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Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for over 80 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW July 5 - August 31, 2016 As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. From early July through the end of August, patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more.

In addition to the summer shows, the Festival of Arts has an extensive Permanent Art Collection that is regularly on display at off-site exhibits throughout the year. The Festival of Arts has given more than $3 million in scholarships to Laguna Beach high school students and $2.6 million in grants to local art organizations.


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ART AND STORY TIME Mondays, July 11 - Aug 29 RISING STARS MUSIC SERIES Tuesdays, July 12 - Aug 30 ART TALKS: A LECTURE SERIES Wednesdays, July 13 - Aug 31 ART, JAZZ, WINE, & CHOCOLATE Thursdays, July 7 - Aug 25 CONCERTS ON THE GREEN Saturdays, July 9 & 23, Aug 6 & 20 FAMILY ART DAY Saturday, July 16 FESTIVAL RUNWAY FASHION Saturday, August 13 BOOKS AND BRUNCH Sunday, July 24 & August 21 For a complete listing of events and exhibits, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org

PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS - WHERE ART COMES TO LIFE July 7 - August 31, 2016 The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of arts. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. With an expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters has won recognition as the best presentation of its kind. Shows are nightly during the Festival of Arts summer schedule.

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That's the Spirit


hen I was a little girl, I loved to dress up and go to parties. I reveled in the idea of picking out the perfect party dress and spending hours chatting with friends. I remember reading one of my report cards that came home on carbon paper (this was long before the digital era!)—perfect grades, with a comment that read, “Amy is an excellent student, but she needs to talk less in class.” At the time, I hopelessly tried not to let something so trivial overshadow my year’s academic success, but looking back, that teacher was really on to something! Not much has changed over the years… I still get caught up in meeting new people, sharing a few laughs and hearing about their lives. I’ve discovered that if I listen, I’m often inspired.

conviviality and hard work members of our local community put forth in a collective and relentless effort to help others in need. People—busy people—who dedicate so much of themselves on behalf of individuals and worthy causes that in many ways touch and affect us all. Through them, I’ve been party to so many beautiful stories that have resulted from altruism at its most inspiring. And isn’t that something to talk about?

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So it was recently, at a charity function benefitting CHOC—an event that I attended solo, but, of course, found myself in familiar territory, befriending the person next to me and answering a question that, as an editor, I’ve been asked at least a dozen times: “Do you ever get tired of going to these events?” Me?, I mused to myself. Despite the proverbial search for the perfect party dress (I haven’t already been seen wearing), I replied as I always do, with a humble, “No, actually.” Because the fact of the matter is, I love people, excite at the idea of a guest list that presents an opportunity to move among an interesting new circle, especially if part of a tremendous cause. Among the perks of my present post is attending many of the charity events that we cover throughout our Faces + Places pages; some like the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild's Gala, supporting CHOC Children’s patients and families, and others like Table for 10, a culinary extravaganza that benefits Vocational Visions, a program that provides support to adults with disabilities and The Teen Project, which helps teens aging out of the foster care system. While I may not personally relate to every cause, I can say this: No matter how many events I attend, I am positively touched (usually to tears) by the support,



Also worthy of conversation is an exotic getaway, so in this issue, we’ve got where to stay, shop and eat in Hong Kong and where to dance and peruse the arts in Buenos Aires. Closer to home, we cover new restaurant openings like Marin, and spectacular homes and architecture worth discovering. So whether you’re staying home for the sunny season or spending summer abroad, seek kinship within confines both far and familiar. Our own community is not only beautiful and inspiring in its own right, but as a place we are so fortunate to call home. It rouses within us something far more than a coveted address ever could—true community spirit, a chance to be the life—and soul—of the party.

AMY ADAMS, Editor in Chief amy@baskmagazine.com

(above) CHOC Glass Slipper Guild's 22nd Annual Gala at Balboa Bay Resort (page 131). Photo by John Watkins.

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Founder of the Fashion Odyssey blog, Anne Mack has always been fascinated by the apparel industry—from fashion manufacturing to design and styling. In bask’s fashion pages, she shares this season’s hautest styles. “I’m on the hunt for a fun cold shoulder top to try out this summer. I think it would be a great addition to my wardrobe since it’ll keep me cool while also minimizing the appearance of my upper arms,” she says. Anne’s top three accessories to beat the heat with: parasols, sunglasses with UV protection and hair tie bracelets.

An avid arts enthusiast, Beth Fhaner takes in all the sights and sounds of one of Orange County’s most beloved summer traditions, the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, which she details in “Sawdust’s Golden Gala.” “From browsing original artwork by Laguna Beach artists to viewing the live art demonstrations to enjoying live music, Sawdust offers a unique experience for art enthusiasts,” she says. “There’s something kind of magical about the whole Sawdust experience.” Beth’s top three favorite media at the festival: oil paintings, photography and hand-blown glass.







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Joseph Aldrich shares his expert advice on how to stay cool this season with some of the hottest trends for men. “We will be seeing a lot of clean silhouettes in cool solids, with a bit of architecture going into shirts and trouser cuts,” he says. “I’m appreciating the return to simplicity that has been coming down the runways for this season!” Joseph’s top three summer-ready staples: super chic, slick sunglasses, linen T-shirts and the perfect man bag.

A true lover of literature, Danielle Accovelli shares a bounty of exquisite tomes on everything from art and design to cooking and travel perfect for languid summer days spent reading under the sun. “One of my favorite things to do once the weather turns warm is lay on a lounge chair by the pool or ocean while reading a good book,” she says. Danielle’s top three timeless reads: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Middlemarch by George Eliot.


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Through September 25

Laguna Art Museum brings the works of Los Angeles artist Peter Krasnow center stage with an exquisitely curated, comprehensive exhibition spanning the artist’s career. From Krasnow’s early Art Deco realist portraits, to his famous interlocking, hand-carved wood sculptures, the “Demountables,” to his later abstract paintings contrasting bright colors with dark political realities, this display skillfully highlights the contemporary currency of the artist’s works.




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Shakespeare’s most chilling tragedy casts its spell over audiences with a positively electrifying new rendition of the lauded masterpiece. Tempted by an evil prophecy and encouraged by his scheming wife, Macbeth descends deep into the abyss of his own ruthless ambition as he murders his way to the throne of Scotland. Performed by a remarkable cast, the production seamlessly marries fierce battle scenes and supernatural horrors with Shakespeare’s enchanting poetry and colorful characters, making for a truly magical performance.





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This best-loved art and theatrical event will play matchmaker with its 2016 show, Partners, which sets out in search of the stories behind compelling collaborations that have led to the creation of art masterpieces. Celebrating all forms of partnerships— between husbands and wives, artists and models, even artists and their patrons—this stunning showcase is sure to excite and inspire.

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Although renowned for his daring, decidedly modern paintings, Picasso also produced a prodigious collection of prints over his seven-decade career. Always pushing the boundaries in what could be realized in each medium, the artist’s work with printers allowed him to sustain his lifelong commitment of fostering innovative techniques through unorthodox methods. Putting these prized prints on display, LACMA celebrates the great achievements of these vital collaborations.




July 19 - July 31

SCFTA is alive with The Sound of Music! The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again captivate audiences of all ages with its spirited, romantic and heartwarming scenes that tell of growing up, embracing family and finding one’s own song. Under the direction of three-time Tony Awardwinning director Jack O’Brien, and including a timeless score of memorable classics like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Every Mountain,” this breathtaking new production refreshes one of musical theater’s greatest glories.

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July 26 through November 13

During a time when contemporary art was dominated by abstraction, conceptualism and minimalism, a daring group of painters decided to depict the human figure and everyday landscapes in groundbreaking new ways. Works from the remarkable “School of London,” comprised of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach and R.B. Kitaj, are now featured in an inspiring exhibition at The Getty. baskmagazine.com




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by Chris Santella In this ode to the great outdoors, author Chris Santella explores the world’s top spots for pitching a tent, sparking a campfire and sleeping under the stars. From historic U.S. national parks to sites further off the beaten path in Belize, Chile and Namibia, each scenic destination featured in this camping consortium has something to offer all—from the novice camper to the seasoned outdoorsman. Locations are further brought to life with brilliant, vibrant photography capturing nature’s rare and beautiful wonders. $24.95; AbramsBooks.com


THE JOY OF LESS by Francine Jay In this organizing opus, founder of Miss Minimalist, Francine Jay, shares her secrets on how to give homes a fresh, new look by developing a minimalist mindset to decluttering. As the authority on all things organized, Jay shows how using simple methods, as opposed to “crash cleaning,” on a single draw or a whole room can reclaim a space and allow those with a hectic lifestyle to finally gain a serene environment. This new edition of the beloved original has been completely redesigned and repackaged, featuring never-before-seen content. $16.95; ChronicleBooks.com 28


DREAM TREEHOUSES by Alain Laurens, Daniel Dufour, Ghislain Andre and La Cabane Perchee French design company La Cabane Perchee pays homage to the whimsical childhood dream of escaping the world to live high up in a treehouse with a captivating collection of 40 extraordinary treehouses in this most lively tome. From the United States to France, Italy, Spain and Russia, each dwelling boasts a completely customized design, taking into account both the owners’ personal styles and the wellbeing of the host tree. Expert design insight is paired with stunning images of both the exteriors and interiors of these palatial perches, showcasing innovative architecture at its highest level. $45; AbramsBooks.com

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RODIN by Raphael Masson and Veronique Mattiussi A formative figure in the realm of sculpture, Auguste Rodin’s groundbreaking, and oftentimes controversial, works showcased an expressive style indicative of a man well ahead of his time. This breathtaking book traces the life and work of the master sculptor, from his early years as an apprentice to his most celebrated works—The Kiss, The Thinker and The Gates of Hell—to his tumultuous final years ridden with illness and war. Richly illustrated with photographs of Rodin’s sculptures, this tome, like the artist himself, simply transcends time. $29.95; RizzoliUSA.com



by Francesc Zamora Mola Abounding with inspiration on every page, this adage to outdoor living offers expert insight on creating bespoke spaces to make the most of one’s surrounds—from inviting terraces and patios to blooming rooftop decks and balconies. Generously illustrated with 600 vibrant, full-color photographs of projects from across the globe, the book reveals how each exterior space—from classic urban roof gardens to clean, modern terraces—speaks to both its environment and the individuals inhabiting it. Whether perusing for your next project or simply admiring the stunning photography, this sumptuous sourcebook is sure to spark interest. $35; RizzoliUSA.com


6 THE ANTI-INFLAMMATION COOKBOOK by Amanda Haas with Dr. Bradly Jacobs Director of Culinary for Williams-Sonoma Amanda Haas and physician Dr. Bradly Jacobs prove the perfect collaborators for this enticing tome dedicated to reducing inflammation and providing a pathway to a healthier life. Throughout this creative cookbook find decadently delicious dishes, like CranberryOrange Granola with Toasted Pecans, Fresh Lentil Salad with Roasted Cauliflower and Crispy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, that set a new standard for healthful cooking. Paired with sumptuous colored photography, this taste-tempting tome is hard to resist. $27.95; ChronicleBooks.com

AVEDON/ WARHOL INTRODUCTION by Larry Gagosian, essays by Michael Bracewell and Ara H. Merjian Art world rebels Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol rose to prominence in postwar America with their provocative creations, produced in response to the ever-changing cultural clime. This most memorable monograph places the two artists’ works side-by-side, emphasizing common controversial themes such as social and political power and the inevitability of mortality. As both artists believed in the power of an image to seduce, amuse and shock, the brilliantlyrendered colored and black-and-white illustrations featured throughout the book are sure to pique interest for art lovers of all stripes. $100; AbramsBooks.com baskmagazine.com



ITG Sawdust


Laguna Beach’s iconic art festival celebrates 50 years WRITTEN BY BETH FHANER


nfluential French artist Paul Cézanne once said, “Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” He wasn’t referring to Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Art Festival, of course, but the painter’s quote does befit the event’s seamless confluence of art and nature. The festival’s grounds are part of what makes the Sawdust experience so enchanting. Located in a 150-yearold eucalyptus grove in Laguna Canyon, the unique setting features a handcrafted village of artists set along sawdust-covered paths.

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Sawdust Art Festival, which is commemorating the milestone with a new theme, “Celebrating the Soul of Art for 50 Years!” Held daily from June 24 to August 28, the nonjuried event showcases the fine art and craft of more than 200 Laguna Beach artists, as well as live entertainment on three stages, artist demonstrations, hands-on art workshops for all ages, and a variety of gourmet foods, beer and 30


organic wine. The festival’s diverse range of media includes paintings, handblown and fused glass, ceramics, photography, wood and metal sculpture, clothing and textiles, surf art, jewelry and more.

Since Sawdust’s founding in 1967, art enthusiasts and collectors alike have flocked to the festival to browse original artwork in a casual setting. From the beginning, festival organizers envisioned the event as more of an artists’ “happening” instead of a staid exhibit. As the largest summer art festival in Southern California, the nine-week event draws more than 200,000 visitors worldwide each year. For Sawdust’s 50th celebration, a jam-packed lineup of activities and special features is scheduled, including “Sip, Talk & Walk,” an insider’s guided tour of the grounds with a complimentary wine tasting; a painted vintage VW bus installation; a chalkboard wall; a “Memory Walk” that covers Sawdust’s history and highlights its charming geography; a retro poster display; and a 50th anniversary remembrance book. Additionally, Laguna legend and surf art icon Bill Ogden, whose work has inspired art aficionados at Sawdust for decades, created the 50th anniversary poster. An art festival that is truly unlike any other, Sawdust is a cherished summer tradition, with its 50th year promising to be the best yet. SawdustArtFestival.org

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f there’s something most Southern Californians love more than sunshine and being outdoors in the summer, it’s riding around town in style. Take a cue from San Francisco-based Mozie Bicycles’ founder Darren Buck and skirt around on a two-wheeler that’s equally engineered to be as fashionable as it is functional. After living and working in Beijing, Buck aspired to design a bicycle that was not only beautiful to look at, but also stood the test of time. “Our bikes were born out of the desire to design bicycles that retain comfort and practicality without sacrificing the exterior look,” he says. “Bicycles that uphold classical, stylish cycling heritage while embracing the technologies of the modern world.” With myriad options of moving about town, none can compare with this footprint. Now that’s trendsetting! Starting at $849, MozieBicycles.com. -AA

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The style of clothing can be described as a mix of European chic and laid back California-cool lifestyle. We have a wide variety of styles, catering to a broad demographic. Styles range from casual essentials like threadbare tanks and rock chic t-shirts to classic pieces suitable for work to sophisticated-sexy tops and dresses for weddings or a night out on the town. We’re also excited about our recently introduced, amazingly cute novelty kids clothing line serving ages 2–10. We also carry beautiful decorative candles, gifts and accessories. How does this resonate with your clientele and the Orange County lifestyle?

I believe OC life emanates effortless cool style; it’s fashion with an edgy twist, and so are the unique items you’ll find at Jeanni Champagne Boutique. Our store features leading edge brands, premium denim, up-and-coming designers, and also carries the hottest fashion trends. We have a welcoming vibe, and, not to mention, the best customer service!

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Where do you find inspiration for your buying?

Jeanni Champagne BOUTIQUE Effortlessly chic and always elegant, the fashions found at Jeanni Champagne Boutique reflect both current style trends and that of its owner, Jeandre Braak.

From growing up in South Africa to traveling throughout Europe, specifically to fashion inspiration meccas like London, Paris, Italy and Spain, to now living in California these past four years. I get inspired by women with effortlesscool style from all over. How has Jeanni Champagne’s style evolved over the years?

I try to stay true to a core, classic style that I believe should represent the boutique’s overall image and try to complement it with curated, trendy, fashionable styles of the time. The style and lines we carry have evolved into a unique product mix that you don’t find anywhere else. What pieces can we expect to see this season? How do they differ from last year?

From romantic ruffles to mismatched prints, a host of exciting new trends have emerged. The trend last year was photography by TONY FLOREZ more focused on an androgynous aesthetic and boyfriendlike dressing, which, this season has changed to a softer, more feminine take on fashion. Bohemian inspirations are also still very Hailing from South Africa, Jeandre combines the fashion sensibility she much at the forefront of the season’s style trends. gained there with the influences she picked up while in Europe and living in Southern California to curate an exquisite collection of top-designer What trends are you personally looking forward to most this summer? styles for the boutique. Coupled with excellent customer service and I’m into the romantics of the new season; so free flowing dresses with the business savvy of her mother, Annette van der Laan, every aspect of soft, beautiful floral prints. Jeanni Champagne Boutique echoes flawless grace and sophistication.




What is your process for selecting the pieces/ brands that you carry?

Most days include researching new brands, reading the latest fashion magazines and following local bloggers to make sure I’m up to date on social media and fashion trends. I also do regular sales analysis to see what products sell well, because it’s very important to be aware of what your customers want and need. Some of our key lines currently include AG Jeans, Bella Dahl, Chaser Brand, Current/Elliott, David Cline, Ella Moss, Freddy Jeans, Paige Premium Denim, Joseph Ribkoff, Splendid, Ted Baker & Vitamin-A Swim, to name a few. How do you curate an exceptional shopping experience for your clients?

I believe we offer a truly unique selection of interesting and beautiful things in an equally beautiful environment. Our sales stylists are friendly, very welcoming and passionate about helping you find something you’ll love. What is your success secret to owning a boutique? Timing, resilience and old-school values. The buying process needs to be a perfect balance. You need to be able to spot trends way in advance and have them be in your store at the right time, and in the right quantities. Entrepreneurship is also a rollercoaster: when it goes well it’s wonderful, but when it’s slow it’s important to keep your head up, be resilient and remember the tide always changes. The last and single most important thing I believe in is old-school good values, which my mom taught me. For example, we still send hand-written birthday cards, including gift vouchers, to our birthday club members. Living in a techy age it’s easy to mass email, but there is a disconnect there so we try to maintain a personal touch where we can.

Jeannie Champagne

Any advice for aspiring boutique owners?

You can’t ever truly prepare yourself for the journey, so do all your homework and just go for it. It’s very rewarding and worth all the hard work to do something you truly love every day. What still makes you so passionate about this business today?

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Both emanating effortlessly-chic California style, Jeandre poses with her daughter in front of the boutique’s new novelty kids clothing line.

I’ve always loved all things fashion related, so this is a dream job for me. It’s a challenging job, but a dream job nonetheless. There are still so many goals I’ve set for myself and things I would like to achieve for the boutique and in the industry. Final note…

Follow us on Instagram at shopjeannichampagne and like our Facebook fan page at Jeanni Champagne Boutique. I would also like to thank everyone for the continued support.

JEANNI CHAMPAGNE BOUTIQUE 21111 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92657 949.645.6731 | SHOPJEANNI.COM



ENTREPRENEUR | DAVID LOB + BASK LIBERTY DIAMONDS 18009 Sky Park Circle, Suite A, Irvine, CA 92614 949.261.8663 | LIBERTYDIAMONDS.COM

How does your background in diamond cutting and gemology distinguish Liberty Diamonds from its competitors?

As a diamond cutter, I’ve got the edge to distinguish a good stone from a bad one, and the knowledge of gemology gives me the advantage to avoid poorly cut diamonds with imperfections that can compromise durability with everyday wear and tear. In turn, we can hand-select the finest diamonds that will truly be “Forever.”

Master Diamond Cutter David Lob (right) and son, Troy Lob (left), of Liberty Diamonds

You also work closely with your son Troy. Why is it important for you to pass on your passion and knowledge?

My son Troy came on board in 1999, straight out of college, where he focused his studies on business. Like me, he always loved collecting rocks that he found and was extremely interested in what I did from an early age. So in other words, he grew up in the business and excelled photography by TONY FLOREZ in learning gemology at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, where he was the top of his class. He was passionate to learn more about diamonds, and he loved working with people. He now teaches me about the latest Master Diamond Cutter David Lob first became interested in the art of gemology as a trends and techniques, so I am very proud of him. young boy growing up in South Africa. After relocating to Southern California, Lob opened Liberty Diamonds, which has quickly become a gem of its own in the jewelry How do you strive to foster more of a “college classroom feel” business. Here, the master cutter shares his expertise on selecting the right diamond, the rather than a sales atmosphere at Liberty Diamonds? latest technology and trends, and his passion for the industry.

Liberty Diamonds

Liberty Diamonds

What was it about diamonds that piqued your interest at such a young age?

I’ve always been interested in gemstones and diamonds, especially growing up in South Africa. When on hikes, I was the kid always picking stones off the ground as I truly enjoyed collecting gems and learning about how they could be made into jewelry. What led you from a career in diamond cutting to opening Liberty Diamonds?

While in South Africa, I was contacted by the largest international diamond firm in the world at that time, and they gave me an opportunity to be the Lead Cutter in their offices in San Clemente, California. As I wanted to give my two young boys the best opportunity possible, my wife and I decided to take the coveted position in California and relocate from our home town of Johannesburg, South Africa. During the recession in the early ‘80s, the firm closed up shop. This gave me the opportunity to purchase the right tools and hire the best cutters in the USA to open Liberty Diamond Cutters in 1982. With our expertise in diamond cutting, we became the premier diamond cutters in the United States. With a little pressure from my wife, we hired a Master Jeweler and started manufacturing fine jewelry. As we cut our own diamonds and imported directly from the source, our prices could not be beat for the quality, experience and services we offered. Eventually we opened our doors to the public and became “Liberty Diamonds,” though we still stay true to our roots and cut on a regular basis in the OC location. 50


Unlike most jewelers, we do not use commissions as we do not want a heavy pressure sales atmosphere. Instead our team is comprised of gemological experts with years of experience in the jewelry industry. We have nothing to hide and we truly want the client to make the right educated choice when choosing a diamond that will be in their family for hopefully generations to come. This is a team effort with a teacher (the gemologist) and a student (the client), that way we can educate you on what to look for and what to avoid, and in turn the client can make an educated decision in a low-pressure atmosphere. How do you work with clients throughout the custom design process to ensure their vision is realized?

We have a team of award-winning designers that are truly the best at their craft. Cristina Pucci, our head designer, does the CAD renditions and works hand-in-hand with the client and our jewelers to make sure the project is executed to perfection. Anyone can come in with an idea, Pinterest page or pictures and we can guide even the most discerning client in the best course of action to bring their idea to fruition.


Buenos Aries

The chic lobby of Hotel Clasico welcomes visitors to the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Photo courtesy of Hotel Clasico.




Buenos Aries

Argentina Dream Dance, drink and soak up the arts in Buenos Aires—the jewel of South America WRITTEN BY JENNY PETERS PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNY PETERS & HOTEL CLASICO


uenos Aires. These two words conjure up visions of tango dancing in the streets, sophisticated dining and Eva Peron standing on the balcony of the Pink House singing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” The wife of Argentina’s former president, Juan Peron, is long gone, yet fans of the famed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on her life, Evita, will find memories of her easy to summon while gazing up at the balcony of the Casa Rosada (aka “Pink House,” the country’s presidential mansion), from where she loved to address the porteños (citizens) of her city. Truly, no trip to Buenos Aires is complete without a wander across the Plaza de Mayo for a look at this pretty in pink landmark and, nearby, the majestic Catedral Metropolitana (Pope Francis’s former seat). Must-see visits also include Teatro Colón, the massive opera house and arts theater, along with the incredible tombs of Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita Peron



herself and many other of the city’s wealthiest are buried. All are in the storied and posh neighborhoods of Monserrat and Recoleta, home to haute couture shopping, the elegantly modern Four Seasons Hotel and El Ateneo Grand Splendid, the eye-poppingly grand theater built in 1919 that has been transformed into a huge bookstore. But it is in the more recently formed barrios (neighborhoods) in Buenos Aries, known as the “Jewel of South America,” where some really exciting things are happening in the arts, fashion and culinary scenes. Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood are two hot spots, where Hotel Clásico—the newest boutique hotel from Adolfo Suaya, the Argentine chef/hotelier/entrepreneur known for Casa Suaya Hotel, in Uruguay, and a string of popular L.A. restaurants including Gaucho Grill and Dolce— has made its home.

(opposite, clockwise from far left) Hotel Clasico’s comfortable, eclectic decor makes it a lovely Bs.As. home base. (this page) El Ateneo Grand Splendid, the theater turned bookstore. A lovely tomb sculpture at Recoleta Cemetery. The Teatro Colón opera house. Angels look over the dead at Recoleta Cemetery.

Hotel Clásico is a relaxed and luxurious place, a charming 32-room inn filled with thoughtful touches and amenities. The hotel boasts a beautiful two-bedroom, three-bath penthouse with a huge balcony as well as Mooi, the popular dining spot helmed by chef Jessica Lekerman, who is lauded for both her food and pastries. At this very personal place, the staff is exemplary; they immediately learn your name and go out of their way to guide you through the nuances of Argentinean living, including the slightly mysterious ins-and-outs of exchanging dollars for pesos via the “blue market,” which usually nets tourists 30 percent more than changing money via a bank. Regardless of how money is exchanged, Americans will find that their dollars go far in Buenos Aires. The previously mentioned Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho areas near Hotel Clásico are the perfect places to splurge, with lively bars and restaurants dotting the streets, as well as numerous unique boutiques and interesting art galleries, all making for ideal days. Begin with a stroll, then stop for a leisurely

lunch and a bit of browsing before making another stop at a sidewalk café for a cup of mate tea or glass of Malbec from Mendoza. Wander on for more shopping—check out DAM and Agostina Bianchi for chic handmade women’s clothing—or simply meander down the tree-lined, cobblestoned streets, marveling at murals that pop up in unexpected places along the way. Palermo Hollywood is so named for the film and video production houses that have proliferated in the area over the last few years; it’s now where the creative class of porteños come to work and stay to play. Surprisingly, the neighborhood is full of Asian-fusion and Peruvian-Japanese restaurants— there’s even a traditional British fish-and-chips joint called Chipper in this eclectic barrio. Naturally, there are also traditional Argentinean eateries mixed in, with menus chockablock with national pride—steak and asado (other meats), all cooked on an open-fire barbecue. Later, the night comes alive here, with nightclubs, speakeasies and pubs drawing out the neighborhood’s sophisticated denizens for a drink and a dance. To find tango dancers in the street (hoofing it for tips), head across town to the barrio of San Telmo on Sunday, when the area filled with antique shops and cafes presents its weekly market throughout the streets. This is where the dancers congregate. Or, find a more refined version of Argentina’s national dance at Rojo Tango, a breathtaking nightly dinner show held at the Philippe Starck-designed Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero (yet another interesting barrio in the city). Be sure to dance your way to one more barrio before you leave: the incredibly visual arts district, La Boca, filled with brightly-hued buildings along the Caminito (main street), teeming with shops and restaurants, as well as fascinating murals, giant papier-mâché people and clever art installations throughout the area. Tango dancers take to both the streets and the clubs here, and the famed soccer stadium La Bombonera is just a few steps away, where Lionel Messi and other acclaimed futbol players have represented Argentina in international matches. La Boca is a lively place with surprises around every corner—which also describes the whole city of Buenos Aires. It truly is a jewel of a place.

Buenos Aries



Climb the steps to the Big Buddha opposite the Po Lin Monastery

(this page and opposite) Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hong Kong

BEYOND Hanging incense coils inside Man Mo Temple provide a tranquil respite

Hong Kong

Orient Escape Indulge in the height of luxury in Hong Kong WRITTEN BY MICHELLE LYN


haring its northern border with mainland China, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated, not to mention expensive, metropolises. Known for its striking skyline and lush green hills surrounding a deep, natural harbor,

Hong Kong is a vibrant melting pot of culture, cuisine and history. Meaning “fragrant harbour” in Cantonese, Hong Kong has come to represent an international community that is synonymous with business and luxury. Five-star hotels abound amid

a sea of Michelin-star restaurants ranked as the best in Asia. Shopping, spa treatments and outdoor activities make Hong Kong the perfect place for an indulgent getaway. Here, our guide to the Far East capital of extravagance. baskmagazine.com



where to stay

The hotel also offers a “Cooking with the Culinary Stars” series, a unique, hands-on dining experience that allows guests to learn the art of cooking alongside celebrated chefs at the hotel’s distinguished restaurants: SPOON by Alain Ducasse (one Michelin star), Yan Toh Heen (two Michelin stars) and The Steak House, as well as the property’s exclusive location of NOBU.

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THE LANGHAM HONG KONG After the recently completed $30 million renovation given to The Langham Hong Kong, the hotel recalls a luxurious European fashion house. Guest rooms and suites feature lounge areas, fireplaces and lofty views of Canton Road. Personal services set a new five-star benchmark with dedicated Guest Experience Managers catering to bespoke requests, from unpacking suitcases and color-coding clothes in wardrobes, to personalizing pillows and room temperatures. Headlining the new look for the luxury hotel, located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, is Palm Court, a lounge glamorously restyled after its namesake at The Langham, London, where traditional British afternoon tea was first served more than a century ago. Under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Pedro Samper, guests can indulge in a sweet and savory Afternoon Tea, where specialty teas are served in tailor-made “Langham Rose” Wedgwood Chinaware with a special menu by the creative pastry team. And, of course, not to be missed is the hotel’s three Michelin-star T’ang Court Cantonese restaurant. INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG Located on the Kowloon waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island, InterContinental Hong Kong is known for its hospitality, duly noted with its high staff to guest ratio. They also make sure guests can tour the city in style, maintaining a fleet of Mercedes limousines, a Bentley and two Phantom VI Rolls-Royces for hire. Renowned for its magnificent panoramic views of the city’s aforementioned wonders, with three-story plate-glass wrap-around windows, the recently renovated Lobby Lounge is one of Hong Kong’s most picturesque spots to have drinks. 56


FOUR SEASONS HOTEL HONG KONG The epitome of global luxury, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong doesn’t disappoint. The Chinese Wellness Ritual is a decadent experience designed to harness the body’s natural Qi energy field to achieve total inner and outer beauty. Based on a beauty regimen once reserved for royalty, this therapy utilizes all-natural ingredients like cinnamon, honey and rice, items that were once so treasured they were available only to the most elite households. Over the course of this two-hour-plus body and massage experience, the therapist uses gentle strokes to target meridian channels and the Qi to promote the flow of energy, channeling beauty from within. Michelin-star dining also awaits at The Four Seasons— three stars, to be exact. Silver and glass accents enhance the dining experience at Lung King Heen, while an undulating silver-leaf ceiling reflects Hong Kong’s glittering skyline and harbor lights.

(clockwise from top left) Entrance to The Palm Court at The Langham Hong Kong (courtesy TLHK); Enjoy wraparound views of Hong Kong harbour over drinks in the InterContinental Hong Kong Lobby Lounge (courtesy IHK); Indulge in a traditional Chinese treatment at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (courtesy FSHK).

best city views

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is home to Ozone, the highest bar in the world. An elevator whisks guests up to the top floor in seconds, revealing stunning views of the city from its perch atop Kowloon. In the evening, Sevva is one of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong, affording a magical view of the lit-up skyline. For something off the beaten path, try Ping Pong Gintoneria, a hip spot offering unique cocktails, or 001 Speakeasy, a hidden bar in the middle of Graham Street Wet Market. Keep your eyes open or you may just miss the door to this exclusive bar.

where to shop

Tsim Sha Tsui is a giant world bazaar, where an alternate sea of stalls, shops, markets and malls meets Hong Kong’s glittering harbor. The Jade Market and Jade Street are iconic stops in Hong Kong, as jade has been long associated with extended life and good health in Chinese culture, making it a prized material for good-luck charms. The center of Hong Kong’s business district, aptly called Central, is also prime shopping territory. Among the powerful financial institutions, there’s an equally impressive collection of designer boutiques and high-end department stores here, too. Shops are located in a series of buildings, including Alexandra House, Chater House, Prince’s Building and The Landmark. There are widely recognized names like Prada, specialized shops such as Paule Ka for high-end French fashion, Ascot Chang for hand-tailored Italian suits and Baccarat for luxurious crystal and jewelry.

Hong Kong

(clockwise from above) Luxury shopping at a boutique in Hong Kong; Relish the evening skyline from the Sevva Rooftop; Float through the clouds in the Ngong Ping cable car on Lantau Island. Courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board.

For spectacular views of Hong Kong and the best vantage point for skyline photography, visitors venture up to The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. The Peak Tram is a visual experience in its own right. Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers slide past your window at what appear to be impossible angles as you make the ascent to The Peak on the city’s historic railway. The longest running nightly light show in Victoria Harbour is the Symphony of Lights. Colored lights, laser beams and searchlights perform an unforgettable spectacle synchronized to music and narration, celebrating the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. Finally, when you’re ready to slow down and take a break from the city, hit the beach. Known as Hong Kong's "back garden," the district of Sai Kung is located on the eastern side of Hong Kong. Warm, inviting beaches with clear water welcomes locals and visitors alike to rent boats and cruise around the many nearby islands. To end your trip, spend a day on Lantau Island. Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and float through the clouds as you make your way up to the world’s largest outdoor bronzed Buddha statue. Visit the Po Lin Monastery, one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and reflect on a journey well spent, experiencing the best the city has to offer. baskmagazine.com



RelaxWell & Repeat The Resort at Pelican Hill offers a revitalizing Day of Wellness WRITTEN BY AMY ADAMS


hen feeling the need to just “get away,” or to spend some well-earned time pampering yourself, The Resort at Pelican Hill’s Day of Wellness is an obvious choice for indulging in a home away from home experience. “The Day of Wellness treats our guests to a full day of nourishment and rejuvenation for the mind, body and spirit,” says spa director Robin Dunivin. “This thorough approach to wellness features fitness, nutrition, reflection and two high-efficacy spa treatments.” Whether visiting locally or from out of town, entering the lush grounds will feel like a remote escape to paradise. The Palladianinspired resort, located on the brim of Newport Coast, favors the kind of architecture often seen throughout parts of Northern Italy. Sitting on 504 acres, the expansive property features 58



204 bungalow guest rooms and 128 villas, ensconced in rolling green hills with alfresco seating overlooking the blue beyond. Commence your stay with an intimate epicurean evening at Pelican Grill’s Tasting Table (available for groups of 6 to 10), where lauded chef Luke Turpin will tailor a bountiful meal derived from fresh, indigenous ingredients, pairing each course with wine that fully enhances the meal’s savory flavors. “I collaborate closely with our food purveyors and have them send me their best products. Many times, these special items come in limited quantities that can only be served to a small group of guests,” explains Turpin. “The Tasting Table is my pride and joy. It has been a delight to include our food purveyors, as well as farmers, in this process to provide the best possible experience for every guest that joins us.”

After a restful night’s sleep in one of the resort’s astounding ocean view accommodations, burn off the evening’s indulgences with an earlymorning hike on the pristine sands of Crystal Cove or challenge yourself with an hour-long boot camp at the Spa Movement Studio, where you can take part in a fast-paced, calorieburning mix of strength training and cardio. Following a healthy workout, relish in an 80-minute coastal renewal treatment at Pelican Hill’s award-winning spa (honored for six consecutive years with Forbes five-star rating), beginning with an exfoliating salt scrub followed by a detoxifying massage of warm, aromatic oils and decadent body butters. “[This] treatment not only includes a scrub and wrap, but also steps it up a notch by hydrating the skin with a body butter massage to finish,” notes Dunivin. After the treatment, nourish your body with

(clockwise from far left) One of the resort’s astounding ocean view accommodations; lauded chef Luke Turpin of Pelican Grill’s Tasting Table; a tranquil retreat awaits at Pelican Hill’s award-winning spa.

organic lunch selections such as Burrata Salad or FreeRange Chicken Breast in the Spa Suite, an ideal location for personal gatherings. Then, take part in a unique and enlightening Happiness and Harmony workshop led by Morgan McKean, designed to help empower and achieve a greater knowledge of what’s required to encourage balance and harmony in life. With this renewing workshop, one is able to take a step back from the busy tasks of everyday life and evaluate their complete picture of balance and fulfillment, getting in touch with one’s true self. “Participants come away with a clearer approach and lasting adjustments to the masterpiece they’re creating in their everyday lives,” says McKean. At the expert hands of one of the resort’s skilled estheticians, conclude the wellness experience with a Natura’s luxurious Diamond Facial, using multi-active ingredients—like marine originating DNA—that are gently massaged into the face and décolletage, nourishing the skin and giving it a lift-like look. “Known fondly as our “red carpet ready facial,” Natura’s Diamond Experience reveals an immediate and recognizable difference, similar to a cosmetic lift,” says Dunivin. “At the end of the day, our guests leave the Spa with a comprehensive sense of renewal and balance.” Complete your total state of relaxation with a 30-minute mediation session, a final opportunity to clear your mind before departure, where you’ll toast to health and wellness with a glistening flute of bubbly.







Kunzite Necklace, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. BCBG Maxazria Dress in Bare Pink, available at Saks Fifth Avenue South Coast Plaza.


Easy, elegant fashions for a sun-soaked season ...


Sapphire and Smokey Quartz Oval Drop Earrings, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. Platinum Laundry Dress in Cream Tan Cocktail, available at Saks Fifth Avenue South Coast Plaza. (opposite) Spring Sensation Collection Earrings including Multi-colored Sapphires and Diamonds, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. European Collared Mesh Dress in Navy, available at Novecento Boutique Newport Beach.



Pearl and Diamond Necklace, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. Floral Off the Shoulder Crop Top, available at Novecento Boutique Newport Beach. (opposite) Cabachon Tanzanite and Pink Sapphire Ring, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. Fringe Suede Bootie in Cognac, available at Novecento Boutique Newport Beach.



Black Diamond and Tahitian Pearl Necklace and Black Diamond Bangle Bracelet, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. Ella Moss Maxi Dress in Berry, available at Jeanni Champagne Newport Coast. (opposite) Cabachon Tanzanite and Beaded Pink Sapphire Tassel Earrings, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. Ted Baker Alexie Floral Midi Dress, available at Jeanni Champagne Newport Coast. Crochet Suede Bootie in Navy, available at Novecento Boutique Newport Beach.



Tanzanite Drop Earrings, available at Winston’s Crown Jewelers Newport Beach. Navajo Kaftan, available at Novecento Boutique Newport Beach.


TEAM WORK A dynamic Orange County realtor-builder duo create a blueprint for success WRITTEN BY WENDY BOWMAN





The spacious openconcept living area boasts a stunning chef’s kitchen with quartz countertops and custom cabinetry, a living room with stacked limestone fireplace, and a formal dining room, all of which open to a veranda overlooking charming Corona del Mar. (opposite page) The entryway landing poses as a beautiful, naturally-lit area to showcase art. From the landing, a hardwood staircase leads to the master suite and guest rooms.





hen realtor Summer Lynne Perry first met high-end custom home builder/developer Scott Cross at a coffee shop on Balboa Peninsula in 2011, she had just purchased a newly constructed home nearby and was seeking answers to some lingering questions she had about the dwelling. Shortly thereafter, the pair met up at Perry’s home to address her concerns.

“I had just passed my broker’s exam and had recently hung my license with Surterre Properties, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to let him know that if I could do anything to help him real estate-related in the future, I would love the opportunity,” remembers Perry. About a month later, she got her chance. Cross, who was building a new home for his dad in Irvine Terrace, referred Perry for an interview. Adding to her successful repertoire that year, she got the job—her first $6 million listing, which she sold in record time.

That’s when their professional relationship began to bloom, and the twosome have collaborated ever since; with Perry scouting and pitching promising new and off-market property listings to Cross, who works out the costs of each dwelling, devising the necessary margins and coming up with an offer price. Then Cross sets out to build grand properties with stylish finishes that appeal to the masses, while Perry softly markets and lists each property once the firstfloor walls go up. “Summer and I work together like brother and sister...without the bickering,” says Cross, longtime owner of SC Homes, which builds mostly in Newport Beach. “She knows what I look for and what I can do to properties; she has a great vision, which is a quality most don’t have.”


While Perry maintains that Cross is the brainchild behind the builds, complete with a keen eye for trending design, he often turns to the creative agent for help setting up design gallery appointments or for feedback on what she’s seeing in other homes selling nearby. He also typically sends her copies of the floor plans before they are submitted for approval, gleaning her advice on what might be missing or in the wrong spot.

“It’s nice, because before I sold real estate, I worked for K. Hovnanian Homes, where I received a degree in light construction and development management,” Perry says. “So, having opportunities to be a part of the design process with a custom builder reminds me that getting that extra certification offers a unique selling proposition over some of my competition. I love that I still get to review and read plans every now and again.”




(clockwise from top left) A lightfilled private dressing room with access to a quaint outdoor patio. A capacious bedroom adjoined by a private bath that brilliantly showcases a dark and light contrast of opulent tile and modern cabinetry. An open, airy rooftop deck that captures stunning views of the Pacific.


Interiors For the pair’s most recent project, they settled on a large lot in Corona del Mar, then proceeded to tear down the previous home to make way for a larger abode with a split-level view. The result: a stunning yet rustic 2,800-square-foot, three-level modern farmhouse-style home at 318 Poppy Avenue, completed spring of 2016, with additional help from local architect Mark Teale, of Costa Mesa-based Teale Architecture. Listed for $4.49 million, the five-bedroom, five-bath residence instantly exudes the charm and genteel lifestyle of the South with its exterior white pillars and sprawling porches, while the interior sports custom design elements such as quartz countertops; light-gray, hand-stained split-finished cabinetry; a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stacked limestone fireplace; and an open, spacious chef ’s kitchen, along with a combination of French white oak hardwood and natural stone throughout the home and coordinating designer marble tile in the baths and laundry room.

The shortlist of standout features includes a striking and expansive living, kitchen and dining room area with Fleetwood pocket doors opening onto a deck boasting views of Newport Coast to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south; an inviting rooftop deck; and a front entry featuring a concrete walkway flanked by shallow ponds and fountains. “I think we make a good team because we ask each other a lot of questions about designs and floor plans, what’s happening with other homes we are working on or selling/remodeling, finishes, styles and more,” Perry says. “It

is a very transparent relationship; we both work really hard doing what we do separately, so when we have the opportunity to work together, there is a mutual respect for each other’s time and commitments to other clients.” So far, their track record has been quite successful. While some of the larger homes in Corona del Mar and Newport Beach have been on the market for more than 365 days, Cross and Perry have been lucky to presell or sell most of the homes they have worked on together in the area in about 45 days. As for what’s ahead for the dynamic duo, they are now working on their first duplex project south of Coast Highway, a new two-level home in Cameo Highlands, as well as an approximately 8,600-square-foot trophy estate on Camden Drive in Cameo Shores (complete with a 2,500-squarefoot garage and “amenities like you wouldn’t believe,” Cross says) that they plan to list for $12.9 million. “Watching 4525 Camden Drive come to life has been an enchanting experience,” says Perry. “Cameo is one of my favorites in Corona del Mar because of its prestige (both in Shores and Highlands), and the sunsets from the view lots are simply some of the best we have to offer here in Newport Beach.” When it comes to this specialized team, one thing’s for sure: Orange County denizens can continue to count on them to concoct many more top-of-the-line housing options in the years to come. Your move.





The elegant master suite boasts a sitting area, cozy fireplace, and a private deck that’s ideal for quiet and relaxation. A gorgeous en-suite bathroom with custom designed marble and tile leads to a spacious walk-in closet.







VILLA TOSCANA A sprawling estate thoughtfully designed to entertain, with miraculous views and loads of room to move, leaves a lasting impression





he moment one enters the secluded property through private gates and meanders down the expansive cobblestone drive toward the home it hosts, water notes from a nearby fountain and sweet hints of orange blossoms and herb aromas swept in by subtle ocean breezes pleasantly awakens the senses. Only then comes the realization that one has arrived someplace truly special.

Stately situated on more than an acre atop one of the tallest peaks in all of North Tustin, which affords 180-degree panoramas from the glistening city lights of Los Angeles to the shimmering sea near Catalina Island, is the magnificent, contemporary Tuscan-style estate, Villa Toscana.


“Passion exudes in the understated elegance of this home and is a tribute to the owners who created this grand yet comfortable home, encompassing the peaceful amenities of the view, the grounds and the home in every detail,” says realtor Kris Wells. “It is the epitome of why people choose North Tustin and a privilege to be a part of showcasing this home and finding the future owner.” Verdant gardens, pavilions, vine-covered arbors and whimsical pergolas frame the fully-fenced, picture-like premise enfolding the 7,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath home at its heart. The setting truly transports, whisking one to a place reminiscent of northern Italy, where relishing in tranquility and the authentic allure of the natural environment is requisite. The arbors here foster a splendid place to perch while lost in wafts of wind breezing through the trees, bestowing a magical sense of romanticism ideal for an intimate celebration or ceremony.

But before the house was even finished, the fall of 1997 saw the Philharmonic Society of Orange County approach its homeowners—philanthropists Dr. John Maggiano, a prominent retinal physician, and his wife, Cheri—about having the home take part in the 1998 Philharmonic House of Design, a monthlong home tour that raises funds for youth music education. It didn’t take much for the Maggianos to accept the idea with open 80


arms. “When they said they usually raise a quarter of a million dollars for children in Orange County… from that one event, that one month home tour, it gave us goosebumps,” says teary-eyed Cheri. “We said, ‘When could we ever do something like that?’” After 10 years of planning, two El Niños, and loads of construction, the home was completed with architectural integrity in 1998. Its emergence revealed an elegant warmth, with innovative appeal and grand use of space and functionality— and just in the nick of time, too. “We didn’t know how long it was going to take to be done, but it literally came together the night of the black-tie dinner for 300 people, that was one of their


fundraisers,” recounts Cheri. “We literally backed our way out of the driveway taking trash at 5pm when the event started at 6pm.” After wondering whether they’d have power that day or if all the pieces would come together, Cheri recalls it being somewhat of “a miracle.” Shortly thereafter, designers began embellishing the home’s interior with paint and furnishings; the Maggianos changed some décor touches after the tour was over, but kept several others intact (and so loved others that they still remain). Inside, the scheme displays an opulent palette of genial and intense bright hues inspired by the Mediterranean, as well as a plethora of lavish

stone flooring throughout, all complemented by dramatic windows capturing a spectacular outlook. The bountiful, open-space plan on the first floor encompasses capacious living and dining areas with sky-high vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows; a chef ’s dream kitchen with a darling walk-in pantry featuring a floor-to-ceiling rolling ladder; and a singular wine room. A rarity in most homes, this kitchen boasts three islands—prep, cooking and a hibachi-style cooktop (also referred to as the “benito bar”)—and an imported Pasquini woodburning pizza oven (actually located inside the kitchen).

Whether they’re curating a dinner for themselves or one auctioned


at a local charity event, the Maggianos enjoy entertaining and maximizing all the spaces of their home. “Sometimes we start with champagne and crostini in the living room, then we might take [guests] to the wine cellar, then come [into the kitchen]… then we might go outside for dinner at sunset,” explains Cheri about a progressive dinner. “We just move around the house.”

Especially unique to this residence is the wine room. It’s not only a two-stage cooling and humidity-controlled space to store wine, but also serves as a sophisticated setting to host up to eight people for dinner and cocktails—all while enjoying dramatic city vistas through an oversized glass window. Adjacent to the wine room is a powder room with a faux wall vanity (inside is a glass panel that looks directly into the wine room) that, over the years, has served as a fun and entertaining conversation piece. “We’ve had a few people open this up when we’ve had parties and be surprised,” says Cheri. In any scenario, all of these cleverly designed components invite a quintessential milieu for lighthearted soirées that spill on to the terrace or intimate dinners with family and friends that end by the fire.

10-person spa, or an expansive lawn area flanked by a sport court for basketball or tennis, a five-burner barbecue, and heaps of lavish gardens and towering trees. Also on property is a 240-squarefoot pool house with a shower and changing rooms; vegetable planters; and abundant fruit trees, such as avocado, apricot and myriad citrus varieties.

Whether one is preparing for a large party or reading a book alone in the secret garden, this home augments any occasion, big or small, creating memories to last a lifetime.


Venture to the second floor, via the elevator or one of the two staircases (one is located near the entry and the other near the living area), passing by some of the home’s Tuscan-inspired murals evoking natural serenity, to three en-suite bedrooms (the fourth en-suite bedroom is located on the first floor) and a picturesque master suite. The luxurious master, replete with a stone fireplace, frescoed walls, rich wood and muted travertine, also includes a substantial bathroom with a spa tub and dual vanities; a quaint area seemingly curated for a massage, yoga or meditation; and a sitting area with a fireplace posing as the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind. All of the rooms render a spacious feeling, with ample-sized walk-in closets, high ceilings and verandas that extend toward breathtaking views. Another of the house’s unique hallmarks is a tremendous amount of proper storage space. For a residence of this size, and ultimately what it’s built for—to host and entertain—the homeowners truly paid strategic attention in creating enough area for one to work on projects and tidily store the likes of party linens and holiday décor in large closets and built-in cabinetry.

The abode’s outside environ equals the loveliness of its interior. The home’s design, with many west-facing windows, blurs the line between indoors and out, allowing one to comfortably wander from one area to the other. Access the backyard through one of the French doors on the main level and land on a patio overlooking a beautiful city line vista and a sizable lap pool with a



A lavish wine room provides ample storage and space to entertain small gatherings while taking in magificent views. (below) An entertainer’s dream, this spacious kitchen boasts three kitchen islands and a Pasqunini woodburning pizza oven.



A beautiful place to relax and unwind, the backyard, surrounded by lush grounds and a lap pool, bestows refuge over magnificent city vistas.



POINT of ELEGANCE Light, open spaces, panoramic views of the Pacific and a locale on coveted Balboa Peninsula make this bayside beauty a serene Sothern California retreat







Interiors here are many people who aspire to live among the beach cities in Southern California, where daily sunshine gleams brightly off crystal blue waters and endless seaside activities abound. While there are a plethora of beautiful coastal communities to occupy, few have the opportunity to reside in one of the most paramount neighborhoods in Newport Beach— Peninsula Point. Its location, mere miles from Balboa Village, Fashion Island, Corona del Mar and John Wayne Airport, paired with around-the-clock views of Newport Bay and the Pacific Ocean, makes it an awe-inspiring retreat. Idyllic climes and sand-filled days aren’t the only characteristics that make this quaint town so charming—it’s steeped in history, too.

Balboa Peninsula, whose namesake derives from Spanish Explorer, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, one of the first Europeans to reach the Pacific from the New World, was originally home to shipping business McFadden Wharf in the late 1800s, otherwise known today as Newport Pier. Not much later, in the early 1900s, a change in land ownership and new developments progressed the area into what is seen today: natural allure encompassed by a mecca of unique residential and recreational architecture, including Newport Beach’s oldest, and likely most well-known, historical landmark, the Balboa Pavilion.

“Balboa’s Peninsula Point is magical. You are surrounded by water and all that it offers; surfing, paddle boarding, world class fishing and boating with friends,” says Chris Moreno, real estate agent for Surterre Properties. “The Peninsula Point association offers a private bay beach and boat dock, chili cook-offs and 4th of July family fun and parade. This is the best Newport Beach has to offer.” The Peninsula is roughly three miles long and can be accessed via a bridge on the north end or by a short ferry ride through the heart of the bay—a simple pleasure, a springboard, really, that leads




Interiors (clockwise from top left) A brilliant circular chandelier serves as the focal point of this elegant dining room. A private dock with sweeping ocean views provides the perfect spot for entertaining. The spacious, bay-facing office boasts a sitting area, flatscreen television and wondrous wall aquarium.

one to the lifestyle—and the home—that awaits. Head south on the Peninsula from either point and the streets become hushed and less populated, bringing to light the pristine and well-manicured walkways, until one reaches the end point, where the coveted waterfront real estate of 2254 Channel Road stands.

Built by Christiano Homes and architected by Frank Wen, this newly remodeled four-bedroom, four-andone-half-bath, soft contemporary dwelling, whose interiors can be credited to designer Sheldon Harte, seamlessly inspires a quintessential mélange of luxury and beach-style living. The smart home, sketched to capture sprawling hillside and water views, coupled with its sophisticated craftsmanship, is distinguished by a traditional yet strikingly modern façade. Dark shingles contrast with sleek white wood panels, smooth stucco walls, and a singular wood garage door with frosted glass in-lays complemented by industrial brass lighting fixtures, evoking elegance and charm while also staying true to the environment. An inviting, light-filled courtyard with a serene,

wood-paneled wall fountain and cobblestone pavers lures one to the home’s entry: a dark mahogany door accented with opaque glass panels (echoing a similar design to that of the garage door) that allow natural luminescence to flow into the house while still maintaining inner privacy. Upon entering, a geometric stone display integrated into hardwood flooring cleverly outlines the foyer, juxtaposing an organic and elegant feel without being too formal. From here, the wood floors continue, with long panels extending through the living areas toward the bay. From every vantage point, the first floor, beautifully tempered with opulent touches, including riglet baseboards, seamless door frames, custom window treatments and soaring ceilings, affords magnificent views. The open floorplan great room, where family and friends most often gather, encompasses a highfunctioning, top-drawer kitchen fitted with custom walnut cabinets and resplendent stonework by Concept Studios; a formal living room highlighted by a lustrous stone fireplace, cone lighting and recessed ceiling detail;




Interiors and a dining area brilliantly ornamented by a circular chandelier, adding splendor to an otherwise utilitarian space. There’s also a spacious office with a sitting area and flatscreen television. Although this room almost appears out-of-sight, its glass walls facing the bay, oversized windows and a whimsical wall aquarium that adjoins the space to the living area, subtly maintains privacy while also keeping one aware and connected to the rest of the house. From the living and dining area, wall-to-wall LaCantina doors open to an expansive glass-enclosed veranda leading to a private dock overlooking the bay to Corona del Mar, Little Corona and the Pacific. This exclusive retreat, undoubtedly one of the most prominent features of the parcel, exemplifies the realm of entertainment possibilities: sun-kissed days spent reading or enjoying music on surround sound followed by sunset strolls around the bay capped with intimate dinners on the dock illuminated by a night’s sky adorned in stars and twinkling lights from the city’s shoreline.



The second floor of the home features three vaultedceiling bedrooms, one with a separate bathroom and two that are en-suite. Complementing the light hues used throughout the bedrooms, the bathrooms mirror a similar pale palette, with streams of natural light cascading in from skylights and windows. Glass showers and the use of white tiling effortlessly foster a clean and modern aesthetic throughout each space. Also on the second floor, but on its own wing that’s accessed via a splendid Wenge wood staircase, is the bay-facing master suite with breathtaking panoramas of the ocean down to Dana Point. The master also features a grand walk-in closet with custom dark wood cabinetry, and a spa-like bathroom replete with skylights, a sumptuous freestanding tub and dual vanities.

Draw the blackout curtains before bed, then open them the following morning, waking to the picturesque sight of distant palm trees against blue skies and sailboats coasting by. With an atmosphere as beautiful and tranquil as this, living here is surely a dream come true.

(clockwise from above) Vibrant sunset views. Ensconced in a wing of its own, the intimate master suite boasts breathtaking panoramas of both the harbor and Pacific oecan, looking through Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and beyond. The spa-like master bath exudes simple sophistication with bright skylights and a luxurious freestanding tub.



HILLTOP HAVEN Updated to maximize the signature vistas beyond its walls, a lavish San Juan Capistrano estate is an absolute vision of a modern-day dwelling






ome structures seem to last forever. Even after years of wear and tear, and decades of style changes, they somehow manage to stand the test of time. This holds true for perhaps one of the most luxurious estates in all of San Juan Capistrano. Originally built in 1984, the home at 32275 Peppertree Bend was a hilltop gem in its heyday. But it’s a new era for the 12,500-square-foot stunner; one marked by new ownership, new construction and an update that preserved the structure’s existing architecture while also bringing into focus one of its most coveted assets— sweeping seaside panoramas. Where only a few spaces in the home offered a sightline to the surrounds, “Now, every room has a view,” says realtor Tracy Weintraub. And it’s absolutely grand.

It’s hard to believe that a home of this stature—nearly one-and-a-half acres of prime real estate on one of the tallest points in town—existed for so many years without maximizing the view. No more. Credit recent enhancements to strategic planning and the expertise of lauded interior designer Denise Morrison. When it came to creating an aesthetic ideal for the masses, her natural design eye and skill for combining luxury and comfort was a stroke of genius. “The whole idea of the house was to clean it up and make it more current, more transitional… make it appeal to a buyer 96


whose preference was modern or traditional,” explains Morrison. “Through careful selections, we achieved that goal.”

Rearranging some of the old walls and implementing present-day appeal dramatically transformed complex spaces into free-flowing configurations compatible with a broad range of current lifestyle trends. Paradoxical combinations, such as the mix of antique and traditional furnishings, seemingly fit because the current feel of the architecture complements either type of style preference. “We mixed finishes intentionally,” says Morrison of the opposing hue combinations used throughout the home. “You’ll see a juxtaposition of light and dark… the oak floors, in classic honey tones, balance with dark finishes solidifying the organic-modern style.” To see how it all unfolds, one must reach the property by driving through a lush swath of spacious and manicured estates flanked with tall trees until arriving at the end of a cul-de-sac. From here, a long, private driveway leads to the home’s entrance, where its unique blend of languor and modernism immediately prevail. At first sight, one is struck by the awe-inspiring beauty and invitation of the front entrance: oversized steal-framed glass doors and windows open to a foyer featuring French limestone flooring and simple, white smooth-stucco walls. (Spacious white walls abound throughout, presenting an easy backdrop for showcasing art.) The multidimensional ceiling heights here imbue the space with a tranquil and airy vibe complementing landscape views of both the mountains and the ocean captured from large windows in the adjacent living and dining rooms.

Complete with ample white walls, a round chandelier and steel window frames, the dining room exudes modern sophistication. (opposite) The open, airy living room with built-in bar avails magnificent ocean and mountain vistas.


Interiors Rounding out the palatial chef’s kitchen (above) are gray-toned granite and quartz countertops and cabinetry accented with Moroccan-style Ann Sacks tilework. (opposite) A spacious hallway with old beams adorning the ceiling creates a light-filled passageway.

Interiors To the left of the foyer is an expansive living area fit with European white oak plank flooring and a stone fireplace serving as the focal point. Scenic panoramas and roaring fires aside, a chic built-in bar replete with a leathered granite countertop and mosaic marble and modern-designed Walker Zanger tile bar back, naturally makes this one of the hottest seats in the house.

Just steps away, the dining room, availing its own remarkable vistas, intricate tongue-and-groove ceiling detail and the continuation of ample white walls, exudes sophisticated and streamlined appeal, versatile for someone who enjoys experimenting with color and design each season. A round chandelier and steel window frames subtly resonate materials used in the entry and living room. Adjacent to the dining room is the newly-configured kitchen. What was once a maze-like arrangement is now one palatial open space with cohesive purpose. Befit for a chef with five-star amenities, the beautifully-crafted space is complete with gray-toned granite and quartz countertops and streamlined cabinetry, accented with Moroccan-style Ann Sacks tilework. There’s also a generous-sized rectangular hammered basin that looks out a window to a veranda, catching an artful glimpse of a modern iron railing that extends toward the back of the home and peaceful valley beyond. An expansive hallway with old beams horizontally placed across the ceiling charts a light-filled pathway from the foyer to the opposite side of the house. Spanning the length of the hallway is a brilliant atrium

ensconced in sizable European-inspired steel windows that further broaden the interior perspective of several areas along the first floor. The atrium also features a quaint fireplace, presenting itself as a haven for afternoons spent relaxing under the sun or enjoying a glass of wine by an evening fire.

The selection of materials and attention to detail in each room surprises, including the extravagant master suite. In addition to a lavish study that features sophisticated herringbone-patterned wood flooring, the wellappointed master bedroom and bathroom optimizes the upper level. The bedroom, complete with wood flooring, a stone fireplace and sitting area, is shaped in such a way that the first thing you wake up to is the breathtaking beyond on view. The bathroom, enveloped in opulent, polished Calcatta marble with nickel fixtures and hardware, is paired with an all-glass, floorto-ceiling shower with an invisible drain, luxurious floating tub, and dual vanities adorned in Parisian-brand THG faucets. The master closet, which can be accessed from the bathroom or the adjacent hallway, surprisingly features more of the home’s signature majestic scenes. “San Juan Capistrano has a city ordinance, so you can’t build on a ridgeline,” notes Weintraub of the unaffected hillsides. “Peppertree Bend is the highest level in all of San Juan. Any time you see anything on the ridgeline, that’s another city.” There are four additional en-suite bedrooms in the home: one on the main level that can be used as guest suite or housekeeping quarters, and three spacious rooms on the lower level with walk-in closets, balconies and bluewater vistas. All of the thoughtfully planned bathrooms (and powder rooms) baskmagazine.com


throughout the house employ similar materials and hues (solid bronze hardware, gray- and blue-toned marble countertops and upscale tiles balanced with a natural color palette), while still symbolizing unique and classic appeal. A large theater room, with a mini bar and blackout window treatments, is also located on the lower level, and can be easily accessed via the multi-level elevator just outside its door. One of the main spaces of the original floorplan—a nearly 4,000-square-foot ballroom—remains, although its function is now as an entertainment mecca. With a built-in (indoor) basketball hoop, gym, wine cellar, juice bar, and French doors that open to a marvelous pool overlooking the cityscape and ocean views, this newly-purposed space undoubtedly augments an environ ideal for endless summer days spent making memories and swimming in pools of fun. From the overall feel of the home, the openness, and the warm and approachable aesthetic, it’s clear why it emulates not only sophistication and purpose, but also carefree style. “It’s been a fun project,” says Morrison. “It’s been a really successful project in the sense [that] the construction [and] design team are very cohesive, and they’ve given me a lot of trust, and a lot of ability to complete my vision.”

This trust has resulted in a residential revitalization that proves that some things—the best of things—improve with age.



Enveloped in opulent Calcatta marble, the master bath boasts a floor-to-ceiling shower, luxurious floating tub and dual vanities. (opposite) Wake up to views of the breathtaking beyond from the master bedroom, complete with stone fireplace and sitting area.





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Enliven your senses in this luxurious and chic oceanfront residence located on Balboa’s highly sought-after Peninsula Point. The crisp and salty ocean air will take your breath away from this home just minutes from the world-renowned Wedge as you enjoy the white-water views and abundant activities from the harbor jetty to the watchful lifeguard tower. Offered for $7,375,000 | w w w.M illionD ollar Lis t ings N ew portBeach. com



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No expense was spared as the creative mind of famed designer David Riley went to work on this Cape Cod-inspired masterpiece. Offering approximately 4,000 square feet of divine living space, 1952 Windward Lane is inclusive of four bedrooms (with an optional fifth), four bathrooms, and a superbly finished three-car garage complete with tiled walls, built-in cabinetry, and a gray granite epoxy floor finish. From the tongue and groove ceilings in the kitchen to custom paneling throughout, this abode was designed to impress the most discerning eye. Offered for $3,950,000 w w w.1 9 5 2 W in d w a rd .com



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CAMEO SHORES | CORONA DEL MAR With mesmerizing views of Santa Catalina Island, the Newport Harbor jetty, and beyond to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this home showcases a contemporary flair along with an abundance of opulent amenities, including six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and sliding pocket doors leading out to a view deck with a pool, spa, and fire feature. The first-floor terrace level offers a home theater, game room, living room, gym, elevator, and tranquil courtyard. Scott Cross of SC Homes plans to complete this extraordinary vision by September 2016. 4525 Camden Drive offers approximately 8,600 square feet of living space and an additional approximately 2,500 square foot garage. Offered for $12,900,000 | w w w.L o v e C a m e o S h o re s.c om

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This custom North Tustin ranch pool home is set against Peters Canyon and features approximately 4,496 square feet of living space on an approximately 20,045 square foot lot. Located on a prime cul-de-sac, the four bedroom residence was completely remodeled with exquisite attention to detail in 2006. Don’t miss a limited opportunity to live on this highly coveted street with direct access to the canyon. Offered for $2,499,999 w w w.10901LakeCour t .c om

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JACQUELINE THOMPSON GROUP SHADY CANYON IRVINE Offered for $5,650,000 Stylish, Tuscan-inspired estate living is yours in this exquisite Shady Canyon® residence with generous set-back from the street and unparalleled privacy with views of rolling hills and the Shady Canyon Golf Course. Recently remodeled giving the home a transitional look, this custom residence features four bedrooms, four-and-two-half baths, an office, a bonus room, central courtyard with fireplace, refrigerated wine storage, and large bonus room with views. w w w.58CanyonCreek. com



Offered for $3,295,000 This sought-after Santa Barbarainspired residence blends the timeless beauty of a Montecito estate with modern-day amenities. Gracing a large lot, the sprawling three bed, three-and-one-half bath single-level home is designed around courtyards, gardens, and fountains with each room transitioning to the outdoors. www. 23Ver n al Sp r in g .co m

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JACQUELINE THOMPSON GROUP SHADY CANYON IRVINE Offered for $5,795,000 Elegant charm fills this French Provencal Shady Canyon® estate, enveloped by breathtaking vistas of the hillsides and boulders that characterize Shady Canyon topography. Highlights of the estate include imported French artifacts, main-level master suite, and gated motorcourt drive with four-car garage. www. 22Sag eC re e k .c o m


SHADY CANYON IRVINE Price Reduction Offered for $6,249,000 Let your sojourn take root in this blissful Shady Canyon custom estate—a sanctuary built to inspire. Paying homage to French Provencestyle architecture, the estate’s design and floor plan was thoughtfully crafted with unparalleled quality and materials. Offering five bedrooms and five-and-two-half baths. w w w.54CanyonCreek. com

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JACQUELINE THOMPSON GROUP TURTLE RIDGE IRVINE Offered for $3,475,000 The expansive views of the ocean, horizon, and city lights set this sought-after Amberhill Plan 2 home apart, while the understated luxury of its interiors define serenity. Recent fresh remodeling—including extensive landscape design centered around an oversized koi pond— to enhance the property adds elegant finishing touches to this immaculate four bedroom, five bath home with library and bonus room. w w w.27V i l l ageWay. com



Offered for $3,375,000 Nestled in the sought-after coastal community of Irvine Terrace, this breezy, elegant single-level home channels a nostalgic seaside ambiance. With four bedrooms and three baths, the light-filled interiors are brightened by their pale palette of marine tones and beachy hardwood floorboards throughout that create a harmonious look, while access to the outside from nearly every room via French and sliding doors ensures outdoor living. www.1531SantanellaTerrace.com

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With its classic Cape Cod architectural style and ocean and coastline views, this stately and elegant gated property offers the finest in craftsmanship and detailing and is certain to satisfy the most discriminating buyer. Perfectly situated on an essentially flat lot of almost one-half of an acre, this home has approximately 4,321 square feet of living space and features three bedroom suites, separate living and family rooms, sunroom, and a gourmet kitchen designed to impress the most talented chef. Offered for $4,695,000 w w w.1 8 1 8 Te m p le H ills .c om

FRANK HUFNAGEL & HEIDI CLEVELAND THE VILLAGE LAGUNA BEACH Offered for $1,895,000 Perfectly located in the heart of the Village of Laguna Beach, this charming bungalow offers panoramic ocean and Catalina Island views. Outdoor space includes an entertaining deck ideal for enjoying ocean breezes, private back patio, and beautifully landscaped front yard. The main living level features high ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, remodeled kitchen with Bertazzoni stove, two bedrooms, and one bath. w w w.450BentSt. com



LAGUNA BEACH Offered for $2,995,000 Private and peaceful gated enclave with ocean views in a premier Woods Cove location. This spacious retreat offers a flexible floor plan with four bedrooms, four baths, abundant outdoor living spaces, and ocean-view decks. Enjoy living near world-class shops and restaurants and being just two blocks from the beach. www. 274Di am o n d .co m

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MONARCH BEACH | DANA POINT This extraordinary bluff-front home offers substance and style in one of the finest private coastal enclaves in the world. In four bedrooms and six baths, this contemporary single-level estate blends indoor and outdoor living while enjoying captivating ocean views and a private Monarch Bay beach. Fee Simple Ownership Offered for $17,900,000 | Leasehold Ownership Offered for $9,500,000 | w w w.37M onarc hBayDri ve. com


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THREE ARCH BAY | LAGUNA BEACH | Offered for $3,695,000

Fully gated single-level five bedroom, seven bathroom estate built in 2008.

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This spectacular villa within the gated community of Shady CanyonÂŽ is situated on one of the most sought-after locations overlooking the putting green, featuring expansive views, privacy, and peacefulness. The Villas of Shady Canyon are inspired by the rustic charm of a traditional Tuscan home amid the enchanting ambiance of old-world elegance and grace. Fine architectural details and finishes are found throughout and include arches, used brick, smooth stucco, wood shutters, wood beams, and clay roof tiles. This beautiful four bedroom, four-and-one-half bath home features a large step-down bar with views of the surrounding hills and golf course putting green. Price Upon Request w w w.1 5 W ild H a w k .com




C O A S TA L C A N Y O N | N E W P O R T C O A S T Guard-gated home in Coastal Canyon with four bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, and an office and bonus room, which can easily be converted to a fifth bedroom. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, the open floor plan offers indooroutdoor living and entertaining with a pool and spa. Price Upon Request w w w.1D olom it i.c om

SHARON VALLI C 714.883.4398

CRAIG VALLI C 949.584.7111

CHRIS VALLI C 714.883.4397








PELICAN CREST | NEWPORT COAST | Offered for $20,000,000

PELICAN CREST | NEWPORT COAST | Offered for $29,900,000

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PELICAN HILL | NEWPORT COAST | Offered for $8,999,999

CRYSTAL COVE | NEWPORT COAST | Offered for $12,998,000

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PENINSULA POINT | NEWPORT BEACH | Offered for $14,995,000

PELICAN CREST | NEWPORT COAST | Offered for $23,000,000

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PELICAN HILL | NEWPORT COAST | Offered for $9,900,000


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REX MCKOWN C 949.689.5018

MARCY WEINSTEIN C 949.689.3550








Never before on the market. This is a rare opportunity to own a custom-built architectural masterpiece in the secure and prestigious gate-guarded community of Ritz Cove. Offered for $3,995,000 | w w w.8 5 R it z C o v e .com


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TAD BALTZER McKown | Weinstein & Partners C 949.554.4140 tbaltzer@surterreproperties.com BRE#01490536




This sophisticated and newly renovated oceanfront residence is situated on a rare corner lot in West Newport’s most desirable location. The contemporary design incorporates a bright and open floor plan with expansive indoor-outdoor spaces on each level, and the site affords panoramic coastal views with stunning sunsets. Offered for $6,750,000 - $7,500,000

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ROB SMITH McKown | Weinstein & Partners C 949.697.8855

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Put simply, life in Crystal Cove rises above. It is both literally and figuratively an elevated experience. Perched atop a lush hillside overlooking Newport Harbor, a secluded beach, and the expanse of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by permanent open space, including Crystal Cove State Park, the community has a natural vantage point matched only by its elevated lifestyle. Within the guard-gated community are private parks and The Canyon Club with clubhouse, Junior Olympic pool, and tennis courts. Enticing and inviting, the promise is of experiences that see beyond aspirations and accomplishments to worlds of possibility and reward, asking the question, “What would it be like to live in such a luxurious place?”

CUSTOM HOMESITES From the Mid $3 Millions to Over $7 Million


Averaging Half an Acre


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The front door to this breathtaking home is actually a glimpse into an interior courtyard. The drama of the approach to the house is punctuated by stepping stones crossing a water feature that cascades down a custom glass tile wall into the pool and spa below. Expansive glass doors add a transparent nature to the home so that barely any view is obscured. Offered for $13,999,999 w w w.43Beac hV iew.c om


JENNIFER THOMAS C 949.422.6407

BRIAN THOMAS C 949.422.6409

DEANN CARROLL C 949.636.4783









Rare opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind luxury estate designed by award-winning design team Pal + Smith. This mid-century home was completely remodeled and streamlined by the duo in 2013. Offered for $2,348,000

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LAURIE EASTMAN Laurie Eastman Group

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MICHELE DRAKE HADDAD WESTCLIFF / DOVER SHORES NEWPORT BEACH Price Upon Request This prestigious Westcliff/Dover Shores home was one of the first built in the neighborhood in 1959. 1136 Highland Drive offers a rich history. This three bedroom plus den, two bathroom pool home can be your next paradise near North Star Beach, the Aquatic Center, and much more.


TEMECULA | Price Upon Request Southern California Temecula wine country gem. The established neighborhood of Villa Avanti awaits you at 30909 Corte Arroyo Vista, offering views from this two-story, five bedroom, three bath residence located on the end of a tree-lined cul-de-sac.

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Stars Align photographs by Laguna Beach Arts Alliance

It was a shining night for local artists at the 10th annual Art Stars award gala held at [seven-degrees]. After an elegant cocktail reception, guests were ushered into the marvelously decorated space where they delighted in an exquisitely-prepared meal. Among the evening’s many honorees were bronze sculptor Louis Longi, who was recognized for “10 Years of Louies” and Russell Pierce, who was awarded this year’s inspiration grant. As each individual artist accepted their award, a new star was born into the Laguna arts community.

CASA Champions photographs by John Watkins

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was awash in elegance for CASA’s annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball. The much-anticipated event began with an elegant cocktail party followed by a sumptuous meal and heartfelt reception where NFL Quarterback Paul McDonald served as Master of Ceremonies, introducing “Children’s Champion” honorees Kylie Schuyler and Douglas M. Hodge, and “Advocate of the Year” Janice Jefferson. A magnificent after-party saw former American Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Candice Glover mesmerize with their soulful songs. In the grandest fashion, CASA once again showed it truly cares. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Wendy Tenebaum, Kay Patel, Urvashi Patel, Lourdes Nark Dan & Kathryn Seebold Janice & Roy Jefferson Lauren Leeman


CLOCKWISE FROM THE TOP LEFT: Laura Rohl, Jennifer Griffiths, Lou Rohl Diana Acton, Suzanne Mellor, Diane Mellor Faye Baglin, Dora Wexell, Mark Orgill Elizabeth Pearson, Anne Wareham


Table Talk photographs by Bob Hodson & Tony Lattimore

As elegant linens were draped over tables, eager guests trickled into the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Dana Point for the 10th annual Table for 10 dinner by KM Productions. The grand ballroom doors were gracefully opened to reveal a myriad of beautifully decorated tables where those in attendance would enjoy a delectable fivecourse tableside repast with exquisite wine pairings. Following dinner, a thrilling live auction raised generous funds for Vocational Visions and The Teen Project. As always, the event was a truly nourishing experience.

CLOCKWISE FROM THE TOP: Salvatore Giuliano, Greg Heneghan Lauri Burns Fabiana & Mel Owens Pascal Olhats, Anne Manassero

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Dream Come True photographs by Carla Rhea & John Watkins

It was an evening of pure platinum elegance during the JDRF Orange County Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Platinum Dream Gala at The RitzCarlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point. After a lively cocktail reception, guests were whisked away to the resort’s ballroom for an exquisite meal and heartfelt program that honored Laguna Hills residents Lauri and Steve Delson for their contributions to Orange County’s T1D community. Rounding out the evening was a spectacular live performance by the Buzzcatz that brought all to the dance floor. As always, the dream-like event proved to be a shining success. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ashley Duva, Maria Schechter Brian & Christina Jenkins Cathie Lawler, Minji Clark, Lori Farley Caroline Brewster, Katherine Hellmers


In Perfect Harmony photographs by Nick Koon Photography

As the sun set over Orange County, Hotel Irvine transformed into a spellbinding Tahitian paradise for the Pacific Symphony’s 2016 gala, “Je t’aime Tahiti, Some Enchanted Evening.” The ballroom echoed the ambience of the Pacific with teal-blue lighting, palm trees and bamboo as those in attendance enjoyed an exquisite meal while a group of talented actors performed memorable scenes from the musical “South Pacific.” The evening ended on a high note as guests swayed to the upbeat tempos of conga and salsa music. Truly enchanting!

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The Westin South Coast Plaza positively sparkled as guests gathered for The Teen Project Fashion Show Benefit. The fashion show, which saw Orange County teens strut down the runway in an array of fine clothing, was followed by an exquisitely-prepared meal and heartfelt reception featuring keynote speaker actor Quinton Aaron, who appeared in the movie The Blind Side. By the end of the evening not an eye in the crowd was dry, reminding all of how deeply the organization impacts foster teens.

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Vintage Fete photographs by Evan Dorian

Balboa Bay Resort brought serene scenes from Orange County’s past to the present for the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild’s 22nd Annual Gala, “Gala in the Grove—A Night in Vintage Orange County.” Guests walked down a pristine white carpet before entering the Orange Grove Bar for a lavish cocktail reception. The whimsical ballroom, complete with white hydrangea florals and orange trees, provided the perfect setting for a sumptuous meal and heartfelt program honoring CHOC doctors and the countless children they have saved. Once again, CHOC absolutely shined.

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Over 500 Orange County food enthusiasts flocked to the Montage Laguna Beach for Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation. Hosted by Mark Dacascos, Chairman of the Food Network’s television series Iron Chef America, the annual tasting event featured a delectable line-up of top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists serving up some of their most sumptuous creations. While delighting in all the exquisite fare on offer, those in attendance helped raise nearly $200,000 in support of No Kid Hungry, truly making every bite count.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Michelle Whinnery, Greg Whinnery, Gwen Crow and Todd Crow Lauren Hickey, Chris Dellaringa Pamela Miller, Teresa Siriani, Jennifer Mathews and Lisa Gillis Allen & Amy Dilling

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Chef Noah von Blom of Restaurant Marin. Photo courtesy of Restaurant Marin.




bask Loves Artisanal-Crafted Pie

The alluring techniques, tantalizing ingredients and extraordinary tastes of OC’s finest pizza pies COPY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUSAN IRBY


The Coastal Riviera-inspired Fig & Olive delights those with discerning palates seeking a lighter alternative to traditional pizza with its decadently flavorful artisanal non-pizza crostini. Fresh, seasonal ingredients sit generously atop a crispy yet tender bread slice that with one bite sends tastebuds soaring. For summer, enjoy Pea, Asparagus, Ricotta, Lemon and Thyme; Burrata, Tomato, Pesto and Balsamic or one of the year-round favorites, Manchego, Fig and Marcona Almond. A full menu aims to please at Fig & Olive, which boasts the use of highquality olive oils over cream and butter. 151 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.877.3005 | FigandOlive.com

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Ancient Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza begins with the 300-year-old “biga” (starter) at Pizzeria Ortica near South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The famous San Marzano Italian tomatoes adorn many of the pizza offerings, such as the Salame Piccante, a spicy salame featuring the San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and seasonal mushrooms or, non-tomato lovers may indulge in the Milanese— fontina, asparagus, Parmigiano Reggiano and fried egg. Full menu selections include salads, specialty soups, antipasti and housemade pasta. 650 Anton Boulevard Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.445.4900 | PizzeriaOrtica.com




Making Chicago-style pizza since age 18, Rance Ruiz says he spent years perfecting the resto’s light, flaky and buttery stuffed, pan and thin pizza pie crust. “My mom had a great influence on my recipes,” shares Rance, who co-owns the casual and welcoming restaurant with his childhood best friend, Aaron Tofani. Choose from menu selections such as the House Special, Rance’s Favorite and Spicy Hawaiian, or create your own. Want Rance’s Chicago-style pizza on demand? Order your favorite pizza via Take & Bake—a take-home option that allows patrons to enjoy whenever they please! 1420 Baker Street, Suite B Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.708.2143 | RancesPizza.com


Owner Salvatore “Sal” Maniaci opened his awardwinning pizzeria out of passion. “Each pizza is like one of your children,” says Sal. “Equally loved, but all different.” Made in the classic oak wood-fired Napoletana-style, Pizzeria Sapori’s hidden secret is in its natural dough. Among the favorites here are the Margherita DOP, with San Marzano tomato, imported mozzarella di bufala campana and basil, and the Capricciosa featuring San Marzano tomato, artichoke, mushroom, prosciutto cotto, handmade mozzarella and Pecorino Romano. 1080 Bayside Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.644.4220 | PizzeriaSapori.com

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Recently opened in the heart of Laguna Beach, Taverna restaurant emits the rustic yet warming ambiance one finds in the Italian countryside. Known for specialty risottos such as the Risotto with parmesan, wild mushroom and black truffle sauce, Taverna also offers a variety of pizzas prepared in the thin, crisp Roman style. Selections include the Bianca, with prosciutto, arugula, mozzarella and shaved parmesan, and the California pizza with fresh avocado, chicken, feta, tomato and cilantro. 222 Ocean Avenue Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.0821 TavernabyLombardi.com


Founded in 1908, Stag Bar + Kitchen transcends bar food with its handcrafted signature pizzas and selections of gourmet meatballs. Working with an accomplished baker, chef Jeff Moore has perfected the dough’s airy texture and inviting flavor that forms the base for pizzas like the Genovese, with pistachio pesto, ricotta, basil, sausage and pistachio oil, and the Dirty Hippie, with wild seasonal mushrooms, artichoke hearts and arbequina oil. All pizzas can be made with Stag’s signature and savory gluten-free herb crust. Don’t miss the hand-ground meatballs, served with grandma’s marinara or herb cream sauce. 121 McFadden Place Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.673.4470 | StagBar.com




Restaurant Marin

A California dining concept with coastal-inspired cuisine WRITTEN BY BETH FHANER


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RESTAURATEURS AND HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM, chef Noah and Marin von Blom, recently introduced Restaurant Marin, a sophisticated yet casual eatery located next to their celebrated concept ARC at SoCo. Decorated in shades of blue and white, the modern-deco space features a mix of contemporary and vintage elements, including pressed sea glass tables, handmade Italian tiles and French pendant lighting. “The concept is meant to be fresh, modern and cozy,” notes Marin, who was responsible for the design of her namesake restaurant. Serving an all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers guests such traditional staples as blueberry pancakes and lobster hash for breakfast, and a slow-roasted short rib dip for lunch. For dinner, a “Meat” section features classic meatloaf and steak frites, while a “Fish” section tempts with olive oil-baked salmon and grilled shrimp. Seasonallyinspired desserts, like apple pie, donut holes and crumbles, provide a sweet finish. With its modern dining approach and coastal-inspired California cuisine, the von Blom’s concept offers a home away from home for diners.



RESTAURANT MARIN 3321 Hyland Avenue Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.402.3974 RestaurantMarin.com

Fresh and Light California, French-Inspired After studying under James Beard Award finalist Pierre Calmels, Surf & Sand Resort’s Executive Chef Ron Fougeray makes a splash in Laguna Beach WRITTEN BY SUSAN IRBY


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CASCADING WAVES, WHALE SPOUTS AND PLAYFUL DOLPHINS are some of the outdoor delights on view for those dining oceanfront on fresh, seasonal, French-inspired fare at Surf & Sand Resort’s Splashes restaurant in Laguna Beach. Arriving from the East Coast, talented Executive Chef Ron Fougeray has perfected his French techniques under James Beard Award finalist Pierre Calmels, of Bibou in Philadelphia, and 23-year, five-starrated chef Georges Perrier of the famed Le Bec-Fin, also in Philadelphia. Of his transition to the world of sunshine and gleaming beaches, Fougeray says, “Each season brings a fresh, new menu in the French style, but prepared discerningly light and flavorful.” For summer, guests can expect Crisp Spanish Octopus with chile coulis, Sicilian black olives and chorizo; Red Endive and Arugula Salad with curried cauliflower, chickpeas and pickled red onion; mouth-watering Seared Sea Scallops; and among dessert selections, a savory butter cake with lemon curd and raspberry coulis. Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, the restaurant also features an expertly-curated Chef ’s tasting menu, a full bar and an elegant selection of fine wine. From the rolling hills of France to the shores of Laguna Beach, the inspired cuisine found at Splashes is sure to satisfy.

Chef Ron Fougeray

SPLASHES 1555 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.497.4477 SurfandSandResort.com





A local icon, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre will take a bow after its much-beloved run

Looking Back


erhaps you saw Michael Jackson at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre? Or maybe the Grateful Dead or Miley Cyrus? Or did you make the yearly trek to the annual KROQ Weenie Roast? We’ve enjoyed Pacific Symphony Orchestra summer concerts held every season there since 1987, that is certain. The lovely, convivial outdoor venue—the largest amphitheater in Orange County with 16,000 seats—has played host to countless memorable concerts since it opened in 1981, but the 2016 season will be its last. Summer days and nights spent at the venue have made memories for the past 30 years, as locals and music fans from Los Angeles to San Diego converged on the vast lawn, armed with picnic baskets, folding chairs and binoculars, or made their way to the Terrace section, where awaited a comfortably padded place to perch. Regardless of your seat, one thing always held true: the sound system made you feel like you were in the front row, no matter what. “I love performing concerts outdoors, it’s just very exciting and so beautiful, especially at a place like Irvine Meadows, where the whole environment for making music under the stars is so special,” says Richard Kaufman, the Principal Pops Conductor for the Pacific Symphony and a 25-year veteran of presenting concerts at the venue. “There are so many memories, so many performances there—once, on a tribute to [the music of ] John Williams, R2D2 came on stage and actually brought me my music. That was a very special moment.”



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The amphitheater has always been an integral part of the Southern California music scene, even when things got a bit crazy, like the night in 1992 when Ozzy Osbourne invited concertgoers to join him on stage. The pandemonium that followed caused some serious damage to the stage and injured a few fans. But that was the exception to the rule, as every well-known rock, country, pop and alternative band came to entertain the always-massive audiences attending shows at this top venue in Orange County. “Losing Irvine Meadows is really unfortunate for the arts here,” Kaufman reflects sadly, “and a real loss to the thousands of people in Orange County who make it a part of their summer [fun]. I hope we can find another outdoor venue where we can do our summer concerts.” The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre goes out with a thunderous crescendo this year, as acts scheduled to play include Bryan Adams, the Dixie Chicks, Duran Duran, Snoop Dogg, the Dave Matthews Band and more, with concerts running until early October. And classical lovers can celebrate one more season with the Pacific Symphony and Richard Kaufman at the baton, as they present five concerts beginning on July 4, including a “The Music of Michael Jackson” show topped off with fireworks. Then comes 2017. By then, the memory-filled amphitheater will have taken its final encore. But be that as it may, all of Southern California will forever sing the praises of Irvine Meadows.

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