trying wines as much as you do or if you just want to entertain in a new way, consider hosting a wine-tasting party. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you wish and as enjoyable for wine novices as for oenophiles.


Squeezed between Small Bar and Park & Rec, restaurateur Jeff Fink’s latest venue brings a much-needed modern restaurant/ bar to Park Boulevard’s bevy of ethnic eateries.
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