Readers' Choice Best Of Home & Garden 2013

Readers’ Choice Best Of Home & Garden 2013

Best Real Estate Company: Barry Estates
Specializing in luxury real estate in Rancho Santa Fe and coastal cities of the North County, this family-owned company was founded in 1990 by Daniel and Catherine Barry. Son Jason and daughter Laura are agents, along with Eilis McKay, Scott Honnen, and Lori Bothwell. 858.756.4024, barrestates.com

 

Best Real Estate Agent: Laura Barry
Over the past ten years, Laura Barry has closed deals that total more than $1 billion. So it’s no surprise that The Wall Street Journal consistently ranks her among the top 50 real estate agents by sales volume in the nation, as well as a top producer in San Diego County. 858.756.2266, laurabarryluxuryestates.com

 

 
Best Mortgage: Samuel Scott Financial Group
This boutique mortgage company in Carmel Valley, founded by Todd “Samuel” Pianin and Brian “Scott” Reynolds, is known for superior customer service and tailoring the residential loan process to each client. Last year, the San Diego Business Journal recognized the firm as one of San Diego’s “Best Places to Work.” 858.259.6070, samuelscottfg.com

 

Best Antiques: The McNally Company Antiques
More than 20 years ago, Connie and Bill McNally opened the shop that bears their name in Rancho Santa Fe, a treasure trove of 17th to 19th century antiques, silver, and objets d’art. Each piece has a fascinating story that the passionate McNallys are happy to share. 858.756.1922, mcnallycompanyantiques.com

 

Best Furniture & Best Remodel Source/Floors/Window Coverings: Kern & Co. Design
A double winner this year, Kern & Co., in the Cedros Design District, rates highest with Ranch & Coast readers, not only for its high-end furniture, but as a source for planning and interior design services for your home or remodel project. The showroom is filled with handmade custom furniture, upholstery, and draperies with a range of finishes and fabrics. Owner and principal designer Susan Spath and staff “can literally deliver your dream house.” 858.259.7722, kerncodesigns.com

 

Best Architect/Home Builder: Holcombe Homes
A perennial winner in this category, Holcombe Homes has been building contemporary, historically accurate homes since 1972, earning Lily awards (named after famed California architect Lilian Rice) from the Rancho Santa Fe Association. The company, headed by owner and chief architect Tim Holcombe, even designed the tasteful bus shelters in Rancho Santa Fe, in keeping with the early California style. We’re sure Rice herself would have approved. 858.756.2690, holcombehomes.com

 

Best Interior Designer: Maria Barry
Founder of Le Dimora (“The Home” in Italian) along with Cindy Cerenzie, Barry has more than 25 years of experience in interior design, specializing in new construction. She works closely with developers, builders, and architects, and has a great eye for color, scale, and style. Visit Le Dimora’s expansive showroom in Rancho Santa Fe’s Del Rayo Village for high-end furniture, accessories, and design services. 858.759.2709, ledimora.com

 

Best Home Accessories/Décor/Linens: Between The Sheets
This fine home furnishings emporium in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade is filled with lush linens and bedding, plush towels and bath accessories, lamps, tabletop décor, and gifts. It’s the place to go for luxury that “has never looked (or felt) so good.” 858.847.3300, betweenthesheetsinc.com

 

Best Landscaping: Terra Bella Landscape Development
Owners Jason and Lila Jarvis are premier providers of professional landscaping services, creating unique outdoor living spaces that not only make a statement but stand the test of time. Imagine your own outdoor entertainment area with dramatic lighting, water and fire elements, and an outdoor kitchen – the perfect place to kick back with friends or spend a romantic evening at home. 858.335.8151, tblandscaping.com

 

Best Nursery/Garden Store: Armstrong Garden Centers
Armstrong specializes in a quality selection of unique and popular plants, outdoor living and patio furniture, and landscape design. Armstrong also offers free classes from gardening for beginners to growing great tomatoes, and regular “garden parties” with refreshments. On “ladybug weekend” from April 20-21, Armstrong will pass out more than a million ladybugs to help keep your garden pest-free. armstronggarden.com Andrea Naversen