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There is nothing more pleasing to the eye or enchanting to the taste buds than a table set with an array of colorful, fresh food. The rich, deep hues of color can restore our health and prevent illness, while creating a joyful vision that delights our senses. This is the time of year that colorful food abounds. And it’s the perfect time to enjoy these beautiful recipes with friends and family, or savor quietly on a warm and breezy day.
Smoked Gouda Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers 
 Fresh Spinach, Arugula, & Lemon Risotto  
Shrimp Linguine with Fresh Italian Herb Pesto
Roasted Heirloom Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Strawberries Romanoff
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I have listed a new property at 56 1045 Peach Ave in El Cajon.
Absolutely stunning town home! Gated community includes a pool and club house. You cant ask for a better layout. Lower level includes a spacious family room that leads into the kitchen with granite counters, oak cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Upgraded window coverings throughout the entire home. Tile and Laminate flooring cover the downstairs. Upstairs includes two extremely large rooms with neutral carpet, ceiling fans, and mirrored closet doors. Guest bedroom has a walk out patio. Must See!
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“I came out of a supermarket on the Upper West Side, looked up, and saw this 
beautiful building. I thought to myself, ‘If I had a client in that building, I’m sure 
they would be wonderful.’ I just had a really good feeling,” says Hilary Unger, 
owner of New York City–based Perianth Interior Design. The next morning, that 
thought became reality. A client called seeking a designer for a 5,500-square-foot 
condo in that very building. “It was unbelievable. They turned out to be a really 
wonderful family,” says Unger of the couple with two young children.

With only finished floors and walls, the huge space was blank. Despite the empty 
space, the owners had specific ideas for each room. “They are in the entertainment business and wanted their rooms to be like theater vignettes,” says Unger. Some rooms display more drama than others, but the colors and items in each room were chosen with specific purposes in mind.
The owners knew what they wanted, but relied on Unger to create their vision. Color takes center stage in each room. Like characters in a play, some colors play supporting roles, while others are the stars. “I love color. It just has to be put in the right places,” she explains. “I look at the architecture first, and then consider what feeling we are trying to create. I base my color use on what the client is looking for.” The family wanted traditional elegance in the public areas of the home, so the 
colors are subdued. And the homeowners knew they wanted striped wallpaper in the foyer; if something can be both elegant and fun, this grayish metallic paper accomplishes that task.
The paper complements an heirloom chest that sits beneath a gold eagle mirror—another specific request of the homeowners. The living room and dining room flow together with ease, and neutral walls allow
colorful upholstery, artwork, and case goods to shine. A special artifact for the owners—singer Madonna’s first keyboard—holds a place of honor and is flanked by a simple chair and two ornate candlesticks. A faux embossed leather coffee table centers the main seating arrangement, and the persimmon colored chairs from the 
foyer appear here, too. 
The same technique of repetition is used again as the chairs next to the game table are found in the dining room. Track lights on the royal-blue ceiling shine down into a fishnet fixture that’s dripping with crystals.
The decorative finish of the plaster fireplace looks like limestone. Custom cabinets flank the fireplace and are one of Unger’s favorite pieces in the home. “I custom designed them to combine the qualities of the homeowners” says Unger. “She’s more French and feminine; he’s more biker.” Unger designed the base to blend mahogany with nondirectional 
blackened steel, which is recessed into the wood. The upper cabinet is made of the 
same steel with faux leather recessed into the panels. Glass shelves allow light to 
flow from top to bottom, while chicken wire embedded into the glass sides adds 
another custom touch.
An actual theater inspired the high drama of the master bedroom. A theatrical fabric company supplied the red velvet for the drapes and wall covering. Gold 
braiding and rosettes outline a diamond pattern behind the bed. The coffered ceiling, with hand-embossed leather, provided a hidden wiring channel for the ornate 
chandelier. Underfoot, walnut floors finish the high-contrast design.
The home office provides the next vignette, which is suitable for a modern-day 
maharaja. The blue-lacquer cabinets are opened by whimsical knobs. Rich blues, 
reds, and apricots lend the room a touch of the exotic. The red Ultrasuede sofa hides 
a pull-out bed, and striped silk curtains frame the view.

More muted shades of the office colors find their way into the dressing room. Ivory, peach, and blue comprise 
a French provincial palette. Hand-rubbed lacquer, detailed carvings, and bronze hardware feel Old World yet feminine.
Bold colors take center stage in the children’s bedrooms as well. A spiral 
staircase leads to the play loft in the boy’s room that boasts a race car theme. The striped wallpaper contains all the colors of the room—mostly varied shades of 
orange and blue. The same striped wallpaper is used in the girl’s room, but in more girlish shades of pinks, plums, and greens. This whimsical design was inspired by the young girl’s request for an enchanted forest.  
Many people, including some designers, fear bold colors. Unger was lucky to find fearless clients, and the owners were lucky to find a daring designer. “Not 
every client can create a project like this,” she says. “But it’s my responsibility as a designer to create something that lives up to their expectations. This project did 

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For Lisa Sherry, it was a departure from the sophisticated, neutral aesthetic the High Point, North Carolina-based designer has become known for. Sherry’s clients, who live in the upscale Myers Park neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, had requested one thing: color. “The clients loved my style, but wanted a bit more color,” she explains. “It’s always a fun challenge to do something different.”

First, though, the dated Dutch Colonial needed major updating that consisted of

  keeping the original footprint, but knocking down walls, expanding some spaces, and adding windows, not to mention overhauling the entire kitchen. With the help of kitchen designer Valerie Pressley and architect Greg Terry, Sherry transformed the entire downstairs—and the master bedroom and bathroom upstairs—into a sleek, modern space that doubles as a fantastic entertaining place and family-friendly area to unwind. 


To marry her signature neutral aesthetic with the modern pops of color her clients requested, Sherry began with a base palette of white, gray, and black throughout the first floor. In the kitchen, driftwood-stained wood floors and sleek white cabinets are brought to life via a mirrored backsplash, a lavender chandelier, and one-time wood-finish counter stools, which were repainted a bold yellow. To add extra interest to the white cabinetry, Sherry added long, vertical gold cabinet hardware and black-and-gold inlay accents. A classic Carrara marble countertop finishes the look.

Down the hall in the living room, Sherry breathed new life into the once dark and dated space with the updated white walls, metallic silver ceilings, and a dramatic antique mirrored wall across from the one-time red brick (but now white) fire
place. The addition of a simple custom-made sofa in linen complemented the blue cotton velvet tête-à-tête chaise along with blue glass accessories and colorful custom throw pillows, which provide instant color to the room. The homeowner’s heirloom accent chair and low-lying card table and chairs proved to be the perfect balance to the newer 
pieces. “She had inherited a lot of cool pieces from an aunt, but we wanted to modernize them,” says Sherry. By reupholstering the chairs in an updated pink-and-cream cut velvet zebra print, Sherry was able to not only modernize the pieces but add welcome pops of color to the room.

In the dining room, Sherry once again took advantage of the clients’ existing pieces. She refinished the 

buffet in white lacquer, and added a tall decorative screen in lieu of artwork to create interest to the space. A custom-made curved banquette—“I love how it curves into the window,” says Sherry—sits in front of the screen, while French chairs hand-stamped with a Moroccan motif and a table the homeowner found complete the dining area. A black lacquered ceiling brings interest to the space, says Sherry, adding that it also “makes it cozier and adds a bit of drama.”


Upstairs, Sherry kept with the same neutral color palette and brought in color via bed linens by Jonathan Adler. “There was a lot of wood in the furniture and on the floors,” she says. “I wanted the bedroom to feel cozy. They wanted it to feel sexy.” To add these elements to the room, Sherry upholstered the panel behind the bed and then layered it with a custom fabric headboard. To bring in more light, Sherry and architect Terry installed transom windows above the bed and heightened the existing windows. In place of traditional bedside lamps, Sherry added small chandeliers as a way of layering design elements.
Though the home was once dated and dark, it’s now a place of light and color—something the homeowners desperately were seeking when they enlisted Sherry and her team of designers. “I have clients who have great taste,” explains Sherry. “And it’s hard for them to have a vision for a space as a whole. [The homeowners] love pattern and color . . . [they] trusted me to pull it all together.”  

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Appreciate the friends you have and consider those you might need.


People with rich social circles are said to live longer, have less stress in their lives, and be happier and more self-confident than individuals who try to fly through life solo. Is it any wonder then that you should be working to build strong friendships at every stage in your life?
When it comes to friendships, quantity counts. (Evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar suggests humans can juggle 150 stable social connections at a time, and roughly fifty of those relationships would be classified as good friends.) But it’s not just the number of friends you have that matters. Turns out, you should heed the types of friends you have in your social circle as well. Having a diverse, well-rounded group of friends provides you with a strong support system and a range of social interactions that will help you lead a happy and healthy life. For advice on what types of friendships you should cultivate, read on.

THE CHILDHOOD BUDDY. The friends you made while you were in grade school are worth keeping around. Longtime pals share memories that span decades and help you remember the good old days, which research suggests will boost your overall happiness in life. Fortunately, you don’t have to let geographic boundaries stop you from reaping the rewards of this special relationship. If you no longer live near your childhood friends, just be sure to give them a call or send them an e-mail every few weeks to make certain you stay involved and interested in each other’s lives as the years go by.

THE CARETAKER.  You know the old saying, “Mom knows best”? Well, so does the caretaker in your group of friends. Let them dote on you because that’s what a caretaker does best, and doing so benefits them just as much as it does you. Plus, you’ll need him or her around to offer advice, bring soup over when you’re sick, and nurture you through the bad days, bad decisions, and bad breakups.

THE MENTOR.  Think of this friend as your personal life coach. A friend who also serves as a mentor will pass on his or her wisdom and offer you the pep talks you need. (For this reason, they’ll likely be older and more seasoned in the game of life than you are.) Utilize this relationship to get feedback and support when you are going through big life changes and in need of thoughtful and candid advice.

THE WORK PAL. When you spend forty hours (or more) at work each week, it makes sense to seek some companionship during your office hours. Avoid getting buddy-buddy with your boss so there isn’t a conflict of interest when it is time for performance reviews and pay raises. Instead, seek out a colleague who is in a similar position as you and who shares some common interests as well. Whether you build your budding friendship by talking about sports and sitcoms or by chatting about life at the office, a workplace pal will make breaks, cafeteria lunches, and office parties much more enjoyable.  

THE ACTIVITY PARTNER. Whether you’re into racquetball, throwing pottery, or thrifting at antique malls, having a friend to share your hobbies with makes those activities more fun and more meaningful. If you have trouble finding someone who shares your interests, consider joining a group dedicated to your particular hobby. Who knows? Your new best friend might be the person doing downward dog on the yoga mat right next to yours. 
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