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MARCH 2019 A PRODUCT OF THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

fired up CERAMIST CREATES MINIMAL AND MODERN POTTERY OUT OF ENCINITAS WORKSHOP

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PLUS DESIGNER TIPS, BEFORE AND AFTER PROJECTS, AND A PL ACE TO BID ADIEU OR SAY HELLO TO FURNITURE


MARCH 2019

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DESIGN FLOW Two local designers, including Alyce Lopez (right) of The True House, offer tips on how to incorporate the latest trends into your home and how to design a space that stands up to kids and pets.

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BEFORE & AFTER Kari Ardensen took a dark, dated Carlsbad home and turned it into one with open spaces that let in more light (above).

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Alyce Lopez BY KAI OLIVER-KURTIN

Alyce Lopez and her husband purchased a fixer-upper ranch home in Chula Vista six months after their son was born in 2013. They had no idea what they were getting themselves into, but she says the original hardwood floors trumped all their fears. Today, her family of four still lives in the same — now heavily renovated — 1,300-square-foot home, which has become a beautiful place to celebrate with neighbors, friends and family. This experience served as a stepping stone to Alyce’s interior design career and founding of her own firm, The True House. “I wish I could say our home is done, but a designer’s home is never done!” she said. An Orange County native, Alyce is influenced by natural elements of the West Coast, and always takes note of her surroundings. “I love staying in unique hotels or eating at new restaurants,” she said. “I look at details like the finishing edges on a tile backsplash or the trim on a door, even while watching TV. Design is always present everywhere — just not everyone notices.”

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Q&A WITH ALYCE You note that you bring a “transitional aesthetic to the common builder-grade home in south San Diego.” How do you personalize homes that may otherwise be very commonplace? One of the areas we most commonly service is east Chula Vista. This suburb is full of builder-grade homes that can oftentimes lack the character our clients are looking for. By intro-

ducing new furnishings, window treatments and accessories, we can take a space that lacks personality and really transform it to reflect our client’s personal aesthetic. You specialize in residential design for busy young families. What are some specific design elements that homeowners can use to optimize functionality and durability? Most of our clients have pets and young children, which means they’ve been living with dark sofas to hide stains. Yikes! We like to come brighten up the space, which may mean suggesting a lighter sofa. We know that sounds diicult to maintain, but not when we use performance fabrics. That means when your guests spill wine, or a child gets carried away with a Sharpie, these stains can be removed! White sofa or not — let the dogs on the couch and host a cocktail party! Another common material we use is quartz countertops (not to be confused with quartzite), a man-made product that is stain, heat and scratch-resistant. It requires no regular maintenance but can still mimic a natural stone.

Alyce can be reached through her website, thetruehouse.com, by phone at (949) 892-8249, or through email at hello@ thetruehouse.com. For design inspiration, follow @thetruehouse on Instagram.

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DESIGN FLOW

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As young newlyweds in the early 2000s, Tracy Lynn and her husband moved into a new home and completely transformed the space to reflect their family and its future. With no formal training or outside help, Tracy juggled all the responsibilities of design, contracting and project management. The finished product garnered compliments from several friends, who began asking her to do the same for them, which is how her interior design business got its start. Now, as principal designer at Tracy Lynn Studio, she takes design inspiration from her clients. “I spend time getting to know

them, their families, lifestyles, day-to-day activities, etc. Building a relationship is key to understanding my clients and their design dreams,” she said. Tracy works with clients every step of the way to ensure their vision becomes a dream come true. “The interior design process doesn’t just start with an inspiration board and end with a beautiful home; it goes much deeper than that,” she said. “Creating a home that’s harmonious, beautiful and nurturing to those who live in it is a priceless feeling, and I strongly believe that each home I design will always be connected with its owner.”

Tracy can be reached through her website, tracylynnstudio.com, by phone at (858) 649-1187, or through email at welcome@tlstudio.com. For design inspiration, follow @tracylynnstudio on Instagram.

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Q&A WITH TRACY What design trends are you anticipating this spring, and how can homeowners adapt them? We are always seeking out the newest trends while also trailblazing ourselves! Here are some trends for 2019 that we are excited to incorporate into our clients’ homes: Minimalism. The minimal pieces should have warm, natural qualities and character so they don’t feel sparse. Natural linens and woven textures add warmth to the space, even when introduced in smaller doses. Floral fabrics and wallpapers. The traditional beauty of floral patterns is timeless, and will be the pattern to use in 2019. They are mostly abstract now with watercolor styles and more modern colors. That’s a good way to bring them back without feeling granny-like. Light wood floors. Light-colored floors are making a comeback. In shades of birch, beachy white and light oak, these floors reflect more light, and can transition from casual to luxurious without sacrificing comfort. Black kitchens. The all-white kitchen has been in full force the past couple of years, but we’ve been slowly adding color back in. Black kitchens are becoming more popular and help impart a sleek, rich feel with a modern ambiance.

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THROWN TOGETHER Artist Nicole Novena combines various techniques to create unique handcrafted pottery and ceramics for the home

Artist Nicole Novena working in her studio, where she gives private pottery classes by appointment. “It brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction and I love sharing that with others.” Photo by Feather and Stone

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he pieces created for the pottery and ceramic company Clay and Craft are described by their ceramist as “Minimal. Modern. Timeless.” Nicole Novena, the artistic mind and hands behind the Encinitas-based home goods studio, believes that by creating timeless artwork, it won’t get tossed away as trends and color preferences change. “I create my pottery with that in mind,” she said. “I hope it lives in a home for years and years.” The pieces in the Clay and Craft lineup are inspired by mid-century modern and Scandinavian design. Nicole admires the work created by San Francisco-based Heath Ceramics, but also finds inspiration outside the pottery world, including Julie Ellis of Rais Case, Kristin Morrison of All Species and Danielle Quigley of Wild Habit (who all share an Oceanside co-op space with Nicole).

Nicole’s pieces are made using a combination of traditional and production pottery-making techniques and vary by piece. Items are either wheel thrown, or slip-cast from a wheel-thrown design, and some are hand built and then refined on the wheel. After construction, each piece is fired, glazed and fired again, taking a minimum of two to three weeks to create. Offerings at Clay and Craft include mugs, bowls, carafes, vases, plates and planters. When asked what she is most proud of, Nicole cited her newest vase series. Called the “Altered Vase Collection,” pieces start as perfectly thrown cylinders, which are then intentionally altered. Vases in the series come in three sizes and range in price from $60 to $100. “The series represents one’s journey through clay, celebrates the process, embraces the beauty of imperfection and highlights the magic that happens when we push ourselves just a tad further,” Nicole said.

THROW IT YOURSELF Nicole hosts workshops each month for attendees to create their own vessel. Classes typically include materials and two hours of instruction on how to hand build a functional mug. Attendees then choose a glaze for the piece, which will be fired and ready to pick up two weeks later. UPCOMING CLASSES

March 30: 10 a.m. at Mint Studio, The Carlsbad Forum; $60 April 6: 10 a.m. at Pigment, North Park; $75 Nicole also provides one-on-one or one-on-two wheel lessons by appointment at her co-op shop in Oceanside. Visit clayandcraft.com/workshops for details on all classes.

Follow Clay and Craft on Instagram @clayandcraftco. Pottery and other pieces created by Nicole can be purchased online at clayandcraft.com or at her co-op collective shop at 1834 S. Coast Highway in Oceanside. Through May 31, Nicole also will have a large pop-up display at Communal Coffee in North Park.

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For the past 18 years, Kari Ardensen has been cultivating her interior design sensibility. You could say an eye for creativity runs in her family. With a father who is a builder, a mother who is an artist and her paternal grandmother a draftsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Kari has always known her passions lie in areas with creative outlets. This being the case, in 2005 Kari launched Intimate Living Interiors, a Solana Beach interior design firm where she is the founder and design principal. Her favorite projects? Kari said, “Big or small, renovations that truly are life changing for the client both aesthetically and functionally.”

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Kari likes incorporating layered, organic texture with interiors that enrich the personal health and style of her clients. She is also very aware of budgets for her projects, stating on her website that she and her team know when to “conserve budget, push boundaries, maximize function and emphasize distinctive style.” “We aim to dispense funds in the most impactful way, make decisions within budget and create optimal function for each space,” she said, adding that “(Budgets) typically vary based on the scope of work, whether it’s a kitchen remodel to a full-home renovation or a new build, the budgets range quite a bit. We also do (custom) furnishing products, which of course are driven by the homeowner’s goals.” When asked what she likes about being an interior designer in San Diego, she said it’s the lifestyle of locals. Their home lives revolve around spaces that are light, bright and maximize indoor-outdoor living and have an emphasis around well-being.

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magine if eBay, Craigslist, PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” and a retail furniture store teamed up to launch a new business. The resulting venture would probably look a lot like San Diego’s Loveseat. A little over four years ago Chris and Jenny Stanchak moved from Pennsylvania to San Diego (where Jenny grew up), a process that led them down the path toward starting a new business. What began as an

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idea for a mobile app to buy and sell furniture and launched as a retail store with an integrated e-commerce website has now evolved into the thriving online furniture auction site called Loveseat. The result is a marketplace that benefits both buyers and sellers. “What we’re doing is bringing a modern technology to a historically low-tech business (furniture shopping),” Chris said. In San Diego (Loveseat also has a location in Los Angeles that operates slightly differently), after starting with an online review

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process, sellers are able to drop off items at Loveseat’s brick and mortar location in Kearny Mesa (pick-up is available at a cost). Those items are then professionally photographed and placed in a weekly online auction with some 200 to 300 total pieces. Once the auction goes live on Thursday, buyers are able to review and create a list of favorites to bid on. Before the auction closes on Wednesday, Loveseat offers potential bidders an opportunity to view CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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items at its Kearny Mesa store. “When you’re buying furniture, it’s a very personal thing. You want to be able to see and touch it,” Chris said. And, while he added only about 25 percent of people actually come into the store, “Knowing they can come in and see it makes them feel more comfortable.” Once the auction is finalized, buyers can pick up items on Saturday (or make other arrangements), the seller then gets 60 percent of the sale and Loveseat gets the remaining 40 percent. The reasons Chris sites for Loveseat’s success are many. He said other online auction sites, such as eBay, are great for selling small collectible items that are easy to shop across the country. Loveseat, on the other hand, focuses on larger items, like furniture, that are more difficult to crate up and ship and could run a seller or buyer upwards of $500 to ship. Since Loveseat is focused on buying and selling on a local level, large shipping fees don’t stand in the way of a successful transaction. Additionally, when using other online furniture resale sites to make a direct transaction between buyer and seller, it can be a drain on both party’s schedules. When

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selling a large amount of items this way, a seller has to field calls for multiple people and both parties have to find a time that works for making the actual transaction and ownership transfer. “We provide a simple and easy solution for people to sell a lot,” Chris said, even citing that there are people who consign with him on a weekly basis.

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So, who is the target Loveseat customer? “People who understand and appreciate the value of quality,” he said. “If a piece of furniture looks great and still works good after it’s 30, 40, 50 years old then you know it’s going to last. Mass-produced items don’t always have that same value.”

Loveseat’s San Diego store is located at 5035 Shawline St. in Kearny Mesa. The company also has a second location in Los Angeles (2445 E 12th St., Unit C), where customers can shop like at a traditional retail store or participate in a L.A.-specific online auction. For more information or to participate in one of the online auctions, go to loveseat.com.

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