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.
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.
Farrow & Ball’s Bancha, a midcentury-inspired olive green named for Japanese tea leaves, counterbalances the graphically-veined stone designer Jared Hughes chose for this guest bathroom’s floors, shower and vanity. “It wraps the room and creates such an environment that just flows beautifully from the bedroom,” he says. To add an antique element to the space and tone down the contemporary feel, Hughes chose a striking Dutch-faux-tortoiseshell-and-burlwood mirror.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Adding a large-scale plant to a space is a great way to add interest and bring the outdoors in," Atlanta designer Amy Morris says. "I love to maximize the ceiling height with a tall tree — it draws your eye upwards. I didn't want to overpower the architectural details of this space and felt the airiness of the olive tree branches complemented it perfectly." The accessories she chose for the hearth are also an unexpected element. "Ceramic spheres are a great alternative to traditional gas logs or wood for a more transitional space," she explains. "Select a sphere size that is proportionate to the scale of your fireplace and create a graduated stack for a clean, contemporary look."
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 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.
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.
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.