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Small Wonders

In Laguna, many backyards are short on space, so making the most of every inch is key. By Ashley Breeding   In a temperate region that welcomes outdoor living almost year-round, a yard is essential. In Laguna Beach—particularly in the village area—many homes come with smaller outdoor spaces, often posing a challenge...

A Chef’s Outdoor Oasis

Craig Strong shares his version of backyard paradise at home in Laguna. By Ashley Probst and Laguna Beach Magazine Staff   When not whipping up creative dishes in the kitchen at Hotel Laguna, acclaimed local chef Craig Strong enjoys cooking in the backyard and dining alfresco with family at his home in...

Fresh-Air Feasts

From avant-garde grills to all-weather materials, outdoor kitchens and dining spaces serve as a natural extension of one’s home. By Ashley Probst   The picturesque summer evening consists of balmy weather and an outdoor gathering with lots of laughter, crisp drinks and barbecued fare shared with loved ones. Combine this with the...

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Local experts provide insight on raising your own farm-to-table produce. By Tanya A. Yacina   Imagine tender carrots plucked straight from the soil, then rinsed, chopped and added to a soup only moments later in a kitchen that’s just steps from the garden. Or plump, red tomatoes harvested from the vine and...

Serving Up Style

Some of Laguna’s hottest restaurants offer design inspiration a la carte. By Ashley Breeding and Sharon Stello   As a new wave of restaurants emerge in Laguna Beach, so does diversity in design. From mainstays like Broadway by Amar Santana to reimagined spaces like Larsen at historic Hotel Laguna, this beach town...

Living A Dream

Local artisan Andrew Soliz gives new life to old trees with his furniture business, Tatankamani Woodworks. By Ashley Ryan   Every business has a story, but few are as compelling as that of Tatankamani Woodworks. Laguna Beach resident Andrew Soliz opened up the woodworking shop—a vast unit that doubles as a workspace...

What’s Old Is New

A design-savvy south Laguna couple has started upcycling furniture to give new life to unwanted gems. By Ashley Breeding   When south Laguna interior designer Sophia Walker noticed an uptick in quality furnishings being discarded on neighborhood sidewalks or sold on Facebook Marketplace, a lightbulb went on. At S. Walker Designs, she already...

Front and Center

More than just an entryway to a home, the front yard has emerged as a central sanctuary worthy of its own design. By Elizabeth Nutt   While hunkering down due to the COVID-19 pandemic certainly brought unforeseen challenges, silver linings on the homefront also abounded. For many, extra time—or newfound motivation—led to...

Poolside Paradise

Local experts offer tips for designing an oasis for relaxing at home this summer. By Ashley Breeding   In the 1970s, photographer Slim Aarons became famous for his iconic seaside and pool scenes. Capturing beautiful subjects—slim, tan and quintessentially Southern California—his images have also become synonymous with local pool culture, not only...

Backyard Bartending

Creating a bar on your home’s back patio provides a place to experiment with cocktail creations while enjoying Laguna’s blissful weather. By Theresa Boehl   From low-key lighting to the subtle clink of ice, there’s nothing quite like the seductive atmosphere of a cocktail bar. While there’s no lack of places to...