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Design, Lifestyle

Why ‘living retro’ is perfect for now

From Palm Springs to Paris, savvy home-owners are channelling mid-century retro in their own way. Vintage enthusiasts offer their tops tips. The mid-century modern aesthetic certainly has staying power. It became a “thing” in the late-1990s, championed in the pages of that instant style bible, Wallpaper magazine. And nearly three decades on, it’s still with us. But sourcing a piece of British-made G Plan furniture or a classic Eames chair has got harder and harder, […]

Art, Design


Part three of Blue Door Magazine’s exploration of the creative genius of Yves Saint Laurent looks at how YSL fashion was influenced by his love of art From the ancient world to pop art, Yves Saint Laurent took inspiration from art history as he combined colors, carved out new forms, and rethought the structure of garments in order to create his own masterpieces. The unique dialogue that existed between Saint Laurent and the myriad sources […]



La Cornue Chateau Range: The must-have appliance of Rona Graf of Grace Blu “I want to share with you one of my current favorite appliances: the La Cornue Chateau range. It’s a true masterpiece of culinary craftsmanship that blends both artistry and function. The range delivers precise temperature control and even heat distribution, making it ideal for novice and experienced cooks alike. It’s also designed with a spacious oven to accommodate multiple dishes at once, […]

Real Estate

Make A Splash In Real Estate: Longevity Beats Timing the Market!

Real estate is one of the world’s most dynamic and complex industries. It is impacted by various factors, including the economy, government policies, and market trends. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of discussion and speculation about the future of the luxury real estate market. Many people have predicted a crash, citing various reasons such as rising interest rates and oversupply. However, despite the concerns, the luxury real estate market is […]

Architecture, Design

Things We Love: Walls With No Boundaries

The only limit to what M|R Walls can create is the limit in our minds. Using solid surface Corian, Mario Romano, a design and architectural visionary, transforms dull spaces into artistic masterpieces. Do you remember the days of growing up when our parents chose Corian as the latest and greatest of surfaces for their kitchen and bath remodel? “Corian…that old stuff?!” you exclaim. Well, it’s back and it’s better than ever before. Romano uses Corian […]

Art, Design

YSL At Home

Known internationally as a fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent is also admired and influential for his eclectic taste in interiors. Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Bergé were worldbuilders of an unparalleled caliber, tastemakers who approached each interior proj- ect with imagination and rigor, crafting grand spaces infused with personality and provenance. Connoisseurs in every sense of the word with a deep knowledge and appreciation for art and interior design, the two built and lived […]

Source: South Coast Plaza's Mother's Day Gifts
Lifestyle, News

Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day approaches, we’re reminded of the love and care our mothers have given us throughout our lives. It’s a day to show our appreciation and gratitude for everything they’ve done for us.  This Mother’s Day, go beyond the usual gifts and spoil your mom with something extraordinary. Our partners have prepared a range of special offers that are sure to make your mom feel appreciated and loved. Pelican Hill’s Mother’s Day Offer  This […]


Caviar & Champagne

Petrossian at Tiffany is a chic and discreet restaurant that’s among the best-kept secrets at South Coast Plaza and part of the luxury center’s ongoing transformation. The transformation of South Coast Plaza is an ongoing affair. Like OC’s other iconic destination, Disneyland, Costa Mesa’s center of fashion, culture, and commerce will never be complete as the world’s most significant brands and boutiques vie to lease space there. And, once in, to move to better locations. […]

Hairspray Musical
Art, Lifestyle

Hairspray: Broadway’s Award-Winning Musical Returns

Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour, currently performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on the 30th of April.  Follow the journey of Tracy Turnblad, a 16-year-old girl with big dreams and even bigger hair, as she tries to dance her way onto the most popular TV show of the 1960s in Baltimore. Will she be able to make a difference and change the world? This all-new touring production […]

Romeo & Juliet Suite Performance
Art, News

LA Dance Project Romeo & Juliet Suite

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is set to host the LA Dance Project’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, taking place from May 12-14. The New Yorker describes it as “startling, dazzling and wrenching in equal measure,” while LA Dance Chronicle calls it a “one-of-a-kind interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic.” This spectacular new production presents a modern take on Romeo and Juliet. Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, the ballet features a classical music score by […]

Daniel Arsham's "Wherever You Go, There You Are" exhibition
Art, Design

Daniel Arsham’s OCMA Exhibition

Daniel Arsham’s “Wherever You Go, There You Are” exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art is on display until June 4th.  Daniel Arsham: The Multidisciplinary Artist Active since the early 2000s and currently displayed at OCMA, Daniel Arsham is a Cleveland-born contemporary artist known for his multidisciplinary approach to art, which often includes themes of time and decay. His current exhibition at OCMA “Wherever You Go, There You Are” provides insightful exploration of history, […]

Rum Social's New Seasonal Menu

Rum Social Celebrates First Anniversary with $1 Select Wine Bottles

Rum Social, the island-inspired restaurant and bar located in the heart of Laguna Beach, is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of new menus. Executive Chef Nick Herrera specifically crafted the new seasonal menu for the occasion. In addition, the restaurant is offering dine-in dinner guests select bottles of wine for $1 through the month of April.  Creating a Tropical Paradise Rum Social is the brainchild of restaurateur John Fisher, award-winning designer Ken Ussenko, […]

Garden Show Displays
Design, Lifestyle

Southern California Spring Garden Show

The 33rd annual Southern California Spring Garden Show will be held April 20-23 at South Coast Plaza in the Crate & Barrel/Macy’s Home Store side, across the appropriately named Bridge of Gardens.  The Garden Show offers a range of attractions, including 35 vendors specializing in plants and gardening supplies, eight impressive display gardens, a striking 25-foot centerpiece, and an exhibit called Fleurs de Villes Voyage. This exhibit is particularly noteworthy for its unique use of […]

Real Estate


Tim Carr Group finds strength—and success—in numbers Photos by Hugo Landa Photography What inspired you to form your own team of agents? I initially started as an assistant to Bill Feeney, who was the number-one residential real estate agent in Orange County in the late ’80s. At that time, nobody had an assistant nor team in residential real estate. The market was fragmented with a lot of small brokerages. There were no mega brokerages as […]



Designers bring on a new wave of coastal-inspired décor. Seashells, shiplap, and beach signs not required. By Alexandria Abramian Art Alert! Then: Aerial Ocean Shots Now: Highly personalized, occasionally abstract, sea-leaning imagery | | A Classic Combo Now: A New Play on Pattern Then: Blue & White Stripes TRUE BLUE Then: Same Old Navy Now: A New Take on the Nautical Hue  Beach Regency Then: Coastal Casual Now: A New Wave of […]

Architecture, Lifestyle


What are the most important buildings in OC—the most historic, architecturally significant, and the most beautiful? What built spaces and public places make us unique? These are the questions that Blue Door Magazine explores as we tour Iconic OC. The two World War II-era blimp hangars in Tustin are arguably Orange County’s most striking and superlative structures. Built in 1942-1943, they remain two of the largest freestanding wooden structures on the planet, according to the […]



Ideas, insight, and inspiration from OCMA’s Heidi Zuckerman, collected from her newest book, Conversations with Artists III By Kedric Francis As the October opening of the new Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) draws nearer, Blue Door Magazine will continue to focus on the dramatic impact the museum will have on OC art, culture, and community. The debut of the Thom Mayne-designed building at Segerstrom Center for the Arts will mark a new era, thanks […]

Real Estate


She has $1.65 billion in residential real estate sales, sets sales records in coastal OC, and is the number-one agent in Shady Canyon. But for Jacqueline Thompson, professional success is only part of the story.  BLUE DOOR MAGAZINE: What are the secrets to your success?  Jacqueline Thompson: I build relationships and don’t merely sell homes. Therein lies a huge difference. My clients know I am their biggest advocate and am there at a moment’s notice […]



Peter Blake Gallery presents a solo exhibition of recent works by multidisciplinary artist, Lita Albuquerque.  Lita Albuquerque is an internatonally renowned artist and writer. Born in Santa Monica and raised in Tunisia and Paris, she first gained national attention for her ephermeral pigment installations created for desert sites.  Highlighted in the exhibition at Peter Blake Gallery this summer are Albuquerque’s Auric Field paintings, which investigate space, color, and materiality.  Executed on layers of black and […]



Designers are cranking up the luxe to create a new generation of bling-beckoning, high-sparkle hubs to culinary chic By Alexandria Abramian Combine Contemporary & Classic  “We painted the cabinetry two colors: white (always timeless) and a dark grey/blue. We then added dental crown mouldings to the cabinetry for that classic touch. The brass cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures have contemporary lines and the reeded glass in the cabinets brings a modern feeling to the room. […]

Real Estate


On the market from VALIA Properties: Luxury living in the secluded coastal haven of Irvine Cove By Jenn Woolson Irvine Cove is a coastal paradise at the northernmost end of Laguna Beach. This exclusive neighborhood features a mere 110 homes in a private cove next to Crystal Cove State Park, offering unparalleled luxury and tranquility. Providing a secluded haven, a private beach is accessible for Irvine Cove residents. The properties in Irvine Cove are remarkable, […]

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