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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


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 […]