This beachfront home is actually made up of two buildings: a main residence with four bedrooms and an adjacent two-bedroom guest house connected by a breezeway. The pool and spacious patio sit in between for both to use.
A simple stone covers the back patio and pool area to keep it cool when the summer sun shines directly on it. Plenty of sitting and dining areas allow for taking in the seascape views while soaking up the sun or having a meal.
The indoor spaces of this home are designed to optimize the daylight from the outdoors. Large windows all around the space, as well as windows in the upper wall, bring in plenty of natural light and minimize the need to ever use artificial light during the day.
The interior lighting from this rustic, barn-inspired pool house illuminates the adjacent pool and hot tub for the perfect early evening swim. The Malibu, Calif., estate is surrounded by palms and other native trees to create a natural privacy barrier.
Exposed brick and hardwood flooring provide a traditional foundation in this row house's open living space. A mix of contemporary furniture and primitive country furnishings gives this inviting area an updated, transitional look that flows seamlessly between the sitting area and dining room.
Natural light illuminates this guest house living room with a gray sectional sofa and turquoise accents, like the throw pillows and table lamps. Black metal frames the windows, while a blue area rug sits atop the hardwood floors.
Go big and stay home: That’s basically Sonal Patel-Cochran’s motto. “I’ve always gravitated toward more of everything in a house—more color, more pattern, more texture,” she says. “It makes doing simple things like hanging out on the couch feel kind of adventurous.” So when she and her husband, Russell Cochran, bought their five-bedroom house in Atlanta, GA—a major upgrade from their two-bedroom condo—Sonal was raring to deck it out with statement decor inspired by her passion for travel. For starters, she had all the trim painted dark and medium grays. “Since lighting also sets the tone of a room, we put in big, eye-catching kinds,” she says. The couple turned to designer Lisa Gabrielson for a hand with the furnishings, requesting unexpected shapes, not-shy patterns, and funky textures with global flair. It’s a mix that manages to feel both worldly and cozy. Says Sonal, “People walk into our house and go, whoa. That’s how I like it!”
A well-lit landscape should have both functional and decorative light fixtures. In this outdoor space, wall sconces on the house provide adequate illumination for entertaining, while the garden fixtures and the lights strung through the trees bring a whimsical feel to the patio at night.
“We have really great hip designer lighting around the house. All of the decorative fixtures throughout the house use LED bulbs, including the candelabra bulbs above the dining table and all the lamps so we have a complete LED story here,” says house planner Jack Thomasson.