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The safety and security of life at home—both indoors and out—will drive design decisions and creative solutions.  By Annette Reeves Finding any form of certainty in current day-to-day life is a challenge. As people embrace what is now called the “new norm” it carries with it the weight of undefinable answers and a vision of a world we’ve never experienced. How will society evolve in the future? What will social gatherings look like? Will our […]


Essential OC

Photo Essay by Brett Hillyard The Covid-19 crisis has confirmed that heroes live and work among us. Some sought the risk and reward of dangerous work,  while others had essential status thrust upon them.  One of the most revelatory aspects of the ongoing pandemic  is how quickly we have come to appreciate what is truly essential in our lives. Many we already knew about. First-responders, doctors, nurses, and scientists. Others, we’ve come to more deeply […]

Real Estate


Mike Close creates a unique Irvine Terrace compound in the CDM community he knows best By Alexandria Abramian Mike Close is no stranger to Irvine Terrace, the coveted Newport Beach enclave of just under 400 homes, many of which come with sweeping, unobstructed ocean views. In fact, the president of Spinnaker Development has called the neighborhood home for more than a decade. So when an opportunity came to reimagine a home on Bayadere Terrace, one […]



Celebrity culture on display in Century City The glossy magazine Vanity Fair reveres portrait photography, especially images of actors, athletes, celebrities, and other members of California’s creative class. Some 130 images of  Hollywood royalty from the publication will be on display at The Annenberg Space for Photography’s current exhibition: Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling – The Stars, the Parties, and the Powerbrokers. Curated by Vanity Fair’s creative development editor David Friend and the magazine’s former director […]