When building an outdoor space, include a conversation area in a "U" or "O" shape anchored by a fireplace, suggests designer Brian Thompson of Thompson Custom Homes. For this outdoor living room, he paired distressed wood beams with muted brick walls for a casual, weathered look.
The job assignment for Tate Studio Architects was to create a trailhead facility for a large private trail system in the desert landscape of Scottsdale, Arizona. The team used the setting as design inspiration.
Stacked stone walls and exposed ceiling beams bring a rustic quality to this open floor plan dining room and living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow stunning views of the Arizona desert and mountains. A contemporary glass dining table is surrounded by distressed chairs with a cool square chandelier above.
Reclaimed wood is used in the barstools, dining table and range hood to bring a rustic touch to this country-inspired kitchen. The space features traditional cabinets, a harlequin backsplash and top-of-the-line appliances.
Enjoy a dip in the refreshing lap pool or lounge around and take in the beautiful views this back patio has to offer. A trickling rainfall water feature streams into the pool, adding a relaxing element to the outdoor space.
In a warm, traditional kitchen with beamed ceilings, iron wall racks and a dark wood island, white cabinetry offers bright contrast. The island provides customized storage on the working side as well as seating on the backside for entertaining.
A pair of black-and-white chairs and a contemporary sofa create a cozy seating area around the southwestern-inspired fireplace. Exposed ceiling beams lead over to a rustic bar, complete with brown leather barstools and stacked stone walls.
In this Arizona desert retreat, the contemporary guest bedroom features shades of gray, creating a serene monochromatic color scheme. The upholstered bed is flanked by matching nightstands, hanging lights and large mirrors. For a resort-like feel, a built-in alcove houses a mini bar and storage cabinets.
With a view like this, you may never want to go inside. As far as the eye can see, a beautiful view of the desert is put on full display from the back patio, which also features an infinity edge pool and spa.