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Suite Dreams
Gillian Flynn | January 10, 2013

When the uberprivate Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa was purchased two years ago by the San Diego scions of mobile tech giant Qualcomm, it was clear they were serious about achieving world-class resort status—as in $30 million remodel serious...

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Now Showing!
Andrew Myers | January 10, 2013

Awards season is upon us and we’re taking a seat in several of the city’s most innovative screening rooms: spaces where the drama and production values are clearly in focus, and where the interiors and sound systems can easily start at $...

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Patterned Behavior
Alexandria Abramian-Mott | January 10, 2013

Among designers, Lulu DK is a much-worshipped creator of one-of-a-kind textiles. Drew Barrymore, Steven Spielberg, Sara Jessica Parker and Diane von Furstenberg are all proud owners of deKwiatkowski’s exubertant take on...

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Precious Jules
AnnaMaria Stephens | January 10, 2013

Make no mistake: When it comes to turning out some of the coolest spaces all over the country, Jules Wilson is on a serious roll. For the McClintock building, a downtown San Diego landmark built in the ’20s and seriously renovated...

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Unforgettable Uruguay
Janet O’Grady | January 10, 2013

Buen dia,” says Maximiliano Broquen, director of Vik Retreats, as we whisk off to lunch at a laid-back, whitewashed beach shack called La Huella on Playa Brava. We sit facing the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying a...

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The Guy Code
Lily Hansen | January 10, 2013

Born in Britain, raised in Spain and France, and currently a resident of Singapore, Christopher Guy has established himself as much for his sophisticated designs as the thought-provoking thematic elements behind each collection. Recently debuting...

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Glam Lab
AnnaMaria Stephens | October 8, 2012

“Carte blanche” may be the two words every interior designer most longs to hear. The first time Lori Gentile showed her La Jolla clients a sheaf of CAD drawings, they gave her the no-questions-asked go-ahead to transform their home from top to...

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S.H.O. and Tell
Andrew Myers | October 8, 2012

For the last seven years, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz has burnished the high-end design scene through Shine by S.H.O., her San Juan Capistrano-based design and manufacturing firm. Her pieces show up in projects on a jet-setter’s itinerary: New York,...

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High Life
Andrew Myers | October 8, 2012

When Mary Ta met Drew Fenton, the two Los Angeles residents soon discovered that they shared a passion for design, décor and architecture. But unlike others who might simply pontificate on the topic, Ta and Fenton have more than the average appreciation...

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Second Act
Gillian Flynn | October 8, 2012

When busloads of visiting architecture students descend on San Diego, the first stop is La Jolla. No, not the Salk Institute. Nor the Neurosciences Institute. It’s a beeline to Gravilla Street to El Pueblo Ribera, the much-studied, much-storied...

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Next Stop, Peru!
Rima Suqi | October 8, 2012

Steaming from Machu Picchu en route to Cusco, the train turns into one big party. Not just any train, mind you: the Hiram Bingham, a grand Orient Express locomotive (orient-express.com). Most...

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Shack Adjustment
AnnaMaria Stephens | July 9, 2012

In the terra-cotta-dotted enclave of Emerald Bay, one home catches the eye among the architectural mix of usual suspects. Laid-back and comfortable, the three-story standout is no Tuscan transplant, but a modern spin on a more local...

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