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


Orange County homes were saved from the fire this time. Images of Paradise lost circa 2018 give us cause to imagine what could have been—and inspire a pause to give thanks.  Photos by Brett Hillyard California has four seasons, the old saying goes: earthquakes, mudslides, fires, and riots. As of now, it looks like the 2020 fire season is behind us. And not a second too soon. Five of the top 20 most destructive fires […]



Outdoors is where we want to be this winter. Here’s how a safe and sane ski season is shaping up in the West. By Sabina Dana Plasse Ready to hit the slopes? Here is some intel on what’s happening at some of our favorite downhill destinations. But first, this: “Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of […]


Insider Insights

SECOND IN A SERIES Blue Door Magazine members inspire with insights and insider info from their lives along the Orange County coast Photos by Brett Hillyard JON FLAGG “My son Kyle and I are living and loving the island lifestyle of Lido. It’s summer year-round on this magical island. I enjoy teaching my son and protege Kyle what’s ‘sup’ regarding the real estate market as we paddle around the storybook island neighborhood.” Jon Flagg | […]