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Mark and Bryan Burkhart work with a powerhouse home team to build a new breed of spec home in Newport Heights By Alexandria Abramian The timeline was exceptional by pre-pandemic standards. Now, it’s the stuff of home building dreams. But Bryan and Mark Burkhart, founders and principals of Newport Beach-based build company Burkhart Brothers, were determined to build an exceptional spec home in record time in 2019. And they wanted to do so without cutting […]



What are the most important buildings in Orange County—the most architecturally significant, the most beautiful? What built spaces and public places make us unique? These are the questions Blue Door Magazine will address (with the aid of experts, architects, authors, and our members) in coming months as we explore Iconic OC. Photos by Marvin Rand | Drawings by Stanley A. Westfall | Photos and architectural drawings from Historic American Buildings Survey, 1968 Designed by Rudolph […]



Fine art photographer Hugh Foster finds the balance between grace and strength at two iconic Orange County works of art For Hugh Foster, architecture is more than mere backdrop. It is an essential part of the artistic conversation between subject and setting. The sinewy structure of a body’s musculature is juxtaposed against mineralized stone, veins visible against alabaster/bronzed bone. A dancer’s pose is fleeting against the granite structure’s permanence. But here, in Foster’s lens, they’re […]



Warmth, elegance, and opulence: Interior designer Sue Capelli recruits an all-star design cast to create a next-level estate in Crystal Cove By Alexandria Abramian | Photography by Chad Mellon It isn’t every day that a designer works on a canvas as commanding at this 26,000-square-foot estate perched high in the hills of Crystal Cove. But Sue Capelli, founder of Passione Interior Design, has built a reputation for realizing homes of this magnitude. For this Northern […]