Sustainable Design

Amour Vert brings effortlessly eco-chic fashion to Lido Marina Village

 

Written by Beth Fhaner

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Amour Vert (“Green Love” in French) recently made its Southern California debut and eco-conscious fashionistas are ooh la la for the label. With its newest boutique located at Lido Marina Village, the Northern California-based company brings its sustainable fabrics and zero-waste philosophy to OC’s coastal shores. While on a global travel adventure, brand founder Linda Balti was inspired to create Amour Vert after learning that the fashion industry is the second most polluting trade in the world. Based on the concept that great fashion and social responsibility can coexist, the retailer is committed to American manufacturing, non-toxic dyes and sustainable fabrics, in addition to making ethical products and positive environmental impacts. Eco-friendly shoppers won’t be able to resist this opportunity to make a difference—with every purchase of a T-shirt, Amour Vert, in partnership with American Forests, will plant a tree in North America. So far, the initiative is responsible for the planting of more than 135,000 trees and counting. With its soft, all-natural and comfortable fabrics, women adore Amour Vert’s flattering and feminine styles. Of special note: All clothes are made in limited quantities, so that each garment is sold and worn. Besides beautiful clothing, ethical consumers will also find shoes, jewelry and cute potted succulents available for purchase at the Lido shop. Green and gorgeous? Oui, oui! 

3412 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA, 92663 ~ 949.612.7587 | AmourVert.com

 

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Coastal Haven

Located in the luxury community of Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, this four-bedroom house showcases exceptional oceanfront views, honoring nature in a glorious way 

 

Written by Karine Monié

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Endeavoring to find the right home is a difficult task. It is not only about square footage, pricing, style and design, but above all, the feel and first impression of a new house. While not always perceptible in the usual way, the latter factors figure more significantly in the overall equation as it is the intangibles that make a beautiful house a true home. What are the possibilities that a home’s layout offers? What do the surroundings and lifestyle provide? It is the considered search that yields the most spectacular result. 

In Laguna Beach, spectacular is the oceanfront home at 8 N. La Senda Drive. Located in the luxuriously discreet community of Three Arch Bay, and on the market for the first time in almost 70 years, this unique, 2,631-square-foot property initially built in 1953 on a 17,080-square-foot lot is organized around two levels, and has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and four parking spaces, including a detached garage. What’s more, the ideal family residence soaks in breathtaking views of Catalina Island and the glistening coastline.

Perched above the water and rocks over a private cove, the home was designed to make the most of the landscape and the sublime setting within one of the most prestigious gated communities in the area, Three Arch Bay, which takes its name from the natural outline of a cliff that forms three arches over a sandy beach and hosts nearly 450 exclusive homes with various styles, from classic to Mediterranean to contemporary. The entire 29-acre site was purchased in 1926 for only $135,000, but had star quality even then. (In 1929, film producer Edward H. Griffith created the first rock pool and built his property and a lighthouse, using them as a backdrop in his early movies Captain Blood and Give Us This Night.) Today, Three Arch Bay is a desirable community of stunning private residences, perhaps none more so than this sanctuary by the sea.

From the street, the house is almost invisible, providing the highest level of privacy. At the entrance, on the left of the detached garage, stairs lead to a charming courtyard adorned with plants and an outdoor fireplace. From there, protected from the wind (on the occasion there is any), the exceptional panorama becomes visible and is an invitation to walk in. Once inside, everything is about the crystalline view. The open plan of the upper level directs the eye toward the sea. The updated kitchen with walk-in pantry, and the dining and living areas are all bathed with natural light, thanks to expansive picture windows that seem to bring the outside in and the inside out—blurring the lines between the two. From the balcony at the far end of the living room, the rhythmic sound of waves and views of the ocean give one the fascinating feeling of being at the front of a boat. The parquet, beams and wood fireplace create the perfect atmosphere for watching the sunset on cozy winter nights. The neutral palette emphasizes the myriad shades of blue in the water and the sky, which delicately vary depending on the season, weather and time of day. This floor also features two baths, along with two resplendent and spacious bedrooms, both with glittering vistas. 

Like a persistent shadow, the view follows. While heading downstairs, which hosts two additional bedrooms and one bathroom, a large floor-to-ceiling window offers a glimpse of what’s taking place outside. Another large open space that can easily transform into a master suite or a family room opens to an expansive outdoor terrace, where the proximity to the ocean helps put anyone at one with nature. Stingrays, seals and whales are frequent passersby, giving those on the terrace the opportunity to observe them in their mesmerizing natural environment. 

The scene outside the home—beyond its magnificent ocean outlook—is part of living in Three Arch Bay, which offers residents access to two tennis courts, a basketball court, a park and a beautiful beach—only accessible from the community via staircases—that make for a relaxed family lifestyle that is quintessential Southern California. Surfing, paddling, boogie boarding, swimming at dawn or at dusk, or simply relaxing barefoot in the sand is a true privilege—often a dream—that can be achieved here. 

Day after day, this peaceful environment is a reminder to take time for and protect the beauty of the natural world. This home is truly a refuge where one can do this in comfort and serenity. Calm and contemplation takes on their full meaning here, from the cerulean views of the sea, to the living areas, to the outdoor space. At the same time, the property is in close proximity to the most artistic and enchanting town in Orange County. Cultural events, art galleries, a dynamic food scene with quaint cafes and stylish fine dining restaurants, and darling boutiques make Laguna Beach a coveted gem. This home is its sparkling complement.

Presented by Frank Hufnagel & Heidi Cleveland, Surterre Properties ~ 8NorthLaSenda.com | 949.444.8718

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Errol de Jager

The principal of Newport Beach-based DeJager Design Inc. is passionate about building and designing beautiful homes. Having worked for 30 years with world-renowned architects and builders, he’s managed to build a showcase of work that is as eclectic as it is elegant.

Photo courtesy of Mark Tanner

Photo courtesy of Mark Tanner

Early in life, Errol de Jager would scribble 3-D designs he’d then use to craft elaborate imaginary playhouses. He also recalls reorganizing the spaces in his parents’ home until it drove them crazy, moving furniture and redecorating weekly. “While I have a hard time remembering a phone number, I have been blessed with the gift of being able to visualize space from 3-D drawings,” he says. “When many see four lines on a piece of paper as a simple square, I quickly see a cube and then start wondering.” 

De Jager went on to pursue a career that played on his passion for drawing, working as director of design for Fari International for more than 12 years before launching his own firm, DeJager Design Inc., in 2009. Now, he and his team work with leading architects, builders, and Realtors, primarily in Newport Coast and Laguna Beach, to design and build beautiful homes from the ground up. The result: elegant spaces incorporating an aesthetic that includes the unique and unexpected—from the use of natural stone or custom mosaic to an unusual cabinet door style or a custom-made door handle.

Although asking de Jager to select a favorite project from his vast repertoire is like asking him to choose a favorite child, his first major commission always will hold a special place in his heart—its inspiration a young family who relocated from Europe to Southern California and were looking to build a special home. “Their biggest concern was that it had to have a sense of authenticity to the Northern Italian style of the architecture . . . family-friendly, full of the unexpected, and most importantly, not an Orange County beige box,” he says. “The collaborative efforts with my client led to many buying trips abroad, flying crews in from Europe for specialty finishes, and resulted in an amazing home, and more importantly, an enduring friendship.”

Most recently, a trio of homes being built by developers in L.A. has allowed him to push design boundaries. Among them: a 26,000-square-foot Rob Sinclair-designed home in Bel-Air boasting six cascading, light-filled levels that flow seamlessly between courtyards, interiors, and terraces. Then there’s the 5,000-square-foot home in Laguna Beach, where the cliffs and ocean inspired de Jager to use a blend of textured stone and smooth surfaces to create a perfect balance of warmth and sophistication, complete with a stone courtyard featuring a 20-foot water wall with a stunning fire feature.

“I am often told that I am one of very few designers who have the holistic vision and ability to help navigate a project from concept, through architecture, construction, landscape and interior design,” says de Jager. “My contribution is truly collaborative, and always with the singular focus of delivering to my client a home that exceeds all expectations.”

DEJAGER DESIGN INC.

250 Newport Center Drive, Suite 200, Newport Beach, CA 92660 ~ 949.673.7700 | DeJagerDesignInc.com

 

Photo courtesy of Mark Tanner

Photo courtesy of Mark Tanner

Photo courtesy of Toby Ponnay

Photo courtesy of Toby Ponnay

Posh Pages

A bibliophile's lit picks for your library

 

Curated by Jenn Thornton

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The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food by Daniel Patterson & Mandy Aftel

Just released, this look at the creative process of cooking comes from Michelin two-star chef Daniel Patterson and artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel. Combining their expertise with edibles and essences to revolutionize how we think about and approach cooking, they start with nature as the “ultimate flavorist” and offer game-changing concepts such as the Four Rules of Flavor. Our engagement with ingredients, they argue, is key is expanding the palate and taking a dish to new heights of delicious. $28.00PenguinRandomHouse.com