"HGTV Star" contestant Brooks Atwood used digital design and manufacturing to build and install the armature for this sculptural 3-D wall in a way that would have been impossible using traditional methods.
A fire engine red island pairs with a colorful 3-D artwork installation to bring this contemporary kitchen to life. White walls, shelves, cabinets and a white range hood keep the space feeling bright and open.
French doors open to the home's backyard, where a large pool centers the lawn. Lounge chairs line both sides of the pool and give the owners a place to soak up some Vitamin D after they've swum a few laps.
Colletti says, “After planting this open-footed brandy glass with two Dracaena plants – one a spiked D. marginata and other a lime green-striped D. reflexa – (and) filling it to capacity, tuck a small Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ on the side wall. The gold club moss begins to expand as if it’s finally found its long lost pals. The shape of its new home creates the ideal combination of moisture and air circulation."
A nearby large open window creates a light, breezy feeling throughout this modern galley kitchen. Brown cabinets provide storage room, while a matching breakfast bar creates the perfect spot for casual ding. White stools with blue and white striped upholstered cushions line the bar,
The owner of this houseboat is an architect who opens the upstairs studio to guests from all over the world; he also designed it. Some guests enjoy watching paddlers go by on the private deck while some dive right into the clean water below.
In order to add a stove, cabinets and appliances in the kitchen, the french doors had to be removed and a wall need to be added. Because valuable light was being taken away, the Kitchen Cousins added two skylights into the ceiling. After tearing the dining room wall down and turning the dining room into the kitchen, there is a whole new flow and life to the atmosphere and energy of the kitchen and dining room area. What once was a cold empty ding room is now a large kitchen that opens to a large dining room.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”