The high ceiling, arched windows and natural lighting create gorgeous lines in this transitional living room. French doors open to let fresh air and sunlight wash over the clean white walls, large white area rug and beautiful chandelier. A pair of loveseats surround a circular coffee table in front of the elegant fireplace surround. Stacked trunks and dispersed books add just a touch of color to the space.
This kitchen was designed for efficient cooking, and it looks fabulously French doing it. Designed to evoke the French Country style, its 10-foot ceilings, emblematic arches and intricate woodwork would have made Louis XIV proud. A decorative armoire, topped with iron pieces imported from Italy, hides the refrigerator, and a two-tiered Madura Gold granite island features a wet bar and two integrated white ovens. The island also features a raised seating area perfect for gatherings.
Clean lines and contemporary furniture mix with traditional lighting and Mediterranean design details in this California dining room. Curved lines create harmony in the space, from the arched doorways to the recessed ceiling dome to the round mirror above a modern console. Black and white art is a theme that carries through other rooms in the home's 11,000-square-foot interior. A wall-size pocket door opens this space to one of a series of outdoor courtyards.
Although this space is small, designers used the architecture of the building as well as elements in their design to make the space feel larger. For example, stately wood paneling leads the eye all the way up to the high, pitched ceiling, while the ceiling height, arched windows let in plenty of natural light so that the space feels magnificent. Then, designers brought in rugs and art to create defined spaces within the office so that the room has flow and purpose. Finally, designers used strategically placed metallic pieces, such as the desk and filing cabinet, to reflect all of the gorgeous light in the space, creating a functional space with a grand feeling.
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
Designer Catherine Smith blended old with new in this Spanish Colonial-inspired living room. Furniture pieces bring newer elements to the space while components from the Spanish Colonial period take you back in time. Wooden ceiling beams and wrought-iron details represent materials used during that time period, and the doorway arches were often the only ornamentation in this type of simple, informal design. Catherine used a red wine-colored velvet sofa and an oversized tapestry of a Spanish-style courtyard to add texture, giving the space a stunning appearance.
The family wanted a unique space for outdoor entertaining, so designers created a space that would function as an extension of the home's interior. A wood paneled ceiling and dark, wicker furniture bring a warm contrast to the neutral space, while the space's high arches let in plenty of natural light. In order to control the natural light during the day and keep bugs out at night, heavy curtains were hung so that the homeowners would be able to control the atmosphere of their space. To help the space remain usable during cooler weather, a fireplace was added to give off warmth when needed.