One updated section of a 200-acre farm in New England features an infinity pool and lawn terraces by meant for modern living, just outside the contemporary home. Maryann Thompson Architect kept the mature beech, elm and sycamore trees.
White cabinets will complement almost any decor you want to choose — now or 20 years from now. “To choose a style, consider the existing architecture of the home and how the cabinetry works visually within its environment,” says designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas of Jackson Design and Remodeling. “A raised panel is often a good choice for more traditional styles, while a Shaker style (shown here) works with a modern, simple design.”
This contemporary bedroom comes with a furry friend...on the wall, that is. Art is used throughout the home to bring personality and depth to the rooms. On the bed, global textiles contrast the sleek, clean lines of the nightstand and lamp.
A romantic English country-inspired sitting area features a dramatic blue velvet chair, golden cocktail table, landscape panting, a lantern, paneling, a white rug and a vase of flowers. The room is designed by Susan Ferrier; the architect is Bobby McAlpine. The room is featured in “Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine."
This contemporary bedroom in a private estate at Seven Canyons in Sedona, Ariz., was created to fit the natural beauty of the site. The design incorporates natural materials and allows a full view of the desert landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Imagine swaying palm trees, a gorgeous hilltop view, pristine gardens and an inviting swimming pool and you are set for a relaxing day in Santa Barbara! Mark Scott and Associates created an exciting landscape design that harmonizes with all the great features of this home's architecture and its adjacent surroundings. The simple design of the pool and patio help create a serene yet seductive retreat.
Built in 1957, this Dallas, Tex., residence was renovated to honor the architecture of the original design while also updating it for a modern family. MESA revamps the grounds to highlight the International style of Oak Court, including a chic pool that's integrated into the structural wall of the house. Contemporary red lounge chairs add a burst of color to the minimalist landscaping.
Stepping into the two-story great room of that same Nantucket-style home, designer Bruce Palmer continues his theme of elegant coastal living by featuring traditional marine-inspired prints and decor. Although slightly understated by the grandeur of the candle chandeliers and coffered ceiling, the coastal accessories still beautifully represent the home's natural surroundings. Design by Bruce Palmer; construction by Dewson Construction Company; architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA; photography by John Jenkins
The simple and informal Spanish architecture of the home complements the beautiful setting, while an eighty-year-old Italian stone pine provides a majestic canopy. The home consists of several structures including the main house, barn, guest quarters and office clustered around a walled outdoor courtyard. The vineyard produces the owners own award-winning Syrah varietal.
A marble courtyard gives grand presence to the muted and elegant interiors of this Newport Coast, California, estate. The Mediterranean-inspired architecture continues indoors through the use of rustic ceiling beams and wrought iron balconies, though the rooms have contemporary flair. Arched openings used throughout this courtyard also are repeated inside. The roof hinted at above features 300-year-old ceiling tiles reclaimed from an Italian castle.
Glass walls fully retract to open the living and dining spaces of this modern home to its natural outdoor setting. The hillside views are rugged and natural, and organic interior elements help connect the indoor and outdoor vistas. Clean lined, modern furniture fits with the clean, geometric planes of the architecture. Meanwhile, the open-concept plan keeps the sight lines open and clear.
A minimalist covered courtyard lounge reveals its intensely colorful interior when it's reflected by the swimming pool beneath it, revealing the warm glow of a lantern candelabra and a central fireplace otherwise contained by the room's pillared archway. In the background, a palm tree reveals a resemblance to the archway's textured pillars, demonstrating how the garden's topiary features carry through the property's architecture.
If you really want a bar but don’t have space to spare, consider using existing architecture elements to corral your spirits and glassware. An example from designer Leanne Ford: “A lot of older houses have corner cabinets in the dining rooms,” she says. “If you have one, take advantage of it. This is a great place to stash your prettiest glassware and liquor bottles. Paint the cabinet high-gloss black to modernize the space and give it an extra shine.”
This residential kitchen boasts commercial flair. Functionally, the room was laid out to maximize prep space for cooking; visually, the sense of immense space was heightened by using three different types of engineered stone for the backsplash, the countertop and the island topper. The neutral background is broken with a dash of bright orange in the light fixtures — an easily changeable feature when you're in the mood for a different color. This impressive kitchen with was designed by Poggenpohl team Tedd McKee and Rosemary Porto in collaboration with architecture firm CUBE 3 Studio.
This bedroom starts with a neutral base—striking dark gray walls, a simple white bed—then layers in a myriad of interesting textures. The macrame hanging above the bed leaps out at the eye against the wall's gray. The bed has pillows and a throw made from patterned textiles in bold stripes and flashes of red.