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San Diego by Design

Poway Panorama


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NEW HOMES BUILT on the rugged hillsides of inland North County offer boulder-sized challenges, but also provide sites for spectacular vistas and creative design solutions.

Interior designers are put to task to create interiors that showcase the architect’s work, satisfy the paying client and don’t compete with panoramas.

One case in point is a thoroughly modern home recently designed by Damian A. Tuggey, ASID, for an established (and publicity-shy) couple in Poway.

Given the rustic, rocky terrain of the site and the spectacular 270-degree views of Poway and beyond, it was imperative that the interior space relate to the architecture and outdoor landscape. To achieve this, Damian Tuggey of Morena/Rose Canyon –based Tuggey Interior Design used natural materials like textured stone flooring and rock from the site, along with wood flooring and stained-wood casings, beams and passage doors, with walls in warm, earthy yet light shades.

“The client desired contemporary flair and dramatic color, mixed with some traditional elements and details,” says Tuggey. “This mix creates an eclectic balance between contemporary drama and comfortable but traditional elements.”

The home was to be used for entertaining large groups as well as intimate family gatherings, sometimes including the clients’ grandchildren. Materials needed to be practical, durable and comfortable, and have richness in color and texture. Note the packaging of architectural stone and wood accessorized with warm hues and custom furnishings. The blending of rock with timbering—combined with huge windows that make terraces and patios into extra rooms—shouts hot Southern California design to the rest of the world.

Tuggey is the second-generation principal of the full-service firm founded in 1969 by her parents, Robert and Carol Tuggey. Over the years, Tuggey Design established itself as a leading light in San Diego interior design circles. After Robert’s recent retirement, Damian is at the helm, with Carol continuing her active design and administrative roles.

Project architect on this Poway residence was Friehauf Architects. The firm has been in business since 1977 and is one of North County’s top custom-home designers, noted for an ability to integrate lighting, glass and natural elements in projects. AIA members Alex Friehauf and son, Craig, have a command of Southern California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyles. Sites of current and recent projects run the gamut from Thailand and the United Arab Emirates to North County villages and covenants like Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Pacifica, The Bridges and Santaluz.
the living room RELATING TO NATURE: A 270-degree view of Poway and beyond is the focal point of a contemporary home designed by Damian Tuggey.
the home's exterior The outside comes in, thanks to oversized windows and a smart blend of wood and rock.
the swimming pool The home’s exterior reflects the rugged hillsides that ring the sprawling inland North County. Above: A charming, plant-bordered pool offers a calming spot for a respite.
the kitchen The home’s kitchen emphasizes nature’s attributes with wood flooring and stained-wood casings.
the fireplace DRAMA AND COMFORT: The designer’s dramatic mix of stone and timber in the living room, opposite page, is tempered with super-comfortable furniture that’s perfect for accommodating guests and grandchildren.
the bathroom A bathroom, incorporates the warm, earthy tones of the landscape.
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