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November 2022

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Chic Designs with Purpose Clean, streamlined, functional. Words that define the open floorplan of contemporary European homes. They are also the hallmarks of the kitchens and interiors created by Studio Europa Leicht, which combine the latest European designs with the finest of Old World manufacturing and craftsmanship. "The kitchen looks less like a kitchen and more like part of the architecture of the house," says Eva Clemens, a Swiss-trained cabinet maker who came to San Diego in the 1990s to continue her education, studying interior design at the Design Institute of San Diego. Clemens is one half of the Swiss-born cabinetry team that founded Studio Europa. Her partner, Markus Zaugg, won a Green Card in a lottery and emigrated to San Diego, where he originally broke into the industry as an installer and soon moved into kitchen design and sales at Home Depot Expo. In 2011, Studio Europa became San Diego's exclusive dealer of cabinetry made by Leicht, a 90-year-old German company known for its quality and precision manufacturing. "That is essential," explains Zaugg. "We don't use any molding or caulk to cover imperfections and mistakes. Everything is installed with precision." Adds Clemens, "People start opening the drawers and their eyes light up. They feel the quality." Among the latest trends in European kitchens are glass countertops, available in hundreds of colors, as well as handleless cabinets featuring louvers and other decorative patterns far from the flat Shaker-inspired cabinetry used in many American homes. "The contemporary style is very popular in new construction downtown and along the coast," says Zaugg. "But we are seeing more clientele in both new and traditional homes throughout San Diego. In terms of design, things are very different from how they were when I arrived in San Diego 20 years ago." studioeuropaleicht.com BILL ABRAMS Spa at Home Now more than ever, there are so many innovative products that can help transform your bathroom into your own personal home spa, providing many benefits for health and well-being. Pirch has everything you need to create the ultimate indoor oasis and bring the relaxing atmosphere of a spa straight to your bathroom. A steam shower is a great way to update your space with a rejuvenating experience like no other, and Mr. Steam's steam systems are among the best available. Swipe touch controls and options for AromaTherapy and ChromaTherapy, and put sanctuary and relaxation at your fingertips. Say "Aaahh." pirch.com Indulge home @ranchandcoast ranchandcoast.com 56 NOVEMBER 2022 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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