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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.

Stars of San Diego: Cathy Breslaw - A Space Odyssey

Pockets of mesh-surrounded air float at the ends of nearly invisible fishing line. Translucent sheets of plastic provide the background for bubble- and cosmos-inspired imagery. Diaphanous panels float in time with slight movements of air, casting soft shadows on the wall. Circular and amoeba-like pools of fabric rest gently on the floor.

Stars of San Diego: Bill Bardick - Into the Woods

Considered to be one of the fathers of the studio furniture movement in America, Tage Frid once said, “Any idiot can get it right the first time, but only a true craftsman can fix their own mistake.”

Double Up

In the ’80s, a black toilet, 4 1/4–inch black tiles and a matching black sunken tub symbolized the height of master-bath masculinity. Although Tony Garcia’s clients wanted some masculine flair in their updated bathroom, these hallmarks dated the space in their Bankers Hill home.

Plot Twist

With the notion to move from Orange County to San Diego County, Marcia and David narrowed down their locale choices to the Baywood Collection in Santaluz and Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe.

A Case of the Blues

To make a standout yard with ordinary materials, sometimes you just need to add color. This bold move to use blue concrete will cost you more than regular concrete, but the payoff is big.

Organize a Small Laundry Area

Organization is key to keeping clutter at bay and facilitating the chore of laundry. Here are a few tips to managing a small laundry room so that it functions well for you.

Holiday Design Trends

Another year of holiday cheer is upon us. Optimism in the air translates to an expansion of holiday color and a proliferation of holiday metallics. Here are holiday trends to inspire and delight in decorations.

Rubber Soul

When guests arrived to view the completion of architect Mark Morris’ remodeled North Pacific Beach home, he charged a quirky corkage fee to attend the celebration — a “toll” that was dropped into a glass-panel wall adjacent to the staircase leading to the second-floor addition.

The Artistic Touch

Some people love their neighbor-hood so much that they simply don’t want to leave. That was the case for Ted Schwarz and Josie Juncal Schwarz, who needed more space for three teenage boys, but wanted to remain in their Carlsbad neighborhood adjacent to the Omni La Costa Champions Golf Course.


After nearly 10 years of start-and-stop planning, Cohn Restaurant Group claims the waterfront spot where the Reuben E. Lee restaurant fell victim to its rusting hulk.

Immersed In Nature

A sea of ceiling-to-floor glass seamlessly connects the Mission Hills home of architects Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines to the canyon paradise that’s like a personal aviary in their back yard.

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.
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