This detail from a contemporary sitting area features white wall color, a soft gray upholstered sofa, white, brown, and black pillows and ottoman, brown and black modern wall hanging, and a midcentury modern floor lamp.
Hoping to please a young single bachelor with a keen eye for modern and contemporary design, Justine Sterling set out to modernize his open plan living space and also provide her client with a functional design. The narrow living room space was one of the biggest challenges in the space planning. Here, Sterling designed a small work space and sitting area with built-in bookshelves around the fireplace to neatly display books and personal treasures.
A large contemporary bedroom makes the most of its large space by incorporating a sitting area. The bed sits on a neutral rug, while the sitting area is on hardwood flooring, visually separating the two spaces.
Flanked on either side by comfortable, upholstered armchairs, this contemporary fireplace positively glows with recessed lighting. Patterns along the fireplace's backboard and across the furniture and floor create movement throughout the room.
A wall of mirrors visually increases the size of this bathroom. Soapstone makes a bold statement as the bathtub surround and bathtub backsplash. The cream-colored armchair and reclaimed wood credenza gives the space a warm, homey vibe.
The Territorial style and adobe exterior of the house were both designed to complement the architecture of the local community. While the exterior remains more traditional, the interior spaces -- like this covered sitting area and its furniture -- are heavily influenced by contemporary style.
Metallic-lined lamp shades and a glass coffee table add a hint of opulence to this sitting area. Layered throw pillows add color to a neutral contemporary sofa, while a tiger-print ottoman adds unexpected pattern and texture.
Sliding barn doors bring a casual, rustic vibe to this contemporary bedroom while also providing privacy for the walk-in closet and en-suite bath. A built-in ladder between the spaces leads to a private loft. As in other bedrooms in the contemporary California beach house, this one features a cozy seating area that's great for entertaining.
Rev Run and Justine Simmon's master bedroom has been updated with a chocolate accent wall, a custom-tiled fireplace, new light fixtures and espresso hardwood floors. A boxy canopy bed and a plush sitting area complete the polished look.
The contemporary living area in this master bedroom uses symmetry to create a calming atmosphere. Matching sofas flanking a coffee table allow the fireplace to take center stage. The neutral palette lets homeowners add any pops of color for a dynamic color scheme.