With the extra square footage and a french door added to the left of the kitchen, the Cousins on Call demolished old wall that separated the kitchen from the living room. The Betsy family now has two large rooms that flow together. The family can cook on the large oversized island, while others relax in the living room without feeling detached from the rest of the family or guests. The large new windows and french doors fill both rooms with bright warm light.
This Mission-style home, located on a relatively small corner lot, wraps around an intimate courtyard and pool area. The private outdoor space is accessed by many sets of French doors that lead to all rooms of the home. An outdoor fireplace forms a focal point for the courtyard and serves as a warm place to relax in the evenings.
Relaxed, comfortable upholstery gives this waterside living room a homey, beachy vibe. Throughout the house, white paneling and neutral walls provide a restful backdrop for the pale, beach-hued furnishings and accessories. Soft blue chairs create a cozy conversation nook in the bay window and connect to the similarly hued upholstered chairs in the adjoining breakfast nook. Matchstick shades filter the light and offer privacy without blocking the stunning views.
A breezeway helps fit this rustic-modern cabin retreat to its natural site in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The project was a cabin retreat for the owners and their siblings and extended families, with the idea that they’d gather at the home on various occasions. That meant the family needed both private and communal spaces so everyone would feel at home and relaxed. The house is packed with space but has a cozy cabin feel.
This relaxed home was created for Tim Brown and his family. A large focus was placed on making the home as energy efficient as it is aesthetically pleasing. The placement on the site was key in keeping it a low-energy-using home. With lots of cross ventilation and clerestory windows to vent heat, the home's energy bills are half the amount of a typical home in this area. A rainwater collection system was also incorporated to catch 100 percent of the home's potable water.
One of the showstoppers of this home's landscaping plan is the tall stone fireplace that nestles majestically among the outdoor greenery. The patio furnishings, which sit alongside the structure, invite family and friends to relax, have a drink or a quiet conversation. There is power and purpose to each detail of the design, as created and implemented by C.B Conlin Landscaping.
Natural light from the windows enhances the bright look of this bathroom. The large bathtub is nestled into this nook leaving open floor space and creating a cozy place to relax. White marble tile creates a polished and sophisticated look throughout the room. Crossed beams on the walls add subtle texture to the room without overpowering the design.
The bathroom has one of the home’s more relaxed color stories, which adds to it’s tropical oasis feel. It may not have the same colorful mix as the bedroom, which is the couple’s favorite room in their home, but they love it for a different reason. “The bathroom was the easiest for us to design,” Michelle reveals. “Because it is so contained, we could just focus on how that space felt as a stand-alone without blending it with other rooms.”
As seen on Rock the Block, HGTV star Jasmine Roth created a bright space for a dining room next to a custom-built island covered with Dolomite marble and Northern California Dark Walnut with seating for eight, to transform the kitchen and dining area of her house and “rock” it to the highest increase in market value to win season one of Rock The Block.
A cool, exposed-bulb light fixture, leather dining chairs, and vertical wall planters combine to create a bright, relaxed dining space in Jasmine's California casual style home.
“The laundry is a space where items are washed, so we worked with the idea of being ‘washed up’—on a beach(!) — and decorated with a coastal, beachy, relaxed concept in mind," designer Tara Dennis explains. “The photography at the end of the laundry is by Alex Savidis. We had all of his prints in the laundry, mud room and vestibule printed and signed by him in Sydney [where her firm has its second headquarters], and then I carried them back in my hand luggage to Atlanta. So it’s a little nod to our Aussie home.”
Using a black railing can fit with traditional or modern architecture of a patio or porch, and it can help the railing or a fence seem to fade away when you're trying to relax and enjoy the view. This black railing uses steel cables, but designer Mosaic Group Architects and Remodelers has recreated the look on a lower-end budget. It spray-painted a chain link fence black and found the result also is far less obvious than with silver.
Breegan Jane (https://breeganjane.com/) is the newest design star of HGTV’s Extreme Home Makeover, bringing beautiful design to the new homes of deserving families all over the country. But in between life as an HGTV star, mom to two young boys and head of a successful Santa Monica-based interior designer firm, Breegan takes time out to relax in her modern dream home in picturesque Marina Del Ray.
If you like the idea of decorating with natural materials, consider this unusual option: 12-inch “tiles” made from reclaimed coconut shells. “They’re very easy to install,” says designer Kelli Kaufer. “Following the instructions, you apply adhesive to the wall and stick the squares in place.” For simpler maintenance down the road, finish with a clear sealant. “They add great texture, creating an earthy look that fits the relaxed, vintage style of this kitchen perfectly,” she says.
Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.
Instead of opening and closing a big, old, clunky, plastic cooler at the tailgate party, pack a wheel barrel in the back of the truck, wheel it a few feet away from the truck, and then fill it with ice and beverages. This will also free up valuable space in the back for serving food or offering guests more spots to sit and relax.
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat, and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family.
We got rid of the draperies and painted the windows gray for a more open and modern feel. A new mantle and all new furniture made for a refreshed and now usable space!
This library space was once a sea of wall-to-wall green with gold accents and cluttered bookshelves. Now, the space is elegant and calming. The home's original molding and wainscoting has been restored and highlighted in this sleek, new design, and the bookcases have been cleaned up and stocked with myriad books. The luscious, overstuffed furniture gives the family a great place to relax and read, but this space has also been equipped with some tech savvy gadgets, such as a projector with a retractable screen, so that the family can watch their favorite soccer matches in style.
Rather than extend the beach theme colors in the rest of the home into the master bedroom, designer Guillaume Gentet decided to use luxurious silver tones, pattern and organic shapes, making the space feel calming and serene. A cozy upholstered armchair with a matching ottoman provides a nice spot to relax and enjoy a book. A piece of blue coral adorns the end table by the armchair, adding a subtle beach-inspired detail to the room.