Author: Blue Door Magazine


Insider Insights

SECOND IN A SERIES Blue Door Magazine members inspire with insights and insider info from their lives along the Orange County coast Photos by Brett Hillyard JON FLAGG “My son Kyle and I are living and loving the island lifestyle of Lido. It’s summer year-round on this magical island. I enjoy teaching my son and protege Kyle what’s ‘sup’ regarding the real estate market as we paddle around the storybook island neighborhood.” Jon Flagg | […]


Patio Perfection

Outdoor dining has always been a pleasure at South Coast Plaza. In 2020, it became essential. As Orange County restaurants pivoted to offer outdoor dining in response to the rules and realities of the COVID-19 epidemic, a number of the new and expanded al fresco dining options, while welcome, were not realized with design and aesthetics  in mind. Luckily, the outdoor options at South Coast Plaza have always been lovely, with thoughtfully-designed and artistically-appointed patios, […]

Architecture, Art


A CREATIVE COLLABORATION INSPIRED BY THE LIGHT, AIR, AND SPACE OF A NEW CAMEO SHORES HOME A Photo Essay by Brett Hillyard The stages of Southern California remain dark. Theater, dance, the symphony, opera, rock concerts, Broadway musicals, jazz, cinema: opportunities to gather together to enjoy a communal appreciation of artistry are missing from our lives. Still, there is art being created and enjoyed throughout Orange County. Inviting ballet dancers into a light-filled new house […]



With the need to feed the hungry peaking during the COVID-19 pandemic, Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Harald Herrmann has offered innovative and inspiring leadership. Second Harvest was able to distribute 7.4 million pounds of food to some 500,000 people during a single month recently, and that’s while a third or more of the distribution locations were closed. Still, Herrmann felt the need to raise awareness and inspire philanthropists and volunteers to help, particularly in […]