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Conscientiously Contemporary

The look of a contemporary La Jolla home may appear effortless with its clean lines, diffused sunlight and bamboo swaying in the ocean breeze. But its creation was the culmination and refinement of myriad ideas.

Bi-coastal Sensibility

Originally from the East Coast, Sue loves the Cape Cod/Nantucket style. James, from California, likes cleaner lines. “So we tried something that would blend both styles,” Sue says.

Kitchen of the Year: Modern Zeal

By tearing down walls and adding folding glass doors that sweep open to an under-the-sky courtyard, designer Donna T ran of Borrelli Design + Cabinetry unleashed a Point Loma kitchen from its boxed-in position between dining and living rooms.

Stairway to Heaven

Balancing on a teeter-totter between modern and Mediterranean style interpretations, a hilltop Point Loma residence’s makeover could have tipped in either direction.

Make the Perfect Bed

Your bedroom is a reflection of your personal style and a comfort-first haven. By complementing equal parts of design and function, you can transform the space in which you spend a third of your life into your favorite sanctuary — with your bed as the focal point.

Divide and Conquer

With an emphasis on nothing, the flat expanse of hardscape and sod in a Carlsbad back yard needed embellishment.

10 Essential Tips for Small Spaces

Living in a small space has many benefits, but requires organization to make the most of any storage space. You need to think about your lifestyle and how your home functions. Here are my best tips for making a small space work for you.

A Fresh Perspective

Every June, the view from Tony and Angie’s balcony changes. Their Del Mar hillside perch affords them a year-round view of car lights on Interstate 5. But when the San Diego County Fair rolls around, they also can see the midway lights and Ferris Wheel at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Finding this .66-acre property took the couple two years; replacing its 1940s house with their custom contemporary home took another five and a half years.

Furniture Placement

Are you living in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome)? The good news is that CHAOS is treatable with the correct arrangement of your furniture and accessories. It doesn't matter how comfortable, beautiful or expensive the furniture is; if you haven't set up the foundation of the room with furniture positioned so that it welcomes and encourages conversations, then people will not use the room. With proper placement, you will be inviting your friends over.

Enrich Small Spaces

Make the most of small spaces with these principles from Tucson architect Robert Gay, one of more than 50 professionals who have contributed to the collection of articles found in The Art of Natural Building — Second Edition.

The Art of Accessorizing

Like the icing on a cake, accessories are the finishing touch that keeps the interiors of your home from looking bare. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you go shopping for décor.

Sand Castle

Some beachcombers unearth beautiful seashells along La Jolla’s shoreline. Sean Morgan made a more rare find after a morning surf: a flat, corner, residential lot two blocks from the ocean, newly for sale and prime for new-home construction.

Gray Shades For Home Exteriors

Gray is an important home exterior color that works equally well on all home styles, historic to contemporary. A versatile color, gray tones can range from cool, clear bluish gray to a true neutral gray to a warm French gray or even taupe. The best gray for your home exterior is the one that blends well with your roof and other fixed features. Here are some tips for picking the perfect gray and choosing gray combinations.

Take Rooms From Flat to Fabulous With Interior Styling

You have beautiful furnishings and wonderful accessories, yet the room they are in still doesn’t feel comfortable. Here are eight tips to pull everything together into a fabulous space.

Designing an Inviting Kitchen

A kitchen can be functional but bland and. You can add interest in the kitchen through the use of color. Here’s how.

Visually Enlarge Small Rooms

When designing their abodes, homeowners often find themselves hitting a wall when it comes to small spaces. The end goal is to make those rooms feel more open and comfortable. Here are four tips for making a small room appear larger.

Backdrop Colors

Tastes can change over time, which is fine because paint is easy to change. Here are seven great colors that provide a nice backdrop for enduring style and flexibility. When you’re ready to update your spaces, just swap out area rugs, pillows and other accessories.

The Line Drive

Daily tee times might be a nice transition into retirement for someone used to running an office, but may be too leisurely for someone used to running bases. So when Mark Loretta retired from his professional baseball career, he and his wife, Hilary, embarked upon creating their custom home.

How To Refresh Your Home

You don’t have to be a design professional to have a beautiful, cohesive home. Here are a few tips to easily refresh your home while staying on-trend and true to your personal style:

Tips for the Right Finish

“There is no better time to incorporate color into your home than spring,” says Ace Hardware design expert Nathan Fischer, who shares his tips on home décor and paint color.
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