"Without this divider, the front door would open directly into the living area and you'd see the home's lake view as soon as you entered. I created this diamond peek-a-boo wall to give visitors a glimpse of the water without giving everything away, " says Kimberley Selden, designer and owner of Kimberly Selden Designs, Toronto, Canada.
Sliding doors and flowing curtains open up the interior living spaces to the elegant gardens and views of Lake Lugano. Classic architecture from the columns and tray ceilings to the archways and built-in shelves set the tone for this Mediterranean home design. A trio of navy sofas paired with a traditional rug centers the living room.
A powder room in the 2017 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse bathroom space was inspired by the “Swan Lake” wallpaper by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little. Designer Clary Bosbyshell said she wanted to pull out the hot pink colors as seen in the towels and flowers. The white plaster sconces are custom made by Julie Neill Designs.
Is it any wonder why the locals call Orcas "the gem of the San Juans"? Not only is this remote island off the coast of Washington State home to dense forests, freshwater lakes, beaches and mountains, but it's also the setting for this gorgeous 4,249-square-foot Craftsman.
Even shipping container homes are bigger in Texas. Called PV14 House, since it uses 14 shipping containers, this Dallas home from M Gooden Design is one of the largest at 3,700 square feet. This home contains three bedrooms, a den, entertainment area, three-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage. There’s also a small penthouse and a large roof deck. A glass-fronted second floor, complete with a full-length balcony, maximizes prime views of a lake and park across the way.
Slate tile flooring runs from the front porch through the foyer and into the laundry and mudroom spaces in the HGTV Dream Home 2014. In this hallway, rustic antique wood cabinet showcases retro signs. The rich blue hue of the console and ottomans nods to nearby Lake Tahoe.
This bathroom is an example of style that's appealing to both adults and children. The space is not overtly kid-themed, but is still cool enough for the young ones. It's located in the HGTV Dream Home 2014, a vacation getaway located in Truckee, Calif., minutes away from Lake Tahoe.
The location of the patio was determined so that the space has a great view of the lake from the pool as well as anywhere else on the patio. The pool itself is set about 18" above the home's lawn and travertine patio so as to allow seating along the coping, as well as add dimension to the space. To visually connect this space to the home, designers used the same Indiana limestone for the pool's coping as was used around the lower level of the home. Then, a travertine that complemented the stone was chosen for the floor of the patio.
This great room features a glass wall that offers sweeping lake views. Instead of using steel as a structural support, the wall is supported by stacked glass, similar to an urban skyscraper. An automated cabinet above the fireplace opens at the click of a button to reveal the TV. Meanwhile, ceiling beams and warm wood finishes give a nod to the home's Mediterranean design.
Sleek, white furnishings by J. Mascheroni are punctuated by black accents, creating a harmonious design in this chic, modern living room in Lugano, Switzerland. Accent lighting rims the floor and ceiling, casting the space in a warm glow and making it feel as it it were floating in time or space. Expansive glass walls open the home to sweeping views over Lake Lugano and surrounding mountains.
This family loves the water, so to give them a private place to enjoy it, the family now has a pool and hot tub in their back yard. The home has massive windows on every level so that, even when the family isn't outside catching the waves, they can see the beautiful Lake Washington and their own backyard splash zone from anywhere in the house.
A main focus in designing this home was to accommodate and entertain large numbers of overnight guests and full amenization of the lakefront property. It was important not to block any of the lake view but still make the spaces have minimal impact on the steep site. A boathouse roof shades metal stools and tables outside while modern chaises create an area for sunbathing. Horseshoe Bay stretches out around the boathouse, which is surrounded by a metal railing.
Five wicker chairs with cream-colored cushions are seated around a low coffee table. The seating area overlooks the surrounding plant-life and Horseshoe Bay, and a set of French doors leads back into the lakehouse. A challenge to the overall design of this home was to blend the casual lifestyle of lake living with an over-arching aesthetic that was at once both vernacular and sophisticated. Jay Corder and his team reinvented and crafted rough materials to successfully blend these competing notions.
HGTV Smart Home 2019 is located in Dallas, Texas: a city bursting with activities for the whole family, like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The award-winning Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on White Rock Lake is considered one of the top arboretums in the world and is a “must-visit” on parent lists and travel sites. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is awesome for younger ones, offering exhibits where they can play and learn.
The homeowners were worried about the flow of rainwater on their property, so they wanted a retaining wall included in the design of their home's patio space that would divert water away from the home itself and down to Lake Minnetonka below. To accommodate this request, designers created a retaining wall from slabs of limestone that form a staircase leading from the upper patio area down to the lower pool and spa space. To add a little diversity to the design, limestone boulders were placed on the sides of the walkway, giving the feature a lovely aesthetic.
The Houghtons' 4,000 square foot lakeside retreat on Lake Gaston in rural North Carolina offers a place for the family to work and play when not spending time at their home in Chapel Hill.
Inside, Heather Garrett Interior Design and the Houghtons determined that a fitness room took priority over a vacuous master bedroom suite, so Heather designated that area on plan to house a gym with a climbing wall. She then ditched the idea of a dining room, in favor of a deep upholstered niche and shuffleboard table open to the kitchen and family room.
A radical break from the rustic mountain cabin with a design motif of pinecones, bears and rainbow trout, this stunning Cashiers, North Carolina home was the site of the 2018 Cashiers Designers Showhouse sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and the Cashiers Historical Society. Rooms instead featured big city flair considering most designers hailed from Atlanta, but also from New Orleans, and the Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina region. Inspired by chateaux in France and Italy, this 42-acre estate overlooking Lake Glenville was decorated with some au courant trends including lots of assertive, stylish wallpaper, a preponderance of soft pastels, plenty of Chinoiserie and subtle nods to the beautiful local surroundings in botanicals and floral motifs.