The front courtyard creates a grand, welcoming entrance to this 7,400-square-foot 1935 Colonial Revival residence. Originally designed by local architect Ralph Frank, the home is situated on a large sloping lot in Point Loma with panoramic views of the downtown San Diego skyline and the San Diego bay.
Stunning views of the Chicago skyline provide the backdrop for this open, penthouse living room. A comfy neutral sofa with an array of pillows pairs with a green velvet chaise to bring a splash of color to the palette. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a cluster of globe pendant lights and sconces between the windows offer ample light to fill the space.
As if this 6,600-square-foot home in Seattle weren't impressive enough, the property includes sweeping views of the skyline and iconic Space Needle. After a busy day at work, the owners can head out to their back porch with a bottle of wine in hand and watch the sunset over the city.
This three-level home, with approximately 9,235 square feet of living space, was originally built circa 1904 by C.O. Perry, a wealthy San Francisco banker. The home underwent a $30 million restoration to retain its original architectural detail while bringing the property into the 21st century. Secluded on Belvedere Island's southeastern crest, the Greek Revival-style masterpiece offers unobstructed 270-degree views that encompass the San Francisco city skyline, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Angel Island and the picturesque waters of the bay.
HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson praises this design saying, "From a practical point of view I think the layout of this space is ingenious with the open shelving acting both as room divider and storage/display unit, but most importantly as an intriguing element that draws your eye into the space, around the corner into the bedroom area and beyond, where your eye hits the jackpot with a clear view of the Manhattan skyline."
A sloped shower floor and linear drain system eliminates the need for a shower door, creating universal access and a feeling of openness. The plank tile is continued vertically up the rear shower wall, while the other walls are tiled in iridescent white porcelain for maximum reflection of natural light. Because the window offers spectacular city skyline views, a curtain of beaded crystal is hung to create a permeable layer of privacy and to represent falling beads of water. Living orchids decorate the shower wall to complete the serene, spa-like design.
Inside the wet room, a sloped shower floor and linear drain system eliminates the need for a shower door, creating universal access and a feeling of openness. The plank tile is continued vertically up the rear shower wall, while the adjacent walls are tiled in iridescent white porcelain for maximum reflection of natural light. Because the window offers spectacular city skyline views, a curtain of beaded crystal is hung to create a permeable layer of privacy and to represent falling beads of water. The installation of a living orchids wall completes the experience of showering outdoors within the city.
Once a raw, industrial space, designers brought in glitzy design details to create a unique residential space. First, they raised the ceilings from eight foot to nearly eleven, creating a more dramatic space. Then, they installed a luxurious black and white tile floor and complimentary copper pendant lights that became the focal point of the space. Finally, they brought in rich, leather furniture and installed a glamorous wet bar to the space.
Favorite feature: The lighting, which is a custom installation of multiple pendants sourced on Ebay, is definitely what catches most people's eye —it’s the conversation starter that gets all the compliments. That design element set against the truly amazing view of the Long Island Sound and the New York City skyline make for a stunning visual. The custom bar is also exceptional with its luxurious materials, from the antique mirror in the back to the exotic wood cabinetry and beautiful Saint Laurent marble on the counter.