This modern zen courtyard features a 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple among large native boulders that serve as paver steps and crushed gravel. The project by Buttercup Design Group for the property on Shelter Island, N.Y., won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
A fence around a tennis court on a Palm Springs, Calif., property is made of 2-foot square fiberglass panels that allow breezes to flow through. The client wanted an outdoor environment that was “groovy, cool and sexy," according to landscape architect Steve Martino and Associates. The project, with mid-century modern elements in desert style, won an American Society of Landscape Design award.
Granite takes on a more modern look when it’s cut so that the backsplash continues the countertop pattern. “We chose this piece because it looks like a watercolor painting of the home’s exterior wooded landscape,” says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design in Victoria, BC.
A high-design option is this modern fire pit by Boxhill. The Vesta fire pit, part of its Glow! collection, was a finalist for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers 2015 Product of the Year. It comes in natural rust and raw steel finishes.
Knowing that his clients wanted a building that had presence in and subservience to the wild landscape, architect David Coleman and his team designed the building forms to be angular and elemental, not unlike the surrounding mountain peaks. The result is a dramatic design that's deceptively simple, deeply rooted in the site and unexpectedly crisp and modern.
Located along the western edge of Las Vegas at the base of Red Rock, this modern home utilizes minimal landscaping because of the dry, desert setting. A canopy has been designed to eliminate direct sunlight from entering into the residence during the hottest seasons while allowing maximum visibility to the south.
A round foyer in a Tudor revival cottage dating to 1928 features an original Dutch door, a stone floor and a faux painted dome ceiling. Designer Judy Hodgens grouped together mid-century modern iron chairs, paintings and framed landscapes in her room for a Historic Macon Design House in Georgia. The style has a sense of formality with an updated twist, she says.
With its clean, meticulously crafted lines, this modern home by Eolo A&I Designs brings order to the lush landscape of Palmetto Bay, Fla. A sleek stone wall defines the home's footprint and features a retractable gate that allows the owners to easily enter and exit the private property.
The owners of this Arizona property wanted an elegant and modern outdoor space that related architecturally to their house and would be used for entertaining in a gallery-like setting. The two large sculptures were pieces the owners had in storage, and they were incorporated into the award-winning design by landscape architect Steve Martino.
An elegant water feature with a period sculpture lit at dusk provides dramatic visual interest and acts as an audible screen to street sounds. The award-winning design by DWY Landscape Architects of the property in Sarasota, Fla., harnessed the strong planar forms of its mid-century modern architecture to create equally bold exterior spaces.
With a multitude of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, rooftop gardens and water features, landscape design is a key element of Lago-a-Lago. California-inspired flora includes a Ligustrum tree alley with ornamental grasses off the façade, Japanese blueberries in the courtyard and agave and yucca spread throughout the grounds. This resort-inspired residence on Palm Beach Island is a luxurious and modern holiday home meticulously designed by award-winning Roger Janssen of Dailey Janssen Architects.
Classic bungalow appeal with a modern twist and thoughtful landscaping gives this home a contemporary look that sets the stage for the rest of the home’s urban style. “The bungalow lifestyle is set back into nature and it’s cozy,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
Designing a room that's mostly or all white ensures you'll have a room that always feels streamlined and clutter-free. This modern eat-in kitchen features expansive counter space, hardwood floors and a cozy round kitchen table for four. The landscape just out the large sliding glass door brings nature and color into the room.
The clean, sharp edges, white brick design and fire stones of this outdoor fireplace give it a fully modern appeal. The white brick wall features a built-in stainless steel grill and black countertop cook space. Landscape lighting throughout the yard extends the warm look of the firelight through the space.
The modern home is nestled in a valley adjacent to the Saugatuck River in Weston, Conn. Designed to be a part of its natural environment, the home is laid out seamlessly on the landscaped hill and features floor-to-ceiling windows to allow the outdoors to become the backdrop to the interior spaces.
Built in 1957, this Dallas, Tex., residence was renovated to honor the architecture of the original design while also updating it for a modern family. MESA revamps the grounds to highlight the International style of Oak Court, including a chic pool that's integrated into the structural wall of the house. Contemporary red lounge chairs add a burst of color to the minimalist landscaping.
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.
In the central courtyard of resort-inspired Lago-a-Lago (Lake to Lake) on Palm Beach Island, the "Spool"—a combination spa and pool—invites contemplation of the rain curtain. This luxurious and modern holiday compound was meticulously designed by award-winning Roger Janssen of Dailey Janssen Architects with great attention to outdoor spaces, beautifully interconnecting the landscape and residence.