There might be other beach houses more primely located than this oceanfront property in Laguna Beach, California...but it's doubtful. The four-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home sits right on the beach's edge of Lagunitas and is a hop, skip and jump away from the luxe Montage Resort.
This dreamy house offers up sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast from its primo location in the heart of the Costa Smeralda. And thanks to its 6 bedrooms, one or two (or 10) friends can enjoy the setting, too!
A bird's eye view of the home shows off the glorious mountain views on display from nearly every side. The house sits in the middle of an expansive two acres with grassy lawns and wooded areas to explore. There are also separate guest quarters.
The roomy table in this contemporary dining room is surrounded by comfy leather seating, encouraging guests to linger and chat after a meal. The home is a converted, historic firehouse, and built-in shelving along one wall originally housed boots, helmets and other fire equipment.
Gourds are one of the oldest cultivated crops on Earth, grown for their many useful forms that can be used for dippers, bird houses, and even musical instruments. To help them retain their distinctly shaped fruits, plant different varieties far enough apart to prevent seed cross pollination.
The living room is brimming with charm from the pair of bird paintings, to the distressed table lamp. The large-scale upholstery on the club chair is a fun and refreshing twist when paired with the skirted sofa.
Experience bird's eye views of China's capital city in this 5,000 square foot, two-story penthouse. Light-filled rooms flow seamlessly together for the ultimate in modern urban living. Sleek wood and bamboo surfaces used throughout the space contribute to the streamlined aesthetic, while subtle touches of traditional Chinese decor lend a sense of history and place.
Instead of going more traditional with this beach house's look (shells, surfboards, sea birds, oh my!), the designer let the ocean views and plentiful natural light set the coastal mood. Furniture and layouts are simple so as not to compete with the setting.
A once-bare, tiny yard behind a row house in Brooklyn, N.Y., now features a canopy of plants, such as crepe myrtles and camellias. Landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh planted trees that naturally cool the garden terrace and house and created a bird habitat. The new paving is mica schist, which is arranged in a pattern that mimics logs flowing down a river. The garden was a 2015 ASLA award winner.
There is no need to restrict your tree decorating to the inside of the house. Add some of these birdseed ornaments to add color to bare trees and treat feathered friends to a snack. This is great project for kids and to give as gifts to the bird-watchers among your friends and family.