GUILTY PLEASURES -- Spring Awakening Rocks the OC

The Tony Award-Winning HIT musical Spring Awakening is making it's Orange County debut at the Orange County Performing Arts Center this month and I, for one, cannot wait to see it!

In celebration of its debut, following a performance of the show, BRAVO! Young Professionals for The Center - a support group of the Orange County Performing Arts Center - is hosting a Spring Awakening Cast Party in conjunction with Sports Club/LA on Thursday, November 19. (see invite for details) Bravo members and invited guests will be rocking out and sipping Stella Artois and cocktails from Skyy Vodka while mixing and mingling with the all-star cast of this incredible show.

Click here to get a sneak preview of the show and listen to the soundtrack-

To get more information about BRAVO! or the Spring Awakening Cast Party and Show, please contact Rachel Scandling at the OCPAC - 714.556.2122, x4259 or email her at

Sweet Dream ARE Made of These - The Register Reports on Bedroom Trends Seen At The ASID Design Tour

Lauren and I have been on the ASID Design Tour a million times and every time there is something new to see or a design idea pops out at you that you didn't notice before.

The Orange County Register picked up on a bedroom trend that I thought was great -- dreamy bedroom suites with symmetry. Cindy McNatt of the Register's Home Section featured the rooms of Eve Lowey (Chameleon Studio), Amanda Malson and Jolene Ballard (One2BOND), Kimberly Franzen (Franzen Interiors) and Barbara Coulter - Phllips (Bliss Linens)
The Tour ends May 22 so be sure to see it for more design ideas before it closes!

ASID 2009 Design Tour - By The Numbers

What does it take to put on a Design Tour? From witnessing it first hand, it takes more than a village.

Here are some fun numbers from the ASID 2009 Design Tour at Astoria, which is sponsored by Orange Coast magazine and benefitting the Orange County Performing Arts Center.


4 penthouses
2 flats
40 designers
80 docents a day
4700 square feet of patio space
3 custom kitchens
38 floor material changes
467 gallons of Dunn Edwards paint
1 resin floor
9 wine chillers
3 Two-Way Mirror Flat Screens
16 pieces of found driftwood from local beaches
100’s of custom furniture pieces
2 crocodile embossed leather floor
1 $38,000 Lalique chandelier
Over $1 million of Lalique exclusive products
Dozens of faucets from Brizo and Fine Faucets
1 cutting-edge Green Energy electrical monitoring system from Pacific Digital Home
2 $10,000 chairs
$195,000 worth of audio from Audio Visions
15 Plasma TV’s
2 custom 8 foot mosaic murals
12 beds from Custom Comfort Mattress
2 pairs of designer shoes ruined
1 fabulous Super to get the job done!

The Design Tour is now open and runs through May 17th.

EXAMINER.COM Shares Design Tips from the ASID/OCC Designers of Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Space!

Home and Living examiner Andrea Campbell of was so excited about all the fantastic tips offered up by the team of designers from the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour, she had to run them ALL!! Thanks so much Andrea for your support of the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour and in turn, the OCPAC educational programs. For anyone looking to bring a fresh feel a tired space - these tips will be your inspiration!!

To get more ideas, inspiration and expert advice visit the 2009 ASID Design Tour - April 21-May 17 at Astoria in Irvine, CA -

Orange County Register Features The ASID 2009 Design Tour

Thanks Cindy McNatt from the Orange County Register for including the ASID 2009 Design Tour in her wrap up about the area's latest home and garden tours.
The Design Tour is just around the corner and tickets are now on sale!
ABOUT THE 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour

The 2009 Design Tour – Urban Living @ Astoria will be the first of its kind for the ASID Orange County Chapter featuring contemporary design in an urban, high-rise setting. Open Sunday, April 21 to May 17 (Tuesday- Sunday from 10AM – 5PM, Fridays - 10AM-8PM, closed Mondays), the showcase will benefit the Orange County Performing Arts Center and will be highlighted by a Designer Living speaker series, “Meet the Designers” Friday Date Nights as well as other industry events. Incorporating cutting edge design - from green living to a full spectrum of this year’s hottest colors and furnishings, this year’s Design Tour features 37 of Orange County’s hottest designers.

2009 Design Tour Tickets, which are $30 per person, can be purchased online at, through the Orange County Performing Arts Center box office (714-556-2787) or at Whole Food at The District in Tustin. Tickets are also available at the door for $35.

The luxuriously appointed towers known as Astoria is located within Central Park West at 30 Rockefeller, Irvine, CA 92612