Author: Blue Door Magazine



The safety and security of life at home—both indoors and out—will drive design decisions and creative solutions.  By Annette Reeves Finding any form of certainty in current day-to-day life is a challenge. As people embrace what is now called the “new norm” it carries with it the weight of undefinable answers and a vision of a world we’ve never experienced. How will society evolve in the future? What will social gatherings look like? Will our […]


Sunlight and Space

I firmly believe that a thoughtfully designed home is a naturally healthy home. A home that has taken into account the path of the sun throughout the day, a home that has accounted for natural ventilation by providing places for air to enter and exit the building efficiently, a home that employs honest and reliable building materials that endure and are neutral to the environment, that is a healthy home.


Essential OC

Photo Essay by Brett Hillyard The Covid-19 crisis has confirmed that heroes live and work among us. Some sought the risk and reward of dangerous work,  while others had essential status thrust upon them.  One of the most revelatory aspects of the ongoing pandemic  is how quickly we have come to appreciate what is truly essential in our lives. Many we already knew about. First-responders, doctors, nurses, and scientists. Others, we’ve come to more deeply […]


Permanent Vacation

A TOUR OF CONTEMPORARY GETAWAYS IN SECLUDED GLOBAL LOCALES Coastal Orange County remains the best place to buy first, second, and third residences, which is why our beach cities are where we choose to shelter in place by the sea—no yacht cruises in the Grenadines or compounds in New Zealand for OC’s own. That doesn’t mean we’re not intrigued by the idea of architecturally-inspired vacation homes in remote areas around the world. From sun-drenched private […]