A pair of low armchairs in a relaxing shade of blue offers comfortable seating in this seaside home's country-inspired living room featuring a wood ceiling, rustic exposed beams, and a traditional unpainted brick fireplace.
Natural light highlights the cream paneling on the walls in this lovely country dining room. White and brown wood chairs alternate around the dining table, and beaded embellishments hang from the iron chandelier overhead. Dark wood frames the doorway, windows and lower walls, creating gorgeous contrast against the cream paneling.
To give the lower cabinets that perfectly imperfect look, the designer started with a coat of light gray paint and then added one coat of this gorgeous green. After the green had dried, a light wash of gray was applied and then sanded and wiped off.
Two brown and white damask-patterned chairs are positioned in front a wicker ottoman creating an intimate sitting area. A low-hanging chandelier and an ornate white mirror draw the eye toward the back of the room with a few mirrored accent pieces. A distressed cabinet and blue plaid curtains give the room a more comfortable feel.
High-performance appliances meet statuesque white cabinetry in this contemporary kitchen. Above the stainless-steel stove and cooktop, a powerful exhaust vent and task lighting are tucked underneath a custom-made hood. The patterned backsplash is comprised of marble subway tile. The glass doors on the upper cabinets allow the homeowners to showcase their favorite dishware, while the drawer stacks in the lower cabinets enable them to hide away what they don't want seen.
A distressed French headboard is the perfect accent in this romantic bedroom. Because of its low height, the headboard doesn't obstruct the shuttered windows. Luxe throw pillows and a neoclassical urn lamp add another layer of European elegance.
This lovely country dining room is centered around a warm, wood table with matching wood chairs. Built-in lower white cabinetry pops against the dark concrete flooring. Blue walls add color and complement the inviting, country style. Floral roman shades and a multicolor light fixture add small touches of extra color.
A black-and-white patterned tile, custom vent hood and pot-filler faucet are fixed between upper and lower cabinetry in this stylish country kitchen. On the facing wall a mounted indoor herb garden adds a natural life to the room. Hardwood flooring and the soft sage color of the cabinets pair with the granite countertop and shiplap walls for a timeless, inviting look.
The main house at Figueroa Farms located in the Santa Ynez Valley, Calif., evokes the style of Mediterranean country homes. The home features a stucco exterior and low-pitched tile roof and verandas with views of the sprawling, 106-acre Happy Canyon property.
A place for everything and everything in its place is the design motto of this elegant country kitchen. With lower cabinets on three sides of the space, upper cabinets scattered throughout and a rustic, storage island, this small kitchen has plenty of storage space to keep the homeowners organized.
Quirky but elegant, ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) blends effortlessly into any style décor, from contemporary to country. It’s a slow grower, but logs quickest progress when placed in bright light (although it tolerates low light just fine). Water only occasionally, because the bulbous base acts like a water reservoir.
Long, low lines characterize the architecture of this modern California home, nestled into a hilltop in Sonoma County wine country. An al fresco dining space is sheltered from the sun by a sleek patio roof, meanwhile enjoying stunning views. The dining area, as well as a pair of modern chaise longues, overlook a contemporary swimming pool.
"Our playground" is how Hapeville's Porsche Experience Center coach Chris Ivester describes the incredible 1.6 mile closed track experience at Porsche's North American headquarters in the shadow of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. "We love our noisy neighbors because nobody complains" says Ivester of the low-flying planes coming in for a landing on Hartsfield's flight path which tend to drown out even the sound of turbo engines and peeling tires. One of only two such tracks in the United States (the other one is in Los Angeles and there are tracks in Germany, France and Great Britain), this thrill-ride for grown-ups allows drivers 21 and over to test out a variety of driving experiences and obstacles on a safe, enclosed track where a coach is always in the passenger seat to offer guidance and driving tips. The majority of Porsche Experience Center drives come to have an incredible day driving, but some new Porsche owners also visit for practical tips and training on how to enjoy their new baby. "This is a bucket list" items says Ivester, with birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions celebrated with the gift of an extreme driving experience. Each closed track is different in topography so Porsche lovers come from all over the country and world to try out Atlanta's unique circuit. The experience is custom, from the car selected to the course chosen. Some of the possible 6 driving modules include the Launch Pad, where G-forces kick in as you test a car's pick-up power by flooring the gas for the kind of drag-racing thrill not recommended on normal roads. The Kick Plate is where you can experience the skidding-out thrills of black ice where a combination of polished epoxy and water jets (oh, and sudden pop-up fences to make things even more challenging) gives the sensation of losing control so you can practice regaining it. The one-mile Handling Circuit mimics the feel of driving a twisting country road, only you are solo on this one, able to test our tight turns and experience the fun of owning the road. For car freaks and even novices, this is a one-of-a-kind experience.