The front courtyard creates a grand, welcoming entrance to this 7,400-square-foot 1935 Colonial Revival residence. Originally designed by local architect Ralph Frank, the home is situated on a large sloping lot in Point Loma with panoramic views of the downtown San Diego skyline and the San Diego bay.
Dark hardwood floors provide contrast in this transitional breakfast nook with lots of white built-in cabinets. Large bay windows let in lots of natural light and are outfitted with custom roman shades. Below a cushioned bench provides seating for guests at the modern dining table, with two upholstered armchairs adding traditional seating in the space. A chandelier hangs above the table with lamp shades.
Briana uses decorative tin containers to keep many of her daily must-haves — from tea bags and sugar to toothpicks and salt — within arm's reach. By using these containers instead of assorted bottles and boxes, Briana benefits from a burst of color and graphic pattern that also keeps clutter at bay.
A stone fireplace cozies up the living room in the main house of billionaire Howard Hughes’ former estate, Summertide. With 500 feet of frontage on Lake Tahoe in Crystal Bay, Nev., the 5.5-acre estate has a 2,518-square-foot main house, a 1,343-square-foot guesthouse, a detached four-car garage and a pier and buoy for enjoying the lake.
Once utilitarian, this master oasis now sparkles with luxury. A watery wood-inspired wall-covering steals the show while clean-lines and circles mix throughout the space in mirrors, hardware, and textile patterns. Ethereal embroidered linen draperies waterfalling a bay window, cuddling the seating nook, all perpetuate a balance of warm and cool, sophisticated and glam in a vividly monochromatic haven.
This spacious, country style kitchen doubles as a casual office space with a built-in, wood desk that sits in front of stunning bay windows. A metal pot rack hangs over a marble-topped kitchen island creating a lovely focal point while also adding storage space. Bright white cabinets with black hardware complement the black and white, plaid striped walls nicely.
This iconic, San Francisco living room features contemporary designs, a neutral color palette and bay views. The large area rug provides visual texture and a neutral color that works great with the cushioned sectional and armchair. The large, square ottoman compliments the framed, neutral artwork and all work together to keep the focus on the floor-to-ceiling windows with a private patio and view of the city.
Chocolate-colored walls and floors create intimacy in this grand family room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, while marble mosaic tiles bounce light throughout the space. Designer Kathleen Navarra arranged a breakfast table topped with Copper Dune marble -- a stain-resistant marble with a warm brown finish -- to enjoy picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay.
With a nod to the California artists who draw inspiration from the state's rugged beauty, this room is the perfect space to conceive of and create art in the San Francisco Decorator Showhouse 2014. Sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and the Presidio greet the artist, and the paint-splattered studio floor is a work of art in its own right.
Sophisticated city living meets coastal casualness in this 12,710-square-foot new build on the bay in Newport Beach, California. Intentional and innovative space planning was key to filling the vast, open floor plan with a natural flow of intimate gathering areas to enhance the family feel within a grand residence. The design features a mix of styles that work together to bring character and charm to the contemporary home.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed a dirty and cramped kitchen into a contemporary eat-in space fit for a chef. To achieve the look, she installed a gray subway tile backsplash, new modern cabinetry, vein cut floor tile and a sleek stainless steel gas stove and vent hood. A cozy breakfast nook is nestled in front of the bright bay windows for casual family dining.
For Cynthia Moreno, the West Hollywood-based creative behind Hot Pink Pineapples, cane means warmth and texture without bulk or heaviness. “The natural fibers really pop with light colors, specifically pastels,” Cyn tells HGTV.com. A trip to Byron Bay, Australia last year inspired her blush dining room, which plays host to Joybird’s Florence Sideboard. “[Natural fibers against neutral colors] creates this modern island vibe that’s light, subtle and clean," she says.
This china’s design has a green turkey and bay leaf garland, with two bobwhite quails that tie into the region where designer J. Lee Cox lives in south Georgia. The china has a custom monogram by Savannah designer Emily McCarthy and is made by Sasha Nichols. The charger is a rattan basketweave.
This guest bathroom is given a modern touch with the slate gray walls, streamlined sink and modern light fixtures. The natural wood mirror brings in a splash of the rustic design, striking the balance that the couple was looking for. The dark walls will help keep stains and dirt at bay in this guest bathroom, while maintaining a stylish look for the guests.
The bay window creates a sunny setting for this desk space. Ruffled curtains frame the windows and white roman shades control the natural light. A stylish and cozy chair features a gold pattern complimenting the neutral color palette. Yellow tulips adds a pop of vibrant yellow for the ultimate sunny feel.
Designer Alexa Hampton’s living room, called “Olympia Folly,” exudes neoclassicist style with fabric-draped walls and a ceiling painted by Chuck Fischer to look as if it was tented. She merged rich fabrics and patterns, including animal skin, along with temple artwork, a Klismos chair and even a Roman helmet. The room was in the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City.
Take it from Amanda and Thomas, few things thrill parents as much as transitioning from stepping over bath toys and competing for the sink to having your own spacious and serene retreat. Sleek sconces by Hudson Valley Lighting and glossy mosaic tile with a sea green tinge by Lunada Bay Tile give it spa vibes. “Renovations are hard,” says Amanda, “but then there are the days when you get to pick tile.”
Establish moments of pause, where you can take in the crisp air and holiday atmosphere. Rocking chairs are made winter ready with the addition of cozy throw pillows and blankets to keep the chill at bay. Place garden stools nearby to set hot tea or chocolate and snacks. A vase of evergreen sprigs delivers a note of the season.