A metal sliding gate and concrete walls separate public and private spaces on this tropical property in Sarasota, Florida. The modern project by David W. Young was a American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
A place for everything and everything in its place: This contemporary mudroom carries out that motto in colorful style. White baskets easily organize smaller items while sunshine yellow paint brightens up the interior of the shelf's lower compartments.
Storage galore is the motto of the fresh, clean kitchen with cabinets extending to the ceiling in some areas and rows of drawers wrapping all around the room. For a hint of luxe, designers went with a white marble backsplash and countertops.
A place for everything and everything in its place is the design motto of this elegant country kitchen. With lower cabinets on three sides of the space, upper cabinets scattered throughout and a rustic, storage island, this small kitchen has plenty of storage space to keep the homeowners organized.
With a "Keep It Simple" motto, the homeowner wanted a transitional kitchen that was family friendly. Sleek cabinets with integrated finger pulls evoke a contemporary look, while a tongue-and-groove feature wall and subway tile inside the upper cabinets brings a touch of bistro chic. The window is dressed in a simple Roman shade, perfect for controlling light.
Design-wise, former HGTV Design Star contestant Tera stands by her motto "taking what you have and making it better," but she has grown a little more daring. "I'm definitely more open now to bringing in color and a more contemporary style in my design and staging business," she says, a shift illustrated in this colorful teal blue bedroom with black and white accents.
Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are the founders of AphroChic (www.aphrochic.com), a New York-based interior design firm. With the company’s motto of modern, soulful style, it’s no surprise that their home, located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, is an ode to global culture at home. Their live-work space, part home, part design studio, is infused with a cultural aesthetic that is unmistakably AphroChic.
Just after the entry but before we get to the living space, is the heart of the home, our kitchen. No compromises were made in this surprisingly expansive kitchen designed by Randy Jones of Incredible Tiny Homes whose motto is "Choose Tiny, Live Free." Not only is there a stained planked wood ceiling, it also houses a full-size refrigerator, range and farmhouse sink. I’m especially drawn to the way the gray upper cabinets compliment the blue lower cabinets against the wood butcher block counters. Last but not least, the ladder takes us to the tiny home master.
Making healthy fun: That’s the motto of Bitsy’s Brainfood, whose tasty crackers, cookies and other snacks are packed with organic fruits and veggies and are an excellent source of several vitamins. Through the Give a Bitsy Back program, the company donates cases of its products to communities lacking access to healthy snacks. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from Bitsy’s new Smart Crackers (available at Target as part of the Made to Matter collection) goes toward organizations that help keep kids happy and active.
"Well, why the hell not?" seems to be the motto of this small space. Even though the apartment only has a living room and a bedroom, the designers have fit much more life into the space. In the main living area, designated areas for a home office, a sitting area, a living room, a dining area and a wet bar have been established. The bedroom, although small, has made the most of its space with a slender dresser and hanging end table, and the entryway has been transformed into a makeshift mudroom. Who says you can't have it all?
Go big and stay home: That’s basically Sonal Patel-Cochran’s motto. “I’ve always gravitated toward more of everything in a house—more color, more pattern, more texture,” she says. “It makes doing simple things like hanging out on the couch feel kind of adventurous.” So when she and her husband, Russell Cochran, bought their five-bedroom house in Atlanta, GA—a major upgrade from their two-bedroom condo—Sonal was raring to deck it out with statement decor inspired by her passion for travel. For starters, she had all the trim painted dark and medium grays. “Since lighting also sets the tone of a room, we put in big, eye-catching kinds,” she says. The couple turned to designer Lisa Gabrielson for a hand with the furnishings, requesting unexpected shapes, not-shy patterns, and funky textures with global flair. It’s a mix that manages to feel both worldly and cozy. Says Sonal, “People walk into our house and go, whoa. That’s how I like it!”