Warm wood cabinetry and rich marble countertops and backsplashes set a tone of luxury in the kitchen of a modern Dallas home. Recessed lighting, cooling vents and speakers seem to recede into the ceiling, helping the kitchen maintain its sleek appearance.
A grand stone fireplace centers this impressive two-story bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. The heavy, rustic materials used in the space are a nod to the home's woodsy locale, and the clean-lined furnishings speak to the home's overarching contemporary design.
This luxurious walk-in shower can fit two at a time—with a center bench in between—both sides with ceiling mount rain heads and waterfall massages from Aquabrass. Rounding out the spa experience is the shower’s Aqua Music shower system with built-in shower speakers.
A vaulted ceiling, clean white walls and a front door with large glass panels help make this small kitchen and living area feel bright and open. White Shaker cabinetry conceals a small refrigerator, full-sized dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven. A farmhouse sink and barn-style pendant lights speak to a modern farmhouse aesthetic — as does the open shelving with beadboard backing. Saddle-style barstools provide additional seating.
A major challenge for this design project was the couple's distinct design sensibilities — the husband is a fan of midcentury modern design, while the wife longed to add traditional touches of warmth and character to the space. Here, a vintage, midcentury Vistosi ceiling fixture and framed advertising poster speak to the husband's design style, while the blue velvet settee and roll-arm chaise add a traditional touch. Bold, bright fabrics on the upholstered pieces bring vigor to the neutral backdrop of the walls and rug.
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.