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Blue Door Magazine members inspire with insights and insider info from their lives along the Orange County coast Photos by Brett Hillyard Jason Bradshaw and Darren Smith “We have a simple business model: We get clients a great buy (especially on the ugliest of houses), then work with our design and construction teams to deliver instant equity via a designer-perfect dream home for them. Our niche in today’s competitive marketplace is to provide a concierge […]



By Annette Reeves Moya O’Neill took her family-owned company’s specialized steel laboratory cabinets, added some color and creativity, and voila! Custom kitchen design will never be the same. The ability of people to express their personalities and inner thoughts through the look and feel of their homes and businesses is such a beautiful and individual statement. From traditional to modern, soft lines to sharp curves, delicate pastels to bold tones, a designer and client can […]



By Alexandria Abramian Bassman Blaine Home takes professional-league home design to a new level. The sheer number of interior design projects by Bassman Blaine Home is impressive enough. At last count, the Orange County-based design firm founded by Ken Bassman and Bill Blaine had completed 750 homes. Delve a little deeper, and the numbers become more impressive. Since its founding in 2007, Bassman Blaine Home has been tapped to design numerous residences in coastal Orange […]



Blue Door Magazine asks design insiders and clients what trends, brands, and looks they’re loving right now. How to have more with less? Brizo® perfects the art of an indulgent shower experience that consumes less water. In today’s world, how can you enjoy the perfect shower and conserve water at the same time? All showerheads in California must flow at 1.8gpm or below. So Brizo, the luxury fittings brand, found the solution by inventing H2Okinetic […]

Design, Lifestyle


By Annette Reeves Anne Michaelsen Design, PIRCH, and the Urban Bonfire design team create a functional and beautiful outdoor space at Michaelsen’s Newport Beach home. Sitting in my living room today with the doors wide open, my dog to the left gnawing on her bone, and birds flittering about outside, I am struck by how grateful I am for the great outdoors, the warm sunshine, and the blessings we have around us.  As 2020 shaped […]

Art, Lifestyle


For some, buying California real estate is already like playing with Monopoly money. Now, everyone can pass go. A good part of our collective stay-at-home experience has centered around playing board games and buying, selling, and improving real estate. So why not combine the two with a new, limited-edition, “California Dreaming” version of Monopoly?  WS Games and Hasbro called on Malibu artist Kathleen Keifer to create original art that beautifully depicts a property purchasing and […]

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