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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...

Small Spaces

Transform tiny troves into lush gardens with tips from local horticulturists. By Ashley Ryan   A garden—no matter how big or small—holds a certain kind of magic. Whether you’re dealing with potted plants and colorful flowers or fragrant herbs and verdant vegetables, there’s something poetic about nurturing greenery and watching it grow. But,...

Fired Up

With an array of unique designs, backyard fire pits provide a warm and inviting place to gather. By Tanya A. Yacina   The addition of a fire pit to an outdoor space can offer many benefits, especially when more and more people have been staying home during COVID-19 restrictions, but still want...

The Home Design Experts: Duffek Design & Development

Duffek Design & Development is a full-service design-build firm, specializing in design lead construction for new build and project remodels.

The Home Design Experts: 10 Minutes With Julie Laughton

The design builder shares what homeowners need to know before beginning a remodel and why Laguna is a special place to work.