Sprayed with Love

Elle Pierson is an extraordinary young lady. She is 13 years old and already making a difference in the world. Elle’s 11 year old sister Saylor, was born with a heart condition that has required numerous surgeries and treatments throughout her young life. Elle has watched her sister go through so much and she is so grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, who have taken such good care of Saylor.


Last year Elle became a CHLA Junior Ambassador. A program that empowers kids and teens to represent the hospital community by speaking at various events, sharing their stories and inspiring more than $2 million in donations to support the patients and families.


Elle wanted to think of a fun way to fund raise for the hospital. She has always loved creating art and started experimenting with spray paint and stencils. The result turned out looking really cool. Now she customizes totes and pouches for companies and individuals and gives all of the proceeds to CHLA.


Christopher Pierson, Elle’s dad, is VP of Land Acquisition at Intracorp and The Isle at Mariner Shores is thrilled to support Elle and CHLA with an order to use as part of our homeowner gift. If you would like to place an order with Elle, please reach out via Instagram – @sprayed.with.love …to help save lives, one bag at a time.

Highlight Mid-Century Residence 3x

A peek into our third model designed by Blackband Design at The Isle at Mariner Shores in Newport Beach. The team imagined with three unique farmhouse styles to theme each of our model residences. We featured Residence 1X – The Bohemian and Residence 2X – The Classic in the last two month’s blogposts, this month we are highlighting the final model, Residence 3X – The Mid-Century.

This home mixes geometric patterns (kitchen backsplash, main shower, entry hex flooring), a vibrant color palette and stain grade cabinetry (kitchen and main bath) to create a modern, yet retro vibe. Attention to clean lines, organic shapes, lighter feeling furniture pieces and a mix of metals brought the look together in a cool and comfortable way.

Wendy Blackband creative crushes…
• Kelly Wearstler… always!
• Christian Liaigre has been a consistent source of inspiration. He’s recently passed on, but his designs will live forever.
• Sinclair Associates Architects – Rob never fails to inspire with interesting perspectives… you can see on Instagram

Make an appointment to tour The Isle at Mariner Shores models by visiting our website: TheIsleMarinerShores.com

Highlight Classic Farmhouse Residence 2x

We partnered with Blackband Design to do the interiors for our models at The Isle at Mariner Shores in Newport Beach. The team came up with three unique farmhouse styles to theme each of our model residences. Last month we featured Residence 1X – The Bohemian and this month we are highlighting Residence 2X – The Classic. 

This home is all about timeless staples inspired by seaside living (blue hues, pebble flooring, whitewashed brick); layers of muted, calming colors, earth tones, weathered wood and classic detailing/patterns (such as stripes). Vintage style was mixed throughout the home to add that extra dose of curated comfort. 

 Wendy Blackband let’s us in on some of the hottest design trends…

• Rounded, soft lines incorporated into sofas, dressers, tables, patterns and accessories

• Creating workspaces in our homes that allow for quiet and privacy

• Complex furnishings – designed with a mixed materials (metals & leathers) and intricate details (channeling and geometric shapes)

Don’t miss next month’s blog post as we highlight our third model – Residence 3X. In the meantime, make an appointment to tour The Isle at Mariner Shores models by visiting our website: 


Highlight Boho Residence 1x

We couldn’t have selected a more synergistic interior design firm for The Isle at Mariner Shores. Blackband Design, based in Newport Beach, has the So Cal coastal aesthic down. Owners Wendy and Greg Blackband have worked and lived in South OC for decades. Wendy grew up on Balboa Island and they still call the quaint little inlet home. What started as a furniture store (as a way to escape corporate life) nearly 20 years ago, has become a thriving interiors business. One of their local claims-to-fame is designing one of the cottages at the Lido House Hotel. We partnered with them to create our Coastal Farmhouse Townhomes as the ultimate beach house experience. 

The Blackband design team came up with three unique farmhouse styles to theme each of our model residences. Here we are going to share Residence 1X – The Bohemian. This home features natural/woven materials and textures (kitchen island pendants, strappy bed frame, rattan daybed, outdoor furniture), with a fun mix of sun-kissed colors and patterns (textiles, art, accessories). It’s bright, breezy, care-free and relaxed. 

The best nugget of design advice that Wendy Blackband gives is, “Tap into the things that bring you joy. Create spaces that reflect your interests and that work for your unique lifestyle.” 

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks as we highlight our other models – Residence 2X and Residence 3X. In the meantime, make an appointment to tour The Isle at Mariner Shores models by visiting our website: 


Fun Facts

Intracorp is partnering with Matt Genova and team of Arbor Real Estate Professionals to lead the sales efforts at The Isle at Mariner Shores. We wanted to get to know each of them a bit better so we asked them three questions about themselves. The responses were so interesting and smile invoking that we just had to share…


Q: Give us a Fun Fact about you that most people wouldn’t know?

A: I have authored and published a satirical novel with two good friends.


Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?

A: Road trips, traveling and spending time at the beach with my family.


Q: Do you have any Passion Projects?

A: My entire family, including my kids, are great cooks. We enjoy creating big feasts to share together. My biggest passion though, is selling real estate and making dreams a reality.


Q: Give us a Fun Fact about you that most people wouldn’t know

A: I have completed the “Ben Did Go” (30 mile) prone paddle from Catalina to Newport Beach.


Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?

A: I’m a family man, so anything with my wife and kids – traveling, sailing, snowboarding…


Q: Do you have any Passion Projects?

A: I am passionate about serving the community through non-profit organizations. I am currently helping to fundraise to develop a new HQ for the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguards. Coming Soon!


Q: Give us a Fun Fact about you that most people wouldn’t know?

A: I was voted “Most Newport” at Newport Hills High School : )


Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?

A: Fitness classes, sailing and trying new restaurants. I also love to travel… can’t wait to get back to that!


Q: Do you have any Passion Projects?

A: I am passionate about my family, friends, community service and my sweet kittens.


Q: Give us a Fun Fact about you that most people wouldn’t know?

A: I made a guest appearance on the hit sitcom “My Name is Earl.” My acting career lasted all of 10 seconds. Ha!


Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?

A: Traveling! I love exploring new places and learning about different cultures and traditions in faraway countries. When not working, you can find me hanging out with friends, enjoying sports and checking out new restaurants. Any day on the water is a good day!


Q: Do you have any Passion Projects?

A: I am most passionate about serving others in my community, whether that is leasing a youth group at my church, coaching a sports team, or helping the underprivileged through food drives, etc.


Q: Give us a Fun Fact about you that most people wouldn’t know?

A: I backpacked in Peru. Machu Picchu was awesome!!


Q: What are your favorite activities outside of work?

A  I love golfing, snowboarding and cooking.


Q: Do you have any Passion Projects?

A: Volunteering my time to serve kids who are disadvantaged.


We are so excited to have this wonderful bunch of humans representing our brand new community in Newport Beach. They are looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you better as well. We will be opening our models in just a few weeks!

Top Ten

The Isle at Mariner Shores, our newest townhome development in Newport Beach, has a long list of positive attributes. Of course, living in a coveted coastal community is at the top, but to add to that, it’s walking distance to so many cool shops, restaurants, coffee houses, parks, schools, the Back Bay… you name it, you can get there on foot. This is truly what makes The Isle, the hottest new home opportunity in town. 

To make our point, here is a list of some of our favorites.



This Costa Mesa diner is known for inventive Asian fusion fare and fabulous breakfast/brunch options. Favorite dishes: grilled salmon salad with green tea soba noodles, curry fried chicken sandwich, mapo tofu noodles, and an elevated take on a build-your-own acai bowl. 

Open – Tues-Fri: 8am-7pm / Sat-Sun: 8am-3pm (Closed Mondays)

Address – 1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa



A delightful retail store that features a unique selection of furniture, pottery, plants, and one-of-a-kind treasures for inside and out. Offerings are continuously updated, and custom orders are available. Located in the cutest little vintage bungalow. This place is such a treat!

Open – Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm / Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm 

Address – 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa



A chef owned and operated business that focuses on gourmet grab and go, made to order lunch sandwiches, and a hot dinner pick up menu. This is no ordinary take-out cuisine. It’s seriously next level! Check out their mouth-watering menu!

Open – Mon-Sat: 11am-8:30pm (Closed Sundays)

Address – 401 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa



Inspired by authentic Mexican foods and flavors found within the coastal regions of Baja and mainland Mexico. They use only the freshest, often locally grown and raised ingredients. Many chilies, herbs and veggies are picked fresh daily from their onsite garden. Don’t miss their Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour deals!

Open – Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm / Sat: 9am-11pm / Sun: 9am-10pm

Address – 428 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa


Carefully selected coffees from around the globe are craft roasted within hours of the moment it reaches your cup. Expertly trained baristas assure each and every beverage is made to the highest standards. In addition they offer delicious loose leaf teas and fresh baked goods. A perfect way to start the day!

Open – Daily: 6am-7pm 

Address – 2043 Westcliff Dr. #100, Newport Beach


We all want to eat healthier and Greenleaf is a place where delicious and 

nurtritious go hand in hand. From salads to smoothies and sandwiches to dinner entrees, you can count on your order being fresh and made with only the best ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Open – Need hours

Address – 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa



Crafting both the chicken and the egg for you to enjoy with reckless abandon. Every savory bite is made with locally raised, free-living chickens without a care or antibiotic in them. Once you try it, you will be addicted! Our menu favorites: 

Open – Need hours

Address – 196 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa



How lucky to be neighbors with Sidecar! Everyone knows they have the most delectable, decandent donuts anywhere! Housemade glazes, compotes, creams and crumbles. Small batches made every hour. Our favorites are: Maple Bacon, Huckleberry, Meyer Lemon and Butter & Salt. Is your sweet tooth calling?

Open – Sun-Thurs: 6:30am-6pm / Fri-Sat: 6:30am-9pm

Address – 270 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa



More than just ice cream. It’s a lifestyle. Handcrafted, signature flavors are what set them apart. Rock your tastebuds with these unique options: Milk & Cereal, Cookie Monster or Jasmine Milk Tea. Push your creative limits and try the MilkyBun – your choice of ice cream stuffed betwen a glazed bun. The Anti Diet Diet. 

Open – Mon-Thurs: 3pm-11pm / Fri-Sun: 1pm-11pm

Address – 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa (Westcliff Plaza)



A Japanese restaurant specializing in premium meats and organic veggies, slow-cooked over Japanese charcoal. The local fave is organic chicken and pork kimchi dumplings, which are housemade daily. Break out from the ordinary and give Oak & Coal a try. It’s one of the hottest spots on 17th.

Open – Sun-Thurs: 5pm-10pm / Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm

Address – 333 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa

The Isle at Mariner Shores models will open in March. Stay tuned for more news and progress reports.


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Let’s Get Organized

It’s a new year, filled with promise and plenty of new resolutions.  Why not make 2021 your year to get organized?  At The Isle at Mariner Shores, new townhomes in Newport Beach, Intracorp Homes is partnering with California Closets, the leading manufacturer of luxury storage solutions, to create optimal spaces for the ultimate in organization potential.  Whether you are a fashion diva or a pack rat, we’ve got a solution for you.

One of the best things about moving into a new home is that you get to start fresh. It’s an opportunity to clean out your closet, garage and pantry and eliminate anything that doesn’t, in the words of Marie Kondo, founder of The Konmari Method, “Spark joy.” Then you determine a place for everything, making it functional and beautiful.  Awe… that feeling, right?!

So whether you are looking to make a move this year or you just want to lighten your load, here are a few tips that can get you started.

1. Tackle one room, closet or cabinet at a time

2. Visualize your perfectly decluttered home and ask yourself these questions about each item:

    • Do I use/wear this often?
    • Does it have meaning or sentimental value?
    • Can someone else use this item more than I am using it?

3. Separate your items by – KEEP / DONATE / RECYCLE OR TRASH

4. Take your donation items to your charity of choice right away and recycle or dispose of that pile immediately as well. This way you have already eliminated much and you can focus on only the things you are keeping.

There are so many organizational systems and methods you can use. For tips and inspiration peruse the California Closets online magazine – Ideas of Order https://www.ideasoforder.com/ and follow them on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/caclosets/

It’s always a big undertaking, but when it’s done you will have made space for what matters most. A home that is filled with just what you need and love. Big exhale!

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*Images are a collection of California Closet’s work, not necessarily an indication of work at The Isle at Mariner Shores.