Once a neglected detached garage, this beautifully appointed guest suite retains its original idea through the installation of a garage door. A separate track allows for a barn door that encloses the guest bathroom. The bed takes advantage of the light and air from a bank of three large windows. Meanwhile, a petite kitchen area provides cabinetry and a sink, giving guests the essentials for a light snack. White walls and bedding give the space a clean, airy look and feel.
As seen on HGTV's Cousins on Call, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri have exposed the brick in the Raos' living room, drawing a unique contrast between the original part of the house and the updated, lighter section. They knocked out the wall that used to separate the entryway from the living room, which gave the space a ton of extra natural light. The cousins then installed track lighting to help give the space a more open, inviting feel. With plenty of seating and shelving storage, this updated family room is a great place for relaxing.
This Colorado residence by Tomecek Studio Architecture is actually a hybrid container house, incorporating two shipping containers on either side of a more traditional structure. The entire 1,500-square-foot Nederland House makes the most of its Rocky Mountain views, while the containers are where you’ll find the bedrooms, bath, office, laundry room and kitchen. Though it’s not part of the containers, the upstairs of the center structure features a platform bed on sliding tracks — giving an entirely new meaning to sleeping under the stars.
The open concept of the offices of Pereira & O'Dell in New York City, coupled with the abundance of lighting in the space, creates a modern, yet warm and inviting feel. Six glass chandeliers and several sets of track lighting help large windows to illuminate the space, making it warm and comfortable, while the open concept of the floor plan gives the space a laid back feel. The work spaces blend into a sitting area and reception, all with a modern design that highlights the pre-existing elegance of the building itself.
For the small sacrifice of 20.5 inches of countertop width, you can turn your kitchen into your own custom microbrewery. The PicoBrew Zymatic® allows craft beer enthusiasts to brew whatever styles they choose at home — and track data from their brewing sessions via smartphone app. Brewing ingredients in the machine takes around four hours, followed by a fermentation and chilling period of up to three weeks in a separate keg.
Luxury closets are not just for ladies. The other half of this elegant walk-in closet is specifically designed for him. With rich, dark woodwork, this space has a more masculine touch to it; however, there is just as much room for organizing things in his closet as there is in hers. Hanging racks accommodate all of his suits and shirts, while a floor to ceiling shoe rack gives him easy access to all of his favorite pairs. To light this well-ordered closet, easily customizable track lighting has been installed to shine a light on his favorite things.
“There are few things that are more useful to my wife and I than our shared calendar app,” says Ask Your Dad’s John Kinnear, who uses Google Calendar to keep track of events like gymnastics and ballet practices. “We don’t go overboard with scheduling, but when we add the big, recurring appointments it is super nice for us to have a high-level view of what the family schedule is.”
This shoe closet is so big it can only be captured with a wide-angle lens. Note how the shoes are placed on sliding shelves on a rail system, much like some public libraries use for books in England. That’s where Walter James got this idea, when trying to devise a storage system for his wife Tiffany’s more than 600 pairs of shoes. Walter designed the closet with three stationary back shelves and three additional rows of double shelves on a track with wheels and a header on top to hold the shelves in place and to keep them stable. The entire closet is made of cedar.
These vintage doors are a clever transition from Angela's daughter's bedroom into her art studio. Angela found the doors, lacquered them and had them put on a track system in order to divide the two spaces. Notice that just beyond the doors in the hot pink studio, the trim color is white as opposed to the tone-on-tone application we've seen throughout the home. Bright white borders on the deep pink tone define the color even more. Another cool trick? When your case goods don't actually match, have them painted the same color simply for continuity. Neither of the tables, chests or dressers in this space were sourced together or at the same time, however the crisp white finish on each makes it look like they were destined to live in the same room.
The Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel adjacent to the Porsche Experience Center, has become the go-to destination for visitors checking out the driving experience at Porsche. Part of the booming city rising in the shadow of the airport, the "aerotropolis" of Hapeville next to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport—the world's busiest passenger airport—is just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta and has a lot to recommend it for both car-crazy adults and their child companions. The 8-story hotel itself overlooks—at key vantage points—the Porsche Experience Center racetrack. The rooftop Overdrive Lounge offers the best public view by far of both Porsche and the airport and there are also 9 track-view suites. The rooms themselves are insulated with triple-pane windows from flight noise. For transportation-obsessed kids, this is a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of planes, trains (train tracks pass right in front of the hotel) and automobiles all viewable in close proximity to the property (there's even a Delta Flight Museum close-by for flight fans). For quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta, I-75 is in close proximity to Solis. You can sit on the outside patio of the in-house restaurant Apron and watch planes come in for landings and eavesdrop on visiting German Porsche execs relaxing after a day of work at Porsche's North American headquarters. To continue the Porsche tie-in, two Porsche Cayennes offer VIP transportation to the airport and auto artwork abounds: there are car murals in the lobby and car motif art in the 214 guest rooms. There is even an in-house Porsche themed gift shop to take home a souvenir.
Currently the only-North American location of the four-star Solis brand, with locations in Ireland and China (and new properties coming in Qatar, Florida and Indonesia), Solis shares an architecture firm, HOK (which also designed Atlanta's 1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium) , with the equally slick and modern adjacent Porsche Experience Center. Amenity-loaded, the hotel has an indoor pool, on-site gym and free Wi-Fi and two memorable dining and drinking destinations. Overlooking both Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Porsche Experience Center track from its open-air rooftop perch, the Overdrive Lounge has a Jetsons-meets-Space Age vibe and chef Derrick Green's memorable bites including tuna tartare tacos you won't want to miss as well as the car-themed (when it Rome) Formula 911 featuring muddled blackberries, vodka and Combier. The equally stylish Apron restaurant also helmed by Ritz Carlton vet Green is more chef-driven and imaginative than your usual hotel spot. Apron also features a dog-friendly patio (recommended when the weather is nice), with both tables and lounge-type seating with an impressive view of the airport flight path. Green's focus on inventive Mediterreanean fare offers up nods to Greece in an oregano-infused chicken and to African foodways in a berbere-accented lamb dish with kale and a luscious, tangine-spiced farrotto. A caramel-poached golden beet salad with goat cheese mousse illustrates Green's desire to blend haute cuisine flavors and ingredients with delicious accessibility. Cocktails and craft beer offerings are imaginative and often feature local distilleries like Old Fourth Distillery and ASW as well as Jekyll Brewery, Terrapin and Hapeville's own Arches Brewery so diners can sample some locavore flavor.