A wooden cutting board was selected for this kitchen with the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi -- or the practice of embracing imperfections. The raw, imperfect accent pieces throughout the home speak to the natural surroundings of the Sonoma County property.
Concrete and gravel paths combine with concrete seat walls that edge the back of a main courtyard space in Sonoma County, Calif. The design by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects was an American Society of Landscape Architects award-winning project.
This Sonoma County, Calif., home is designed to showcase the natural elements and views of the surrounding wine country. The homeowners' design tastes lean toward modern, which is reflected in the home's style, though ultimately design choices were either inspired by nature or made in stark juxtaposition to it.
Garage-style doors retract to expose this rustic-modern dining space to the stunning, sweeping views of California's Sonoma County wine region. A simple wood table and chairs keep the space minimal and modern. Wood and metal details are sparse and neutral, allowing the outdoor view to steal the show.
A trio of Tibetan water carrying vessels are repurposed as pendant lights in this inviting kitchen in Sonoma County, Calif. The lights complement the exposed Douglas fir ceiling beams and the sweeping views of wine country, while the porcelain island countertops and modern dining chairs provide a juxtaposition to the natural elements in the space.
The homeowners also maintain a residence in Tokyo, and the low-slung furniture in the master bedroom of their Sonoma County, Calif., retreat gives a nod to Asian design sensibilities. Accents such as the framed fabric and woven pendant lights were chosen for their subtlety, creating visual interest without detracting from the stunning views through the picture windows.
Long, low lines characterize the architecture of this modern California home, nestled into a hilltop in Sonoma County wine country. An al fresco dining space is sheltered from the sun by a sleek patio roof, meanwhile enjoying stunning views. The dining area, as well as a pair of modern chaise longues, overlook a contemporary swimming pool.
Glass doors slide to open the inviting living room up to the exterior deck, which enjoys views of the surrounding wine country of Sonoma County. The homeowners also maintain a home in Tokyo, and the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, or the art of embracing imperfection, is at play in elements throughout the home, such as the stacked stone feature wall surrounding the modern fireplace.