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Tonight, I’m Having My Dinner Inside Out. When the world seems to be turning upside down, it’s nice to know you can escape from it at home. There are few things more relaxing than an alfresco meal, especially if you have everything you need right outside with you. At PIRCH, you’ll find everything to make your outdoor entertainment space something your guests will flip over. See 16 of the world’s best outdoor kitchen brands in each of our Southern California showrooms.



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STEEL This Look! By Kaitlyn Beickel

The I List: Winning Workout


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Venue with a View By Bailey Badillo


Cuisine Icon: Marvelous Marché Modern By Kaitlyn Beickel


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A Day by the Bay

Let it Glow


Having a Moment: Alex Manos By Tom Zenner


Airstream Adventures

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Setting Down Roots




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What’s Haute? By Lisa Liddane

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Stationery Moves Forward


Meet Barclay Butera By Nora Burba Trulsson

State of the Art | 5 Artists to Watch


Journey To Rwanda

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6 Romantic California Escapes By Bailey Badillo


The Best in American Living By Kaitlyn Beickel


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have had the privilege of publishing on and off for nearly three decades. While the industry has changed significantly since I started in 1996 (we didn’t even have a website or social media then!), the thing that has stayed the same for me is my love for working with my clients. In fact, so, so many of you have become dear friends. I love looking at each and every business as if it were my own to create connections and brainstorm new ideas. I know I’ve been a resource to so many, and that gives me great satisfaction and joy daily.

This month, we will grow with the expansion of the ICONIC LIFE magazine brand to Orange County, a place where I’ve lived and worked throughout the years and has a place in my heart. The crisp air, ocean breezes and amazing people make this area so special to me, and we are so excited to contribute to the community through ICONIC LIFE, luxury lifestyle magazine. Many of you have reminded me that I’ve been talking about this for years!

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Since the beginning of the year, I’ve visited with new friends and enjoyed all the wonders that Orange County has to offer—the ocean views, stunning sunsets, incredible food and a lifestyle that can’t be beat. You’ll see I’ve been enjoying the best of the best, and that is who we like to work with—the very best of the best. I want to thank my OC friends for welcoming us with enthusiasm for all that is to come, and I want to thank all my Scottsdale friends for all your notes of support. Just like we are rooting for all of you, I feel you are rooting for us in return. I brought my entire team to be on location in California for the breathtaking cover shoot that marks our inaugural issue, and we hope you love it just as much as we do. I’m excited about the editorial that captures what it means to Live Beautifully in two of the most decadent, luxurious, wonderful communities in the country. See page 96 for our dream team and partners who made it happen. I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to Live Beautifully in pursuit of doing what I love in publishing and sharing the stories of those who are helping us to enjoy the best of the best—an absolute dream come true! Please follow our journey on social media @youriconiclife, sign up for iconiclife.com for fresh content daily and make sure you never miss an issue by subscribing to the print editions. Thank you to all our new friends who are supporting this launch and, as always, thank you to my amazing team who is putting extraordinary efforts into this new edition. Bravo Carlye Klick, Haley Gray and Kaitlyn Beickel for your dedication and enthusiasm!

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ADVENTURES The popular and versatile “Silver Bullet” propels travelers into the great outdoors—in style. By Kaitlyn Beickel


This Airstream & Tipi near Aspen at Ten Peaks Ranch offers a truly unique glamping experience in the Rockies with a beautiful view of Mount Sopris. Guests can choose to spend their time lounging in the sleek and modern 2018 Airstream, enjoying the mountain air from inside of the tipi or simply lounging on the deck and gazing up at the stars. Due to the high altitude of this vacation rental, you’ll have a stunning view of stars and the Milky Way. Bring your telescope!




onsidered the Cadillac of recreational vehicles and appropriately nicknamed the “Silver Bullet,” these sleek travel trailers provide the ideal modern glamping experience. Airstreams have been around for almost 100 years, and their ICONIC retro-modern look is easily adaptable to a variety of interior styles—and adventure plans.

Thanks to the continuously high demand for this unique style of travel, there are an abundance of Airstream AirBnB vacation rental options available, featuring vintage restored trailers or new, with all the present-day conveniences. Here are our picks for glamping in style.

WANDERLUST AIRSTREAM Joshua Tree, California

View incredible desert scenery near Joshua Tree National Park when you stay at Wanderlust Airstream. Close to scenic hikes in the California desert, this Airstream puts you in the center of nature. The rental owner says you may even see “rabbits hopping around the yard, and coyotes howling at night.” Desert views and wildlife aren’t the only amenities at Wanderlust Airstream. The large wooden decks and Jacuzzi provide the perfect spot for stargazing, and there is a cowboy tub for soaking on hot days. Fire up the grill or roast marshmallows over the firepit just steps away.

VINTAGE ‘71 AIRSTREAM Bradenton, Florida

A self-proclaimed “tiny home,” this vintage ‘71 Airstream is parked underneath an oak canopy and is equipped with several windows, so you can enjoy the fresh Palma Sola beach air while you relax. If the beach isn’t your thing, the Empress Airstream has an outdoor hangout space with a firepit and heated, saltwater pool and spa. Bring your beach cruiser to enjoy the wind in your hair.



Setting Down

ROOTS Setting down roots in Napa Valley means more to the Palmaz family than a vineyard. By Elyse Glickman


apa Valley is known for idyllic conditions. It will forever be associated with rolling terrain, mild yearround temperatures and a home-grown wine and artisanal food scene with an international reputation. After years of regular visits to Napa, Julio and Amalia Palmaz purchased an old estate in Coombsville (in Napa’s southern reaches) and set down roots—in the form of vineyards—to create Palmaz Vineyards. While the estate’s 600 picturesque acres gracefully drape over Mount George, only 60 are suited for the cultivation of grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.

There’s an understanding among all members of the Palmaz family—which includes daughter Florencia, son Christian, daughter-in-law Jessica and, by extension, head winemaker Tina Mitchell, son and assistant winemaker Doug Mitchell and consulting winemaker Mia Klein—that even if the scale of production was small and carefully planned, the effort to create premium wines would be all encompassing, collaborative and greater than the sum of its proverbial parts. “It really is a family affair,” explains

Christian. “We work lockstep with each other on every detail. While not all of us have the skill to do blending, we all contribute to the process.” I focus on the physical and scientific side of winemaking, while my wife has the whole marketing thing down. Florencia and my mother are the gifted ones in the family blending the wines, sitting with Mia and Tina on most blending sessions assisting in the direction of the final products.” Then, meet FILCS “Felix,” the mothership of the whole operation, developed by Christian, a former computer engineer, which differentiates it from anything else one will see in Napa.

While function is the most dominant consideration of the winery’s design, the visual aesthetics are also striking. And the wine drinks like a beautiful day in Napa. What’s better than that? 44


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“Fermentation is a critical time for a wine’s development, and all characteristics developed during fermentation are the result of the creative direction of the winemaker,” says Christian, who also devised VIGOR, a system assisting workers in the vineyards alerting them to when grapes should be picked by hand.

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How much fun can you have in 24 hours at Balboa Bay Resort? I did the “work” to find out. By Renee Dee Photography courtesy of Balboa Bay Resort


t always feels like there is great energy by the Balboa Bay. Amazing yachts line the harbor, Duffy boats scurry from place to place and at sunset, crew teams swiftly row on the surface. There is a sound to all of this. It’s a lively, but muted tone of chatter that can be heard from the decks of the vessels to the patio at the resort. And everyone sounds happy. So, I was delighted to walk down memory lane and savor all that Balboa Bay Resort has to offer in one dee-lightful day. About five years ago, this venue was my home away from home as I traveled in and out of Orange County almost weekly as president of a luxury company in Newport Beach. Today, after a lovely renovation, there are new things to see and do, and refreshed interiors that absolutely elevate an already lovely place. Neutral and light ocean tones run throughout the resort, taking advantage of the opportunity for beechwood accents and seaside décor.



I started my day with a gourmet coffee from Blend, the coffee shop in the lobby with an extensive selection of treats, and departed the resort to hike Castaways park just above the Back Bay. After a solid workout, I dashed to my spa appointment for a really enjoyable massage in the renovated spa that is all about Zen, and the products are all organic and have wonderful natural scents. The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort is only available to the resort guests, and it’s a hidden treasure for health and relaxation. They have something for everyone’s taste—from traditional massage to skin treatments and body therapies—using only the world’s finest ingredients. From there, I was just steps away from my blow-out appointment at the DryBar inside the resort, which was super convenient before I really started my day in full swing. Inside everyone was sharing restaurant recommendations and letting me know what was new. At that moment, the decision to shop at Lido Marina Village was solidified. I visited A’maree’s on the way, then Elyse Walker, Jenni Kayne and Sugar Paper, the most adorable stationary shop I’ve seen in a long time (what a lost art!). When I returned, I visited the new recreation concierge who has been relocated to the lobby to make it easy to rent a bicycle, find a Duffy or do something more adventurous, like paddle boarding or booking a whale-watching tour. As evening approached, it was time for dinner on the patio of A + O Restaurant | Bar on the water. Make sure to time dinner with the amazing sunsets featured nightly! A + O Restaurant | Bar is overseen by Chef Prabeen Prathapan, who developed the menu and concept, and I loved the lively vibe. “We wanted to create an approachable, seasonal menu for A + O Restaurant | Bar by incorporating local ingredients and sustainable seafood. We collaborate with local farmers like VR Green Farms in San Clemente to provide us with freshest produce,” says Prathapan. “The menu at A+O is special, because there’s something for everyone!” he continued. “Our goal is to offer a high-quality, yet diverse menu to accommodate families and well-traveled individuals alike. Our extensive wine list compliments our seafood and steak offerings as well as burgers and salads. We provide options that are not only tasty, but satisfying.” In addition to the waterfront views and spectacular sunsets, the craft cocktails are amazing, especially The Vaccine with Herradura Ultra Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, lime juice and coconut syrup. I enjoyed pairing that with the Salt + Pepper Shrimp with coconut sweet & sour sauce, peppercorn spice blend and lime, as well as the Tuna Ceviche. Yum. If you haven’t had enough, enjoy the firepit seating in the bar for a nightcap, and do take time to book brunch for the weekend. It’s a plethora of seafood, salads, carving and omelet stations, and delicious desserts you can’t refuse. It’s always a good day on the bay! ICONICLIFE.COM



Summer Tote in Multicolored Raffia, $2,590 via Valentino.


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Large Half & Half Tote Bag, $1,100 via Neiman Marcus.


Monogram Tape Shopping Tote Bag, $2,550 via Neiman Marcus.



Anagram Cutout Calfskin Small Tote Bag, $2,100 via Neiman Marcus.



Mount Leather Tote in yellow, $3,700 via Saks.


Logo Tote, $1,895 via Bloomingdales.


The Studio Rafia Tote, $2,000 via Bloomingdales.


Roman Stud Quilted Large Tote Bag, $3,590 via Neiman Marcus.

We consulted with our ICONIC LIFE fashion stylist and design guru Jackie Rose for this season’s tips on how to wear this ICONIC trend. “I love colorful bags for spring and summer. Bold, bright electric colors are so of-the-moment and they make such a fun statement. Try hues like kelly green, purple, magenta, orange and yellow. If you’re wearing a colorful outfit, I recommend adding a neutral bag to tone it down and vice versa; if your outfit is neutral, add a bright pop of color to the ensemble. Tote bags are wonderful because of the ease and functionality behind them. Most of all, remember to have fun with your style and let it represent who you are!”



WHAT’S HAUTE? Don’t miss a beat or a brand! Here’s the latest at the world’s favorite luxe shopping destination South Coast Plaza. By Lisa Liddane


One of the world’s most prestigious Italian jewelers, Buccellati, has arrived in Orange County at South Coast Plaza. Known for opulent collections, the Italian luxury house began when jeweler and goldsmith Mario Buccellati opened his first namesake boutique in Milan in 1919, offering his designs inspired by antique techniques during the Renaissance, the Middle Ages and Byzantium. More than a century later, his legacy lives on at the boutique, thanks to the stewardship of the Buccellati family. The jewelry collections reflect intricate artisanship, including hand-striated gold surfaces, hand-twisted precious metals, spectacular gems, honeycomb patterns, and much more, making the brand a choice of celebrities such as Rihanna, Léa Seydoux, Celine Dion and supermodels Natalia Vodianova and Lais Ribeiro.


Lovers of all things Hermès have a new destination—the new 7,100 square-foot store at South Coast Plaza, designed to showcase the breadth of the storied brand’s collections. “2022 marks our 25th year in South Coast Plaza, and we cannot think of a better way to celebrate this moment than by moving into a new home,” Robert B. Chavez, Hermès USA President and CEO, says. Inside, colorful silk signature scarves beckon, leading to a series of salons devoted to leather, jewelry, home, men and women’s fashion, shoes, ties, makeup and fragrances. Works of art, including pieces by Filipe Jardim, Suzel Caspard and Marion Dubier Clark, underscore the connection to the ocean.


In 1979, Southern California-based arts philanthropist and South Coast Plaza co-founder Henry T. Segerstrom commissioned legendary sculptor Isamu Noguchi to create a monumental work of art in Costa Mesa. Known as one of Noguchi’s masterpieces, “California Scenario’’ was completed 40 years ago and remains one of California’s preeminent sculpture gardens. In honor of South Coast Plaza’s 55th anniversary and the garden’s 40th this year, the shopping center pays homage to the timelessness of Noguchi’s tour de force in a special spring fashion lookbook featuring supermodel Fernanda Ly. 50



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LET IT GLOW CLR Los Angeles has a candle for every mood inspired by glowing diversity. By Tom Zenner


he team behind CLR (pronounced KUHL-ER) knows that scent evokes emotion and memory. Each candle is made by hand in Los Angeles, using color and luxurious fragrance for every mood. Their first collection elevates the rainbow you already know and love. Each candle is, you guessed it, its own CLR, blending luxury with fun and offering subtle reminders to let our colors shine through.

CLR Los Angeles sets itself apart with more than just a line of candles meant to help you glow, it’s founded by people of color, women and LGBTQIA. Founder Taylor Davis views candles as her therapy. When she noticed a gap in the candle market—there were no major candle companies owned by women of color—she decided to create her own brand. CLR was born in collaboration with Candle Delirium in West Hollywood, balancing their longtime industry experience with Davis’s colorful vision. Davis also chose to donate a percentage of all sales to support Black Women for Wellness, an organization helping implement education, outreach and engagement programming. Just as our favorite songs can take us back to a memory, CLR wants colors and scents to evoke the same feelings. Their first classic collection includes Red (dark nuances of tuberose and jasmine), Orange (citrus reimagined with rosewater and earl gray), Yellow (zesty optimism with basil and patchouli), Green (fresh lemon flower 52


and bamboo), Blue (a woody blend of spice and amber) and Purple (sweet lemon with berry and fig). There’s a color for everyone, and you’ll likely find yourself craving different scents based on how you feel that day.

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oya O’Neill, the founder and owner of Moya Living, filled a void in the commercial and residential community with luxury, built-to-last metal cabinetry. After spending decades working at the brand’s sister company Genie Scientific— which focuses on laboratory design and manufacturing—she knew that there was a high demand in the design community for steel cabinetry. “I’ve wanted to do something creative, and the creative energy was right in front of me” O’Neill says. She started by furnishing her own Laguna Beach home, and from there O’Neill garnered orders from Oakley and the



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ICONIC Dakota Building in New York’s upper west side. Today, she works with acclaimed architects and designers from all around the United States. Moya Living designs and manufactures its metal cabinetry locally in California, revitalizing the use of materials that were one at one time commonplace in the kitchen and home. The biggest advantage of using metal cabinetry, beyond the luxe aesthetic, is that it is truly built to last a lifetime. Moya Living uses only the finest quality materials to craft their ageless yet contemporary cabinetry. With soft close slides, custom liners, pull-outs and hardware, each cabinetry order can be suited to individual needs. While powder coated steel is one of the most durable materials on the market, Moya Living designed their doors and drawer front panels to be easily removed in case they need to be fixed or replaced after an accident.

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Ideal for anniversaries and proposals, “Dinner Under the Stars” at The Resort at Pelican Hill features a view that can’t be beat. By Bailey Badillo


ithin a stone’s throw of the magnificent ocean is a hidden gem perfect for couples seeking a romantic weekend getaway.

photographer will be on hand to capture every moment, so it won’t be a trip you soon forget. The romantic experience begins with a decadent bottle of Cristal and a special treat from the chef in an expansive bungalow suite— ideal for enjoying on the balcony while taking in the panoramic and scenic ocean views. Next, relax with your sweetheart at a couples massage at The Spa at Pelican Hill or choose the luxe, see-and-be-seen Coliseum Pool cabana for a day of lounging. For the more active couples, the resort also offers award-winning golf and 504 acres within the resort to explore.

The Resort at Pelican Hill, an ICONIC destination for couples celebrating their love in Newport Coast since opening its doors in 2008, is offering a limited-time-only “Romantic Weekend and Dinner Under the Stars Getaway” package.

Perhaps the most luxurious part of the couples’ package is a seasonal, one-of-a-kind, five-course private dinner, personally prepared by Chef de Cuisine Chris Simons and featuring wine pairings from California and Italy, curated floral displays and local hand-poured candles that set the mood.

The experience takes place in the resort’s rotunda, an intimate, secluded setting 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean, available for the very first time for private dinners. Whether you are escaping to Pelican Hill for the perfect setting for milestone anniversaries, marriage proposals or other celebrations, a professional

The “Romantic Weekend and Dinner Under the Stars Getaway” package is available for purchase for a limited time, through May 31, and is valid for stays from April through Jan. 31, 2023. If requested, a beautiful box and card for gift presentations can be sent upon purchase, making your romantic getaway that much more sweet.



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ALEX MANOS Whether you’re a high-profile celebrity looking for a new set of wheels or simply a lover of luxe cars, Alex Manos knows how to get your motor running.



By Tom Zenner


here’s no universal indication that you’ve made it to the top of your profession, but if your cell phone number is locked into the contact list of dozens of A-list celebrities and the title “guru” is attached directly to your name, you’re doing right. Alex Manos is the “Car Club Guru,” and he’s earned the title, recognition and success that come with owning one of the most impressive collections of classic cars in the world. Simply put, Manos was born with a passion for exotic cars, and he’s spent his entire life pursuing them, attaining them and selling them in and out of Orange County to a worldwide client list that is as exotic as some of his automobiles. “I’m a hard-working person, and I know that hard work combined with dedication usually results in success, but when I really think about it, I didn’t think I would get here,”

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The Car Club Guru

Manos says. “The cars are my life from morning until night, seven days a week.” If it sounds like he lives a glamorous life... well, outside of the non-stop commitment to his craft and the Beverly Hills Car Club, he does. His extensive list of VIP clients include Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Migos and Jennifer Lopez. Manos’ collection of classics at the Beverly Hills Car Club includes some crowned jewels sold throughout Southern California.

“A friend of mine told me that his cousin was working on the roof of someone’s home in Los Angeles, and, in the garage, was a car that used to belong to Michael Jordan,” Manos says. “A 1996 Mercedes S600 Lorinser.” “I am a huge Michael Jordan fan, and I told my friend I didn’t believe him, but he faxed me a copy of the title that showed it actually did belong to Michael Jordan and his wife, so I knew he was telling the truth. The coolest thing about this car was, when you start it up, the car phone lights up and, on the display, it still says ‘Air Jordan.’”

Manos got the name of the owner through his friend’s cousin, contacted him and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Now, it’s in his collection. It’s a story that could only happen to the Godfather of the classic car industry, a true-blue guru that has turned his love of cars into the ride of a lifetime.

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“The James Bond Diablo is a Lamborghini Diablo that was featured in the James Bond movie Die Another Day,” Manos says. “It’s a car that people just drool over. I’m personally a big James Bond fan, and, to me, there’s nothing cooler than driving a car that was in a James Bond movie.”

What’s fascinating is how one of the greatest classic car dealers occasionally stumbles into finding new treasures for his collection, such as one owned by Michael Jordan in the mid 1990’s during the height of his popularity with the Chicago Bulls.






marvelous MARCHÉ MODERNE Florent and Amelia Marneau are the husband-and-wife chef duo behind the chic French restaurant we can’t stop talking about. By Kaitlyn Beickel Photography courtesy of Ron De Angelis


ontemporary French restaurant Marché Moderne is uniquely helmed by a talented husband-and-wife chef duo—Florent and Amelia Marneau. “It’s been an incredible journey,” Chef Amelia Marneau says. “We both came from fine dining and it’s always colored the way

we run our restaurant, but we pride ourselves on providing more than just a white tablecloth experience.” “I still love to greet all of our guests as if they’re coming to our home, and we’re cooking a special meal just for them,” she added.






The duo first opened Marché Moderne at South Coast Plaza in 2007, moving to the pristine Newport Beach location ten years later to be closer to the coast. Today, the couple says that food is their love language. “It’s a crazy life, but it’s a beautiful one and we both thrive and feed off of the energy working in a kitchen together.” Chef Amelia says. “Food is comfort, food is our love language.” “While there are plenty of ups and downs, especially the last few years, what keeps us going is our mutual love of cooking for our guests. That’s what keeps us going, year after year.” Chef Florent found his love for cooking at the young age of 19, and he still exudes the same passion in the kitchen, always dreaming up new recipes or spins on classic dishes. Chef Amelia discovered her love of cooking through her Italian grandmother, but probably not in the way you would expect.

“She was actually terrible in the kitchen, so I learned how to cook so that I could eat good food,” Chef Amelia says. “I spent summers visiting family in Naples, Italy, where I would go to the markets and pick incredible produce to cook with.” After attending culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Chef Amelia was recommended for a job as a pastry chef at Hotel Crillon’s Michelin-star restaurant Les Ambassadeurs.

Chef Florent’s impressive experience that led to him becoming the executive chef of Aubergine includes his work in Paris for legendary master pastry chef Gaston Lenotre and his time spent working for the revered Orange County French chef, Pascal Olhats, at Tradition by Pascal. With their notable work experience combined, the two chefs were a match made in culinary heaven.

“It was there that I learned how to make incredible breakfast pastries from master pastry chef Christophe Felder,” Chef Amelia says. “I was baking very early in the mornings, before the sun came up. The kitchen would be filled with the smell of fresh baked croissants coming out of the oven.”

“Running a restaurant is a very demanding business and lifestyle, it’s not for everyone, much less a husband-and-wife team,” Chef Amelia says. “We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to complement each other and support each other in the kitchen—he as the executive chef, with me as the pastry chef and running front-of-house.”

“When I returned home to the states, I began working at a number of restaurants, including Aubergine in Newport Beach, where I met Florent, who was the executive chef. After a few years, we decided to open up our own restaurant together,” she says.

“Sometimes he will create dishes to complement my desserts and vice versa. He may be the one churning out amazing dishes and tasting menus for our guests, but I like to joke that it’s my desserts that leave the final, lasting impression,” she added.



TWIST & SHAKE DrnxMyth is changing the way we make cocktails at home.



By Kaitlyn Beickel


orget the days of mixing your own cocktails. DrnxMyth offers an innovative way to enjoy a fresh cocktail with the brand’s unique, patented “twist to mix” bottle technology. In the bottom chamber of each DrnxMyth bottle, there is cold-pressed, fresh juice with no preservatives or artificial flavors. Simply twist the bottom chamber, shake to mix the fruit juice with the above spirit and tinctures, and pour over ice for a fresh cocktail for two. DrnxMyth’s unique bottle is the brainchild of co-founders and cocktail aficionados Brandon Schwartz and Lawrence Cisneros, who became friends after meeting in college.

“We always wanted to start a business together,” says Schwartz. “We talked about the prospect of starting up a bar centered around all these fresh juices, but I​​ wasn’t the type to be able to build a lifestyle business like a bar. We quickly thought about how we could bottle this up—no pun intended—but that’s what led us to the idea.” Their goal was to package a craft cocktail that has the same quality and freshness as one you can order at the bar. “We went to the store and did some competitive analysis on the other businesses in the market,” Schwartz says. “It was cans, creammixed liquids, preservatives, colorants, no fresh juice, and the taste just isn’t quite as what you’d get with your favorite bartender.” Each DrnxMyth flavor variety is created by a different notable bartender from around the country, which is where the inspiration for the bottle’s unique name comes from. “We like centering the bartenders, but we didn’t wanna call it ‘Bartender,’ and we tried to think of some other terms that are similar,” Schwartz says. “DrnxMyth is the one that came to mind—it’s always been something that felt kind of mythical.” DrnxMyth is available for local delivery via their website, and the convenient bottle is a popular choice for virtual happy hours, events or team meetings.




By Carlye Klick


aunching a new business amid a global pandemic might intimidate most. Luckily, Nick Arambula, Mike Fretto and Chris Lee, the founders of Neighbor Outdoor Furniture, didn’t let that slow them down.

opportunity to provide high-quality, affordable and beautiful modern outdoor furniture that was good for the environment, too.

The three met while working at start-up mattress brand Tuft & Needle. The entrepreneurial atmosphere created there contributed to Arambula, Fretto and Lee always thinking about the “next big thing” for their industry.

The company’s first collection, The Haven Collection, is based on a modular format. Lee explains, “This allows the set to grow with the consumer. There’s an opportunity to add additional modules and continue to build out the arrangement as needed. We don’t want somebody to throw away our furniture because their life circumstances change.” A shared-leg design adds sturdiness and links pieces together with a simple design.

When Tuft & Needle was acquired, the guys got together and decided it was the right time to venture into the outdoor living space. They used sustainable, high-quality materials; creating simple, elegant designs; and offered a reasonable price point. They saw an

All pieces are crafted from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified teak, and the cushions are covered in Sunbrella fabrics. The FSC is focused on responsibly harvesting and replanting trees and ensuring living wages and workers’ rights.



Sunbrella prides itself on sending no waste to landfills and offers fabric lines made with 50 percent to 90 percent post-consumer recycled yarns. Neighbor also ships its furniture in flatpack boxes, saving space and minimizing fuel usage. What’s next for these entrepreneurial friends? Beyond expanding their products’ color selections, they’re also working on creating new items, including rugs, upholstered ottomans and accent tables. They even envision Neighbor sling chairs and poolside lounge chairs. “We’re expanding into the focal point of the indoor of the home: the dining room and kitchen,” Lee says. “We recently added dining tables created from solid teak, which will include some woven chairs.” For Arambula, Fretto and Lee, the possibilities are endless. They intend to carry their mission of quality and sustainability with them no matter what market they enter.

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New outdoor lifestyle brand Neighbor crafts eco-friendly furnishings with sustainability and style.





At Home with Trish Coury Everything starts somewhere! Thank you to my first friend in OC.

By Renee Dee Photography courtesy of Mark Sacro and Real Estate Photo Co




ndeed, all things have a beginning, like a wonderful foundation of friends. First, there was Trish Coury and soon her husband, Mike Gustafson, who together introduced me to the community in Orange County, and today, now look where we are! I’m so grateful for their generosity and friendship.

While we met in 2013, Trish’s time in Orange County took root in 2001 after graduating from USC. Born and raised in Arizona, Trish met her then-to-be husband Mike, a graduate of ASU. They were married in 2010, and today they are active in the charitable community, the business community and their church, to which they are devoted. This dynamic businesswoman is president of her father Pete Coury’s real estate company, which he founded in 1970. Mike works in commercial real estate and was named commercial developer of the year in Arizona prior to moving to California. They created a life together there and are grateful for the lifestyle that Orange County affords them.



We had the opportunity to visit with them recently and would love to share the inspiration for their lovely Orange County home, where they’ve enjoyed living for the past decade. “Our home represents how we live, what we care about and what we love most about life,” says Trish. ICONIC LIFE: What inspired the design perspective of your home? Trish: Travel! We have had the opportunity to spend time in so many beautiful destination locations where cultural, architectural and interior finish choices have transformed the vision of what our home could become. We like to combine elegant design with mementos from our travels and plenty of family photos. ICONIC LIFE: Which room in your home is your favorite and why? Trish: For me, I would say our dining room. We like to entertain and the dining room offers a comfortable yet elegant space to enjoy meals with friends and family. If you were to ask my husband, he would likely say the family room where warmth, comfort and stylish finish surround the room.

ICONIC LIFE: What décor piece in your home is the most meaningful to you? Trish: Our dining room table, a family heirloom which showcases my family’s heritage and style. It was in my parent’s home over 40 years ago and now is in our home, we have had many family meals and countless chef-inspired dishes served on that table with a lot of great memories. ICONIC LIFE: How does your home lend itself to entertaining, and what do you love most about entertaining at home? Trish: The foyer sets the tone for our home. The spiral staircase sets the backdrop to the 30-foot ceiling and domed skylight over the foyer. The area is flanked by the kitchen, living room and family room where we do most of our entertaining. The exterior patio spaces are simply an extension of the kitchen and living areas. A Hestan grilling center and Alfresco pizza oven make outdoor entertaining fun! Whether inside or out, the interior’s oversized rooms and large exterior gathering area make entertaining a joy. We searched for two years to find a home that fits our needs and lifestyle, we plan to enjoy our home for many more years to come!





ICONIC LIFE: What was your inspiration?

ICONIC LIFE: What do you love about living in Newport Beach?

Trish: A collaboration of metropolitan influences that offer a sense of grace, elegance and an elevated level of sophistication. Our home creates a sense of balance with an emphasis in contrast, rhythm and scale. We find it comfortable, relaxed and filled with wonderful memories.

Trish: So many things! The weather is great, we are close to shopping, our favorite restaurants and the beach. Plus, it’s an easy drive to visit friends and family.

ICONIC LIFE: You are super community involved. What are you most passionate about?

Trish: Orange County offers sun-filled days and cool nights all yearround; truly a destination experience. With its sophisticated charm, great dining options and numerous beaches, it is easy to see why Orange County is considered a top-ten getaway location and is a great place to call home. We feel very blessed to live here.

Trish: We are so very blessed to have the life we do. It’s our honor and privilege to give back to the community, especially St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which I have been involved with for more than 15 years. Other charities I am dedicated to are StandUp For Kids and Lung Cancer Foundation of America, and I’m proud to be on the Board of Directors for both organizations.

ICONIC LIFE: What is ICONIC to you about Orange County?





Stationery MOVES FORWARD What started as a shared hobby between two college friends quickly transformed into a full-fledged handmade stationery business that we’re loving right now. By Kaitlyn Beickel


ugar Paper founders and friends Jamie Grobecker and Chelsea Shukov have always had one important thing in common—a deep appreciation for beautifully made stationery. “I think it really started in our childhood, we have always both loved paper,” Shukov says. “When I would go to the mall with my friends, they would go to the clothing stores and I would find myself in a paper store buying completely unnecessary paper items.” The paper-loving duo met in college, but it wasn’t until they were both working in their respective careers that they discovered the power of a traditional letterpress. “We were both in an art store together and we had seen a card that was done with a printed

letterpress,” Shukov says. “Neither one of us had ever seen the printing method before, and we were kind of enamored with it.” “One thing led to another, we bought a letterpress and started experimenting with it, just as a hobby.” That hobby quickly became a full-time job after requests for handmade cards and stationery came pouring in from friends and family who had seen their beautifully crafted work. A year later, they opened their first brick-and-mortar stationery shop. “What we do is a throwback to a different time,” Shukov says. “We print the old fashioned way, on antique equipment, one piece of paper at a time. When you feel Sugar Paper in your hands, you can just feel the difference.”





Today, Sugar Paper has expanded from one California shop to three, including Lido Marina Village. It has also become a profitable online business, with its stationery products offered in big and small shops around the country, including Target stores. “The paper is always extra thick, the envelopes are always lined by hand and it just has this nostalgic quality that feels higher quality than what you’re used to seeing at a big box retailer,” Shukov says. “For certain life events, people come to us— because a birthday card from a big box store will do, but when it’s a baby announcement, a wedding invitation, a holiday card, they

tend to use us for those really kind of important life moments,” she added. Sugar Paper’s most popular product is their letterpress printed cards for different occasions, and Shukov says that it’s a special opportunity that they get to follow a family from the time they get married, have their first baby, to their child’s graduation and beyond. To simplify the card writing process for their customers, Grobecker and Shukov worked together to write their first book, “How to Write a Letter,” which is filled with creative ideas and tips for writing and addressing cards, letters and everything in between.



“We found that our clients were hesitant to put their love on paper or to write somebody a message, because they didn’t know what to say,” Shukov says. “After having been in this business for a couple decades now, we really do know what to say in the stickiest of times or the most celebratory times.” Intended to help their customers overcome the personal barriers that make sending thoughtful cards in the mail a challenge, this how-to book makes it simple to put feelings into words.



“Take the time to send one letter to somebody that you love, because it matters so much.” Shukov says. “I know I’m personally getting more letters because of it—and I know people are writing more because of it and we’re really proud of it.” In addition to their debut book and handmade cards, Sugar Paper is known for their high quality planners, and they will soon launch a new collection of products for the upcoming academic year.





Meet Multi-Hyphenate

BARCLAY BUTERA The notable interior designer talks about clients, color schemes, candles, his legacy in CDM and a recently finished Newport Beach residence. By Nora Burba Trulsson Photography courtesy of Nathan Schroder






or design aficionados, Barclay Butera is a household name. The creative polymath is an interior designer whose clientele includes A-list celebs, a licensing maven who’s done collections for the likes of Kravet textiles, Lexington Home Brands furniture and Castelle outdoor furniture; and a showroom owner with locations in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, California as well as Park City, Utah. He’s also an author, having done six coffee table design books, including The New Traditional, published this spring. Butera’s energetic rise in luxury residential design started young. “After a year in law school, I knew I wanted to pursue something more creative,” Butera explains. He went to work for his mother, Newport Beach-based interior designer

Karen Butera King, to learn the ropes of the business. “My mother instilled in me the values of honesty, hard work and a good business acumen,” he says. “In 1994, I launched my own design business and have never looked back.” Despite a plethora of business interests, Butera is never too busy to take on a residential design project, including the recent home he did in conjunction with Brandon Architects and Mur-Sol Builders in Newport Beach. The new build—on a narrow lot adjacent to the bay—was done in a crisp, transitional style of architecture for a couple with grown children. With four bedrooms, three levels, a roof deck and a design that makes the most of the blue-water views, the 3,700-square foot home serves as a beach getaway for the family, where they can hang out and entertain. ICONICLIFE.COM








“This house is a nod to my favorite blue and white color scheme,” says Butera, “and we went with a design that’s crisp, fresh and timeless. We also wanted to add a touch of nautical, without getting kitschy.” Working within the home’s narrow confines, Butera created numerous seating areas for family and friends, without giving up easy traffic flow patterns and private spaces for the owners. His favorite spots in the beach house? “I happen to love the living room —which is perfect for intimate conversation—with its groovy looped rug, stunning artwork and clever lighting,” Butera notes. “And you have to love the bunk bedroom. It’s the mostrequested room from guests. We maximized the space by stacking the beds and designed it to feel like you’re on a luxury ocean liner.”

The clients of the bayside house, for whom Butera has done four previous projects, trusted his guidance and loved the finished abode. “These clients have amazing taste,” Butera says, “and we were so happy that they loved our initial presentation.” After nearly three decades in the business, Butera’s enthusiasm and passion still seems new, whether it’s launching that new design book or his sixth furniture collection with Lexington Home Brands, called “Laguna.” What does he still love most about his work? “Without a question, it’s my interaction with clients and customers,” he says. “We give major presentations for countless over-the-top projects, but I still love selling a candle or two in my showroom to a new young customer. Our philosophy is ‘client for life.’”



Romantic California




From serene beachfront properties to vibrant adventure vacation spots, these six luxurious resorts are here to bring on the romance. By Bailey Badillo

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here’s a bit of great relationship advice going around social media lately called the “2-2-2 Rule.” To keep the romance alive, this rule suggests couples go out for an evening every two weeks, get away for a weekend every two months and go on week-long romantic getaways every two years.

Of course, following this rule requires knowing the best romantic vacation spots for you and your significant other. Luckily, we’ve rounded up our picks for the best romantic getaways in California, with exclusive information on some brand new resorts. ICONICLIFE.COM



Some of the most extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean can be found at The Post Ranch Inn on the coast of scenic Big Sur. Set on a cliff, each room boasts a breathtaking view of either the ocean or mountainside.

While at a meditative yoga session or eating at the hotel’s Sierra Mar with its ICONIC view, there’s a chance you’ll spot some wildlife roaming about this vacation spot, including deer and peacocks to name a few.



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The vision for the Inn comes from the renowned architect Mickey Muennig, and his conception was all about luxury and natural beauty. The Post Ranch Inn has suites, private houses and architecturally interesting tree houses with private indoor and outdoor soaking tubs or fireplaces.


Proper may be in the name, but this resort in Santa Monica offers what they call a “looser luxury.” Walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier, you can fall asleep to the sound of the ocean waves and the smell of a gentle ocean breeze from your suite. For couples seeking some R&R, the Santa Monica Proper has an Eastern-inspired wellness spa, a roof-deck pool with beautiful views and great food and drink from the Balearic restaurant.

Interested in more of the vibrant city life for your romantic getaway? You can check out the newly opened Downtown L.A. Proper. Each room has a unique take on a modern Moroccan design, so any suite you stay in will make you feel like you have your own private art museum.

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“Whether it’s watching the sunset from the sun loungers by our rooftop pool, cozying up in one of the nooks of our

lobby lounge Palma, experiencing our unique wellness offerings at Surya Spa or taking your loved one on the back of one of our electric scooters to explore the area, Santa Monica Proper is the best place for a couples getaway,” Julien Laracine, Managing Director at Santa Monica Proper, says.




For those looking for vacation spots away from the noise without sacrificing lavish amenities, The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers the perfect balance of simple and upscale living. Tucked away in a Laguna Canyon, this ranch-style resort will make you feel miles away.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

“Situated between canyon and sea in the heart of Orange County, The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s romantic setting emanates from its natural surroundings,” General Manager Kurt Bjorkman says. “Couples are invited to unwind at Sycamore Spa, savor farm-to-table cuisine, enjoy live music on The Porch, tee off at the resort’s Ben Brown’s golf course and more. The resort truly provides a restorative getaway and a peaceful place for couples to connect.”




Perched on a coastal bluff above the Pacific, Montage Laguna Beach is the ultimate, super-luxe escape and a favorite of our publisher. The resort boasts a prestigious five star rating, decadent cuisine, attentive service and elegant coastal-inspired accommodations with bedding so comfortable you’ll likely purchase it before you check out. The chic-casual vibe of this elegant resort pairs with activities for any couple wanting the perfect romantic getaway. Wanting an adventurous weekend packed with fun? Explore the surrounding nature of Laguna Beach while you paddle-board, snorkel, Kayak or whale watch, which is all bookable through the concierge. Hoping for a more rejuvenating stay? Unwind together at Spa Montage with the “Romantic Couples Journey” treatment where a combination of luxurious exfoliation, a botanical bubble bath, an aromatic scalp massage and side-by-side full body massage will melt away any lingering post-wedding stresses.

Montage at Laguna Beach

After the spa, couples have a choice to indulge in the quiet spa pool or can head to Mosaic Pool for further relaxation and beautiful views of the Pacific just below. Don’t miss the sunset!




In the 1950s, this glamorous hotel played host to Hollywood A-listers and U. S. presidents alike. Now redesigned and returned to its original charm, this luxury resort is an ideal choice for a romantic getaway.




For those times you’re looking to soak up the sunshine, why not travel to the town that practically birthed luxury? L’Horizon in Palm Springs is keeping the history of glamor alive with a mid-century modern touch. Reserve Bungalows with wallto-ceiling windows for beautiful natural lighting and indulge in wines, liqueurs and fine dining at this vacation spot.

MEADOWOOD NAPA VALLEY You can’t talk about romantic getaways without including Wine Country, and Meadowood of Napa Valley does not disappoint. The tranquil elegance at Meadowood makes even checking in at the lobby feel like you’re wandering through an enchanted forest. With chocolate and wine tastings, Meadowood is sure to help you enjoy the weekend just how you pictured it.

“Meadowood Napa Valley’s intimate setting in wine country is a perfect romantic getaway for couples,” Director of Communications Amanda Harlan says. “From the property’s secluded guest cottages nestled into the trees, to the newly built suites by Howard Backen at the Spa, every aspect of the property has been designed with an acute sensitivity to the nuances of comfort, privacy and relaxation. Meadowood offers an idyllic experience for couples to make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Meadowood Napa Valley

Here’s to good eats, massages, adventure and relaxation in the near future.




Soak in the sunshine in luxe styles that shine in every color of the rainbow. By Kaitlyn Beickel CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Renee Dee, PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Sacro, LIGHTING: Kyle Finley, STYLING: Jackie Rose, HAIR & MAKEUP: Haley Gray, MODEL: Taylor from The Industry LA, ICONIC LIFE TEAM: Carlye Klick, Kaitlyn Beickel, Haley Gray, LOCATION: Custom Estate, Dana Point, California, ARCHITECT: Brandon Architects, BUILDER: Genova Construction, INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: Hawk & Co, FURNITURE + STYLING: Brooke Wagner, REALTOR: Arlen Raubach Group, Compass 96



Lanvin long charmeuse tribute dress, South Coast Plaza. Jimmy Choo gold strappy heels, Marrin Costello earrings.




Jonathan Simkhai macramé midi skirt, Farm Rio toucans one-piece swimsuit, Max Mara sunglasses, South Coast Plaza. Gorjana earrings.


It’s time to pull out the beach towels and colorful tote bags—warm weather is here, and we are basking in it as we celebrate the launch of our Orange County edition of ICONIC LIFE. Chic summerwear that embraces bold prints, warm colors and timeless silhouettes are making waves this season in a rainbow of colors—both on and off the sand. Read our Publisher’s Letter for more on this issue’s inspo. 98





Valentino halter chiffon gown. Manolo Blahnik metallic patent leather & chain ankle-strap pumps, South Coast Plaza. Marrin Costello necklace.




Acler pleated satin midi dress, Missoma pendant necklace, Intermix, South Coast Plaza.




Lanvin rose skirt, Lanvin sequined halter top, Marrin Cotsello jewelry, Manolo Blahnik gold strappy sandal heels, Eugenia Kim satin-trimmed fedora, Intermix, South Coast Plaza. 102



Jonathan Simkhai embroidered cotton halter dress, Gia Borghini X Pernille Teisbaek padded leather mules, Intermix, Lanvin hobo cat bag, South Coast Plaza. Gorjana hoop earrings.




Valentino striped, sequin one-shoulder mini dress, Valentino Garavani rockstud caged leather high-heel sandals. Gorjana hoops.




Zimmermann ruffled paisley crop top, Jonathan Simkhai lace dress, Cult Gia PVC Slide Sandals, Intermix, South Coast Plaza. Gorjana ring. Marrin Costello earrings.




Max Mara white linen pantsuit set, Cult Gia Olivine top, South Coast Plaza. Valentino heel sandal. Gorjana rings.








What’s for Dinner and Drinks? We asked acclaimed Chef Angelo Sosa to answer the proverbial question, recipes and all!


ou may recognize renowned Chef Angelo Sosa from his appearances on several television shows—including three seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef and HBO Max’s Selena + Chef—and now you can enjoy his culinary expertise at his new signature restaurant in Scottsdale, Tía Carmen.

The contemporary Southwestern restaurant celebrates the local landscape, farmers and community of the Southwest, all while also paying tribute to Sosa’s aunt. “Throughout my life, my Tía Carmen instilled in me a passion and love for cooking, teaching me the impact and the power that food can have when made from a place of pure love,” Chef Sosa says. “Traveling through the Southwest gave me the opportunity to explore the region through the lens of ranchers, potters, farmers and artisans.”

By Kaitlyn Beickel Photography courtesy of Tía Carmen

“I have always had a deep fascination and appreciation for Southwestern food traditions. It has been an honor and privilege to be able to contribute to this beautiful and rich culinary narrative,” he added. The dinner menu at Tía Carmen is divided into three sections— light + fresh, maize + harina and charcoal + wood + fire, highlighting the flavorful ingredients from the region. So, what is for dinner and what are we having for drinks?

OUR EXPERT Renowned Chef Angelo Sosa, WHERE YOU’LL FIND THEM Tía Carmen, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort, THE INSPO Fresh and Flavorful, DINNER Tuna Crudo, Corn Coconut Broth and Dill, DRINK Spritz ICONICLIFE.COM




TUNA CRUDO, CORN COCONUT BROTH AND DILL SERVES FOUR CORN COCONUT BROTH Ingredients 2 tablespoons oil, grapeseed 1 tablespoon salt, kosher, diamond crystal 4 tablespoons shallot 4 tablespoons ginger, peeled, slice thin 2 teaspoons serrano chile 1/2 cup corn, organic 1 1/4 cups coconut milk 3 cups coconut water 5/8 cup sugar 1 teaspoon. turmeric, powder 6 tablespoons lemongrass 4 piece kaffir leaf 6 tablespoons lime juice, fresh 110



Heat a medium size pot and add oil, shallots, ginger, serrano chile and lemongrass. Lightly sweat until translucent. Add corn kernels, coconut milk, water, sugar and turmeric and bring to an immediate boil. Cut heat and add remaining ingredients (except lime juice) making sure lemongrass and kaffir leaf are smashed. Cover with plastic and steep for 20 minutes and strain. Cool broth completely and then blend on high for approximately one minute. Remove and chill. If using immediately add lime juice and taste. Adjust seasoning and serve.

CHILE OIL Ingredients 3 tablespoons chipotle chile 1 tablespoon pasilla chile 3 tablespoons ancho chile 1 tablespoon canella 3 tablespoons smoked paprika 3 pieces whole clove 3 pieces whole allspice 2 cups oil, grapeseed 3/4 tablespoon salt, kosher, diamond crystal



In a medium sized pot over low flame, lightly toast all ingredients before adding oil and salt.

8 ounces tuna and cut sashimi thin 1/8 inch thick 2 tablespoons chile oil 4 tablespoons jicama matchsticks 2 cups corn broth 4 tablespoons baby cilantro 4 tablespoons dill 2 tablespoons flowers Sea salt to taste

After five minutes of toasting, add oil and salt and cook on low flame for 20 minutes, making sure to not burn any of the spices. Blend but don’t strain.


Lightly season the tuna slices with kosher salt, rub with chile oil. Place onto a platter and place jicama matchsticks on top of tuna. Pour corn broth around tuna, but not covering the fish. Garnish with cilantro and dill, flowers, and finish with a light dusting of sea salt.


SPRITZ Ingredients 1 ounce Mommenpop Blood Orange Aperitif Wine ½ ounce vodka ½ ounce limoncello ½ ounce tamarind ponche 1/4 ounce Cointreau .35 ounce citrus oleo Pinch of salt 2 dashes of orange bitters


Swizzle mixture briefly with ice and three fresh lemon wheels. Top with ice, crown with seltzer and garnish with pomegranate seeds, dried fruits and fresh edible flowers.

SHARE YOUR SUCCESS We hope you’ll try these recipes at home. When you do, please share images and experiences with us @youriconiclife #iconiclifedinnerdrinks.








Five artists, five distinctive visions and the infinite ways they are redefining modern art on their own terms. By Elyse Glickman


ome artists paint to make a political statement, while others strive to capture nature, emotions or the human condition through personalized techniques that can’t be duplicated in textbooks, seminars or art schools.

Five artists currently making their mark on the world–Chris Gwaltney, Ron Hicks, Ruben Rojas, Richard Orlinski and Kerry Schroeder—fit this dynamic by not fitting into traditional definitions of what defines an artist. Through their highly individualized approach to color, design and structure, they draw, color and shape things completely outside of the lines— even making up their own rules as they go.







Kennedy Contemporary

“I’m a better editor than I am an inventor,” says Laguna Beach, California-based Chris Gwaltney about his unique painting technique. “I’ll paint in many figures and let them fight it out. I allow for the underlying sketches, the ‘original argument’ behind a given painting, to show through in the end result. While this approach may seem a little unconventional, I believe a painting is a testament to time well spent.” By walking a line between abstraction and figurative images in his painting, the resulting images are evocative, luminous and lush. He applies color with unexpected washes along with shapes and lines achieved by physically scraping the surface as he generously slaps paint onto the canvas. In his latest collection, ELEMENTAL (his first in nearly a decade), he takes this bold approach to a new place, moving further away from figurative constraints and digging deeper into the use of color to capture a viewer’s heart and mind. “Gwaltney is at the point where he is fully in command of his medium, has refined his touch, and is casually and deceptively simple in his meaning,” observes Bolton Colburn, Former Director of Laguna Art Museum in advance of the new exhibit. “He is an artist who likes to push himself to build on what he has done, discard it and rebuild again. Continually evolving, taking from his surroundings and from his life, and recasting it into something worthy of our attention.” For Gwaltney, gestures and their implied emotions are more important than pure representation and finish. Gwaltney has used his entire family as source material—from the growth of his children, the resiliency and strength of his wife to the passing of both his father and his father-in-law. He feels these relationships are the most honest way to express layered emotion. Although Gwaltney was born in Van Nuys, in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, his influences are drawn from prominent members of the Bay Area Figurative School, including Nathan Olivera, Manuel Neri, Joan Brown, de Stabler and Joan Mitchell. His interest in art originated at an early age following an injury that left him on crutches for a year and a half. Soon after, at the insistence of an artist friend, he started painting. This led to his studies at California State University at Fullerton, earning his Bachelors of Arts in 1984 and Masters of Fine Arts in 1986. ICONICLIFE.COM





Ron Hicks’ striking portraits and figures are as intimately personal as they are far reaching and relevant in today’s social climate, and often closely related to his personal past. His “Surfacing” and “Identity” series of paintings originated from his own experiences dealing with race, social issues, and the other things affecting him as a minority on a day-to-day basis. “When I started these bodies of work and looked at how things affected me, my mind jumped,” says Hicks, who grew up in Columbus, Ohio and has called Denver, Colorado home for much of his adult life. “As soon as I let my experiences open the door, other ideas blossomed. With (my) paintings, it’s like there’s a part of me trying to get out and deal with my own past. I’m not trying to create answers, I’m opening a dialogue.” Hicks explained that many art genres inspire him, including abstract non-objective paintings, impressionism, realism and representational art. He also cites his mother, an artist in her own right, as an inspiration and his “biggest cheerleader,” while he credits wife Sharon for being the “rocket fuel” that’s powered both his creative output and his ascent in the art world.


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“I don’t think it would be possible for me to actually do what I do without her support,” he says. “There are many artists who don’t have that supportive presence and often experience a constant battle. She enables me to be free to be as creative as I can be in (today’s competitive) environment.” And Hicks’ journey continues, creating canvases that are as timeless as they are in tune with today’s headlines and subjects all human beings can relate to. “I’m astonished by how many artists want to control how the public sees their art,” he says, looking back to some of his early commissions where clients were inclined to give him a little too much direction and yet did not get the perfect result. “The way I see it, an artist needs to let people bring their own experiences to the work and be comfortable with whatever responses they have. While I don’t want to stand in the way of that happening, there’s a bigger purpose in what I as an artist sees and brings to the painting. If you allow me to do what I do as an artist, you’ll get a better result.” ICONICLIFE.COM





Kerry Schroeder’s palette not only includes paints in a spectrum of alluring colors, but also elements of nature that inspire her. This allows her to create paintings that may be ethereal and abstract, but also grounded in the physical world. Through this expanded vocabulary, she is able to express new perspectives on personal and universal experiences and the many cycles of life. She explains that forms, shapes, lines and colors travel through a larger, more expansive lense, allowing the viewer to find and connect with something relatable within the abstract. Schroeder came to Michael Costello through another artist he represented, and immediately grasped why her approach was so relatable to a variety of viewers.

KERRY SCHROEDER Costello Gallery

“It was apparent that Kerry had great talent and that the work was a fit with our gallery,” states Costello. “Every artist wants to create a look that people will recognize...the perfect song, that great dance move, the Academy Award-winning performance. Kerry’s work stands out from both a compositional standpoint and the style in which she paints.” Before it had occurred to her that working as a professional artist was even possible for her, Schroeder applied her skills by working as a professional advertising and graphic designer. As she was always drawn to creating visual, vivid images, it was a logical career path. “My work is about how it feels to be in this life and what we experience, such as change, transformation, setbacks, loss, rebirth, frustration, joy, and so much more,” Schroeder details. “These experiences represent what it is to be a human getting through life the best we can. For me, this recognizes the individual path we are all on and tells us to be ourselves. If everyone truly lived from a place of who we really are, I think this would be a very different world.” Schroeder’s paintings—and ideas—have appeared in galleries and cultural centers across the United States, including the Costello Childs Fine Art Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta and Arthouse in Austin, Texas. ICONICLIFE.COM





“My artworks are an expression of freedom and passion,” affirms artist Richard Orlinski, who proudly calls Paris—one of the world’s definitive art capitals—home. “I live and work in Paris because I am French to the core. I love my country and the connection I have with it and the people there. I have always lived in Paris…it is my city.” While Orlinski’s work has a worldwide following, his four children are his most prized fans and one of his great inspirations, as they enjoy exploring new places and seeking out new experiences just as he does. This is why when he does get a request for public art, he wants to be absolutely sure the message behind the commission will speak to the viewers as much as the images themselves do. “I always try to see the site in person to make sure the company, organization or collector shares my vision and my values so we can collectively imagine and then create something that represents us both very well,” he says.


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“I also try to see if there is a link or a connection that gives an artistic and aesthetic value to my work. I’m not afraid to exhibit my artwork in unusual places, especially where people wouldn’t expect to see it. It is my philosophy to make art accessible to everyone, adults and children alike. I always try to provoke an immediate emotion when people experience my art.” And to evoke the desired response from viewers, what is better than animals as his subjects? Orlinski says he’s always felt very close to wild animals because they can’t help but be true to themselves, living without fear. To capture the spirit of each individual creature, he says he never limits himself in terms of color and materials to express their authentic animal instinct. He then sprinkles in his imagination, or “innovative ideas,” as he puts it, to make his animals even wilder than they may be in real life to evoke an emotional response from the viewer. Therefore, the intention behind his “Born Wild” series is to transform negative emotions the viewer may feel into positive vital impulses, and shift from an “archaic animal instinct’’ to a more civilized mood. ICONICLIFE.COM





Armed with paints, art supplies, and ideas, Ruben Rojas states his case for the widespread adoption of his optimistic “live through love” outlook on life. It’s a message that’s traveled far in a short period of time since he transitioned from a corporate careerist to a full-time artist. He also doesn’t limit himself with his mediums, as his commissioned murals, sculptures and canvases can be found all over his native Los Angeles, as well as other U.S. cities—Chicago, San Antonio, Houston, Columbus, Iowa, Mississippi, Pennsylvania—and Paris. He has since taken his signature style into several clothing lines, NFTs and a podcast launched this past February. “‘Live through love,’ is an active way of being human, just like Nike’s ‘Just do it,’” Rojas explains. “We have a choice to operate in life out of love or out of fear. If you turn on the TV, all you’re really seeing is fear. While we need to be informed about the turmoil, we also need to see how people are helping each other get through the situation.”


Street Artist

Rojas’ outlook as an artist is rooted in personal life experiences. He recalls driving past ICONIC murals along L.A.’s freeways and boulevards (including “The Great Wall of Los Angeles,” designed by artist Judy Baca and brought to life between 1976 and 1983 by artists, community members, and over 400 youth) and the weekend kids’ art classes his mother enrolled him in. The “a-ha” moment prompting him to change gears was meeting up with a friend who introduced him to a personal development leadership program. “I didn’t know anything about the art world...how galleries, art shows, agents and managers worked,” Rojas says. “I did not know about how (I would) make a living as an artist, and did not study how to have a career in art.” “What I did know all was that being able to create my artwork on my terms was important to me and the people whose lives would be affected by those murals, sculptures, and other projects,” he continued. “When I took on my first projects, I had not yet developed my own style at that point. However, when I realized I could make a living doing this, it gave me the confidence to move forward.” ICONICLIFE.COM




One&Only Nyungwe House: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Journey to

RWANDA Experience the thrill of trekking through the wild to observe beautiful creatures like gorillas and the Big Five. By David M. Rubin



Through observing these gorillas up close and exploring Rwanda, guests feel and bring home unique, very personal, close connections with the wildlife, nature, mankind and a general feeling of interconnectedness. Terms like “mesmerizing, awesome, life-changing, powerful and poignant” help describe visiting with gorillas in their natural habitat in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Expert trackers and guides lead small groups up bamboo-covered slopes to visit with golden monkeys and to spend a magical and awe-inspiring hour just a few feet away from gorillas, our primate cousins. Even closer relatives to humans are chimpanzees, and a visit to Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park can include exhilarating chimpanzee tracking. And doing so can help save the species, too. The largest living primate, gorillas are spread across much of the equatorial African rainforest. The species is split into lowland gorillas and mountain gorillas. The volcanic range which spans Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to the endangered mountain gorilla. Gorilla “tracking” or “trekking” in Rwanda is safe and relatively accessible. This is a must for every traveler’s bucket list, especially now that there are stunning lodges with world class luxury, including Singita and One&Only.



One&Only Nyungwe House: Nyungwe Forest National Park, Magashi Camp: Akagera National Park


ust 10 feet in front of me was a large gorilla mom gently holding, hugging and kissing her newborn. Then, the giant silverback gorilla dad, ambled over and gave both a big hug! It was heartwarming and such humanlike behavior.


The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to continuing Dian Fossey’s work of protecting gorillas while helping and educating the people who live near them. Gorillas are beautiful, resilient animals, but poaching and habitat destruction have pushed their populations to the brink of extinction. Dian Fossey knew that gorillas would need human help to survive.

Singita Kwitonda Lodge

The Fossey Fund’s symbolic gorilla adoption program is a wonderful way to develop a personal connection with the gorillas that are protected and studied every day. Adopters or their gift recipients receive online adoption certificates, photos, profiles, a video of their gorilla and regular updates. Adopting a gorilla helps ensure the species’ future by supporting this gorilla protection work in Africa, protecting endangered gorilla families and helping to save their critical forest homes. When you visit gorillafund.org/adopt, you’ll be able to choose the gorilla you want to adopt. Gorilla adoptions also make unique and meaningful gifts for your friends and family. Follow @savinggorillas ICONICLIFE.COM


There are approximately 1,000 mountain gorillas in the wild. There are 12 gorilla families living in the Volcanoes National Park, which are fully habituated, with a few others habituated solely for scientific research. The groups, or troops, consist of at least one silverback male along with several females and youngsters.

Six tracking permits are issued per troop, per day and only to guests 15 years or older. There are only 96 permits available each day in Rwanda, and each permit costs $1,500. Arrangements can even be made for guests who cannot hike to be carried in specially designed seats supported by poles carried on the shoulders of four porters. At certain times, the permit price can go down to $1,050 when visiting more than one national park in Rwanda, and this is highly recommended.


Akagera is a beautiful and still quite undiscovered national park. With great conservation and reintroduction programs, Akagera now has the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo)! The low-lying plains of Akagera comprise savannah, woodlands, wetlands and a dozen lakes. Game-viewing jeep safaris may include sights of the Big Five, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, an incredible 490 bird species, plus much more.


Chimpanzees tracking is a “must do” here! Chimpanzees are fierce apes and viewing a habituated family from a safe distance with trained trackers is exhilarating. It takes nine years to habituate a 128


Singita Kwitonda Lodge Bar, Magashi Camp: Akagera National Park


BEST OF THE BEST OF RWANDA We recommended a 13-night journey with very high-quality accommodations:

1. Two nights in Kigali at The Retreat by Heaven, Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali Marriott Hotel, Villa Kigali or Heaven Boutique Hotel 2. Three nights in Akagera National Park at Magashi Camp (including game drives, game walks and boating options each day) 3. Four nights in Volcanoes National Park at Singita Kwitonda Lodge, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Amakoro Songa Lodge, The Bishop’s House or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (including two days of Gorilla trekking and one day Golden Monkey trekking) 4. Three nights in Nyungwe Forest National Park at One&Only Nyungwe House (including one day of Chimpanzee trekking) 5. One night in Kigali to enjoy an evening in the capital.


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Akagera National Park

Nyungwe National Park



One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. The mountainous region is teaming with wildlife, including a small population of habituated chimpanzee families, as well as 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift. Also, visit a habituated troop of Ruwenzori colobus monkeys nearby. Visitors marvel at the 1,068 plant species and 140 orchids. Birdwatching is also a highlight with 322 bird species, including Red-collared Babbler and 29 other Albertine Rift Endemic species. Butterflies are also a common sight, with at least 120 species. Memorable nature experiences include hiking the Isumo Waterfalls trail through the forest and traversing from above on the state-of-theart Canopy Walk suspension bridge that is 1,400 feet long and 210 feet high. The beautiful One&Only Nyungwe House lodge is located nearby on the rolling hills of a tea plantation. This is a perfect luxury lodge to enjoy spa treatments, fine food, relax and appreciate your travels in Rwanda. 130



Kigali is the safe and clean capital of Rwanda. With nice hotel options, it is your entry point with flights from many countries, including non-stop flights from the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center with an expert is important to understand the depths of the horror, killing and depravity of man that occurred in Rwanda in 1994. Moreover, it is profound to see, during your visit, the amazing ability of man to rebound and rebuild a society and the country of Rwanda. Now, we can also see many Rwandans in search of new leadership to help their country continue to move forward.


For your business and leisure travels worldwide, call on David Rubin and his staff at DavidTravel. In 1996, David moved from a successful law practice, followed a deep passion for travel and launched his travel company. David is on both the Travel + Leisure “A-List” and the Conde Nast Traveler “Specialist List” of the best travel advisors for delivering unparalleled style, attention to detail, and insider access uniquely responding to each client’s goals, budget, interests and dreams at www.DavidTravel.com.

One&Only Nyungwe House: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Chimpanzee family, but only nine months to habituate a Gorilla family. This is a testament to the gentle nature of the gorillas versus their aggressive chimpanzee relatives.



One&Only Nyungwe House: Nyungwe Forest National Park




AMERICAN LIVING Take a look at these stunning and unique custom estates that won the 2021 NAHB “Best in American Living” home awards.

By Kaitlyn Beickel


ach year the National Association of Home Builders’ “Best in American Living” Award winners are the pinnacle of luxe design trends from around the country. The awards shine a spotlight on the top building industry professionals who are hitting the mark with outstanding residential designs. Here we highlight the most ICONIC homes from the 2021 “Best in American Living” Award winners:





One-Of-A-Kind Custom Home 5,001 - 6,000 Sq. Ft.

What was once a poorly situated ranch home with overgrown landscaping in a highly sought after neighborhood became the site for a beautiful and new single family home. The reimagined architecture was positioned to open up view corridors, manage two washes and avoid the harsh Arizona sun. The home’s stunning topographical features are contrasted with light, wing-like plaster forms and stone elements that keep it firmly grounded. Defying gravity, the south wing of Razor’s Edge hovers above the ground, allowing for rain water to pass through the natural wash beneath it. The four bedroom home has an impressive upper game loft with nearly 360-degree views through clerestory glass of the natural desert surroundings. The adjacent patios and ample outdoor space make it the ideal home for connecting with nature.

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ARCHITECT Drewett Works, BUILDER Bedbrock Developers, INTERIOR DESIGNER Holly Wright Design



SILVER WINNER Remodeling—Entire Home, Up To $250,000

CURVY HOME PROJECT Iconic Design + Build—led by Owner and Principal Designer Kaitlyn Wolfe—transformed this Scottsdale, Arizona home from an awkward and outdated space to a stunning and desert paradise with custom furnishings. The design team saw the once dark and heavy space as an opportunity to let in a breath of fresh air, with bright natural lighting and accents of clean white where dull beige once lived. Carved into the side of a mountain, the Curvy Home’s design now embraces its desert roots with a striking natural color scheme and fabrics. The owner’s bright artwork became the centerpiece for the design, matched with equally dazzling finishes and shapes throughout the home. Iconic Design + Build also incorporated a custom-designed kitchen island and custom nightstands to further add to the home’s unique eye-catching focal points.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER Iconic Design + Build



PLATINUM WINNER One-Of-A-Kind Custom Home 5,001 - 6,000 Sq. Ft.


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This Costa Mesa custom home was done by Brandon Architects, one of the several projects from the architect that earned a “Best in American Living” Award for 2021. Designed to be a thoughtful addition to the growing community, the elongated lot provides ample space for gathering. In a predominantly single-story neighborhood, it was a challenge to scale the front façade—so the design team chose to make the garage and the trellis facing the street single-story. This home embraces the transitional style, with a weathered and timeless look achieved with natural and rustic materials. Refurbished brick and recycled wood doors complement the home’s modern steel to create a stunning overall design perspective. The brick is used in impressive archways that draw the eye to the common spaces in the house, which are surrounded by large pocketing glass doors that open completely to the outdoors. Step outside, and you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy free time, be it at the sunken fire pit, sport courts, pool and spa or the dining area. ARCHITECT Brandon Architects, BUILDER Patterson Custom Homes, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT David A Pedersen, INTERIOR DESIGNER Brooke Wagner Design ICONICLIFE.COM


GOLD WINNER One-Of-A-Kind Custom Home 6,001 - 8,000 Sq. Ft.


Vaulted ceilings with skylights and plenty of windows allow for an abundance of California sunshine, illuminating the well-thought out spaces in the kitchen, dining room and family room. The interiors are coastal inspired with light wooden fixtures and white marble that contrast the home’s dark wooden features. The basement level was designed into an entertainment area that opens up into a large courtyard—ideal for taking in the ocean breezes. ARCHITECT Brandon Architects, BUILDER RDM General Contractors LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT David A Pedersen, INTERIOR DESIGNER Brooke Wagner Design 136


Courtesy of LANGOWORKS

Newport Beach’s Spyglass Hill is highly coveted for good reason, and this home maximizes the benefit of living in the community with spectacular panoramic ocean views. Montecito is a single-story residence with a design that embraces both modern and traditional materials. Generating curbside appeal from the eye-catching vertical wood sliding on the garage door to the light-colored stone exterior, the juxtaposed elements are what makes this home’s design special.

PLATINUM WINNER Specialty Outdoor Room


Courtesy of Werner Segarra Photography

A marriage of light and dark design principles make this Paradise Valley home the best of both worlds. When the husband and wife owners were divided over style, the resulting finished home was a product of collaboration. Architect Drewett Works teamed up with Bedbrock Developers and Mara Interior Design to meet the needs of the active family, while creating a modern and beautiful home. The kitchen is a testament to the owner’s love for food—showcasing the chef, while also providing more hidden spaces for prep work. The centerpiece of the home is the indoor/outdoor bar, where guests can enjoy nature and privacy all in one place. Ivory chipped-face limestone walls with innovative ceiling treatments are another eye-catching element of the home, and there’s a stellar wine cellar with a hidden wine vault to store a legendary collection. ARCHITECT Drewett Works, BUILDER Bedbrock Developers, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Bedbrock Developers, INTERIOR DESIGNER Mara Interior Design, WINDOWS Roadrunner Glass ICONICLIFE.COM


SILVER WINNER On-The-Boards Single-Family Custom Home


To enter the home, guests take an entry bridge over a sunken courtyard that has a lively waterfall/fire feature. The must-have infinity pool, spa and pool house complete the outdoor area. Inside, the large open living room and kitchen are key for entertaining, and each bedroom has its own private wing. ARCHITECT PHX Architecture, BUILDER KES Homes, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT GM Future Designs, INTERIOR DESIGNER Insert Design 138


Renderings produced by PHX Architecture

On a hillside in Highland, California, sits a contemporary, award-winning home by PHX Architecture, KES Homes, GM Future Designs and Insert Design. The five bedroom home has seven bathrooms, and large windows to capture the stunning views of the valley below. Sit out on the patio or large rooftop deck, designed to allow for indoor-outdoor living, to fully take in the home’s beautiful surroundings.

PLATINUM WINNER One-Of-A-Kind Custom Home Over 8,000 Sq. Ft.


Courtesy of LANGOWORKS

Is there anything more luxurious and ICONIC than a private, human aquarium? This Dana Point home by Hawk & Co and Hill Construction Company has just that—and a luxe subterranean cocktail lounge, too. This massive pool (double the weight of a standard pool) is surrounded by wall-size windows that illuminate the indoor bar space with an incredibly unique blue glow. Due to the sheer size of the pool, this home design required extensive structural coordination and complex waterproofing measures. The entrance hall of Oceanfront Place is home to a custom chandelier, a spiral staircase and crisp marble flooring. Walk through the home into the great room to see walnut paneled walls and an Art Deco-inspired stepped ceiling, leading to the adjacent dining room and a huge kitchen with custom metal cabinetry. The owners suite is accessible by a second spiral staircase, where they can enjoy unobstructed sunset views. ARCHITECT Hawk & Co., BUILDER Hill Construction Company, INTERIOR DESIGNER Hawk & Co. ICONICLIFE.COM




PLATINUM WINNER Remodeling—Entire Home, Over $750,000


Courtesy of Dino Tonn Photography

This re-imagined Paradise Valley home rests on an Arizona hillside with indescribable views of Camelback Mountain. The older home was transformed into a zen-like retreat by the experts at Scottsdalebased architecture firm Drewett Works, Brimley Development and Ownby Design. The architecture is firmly “grounded by limestone tablets while uplifted through expansive fenestrations and soaring roof planes with zinc fascia and Douglas fir tongue-and-groove.” The once stuccoed home now embraces a refined palette of natural materials—limestone walls and floors, hemlock ceilings, vertical grain rift oak millwork—accented by complementing tile and countertops. What was once formal and informal spaces now overlap into once, removing some of the rigidness of the original home layout. Indoor and outdoor living spaces also combine into one, with the upstairs media room opening up into a patio with incredible mountain views. ARCHITECT Drewett Works, BUILDER Brimley Development, INTERIOR DESIGNER Ownby Design ICONICLIFE.COM


ICONIC By Sam Micatrotto


f there is anything we recognize, it’s when something has made its mark on the world in an ICONIC way, and the Aston Martin DB5 perfectly fits that category. Often dubbed “the most famous car in the world,” the DB5 became the dream car of many once they saw James Bond behind the wheel on the silver screen in Goldfinger and again for subsequent generations as it appeared in at least six other Bond films, including the most recent No Time to Die. But, before there was Bond, there was a vision. The DB5 was born from a heritage of racing where its predecessors raced in Le Mans, and with that lineage, it’s no wonder why it was Bond’s getaway car of choice time and time again. The DB5 was a movie star in its own right, oftentimes stealing the show when on screen. The sleek, eye-catching body is fit for an action star, and so is its top speed of 145 mph. If you were lucky enough to find yourself in the DB5’s driver seat, you’d be surrounded by luxury. Reclining seats, electric windows, woodpile carpets, full level trim, and in the event of an emergency, a fire extinguisher, are all standard features. Plus, in the event you are caught in a Bond-style car chase, the DB5 goes 0 to 60 in just eight seconds. Because of its impact on cinematic and automotive history, it was time for its encore. Fifty-five years after the





last DB5 rolled off the production line, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation was born, but as a limited edition to only 25 very lucky people. This isn’t incredibly surprising considering from 1963 to 1965, only 1,021 total DB5s were ever produced, making an already sought-after vehicle even more desirable. A fully restored DB5 with “Bond modifications” was even recently sold at auction for a whopping $6.4 million. Paul McCartney also sold his 1964 DB5 for approximately $1.8 million; a small price to pay for Bond enthusiasts who want to own a small piece of history! Whether you’ve experienced the DB5 through the big screen or have been lucky enough to get behind the wheel yourself, you can consider yourself a witness to history in an ICONIC way.

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