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Poetry in motion: Ventura's live poetry scene

20 Sep 2012
For thousands of years, poetry has been an important element in the cultural landscape. Whether used to express one's self or as a way to engage in word play, the art form has helped bring people together to celebrate the beauty of the written word. However, although poetry is commonly collected in anthologies or published in magazines, it als Read More
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A taste of Mexico in Santa Barbara

20 Sep 2012
California is steeped in Mexican culture, especially in terms of food. From the fish tacos of the southern portion of the state to the historic burrito joints in San Francisco's Mission District, Mexico's cuisine has become an important component in the state's culinary heritage. In this regard, Santa Barbara is no different. Residents Read More
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How to outfit your Monterey home with classic pieces

19 Sep 2012
Sustainability has become a hot design trend across America, especially in the trend-setting and creative state of California. Original residents of some of the luxury homes  located throughout northern and central California have begun transitioning their homes from more traditional setups to ones that feature an extensive array of salvaged, Read More
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Well-"red": The right pieces to make your Greenwich home stand out

18 Sep 2012
It is often said that fortune favors the bold, and this aphorism may be especially pertinent to home design. If owners of luxury homes in Greenwich, Connecticut, wish to be bold in their interior-design choices, they may want to consider adding red elements. Red is certainly no timid color choice. It is often thought to evoke passion, intensity an Read More
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Finding the right night on the town in the Hamptons

17 Sep 2012
Sometimes, a night on the town is exactly what the doctor ordered. Whether a well-deserved cap to a hard week at work or a celebratory dinner for an anniversary or birthday, such excursions can buoy the spirits of anybody looking for a little fun. Luckily for owners of Hamptons real estate , the area is filled with exciting, elegant and downright Read More
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Getting a real taste of Santa Ynez

17 Sep 2012
The local eating movement has traversed the country and turned many communities into comprehensive food systems. Meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables are all planted, raised, harvested, prepared and served within a tiny radius. In a similar vein, Avant Tapas and Wine, located at 35 Industrial Way in Buellton, California, is working to promote the Read More
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Palm Beach seeing housing market gains

14 Sep 2012
Much of Florida was hit hard by the housing collapse of the late 2000s, and a large portion of the state has yet to recover. However, rising home values and a slowly improving economy have helped turn some of the state's communities around, and in the eyes of certain real estate professionals, Palm Beach has been among the fastest to bounce ba Read More
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Bringing creative environments into your Ventura home

13 Sep 2012
For his day job, Ron Esposito designs environments for major clients like Disney and Le Grand Hotel in Paris. Over the years, he has travelled the world creating vibrant and lifelike settings for rides and attractions. It shouldn't be surprising to learn, then, that he takes great pride in making his own home in Hobson Heights as compelling an Read More
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Give your Sonoma yard some fire and water

12 Sep 2012
Although many of us often focus our design attention to the interiors of our homes, creating an elegant space outside for relaxation and friendly get-togethers can be just as gratifying. This is especially true in Sonoma, where temperate weather throughout the year makes it possible to lounge outdoors on almost any evening. However, many of the ow Read More
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Designing with pottery in Santa Fe

12 Sep 2012
Walk into many of the luxury homes of some of Santa Fe's most design-minded residents and you will likely see a lot of pottery. The traditional Native American art form has remained important to the Southwest, especially in communities with a strong traditional presence like Santa Fe. Whether using it purely for decoration or as a discussion-s Read More