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Contents 14 - 24 HOME FASHION

40 - 44 EXTERIORS & LANDSCAPING

Stressless® Living - It’s All About Comfort A Couple’s Retreat! Getting Organized Enjoy The Great Outdoors From The Comfort Of Inside Your Home Keep Your Marble Looking Spectacular

Elements Of A Quality Landscape A Remarkable, Unique Patio Opening Roof System Increase Your Curb Appeal With Concrete Coatings

28 KITCHEN & BATH What To Know Before Remodeling

32 - 36 HOME SERVICES Dryer Fires Are The #1 Household Disaster Restore And Transform Your Floors Without Having To Remove Them

46 AUTOMOTIVE Wash And Wax To Go: Mobile Detailing Is The Answer

48 - 49 HEALTH, BEAUTY & FITNESS Reshape Your Body In 20 Minutes!

ON THE COVER Featured on the cover, the Stressless® E200 is more beautiful than you can imagine and more comfortable than you can conceive. In addition to the design and quality that Stressless sofas are famous for, the E200 is equipped with the Stressless patented ErgoAdapt® system. Created by Stressless, ErgoAdapt allows the cushion of the sofa to tilt down automatically the moment you take a seat placing your body in the perfect sitting position. For more information, you can contact Robert Westley Designs located in South Coast Collection at 3323 Hyland Avenue Ste. D in Costa Mesa. You can also call them at 714-546-7100. See their ad on page 3 and article on page 14.


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Stressless® Living—It’s All About Comfort

New Options. More Flexibility. Ultimate Comfort!

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t’s no longer necessary to try to make a huge old recliner look attractive. Now you can have reclining seating comfort for everyone in every body size, in designs that add to your home’s décor. Stressless® designs are simple and stylish. Every detail in a Stressless is there for a reason. In the quest to make the ultimate recliner, they invented technologies such as the Plus™ system, Glide system, and ErgoAdapt™ system that all redefine relaxation. The patented Plus system provides continuous support for your head and lower back. By providing perfect balance and optimum support, your entire body relaxes. When you adjust the Glide Wheel to the desired setting, you can automatically shift to any seating position by simply using your body weight. The easy-to-move ottoman features the built-in Glide system that adjusts to your body movement for ultimate reclining comfort. Stressless recliners and ottomans are easily positioned so that your legs are always comfortably supported. Stressless offers everyone a custom fit—most recliners come in three sizes (S, M, L) and sofas come in two (M, L).

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Stressless® sofas with the new Ergo A d a pt™ fe ature built into the sofa se ats and in the long se at

Stressless sofas with the new ErgoAdapt system are the latest in innovative seating comfort. The seats in the ErgoAdapt system tilt automatically when you sit down and provide the perfect degree of comfort and support. When lying down, you will love how the comfortable oversized seats stay completely flat. Intelligent technology for an all-family comfort zone! To select and customize the best Stressless seating options for your home and family, you can call Robert Westley at 714-546-7100, located at 3323 Hyland Ave. Ste D, Costa Mesa, or visit them online at www.RobertWestleyDesigns.com

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A Couple’s Retreat!

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omfortable seating and soothing hues make the master bedroom an inviting retreat anytime of the day. Using luxurious colors of royalty, opulent fabrics, combined with the creative eye for design, Vickie Daeley and her design team once again have created the perfect couple’s retreat. And what a treat it is! Working with one of Orange County’s most talented tile cutters, their design team was able to transform the master bathroom into an artful place. Before any of the work had begun, details were drawn and the job was price quoted for the clients to approve. Then the work began. The quality of workmanship and design speak for itself. From heated floors, to intricate design and quality of workmanship, their clients were delighted. You may have considered hiring an interior designer before only to find yourself pondering the same question that keeps popping in your head: Do you really need one? Before you roll-up your sleeves and try to tackle your interiors on your own, you might find that giving a professional designer a call will be both time and money well spent. Vickie Daeley, has been making clients happy all over Southern California for nearly 25 years. She brings with her a design and build-team that have been successfully working with her for years. To find out how Interior Affairs can help transform your home into a beautiful sanctuary, you can call Vickie Daeley at 714-970-8000 or 949-640-5000. You can also visit the Interior Affairs’ website at www.interioraffairs.com.

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Getting Organized

By Kathryn LaBarbera

s space in the family home continues to be a problem, more people are searching for alternatives. The solution is to get organized. Take an inventory of everything you want to store in the space. Determine what you want to keep and get rid of the rest. Once you know what you are going to keep in the space, determine where everything will go. Group similar things together (all shoes or all shirts), and sketch the space to draw a plan. Use all of the available space. Since storage space is hard to come by, it is important to store things neatly and efficiently. Smaller shelves, cubbies, or baskets can make good use of the space where clothes are not hanging in the closet. The last decision you need to make is how you want your organized space to look. Whether you decorate with an art deco flair or are more traditional, it is important to create a space in the look that reflects your style. The hard thing is getting started. Look at your calendar and make a date. If you are having a difficult

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time or just don’t know where to start, call an expert. There are professional organizers and custom closet companies that help people every day. The key is to take the first step. For more information or to schedule a free design consultation, you can call Closet Factory at 800-692-5673 (please mention code 63). Or, you can visit them online at www.closetfactory.com

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors From the Comfort of Inside Your Home

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indows and doors are a crucial asset that is valued by every homeowner. Finally new innovative technology has now made it more affordable than ever to enjoy the great outdoors through a folding glass wall. While increasing the amount of natural light that brightens the interior of your home it also gives you that extra square footage by allowing you to incorporate your backyard into your home. Although the idea of folding glass walls is not new, it was often unattainable due to the high cost. A local company out of Oceanside has developed a patented new technology, which has dramatically lowered the cost making it more affordable than ever to bring the beautiful outdoors into your home, giving you a whole new look. Take the next step with your patio doors—innovative wide-span doors are the perfect way to thoroughly enjoy everything that Mother Nature has to offer, without having to leave your cozy living room. Providing the ultimate in flexibility, they can be fully open, partially open, or completely closed depending on what you desire. When fully open, panels stack parallel to one another dramatically opening and expanding the size of your interior living space seamlessly to the outdoors. When closed, panels interlock together creating a solid and

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secure structure that resembles a floor to ceiling glass wall. And best of all, this innovative system offers the highest quality design and function at a much more affordable price than most wide-span door systems currently on the market. These door systems are manufactured, sold at factory direct prices completely cutting out the middleman and installed directly to you—the consumer allowing you to experience confidence in all aspects of the buying experience, from design to installation, not to mention the exceptional savings. Live the dream, transform your space, relax and let the breeze in with Panoramic Doors. If you are ready to experience wide-open spaces free from boundaries, you can visit their new showroom in Orange County or call Panoramic Doors for more information at 949-500-8559 or visit their website at www.panoramicdoors.com. Visit their new showroom at 1340 Reynolds Ave., Ste 116, Irvine, CA 92614.

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Revitalize your natural stone floors with professional cleaning, polishing and restoration. Marble, granite, terrazzo, limestone, travertine and other natural stone are luxurious architectual elements. The addition of any one of these quality materials refines the surfaces of your home, whether it’s the foyer, kitchen, bathroom or fireplace. So don’t allow your family and friends to be distracted from the natural beauty of these surfaces by failing to properly maintain them.

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atural stone is a strong and durable material; however, it’s not indestructible. It’s still susceptible to stains, spills and damages from every day occurrences like the use of inappropriate household cleaning products and steady foot traffic. In fact, a little pebble caught in a guest’s shoe can spread scratches throughout your entire home. The good news is that when marble and other natural stone surfaces are scratched or stained, they can regain their natural brilliance with professional cleaning, restoration and protection. Your marble or granite floor, countertops, showers, vanities, fireplaces, patios, and driveways can be restored to their natural beauty. With proper care and maintenance, the potential for future damage can be significantly minimized or even eliminated. Regardless of what problems you may encounter, there is a way your stone surface can be honed and polished to its original shine. Amazingly, even cracked or chipped areas can be colormatched to blend into the existing flooring. Because most problems are repairable, properly maintaining natural stone costs substantially less than replacing it. A common part of the restoration process is repairing, cleaning and sealing grout, restoring it to its original color while also providing superior stain

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resistance. It’s essential to choose the proper application of stone cleaner and sealer to reduce or prevent damage. So when choosing a cleaning and restoration company, determine if they carry products such as Intercare, a specially formulated cleaning product safe for daily use in cleaning stone surfaces. True stone craftsmen will have the experience and expertise to restore the appearance of your stone, as well as advice on how to keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed. They will work with you to determine the cause of damage and devise a plan to avoid a recurrence. Contact a local stone professional to discuss the maintenance procedures suitable for your specific materials. That call may extend the life of your stone’s finish for years and regain the elegant appearance you love. To contact a company that specializes in natural stone restoration, maintenance and cleaning you can call MARBLELIFE® of Orange County at (949)582-3277 or visit www.marblelife.com/orange for more information. If you sign up with MARBLELIFE’S maintenance program and you use Intercare in between your professional cleanings, they will guarantee that you will never need to restore your marble or granite floors again. Please call for details. ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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What to Know BEFORE REMODELING

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enovating your kitchen and upgrading your bathroom gives your home a fresh new look, often increasing functionality, while adding to the value of your home. However, the process of choosing a remodeling company can be tiresome and stressful. With so many options available, where do you start and whom should you call? Selecting the right company can make a huge difference in the projects’ success. You want a company that will leave you with a peace of mind throughout the entire process, not to mention an end result that you are completely happy with. Removing and Replacing the cabinets with newly designed and manufactured custom cabinets does have its advantages, like allowing you to redesign the layout or create new interiors with adjustable shelving. Refacing existing cabinets, which means replacing the doors and drawer fronts, replacing the hinges and the molding, and covering the existing frames, is often a viable and cost efficient option. The process could include adding new drawers, slides and pullouts in the lower cabinets, and often being able to adjust some cabinets to accommodate new appliances. Refacing and replacing combination offers savings while dramatically improving the look and feel of the room. The right approach to bathroom remodeling can turn a worn-out old

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room into a bright, spacious retreat. Custom-made bathroom vanities, cabinet replacing or refacing, granite countertops, and new tubs, showers, toilets and sinks are just some of the ways to reinvent this area of your home. Experienced designers will listen to your needs, know what questions to ask to help clarify your thoughts, and be familiar with the latest products available. They should also be comfortable working with older products that the homeowner might want to bring into the remodel. Reborn Cabinets has met all of the above criteria for more than 30 years. Founded in 1983, Reborn Cabinets won the prestigious 2013 Remodeler of the Year award by Professional Remodeler. Located at 2981 East La Palma Ave. in Anaheim, the company features a 40,000-square-foot, well-equipped manufacturing and showroom/design center with numerous displays and examples to enjoy—you can even take a tour or ask about their informative seminars given approximately every 6 weeks. Experienced designers are available seven days a week. You can visit and browse the showroom, or call Reborn Cabinets for more information at (888) 273-2676. www.reborncabinets.com.

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Experience Elegance In the Bathroom Switching to a bidet toilet seat is more than just luxurious—it is also advantageous from a health, environmental, and financial standpoint. Yet if you have been hesitant about adding a bidet to your bathroom because of space restrictions, there is a solution. The award-winning line of Swash bidet toilet seats allows you to enjoy all of the bells and whistles of a bidet, without the demolition. The Swash transforms your existing toilet so that you can conveniently experience the comfort and hygiene of a bidet. Features of the Swash line include a wireless remote control with customiz-

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able preferences, extremely hygienic self-cleaning stainless steel nozzles, power-saving eco mode, warm water wash, warm air dryer, and more. To learn more about the Swash line, or to make a purchase, you can visit Brondell® at www.brondell.com. You can also call them at 415-315-9000 or email info@brondell.com

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homeservices DRYER FIRES ARE THE #1 HOUSEHOLD DISASTER Learn How to Prevent Dryer Fires, Save Time and Reduce Your Utility Bill

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ost homeowners are completely unaware that if unmaintained, a clothes dryer can pose a serious threat to their home and family. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, these seemingly harmless appliances cause an estimated 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and $100,000,000 in damages every year. When you learn how dryer fires happen you will understand how crucial regular dryer maintenance is to your safety. The reason most dryer fires happen is lint. Contrary to popular belief, your lint trap doesn’t catch everything, and this highly combustible material builds up inside your dryer with every load. A tiny spark is the only catalyst this hazard needs to become a full on disaster. The good news is that disaster is easily avoidable. Professional appliance technicians recommend having the inside of your dryer cleaned every three years. Most homeowners are shocked to see the amount of lint that is vacuumed out of their appliance and can instantly recognize the value of this service. A properly functioning dryer should only take 30 to 45 minutes to dry a load of clothes. If your appliance is running slower, this is a telltale sign of

dirty dryer vent. Clogged vents prevent heat from escaping the machine, and keep moisture trapped inside your dryer. This means that an unmaintained dryer is not just dangerous; it is also wasting your time and raising your utility bill! Once cleaned, you will notice an instant improvement in drying time and begin saving money right away. If you are past due for a dryer vent cleaning there is no reason to procrastinate any longer, especially with the numerous benefits this service offers. To schedule your dryer vent cleaning, you can call Nick's Dryer Vent Cleaning and Air Duct Cleaning at (760) 533-0783. Homeowners can be confident in this company’s service because they offer a six-month lint free service guarantee pledge with every cleaning. You can learn about their pledge and services online at www.gotdirtyvents.com. Helping families dry their clothes in one cycle.

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Restore and Transform Your Floors

Without Having to Remove Them

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looring is such a major part of any home, both indoors and out. You want to do everything you can to retain its luster. Whether your floor looks discolored from old age, dirt build-up, moisture or even just an outdated style, it is bringing down the overall ambiance of your living spaces. With a professional restoration and cleaning service, your floors can regain their shine and that like new feeling again. Instead of tearing out your old floors when they start to look less than perfect, seek a professional to restore and even create a new look with what you already have! A floor restoration professional can restore and transform your floor, allowing you to save both money and time. From concrete, tile and stone restoration, to polishing, honing, hole-filling, crack repair, regrouting, staining, applying protective overlays, epoxy and more—a floor maintenance and restoration professional will provide a solution. Your flooring might just be the perfect candidate for a thorough deep cleaning, or high-pressure steam cleaning to polish things up. Each situation is unique and a flooring professional can help you with whatever your floor restoration needs may be. Additionally, floor restoration provides you with the opportunity to be more environmentally friendly with your flooring. Trained professionals can discuss different green options with you. The Floor Maintenance Company has been in business for seven years, and owner Vince DiMiceli has over 30 years in residential construction and remodeling. The Floor Maintenance Company can restore, transform and maintain any surface to ensure its beauty over time and is licensed, bonded and insured. For a free design consultation or any other questions, you can call them at 949-510-4182 or visit www.OCFloorMaintenance.com. Look for their new store in Laguna Niguel at 27601 Forbes Road Suite 35 where you can buy stone care products, stain, repair products and more. Vince DiMiceli of The Floor Maintenance Company is a licensed general contractor and the owner of DiMiceli Construction Services.

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Elements of a Quality Landscape

Attention to

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here are many contractors doing adequate work on landscape jobs, but for a truly satisfying and long-term quality job, there are a few issues that need to be addressed. There is considerably more to a custom landscape job than just installing what is shown on the plan. You must consider several things in order to ensure your enjoyment after your landscape project is completed. To be sure your project goes smoothly you should first choose a qualified, properly licensed contractor. Request and check out numerous references. Ask past clients if they were satisfied with all aspects of the project. Did they design a project that accomplished their goals and fit into their budget? Did the contract documents make it clear as to what was included, when the start date was, and what the payment schedule would be? Find out how the communication was during the project. Were you informed of job site changes? Did the contractor try to educate you during the whole process so you would understand the elements that went into your project? Once the plans and contract documents are complete and the job starts, it is imperative that your contractor is doing those extra things that are hidden underground. There are many underground items that could cause one company to charge more for a job than another. Those upgraded items are well worth the

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additional investment and will help maintain the long-term quality of your project. Things like using thick wall ABS or PVC drain lines and fittings instead of less expensive, flexible polystyrene. The use of professional standard irrigation parts, pipe, and fittings is highly recommended instead of home improvement center materials. What kind of footings and sub grade preparation was installed under the masonry and concrete? Do the concrete slabs have 3/8” reinforcing steel at 18” O. C. in each direction with a 2” sand base and thickened edges to prevent water from getting under the slabs? Has the sub base been properly moistened to expand the soil? Doing all the above items will help produce stronger masonry and concrete with less chance of cracking. Attention to detail also extends to those items that show, such as concrete finishes, masonry with uniform joints, and neat, proper caulking and painting of woodwork, as well as proper finished grading and final clean-up on the job. Are the plants faced in the right direction? Are the vines properly tied and spread out on the walls? Are the trees staked

properly? Does the job have that neat finished appearance? If you make your buying decision on price alone, you could very well be sacrificing some very important consideration that will affect the quality and long-term viability of your project. It is very important to have this attention to detail put into your project from the beginning because it is very difficult to rectify some of those problems later. One company that has been producing award-winning projects with attention to detail since 1981 is Richard Cohen Landscape and Construction, Inc. For more information, you can call (949) 768-0599. You can also visit their website at www.richardcohenlandscape.com. Richard Cohen is an ISA Certified Arborist.

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Adapts to the Weather, or Your Mood

he Louvered Opening Roof System is constructed of Zincalume louvers that rotate from completely closed to 155° open, by use of a small motor. It is safe to use and incredibly easy to operate. The motor is powered by a 12 volt transformer. A portable-remote controls the operation of the louvers. The Louvered Roof System offers many benefits, including: Versatility. It can be built as a patio roof or commercial cover. It can also be installed flat or pitched. Sun control. The louvers can be positioned during winter months to cast the sun’s natural warmth into rooms to save on energy costs. During the summer, they can be moved to

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block direct sunlight to protect your home from unwanted solar heating. Light control. With the push of a button, the louvers can be moved to give the desired amount of light into your residence. This is a great way to naturally illuminate work or living areas while cutting back on power consumption. Ventilation. During the summer months, a place in the shade is where you want to be. The Louvered Roof System provides this by angling the louvers to a partially open position. Providing natural ventilation as hot air escapes and cool air replaces it. Rain protection. The Opening Roof System has a uniquely designed louver that provides complete overlap to help prevent rain penetration.

Shade control. You can also control the amount of shade needed. The amount of heat and light can be varied for work or relaxation. For those with sensitive skin or those concerned about health risks associated with sun exposure, the Opening Roof System is an ideal solution. Full light can be enjoyed without direct sunlight. Imagine being able to control heat on your patio at the touch of a button. With the Louvered Roof System, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round and worry-free. For more information or a demonstration of the Opening Roof System, you can visit the 5,000 square foot showroom of All-Pro Remodeling at 706 North Tustin Street in Orange, (714) 288-1314. You can also visit their website at www.AllProRemodeling.com ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Increase Your Curb Appeal with Concrete Coatings

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ear-round beautiful weather is only one of the reasons San Diego homeowners are among the luckiest in the world. Southern California’s coastal climate is ideal for exotic landscaping, and without the threat of snow, the options to expand and enhance your outdoor living space are virtually endless. Imagine your backyard as the ultimate paradise— primed for entertaining guests year-round. One of the best high-impact improvements you can invest in is decorative concrete. The classic beauty of concrete coatings can transform your ugly concrete into a work of art in just a few days. This timeless and elegant addition can enhance any décor, and significantly increase your home value. Homeowners can enjoy the look of tile, brick, pavers or stone without any tear out, and for a fraction of the cost. The coating is applied on top of your existing concrete, with a pigmented sealer to ensure long-lasting beauty and durability. The versatility of concrete coatings is truly remarkable. Whether you are going for the rustic charm of cobblestone, an elegant look like slate, or natural feel such as flagstone, concrete coatings can help

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create the perfect look for you. These extremely resilient coatings can stand up to vehicular traffic and are ideal for your driveway, patio, or walkways. There are also skid-resistant coatings available for your pool deck! You can even use concrete coatings for indoor application, and give your concrete floors a glamorous new look. With the right contractor your remodeling experience can be extremely painless. A knowledgeable estimator can come to your home and give you insight on the best options for your lifestyle, décor and budget. The estimator can show you different color palettes, make recommendations and guide you through the planning process. The actual application takes between two and four days for most jobs, and your backyard will have a whole new look before you know it. For more information on concrete coatings, please contact Allied Coatings at (888) 635-7186. With over 25 years experience, this family owned company is fully licensed and insured and can help you transform your backyard into your own personal paradise. For more information please visit their website at www.alliedcoatings.com ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Wash and Wax to Go: Mobile Detailing is the Answer

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obile auto detailing companies will service your car at your home and of course, bring every piece of equipment they need along with them. Talk about convenient. Detailing a car is more than simply washing it. The best detailers begin by washing the car by hand. After the car has been professionally detailed and protective coatings applied, soapless washes are then preferred to preserve the car’s finish. Waxing to remove minor scratches, oxidation, and embedded dirt followed by an application of a teflon-type coating is the important next step. Since this special Teflon coating fills in minor ridges, when polished the finish looks like glass with a definite high gloss and added color depth. Applied twice a year, this Teflon coating helps the glossy shine stay year round, serves to protect the car and makes overall maintenance a snap. To apply wax and Teflon coating more effectively, professional detailers change buffing pads several times while working on the car. By doing this, rocks and grit are not allowed to gather in the pads only to be ground back onto the finish.

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As a result of their smaller, more personalized service, quality mobile care detailing companies can offer Teflon car coating at tremendous savings when compared to car dealers’ costs. Rubber dressing of all rubber seals and tires happens next. Make sure the detailer you hire uses a non-silicone based rubber dressing, as dressings with silicone tend to cause the rubber to crack and wear out. A complete car detailing appointment can include as little or as much as your car needs. Exterior detailing includes washing, waxing, application of a teflon-type protective coating, and an application of a rubber dressing to the exterior rubber items only. Interior and exterior car detailing includes all the exterior detailing items plus shampooing the interior carpets, dressing all interior rubber parts and door jams, and cleaning or conditioning every part of the interior. We also do mobile oil changes. A quality mobile car detailing service in your area is Wally’s Mobile Auto Detailing. You can call at 714-478-0615 or toll free at 1-888-527-3430 or emai l them at WallysAuto@aol.com  ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Reshape Your Body in 20 Minutes! By John Colman

When Diane Rand reached age 50, she got concerned that her weight was slowly creeping higher and her clothes were feeling too tight. As a practicing physician in San Diego, she knew the diagnosis. “Your muscles atrophy as you age, and this slows down the metabolism,” says Rand. “I knew it would keep getting worse if I didn’t correct it.” The antidote? Effective weight training. But, she’d never lifted weights before. Plus, her full-time job as a physician as well as her family life left little time in her schedule for exercise. Fortunately, Diane read an article about “slow-motion” strength training, a revolutionary new exercise method promising a firmer, stronger, more shapely body from just two 20-minute training sessions per week. Even though the time efficiency and results sounded almost too good to be true, she decided to enroll with a personal trainer at The Perfect Workout, a local company with four teen private fitness studios in Southern California specializing in this unique approach. Right away she noticed immediate increases in her muscle tone and energy. After several months she’d also dropped 1 to 2 clothing sizes and was fitting into clothes which used to be too small. “My trainer pushes me in a safe way, and I walk away feeling great after each session,” says Diane. “This is the wave of the future.”

Lean Muscles—The Key to Reshaping Your Body The Perfect Workout’s trainers encourage clients to build lean muscle tissue which increases the body’s metabolism, burning extra calories even while you’re sleeping. Many people – especially

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Physician Diane Rand firms her body during a 20-minute training session at The Perfect Workout.

women – have a fear of “bulking up” like a bodybuilder if they were to start strength training. In reality, if you’re older than 25, it’s much more likely that too little muscle is the problem rather than too much muscle. In their book Biomarkers: The 10 Keys to Prolonging Vitality , William Evans, Ph.D., and Irwin Rosenberg, M.D., show the research demonstrating that adults who don’t strength train lose an average of a half pound of lean muscle tissue each year starting at age 25. As an example, a typical 55-year-old woman will have 15 pounds less lean muscle (and significantly more fat) than what she had at age 25. Muscle takes up

less space than fat, so this typical 55year-old woman has arms and thighs that are softer and less firm, wears a larger clothing size, and has a slower metabolism that burns fewer calories each day. Effective strength training changes all of this. It increases your body’s metabolism, causing you to burn more fat and calories all day long. Strength training reshapes and tones your legs and arms. And since muscle takes up 20% less space than fat, adding muscle and losing fat will make your body firmer, smaller, and more shapely. A fit 140-pound person can wear clothes several sizes smaller than an out of shape 140-pound person. ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


healthbeautyfitness How Can Slow-Motion Strength Training Work so Quickly? Slow-motion strength training involves brief and demanding workouts to get great results. The basic concept? Lift relatively heavy weights excruciatingly slowly (10 seconds to lift, another 10 seconds to lower) for as many repetitions as you can until you’re unable to move the weights anymore. And when you learn to challenge your muscles as deeply as a skilled trainer can teach, it’s impossible to workout much longer than 20 minutes, even if you try. Dr. Philip Alexander, physician and faculty member at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine, explains that it’s the intensity of exercise that stimulates greatest changes. “A slower repetition loads the muscles more effectively and efficiently. It’s harder!” exclaims Alexander. “That’s why it stimulates such a great total response from the body.” Dr. Alexander has tracked hundreds of subjects using slow-motion strength training, noting significant improvements in muscular strength, HDL cholesterol profiles, bone density, and glucose tolerance. Other research adds more supporting data. Two separate studies by Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., and one study by Ellington Darden, Ph.D., demonstrate that slow-motion strength training produces 50% to 59% faster improvements than regular weight training. And because the repetitions are harder, each training session must be limited to 20 minutes – making this exercise method quite time efficient.

Joyce Reclaims her Youthful Figure 54-year-old Joyce Magnuson had always been slim and slender when she was younger. But in her mid 40’s life’s stresses caught up with her, and she began gaining weight. “During the next few years, I kept getting heavier, until I was thoroughly broken and disgusted with myself,” says Joyce. Fortunately, she happened to read an article about slow-motion strength training and how it would reshape her body with just two 20-minute training sessions per week. The effectiveness of the method made sense to Joyce, and she decided to enroll with a personal trainer at The Perfect Workout. ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM

Arlene Esgate tones her arms as part of her 20-minute training session in San Diego.

After 5 months of combining an effective nutrition plan with two 20minute training sessions each week, not only had she gotten stronger, she’d lost 43 pounds and dropped from a size 16 to a size 10. She was also able to get completely off the blood pressure medications that she’d previously needed to take. She adds, “The perk is looking good in the current styles. Even Macy’s keeps me motivated to stay fit!”

The Perfect Workout has 14 private studios in Southern California that specialize in one-on-one personal training with the slow-motion strength training method, including these Orange County locations: Newport Beach (949) 200-4067, Huntington Beach (714) 460-5207, Laguna Niguel (949) 485-6000, Mission Viejo (949) 424-1021, Anaheim Hills (714) 400-9319, and Tustin (714) 599-9051. www.ThePerfectWorkout.com APRIL/MAY 2014 • ORANGE COUNTY LIVING

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