In the master bedroom of a California mid-century modern home, designers Diego Monchamp and Ryan Brown of Brown Design Group took a bold approach to the asymmetrical architecture, emphasizing it with the contrasting colors of the walls and ceiling. “We used a spectrum of grays and blues, including a steel-blue wallcovering, throughout the room to make it feel sophisticated and neutral,” says Monchamp. “Wood elements always complement these muted tones.”
Tiered terraces create multiple spots for relaxing and enjoying the picturesque views at this contemporary Mission Viejo, California, home. A built-in fire pit is surrounded by seating. Limestone pavers create a neutral, functional backdrop for this entertainment-ready space.
A water feature with stacked stone accents ties this home's contemporary architecture to the surrounding landscape and provides a great view from the living room. A variety of native plants in built-in planters soften the linear architecture and bring color to the neutral vignette.
The stacked stone facade of this contemporary California home is brought to life with a well-planned array of greenery. Built-in concrete planters hold succulents and other native plants, arranged with taller plantings in the back for a layered look. Patches of grass between concrete pavers soften the sandy colors of the architecture.
Six Oaks can be found deep in the woods of Felton, California (not far from Santa Cruz). It’s built in a former railway area surrounded by redwood trees, although you’ll be glad to know only two redwoods were cut down to accommodate the home, and those were used for interior elements such as the stairs. Architecture and design firm Modulus created Six Oaks by stacking six shipping containers as a way to maximize light, views and airflow throughout the 1,200-square-foot space. Skylights, a bridge and private outdoor shower are other standout features in a home that’s otherwise intended to blend into its surroundings.
Surrounded by lush foliage and olive trees is California's Hume Castle. With mediterranean-style architecture infused with gothic and medieval elements, this massive estate features vaulted ceilings, spiral staircases and stunning wrought-iron chandeliers.
Rows of terra cotta tiles and the straight lines of a fire pit flanked by sofas lead the eye to this courtyard's focal point: a Tuscan tiled spa and water feature. Rows of strand lights twinkle overhead, giving the Southern California garden a magical feel.
This modern hilltop home in Healdsburg, California, features a contemporary swimming pool nestled amidst the natural landscaping. The sleek, rectangular lines of the pool mimic the home's clean-lined modern architecture. A wide-open dining space allows the homeowners to enjoy the home's stunning views.
Stone walls, a whimsical wood balcony and an elaborate Peter Rabbit-inspired mural make this California kids' room an fairy tale-style retreat fit for a little prince or princess. Grass-colored carpet and 3-D greenery heighten the room's effect, while twin beds seem appear to be built into the architecture.