Enjoy al fresco dining on this elevated, lakeside deck. After dining, relax on one of the swings. Many of the residential properties on this lake have a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.
Just after the entry but before we get to the living space, is the heart of the home, our kitchen. No compromises were made in this surprisingly expansive kitchen designed by Randy Jones of Incredible Tiny Homes whose motto is "Choose Tiny, Live Free." Not only is there a stained planked wood ceiling, it also houses a full-size refrigerator, range and farmhouse sink. I’m especially drawn to the way the gray upper cabinets compliment the blue lower cabinets against the wood butcher block counters. Last but not least, the ladder takes us to the tiny home master.
This small living room was enhanced and visually expanded by covering the walls, trim and ceiling in different shades of seaglass tones and using properly-scaled furniture. Designer tip: A smart way to use one color consistently throughout a common area is to choose a slightly lighter shade than the wall color for the ceiling and a slightly darker shade for the trim.
The right furniture configuration can mediate any number of design challenges, creating multiple zones in a large, open space, for example. “This open-concept family room/kitchen has a long, narrow configuration,” say the designers. “We created a cozy seating area near the TV and opted for smaller-scale furniture to keep the space from feeling cramped. The airy lightweight coffee table from Blu Dot is easy to move aside for train or Lego marathons.” Tip for tight spaces: “If you are squeezing a lot of furniture into a smaller space, choose pieces that your eye can see under. This helps make the room feel visually lighter. Higher furniture legs or box frame tables like this one are both great options.”
Designer Tanya Griffin uses exotic furniture and furnishings in this contemporary sitting area for an international feel. She uses natural elements to keep the room feeling light and also the right size furniture for the small space.
As seen on Cousins on Call, this open floor plan lower level houses a kitchen, dining area, and living room for the family. John and Anthony have taken a more modern space and have added funkier details to fit the family's eclectic style. The unique detail above the dining table adds character and bohemian charm, while the wall behind the television, with its natural wood and open shelving, gives a nod to the Asian style. Plush furniture and myriad patterns help to bring out the eclectic feeling of the design.
A luxury estate in Miami Beach incorporates key water features into its expansive yard, which ends at the beach. The homeowners wished for a level, open landscaped area to include the pool, a spa, tanning areas and a large lawn. Miami landscape architect Orlando Comas' award-winning design created a captivating outdoor space surrounded by lush vegetation.
"We had the contractor put white oak on the ceiling to embrace the architectural detail" says designer Rebecca Cartwright, of this detail chosen to emphasize the peaked ceiling in the hallway leading from the first to the second level.
A sense of intimacy is captured in this dining room by the addition of a hanging fixture that brings the light low from the high ceiling. The modern lines of the table and chairs are complemented by the more traditional ceiling medallion and fireplace surround. For a touch of fun, the designer added a painted, faux deer mount above the fireplace.
Designer Kristina Crestin spray painted the plastic Kartell gnome stool a custom blue color to complement the chartreuse tile shower. Since kids use this space most of the time, the client didn't want a ceramic stool.
Red, white and pink aren't just reserved for Valentine's Day dinners. To create this romantic centerpiece, arrange pink roses and white daisies, and surround them with homegrown creeping Jenny in a rustic urn. For a touch of intimacy and elegance, add silver candlesticks on either side of the arrangement. Design by Susan Herin of Between Naps on the Porch
The water feature provides a beautiful setting for the commissioned bronze sculpture, "Meadow." The water feature was a challenge because it had to be constructed in the middle of finished patios. The basalt pedestal had a concave and convex side, so late in the project the designer chose the concave side to bubble and the convex side to hold the sculpture.
The culinary artist can certainly get down to business in this industrial-style kitchen that pays tribute to stainless steel. From the walls to the cabinets to the appliances, designer Andrea Michaelson achieves a coherent look in a silver tone, with contemporary artwork as the focal point in the room.
Although many homeowners invest the majority of their home design budgets into their kitchens, it's the area of Chris' condo where he spent the least. By working with the brown and black tones of his existing granite countertops, he used color to give the otherwise basic, modern kitchen a personalized look. Glossy-black penny round tiles bought for $8 per square foot were used on all wall surfaces to add architectural interest and sheen. To help the pantry door visually recede, he had it painted the same shade of black as the tiles. Since the adjacent living room is wrapped in a black-brown grass cloth with a metallic backing, he carried the look over to the bar area to tie the two spaces together. All together, Chris' kitchen decor came to $1400.
The homeowners spent a ton of time in their basement, but before the redesign, it was awkward and drab with no seating. They wanted a space that would function for family life, but also be fun and inviting, so designers used a fun color palette, anchored in blue with pops of yellow and orange, and durable fabrics and furniture to create what the family needed.
Floor to ceiling neutral mosaic tile in the shower and bath combo framed by a damask shower curtain, hung on the ceiling, visually expand the space in this small bathroom. Bright recessed lighting and a chandelier, along with a large mirror are also designer tricks for decorating a small space. The high end features like marble flooring and countertops, make this bathroom feel like a luxury retreat.