Talking Shop With Lisa McDennon
When did you open?
We opened on Laguna Beach’s South Coast Highway in spring 2014.
Tell us about the name.
In design, there are so many elements that have subtle differences, or nuances, that take an object from everyday to fabulous.
Describe the shop.
It’s about 1,200 square feet–light and airy with concrete floors, exposed brick and expansive glass walls.
What makes Nuance unique?
We offer a coastal modern aesthetic, rooted in natural elements–guests won’t find seashells and anchors here. Customers can shop for gifts or for larger items such as furniture, bedding, lighting, rugs and cabinetry. The stone fabricators, carpenters and painters who I collaborate with for my residential projects designed the store, so you get an understanding of my aesthetic and see the quality of the work.
How do the wares reflect your interests?
I pore over all of my resources and take a lot of time to carefully edit all of the merchandise in the store. My rule of thumb is: If I wouldn’t use it in my own home, I won’t buy it for the store. I want shoppers to feel like the items I sell are things I’ve personally chosen for them.
Anything new for fall?
We’re broadening our range of linens and especially tabletop decor, with cream and sugar sets from New York ceramicist Eric Bonnin, as well as black-and-gold flatware from Portugal.