In the backyard of the home, designers created a modern, outdoor oasis for these homeowners. By replacing the grass with rocks, upkeep of this space is minimal, which fits perfectly with these homeowners' busy lifestyle. Two modern, oversized chairs provide seating in the space, while the small deck that separates the lounge area from the main home creates a barrier so that rocks from the lounge area do not find their way into the house, keeping the home's interior spaces clean.
Add the soothing trickle of water to your deck or patio with this recirculating modern water fountain. Water pumps through three tiered basins, with the second basin lit from within by an LED light. Set it up once and enjoy it, because this fountain is made from weather-resistant stone resin.
A mid-century modern table with a pretty calla lily centerpiece sits in this contemporary white living room. A wall of white bookshelves decked out in brightly-colored books and accessories livens up the entire room.
This wide view shows the easy transition between spaces in the great room, from the living room to open dining room and easy-access kitchen in this urban home made for modern living. The sunken design of the living room makes the space feel bigger, and creates an easy transition from the living room to the deck and backyard outside.
Floating shelves above the modern white bar cart display custom glassware, funky based, and a simple print. The bar cart is decked out in copper accents, perfect for quickly mixing up a simple cocktail or spritz.
This modern outdoor dining area includes a raised deck and pergola, both stained in a dark brown hue. A dining table with built-in benches and two metallic chairs creates the perfect space for entertaining, while a stainless steel kitchen nearby makes al fresco dining a breeze. Vibrant flowers and lush greens surround the area, adding a beautiful finishing touch.
Beautiful planting beds curve toward the house, pointing the way to a wow of an upgraded entrance. Designer John Gidding built an expanded deck to encompass much more of the house and give it a modern profile, then painted the brick a soothing green. Arching walkways help anchor the home into the landscape and give people somewhere to walk besides the driveway.
Glass doors slide to open the inviting living room up to the exterior deck, which enjoys views of the surrounding wine country of Sonoma County. The homeowners also maintain a home in Tokyo, and the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, or the art of embracing imperfection, is at play in elements throughout the home, such as the stacked stone feature wall surrounding the modern fireplace.
Decks enclosed by a glass railing extend off the master bedroom and family room in this modern home. The interior is kept simple, with a gray and white palette. Pops of green tie the space in with the backyard opposite.
It's great to be modern, but the holidays are all about tradition. So be sure to add a little retro styling to your holiday decor to celebrate all the joys of Christmas past. Don't be afraid to bring out the tinsel, your favorite red bows, and the traditional Christmas balls to deck the halls for your retro holiday. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Lilien
A wall in the two-story great room of this contemporary home is decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows affording views of the surrounding trees and far-off views. A non-traditional layout of the windows adds to the modern feel of the home.
This modern space serves multiple functions, with a seating area, sleeping nook and built-in bench with storage. Because the house sits in a special zoning area, the designers were unable to increase the square footage of the existing house, instead building a separate structure that connects to the old house by a deck. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns. All interior doors are built from recycled flooring.
Evergreens in custom ipe planters line this modern urban backyard and provide privacy from neighboring buildings. New York City fire code limits the amount of wood decking that can be used in terrace and roof design, so the designers turned this limitation into a design feature.
A series of patios, decks and terraces wrap around the back of this home, giving the outdoor space a sense of dimension. This terrace is dedicated to a square fire pit. The accompanying adirondack chairs look refreshingly modern in slate gray and a scaled-down size.
This playroom is decked out in modern style. A bubble gum pink sofa complements a white mod coffee table and hanging lanterns in the sitting area. To the right, a floating countertop acts as a craft area, topped with wall-mounted shelves and under-cabinet lighting.
Tri-level decks make the most of this California home's outdoor space while adding living area for a modern family. Sliding glass doors on the top floor, pocket doors in the center and a roll-up garage door at ground level are flexible and fit with the home's unique, modern architecture. The bold pink, yellow and teal color palette reflects the fun personality of the owners.
In the backyard of this midcentury modern home, planter boxes line the windows and the landscaping is kept simple, yet elegant. Limestone decking leads the way to the narrow, elongated pool complete with lounge chairs and a spa for relaxing and enjoying the view.
Decked out in geometric patterns, decorative art and low-slung furniture, this living room lives in serious midcentury modern style. A starburst clock keeps time on the gray wall, while a sleek coffee table keeps a low-profile on the striped area rug.