Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour was an overwhelming success

The Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour, held on Thursday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. proved to be a day of fun, which was overwhelming success.

The tour was a sell-out weeks ahead, and according to Karen Taylor, co-chair of the Home Tour, “It was another beautiful day in Newport as guests enjoyed the 27th Annual Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour, once again presented by Barclay Butera Interiors. Benefitting the 2,500 students at Newport Harbor High School, the day began at Pure Salt Interiors, followed by touring six magnificent homes in the Newport Harbor area. A delicious luncheon at the Newport Theatre Arts Center was catered by MJ’s Café & Catering, there was an opportunity drawing for fabulous prizes and the day ended at Barclay Butera Interiors in Westcliff. We had guests from as far away as Canada, Germany and Japan.”

In addition, a welcome respite was a refreshment stop at Molly Wood Garden Design.

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Photos by Lana Johnson

(L-R) NHHS Home Tour Co-Chair Karen Taylor, Courtney Norton, Robin West, Lisa Gerson and Georgia Peters at the Newport Theatre Arts Center luncheon venue

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Cozy patio seating at Casa Cliff on Cliff Drive provides endless harbor and ocean views

Six beautiful homes in the Newport Harbor High School area opened their doors to the viewing public.

Featured designers included Casey Hill, Cora Klang and Lada Webster (all new to the Home Tour) and returning were Erica Bryen, Ashley Clark and Brooke Wagner.

Here’s a glimpse of the homes in the order they appeared in the Home Tour Look Book:

1. Winston’s House on Circle Drive in Bayshores, designed by Brooke Wagner of Brooke Wagner Design. This charming home exuding indoor/outdoor living was a new build by Brandon Architects with the unique corner lot affording the main level to open onto the front patios. Highlights include the use of layers and textures, showpiece custom lighting and outdoor lounge spaces. Designer’s tip: Adding millwork and wallpaper on ceilings and walls brings a new level of layer texture (tonal textiles).

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(L-R) Jessica Signore and Interior designer Brooke Wagner (Brooke Wagner Design) in the Winston’s House she designed. Inspired by the location and natural surroundings of the project, her style is timeless, comfortable, textural laid-back luxury.

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Neutrals and natural materials in the Winston’s House kitchen

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The Winston’s House outdoor lounge area for entertaining or relaxation

2. Vista House on Vista Drive in Bayshores was designed by Casey Hill, Casey Hill Studio. A new construction completed in spring 2024, this light-filled family home makes use of natural materials, mixing fun prints, color and period furniture with contemporary art. Designer’s tip: Blend pattern, color and whimsy by using matching wallpaper and fabrics.

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Designer Casey Hill (Casey Hill Studio) in the Vista House she designed. Inspired by the past and legendary decorators of the 20th century, she loves to work with natural materials and gravitates toward color, particularly green.

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Matching wallpaper and fabric prints in this Vista House guestroom exudes textural warmth

3. Nimble & Quick…Welcome to Candlestick on Candlestick Lane in Dover Shores. Designed by Ashley Clark (Skout Interior Design), who worked with architect Bob White of Forrest Studio, this new build is the Clark family’s residence. She loves the natural light provided by the windows, the middle courtyard and the blending of linen, leather, vintage textiles and stripes. Designer’s tip: Balance durability with functionality to create a casual and comfortable space that invites family and friends gatherings.

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Interior designer/homeowner Ashley Clark (Skout Interior Design) designed her home on Candlestick Lane in Dover Shores. For this house, she was inspired by her family – a reflection of who lives here and what they like.

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Treasures in this wall unit provide an eye-catching backdrop for this seating area with its striped upholstered bench (the designer/owner loves stripes!)

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This wooden buoy collection adds pops of color in the outdoor barbecue area

4. The Sun House on Francisco Drive by designer Lada Webster of Squarefoot Interior Design, is a quintessential ranch-style single story with a U-shaped layout. The lovely entertaining area in the back with an outdoor kitchen, dining area and pool makes for unfussy, comfortable living. Designer’s tip: Trends are always fun and welcome, but choose the ones that have some life to them.

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Neutrals, natural stone and brass fixtures in The Sun House kitchen create a warm, welcoming gathering place

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The Sun House outdoor lounge area with its fireplace and flat screen TV make for cozy get togethers, adjacent to the pool

5. Casa Cliff on Cliff Drive in Newport Heights by designer Erica Bryen of Erica Bryen Design, this new build warm contemporary with unbelievable views of the ocean and harbor, showcases conversation pieces throughout by incorporating art, wood walls and interesting furnishings. Designer’s tip: Incorporate touches of contemporary style, traditionally using splashes of color and fun patterns.

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Neutrals in this secondary bedroom in Casa Cliff on Cliff Drive extend from the walls to the textiles for a layered look

6. Kings Modern on Kings Road in Newport Heights had designer Cora Klang of Cora J Design LLC challenged with giving a modern lift to a 1980 build. She created an open, contemporary floorplan, decluttered by displaying fewer things and softened the color palette by choosing neutral shades. Designer’s tip: Just have fun and embrace creativity, as home design unfolds organically over time.

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Art in the Kings Modern home in Newport Heights creates an interesting vignette

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Where the indoors opened to the outdoor area on the Kings Modern residence, songstress Rain Bisou provided R&B/Soul sounds

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Take a dip in one of the Kings Modern’s pools

The Home Tour was co-chaired by Karen Taylor and Pam Hardenbergh, who led their hard-working volunteer committee, with designer liaison Gina Donald, working with the talented interior designers.

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(L-R) Owners Ginny Gallagher and Kate Nichols of Newport Knits with their custom-made sweaters were among the boutique vendors

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(L-R) Ann Pender and Kelly Wilson of Strap Lab Inc. (stadium-approved game bags and accessories)

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(L-R) Kaitlyn Fowler and Tessa Ellis of The Revury (consignment clothing & accessories)

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Kristen James of Good Buy James specializing in antiques & home decor, donates a portion of her proceeds to Childhelp

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(L-R) Joanne Backlund and Opal Sullivan display home décor from Roger’s Gardens

A special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Barclay Butera Interiors, the NHEF staff, homeowners who graciously opened their homes to the public, docent volunteers, specialty boutique vendors, South Coast Plaza for sponsoring the homeowner/underwriter party, businesses that sold Home Tour tickets in their stores and the many sponsors who made a special day memorably successful. Also thank you to the art students who shared their beautiful artwork of the homes in this year’s Look Book, and Frameworks Custom Art Framing for framing their renderings for each homeowner.

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Barclay Butera Interiors team (L-R): Hannah Berbos, Sam Slater (president of Barclay Butera Interiors) and Steve Coto with Karen Taylor at the Barclay Butera Interiors afternoon reception

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(L-R) Home Tour Co-chairs Karen Taylor and Pam Hardenbergh with Newport Harbor Educational Foundation (NHEF) staff member Emily Evans getting together at the afternoon reception

“This event would not be possible without the support of our many, many generous sponsors, our hard working and dedicated committee of volunteers and all the people who purchased tickets,” said Taylor. “Thank you, thank you, thank you! Please visit us at https://newportharborhometour.com for a complete list of all businesses who contributed to our most successful year ever.”

Save the date for next year’s Home Tour – May 15, 2025. Tickets always sell out early.


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