This lush courtyard has all the feel of a grand secret garden with a travertine patio and colorful landscaping. The plants include Japanese blueberry, Podocarpus and East Palatka Holly along the fence line.
John Barrentine of the RED Real Estate Group at Keller Williams/Larchmont is a big fan of low garden walls to “create intimate spaces or living landscape dividers that create restful vignettes. They’re a great way to draw visitors into the space and add interest,” he says.
Decorative white molding separates the lower tiled portion of the wall from the smooth, painted upper section. The varying neutral shades in the tile add subtle dimension to the room without overpowering the look. A white bathtub is fixed snuggly within the cutout leaving open floor space available.
A low stone wall surrounds this patio, making the space feel intimate for conversations. Meanwhile, willowy trees provide some relief from the hot summer sun and ensure that everyone feels comfortable.
The low-profile wood bed in this master bedroom extends out into two nightstands, making the bed itself feel larger. A charred wood accent wall backs the bed, providing stark contrast, and a funky rocking chair helps tie the color scheme together.
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.
Directly opposite of the fireplace are a set of steps that cascade down to the lower patio where the outdoor kitchen with bar seating and dining area are located. Note that the fireplace wall and the outdoor kitchen are clad in the same dark stone to distinguish them as balancing objects within the space. The remaining walls are clad in a lighter stone to match the home.
This home's staircase combines both traditional and contemporary influences. The blackened steel and original concrete walls add an industrial flair to the area, while the staircase's glass and wood combination add a modern element to the space.
The low-profile TV that mounts flat to the wall across from the end of the bed includes a special art mode that offers the chance to turn the bedroom into an art gallery. A stylish modern red two-drawer console table with open and closed storage sits under the advanced TV.
Crisp white headboard is offset by warm, red walls in the mudroom. Hung mid-wall, staggered coat hooks help cater to the younger members of the family. Durable and low-maintenance stone flooring is perfect option for the entryway.
Woodgrain cabinets highlight the midcentury modern influence in this kitchen design. White countertops transition the lower cabinetry to the bright upper decor featuring gray and white tile walls, white cabinets and floating shelves.