Category: Home & Design

Laguna Beach home and design

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Thinking Outside the Box

From house replicas to creative sculptures, Laguna mailboxes transcend the traditional. By Sharon Stello In this artsy town, even the mailboxes are masterpieces: Animal shapes from fish to cows, near perfect house replicas and impressive sculptures dot the streets, waiting…

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Living Design

A Laguna Beach landscape architect is painting the town green with vertical gardens that beautify, enchant and, most of all, show that art comes in many different forms. Laguna Beach is a mecca for some of the country’s finest artists—every…

Sacred Living's Robert Esterley merges classic design principles with holistic healing modalities in his approach.

Design Tips for Creating Calm Spaces at Home

It’s no secret that Laguna Beach has a reputation for being a tranquil place. For those of us who are lucky enough to call this seaside city home, it can sometimes feel like we are living within the spread of…

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Form Meets Function in the Foyer

Like any first impression, the entryway is crucial; it’s the defining moment for your home. But while chic decor is sure to impress visitors, this is also the area where you transition from the outside world to personal space, and…

Jeri Koegel Photography/Courtesy of Gary Finley, American Society of Interior Designers

Stone at Home

In a town that respects its environment and appreciates the allure of the organic, it’s not surprising to see natural stone embraced in interior design. In some instances, it’s edging out popular man-made alternatives like concrete for a more prominent…

Photo by Melissa  Valladares/Tablescape design by Yoshi O’Connor, Floral Fete

Entertain With Ease

This year, it’s your turn to host the holiday soiree—be it Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, the office shindig, an ugly sweater contest or the New Year’s Eve countdown. You love parties and enjoy entertaining, but is your home really prepared to…

Vegetables like carrots and kale can grow in South Laguna Community Garden’s coastal climate. / Photo  by Jody Tiongco

Canyon to Coast: Perfect Picks for Fall Gardens

  Hot summers and frosty winters in the canyon. Harsh salt and wind near the ocean. These dramatic seasonal variances in Laguna’s distinct microclimates can wreak havoc on backyard gardens. “Truthfully, [most] people don’t realize that there’s a difference,” says…

Courtesy of Laguna Beach Historical Society

The Art of Restoring Historic Properties

With its multigabled roofline and ornamental chimneys, the iconic Craftsman-style bungalow at the corner of North Coast Highway and Cliff Drive is a throwback to a simpler time. Constructed in 1917, the building was once a single-family residence and became…

Interior designer Annie Speck layered patterns in her design studio in the canyon. | Photo courtesy of Annie Speck

Pattern Play: Four Tips for Mixing Prints at Home

From assembling an outfit to designing a room, there’s an art to incorporating prints in a way that’s purposeful and fun. It’s a modern look that’s also risky—the wrong addition can make a space feel disjointed or even chaotic—but in…