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Patio Perfection

Outdoor dining has always been a pleasure at South Coast Plaza. In 2020, it became essential. As Orange County restaurants pivoted to offer outdoor dining in response to the rules and realities of the COVID-19 epidemic, a number of the new and expanded al fresco dining options, while welcome, were not realized with design and aesthetics  in mind. Luckily, the outdoor options at South Coast Plaza have always been lovely, with thoughtfully-designed and artistically-appointed patios, […]

Architecture, Art


A CREATIVE COLLABORATION INSPIRED BY THE LIGHT, AIR, AND SPACE OF A NEW CAMEO SHORES HOME A Photo Essay by Brett Hillyard The stages of Southern California remain dark. Theater, dance, the symphony, opera, rock concerts, Broadway musicals, jazz, cinema: opportunities to gather together to enjoy a communal appreciation of artistry are missing from our lives. Still, there is art being created and enjoyed throughout Orange County. Inviting ballet dancers into a light-filled new house […]



With the need to feed the hungry peaking during the COVID-19 pandemic, Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Harald Herrmann has offered innovative and inspiring leadership. Second Harvest was able to distribute 7.4 million pounds of food to some 500,000 people during a single month recently, and that’s while a third or more of the distribution locations were closed. Still, Herrmann felt the need to raise awareness and inspire philanthropists and volunteers to help, particularly in […]



Glasspar Chef Rob Wilson offers tip and tricks on how he and wife Annique garden, grill, and entertain in their own backyard— and vineyard! Photos by Brett Hillyard Complete with a full outdoor kitchen, bountiful citrus trees, and even a vineyard, the backyard at Rob and Annique Wilson’s home in Laguna Niguel is like their own wine country oasis. An al fresco dining area adorned with festoon lighting hangs over a 10-foot picnic table made […]