The turquoise front door opens into a bright airy foyer and stair space. This space sets the tone for the modern coastal style of the home. Thanks to wood paddles for wall decor, white shiplap walls and ceilings, a simple black railing and three brass, coastal-feel light fixtures, there is a definite beachy vibe when you first walk in.
Situated on a lush hilltop, this Spanish villa-style home feels like it's integrated into the landscaping. This is achieved through the integration of the plants onto the house itself -- the climbing vines that circle the pergola that leads to the front door. The pergola creates a grand entrance into the seaside home.
A traditional white front door leads into a spacious and elegant foyer. Thin windows in the door and a transom window above allows in a lot of natural light, while dark hardwood floors ground the space. A large round mirror helps to bounce light around the room, and a cool geometric-style light fixture adds a contemporary touch.
The concrete walkway is broken up with strips of grass, adding softness to the entryway pathway. White columns with stone bases have a rustic-meet-traditional vibe that blends perfectly with the Craftsman-style house. A pair of Adirondack chairs makes for a cozy spot to enjoy the front yard.
Designer Jeff Troyer moved the front door from the living room to this central area, allowing the space to function as a sitting room, music room and foyer for the family. A brown L-shaped sofa is tucked into one corner of the room, while a set of three nesting tables is positioned on top of a gray area rug.
This small Portland front yard was transformed into a multi-level tapestry of color that looks good in all seasons. Japanese maples, sentinel yew and evergreen clematis add height. The colors of the tulips, wallflower and 'Crimson Queen' Japanese maple echo the home's burgundy trim. Use a mix of perennials, shrubs and trees to create layers of color and texture in your own entryway garden.
The spa inspiration for this bathroom spills out into the entrance of the space. Two floating sinks adorn the vanity, which houses wicker baskets for towels. The space is lit by a large window with a thin curtain hanging in front of it to allow in plenty of light to the bathroom, but also to the adjoined master bedroom, making both spaces feel warm and inviting.
Offset and somewhat hidden away from the front of this majestic home is a side driveway and three spacious garage entrances for the homeowner. The garage doors are arched and fabricated from weathered wood to blend with the rest of the home. The landscaping here, as designed by Mark Scott and Associates, is simple but camouflages the utilitarian purposes of the space.
The Craftsman style of the home remains evident in the trim, front door and cabinets in the kitchen and dining room, yet contemporary style is infused into the space through sleek light fixtures and furnishings. A slate wall divides the entryway from the living spaces without losing the open feel of the floor plan. A large kitchen island not only provides more counter space, but also a spot to eat and extra storage.
To help make this space feel warm and open, designers made sure that natural light flows into the space from every direction. At the rear of the space, light enters through kitchen windows and a large double window in the dining room. From the front of the space, light flows in from the living room and foyer. The dining room even has a skylight to bring in rays of sunshine from every possible angle.
In the foyer of this cozy, yet spacious cabin retreat, a sliding barn door and wood-paneled walls introduce visitors to the home's rustic ambiance from the moment they step inside. A narrow niche houses a built-in bench, a perfect spot to perch and pull off your boots. Draperies dress the windows that flank the front door, and the panels draw to offer nighttime privacy. A wagon wheel-style chandelier adds sparkle while keeping with the cozy cabin feel.
A small cedar arbor over the gate creates an entryway into the backyard. By adding various plant types that bloom during different times of the year, the homeowners have a new experience each season. The dwarf mondo grass in between the stepping stones acts as a sponge to soak up any water left standing. Spreading juniper in front of the koi pond provides cover for the filter and pump compartments.
As a designer, Tanika knows the value of a good entryway, both as a functional part of daily living and as a design feature, setting the tone for everything to come. She makes excellent use of her space on both fronts with a dark-stained wooden bench adorned with colorful pillows in dazzling geometric patterns. Complemented by the modern, artistic mirror hanging above, the bench is the perfect place to sit while putting on shoes or to pause for a moment after a long day, with an underside that doubles as storage for shoes.
The symmetrical entrance and rigidity of a traditional colonial are softened by the shingle style and supplemented by stonework. An angled garage wing responds to the natural contours of a plateau on which the house sits, addressing the natural landscape as well as clients' needs.
Natural materials in earth-tone colors were used to make this house feel at home. Though it is only two-stories on the front facade, the dormers and chimney pots help to elevate an otherwise horizontal structure. The breezeway to the left of the garage allows guests to reach the rear-yard pool without going through the house.
The Noho Duplex in New York City has street level entry. With the windows on the front exterior of the space, this left little room for privacy in the home's previous design. The homeowners wanted an industrial feel for their home, so they wanted to stick with a more modern design and didn't want the clutter of having to hang curtains to get privacy, so designers created a two-fold privacy plan. First, they replaced the homes existing windows with frosted paned windows to obscure the view from the street. Then, they added custom fabricated, full height, glazed steel bi-fold doors with frosted glass panels to create a sort of "foyer" in the space. These doors are retractable, so once the family is in for they night, they can fold up the doors and enjoy the open spaces in their home.