Home away from home

A California vacation home gains a refurbished kitchen that reflects the homeowners' love of European style. When Julie and Mark Hancock head to San Diego for the weekend, they are ready to relax and spend time with their grown children and grandson. The couple, from Scottsdale, Arizona, recently remodeled the kitchen in their San Diego vacation home in hopes of creating an idyllic retreat that would remind them of vacations in France.

Read more: Kitchen & Bath Ideas | July/Aug.2009



Under the Arizona sky

Graceful arches and sun-washed terraces highlight the elegance of a home in the desert. The mountains of Arizona provide a dramatic backdrop for this gracious villa, but other locales Southern California and Florida guided its design. Residential designer Ken Brown drew inspiration for the exterior from Santa Barbara's old-world aesthetic, merging Spanish Revival and Mission influences to craft a new take on "vintage California" style.

Read more: Beautiful Homes | Mar. 2009



Cielo Azul

A Santa Barbara-inspired house finds a home under the Blue Skies of Arizona. Set on 2.5 acres, the sprawling Paradise Valley, Arizona, residence indeed has the amenities of a fine vacation getaway. But this is a family home-with the emphasis, quite delightfully, on family.

Read more: Phoenix Home & Gardens | Oct. 2008








Cottage by the Sea

When Paul and Susan Gilbert built their three-story oceanfront retreat in Coronado, California, they wanted every room to feel like a small cottage by the sea. The master suite was no exception.

Read more: Better Homes & Gardens