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It's not often that one of the world's most well knownand respected fashion designers decides to step outside the drawing room and off the runway and into the world of design travel. Though it’s commonplace for an interior designer to lend his name and expertise to the decor of a hotel or resort—there’s the Kelly Wearstler-designed Viceroy in Miami and the Christian Lacroix-designed Hotel du Petit Moulin in Paris, for example—for a fashion designer to do so is outside the norm.

 But no one ever said Oscar de la Renta was just any fashion designer. The Dominican Republic-born designer has a residence on property at the luxury Puntacana Resort & Spa, the main property to the boutique and more intimate Tortuga Bay Resort & Spa. It’s the latter, though, that bears de la Renta’s signature design aesthetic—luxurious and refined—with a touch of casual Caribbean comfort. As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and the only AAA Five Diamond-awarded hotel in the Dominican Republic, Tortuga Bay boasts just thirteen luxuriously appointed villas along a private three-mile stretch of white sand beach. It’s the perfect setting for the designer’s pet project, where he showcases a mutual respect for both his Caribbean heritage and his high-fashion lifestyle.

The plantation-style interiors of Tortuga Bay—from the alfresco lobby to the luxurious oceanfront suites just steps 

from the white sand beach—is where de la Renta pays homage to the privacy and sense of calm the designer loves deeply about the Dominican Republic. Working closely with architect Rhina López Marranzini and Dominican Republic-based designer Aurora de la Rocha, de la Renta established a playful yet sophisticated color palette of white, beige, and yellows, which add warmness, calmness, and simplicity to the rooms. The backdrop of the crystal-clear, turquoise-blue Caribbean water serves as the perfect complement to an otherwise wholly neutral aesthetic—which is exactly what de la Renta had in mind when he made the serene setting the focus of this intimate yet luxurious property. 

But it’s the addition of locally sourced materials such as wicker, sea grass, and mahogany, which were used to create the custom chairs, rugs, four-poster beds, and all other furniture in the suites all made by artisans from the Dominican Republic that are the highlight of the property. Rustic natural elements mesh seamlessly with white walls and crisp, white 350-count Frette linens while pops of color are scattered throughout. It’s the perfect coupling in paradise.

Design was not the only focus when Tortuga Bay was dreamed of. While relaxation is one of the key elements to this luxury property, adventure is also an integral part of what makes Tortuga Bay so appealing. (Regarding the former, the Six Senses spa on property is exquisite, featuring an extensive spa menu and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas overlooking the turquoise-blue water and white sand beach.) Professional golfers come to Tortuga Bay to play its forty-five holes of championship golf boasting six oceanfront and fourteen ocean-view holes on the Tom Fazio-designed Corales and P.B. Dye’s La Cana. Set between rocky cliffs, coral reefs, and the expansive Caribbean Sea, Corales is the true draw to Tortuga Bay. The ocean, inland lakes, natural cliffs, and coralina quarries prove to be impressive if not challenging obstacles for even the most experienced golfer.

 For those who don’t hit the greens, the property offers half- and full-day excursions that allow you to experience Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic fully. Between zip-lining the island jungles and exploring the Dominican Republic’s natural caves to horseback riding on the beach and snorkeling the nearby reefs, there are ample opportunities to leave the chaise lounge behind in favor of adventure.

But while de la Renta has certainly put his touch on the property, it’s an understated elegance that makes Tortuga Bay so special. From the serene privacy to the elegantly-appointed suites, Tortuga Bay is a can’t-miss destination on the growing island of Dominican Republic. 
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I have listed a new property at 1172 Main St E in El Cajon.
Busy Water Store and Smoke Shop. Great location, next to Subway and .99 Cents only store. All equipment is included in the sales price. Large walk in humidor, water stations, and plenty of parking. This location needs a hands on owner who will bring in other services (lottery, check cashing, money orders, U-Haul, etc...) to produce extra income.
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It was a matter of fitting a square peg into a round hole. Even though Jacy Painter Kelly and her husband, Kevin, had both grown up in homes that skewed traditional, the couple knew they wanted to live in a more industrial and modern home—which meant the super traditional Charleston-style home they’d been living in for the past five years was not going to mesh well with the aesthetic they longed to have. “I wanted to make our old house work for us,” says Jacy, who has her own eponymous design business, “but building a new home would give us the opportunity to get exactly what we wanted. We wanted to go modern and funky.”

In fall 2011, the Kellys purchased a lot in Baxter Village’s River Arts District located in Fort Mill, South Carolina, a growing suburb just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. After enlisting Jeanine DeVaney with Charlotte In-vironments to draw their architectural plans, the couple broke ground on the 3,400-square-foot home just weeks later. Though the interior would have an industrial-meets-modern look, the facade would be Dutch Colonial, inspired by Kevin’s upstate New York upbringing. “We wanted something modern but not harsh,” says Jacy. “We still wanted it to feel comfortable. We like the industrial touches but didn’t want to go overboard.” 

The color palette is simple and modern, as well; white walls and thrice-finished black oak wood floors run throughout the open floor plan, reminiscent of an urban loft, while sleek industrial accents are complemented by rustic elements such as an oversize barn door. Pops of color via artwork such as the large canvas painting by Jacy’s mother, which hangs above the dining room table, and other accessories are sprinkled throughout. The kitchen boasts the same clean lines with sleek white floor-to-ceiling cabinets from Ikea and honed black granite counters, both of which are complemented by a dash of color in the aqua penny-tile backsplash. Two Harry Bertoia–style counter stools sit at the wood butcher-block island where the Kellys’ two kids—Painter, six, and Lucy, three—eat snacks and do homework. The open floor plan leads into an oversize mudroom complete with built-in cubbies and lockers, acid-stained concrete, and custom-fabricated raw metal handrails, a subtle nod to the industrial-style look.

The adjacent family room keeps with the minimal design. Kevin and Jacy opted for a no-nonsense fireplace featuring simple, clean lines as a focal point, while a sectional from west elm completes the look. But not everything in the room is brand-new. Jacy refinished a midcentury modern chest with chalkboard paint and a coat of polyurethane. “I like to mix new and old,” she says, “so if I like the shape of something I’ll find a way to make it work.”   

In the sitting room, a quiet space where the Kellys unwind sans kids or entertain some of their friends, Jacy painted the walls black but countered them with lighter accessories in creams and whites with a set of 1950s leather Copenhagen chairs featuring hair-on-hide seats, a Moroccan-print rug, and rustic burlap curtains. “I wanted this room to have a more grown-up feel,” says Jacy. “It’s really comfortable and cozy but sophisticated, too.”

Upstairs, the master bedroom continues the sophisticated, transitional look 

with a black, white, and gray color palette with pops of yellow juxtaposed with natural fiber-like carpeting layered with a Brazilian cowhide. To keep the rustic yet modern feel, the wall behind the bed boasts a modern gray grass cloth wall covering layered over a metallic gray paint by Sherwin-Williams. In the adjacent master bathroom a large Victoria & Albert soaking tub made from finely ground volcanic limestone, is framed by a mantel painted in gray. Sleek black-and-white Carrara marble penny-tile flooring finishes off the modern, urban aesthetic.

Down the hall from the master, Jacy took advantage of the home’s otherwise unusable spaces by adding a homework station for Lucy and Painter, featuring industrial-style metal chairs and open wood shelving. On the same floor are the kids’ bedrooms as well as a large playroom, which features Sherwin-Williams grass cloth wall covering, an ottoman reupholstered by Jacy in a Cynthia Rowley quilt, and a west elm sectional and drum pendant.

The guest bedroom, though, is another room where color comes into play. Jacy repainted the headboards and dresser (all three Craigslist finds) and the antler chandelier a bright turquoise to add doses of color in the room. Jacy also created the chevron-inspired canvas painting to introduce more colors. The modern look is juxtaposed with traditional, simple white matelassé coverlets and navy-and-white monogrammed pillows.
In the end, the home is a complete departure from the traditional look the Kellys were so accustomed to—which is exactly why they’re smitten with the result. “We wanted it to cater to our casual lifestyle even more,” says Jacy. “We merged a lot of different styles, and sometimes we just picked what we liked. . . . [Building this house] gave us the chance to build something that was totally us.” 

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I have listed a new property at 8 455 Ballantyne in El Cajon.
Move in ready condo! Upstairs unit with view of the pool. Plenty of natural sunlight. Gated community offers a work out room, laundry facilities, designated parking space and plenty of extra parking. Condo features ALL appliances, new granite counters, carpet, walk in closets, and large bedrooms and living area. Tenant pays for SDGE and Cable. Landlord pays for water, sewer, and trash. Section 8 welcome. Move in today!!
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Color is a powerful force in the garden. It can soothe, excite, be restful, imbue energy, or make a space feel larger or smaller. Armed with a little knowledge and the willingness to engage in trial and error, you can create color combinations that set the exact tone you want in your private garden paradise.

HARMONIZE WITH COLOR COUSINSHues next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and violet, take on the properties of each other and blend. These monochromatic color schemes are generally most successful when you vary the flowers’ scales and textures. Sometimes, monochromatic color theme gardens can go too far. The early-twentieth-century British garden maven Gertrude Jekyll wrote, “. . . people will sometimes spoil some garden project for the sake of a word. For instance a blue garden, for beauty’s sake, may be hungering for a group of white lilies, or something of the palest lemon-yellow, but is not allowed to have it because it is called the blue garden, and there must be no other flowers.” 

INSPIRED COMBINATIONS. Complementary colors make a strong statement. Vincent van Gogh poetically described his love of color complements in an 1888 letter to his sister, Wilhelmina, “...there are colors which cause each other to shine brilliantly, which form a couple, which complete each other like man and woman.” He suggested combining cornflowers, white chrysanthemums, and marigolds for a motif in blue and orange; heliotrope and yellow roses for a lilac and yellow motif; and poppies or red geraniums set among green leaves for a red and green combination. British plantsman Christopher Lloyd encouraged the bold use of color to create excitement, an element he believed was essential to successful gardening. “Two colors may shout at each other,” he wrote, “but they are shouting for joy.” He advocated using color contrasts because these have the most “pop.” Lloyd suggested combining the purple flowering Verbena bonariensis with a red dahlia such as ‘Grenadier,’ adding the reddish foliage of Canna indica ‘Purpurea’ for further emphasis. Blue and yellow is another classic contrast. Lloyd combinedVerbena bonariensis with the yellow-green flowers of Patrinia scabiosifolia, and placed blue flowering Iris siberica against the chartreuse yellow foliage of Bowles sedge (Carex elata ‘Aurea’).  

FOOL THE EYE WITH COLOR"Illusion is everything in a garden," opined San Diego, California landscape designer W.F. Sinjen. With a little good-natured trompe l'oeil, you can fool your eye into believing that the tiniest of gardens is spacious—or at least less cramped. Color is one of the tools landscape designers use to help pull off this trick.
Generally, warm colors such as yellow and red tend to come forward, and pastels and cool colors tend to recede. To visually enlarge your garden, put cool colors at the back, making it seem even farther away. Alternatively, you can make a large garden appear more intimate with hot tropical colors such as red and orange. 

A delicate spray of white flowers, such as baby’s breath or Crambe cordifolia can create a sensation of shimmer in the garden, rather like white fairy lights strung in a tree. Beware: bold clumps of white tend to punch holes in the design, leaving a visual void. Use white to make colors appear brighter, giving them definition. In his novel East of Eden, John Steinbeck wrote, “Every petal of blue lupine is edged with white, so that a field of lupines is more blue than you can imagine.”Gray foliage helps to link disparate colors; however, not just any gray will work. Silvery grays tend to be too show-stopping, grabbing all the attention rather than being a silent partner. But blue-gray and plain gray are highly useful for bringing cohesion between two conflicting colors and transitioning from one color scheme to another. Gray is also excellent to calm glare or harsh sunlight. Seeing flowering plants side by side is a huge help in finding the right combinations. Walk around the garden with a newly purchased plant to find the right setting. At the garden center, place flowering plants next to each other to find the color and texture combinations that make your heart sing. Placing plants for the best color combinations is a fine art that often relies on trial and error. But you can’t go wrong by using your favorite color combinations to put a personal stamp on your garden. If you like it, it’s right. 

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I have sold a 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.
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I have sold a 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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