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Best of San Diego 2015: Best of Home

Remodels, ocean views, backyards that double as an adventure park—we’ve gotten the inside scoop on some of the most impressive real estate in the city. In the spirit of our “Best of” issue, we’re rounding up our favorite rooms, details, and more from the last year. Come on in!


Pretty in Purple | Photo by Shelley Metcalf

Living Room

Pretty in Purple

Much of the decor in the Piper–Jordan family’s Del Mar home is European-inspired. Here, a custom rug adds that je ne sais quoi, while the color has special meaning. “[Our architect and designer] Bill Bocken knew my favorite color and subtly infused it throughout the house,” says Robyn Piper. The custom armchairs are by Ligne Roset with a coffee table and sofa by Hold It Contemporary Home.


Chef’s headquarters | Photo by Robert Benson


Chef’s Headquarters

Extraordinary Desserts’ chef-owner Karen Krasne worked on her first cookbook in this Mission Hills kitchen. The cabinets are made from an eco-friendly farmed teak, while the countertops are a sustainable quartz. It’s a more minimal look because, as Krasne says, “The kitchen is more technical.”


Sunny Nook | Photo by Jen & Bec

Dining Area

Sunny Nook

For her Cortez Hill condo, interior designer Kelly Hinchman of Studio H Design topped an Ikea table base with a custom terrazzo slab and found the Tolix-style metal stools at Overstock.com before spray-painting them chartreuse. Paired with a tall window, the area feels like a burst of sunshine. “I really like bright spaces with tons of natural light,” she says. “It makes a space feel more open.”  


Cafe Seating | Photo by Taryn Kent

Kitchen Detail

Cafe Seating

Restaurateur Brian Malarkey and his wife found authentic French bistro cafe chairs from TK Collections for their Point Loma abode.


Statement Wall | Photo by Jen & Bec

Use of Color

Statement Wall

Dr. Amanda Ward used her travels to Mexico as inspiration for the turquoise walls in the Rancho Santa Fe home she shares with her husband and six dogs. “Color is important,” she says. “Each color emanates a different frequency or energy.”


Ocean Oasis | Photo by Jen & Bec

Bedroom with a View

Ocean Oasis

BottleCloth founder Brenda Sacks and her husband, Jeff, let the Windansea seascape do most of the talking in their La Jolla stunner. “In the beginning I spent a lot of time planning and looking out onto the ocean, spending time with nature,” says Brenda, who works from home but now in a separate office space. The desk is a Pottery Barn purchase with DIY handiwork.


Childhood Revival | Photo by Renata Stone


Childhood Revival

In Leucadia, Smid Design Studio’s Betsy Vonn Ginn gave new life to her childhood bed with some high-gloss color—a splash of Unmellow Yellow by Behr.


Perfect Patio | Photo by Jen & Bec

Entertaining Area

Perfect patio

Paula Hermanny, the Brazilian-born owner of ViX swimwear, often hosts large dinner parties on this lush back porch, with an outdoor dining table from Teak Warehouse. “We tried to do a Brazilian flair,” she says of her Bird Rock home. “There’s a lot of wood and white and a tropical yard.”


Kids' Paradise | Photo by Jen & Bec


Kids’ Paradise

When the Westlake family moved into their Mount Soledad home, the lower level of the backyard was just dirt and six hibiscus trees. But with the help of Temecula-based MS + Larq Landscape Design and Construction, they now have a play structure, including a rock climbing wall, swing set, and slide that drops from the top level to the bottom. Ride on!

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