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Luxury Home Design at Art-A-Fair

Laguna Art-A-Fair, also known as the Gem in the Canyon, this year will add a highly anticipated new feature dedicated to art and interior design. In a town brimming with luxury homes and art galleries, the exhibit is sure to be a match made in festival heaven.

Starting June 29, the Luxury Home Display area at Art-A-Fair will include a massive luxury design wall where visitors can envision fine art in various settings as well as part of their next remodel. The displays will feature top luxury design brands and home design related one-on-one consultations by interior design expert Nancy Vengoechea of Vengo Design International. The idea to feature design with fine art was the brainchild of festival promoters Gina Waggener and Jo Beth Prudhomme.

“A house—with art in it—is a home,” Waggener says. “Top-tier furnishings and interior design have long been used to sell properties, but now developers and brokers often turn to fine art, too, to excite the eyes of buyers with means. Art adds an extra layer of je ne sais quoi. Buyers don’t even realize what it is that makes a house pop, but a good house with good furniture, beautiful kitchen and good art really sets the tone for what feels like fine living.”

Expect to see the latest design trends in kitchen, flooring, lighting, wall finishes and furnishings, with brands like Bang & Olufsen, Lightopia, Famosa, Swing Tables, Mod Shop, Ashton Martin, Interior Style Designs and Luxury Wall Finishes: Desiree Harding. Art-A-Fair partner UC Luxury Real Estate,, a division of Union Choice Enterprises, will offer advice on how redesign can increase home values.

Entrance to the design feature is included with a general admission ticket to Art-A-Fair, as well as the Passport to the Arts ticket, which grants unlimited admission to the Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art & Craft Festival all summer, along with one-time free parking at Act V parking lot on Laguna Canyon Road and free shuttle services.

The cooperative of artists that make up Art-A-Fair are eager to share their vision of design and art with Laguna Beach. “It is relatively easy for most of us to look at a piece of art and say ‘wow—I like that,’ but we are not so adept at seeing the bigger picture and how many things can work together to make that art even better,” says Art-A-Fair President Michael Cahill. “Our new home design element has brought renewed energy and a refreshing outlook among this year’s artists. I can’t wait to see this.”


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