Carefully curated with contemporary sculptures and fine outdoor furniture, this serene garden-style terrace offers an escape from the chaos of city living. Hydrangeas and European boxwood bring natural life and color to the space.
The homeowners wanted a home space that seamlessly combined country and city styles to create their perfect space, so designers took elements such as the gray and white tile floor and glass front cabinets from the country style and blended it with clean lines, strong hardware and stainless steel, all looks of the city, to create this elegant, comfortable space that perfectly meets the needs of their family.
Don't leave Richmond without a stop at the cute-as-hell Charm School Social Club ice cream shop where you can get non-GMO, grass-fed cow-sourced ice cream in an array of flavors (birthday cake, strawberry shortcake, lime cherry-ade, lavender ice, Thai iced tea), sundaes topped with Virginia peanuts and even vegan ice cream The interior is a Wes Anderson-worthy rhapsody of old-school graphics, local art and more style than a human can bear. Just go.
Part of Sandy Springs' cultural renaissance, this 14-acre $229 million combination city hall and performing arts center is being posited as a jewel in the city's arts crown. Visitors can enjoy a black box theater, an 1,100 seat auditorium and a lineup of lectures, music and performances as well as a city green with outdoor concerts and performances. Even cuter, City Springs boasts a very Southern "porch" entrance complete with rocking chairs, not something you see at a city hall in every city. A mixed-use development of apartments, restaurants and boutiques rings City Springs for plenty of pre- and post-concert offerings including another location of the French-style patisserie Cafe Vendome.
Once the center of the American slave trade, Charleston is a city always contending with the good and bad of its history even as it has transformed into a food-centric and sophisticated Southern city where wealthy New Yorkers and Hollywood types flock for the easygoing pace and refined lifestyle and have scooped up homes at a ravenous pace that has threatened to price-out locals. Charleston is consistently named one of the country's top cities by glossy travel magazines and websites beguiled by its idiosyncratic beauty and charm. Homes, gardens and the people of Charleston are exceptionally gracious (especially so considering the 7 million tourists who flock to the city each year), furnishings lean toward the traditional but there is experimentation galore when it comes to the arts and food. There are endless options in high-end lodgings from the nouveau luxe Hotel Bennett to the bespoke, chic Zero George whose epic porches are the local answer to Prozac.
Designer Amy Elbaum selected a modern-styled wingback chair in navy blue to place in the corner of the living room in this apartment redesign. Not only is the chair comfortable, but it also displays great style against the urban skyline out the window. The furry white pillow provides a whimsical touch.
Traditional furniture dressed up in more contemporary upholstery give this pretty blue living room a transitional style. Leaving the walls mostly unadorned makes the surrounding city view even more spectacular.
Comfortable yet resplendent in style, this apartment design by Amy Elbaum is a testament to urban living. By using neutral colors and a simple design aesthetic, Elbaum could accent the space with pops of color, unusual decorative pieces and, of course, the spectacular view from the windows.
This minimalistic home office features a standing desk positioned in front of the stunning Chicago cityscape. An Eames-style chair offers a comfortable place to kick back, while a sleek white filing cabinet provides plenty of room for office essentials.
This lovely bedroom in a Chelsea apartment in New York City demonstrates how a natural color palette, pretty greenery and simple textiles combine with a glamorous vanity station for a delicate feminine statement.
The modest-sized kitchen in this city loft spares no expense when it comes to style and function. The large wood island offers plenty of prep space, and the cabinets' sleek design creates a clean, contemporary aesthetic.