Making the most of every nook, the space around the staircase doubles as as sitting area and office. The Asian-inspired secretary house decorative items, but pulls down as a simple desk that combines with a cowhide armchair. Black-and-white abstract art makes a bold statement on the creamy white walls, while a more traditional area rug grounds the space.
A long storage table turns this awkward wall into a functional space to store books, wine bottles and tabletop accessories. A bar stool fits under the unit to create a makeshift desk, and colorful art and a wooden sculpture hang above the table to add interest to the mostly neutral space.
Rich hardwood floors adorn a living room sitting area defined by a sisal area rug. A leather Chesterfield sofa sits across from two blue armchairs, arranged near a fireplace that's great for warming chilly days and nights. Eye-catching art in the form of a vintage-style wall map and prints of books add character to the room.
An arts and crafts-style vanity is paired with intricate mirrors and shaded sconces to create a bathroom with bohemian appeal. The tile mimics the design of a two-tone hardwood flooring inlay used elsewhere in the home. The glass shower creates a spacious look. The marble tile of the flooring continues to the walls of the shower and bathtub.
A checked pattern over the buffet piece features alternating textures beneath ornamental metallic knobs. A pair of table lamps match the brass of the knobs, and the shape of the base blends the mediterranean influence of the display with the more contemporary surroundings. Framed art fills the wall space while a bubble contemporary light fixture finishes out the design with a modern flair.
The kitchen forms the heart of the apartment, offering ample seating, a large countertop surface, bright lighting and an open format. The kitchen was completely reconfigured from the original layout: walls were knocked down, cabinets were relocated and new ones custom-made, and state-of-the-art appliances were installed. Everything was kept white and glossy to maximize natural and artificial light.
Designer Ana Donohue created a living room beyond compare by using a floating floor plan with beautifully designed furnishings that add texture and color to the room. Feast your eyes on the contemporary art that lines the walls while you admire the careful planning, selection and placement of each piece of furniture and decorative accent. The look is unique yet comfortable and inviting.
The living room is the area that homeowner Richard Long considers the introverted area of the house: This is where the family goes for quiet moments: listening to or playing music, reading or pausing for a minute of reflection. It adjoins the dining room, which is painted a dark gray for a cozy feel. “Our goal is to have an art collection,” says Richard, “so we wanted a color that would fade into the background and let the art stand out.” Simple but glossy moldings and creamy walls are set off by the rich textures of leather, jute and wood in the living room.
By removing a wall, what was once a small room feels much larger, offering a comfortable flow between the living room and the dining room. In the process of removing the wall, Chip Gaines found the original fireplace and decided to keep it as a unique design element. Original shiplap paneling was revealed and kept as wainscoting around the house, and natural wood cornices were installed around the windows. A large, Art Deco style light fixture illuminates the room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Black and white vertically striped curtains frame the large window in this living room. A pair of modern arm chairs and a bright, red couch face in to the plastic coffee table keeping the view open to the animal hide rug. An abstract art canvas breaks up the white space on the walls and blends all the colors used throughout the room.
In one corner of the back wall of the homeowners' son's bedroom, designers installed a built-in desk, giving the room's occupant a space to work and create. Decorated with fun, anime art, posters from his favorite band, his favorite books and sports trophies and a small file cabinet for storage, this desk space is the perfect place for a teenage boy.
This multipurpose room functions as a laundry area and craft space. A bold blue island with cabinet space features a butcher block countertop that works great for messy crafts. In one corner, a niched wall works well for a stackable washer and dryer, and on the other side of the door, a built-in bookshelf displays art and knickknacks. A quaint powder room is nearby for convenience.
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.
Neutral tile floors and beige walls are awakened by the brilliant color accents in this foyer. Built-in fish tanks sit on either side of the black door, bringing life to the space. Vibrant green and blue mosaic tile columns are a bright pop in the open area, and a hanging glass panel displays colorful glass art for a stunning finishing touch.
A color palette of white, espresso and red is carried through this home's hallway and bathroom and into a bedroom, creating a unified design style. Lit by recessed lights, the framed art in horizontal rows on the hallway wall adds visual interest to the narrow space. A built-in bookshelf sits just outside an adjacent bathroom that boasts a tile shower with glass doors.
More floral wall coverings in a lilac that plays very well with spring-evocative greens and contemporary art keeps this bedroom from Catherine M. Austin Interior Design from registering as too saccharine and girly. The color scheme was inspired by Austin’s time spent in Italy in the spring and the purple wisteria she saw there. Think about using your travel photos for both design and color inspiration.
This elegant Traditional living room features a calm white and neutral color scheme with small contrast from the dark wood of the side table and chairs. Soft lavender walls tie in deep purple pops of color from the art and flowers and the lavender stripes of the decorative throw pillow.
A sparkling, streamlined chandelier illuminates the rustic wood table with a natural edge emphasizing the warm wood tones in the space. The multicolor art piece stands out on a bold red wall while a striped table runner ties the room's main colors together. A mix of chair and bench seating in a soft neutral color adds a sleek, more modern look to this dining room's eclectic style.