Large windows surround the perimeter of this bright white office space, flooding it with gorgeous natural light. Sleek, black chairs and clean, white desks create a sophisticated and uniform look in this contemporary, open space.
This gorgeous foyer provides a bright and cheerful first impression for large groups of family and friends that feels open and welcoming. The pink rug and upholstered bench cushion add a touch of color and whimsy. The hanging lamp gives a rustic touch to the space.
Shrubs and trees planted too close to your house can trap moisture, damage siding when the wind blows, and fill gutters with debris. “I want to be able to walk behind shrubs — they need to be at least three feet from the house and from air conditioning units because they block airflow,” says Steve Gladstone, owner of Stonehollow Fine Home Inspection in Stamford, Conn. “With trees, you don’t want them rubbing against the house at all. If the sun can’t dry your house, you’ll have to repaint more often because mold and pollen will build up.” Prune regularly to keep your house envelope clear.
Climbing vines like ivy, although beautiful, can splinter and rot wood siding and even weaken the mortar between bricks. Prune any existing ivy so that it stays away from windows, gutters and trim. If your heart is set on adding a climbing vine, choose a twining vine that wraps around a trellis or other nearby structure rather than a vine that climbs by tendrils or rootlets that cling to the surface of your house.
The open floor plan of this home includes a cozy living room in a window-surrounded nook. Four leather chairs are upholstered with a metallic brown fabric which is a decorative contrast against the gray fabric, tufted sofa. Gray and white patterned throw pillows add some design to the solids and a glass coffee table completes the space.
A round table provides ample seating for larger parties, but keeps the mood intimate with guests in easy conversational reach. The view from the table takes advantage of the home's beautiful forest setting.
Walls of windows surround this outdoor space, too, and so allow the owners to appreciate views of the courtyard from almost every room. With landscape lights right in the water, the pond becomes an especially stunning focal point.
A small island with a butcher-block top grounds this cottage kitchen. The table under the window, surrounded by a built-in banquette, offers seating and more work area. Milk glass pendants, gold curtains and a brass colander add warmth to the design.
Soft tones define the style for this contemporary foyer. Large windows flanking the door bring a lovely light to the space. The lively pops of blue and pink update the traditional motif fabrics and keep the space young and fresh.
The raised ledge creates an in-ground design for the bathtub. A polished stone ledge surrounds the tub with walnut panels covering the step. The tub is tucked into the large bay window space leaving plenty of open floor space. Natural linen roman shades are motorized for easy operation and enjoyment of the ocean view.
A triptych of arched glass windows surround wrap-around window seating in a neutral transitional dining room. A hammered copper breakfast tabletop is an elegant touch while a mix of funky patterned pillows add a fun splash of color.
Windows surrounding two sides of the room and additional windows up high flood this contemporary home office with natural light. The windows also open to usher in fresh sea air. This waterfront home in Newport Beach, California, features white-painted, airy rooms and a contemporary design with Cape Cod-inspired details.