Located in a prestigious neighborhood in Miami Beach, this contemporary home bespeaks of modern luxury in a clean and sleek form. The minimalist garden of date palms and monochromatic green palette complements the architecture of the home.
Natural light reflects around this beautifully simple, transitional kitchen, blending gray traditional cabinets, contemporary shelving and a shimmering white backsplash. Floating shelves are a perfect place to store extra kitchen items or grow an indoor garden of herbs and succulents.
A limestone fireplace takes center stage in this relaxing living space. White oak floors ground the space, while pecan French doors lead out to the gardens. Furniture with sleek, curvy lines nod to the contemporary style of the home.
Heat lamps mounted to the white pergola ensure that outdoor dining can be comfortable in many temperatures. A garden lines the border of the porch, adding layers and life to the landscaping. A mix of outdoor contemporary furniture allows for ample seating.
An impressive stone garden wall with circular cut-out provides a backdrop for a comfortable lounge area next to this South Florida home's pool. The circular window provides a view into the garden beyond which is planted with towering bamboo, Queen palms and Mexican Fan Palms. The elevated stone patio is the perfect place for visitors to relax poolside and soak in the sun on three contemporary, mesh lounge chairs.
For a fall harvest celebration, decorate with items from your garden like pumpkins, gourds, eucalyptus cuttings and fresh flowers. Seat many guest by creating a temporary table with planks of wood set on top of saw horses.
A staircase boasting ebonized oak treads floats above twin steel channels in this contemporary home. At the lower portion of the staircase, a clear glass wall offers views of a beautiful garden. As you ascend the stairs, frosted glass takes over, offering shade and privacy.
This Upper East Side New York City terrace is the ultimate outdoor living. A contemporary wood-and-glass pergola covers the long dining table, which enjoys prime seating for the flatscreen TV. An open outdoor seating area is surrounded by a lush garden and has stunning views of Manhattan.
The rooftop patio of this contemporary penthouse apartment features a hot tub with a sweeping view of the city and a table that's perfectly sited for dining al fresco. Glass walls surround and enclose the space without interrupting the view. A teak platform overlooks a rooftop garden.
Horizontal fencing is a “must” for a contemporary, modern or mid-century modern home because it complements these architectural styles, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design, based in Atlanta. Vertical fencing is always in visual conflict with these styles, she says.
A teak handrail and horizontal cable rails fit in with the urban environment of a contemporary Manhattan townhouse garden and terrace space. It's part of an overall project by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in Charlottesville, Va., which won an American Society of Landscape Designers award.
This pergola offers a feeling of enclosure and a little dose of shade to this stunning outdoor living room. Garden designer Lisa Bartlett recommends using Sunbrella fabrics that really stand up to the elements for all outdoor upholstery and choosing outdoor furniture that doesn't look like outdoor furniture like this contemporary sectional.
This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Brown wood and woven furnishings create a homey area for friends to gather in this open-air pool house. The structure's open yet sheltered design makes it the perfect spot for a garden party. Fretwork on a series of "windows" and a clean-lined rug bring contemporary touches to the space.
A modern white grand foyer designed by Melanie Turner Interiors for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens in Atlanta features paneled walls and contemporary artwork, of faces, by Sally King Benedict. The staircase has a sisal stair runner. The entryway also has a settee, a twig cocktail table and a screen with fabric in a Cubist design.