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Juggling interior projects and a new boutique means designer Lisa McDennon always has an eye on what’s hot.

Designer Lisa McDennon in her new boutique, Nuance

Interior designer Lisa McDennon’s new beachy-modern home and lifestyle boutique, Nuance, has only been open since mid-October (she operated as a pop-up shop in a small local art gallery before), but it’s already the go-to place in Laguna Beach for lustworthy hostess gifts and decor—from beautiful cheese knives ($68 for a set of three) to decadent, eye-catching pillows fashioned using everything from faux python to Belgian linen ($100 to $500). The boutique also serves as a lab for McDennon, who has 20-plus years of design experience, to experiment with custom pieces like beds, sofas, ottomans, nightstands, chairs and steel-and-wood light fixtures (all ranging from about $400 to $6,000). Here, we asked McDennon about her latest finds. 1200 S. Coast Highway, Suite 103A, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8833