This striking Malibu home has a wide-open floor plan that emphasizes the view outside the glass rear facade. An open-plan kitchen is divided from the living space by a peninsula with a modern waterfall countertop, matching that of a central island. Modern art bridges the kitchen and living room, while a cozy seating area takes advantage of a sunny space by the dining terrace. White walls and floors provide a neutral backdrop, keeping the focus on the view.
Sedum kamtschaticum is a low-growing groundcover that makes a mat of lime green leaves with red-tinged edges up to six inches tall and spreads with trailing stems. It gets its name from its native Kamchatka Peninsula in Siberia. Yes, it grows in Siberia. It’s that tough. Its foliage goes away in the winter, but its tiny russet-red fruits remain to give a shot of color to a winter container or garden. Zones 3 to 8.
SPG Architects’ Casa Torcida, located in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, uses rich woods and a soft palette in the bathroom, reflecting the abundant flora and fauna native to the property. A frosted glass divider separates the toilet from the rest of the space, which features a jetted tub and an open wood vanity with double sinks. The house is completely “off the grid,” using a water-reclamation system to retain rainwater for use throughout the house. In addition, the house has a solar hot water system, which provides hot water for most of the year.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, the primary challenge for Kevin & Celine's family home was maintaining a balance between the heritage of the house and incorporating a modern design. Designer Jillian Harris bridged the border between modern and historical by choosing a modern version of tile for the backsplash. The originally planned grey slate tiles were set aside with the discovery of the original fir floor boards. A large peninsula created as a gathering place for the family. A deep pantry to the right of the fridge was designed by having to close off a small corridor that was no longer to code.
Landscape architect Jason Brownlee took one look at this lovely Mediterranean-inspired home that is situated at the end of a lakefront peninsula and drew inspiration from its radial core and natural surroundings and created a work of art in this outdoor design. Not only are the sculptured angles of the patio, walkway and railing reflective of the circular architecture of the home, but also in the masterful design of the infinity-edged pool and interlaced catch basins, giving this outdoor space a sense of magic in motion. The design shows passion with purpose and invites the homeowner to enjoy the outdoor pleasures of this home's dramatic but inviting character.
Lighten up a heavy, closed-off kitchen by converting your ordinary cabinets to open shelving. The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “I have loved the open shelf concept,” Meek says. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware. The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.
As seen on Love It Or List It, the floors throughout the main floor are now a beautiful 6.5" wide maple wood boards called 'Wave Rock.' Opening up this main floor was done by removing the wall that housed the fireplace. The wall that divided the dining room from the kitchen is now a big open peninsula for the family to gather around. The paint color in the dining and kitchen area is Behr 'Creme de la Creme.' The trim is painted 'Popped Corn.' The color in the living room and hall is 'Salt Glaze.' Jillian pulled her design together with the glass chandelier that helps to add a traditional touch to the space.