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Secrets of a Stately Home

You don’t need to live in a stately home to enjoy the benefits of centuries of tradition. Little domestic rituals have meaning that go beyond appearance; they forge a link to the past and act as an emotional buoy in today’s rapidly changing world. Here are a few customs worth keeping alive.

Easy Tips to “Green Up” Your Holiday Season

Here are some fun, easy and engaging things you can do with family and friends to keep your holidays green.

Home For The Holidays

An Alpine resident creates a glittering December ambiance. In addition to hosting a 16-guest Christmas dinner, Janie Thomas invited the public to view her flair with celebratory décor during the Alpine Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour last December.

Wood Flooring in a Modern Style

Flooring is the largest design element in any home and can really set the tone for the entire space. Here’s how you can create a clean, modern look with wood flooring.

Color for Your Office

While we all may be drawn to certain colors, a strategic plan is necessary when you want to design an office space that promotes productivity. Here are a few color tips to consider to increase productivity in your office space.

The Right Art For Your Home

When properly chosen, art can add a lot to your home. A work of art, can be a conversation piece or bring in a home’s theme. Here are some tips to guide you.

Keep Your Home in Top Form

Proper care of your house will keep you safe and comfortable for years to come. Here is a basic list from the American Association of Retired Persons to help you create a maintenance plan for your house.

Pick Paint Like a Pro

Paint color can make a huge impact on the overall feel of your home. Selecting the perfect colors involves many elements, including lighting, architectural style and color preferences. Here are some tips to help in your selection.

Pretty, Tidy Drawers

There’s more to keeping kitchen drawers neat and tidy than finding good organizer inserts. Here are some tips for creating order from chaos — and even adding beauty — inside kitchen drawers.

Embody Your Essence at Home

For a house to truly become a home, it must have a soul that mirrors the authenticity and individuality of the homeowner. Here are Karen’s tips to help create a home that reflects your personality.

Storybook English Cottage

A Coronado home blends multiple “personalities”. Four years ago, interior designer Kristin Lomauro-Boom met with homeowners who requested a home that referenced English Tudor design with a cottage-style, curved roof thatched with cedar shingles. For this property right on the bay, the home design further needed to reflect the beach environment of Coronado.

Patio Perfect

When giving your outdoor space a facelift, you can choose teak, all-weather wicker or powder-coated aluminum outdoor furniture. Here is some information on all three types to help you decide.

The New Media Room

While some homeowners still want home theaters, most now opt for a media room that doubles as a game room. Getting the most from these spaces requires careful planning.

Spruce Up Exterior Trim

Trimming a house with colorful but low-maintenance finishes and accessories is a growing trend for busy homeowners looking for easy-care exteriors.

Kitchen Trends: A Modern European Influence

Over the years, Europe has set the standard for design inspiration worldwide. The recent EuroCucina design trade show in Milan, Italy, showcased treatments you might want to consider in a kitchen remodel.

What’s Wrong With This Plan?

Leslie Cohen of Leslie Cohen Design offers a trio of design no-nos, with suggestions for safe, functional and attractive alternatives.

Soaring Beauty

A contemporary La Jolla home at the head of a coastal canyon is built for durability

Wood-based Engineered Flooring

Whether you’re purchasing or remodeling a home, floors are perhaps the biggest piece of your home-investment puzzle. They’re also the base from which other design choices are made.

The Role of the Builder

A lot of people don’t understand the complexity of the builder’s job. The builder must coordinate the numerous players and products needed to transform a set of two-dimensional drawings into a finished home.

Find Inspiration Around You

There is beauty in imperfections — crinkled leaves, misshapen corals — and especially the way Father Time ages objects. Here are some ideas for gathering design inspiration from the beauty all around us.
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