This hilltop home and garden in Bel Air boldly pairs modern design with sustainable practices. As guests move from the courtyard to back of the house, they'll find various grasses, sculptural succulents and a grove of Eucalyptus trees -- all of which require little water and maintenance. Sansevieria plants introduce this idea in the clean, contemporary courtyard.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
The most effective way to use any outdoor area maximally is with perimeter seating. Here, a modular sectional sofa is configured to conform to a corner of this welcoming courtyard, putting every square inch of the area to use. For optional flexibility, consider sectional sofas without arms since the armless modules can also be added to elongate a straight-lined sofa.
Ranch Style Home With White Stucco Exterior and Gated Entrance
This ranch style home features a white stucco exterior paired with brown wooden shutters. Tropical plants trim the walkway, which leads to a brown gate trimmed in black metal. Just beyond the gate is the front door.
A lushly landscaped courtyard features an arched gate the mimics the arched windows and doors used throughout the home. The Spanish-style house in Austin uses reclaimed woods and custom finishes for a home that's custom-tailored to its owners' tastes.
This exceptional Georgian estate in Bel-Air, Calif., was built in 1929 by architect Paul Williams and recently underwent a complete restoration. The compound includes an oversized guest house, inviting pool house and enormous car collector's garage.
This outdoor living space has every amenity you can imagine. A luxurious pool with sleek lounge chairs to relax, and outdoor kitchen and dining area and an outdoor seating area warmed by an open fireplace.
It’s easy to see the appeal of Scandinavian design. Helga Jonsdottir’s home, located in the heart of Reykjavik is a classic example of this wildly popular trend. An aesthetic that hails from the Nordic regions of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, this style is all about functional minimalism, but it’s not so stripped down that interiors feel cold and uninviting. They’re balanced with a bit of warmth, too and the Swedish call this lagom, meaning “just right”.
White columns wrapped at the bases with stone and soft-blue siding come together beautifully on the exterior of this coastal-inspired home. Walkway landscaping and a covered entryway with traditional white columns create inviting curb appeal.