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Somewhere Under The Rainbow

Accented with arches, the updated pavilion behind the new pool is more in tune with the home’s Spanish style than the previous structure, which had a decidedly Mid-century Modern feel. A storage space to the left was turned into a pool house with a steam shower and a bathroom/changing area.

True Colors

A low window offers a view of the reflecting pool for those sitting in the living room. The addition of a garage door that raises straight up to join the interior living and exterior dining areas gives Mark Koenig’s remodeled home modern-industrial character. An abstract mural by local artist Nate Schnell provides a colorful backdrop.

From Paints to Pillows, Do it Right

Looking through home décor magazines and websites, you’ll see many beautiful rooms in which all the elements come together to create a well-designed space. Here are guidelines to help you achieve similarly successful results in your own home.

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.

Repurposed Cabinets

Homeowners are taking cabinetry beyond traditional uses and giving them a custom look without the cost. For example, with easy-to-install cabinets and a small cooler, you can take entertainment to a whole new level with a beverage station in your family room. Here’s how Jen of iHeartOrganizing repurposes used cabinet doors by turning them into display and décor boards.

Personal Interiors

Strive for a room with character — especially a room with décor that represents reflects your personality. Here are ideas to help you accomplish that.

Black is the New Black

From striking black acrylic cabinets to deep, dramatic light fixtures, consumers are embracing black. Trend experts like Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, share tips on how to use the hue to make a strong design statement throughout the home.

Coastal Catch

Designer Marcia Bryan derived color and accessory themes from the nearby beach and bay for a Point Loma dining room makeover. She opened the room to the kitchen, but kept it intimate.

Color Inspiration

Have you ever been inspired by a movie, book, art or time period to paint a wall? Dunn-Edwards Paints outlines five paint palettes that can evoke different themes and moods within a home, mimicking romantic 19th century settings or spiritual meditation retreats.

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.

Add Appeal to Your Home

“With the right knowledge, it’s easy to transform any room of your home, as well as the exterior,” says Niki Decker, senior product and marketing manager with Fypon, a company that creates synthetic millwork products. Here are some tips.

37th Homes of the Year: Bruce Peeling and Anita Dawson - Ranching Out

Sometimes you have to reach into the past to move forward, as architect Bruce Peeling did when he reimagined how to modernize a California ranch house for the 21st century by reflecting on the style’s early roots.

Outdoor Entertaining In Style

Enhance your outdoor entertaining experience with these tips from KZ Design Group.

37th Homes of the Year: Kim Grant and Jon Walsh - In the Spirit

Excited by the possibilities of living next door to Balboa Park in a home within walking distance to everything a city has to offer and egged on by the “for sale” sign out front, Paula and Milan Cronovich peered through the windows of a historically designated residence.

37th Homes of the Year: Jimmy Sullivan - Making Connections

When Jimmy Sullivan was attending NewSchool of Architecture + Design, he would ride his bicycle past a house being built in Hillcrest. He even stopped to talk with the architect who was building the house for his family. Little could Jimmy have suspected that, some 15 years later, his redesign of that house would be a Homes of the Year winner.

Feng Shui Your Home Room by Room

Use the principles of feng shui throughout your home to create an atmosphere that promotes ideal proportion, energy and health. Here’s a room-by-room guide.

Refresh Your Home

Breathing new life into your home doesn’t have to be an arduous task. Here are eight easy changes you can make to rejuvenate your interiors.

Stars of San Diego: Jill Courtemanche - Ahead of the Curve

If you’re looking for another conspiracy theory involving President John Kennedy, add this one to the pile: JFK killed the hat. Along with a loosening of life-styles and the rise of big hair, Kennedy’s choice of not wearing a hat sounded the death knell for headwear as an everyday fashion acces-sory for men, milliner Jill Courtemanche says.
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