Outside of the main entertaining area, a small, hidden garden provides a calm but visually interesting seating area. The sculptural element in the raised, circular fire pit provides a central focus for this serene conversation area, furnished with comfortable contemporary wicker chairs.
Designed in conjunction with architect Richard LeGros, this Shell Beach home aimed to tie the clients’ contemporary style with a beach getaway feel. Jeffrey Gordon Smith's intent was to find poetry in the project by playing off the architecture of the main house and push the indoor-outdoor concept.
PHX Architecture designed the contemporary restaurant, Sumo Maya. Influenced by the courtyards, gardens and street markets of Mexico and Asia, the space features bright, bold colors, warm wood tones and sleek, contemporary furnishings.
Ample planters turn this contemporary backyard into a lush green space, with fruit trees overhanging the cozy pergola and fire pit. The yard features separates areas for lounging, dining and gardening.
A fully outfitted home gym features a wall of mirrors and a view of the stone garden wall. The contemporary space has the same neutral color palette and warm wood finishes as the rest of the home, which blends contemporary fixtures and finishes with Tuscan touches.
Snuggle up on summer nights on the patio's large sectional, a good seating solution for smaller outdoor spaces. A ceramic yellow garden stool and two round white tables can be either coffee or end tables, whatever the occasion demands.
Water is an integral part of this contemporary home's design. A walkway creates a unique experience as it floats above the water to lead up the floor-to-ceiling glass entryway. The home welcomes in its natural surroundings through the use of stacked stone walls, warm woods and even a stone pebble garden at the base of the stairs.
This rooftop deck offers several options for seating: You can cozy up on the sectional, recline on the lounge chairs or gather around the outdoor dining table. Artificial grass stands in for an outdoor rug and helps define the separate seating areas.
A large, smooth stone serves as the base for this serene fountain in a contemporary courtyard. The water bubbles inconspicuously from the center of the stone and trickles down to the square pool below.
Cool non-traditional choices for a front door are lime and turquoise, says garden designer Carmen Johnston of Nectar & Co. This contemporary home was designed by Koch Architects, based in Berkeley, Calif.
Sleek leather sofas and velvet cushions are juxtaposed by a warm wooden ceiling. An elegant glass coffee table adds to the sophisticated feel. Stunning views of the garden outside replace artwork in this beautifully designed space.