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Beyond the Pole

Porcelain-tile flooring delineates the kitchen from the dining and living rooms, where wood flooring (a surprise discovery under the carpet) rules. For continuity, porcelain tile also was installed in the back-to-back guest and master bathrooms along a hallway on the east side of the house.

Beauty Before Age

Materials, especially wood and metal, gain their own character after being exposed to the elements year after year.

Unconventional Wisdom

A traditional living room and kitchen belonged to the days when designer Megan Bryan and her husband, architect Bruce Peeling, lived in their Point Loma home as a family with children. Now that the last of the trio of kids —Brian, 38; Sam, 25; and Madeline, 22 — have moved out, Megan and Bruce have loosened conventional notions of what their living spaces should be.
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Bee Friendly

As you’ve likely heard, bees’ numbers are in decline, and they need our support. Fortunately, sowing a few tiny seeds can make a big difference. Growing bee-attracting plants in your garden not only provides them with quality food, but also aids in production of vegetables like squash and cucumbers, which rely on bees for pollination. Here are some plants to try.

Rose Bugs

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

Landmark Looks

San Diego owes much of its horticultural history to the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, which marks its 100-year anniversary this year.
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In a Hiring Mood

If the amount of planning, preparation, execution and cleanup involved is holding you back from hosting a party, perhaps you just need to consider what duties you can farm out.

Close Encounters

Making art can be an isolating activity. But one Los Angeles group is working to create a sense of community and brought that concept to San Diego in late February. Max Presneill, the director/curator of Torrance Art Museum, is co-founder of Artra Curatorial, a volunteer organization he and two colleagues established in 2009. Under the Artra banner, they coordinate art shows, art fairs and international gallery exchanges.

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.
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Archive »Restaurants & Food

Raw Carrot Cake

Chef Jaime Chavez of Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant creates a cake that is bake-free and vegan. In this recipe, date-and-carrot cake, cashew custard, orange purée and berry sauce come together to satisfy the sweet tooth without guilt.

Diver Maine Scallops with Kale-Parsley Risotto and Tomato Confit

At Bellamy’s in Escondido, French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty offers California modern cuisine with French influences. With the help of his Diver Maine Scallops recipe served with a kale-parsley risotto and topped with a confit tomato, you, too, can cook like a French chef in your own home.

Bourbon-Glazed Lamb Sliders

Nothing screams summer more than the taste of smoky, grilled meat — especially between perfectly toasted buns and topped by fresh, seasonal ingredients. These sliders will take your burger game to a new level with hints of sweet bourbon and caramelized shallots.
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