Modern furniture with clean lines balance the rusticity in this cottage located on a Connecticut horse farm. Bare windows and open passages between rooms let ample natural light flow throughout the home, keeping it bright and airy in spite of the darker walls.
In the living room, a rich, traditional wood Spanish door separates the modern addition from the original part of the home. This, along with Spanish artwork and other wood details helps to tie the new part of the home together with the original home. To create a modern addition, designers used bold colors and patterns to reflect the natural colors of the backyard, to which the living room has direct access.
Tall pantry storage, a kitchen island and an appliance garage are all additions, hiding clutter and upping the kitchen's efficiency. New white oak paneling eases transitions between the older parts of the home and the new.
A new front porch and second story addition give the owners of this upstate New York farmhouse more room indoors and more ways to enjoy the outdoors. The design carefully echoed the home's lovely original architecture like the dormers.
The bluestone patio leads from the indoor space onto the outdoor covered cabana and beyond, providing the foundation for the outdoor dining space and bordering the pool area, creating an elegant, complementary addition to the original portion of the home.
By stripping the farmhouse's additions back to their frames, the architects were able to remove all extraneous decorative elements. In turn, the two gabled forms now read more forcefully and without distraction, which better complements the home's original architecture.
These homeowners wanted their renovated home to be more open than the original layout, so designers widened the door that separates the kitchen and living room to create greater visibility between the two spaces, creating an open feel.
Here again the architecture of the home reflects Hollywood’s golden age. The arches that form the passages between rooms are one of Nikia’s favorite features in the home. This arch between the living and dining room offers a gorgeous view of the various textures and cultural influences that make up the living room — from the pouf to the rug to the Bamileke-inspired stools from World Market (https://www.worldmarket.com/product/tribal-carved-wood-accent-table.do?sortby=ourPicks). “I love a combination of clean mid-century Scandinavian with more intricate pieces from India and Africa,” Nikia confesses. “Mixing and matching design elements from different cultures reflects the world I live in and makes me feel at home.”
The addition of this staircase in the dining room adds access to the master suite of this renovated 1920s bungalow. The space under the staircase makes a perfect spot for a built-in closet, while the home's original window provides nice, natural light to the dining area.
This living room space was an addition to the home's original structure, and, as such, had very strange angles that designers wanted to make sense of, so they chose furniture that would help them create an organized normal room shape with a modern farmhouse design that complements the rest of the home's open concept main spaces.
The scope of this project involved adding 1,217 square feet to an 87-year-old home to meet the needs of a growing family. The exterior was built to look original to the home and to complement the neighboring houses in the historic neighborhood. The addition has a seamless look by matching the home's existing brick but part of it was designed to look like an enclosed sleeping porch, a common characteristic of older homes in the neighborhood.
The back of this Spanish Colonial Revival home is designed to create a façade that mimics the original side elevation of the residence. Rustic wood, terracotta roof tiles and stucco exteriors evoke the Spanish style, while beautiful balconies and covered patios create a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors.
Before Brio Interior Designs reengineered this space, the living room was cluttered and simple. Now, however, a charcoal accent wall gives the space dimension, while colorful, patterned accents add personality to the space. To alleviate the closed in feeling of the original home, designers opened up the wall between the living room, making the room feel large and open.
The composition of the house employs a simple relationship between public and private zones by directly splitting the two. The fracture, also known as the ‘link,’ is a distinct space from both the long, private bar and the open, shared public area. This separation is then reinforced by the choice of exterior cladding, with corrugated metal in the private zone and cypress siding in the public. Spatially, the link is also used for circulation of people, water, air, and electricity between the two sides of the home. In Horizon House, movement and passage are celebrated and rewarded with shifts in view and experience. Here, it is not simply the rooms, or destination, that carries the focus, but rather the circulation, or journey, itself.