The easiest (and most cost-effective) way to spruce up a home is to work on the interiors. Something as simple as adding a new throw and some matching pillows to a couch can breathe new life into a space. Bold colors have been all the rage for several seasons, but it can be hard to know which color to choose.
We recommend looking to the garden! Brightly hued colors are frequently found in nature. Bring some colorful flowers inside or take a cue from other agricultural stars, fruits and vegetables. Look to your favorites for inspiration on updating the look of your home. For an added touch, set out a bowl of your chosen fruit or vegetable.
Nestled away in a little yellow building in the town square of Rancho Santa Fe, lies one of the community’s hidden gems. This is a truly insider location. So small that half of their tables are on the covered porches outside the building, walking into Thyme in the Ranch is more than a little like walking into your grandmother’s country kitchen. Wood floors than squeak and bend as you walk, the scent of fresh-baked pastries and breads, and the warmth that only comes from certain cozy places.
All of the food is fresh and tastes fresh. The salad lettuce is crispy, the avocado brilliant green as it’s just been pulled from the rind. The meats are juicy and flavorful. But what really makes Thyme in the Ranch a standout, is its baked pastries and sweet desserts. Amy Green, agent and co owner of Coastal Premier, recommends the bread pudding. Similar to the Food Network’s series, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”, Green declares the bread pudding from Thyme in the Ranch her best thing. “It’s the most orgasmic food experience,” she says.
Thyme in the Ranch serves breakfast and lunch. Weekend breakfast and brunch are quite popular with RSF residents, so make sure to come early for a table, especially on a chilly day. If you’re looking for a new breakfast place to try and you’re sick of The Cottage, Snooze, The Coffee Cup Cafe, or The Broken Yolk, take a jaunt out to Rancho Santa Fe. Follow the winding road down into town, taking a moment to enjoy some of the most beautiful and exclusive homes in San Diego.
It used to be that home owners couldn’t get enough of tile floors. That gave way to darker woods, which reigned supreme for many years. Now, the new design aesthetic is pale wood.
While light floors make an excellent combination with light furniture and light walls, the contrast between dark fixtures is still striking. Dark and light together often lends a home an increased air of elegance, while still being modern. While dark woods often bring to mind the interiors of historical English manors, the combination recalls that design trend while still remaining very much in the 21st century.
Many people love the aesthetic of light floors because it can really open up a space. Light floors tend to reflect light, rather than soak it up. The appearance of so much light in the home not only makes small spaces appear larger, it also projects an air of cleanliness, simplicity, and minimalism.
Some examples of light woods are: maple, birch, white oak, ash, red oak, light pine, and hickory
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Dobson’s Restaurant, in the Gaslamp is the premier place for meal meetings in downtown San Diego. They are open for lunch Monday-Friday and dinner all the nights of the week. Reservations are strongly recommended. The cuisine as best described as New American, with an assortment of cultural influences.
Amy Green, real estate agent and co-owner of Coastal Premier Properties, had this to say about her experience at Dobson’s:
“It’s not often that I am downtown during the weekday, but last week I went to meet a client. I wanted to take her out to lunch so I told her to pick the place. She said “one of my favorites is Dobson’s”.
What a treat! I had never been there, but apparently it’s been here for at least 30 years. Great décor and ambiance, made me feel like I was in an old restaurant in Chicago with the wood bar and homey feel. When we sat down my client said, “You must order the mussel bisque, it’s famous!”
Well, I am never one to pass up on famous food so we both ordered it as an appetizer and I now see why it deserves its title. Not only is it a rich, creamy soup with delicious flavor, it is served with puff pastry on top which the server pokes with a spoon to pour a bit of Sherry inside. Need I say more?!”
Have you entered your chance to win a date for two to The Market? It’s not too late!
On February 7th at 6pm, the Cabrillo Advisors Foundation will be hosting an event for wine-lovers to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital and San Diego Social Venture Partners. The event is expected to draw over 300 wine enthusiasts. More than 30 top-rated California winemakers will also be attendance, with plenty of tasting samples for guests of the event. The Estancia’s chefs will prepare delicious food to accompany this night of wine. Live entertainment will be provided by Dawn Mitschele. Silent and live auctions will contain quality items, including some very big ticket offerings.
Rady Children’s Hospital is “is the county’s only dedicated pediatric care facility and trauma center”. San Diego Social Venture Partners is an organization that invests in non-profits.
For more information and ticketing, please visit the website.