If you live in a dry environment with plenty of sunshine and cool nights, the desert modern look may be a perfect fit. Characterized by simple, low-slung lines, rough textures and classic Western patterns, desert modern is a good mix of contemporary and classic touches.
The location of the dining room works well with the rest of the home’s modern floor plan. “I like that it’s just steps away from the butler’s pantry that leads straight to the kitchen,” says project manager Scott Branscom.
Elizabeth describes the Nesbitt home as "not over-the-top modern. It's just manageable" she says of a home design that keeps extraneous clutter tucked away. "Everything has a place," says Elizabeth. Her home's California-modern look makes her life simpler and easier in some ways, she admits, than the larger, traditional home her family moved from. Of her white marble countertops, Eiizabeth notes "everyone tried to talk me out of it."
Using wood slats as a wall on the porch adds a modern texture and provides a natural surface for plants and vines to climb. Creating a natural privacy wall with potted plants is a simple, sleek addition to a front porch that can grow with the home over time.
At 1,600 square feet, this modern farmhouse in Mansfield, Connecticut provides walkability to the University of Connecticut campus where the two homeowners teach biology. Part of the downsizing, or "right-sizing" process for most of the homeowners discussed in Sheri Koones' Downsize meant purging unnecessary and underused items.
Galasso has somehow managed to make an 160-year-old home in Atlanta's Adair Park seem fresh and modern. "I love dark colors on the wall" says Galasso of this parlor in a rich forest green that beautifully contrasts with the white walls and molding in the main living room. Galasso says her two splurge items when it comes to home design are faucets and light fixtures.
The large, geometric coffee table feels fresh and provides ample space for Scandinavian-inspired accents including candles, books and a carved horse from a local Minneapolis shop. Layering a mix of accents in natural tones with black and white creates texture and movement in the seating area while still maintaining a clean, modern aesthetic.
Clean lines and a cool color scheme makes this guest bathroom an attractive modern space, perfect for a long shower or quick clean up before heading out to enjoy all the popular outdoor activities available in this scenic Whitefish, Montana community nestled at the edge of Glacier National Park.
Sunsets are sweeter from the back deck of this reimagined 1970’s home. Modern upgrades enhance the home’s architectural angles and additional outdoor seating from the pergola dining area to the covered outdoor kitchen make it easy to entertain and enjoy the beauty of the Northwest year round.
Like many of the rooms in this home, the kitchen, dining and family room feature floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a stunning view of the city skyline. A modern dining table and chairs make casual dining a cinch, while sleek white cabinets and stainless steel appliances complete the minimalistic look of the space.