The Asbury Hotel on the New Jersey Shore was once the local Salvation Army. Today, it’s a hip beach retreat that has preserved functional elements of its past. The lobby, which doubles as a greenhouse, has conserved the original brick and pillars while adding colorful new furnishings including the inviting pit sofa with a blue velvet base and playful hand-sewn cushions, custom designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture. The practical grey oak coffee table is from Restoration Hardware.
Hill Country Apothecary's goal was to create a public gathering space both for the shopping center it's located in as well as for its customers, so designers created sitting areas throughout the space so that patrons can comfortably enjoy a drink or a good conversation. To complement the stylish seating areas, MF Architecture redesigned the logo for Hill Country Apothecary and added it to the interior walls to offset the minimal palette of poplar wood and neutral colors.
"This living space was created with flexibility in mind," says architect Jennifer Martin of the cozy-cool hangout space she created for a family in Arroyo Grande, California. "Polished concrete floors give the room maximum durability but a finished look, and the door openers are both sleek and quiet."
The vision for the space was to create a livable, functional space for the homeowners. Their love for modern design paired perfectly with the quaint cottage architecture and geography of the home. By removing the one wall in the space that used to define the kitchen, the designers were able to open the floor plan up and include a breakfast bar lined with teal barstools.
For many, a mega-mansion represents the ideal dream home, but for Mike and Shawn McConkey, a shipping container was their ideal. The McConkey Residence, designed by OBR Architecture, is one of San Diego’s first shipping container homes. Three containers form 800 square feet of living space, and floor-to-ceiling windows make the open-air design feel even larger. A retractable garage door next to the kitchen is another thoughtful element (and perfect for those times when the stove gets a bit too smoky). Speaking of smoke, the windows and roof incorporate flame-retardant materials in the event of wildfires.
During the renovation of a kitchen, dining, and living area, the team at Chioco Design incorporated strong, pared-down design elements, including a clerestory window above the wall of cabinets and a blackened steel vent hood. Instead of choosing bright colors for the space, or even an all-white palette, they used a selection of muted shades that keep the focus on the architecture. “The muted colors in this space offers a neutral palette for which form and light are the main contributors,” say the designers.
As seen on HGTV's Home by Novogratz, the Novogratzes used cool light blue paint for the walls to give this master bedroom a calming tone to complement the ocean view. Adding a vintage mirror for the client's own collection of furniture helps brings the soul to this modern architecture design. Finally, off-white curtains with tassels add some whimsical charm.
For a multifunctional outdoor living room that would serve as a family gathering space and a meeting area for the owners’ clients and colleagues, landscape architect Mark Tessier created an accordingly varied lighting scheme. Traditional outdoor lighting illuminates the area without making a statement, while style enters from above and below, via a flickering fire pit and paper lanterns of various sizes hung randomly throughout the space. “After dusk, these lights cast a warm, inviting glow festive for simple or elegant gatherings any time of the year,” says Tessier.
A striking feature of the JW Marriott Los Cabos is its striking architecture combined with incredible contemporary artwork. The international art collection incorporated into the design is a marvel of its own with painting and sculpture from artists in Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and Cuba mixed in with work by local artisans in the guest rooms. Shown here, Spanish artist Jaume Plensa's "Soul XII," which beckons guests with its dramatic, sea-facing placement.
While staying true to the architecture of the house, modern design elements were incorporated as well. The barbecue enclosure is veneered with limestone in a subway tile cut, while a trellis added to the garage adds shade over the outdoor kitchen area. Due to the limited space of the backyard, the original backyard did not provide adequate lounging space for the homeowners. A dry deck is added within the pool perimeter, using lightweight blocks to ensure no unnecessary weight was put on the existing gunite shell.
Design firm Reunion Goods & Services has worked on a number of properties with Oliver Hospitality including the recently opened Fairlane Hotel in Nashville. Director of Interiors at Reunion Laura Flam describes the firm's retro style as entailing "a passion for history, both in architecture and art. We combine that knowledge with more contemporary sensibilities to create spaces that are layered with detail and feel both timeless and yet forward-thinking."
“The update of a Midcentury home in Carmel, California had multiple goals, bringing 21st century comfort and LEED-certified energy efficiency to an older home, without increasing the footprint or sacrificing its vintage appeal,” says architect Mary Ann Schicketanz of Studio Schicketanz. Choosing Midcentury furnishings like the classic Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chairs, designed by sculptor Harry Bertoia for Knoll in 1952, helped create a look in keeping with the home’s architecture
An excellent way to create a sturdy, level underfoot surface in courtyards, patios or porches is with brick pavers. This classic look mixes perfectly with all different styles of architecture and decor. To install pavers, the exterior area must first be leveled and then a thin layer of sand is laid before the bricks are put in place. Once all bricks are set, another layer of sand is poured on top to fill the gaps and keep the bricks from shifting.
Landscape architect Jason Brownlee took one look at this lovely Mediterranean-inspired home that is situated at the end of a lakefront peninsula and drew inspiration from its radial core and natural surroundings and created a work of art in this outdoor design. Not only are the sculptured angles of the patio, walkway and railing reflective of the circular architecture of the home, but also in the masterful design of the infinity-edged pool and interlaced catch basins, giving this outdoor space a sense of magic in motion. The design shows passion with purpose and invites the homeowner to enjoy the outdoor pleasures of this home's dramatic but inviting character.
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.