White is back — but it doesn’t mean you have to revisit the 1980s (whew). The modern take on white appliances is all about high-tech surfaces and innovative design touches. For example, Ice Collection appliances from Whirlpool have a glossy finish inspired by smartphones and include stainless steel handles for a fresh, clean look.
The fabulously high-tech design of the Santa Monica Apple store with its glass facade and 34 foot high glass ceiling and the Apple retail store, in general, has had a huge impact on retail, hotel and restaurant spaces.
Established as a city in 1869, Highland Park, Ill., is home to a vibrant shopping district, the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S., projects by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and this wonderfully preserved Victorian. With high-tech upgrades across the interior, the home blends history with modern comfort.
This streamlined, open plan kitchen, designed by Angelica Henry, shows the dramatic side to modern design. The black laminate cabinetry and the stainless steel appliances and accents marry well with the linear elements in the room, such as the lighting arrangement and long, angular countertops, to give the space a lean, industrial and high-tech look.
Sophisticated and serene, the master bathroom shines with chrome hardware, a latte color scheme and high-tech features. White quartz countertops on his-and-hers vanities complement the gray finish of the cabinetry. Double mirrors are custom-designed to match the vanities. "We wanted the mirrors to be simple yet appropriate for the room," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
The rawness of this stone sculpture contrasts with flowering plants, such as hydrangeas, in the Georgia garden of Lyman and Becky Smith. After Lyman Smith, a Georgia Tech graduate, retired from the telecommunications industry, he devoted time to creating his garden, with sections inspired by Japanese gardens, conifers from the Pacific Northwest and traditional Southern plants.
Originally intended as a chic bachelorette pad for a high-powered woman in the California tech industry, this Marin residence evolved into a new family home when the homeowner met her future husband during the design process. Designer Annie Lowengart married the couple’s individual styles to create a fresh, youthful residence enlivened by bold color.
This outdoor room takes a fashionable turn with bright blue cushions and pillows. A rustic stone fireplace, stone tile floor and hand-hewn wood supports anchor the space while a ceiling fan keeps it cool. A TV above the mantel and exterior sound system offers the family high tech entertainment while allowing them to enjoy the natural setting.
This vast closet boasts high-tech amenities to create a space that is the peak of masculine luxury. LED lights are used for the custom closet rods for easy viewing. Blue LED light panels showcase an extensive shoe collection and creates a sophisticated club feel. A closet island features a pop-up TV, turning the closet into a relaxing lounge.
Since the homeowner's main focus in the design of his home was spending time with his family, designers created an open plan kitchen with plenty of space to prepare, cook and enjoy meals together. State of the art appliances and tech features have been cleverly hidden behind cabinet doors and in the kitchen island to maintain the design's seamless and polished appearance.
Obviously, designer Angelica Henry zeroed in on color and shape when streamlining the look of this modern kitchen. By using a black and white color palette with stainless steel accents, she created a simple cohesiveness in the room and amplified its linear structure. The slightly glossy finishes on the countertops, backsplash and stainless steel selections work with her lighting plan for a high-tech, polished presentation.
High-tech stainless steel appliances, streamlined white cabinets and clean-lined countertops combine to create a contemporary kitchen filled with luxe touches. The all-white palette and large window lend the space a light, bright and airy vibe. A slab of Blue de Savoie marble serves as a backsplash as well as a focal point, while boldly colored accents add flair.
While you’re at work, the famous round robot uses navigation tech to whir through all of your place’s nooks and crannies, sucking up dust, lint, pet hair and some of the who-knows-what from the last tenant. You can even schedule it. It avoids stairs, skips over cables and might also amuse your cat.
A framed TV that looks like a mirror when off sits above the bedroom's see-through fireplace. "I think more and more people are trying to make their bedroom a respite, and you want the TV there when you want it but you don't want it when you don't want it," says tech expert Carley Knobloch. "This is a really nice solution where it kind of disappears."
Designer Annie Lowengart balances the use of bold color in this home office by painting the back walls of the cabinetry lime green while keeping the doors, shelving and trim a crisp white, mimicking the balance of color in the wallpaper by Katie Ridder. A playful pink sconce adds a touch of feminine to the space designed to be shared by a couple who work in the California tech industry.
When choosing the products for any expanse of glass, it’s essential to consider energy efficiency — otherwise you could end up with higher energy bills and rooms that are too hot or cold. Fortunately, many manufacturers offer doors and windows that pair timeless looks with high-tech energy efficiency. LaCantina’s Wood System, for example, features the organic aesthetic of wood while providing excellent thermal performance.
A new tablet or smart phone top most people's most-wanted-gift list this year. If springing for a pricey tech gift isn't in your budget, get crafty to surprise them with a custom-made felt cover to protect their new gadget. Download our free patterns and learn how to sew one up with our step-by-step instructions.
This may look like an elegant library in a private club or grand Newport mansion, but it’s actually an addition to a one-story, Mediterranean-style home in a small California town, added on where other people might have built a garage or game room. Patterned after a library in an Austrian monastery, the room was built to hold the homeowner’s thousands of volumes, as well as emphasize family commitment to literature and education, creating a reading respite and escape from a high-tech, digital world.