Author: Blue Door Magazine


Modern Mexico

A new wave of cool is crescendoing across Mexico, taking hotels and homes into new architectural terrain. By looking to Mexico’s rich past as well as its future, a group of pioneering architects, designers, and hoteliers is redefining Mexico’s very own luxury groove. Mandarina The Riviera Nayarit may not have the name recognition of other Mexican resorts, which is entirely by design. Mandarina, a new low-environmental-impact, high-luxury resort and residential development takes full advantage of […]



Designer Sara Simon gives California Coastal design the full-color treatment. When it comes to designing spaces in Southern California, Sara Simon skips the rainbow of neutrals and instead relies on fully saturated color and bold patterns to create lively, no-two-are-the-same environments.  “I truly believe color can work in all spaces. It’s just a matter of selecting the right color. And that’s all about the vibe you are going for,” says Simon, who was raised in […]

Architecture, Design


Architect Anders Lasater creates a light-filled Kings Road retreat for a creative couple anticipating life as empty-nesters By Kedric FrancisPhotos by Brett Hillyard When Laguna Beach architect Anders Lasater was hired to design a home on Kings Road in Newport Beach, he knew that amplifying the spectacular harbor, ocean, and city views from the lot that’s perched above PCH would be a primary focus of his creativity. He collaborated closely with his clients, a couple […]

Real Estate


Orange County’s Top Design Talent Creates a Home Worthy of Its Location  By Alexandria Abramian  Mark Hammond has found everything from an octopus to stingrays and even a sand shark swimming in his Laguna Beach saltwater tide pool, maritime visitors transported by the waves into one of only six such pools along the Laguna Coast. The visitors rarely stay beyond one tidal cycle, offering a coastal experience as dramatic as the geysers that travel from […]