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."
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.
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.
This beautiful entryway greets guests and ushers them into Paul’s unique, Alice in Wonderland-like interior. The brownstone in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, had been victim to a fire. When Paul moved in, he loving worked to restore the classic structure and renew it with bold, modern color choices and engaging patterns, like the tiled floor.
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.
The living room is large enough to fit a full dining area that seats eight. On the wall, an image of young dancers from Batoto Yetu, taken by French photographer, Patrick Demarchelier is the perfect accent piece on the wall. The Drop dining chairs by Fritz Hansen continue the room’s dichotomy between modern and traditional aesthetics and provide wonderful contrast to the ornamentation in the doorway.
This beautiful table with clean, modern lines is easily adapted for the holiday with a gauzy, mummy-evocative table runner, a cute centerpiece and small votives. Even better, on Halloween this outdoor living room is a great place to gather with friends and a bowl of candy to turn the night into a grown-up celebration too.
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.