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8 design trends - chinoiserie 10 french beachy 15 the pezza residence 20 design trends - florals 22 repurposing design 26 hospitality in a customized tablescape

30 design trends - gold 32 san luis kitchen company

38 beautiful walls, beautiful canvas 45 design adds value 46 painting with light 50 new life for exhibit 52 fig crostata recipe 54 making cents of tesla 56 beat the heat 61 homes of distinction tour 64 effects of carbon monoxide 66 the perfect kitchen


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contributors Mari Robeson Interior, home decor designer in Arroyo Grande, Calif. Robeson is an experienced textile and product designer with her own brand of art and home decor items sold internationally. She collaborates with many designers all over the world creating interior design renderings and home decor product design.

Owner and designer of Flowers by Denise. Benda a California girl, born and raised, who says that she never met a stranger, is a hopeless romantic and blessed beyond belief with an amazing support group of family and friends! She grew up on 10 acres in the mountains of Cayucos. Follow Flowers by Denise on Twitter: @flowersbydenise or see the website at: Living Lavishly to Denise means, taking advantage of and enjoying the abundance of our surroundings and the resources produced here on the Central Coast.

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Her projects range from the interior design of Palazzo Giuseppe’s Restaurant in San Luis Obispo and Rosa’s Ristorante in Pismo Beach, to dozens of the most premier homes throughout the Central Coast. Follow her on Instagram; on Twitter @MariRDesign; and online at: What’s her idea of Living Lavishly? “My idea of Living Lavishly is owning my own business, creating art and design for my wonderful clients all over the world, while living in one of the most beautiful places on earth.”

Jessica Steely Jessica Steely is president and CFO of Semmes & Company. She graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in construction management and a minor in sustainability. Her fulfilling work, “incorporates the innovation of tomorrow into ‘dream homes’ of today, builds a powerful sense of trust and gratitude between her clients and her team, while making a healthier and more efficient environment. It’s really something to be proud of.” What does living lavishly on the Central Coast mean to Jessica? “We are blessed to live where others come to visit. Each moment is a treasure. Whether I am at work or at the beach, I choose to feel as though I am living a vacation and it’s hard not to here on the Central Coast.”

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A sixth-generation San Luis Obispo County resident, Alli Addison, is a marketing consultant, designer, food lover, wife and mom who lives in Nipomo, Calif. Together with her husband, Tyler, they spend their days operating the family business Addison Landscape, Inc. “To me living lavishly can be translated to ‘living fully.’ And on the Central Coast, that means embracing the Central Coast lifestyle completely. We live in paradise, and there is not a day that goes by that I am not outside, enjoying our natural landscape, sampling the incredible foods grown here, attending events and more. To me a lavish life is not about the material, but about the experiences.”

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Design Trends Chinoiserie courtesy of Mari Robeson, Interior Designer

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hinoiserie is a style of art and home décor that reflects Chinese qualities or motifs. It first made its appearance as a major trend in the late 1800s. China had been using bamboo and other materials common in chinoiserie for thousands of years, but the rest of the world would see the popularity of bamboo around 1870 when it was exported to London and other cites and manufactured as furniture. At that time other materials with a far-eastern flavor such as embossed papers and lacquered panels from Japan became popular as decorative elements. In fact, as merchants around the world began trading with each other, home décor became much more interesting. Because bamboo was a relatively inexpensive material, it wasn’t uncommon, then and now, to see it painted in bright colors. Who doesn’t love a pink lacquered Chinese Chippendale chair? We can thank English cabinetmaker, Thomas Chippendale, for that. Chippendale’s fretwork designs that were added to china cabinets, shelves, Photos by Mike Long, courtesy of Willis & Bennett in the Village of Arroyo Grande and backs of furniture legs and chairs in the late 1870s are still popular to this day. This style was typically used in rooms decorated in chinoiserie, but when it made a big comeback during the Hollywood Regency period, it was often mixed with other neoclassical, modern, and art deco pieces. The timeless and iconic classic has returned to interior design in a fresh and modern way. Designers and homeowners are mixing these traditional pieces with fresh new colors, animal prints, and other textures, such as grasscloth wallpaper and jute rugs. Find the look locally at Willis & Bennett in the Village of Arroyo Grande, 134 E. Branch St.

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French Beachy written by Susan Naumann photos by Christopher Gardner

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y love of the Central Coast began with family trips to Paso Robles to attend the Mid-State Fair. While late afternoons were spent at the fair, mornings were spent discovering antique stores in surrounding towns. Becoming an antique dealer seemed a natural step for me in life when I was living in Camarillo and my daughter went away to college. Sometime later, my partner and I at Window Box Antiques held an estate sale for a new friend at the residence her grandfather had built in Avila Beach. Design has always been a part of my life, it goes with being an antiques dealer, so we also assisted in decorating the home. After spending time in Avila, I decided I wanted a place of my own. With the help of realtor Lori Fisher of Berkshire/ Hathaway, I purchased a property in a new development. Because I got in on the ground floor, I was able to make changes and soon became known as the “change order queen.� While not a trained decorator, I am always visually inspired, and have enjoyed the opportunity to assist several people with their homes. For my Avila Beach home, my inspiration piece was a trunk dated 1869 that my daughter found at an antique store. It was detailed with a ship and ocean and artfully painted in a palette of gold, coral and aqua. Shingles resembling ocean waves flank the fireplace, and original oceanrelated artwork makes its way up the stairway wall,

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area. The downstairs bamboo shades were purchased from Donna’s Interiors in Arroyo Grande and the upstairs bamboo shades and skylight coverings are from Lisa Croy. As a fan of black and white tile flooring, it was an automatic choice for the entryway, bathrooms and kitchen floors. The other flooring throughout the house is light hickory wood. The porcelain tile in my kitchen resembles the Carrara marble countertops, with glass accents. The tile selections were found with assistance from Heather Matteson at Totally Tile in Paso Robles and installation was done locally by Miguel Chavel of Miguel’s Tile. An antique pond boat from Bill and Mary of A Glance into the Past Antiques in Arroyo Grande, sits on a vintage dining table. A metal sculptural fish, which I hung in the asymmetrical area above my fireplace, was purchased from Ron’s Nursery. The French faux bamboo armoire in the bedroom was found at The Green Vase Antiques also in Arroyo Grande. Vintage hooked rugs, many with sailboat or sailing ship motifs are scattered around my home as art for the floor! The 1920s nautical lamp globe hanging in the entry was found by son-in-law at a flea market.

described as “salon style” complete with a small homemade canoe. Antique busts of “the pirate and his maiden” looking at each other are nestled in stairwell niches. The entry, stairwell and living area are done in grays evoking a stormy ocean. The master bedroom and bath are in shades of aqua, again calling to the sea. The guest room is lavender, with a window flanked by old shutters that have a cutout of a sailboat. The upstairs bath walls are orange sherbet with aqua accents. In the kitchen, I used soft yellow, gray and primary colors to compliment the 1950s stove. Camay Arad of Chameleon Style made custom sleep couches in a coral seashell matelassé fabric that works perfectly in the living


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I consider the look of my home to be “FrenchBeachy” with a little early California tossed in. I love when my nano doors are open, and I can see the ocean from anywhere upstairs. It brings such peace.

Thank you to Steve Molnar, builder and Mike Hodge, architect, for making my dream home a reality. Also, to Homes, who is the “hands” for my ideas, Ricardo Dennis who knows his way around a sewing machine, Kenny Morris, “Hayden” and Joshua Jesse.

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“You do not need a grand space to make a grand impression.”


hen Doris Pezza purchased her home in the beautiful gated community of Cypress Ridge, it was apparent that the residence was stunning. With sprawling views of the golf course and surrounding community, many could (and would) ask ‘what more could possibly be enhanced?’ But Pezza knew that greater potential for her home was possible, and it all centered around the backyard. She wanted privacy, accessibility, the ability to entertain and to relax. She wanted the Central Coast lifestyle. And although her home and the sweeping views epitomized that desired lifestyle, her simple grass backyard did not. To help bring this vision to fruition, Doris Pezza hired Addison Landscape, Inc to complete both the design and construction of her new outdoor living space. The project was approached as a complete overhaul remodel, beginning with the removal of all the lawn in back yard, and creating a new fresh and clean palette for which to work. Josh Huttle, Lead Designer for Addison Landscape, began designing small intimate spaces to divide the yard into rooms, creating two very distinctive areas. “The Pezza Residence is a perfect example of taking a compact space, designing it appropriately, and making a big impact,” said Huttle. “You do not need a grand space to make a grand impression,” he goes on to say. Pezza wanted privacy from her neighbors, and to create an outdoor living room off of the master bedroom. So the primary element was an enclosed courtyard with a tall stucco wall and stone cap surround, and an integral flush mount fireplace in the center of the wall. To give height and scale, a custom dark-stained pergola detail was added to the perimeter of the courtyard. Pezza selected a combination of Mega Arbel and Mega Bergerac pavers in the “Bella” color from the Belgard Hardscape product line for her

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hardscape throughout the backyard. The courtyard also offers protection against the coastal wind, and with custom dark-stained wood gates closing off both egress, the space becomes intimate, comfortable, and easy to maintain. The centerpiece and most impactful area in this yard is the courtyard and outdoor, flush-mounted fireplace. A vent free, stainless steel-framed rectangular fireplace set low inside the wall provides simple beauty, and a warm place to sit on cool nights enjoying a glass of wine. A small basalt stone water feature is subtly placed in the corner where a stone walkway through a small grove of Japanese Maple trees connects the courtyard to the open golf course-view patio. Dense mass plantings with pops of color allow the yard to take on a world of its own with whimsy around every corner. All the planting was meant to not only compliment the style of the house, but also provide a full coverage, lush, yet very drought tolerant palette. With color around every boulder and in all of the nooks and crannies around the whole project, there is a new visual experience at all angles and vantage points from every window of the home 


The project was recognized for excellence in design and craftsmanship, winning first place in this year’s California Landscape Contractors Association Landscape Beautification competition for the Medium Residential Category. “Not only was this project unique in its design and creatively challenging, but the owner of the home was a joy to work with. We are so fortunate to have such an incredible range of projects, and would be lucky to work with clients like Doris Pezza every day,” says Addison Landscape owner Tyler Addison. LIVING Lavishly



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After visiting the Alexis Interiors booth, she knew she had found her designer. Now, well into the LaBreque project, Alexis, utilizing a calming color palette, luxurious fabrics, and inspired furniture placement, has completed the dining and living room transformation. Wishing to create a restful sanctuary for the busy LaBreque couple, she started the project with the installation of wide-plank wood floors purchased at Macie’s Floorcovering of Pismo Beach. Next, she bathed the living room and dining room walls in Sherwin Williams’ “Silvermist.” To complete the color palette, she introduced a variety of blues in varying hues and levels of brightness in the draperies and upholstery. As she always does, repurposing whenever possible, Alexis decided S

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Hospitality in a Customized Tablescape written by Denise Benda

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In the tablescape shown here, a beautiful, petite vase filled with an herb plant purchased from a grower at a local farmers’ market captures the eye and creates a great conversation piece. Print each name in your favorite font and attach it to a small branch. Make your guests feel special by sending them home with these little gifts that can be enjoyed for weeks to come. At your next dinner party, don’t be afraid to try something new when creating your tablescape. Maybe it’s time to incorporate some of those beautiful Central Coast elements that we love so much by bringing them inside for your table. Denise Benda is owner and designer of Flowers by Denise. Benda a California girl, born and raised, who says that she never met a stranger, is a hopeless romantic and blessed beyond belief with an amazing support group of family and friends! She grew up on 10 acres in the mountains of Cayucos. She started her wedding and special event floral design business in 2004 in order to “live the dream” of being able to do what she loves each and every day. Benda is the mother of two amazing kids: Noah (17) and Olivia (13). She has been married for over 22 years and loves to be a part of a couples’ “happily ever after.” Living Lavishly to Denise means, taking advantage of and enjoying the abundance of our surroundings and the resources produced here on the Central Coast. Follow Flowers by Denise on Twitter: @flowersbydenise or see the website at: Special thanks to All About Events, Paso Robles for the photography.

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old is back and people are loving it as a Design Trend! The retro statement color has reappeared with a modern twist in shades bright to blush. Gold is making it’s appearance in all forms of home decor, from small features to bolder displays. Light fixtures, accessories and even plumbing fixtures are taking on the sleek, extra shine of


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Homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to mix metals either. Ease into the trend by starting out small. Add a gold vase with roses and you just might fall in love. Update an old dresser with gold hardware or pick up a paint brush and paint a gold accent to the drawers. Find the look locally at Chic Interiors in the Village of Arroyo Grande, Acropolis Lighting, Ferguson’s in San Luis Obispo, & Pacific Coast Kitchen and Bath. LIVING Lavishly


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They are saying, “Bring the natural warmth and sunshine of Provence into your kitchen,” Cummings said. “Take a bath surrounded by the tranquil and earthy feel of a Japanese spa or travel to a vibrant Tuscan villa every time you enter your dining room.”

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ave you ever bought or sold a piece of property? If so, then you’ve probably heard and know by heart the three principles of real estate — “Location-Location-Design!” Yes, design. The notion of location-location-location is a myth. There is no denying the importance of location in real estate, but a good location can be spoiled if you ignore design. In order to be successful, you must add value by design. Design is where ideas culminate to make the built environment a better place. Whether you’re building a legacy, homes for sale, or a nice place to live, you should consider four elements of design — identity, innovation, differentiation, and equity.



“The Bilbao Effect” can mean revitalization at the hand of a single project. In Bilbao, Spain, architect Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim spurned economic uplift for the museum, and the entire town benefited from the project. This concept is not limited to the grandiose. Anyone who has fixed up an old house should recall that neighbors often follow suit. With the completion of new or remodeled home, others in the neighbor undoubtedly recognize the hidden value in their home and if able, join the process. The result is everyone’s equity increases. Do your homework with the four elements in mind. Design a home that capitalizes on your lot’s strengths and minimizes its weaknesses. A well designed home will get through red tape faster, too. A clever developer knows the most important item in a housing project is the front door knob. It creates a connection with the buyer, suspends their disbelief, and it sells them before they even enter the house. But what comes before the doorknob? Drawings. Famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, said the drawings for a building must be a work of art, if the building itself is to be a work of art. The next time you’re selling or considering a property, remember that there is far more than just location to add value. You must consider identity, innovation, differentiation and equity as the elements of good design. Jeff has designed homes across the United States. Prior to settling in San Luis Obispo County in 2000, he spent several years in Colorado working with logs, stone and steel in the harsh environment at the continental divide. Now based in central California, Jeff works throughout California designing housing from affordable multi-family to exclusive custom homes as well as commercial office and retail buildings and complexes. Architect Jeff Schneidereit has an office at 580 Dolliver St., Pismo Beach. Call (805) 773-8333 or email him at:

What makes a building special is its identity, a sense of place. Attention to procession, ritual, views, materials, detail and what the Japanese call “Wabi-sabi,” or the art of finding beauty in imperfection and reverence for authenticity. This is usually accomplished using a “style,” but style in architecture is very misleading. When people picture Mediterranean-style architecture, they don’t think “pyramid,” or even the cliff houses of Santorini, Greece. But these are “Mediterranean” styles. The common image is Italian or Spanish, but very often, people think California Mission-style houses are Mediterranean. Without authenticity, you end up with Franken-houses, lost to create an intrinsic identity.

Innovation There is a common phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Recently, the founders of a restaurant had more ability to cook than money, so they finished the inside out of cardboard. Not only did they win a design award, but were rewarded by a stream of customers. With limited resources, and few dollars, the structure itself can be designed to perform more than just the function of shelter. For example, passive solar and energy efficiency can be built into the design. Where rain is plentiful, a rainwater-harvesting system satisfies significant amounts of water needs for the price of the tanks. Should the house be far from common infrastructure, the extra costs are nothing compared to securing new resources and building new pipelines.

It’s close to impossible not to recognize the Apple Inc. logo. However, back in the 1980s, it was Commodore that dominated the personal computer market. Given that the components of its machines were comparable, it was Apple’s attention to design and pizzazz that has made them the iconic company they are today. In terms of real estate, it is common for new or renovated, well-designed homes to sell much faster than unremarkable houses. Within the envelope of society’s expected norms, most people appreciate their individuality, and pushing that envelope moves humanity forward in building a better environment.


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our canvas is the wall, the room, the hall, the yard, or even the view. Nature paints the naked sky with more than 50 shades of grey, or symphonic ever morphing crimson and gold chasing the daily ascension and emersion of the sun. The human eye, especially as people age, needs a contrast to distinguish and relay results to the brain. The better the contrast the quicker the response. Contrast can simply be described as the difference between objects and their surroundings. A flashlight is a perfect example of creating contrast on a seemingly monotone canvas. It is the difference between the light and the dark, not the output or reflection, that brings visibility into focus. To bring attention to specific home décor items or merchandise, start with a dark canvas. As you add illumination only to the intended area of interest, the bounced or reflected light will give a value to the surrounding area. When the correct illumination is in place, a visual comfort of open space exists with attention drawn to the desired object. The color of the light and particularly the way that it renders its captives is priority. The next step is to choose how to feature the light source whether hidden by architecture, recessed, decorative or blatantly visible fixtures. The desired goal should be the intensity of the captured subject relative to its immediate vicinity. Another direction, in harmony with the amplified subject, is to make the fixture an art piece object. The performance of subtle and stronger light images leaking from a wall sconce can create definition as well as indirect reflection adding to the surrounding, ambient comfort level. Dimmers can be used to address the adjustment of glare, comfort and energy savings. Having enough illumination where it is needed, and then dimming it for 90 percent of the time it is in use, is golden. Business needs vary from home lighting only in the interpretation of the needed results. Crammed displays such as grocery store aisles, car lots, warehouses and fast food chains lean heavily on the gymnasium approach where everything is illuminated equally and nothing is meant to stand out. In this case, whether done well or poorly, the ability to move a lot of product without reference to lighting is simple and easy to control. The majority of clothing, furniture, jewelry, gallery, specialty sports and


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fine dining establishments generally look and perform better with product specific illumination. Directional and variable light qualities allow for finetuning to compliment diverse conditions. Because liability incurred for failure to attempt safe illumination in public access areas is always a great concern, parking area entrances and exits should always be more illuminated than the surrounding areas. For example, using a step light would bring attention to a variation in height of a pedestrian pathway. The same technique, typically at a reduced level, is used in homes in dark halls or staircases. Being mindful of electrical costs, the financial investment for local reputable vendors, brand name and high efficiency fixtures is quickly justified. State energy codes drive the acceptance of some products that don’t seem justified financially but are accepted as the way things are done. Trustworthy advice, if it can be found, on the Internet is soulless and unrewarding except for the fraudulent feeling of having saved a buck. Today’s quickly changing technology is rarely completely understood. Local people, seasoned with the fire and burn of the LED revolution, can offer guidance with the specification and implementation of reliable material with quality factory warranties and real liability insurance not typically found with vendors in cyberspace. Consider the story of a thoracic surgeon who took his porche into a repair shop and complained about the cost of a seemingly common engine repair. In return, the mechanic extoled the talent and expertise expended in the disassembly, repair and reassembly of the motor as justification for the $6,000 to $10,000 expense in comparison to the doctor charging anywhere from $60,000 to 90,000 for the same basic mechanical operation. The surgeon responded with “can you accomplish all that while it is still running?” Seek out the experts to guide and supply you with lighting that flatters your surroundings in the darker hours and rewards the senses with the memories attached to your belongings. Lighten up! Pat Moore, lighting specialist has been providing expert lighting services, design and consultation on the central coast for 31 years. He enjoys providing a whole house experience with light and is still amazed by the light of a sunset. He enjoys life with his wife of 35 years and two sons.


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Ideally, the influence of ideas and a few legacy projects will be remembered by succeeding generations. If he’s very lucky, some archivists, students and family members will spend months of work creating an exhibition celebrating the centennial of his birth. Such an exhibition is being planned for June 2016 at the Architecture plus Design Museum (A+D) in Los Angeles in honor of William Francis Cody (see: for more on the museum). Active between 1942 and 1973, Cody moved to Palm Springs, Calif., in 1946 and became known for his commissions on country clubs and spas throughout the Western U.S., eventually being credited for popularization of the Country ClubSubdivision as a concept. While the majority of his surviving projects are in Phoenix, Ariz., and Palm Springs, Cody worked on approximately 600


In the photo are concept plans for the Villa Real Golf Resort in Havana, Cuba circa 1955. Part of the William F. Cody collection held at Cal Poly’s Special Collections room.

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projects in his career. The most famous photographs taken at one of his developments aren’t even of the architecture but out on the putting green. “There is one project in Cuba that’s on my bucket list to go see,” explains Cody’s youngest daughter, Catherine Cody Nemirovsky. “Its the Villa Real Country Club he built in 1954 in Havana, before [Fidel] Castro. I was sent a clipping of Che Guevara playing golf there with Castro. It may not have been very well maintained but now that things are reopening, I’d like to go see.” Nemirovsky was in San Luis Obispo in July to spend several days sequestered in Cal Poly’s Special Collections and Archives Research Room, where her father’s lifetime of papers is kept. A San Diego resident, she’s written 63 pages of a biography of her father, but has several more research trips ahead of her, if she’s going to have the book done before the centennial exhibition next year.

Starting in the 1960s, Cody developed a relationship with Cal Poly that lasted until his death in 1978. During his tenure as a guest professor and lecturer, he gave seminars for the then-new College of Architecture and Environmental Design, and found work in Palm Springs for at least a dozen of the department’s graduates. After Cody’s death, the dean of the school asked the family to consider leaving the papers with the university. “They’ve taken far better care of the material than we could have and preserved it for future generations,” Nemirovsky said. “For me it’s wonderful to know that the work is being kept and looked after with the utmost care. I’m very grateful to the archivists and Cal Poly for making what we’re doing now possible.” To get an idea of what Cody’s work encompasses before the exhibition is held, look for examples of what’s known as “Desert Modernism.” Cody’s portfolio covers examples from large homes to public buildings, auditoriums, schools, hotels, and even a prominent church in Palm Springs.

In 2005, work was begun to digitize the Cody papers for public access online. Many concept drawings and photographs from more than 30-years of work are now accessible, including a 1955, concept painting for the famous country club in Havana. That’s not where the Cal Poly connection ends, however. With the clock ticking on the A+D exhibition in a little under a year, current Cal Poly students are using the archives as well, reimagining Cody designs with modern materials. Some of their final projects, in the form of models and scale drawings will be incorporated into the exhibit to show the possibilities of building on Cody’s trademarks. “My father loved being a teacher,” Nemirovsky said. “It’s a great tribute what they’re doing now because he always loved the students here and how vibrant their ideas were.” She added that, while she’d toyed with design work on homes and interior design as a hobby, she didn’t follow in her father’s footsteps the way the students are. “He really had a passion for what he did. I saw his passion in the work he did my whole life,” she said. “Unfortunately, some of his most iconic buildings have been torn down but students

working with digital media can revive how they might have looked. We’ll be able to show his handwritten notes rendered alongside the models.” A+D Museum’s Jo Lauria, the curator of the upcoming exhibition, came up to Cal Poly with Nemirovsky in July to meet with architecture Professor Don Choi.

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She explained that, while the museum has a comparatively small staff for a cultural institution, they’re on a mission to, “get younger people involved and excited about history and the future at the same time.” Located at the museum’s new home on Wilshire Boulevard, across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the final exhibition is ensured some good public exposure once opened, but there’s still the question of raising funds. “The museum doesn’t have an endowment to fund exhibitions but we’re working with private donors,” she added, noting that one of the strategies is to hold fundraising events at some of the remaining Cody sites in Palm Springs.

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Fig Crostata with Fig Leaf Custard written by Teri Bayus recipe courtesy of Julie Simon


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For the dough 1/2 lb of butter. Small diced and chilled in the freezer for at least an hour. 2 cups of flour 2 tbs of sugar 1 tsp of salt Iced water

Strain the cream, bring it back to a simmer, and pour it slowly into the yolks while constantly stirring. Now that the eggs are “tempered” you can return the cream to medium - low heat, still stirring for about 7 minutes until the custard thickens. Be careful not to boil or the yolks will curdle. Once you obtain beautiful creaminess, pour the custard in the ice bath, set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, place the flour, butter sugar and salt. Using the paddle attachment spin for about 30 sec on low speed, so the butter starts getting crushed but not enough that it binds with the flour. Use just enough ice water to bring the dough together, but again the butter needs to seem poorly worked in. This will be the key to a very flaky crust. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

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Fig leaf custard

On a lightly floured surface roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Working from about 2 inches from the edge lay the halved figs, cut side up, fold in the edge of the dough to form the crostata. Place on baking sheet. Whisk the egg with a couple tablespoon of water and brush the edge of the crostata, sprinkle with the raw sugar.

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In a saucepan place the fig leaf and cover with cream. Bring to a gentle simmer for about 10 minutes and let steep for another 20. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl. Also get an ice bath ready. The final recipient, the custard, will live over a larger recipient full of ice water, so the cooking process stops immediately.

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magine a power outage in your neighborhood, but your lights are on and your refrigerator is still running. Or, perhaps you want to avoid buying expensive peak-day electricity? Elon Musk’s new Tesla Powerwall, released in April, promised these luxuries. These sleek and futuristic looking wall-mounted batteries were designed to be affordable for the average homeowner. It’s available if you have a solar array or not, or whether you want to use the battery on a daily basis, or simply have it available for a backup situation. So, is the Tesla Powerwall a fiscally responsible choice or an expensive novelty? Let’s take the case of the daily use model. Say, you’re on a net-metering program with your local electric utility company. This summer’s peak rate is 32-cents per kilowatt hour (May 1 through Oct. 31, 1-7 p.m. weekdays, 1-7 p.m.) and the off-peak rate is $.13 per kWh. The winter partialpeak rate is $.15/kWh (Nov. 1-April 30; Weekdays, 5-8 p.m. No peak rate in winter) and the off partial-peak rate is $.14/ kWh. The Powerwall designed for daily use, holds 7 kWh and costs $3,000. If you use the Powerwall battery during peaktimes when electricity costs are higher,


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you will save $1.33 per day during the summer and $.07 a day through the winter. At that rate, it could take more than 16 years to break even. The unit has a 10-year warranty, so even within the projected, product lifespan, you can’t expect to break even (based on the current PG&E Tier-1 rate schedule). Who knows, with upcoming new regulations on power production, energy costs are likely to increase and the price recovery period could change significantly. Now, let’s look at the units designed specifically for back-up usage. These models carry 10 kWh of backup power with an available average draw of 2 kW. Their cost: $3,500. These batteries are compared to a small generator that runs on gas or propane. A generator that produces equivalent output can be bought from your hardware store for $500 to $1,500. With propane at roughly $2.24 per gallon and gas at $4.25 per gallon, the cost to run these backup generators is variable. Again, it is likely to take longer than the 10-year warranty period to break even on the unit. A couple of additional caveats to consider: If your demand surpasses the needs of a single battery, each of the models of the Powerwall can be installed in a bank of

up to nine batteries. They can also be installed in conjunction with a solar electric array. But if the unit is installed outside of a solar electric system, you will have the additional cost of purchasing an inverter to convert the electricity from AC to DC for usage and storage. It is worth acknowledging that the battery, designed to cycle on a daily basis, could provide the added utility of serving as an emergency backup as well. From a financial perspective when compared to the alternatives, the Tesla Powerwall is not yet the most economical response. However, the “sense of being” part of a progressive movement, having a renewable energy backup and helping to reduce the strain on our utility grid, attracted more than 38,000 reservations, according to a Bloomberg Business news report, giving Tesla’s battery $800 million in the first week of “I doubt we have its announced release. It’s seen the last from projected to Tesla’s technology be sold out mid-2016. center, but I do look Ibydoubt we forward to what’s have seen the last from Tesla’s next.” technology center, but I do look forward to what’s next. Jessica Steely is president and CFO of Semmes & Company. She graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in construction management and a minor in sustainability. Her fulfilling work, “incorporates the innovation of tomorrow into ‘dream homes’ of today, builds a powerful sense of trust and gratitude between her clients and her team, while making a healthier and more efficient environment. It’s really something to be proud of.” When not working, she enjoys gardening, backpacking in the Big Sur Mountains, researching building science (that’s not work right?), and spending time with others. What does living lavishly on the Central Coast mean to Jessica? “We are blessed to live where others come to visit. Each moment is a treasure. Whether I am at work or at the beach, I choose to feel as though I am living a vacation and it’s hard not to here on the Central Coast.

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ith California in the midst of a tough drought and the Central Coast firmly in the dog days of summer, reaching for the thermostat seems like the best option for beating that summer heat. But keep in mind that leaning on that air conditioning unit too much is going to make your energy usage and bills rise faster than the mercury. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks to finding some relief that don’t involve jumping through the sprinklers or driving up those utility bills.

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coolest outside, then trap this air inside by shutting the windows as it begins heating up. Shutting the blinds or curtains to keep the sun out will also help keep the temperatures down indoors.

Use ceiling fans properly

Ceiling fans can help save energy, but only when properly used. Remember, the fan itself doesn’t cool the air. It’s the air that it moves flowing over your body that makes you feel cool. You save energy by running a fan instead of the air conditioner. Remember to turn off the fan when you leave the room, though -- just like the lights!

Use the thermostat wisely

To use less energy, set the thermostat higher than usual when nobody’s home – 85 degrees is good -- and then lower it down to 78 degrees when you return. A programmable thermostat could help keep things at the right temperature. Use of a ceiling fan will let you raise the thermostat by 4 degrees while remaining comfortable.

Watch which appliances you are using

Many of the appliances we use around the house produce a lot of heat, which will be reflected in the home temperature. To combat this, wait until it’s cooler outside before turning on the dishwasher, laundry machines or oven – call it “procrastination with a purpose.” Even using an old-fashioned incandescent lightbulb is going to generate a fair amount of heat. Think about what lights you need on, and remember, LED lighting saves energy twice: once by using less electricity, and again by generating less heat.

Remove humidity, heat left by showers

As refreshing as a shower can feel, it’s going to leave some heat and humidity in the bathroom. However, you can use the bathroom fan to remove it from your home and keep things comfortable indoors.


If you’re not comfortable in your favorite room of the house, try falling back into a room that doesn’t receive direct sunlight. It’ll also be coolest on the lowest floor of the home. There’s plenty you can do to keep home temperatures down on your own, and if you want to take things even further, try giving the County of San Luis Obispo emPower program a call. For more information, visit or call them at 805-781-5625. Paul Menconi is emPower Energy Coach, and has been traveling the county to take free looks at homes to identify where they are wasting energy and how they could be more comfortable. He also helps connect homeowners with qualified local contractors, utility rebates and low-interest financing for making energy upgrades.

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The real beauty of the Home Tour is not the homes themselves. It is the lifelong effect it has on the community of San Luis Obispo through the funds that are raised for local students and non-profits. Over the past 15 years – nearly $300,000 has been gifted in scholarships and grants as a direct result of the Home Tour. In 2014 – Rotary awarded $36,500 in scholarships to local students and $1,000 each to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Woods Humane Society, San Luis Obispo County YMCA, Camp Hapitok, and Central Coast Grown’s City Farm.

The Home Tour has continued every year since 2001, and is now averaging over $20,000 in funds raised from each Tour. Each year, 5 homes on the Central Coast are featured on the tour. In total, 75 homes have been featured! A lot goes into planning and organizing to make this event take place. Traffic conditions, safety, parking, and ease of access all must be taken into consideration when evaluating homes for the Tour. The majority of the homes on the tour have been found by way of Rotary Members, local architects, and

word of mouth throughout the community. However, some homes have gotten on the tour in more interesting ways. The Parkinson Home was featured on a Home Tour when Diane Blakeslee Brocato (Rotary Member and creator of the Home Tour) was so impressed by a home she had driven by a number of times, she decided to stop by! She simply knocked on the door, and asked if they’d be interested in being part of the tour. They joined the tour and the rest is history!

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Effects of Carbon Monoxide courtesy of Ron Mathias, clean air specialist

“What symptoms are common in exposures to low-level carbon monoxide?” Sensory Symptoms

Other symptoms include suffering from mood changes, depression, apathy and sleep disorders. Sensitivity to light, blurred vision, coordination, speaking disorders, partial loss of hearing or buzzing in the ear, and loss of strength are a few of the sensory and motors skills that are affected.


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he most talked about symptoms of CO poisoning are those that mimic the flu, such as nausea, headache, and dizziness. Fever is another symptom we rarely hear about. These symptoms may be reactions to a short term CO exposure, but what symptoms are common in exposures to low-level carbon monoxide for extended periods?

Medical research has shown that permanent damage can result to your memory, emotions, sensory and motor skills, sensitivity to chemicals and your nervous system. Short-term memory can be affected to the point some cannot write a whole sentence without losing their thought. Attention span can decrease substantially and the ability to comprehend words is diminished along with the possibility of a loss of intellectual ability.


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Finally there are the neurological disorders such as seizures, tremors, and loss of speech. Some of these symptoms may recur frequently without additional exposure to CO. It is not completely predictable how and when someone will react to carbon monoxide, but it is certain that exposure to it has disastrous long-term effects.

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n a perfect world you would need a perfect kitchen with the perfect vessels to cook your delicious food in.  As the long time (11 years) owner of Verena’s Go Gourmet and Tea Shop I have a good amount of experience in choosing cookware.  In my personal life I have always done a lot of cooking and baking and it’s a great passion of mine - I started at an early age and simply love it to this day. The first thing I would say is “less is more”. One really does not need a huge amount of pots and pans you just have to pick the right

stainless steel I prefer European made or US made in an “all clad” style also known as 3-ply, 5-ply or even 7-ply. This type of manufacturing is done with an aluminum core in the middle with added stainless on either side, that makes for great heat conduction and assures you cook everything even.    Stainless steel and cast iron cookware is great on top of the stove or in the oven - it makes for versatile cooking.   I would add a good stainless steel fry pan with a new style non stick finish.  If you really enjoy cooking you might want to add a great stock pot - Le Creuset makes wonderful stock pots and I use mine for soups as well as cooking pasta.   I would also

recommend a nice wok - and a cast iron (Staub makes the best one) fry pan. It can again go into the oven and on top of the stove. Your cookware assortment should include sauce pans, saute pans and maybe a chef ’s pan.  For cast iron I love a smaller size for side dishes and then a larger size to cook anything else.  So versatile.  Bottom line: Plan on getting good quality cookware - spend a bit more - you will not regret it.  If you have any questions or would like more information please feel free to contact me at my business or via e-mail.  Verenagogourmet@ or stop by, we’re in the Village of Arroyo Grande. 127 East Branch Street.


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Living Lavishly vol1  

Home Design & Decor Magazine showcasing the wealth of talent and expertise on the Central Coast of CA. (San Luis Obispo County)

Living Lavishly vol1  

Home Design & Decor Magazine showcasing the wealth of talent and expertise on the Central Coast of CA. (San Luis Obispo County)