To preserve the natural gems of this Venice Beach property, including a 40-foot pine tree, a California live oak tree and a magnolia tree, the architect set up rooms in a modular layout. Intimate outdoor spaces are created in the gaps between structures.
Windows close into a pocket in the wall to fully open this living room to the outdoors, inviting in a view of the serene swimming pool and Pacific Ocean beyond and promoting air flow through this San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, home. Neutral, low-profile furnishings offer a comfortable spot to relax while keeping the attention on the stunning views.
Not only is this home a feast for the eyes outdoors, but also the elegance and charm of its modern furnishings inside create a sense of particular beauty and allure. The open plan accommodates a living room, dining area and kitchen, all done in subtle color tones by TriplePoint Design Build, so not to conflict with the more vivid colors seen from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The fountain in the middle of the patio serves as a focal point for all of the separate outdoor living and dining areas and is visible from multiple rooms inside the home. The sound of running water creates a soothing white noise. A cedar wall trellis fills a blank wall in between banks of windows and doors.
To promote a feeling of unity between the indoor and outdoor spaces, interior designer Linda Woodrum chose a neutral, controlled palette for the HGTV Green Home 2012 living room. Furnishings, though captivating, do not distract from the view. A mix of styles and textures like the rustic wood coffee table, shag rug and contemporary wingback armchairs keeps the space feeling cozy and fresh.
Large windows allow plenty of natural light into this Midcentury Modern living room. The light is reflected off the white walls and gray rug, making the space feel bright, warm and inviting. Designers then chose patterns and textures to add to the space, such as the teal and leopard print throw pillows and modern art pieces, that would make the space feel intimate without diminishing the outdoor views.
This home, especially the living room, is all about creating one seamless transition from the outside to the inside, all with a Texas-style design. “Even though we had amazing furniture and an incredible house, we wanted to bring in the outdoors,” explains HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “There is an amazing amount of windows that really make this part of the outside.”
Former art gallerists, turned designers Meg Harrington and Ann Huff of Huff Harrington Design bring their interest in indoor-worthy furnishings to this front-facing covered veranda. Inspired touches include a mirror above a 19th century French dining table to enlarge the space and artwork that has been treated for the outdoors to bring a living room feel to this "very quiet, private space," says Harrington.
Designers wanted this spacious, Midcentury Modern living room to fell intimate despite its large floor plan, so they carefully chose textures and fabrics that would add personality, but wouldn't overwhelm the beautiful exterior views showcased by the expansive windows. Walls are painted white to reflect the views of the outdoors, while the color is added through a few pieces of modern art and colorful, patterned throw pillows on the modern sofas.
Hues of aqua, coral and sand tie this wide open, traditional great room to its coastal setting, while broad windows usher in loads of natural light and literally bring the outdoors in. The two-story central space delineates the dining area while giving the entire living-dining-kitchen area an open, airy feel. An oversized dining table and lounge-style seating encourages lingering over the table for relaxing, leisurely conversation.
This contemporary, West Coast residence has a beautiful open design and modern decor. A short glass wall provides a balcony overlook from the second floor to the first where a long light fixture hangs as a decorative eye-catcher. The second story features a living room area with gray leather sofa, an eclipse door leading to an outdoor patio and a dining area in front of a built in fireplace.
The swings-as-barstools idea in this modern kitchen came from the family's travels – they saw similar swings in a bar and never forgot them. The kitchen was designed to be a fun space for the parents, their kids and their friends. Since they often entertain, the goal was to make the kitchen and living room one open, flexible space with an airy feel and a strong connection to the outdoor view.
The "treehouse feel" of the HGTV Dream Home 2011 is especially evident in this room with its abundance of wood and autumn-inspired colors. Floor-to-ceiling windows and maple flooring lend an air of the outdoors, while modern furniture and a steel wall sculpture make it a comfortable and lively space for entertaining.
The homeowners wanted a tiny home that didn't feel so tiny, so designers used high pitched ceilings and plenty of windows to make the space feel bigger. A functional kitchen with full sized appliances and a breakfast bar gives the homeowners a space to eat, while the adjoining living room adds entertaining space. For an even larger feeling, the rear wall is constructed of glass panels that can be rolled back to incorporate the outdoor patio into the home's entertaining space.
Entertaining was the homeowners' main focus when discussing their redesigned home, so designers made sure to create spaces that fit the homeowners' social lifestyle. The kitchen is no exception. Plenty of counter space above the lower cabinets and on the large kitchen island makes food prep and serving a breeze, while plenty of cabinet space means that storage is not an issue. With entry points to the outdoor spaces as well as the newly created built-in bar connecting the kitchen to the living room, this room is the central hub for the couple's entertainment focused home-no matter which space in which they choose to meet their guests.
This elegant, white sofa is the focal point in the formal sitting room that overlooks the patio. The live edge wood art piece helps to make the teal walls pop while bringing a piece of the outdoors into this design. The white fabric of the sofa reflects the light from the large window to the right, making the space feel warm and bright, while the yellow flowers add a pop.
The homeowners love to entertain, so the house is designed to create an open and casual atmosphere with a strong connection to the outdoors. The home is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun. The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter. With such an extreme climate in Big Sky, Mont., the house is specifically designed to withstand both sides of the temperature spectrum.
After a few cocktails and plates of food, your guests will want to rest and take a seat. Proper seating is essential for any party. Don’t be afraid to pull your chairs from inside. These leather chairs are from my office and are comfortable and match the color scheme. If you are feeling adventurous, add a small couch or love seat from your living room to create distinct and comfortable seating options for your guests. If your chairs need protection, fabric covers are a solution that can upgrade your current pieces while also keeping them clean while outdoors.