Home & Hearth

Retro Accents
From vintage crystal doorknobs and stained glass to distressed pewter hinges, Architectural Salvage in Little Italy (2401 Kettner Boulevard, 619-696-1313; architecturalsalvagesd.com) is the place to scout for domestic accents. “Hardware really is the jewelry of the house,” says owner Elizabeth Scalice. “It’s like finishing off a simple black dress. It just makes all the difference.”

Landscape Artist
Trish Kydd’s motto is “A gardener is an artist who paints the world with flowers.” She loves to transform an ordinary landscape into a personalized verdant oasis, with easy-to-care-for plants and creative accessories. For a decade, she owned Anderson’s La Costa Nursery before launching Trish’s Secret Garden (1236 Urania Avenue, Encinitas, 760-634-1462; secretgardenlandscaping.com), devoted to building themed gardens.

Nursery Center Staff
Whether searching for a coral pink Barbara Bush rose or a lavender Barbra Streisand, you’ll find it with help from the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Walter Andersen Nursery (3642 Enterprise Street, 619-224-8271, and 12755 Danielson Court, Poway, 858-513-4900; walterandersen.com). Since 1928, the family-owned nursery has provided one of the best selections of plants and supplies in the county. Got a gardening stumper? E-mail your question to a Walter Andersen expert.

Carpet Cleaner
Ten years, kids, dogs, cats and spaghetti sauce can take their toll on white Berber carpeting. But Greg Fry at Fry’s Carpet Cleaning (1240 Eolus Avenue, Encinitas, 760-753-2763) can make it stainfree in no time. He’s fast, honest and reasonable, plus he has a special steam-cleaning machine that gets out ground-in dirt.

Way to Make Lemonade from the Mortgage Meltdown
There are bank-owned bargains to mine from the rocky real estate market, if you know where and how to look. Every second Saturday, the REPO Express bus tour rolls from Hillcrest on an educational tour of cherry-picked properties in downtown San Diego, North Park, University Heights and elsewhere. Get a pulse on the market from the pros at the Coshow Real Estate Group (1439 University Avenue, 619-246-6807; coshowrealestategroup.com).