Orange County Register Writes About Project Playhouse

Roxanne Hack of the Orange County Register just wrote about this year's Project Playhouse at The Irvine Spectrum.  So this weekend I took one of my kids to check out the finished project since the last time we posted a story, it was on installation day

The home builders behind each playhouse are so creative and the finished product is inspiring. Below are some of our shots of the playhouses: Little Diamond Head by Nicholson Companies, TradePartners Tribute in honor of Chuck Dreyer by Shea Homes, Over the Rainbow Cottage by Team HomeAid and Sir Lyon's Castle. 

Sir Lyon's Castle:

Little Diamond Head:

Trade Partner's Tribute:

Over The Rainbow (sorry that I don't have any interior shots - they all turned out blurry for some reason!):

Photo Shoot for the Orange County Register - Home Section

Two dogs, two beds, two floor pillows, one crib and one jumping child. That wraps up yesterday's photo shoot with Cindy McNatt from the Register in a nut shell.

She is going to be running a story about tips on essentials for your nursery and how to make sure it transitions to toddler-hood.

We thought you would like to see some of the room photos for a sneak peak. The Register's photos were SOOOO much better with all of the kids, dogs, and jumping. But we thought you would like to see the inspiring children's decor from Pixie Dust Decor.

Stay tuned for the Register story.

PS - If you haven't seen it already, Cindy also writes a daily blog about gardneing. You will love it!

Taylor LeClaire and Joan Wilson's Terrace On The ASID 2009 Design Tour Inspires The Register

The Orange County Register's home section recently ran a story about succulents, which I loved since they are the one plant I can actually take care of! One of the photos featured was of Taylor LeClaire's terrace on the ASID 2009 Design Tour that she did in conjunction with Joan Wilson.

The Design Tour is open until May 22, benefits Orange County Performing Arts Center and is sponsored by Orange Coast magazine.

More about Taylor LeClaire Designs/Living Couture:
Taylor LeClaire recently received her B.A. Degree in Interior Design and is pursuing a career in the commercial design industry with an eye on hospitality. Currently a Faculty Advisor at her alma mater, Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach. For the 2009 Design Tour, Taylor has partnered with Joan Wilson, Owner of Living Couture. Joan has vast experience in many aspects of the design industry and has been doing Interior plant-scape and outdoor landscape design in Orange County for more then 7 years in both High-end Residential and Commercial projects.
Thanks Cindy McNatt of the Register!

ASID 2009 Design Tour in OC Register!

Orange County Register just posted a story about the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria in their Home section called Tips From Loft-Style Living. It is a great story about living at the super-chic Astoria and the incredible design on the Tour, complete with tips from some of the designers and a 55-photo slide show.

The story will run in the paper tomorrow- April 25 - so be sure to get it.

Thanks Cindy McNatt, the fearless leader of the Home section at the Orange County Register!

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