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Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 29  | April 9, 2021

ulloo 42 is among the talented interior design firms featured in this year’s NHHS Home Tour

The Newport Harbor Home Tour and the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation is featuring a very special Home Tour this year. Beginning on Thursday, May 13 and presented by Barclay Butera Interiors, this 23rd annual fundraiser continues the tradition of presenting a diverse selection of design styles in home décor…virtually.

Featured interior designers this year include Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Interiors; Ashley Clark, sKout Interior Design; Raili Clasen, Raili CA Design; Suzanne Currie & Lise Abraham, ulloo 42; Mindy Gayer, Mindy Gayer Design Co.; Summer Jensen, Hawk & Co.; and Denise Morrison, Denise Morrison Interiors.

Meet the creative talent at ulloo 42 – Suzanne Currie and Lise Abraham, whose work is featured in one of the homes on this year’s tour.

A chance meeting 20 years ago led to a conversation about their mutual fascination with art and design, to a deep friendship and to the beginning of their business.

Inspired by a shared love of travel and storytelling, the ulloo 42 co-founders exude a vibrant and playful aesthetic, a celebration of color and pattern and a joie de vivre. 

ulloo 42 Suzanne and Lise

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Based in Southern California, ulloo 42 is an eclectic design studio co-founded by British-born artist Suzanne Currie (left) and world-traveling businesswoman and lifelong design enthusiast Lise Abraham (right)

According to Currie and Abraham, “Art is the foundation of everything that we do. For us, art is intrinsic to a happy life: It has the power to stimulate, to instill calm, to provoke joy and to transform the mundane into the remarkable.”

Patterns drawn from Currie’s original paintings and collage works are translated into textiles, wall coverings and myriad small objects and accessories. Rescued furniture items are given a new life – restored, hand-painted and upholstered with custom-designed fabrics – each one a unique piece and a work of functional art in itself. 

In their interior design practice, they create homes with soul and personality, playing with color and scale, and mixing custom-designed pieces with the clients’ own possessions, to create a relaxed and quirky glamour. Whether through a single object or a complete interior, their aim is always to add joy to their clients’ lives.

During this year’s Home Tour, you will view seven beautiful homes throughout Newport Beach in a professionally filmed “Virtual Showcase,” so you can experience the tour at your own convenience with the on demand-style viewing option. From the Bayfront to Newport Heights, Dover Shores to the Upper Newport Bay, you’ll get an in-depth look into each one of these gorgeous residences.

In addition, interior designer Barclay Butera will share a rare glimpse at his Palm Springs residence located in a classic gated Spanish compound, complimented with lush grounds and an abundance of citrus trees. Butera is featured in a welcoming video, so expect the unexpected and take advantage of him revealing some “inside decorating secrets.” He has been a sponsor of the Home Tour since its inception and usually hosts the after-party at his Westcliff store. Since that is not possible this year, he has agreed to have guests “step inside” his home.

Shop the online Boutique and local pop-up shops showcasing unique vendors/stores, and purchase home décor looks from their featured interior designers. Dine locally and purchase a luncheon voucher for Greenleaf Kitchen & Cocktails (Costa Mesa location) while shopping and supporting local businesses.

As the most important fundraiser of the year for the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this event directly provides funds for academic support programs at Newport Harbor High School such as instructional supplies, a nurse’s aide, academic department support, international baccalaureate, field studies, school safety and professional development for faculty. 

 Tickets, only available online, are $50 to watch the video and receive the beautiful printed “Look Book,” a magazine-style brochure featuring all the homes on the tour. (Buy early, as the ticket price increases to $65 on May 1.)

BONUS! For each ticket purchased, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift certificate to South Coast Plaza and a one-night stay at the Balboa Bay Resort.

For tickets, sponsorships and advertising opportunities, and to view the Boutique, visit


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