Author: Blue Door Magazine

Art

THE POWER OF FLOWERS

Artists have featured flowers in their work as a symbol of rebirth and renewal for centuries. In recent months, many of us have been drawn to flowers as subjects in social media, and also as an excuse to get outside.  By Jenna Condas  People started noticing. Had birds always chirped so sweetly? Had that sycamore tree in the front yard suddenly grown taller? Were the roses in the neighbor’s garden always such a gorgeous shade […]

Lifestyle

Al Fresco Finds

OC dines outdoors at new and expanded spaces As restaurants struggle to survive, cities and landlords are pivoting to allow new and expanded outdoor dining options. An entire block of Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach has been closed to driving and parking, dedicating the public space to dining, shopping, and promenading.  With restaurants among the industries most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, new and expanded al fresco dining opportunities are opening in many areas of […]

Design

Westward Home

A Dana Point compound blends contemporary lines with cowboy inspiration By Alexandria Abramian  | Photos by Darlene Halaby  As far as home design unions go, the pairing was far from typical. On one side of the aisle was the clients’ penchant for Western design and art; on the other, the property’s enviable oceanfront location at The Strand in Dana Point. Presiding over the project were two of Orange County’s top design talents, architect Geoff Sumich […]

Design

SAFE AT HOME

Whether it’s installing a new kitchen faucet or building an entire new wing, making our homes more healthful, functional, and beautiful also provides a sense of control and comfort in stressful times. By Annette Reeves The world is full of dichotomies today. We’re forced to stay home but yearning to get out. There are financial obligations to meet, but the ability to work productively is hindered by supply chain issues and a weakened labor force. […]