Seamless indoor/outdoor living is a centuries-old ideal that crosses many different cultures. When you blur the transition between home and garden, you allow natural light and air to permeate your living space, changing its character entirely. In this open-concept living area by Jackson Design and Remodeling, the Zen garden and the living room are separated only by massive glass doors on a track that can open and close with the push of a button.
Designer Vanessa DeLeon used plush fabrics and deep gray accent pieces to put an elegant spin on this complete home remodel. The eclectic teal and black dining room features an over-dyed turquoise rug from Creative Touch in Secaucus, N.J., while the table hails from Brooklyn-based artisan woodworker Palo Samko. The neutral walls are complemented by a faux-painted black and gray ceiling and black leather chairs around a rustic hardwood dining table with mismatched candle holders and two brass pendant lights.
This metal sign above the breakfast nook is one of two that Joanna had custom made for the Silva's new home. The custom metal designs are the creation of Jimmy Don of JDH Iron Designs in Crawford, Texas.
The Horseshoe Bay residence was stripped down to the foundation and only a few walls remained when Jay Corder and his team began their remodel. With the residence sitting on lake front property, site slope was a major factor in the overall design and site plan of the house. The boathouse dock area and walkway follow the same terraced layout as the waterfront residence further from the water. Overhanging trees provide pools of shade alongside the sunbathing areas and fishing dock.
An exterior view of the renovated bathroom reveals a floor to ceiling window that lets natural light fill the room but also provides complete privacy as the bathroom faces a walled-in section of the yard.
Funny how as the years pass, older styles become ageless rather than looking dated. If you go with a look that has at least 50 years under its belt — say, midcentury modern — it won’t go stale, says designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas of Jackson Design and Remodeling. For the backdrop, it’s smart to create a simple and versatile setting: here, the clean lines of the fireplace and the neutral tones of the flooring allow the period furnishings to make the statement (and allow you to change your mind down the road).