Putting a Stamp On It

The connoisseurs behind Sugar Paper share their love for chic stationary—and time-honored tradition—with Newport Beach 


Written by Amy Adams

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There’s something particularly special about receiving, or sending, a hand-written note. Something of a pastime, really—the unexpected arrival of a thick, square-shaped, uniquely embellished envelope that appears in the mail, standing out among a sea of rectangular letters and bulky catalogs. But when you walk in to Sugar Paper’s new brick-and-mortar Lido Marina Village boutique (the first located in the Brentwood Country Mart), you too will instantly feel inspired to dust off your No.2 pencil and put it to paper. To visit the quaint shop, commissioned by Studio LIFE.STYLE, which designed the space to be “a beautiful white jewel box,” is to (momentarily) abandon tech messaging—the proverbial thank-you text, follow-up email and occasional e-vite—in exchange for a more personal communiqué. Inside, the delicate space is neatly filled with a wondrous display of bespoke stationary—greeting cards, notebooks, calendars, candles, shiny desk accessories, and more—distinctly curated by self-proclaimed traditionalists and co-founders Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker. “Having a decade of experience in retail, we designed the store to specifically highlight our product in a way that properly tells the Sugar Paper story,” says Grobecker. “While the flagship store will always hold a special place in our heart, this Newport Beach shop is certainly our dream Sugar Paper store.” Today, the brand continues to grow, collaborating with the likes of J.Crew and Target, while expanding as far as Harrod’s in London. Lucky for us locals, this darling gem is just around the corner.

3431 Via Oporto, Suite 105, Newport Beach, CA 92663 | SugarPaper.com

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The Art of Nature

Located atop a bluff in Dana Point, this landmark residence is the very essence of romantic California coastal living


Written by Wendy Bowman     Photographs by Tyler Bowman


When Irvine-based architect David R. Olson set out to design this stunning SoCal residence, he was inspired by the elements of nature. Most notably, the site and climate. What emerged is a contemporary masterpiece overlooking the picturesque Dana Point Harbor, complete with sweeping coastline views south to San Clemente and beyond paired with seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces ideal for relaxing and entertaining while enjoying the spectacular scenery.

“The magnificent site defines the meaning of coastal indoor-outdoor living that our temperate climate offers—sun, surf, beach, coastline, bluffs, and activity on display in the harbor morning, noon and night,” says Mark Nix of Surterre Properties, who is listing the home at 24366 Santa Clara Avenue for $9.888 million. “The consistent use of building materials creates a Zen environment that is very relaxing, with the entry and backyard water features echoing soothing sounds through the entire home.”


Perched on a bluff, on a parcel consisting of a little more than a third of an acre, this magnificent, lovingly maintained residence has been showcased on annual home tours by the American Institute of Architects, Dana Point Historical Society and Orange County Museum of Art. Expect 6,469 square feet of luxurious living space highlighted by supreme finishes and touches, including soaring ceilings and windows, limestone flooring and a smart-home system. Among the most show-stopping features is a striking, mahogany-framed glass wave sculpture created by local artist Nolan Everitt that tops the living room’s granite fireplace, with its wave pattern repeated in the custom carpeting in the living room, as well as in windows and doors throughout. 

Dry stacked Santa Barbara Sandstone walls and a beautifully crafted mahogany gate accompanied by copper-clad arbors beckon one into a dramatic yet serene courtyard. Just inside the private courtyard is a detached guest house with its own entrance, a dry sauna and kitchenette. Approaching the threshold to the home, flowing water courses beneath each step of a limestone-lined “walk-on-water” feature flanked by a massive stone wall and flowing fountains that leads through a tall, commercial-grade glass front door and into a light-filled living space boasting floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering immediate ocean views.

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A hallway immediately to the left of the entryway leads to pocket doors that open to an attractive office with views of a Jacuzzi spa and the landscape beyond. Continuing down the hall, one will find a master suite featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a spa-like bath, along with access to an outdoor infinity-edge spa and fountain and vistas capturing the entire depth of the property out to the glimmering ocean. Returning to the entry, the right side of the home holds a formal dining room, while steps descend to a living room showcasing tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and the aforementioned glass sculpture resting above the fireplace. At the rear of the property lies a professional chef’s kitchen (featuring streamlined appliances such as a six-burner stove, as well as a curved dining counter and central island that are both topped with lovely Tunis granite). Yet other features found in this area include a separate breakfast nook and a family “morning” room hosting a big-screen TV and a fireplace encased in a stone wall.

A staircase leads to the home’s large-scale living area above, replete with an additional master suite flaunting spectacular views of the jetty and beaches below. French doors open to the suite, which features a seating area; large balcony; spa-like bath with a nine-head steam shower and soothing jetted tub; and a designer showroom closet. Also on this floor is a media room with a wet bar, a duo of TVs and a large screen, as well as a second en-suite bedroom.

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Outdoors, 100 feet of bluff frontage and a diagonal-shaped lot maximizes the views and provides the perfect indoor-outdoor living environment via numerous covered and uncovered patio spaces. Accentuating the breathtaking natural surroundings is a fire pit and updated drought-tolerant landscaping completed by San Clemente-based landscape architect Daniel Stewart & Associates. Rounding out this home’s special allure is a three-car garage and ample off-street parking, as well as convenient access to nearby shopping, dining, galleries, recreational pursuits, and more.

“This architecturally significant contemporary home catches the eye of most passersby as a walled compound, evoking a curiosity to know what is beyond the symmetric stone walls and beautifully crafted wood gate and copper clad arbors,” says Nix. “Timeless is a word I hear used so often from visitors to describe this home.” This residence is indeed a symphony of the senses that plays in perfect harmony with one of the most beautiful locales on the Southern California coast.

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Presented by Mark Nix, Surterre Properties ~ MarkNixGroup.com | 949.633.1166

Posh Pages

A bibliophile's lit picks for your library


Curated by Jenn Thornton

  Photo courtesy of Hardie Grant/Quadrille

Photo courtesy of Hardie Grant/Quadrille

The Beauty Chef: Delicious Food for Radiant Skin, Gut Health and Wellbeing by Carla Oates

Skin deep? Indeed. In her new beauty tome, chef Carla Oates takes skincare to task with her revolutionary recipe for a radiant façade: optimum health. Combining the science of skincare with impeccable kitchen savvy, Oates shares her own experience with eczema and allergies, and details how issues like inflammation impact the skin. Packed with richly depicted, good-gut recipes for all mealtimes, The Beauty Chef has every ingredient you need to look and feel your best, from the inside out. $35.00, ChronicleBooks.com




Crawford Custom Homes

Dedicated to providing the very best in high-end homes, Crawford Custom Homes has built its name—and sterling reputation for excellence—with uncompromising principles and a total team effort that benefits their clients


  Photo courtesy of Tony Florez

Photo courtesy of Tony Florez

How has Crawford Custom Homes earned its reputation as one of the master builders of Orange County for luxury homes? 

Dick Crawford: With a dream, a great team, a lot of hard work and the support of my loving wife, Kim. As a native Californian and a resident of Coastal Orange County most of my life, I dreamed of becoming a master builder and started my company in 1981. Early on, I was blessed to have acquired some of the most talented, creative and passionate people in the industry and most are still with me. Kimberly Smith, our vice president of operations, has worked tirelessly for 28 years to ensure a tightly run organization with meticulous documentation and exceptional customer service. Dean Shears, one of our talented project managers, has been with us for almost 30 years and is a dedicated master craftsman with a tremendous eye for detail. Dave Reischman, affectionately known as our ‘Emerald Bay Ambassador,’ has served as a project manager for over 17 years, accommodating and caring for our Emerald Bay clients, neighbors and HOA with a can-do attitude that has earned our team an exemplary reputation in the EB community. Dan Murray, a master builder himself, is a highly gifted project manager with design detailing skills that have solved many complex constructability issues we have faced over the last 16 years. Our project managers Bob Renaud, Brian Minker, Pat Paternie, Steve Lynch and John Hummer all have a wealth of knowledge, deep experience, are highly gifted with creative talent and have a tremendous work ethic. Our office team is fantastic. Minnie Romero, our accounts receivable specialist, has been on our team for 16 years and is so dedicated; she cheerfully deals with the many ins and outs of our accounting process. Johnette Marmo, Connie Barraclough, and Leilani Cruttenden serve our extended subcontractor team with their collective experience in accounts payable and contract administration with respect and great attitudes. Our company has worked diligently for 36 years creating a tightly run organization to build a reputation that serves our clients, team members, subcontractors, and design professionals efficiently and effectively. 

Kimberly, how have you created a tightly run organization that many other general contracting firms have not been able to accomplish? 

Dick has given me the freedom and creative license to carry out my vision through the years to lay down a strong foundation and structure for our company.  We are solid and run our business like a well-oiled machine. Effective software for accounting, scheduling, project management and communications are imperative. Mutual respect, team building, and service are our cornerstones. I truly enjoy working with Dick. He believes in us and supports us and we all benefit from our collective contributions. Dick is a man of very high integrity and we all feel honored to work with and for him.

Dean, you have worked for Crawford Custom Homes for almost 30 years. That’s a long time in this industry. Why such loyalty? 

Loyalty is easy when it is mutual. Even at times when we project managers are in between projects, Dick finds a way to keep us going, so we keep our team together. He is very involved in every project and he sees our individual commitment and the level of effort that we put into each project as though it were our own. Dick enjoys the process of building and he makes himself available to mentor, coach, and stand beside us in client meetings where he is very involved, although he lets us take full ownership of our project.  

Dick, how does all this benefit the client? 

Simply: We care. We act as a team to serve our clients like no other. Our dedicated work ethic focus assures our clients that we leave no stone unturned. We look for new innovative ideas, the best installation of quality materials, and offer meticulous attention to detail that results in extraordinary homes. We resolve issues effectively and timely with other design professionals and anticipate our clients’ needs to make the process as enjoyable and exciting as possible. Our homes have unsurpassed quality and our clients can actually experience a ‘wow factor’—the ‘Crawford difference’—in living there.

In what ways does Crawford Custom Homes give back to the community?

We feel that it is a responsibility to help our community and those who are less fortunate. We have a huge heart for those in need: the homeless, the hungry, those who need a leg up to turn their lives around. I have served on the board of the Orange County Second Harvest Food Bank and Serving People In Need [SPIN] for many years. We contribute our time and talent and raise funds for both organizations every year. Both my wife and Kimberly have spent numerous hours volunteering, organizing various fundraisers, annual dinners and encouraging people in our community to participate in caring for the less fortunate. 

When we look at our lives, Kim and I are so blessed! Blessed by our Crawford Custom Homes team, blessed by our wonderful clients, blessed to work with creative professionals and talented building partners, and blessed by our community. We are all blessed to live in one of the absolute nicest places in the world! 



245 Fischer Avenue, Suite B1, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 ~ 714.545.0904 | CrawfordCustomHomes.com