Wow! Nothing like sliding doors to bring in the beautiful outdoors. This living room and bar area offers flexible furniture arrangements leading to the outdoor living deck, providing an indoor-outdoor connection. A key theme of this house is that it encourages incredibly eco-friendly habits and an awareness of the environment around it.
Build a pool - If you have the luxury of extra space indoors, build a swimming pool or pools. There is no better exercise than doing laps early morning or after hours. It’s a great place for the family to come together for a workout as well. If an outdoor pool is a challenge, check out these indoor pools.
The office’s deck mounted premium solar powered skylights with light-filtering single pleated blinds bring fresh air and natural light into the space. The skylights can be controlled through a smartphone app and feature a skylight automation system designed to help create a healthy indoor environment. The office also includes a glamourous chandelier with dangling hand-cut Lucite panels that hang from a simple frame that offers beautiful diffused light from above.
For an indoor hanging garden, Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with WAKE + LOOM Design used succulents because they don't require a lot of water and are long-lasting. An extra touch is a mirror that reflects the sculptural plants in the living room. The hanging wood planters are from Anthropologie.
This wide view shows the easy transition between spaces in the great room, from the living room to open dining room and easy-access kitchen in this urban home made for modern living. The sunken design of the living room makes the space feel bigger, and creates an easy transition from the living room to the deck and backyard outside.
Hang this vertical planter on a wall, dress up a bookshelf or add life to your mantle decor. This wine crate will hold nine 4” plants, but floral designer Angela Darrah chose to only use five. She filled the remaining four cubes with mosses, kiwi vine and white mini pumpkins.
“We added railing up above so we could hang outdoor drapery, because I really wanted to unite the two spaces with the same color palette,” explains interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “It softens the edges of the outside deck, and makes adds privacy.”
Use lanterns (with their glass panels removed) and hanging candleholders to show off vining plants, suggests floral designer Angela Darrah. This 'Neon Pothos' Epipremnum aureum thrives in low light conditions and pops against the red accent wall. When hanging plants, weight is a concern, so Darrah suggests using a decorative moss sheet to disguise a plain plastic container.
With awe-inspiring vistas all around, it’s no surprise most accommodations and private homes are designed with indoor/outdoor living in mind. Large decks and windows with unencumbered views make sense here. Even the cottage’s sauna has a spectacular view.