Wanting a modern home designed around their own "Selby Gardens," the owners of this double lot in Sarasota, Fla., asked Leader Design Studio for help. Now they have their dream property: a 3,600-square-foot space that wraps around different courtyards and showcases tropical plants.
This luxury designer home combines nature with architectural structures. Beautiful interior gardens inspire and make the natural surroundings an integral part of the home's design. Skylights bring sun straight into the gardens.
A wall of horizontal wood slats turns this restful water feature into a backyard focal point. The garden's modern zen design features succulent plantings set amid smooth stones. A seating area in one corner offers a shaded spot to enjoy the garden's sights and sounds.
This eat-in kitchen features a fabulous view of the gardens while keeping the modern design of the existing architecture. The round kitchen table is the perfect place for a family to gather throughout the day.
A Japanese garden was the inspiration for this party's Zen theme. The long wooden table provides plenty of space for comfortably serving guests while low, horseshoe chairs are durable modern recreations of a centuries-old Japanese design.
Horizontal fencing is a “must” for a contemporary, modern or mid-century modern home because it complements these architectural styles, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design, based in Atlanta. Vertical fencing is always in visual conflict with these styles, she says.
Natural wood finishes and clean lines characterize this open, airy space. The modern living room is designed for indoor-outdoor living thanks to a wall-sized sliding glass door that fully opens the space to the garden beyond. Modern, low-slung furniture features the same earthy color palette as the warm wood surfaces throughout.
A modern waterfall adds to the city sights on a rooftop garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. The project, by Aaron Andrew McIntire and the Gunn Landscape Architecture team, won a gold award in the 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers' International Landscape Design Awards.
This charming, transitional pool house features a unique open design that makes it half garden terrace, half indoor escape. Fretwork on the pool house's series of "windows" adds a modern touch to the space while leaving it open for users to enjoy the bucolic, rural scene beyond.
A modern white grand foyer designed by Melanie Turner Interiors for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens in Atlanta features paneled walls and contemporary artwork, of faces, by Sally King Benedict. The staircase has a sisal stair runner. The entryway also has a settee, a twig cocktail table and a screen with fabric in a Cubist design.
Air plants, also known as Tillandsias, have a unique, sculptural appeal, which fit into modern design. This DIY terrarium kit sold by Gardener's Supply Co., includes a hanging glass terrarium and planting supplies such as preserved moss and lichen, and decorative stones.
Known as "The Monastery," this landmark property includes more than 10 acres overlooking a grove of olive trees. Originally owned in 1934 by the famed conductor Leopold Stokowski with gardens designed by Lockwood de Forest, the estate received a modern update in 2008 when architect Barton Myers built the current house.
Antique limestone laid out in a geometric design and a steel pergola give this garden and relaxation spot a modern and industrial aesthetic. A round sofa offers a spot to lounge. Color comes form the cacti and foliage and flowering plants and the glass-tiled water feature. The pavers are intertwined with ground cover and stones.
Modern artwork, lighting and furnishings mix with traditional pieces, such as a wing chair, in a white and blue sitting room by Jimmy Stanton for a Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. He selected items that have concrete, wood and stone, along with graphic artwork and a rug with a faux bois design. Garden stools provide extra seating or space for coffee or cocktails.
This eco-friendly Southwestern style landscaping features modern terraced steps to lead to the home's front door. The plants featured in this garden are drought resistant to stand up to the extreme temperatures of this home's desert location. Other aspects of this design include sustainable materials such as reclaimed stone for the gabion wall and the stone that requires no watering.