Sleek and serene, this modern dwelling by Klopf Architecture exudes cool and collected charm, while infusing unexpected warmth. Klopf Architecture completely remodeled this once dark Eichler house in Palo Alto creating a more open, bright and functional family home. The reconfigured great room with new full height windows and sliding glass doors blends the indoors with the newly landscaped patio and seating areas outside.   The former galley kitchen was relocated and was opened up to have clear sight lines through the great room and out to the patios and yard, including a large island and a beautiful walnut bar countertop...

From outdoor adventures to ultra-chic lodging, here are some the best hotels to stay across the country as recommended by EV editors.     The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga   Set on 30,000 acres amid the unspoiled Sierra Madre range, this western resort executes the luxury dude ranch concept with impeccable skill: think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and chocolate leather couches. Guest rooms range from well-appointed spaces in the main Trailhead Lodge to elegant cabin suites, and large, super-secluded cabin rentals, each with décor...

Our editors were blown away by the sophistication and charm of this Naples vacation home, envisioned by Chicago-based designer Summer Thornton. This home in Naples Florida was a ground-up build where the designer was brought in to oversee interior architecture and interior design choosing finishes as well as furnishings & decor throughout. The designer describes having found inspiration in a sense of pure escape. "When you spend most of the year in the midwest, you know the winters are tough, but the over-the-top tropical look just wasn't right because she really loves a more refined and elegant look."     For a fresh approach, she incorporated a...

Designed and remoled by GCDD Group, the house was transformed from a run-down minimal traditional home into a funky 21st century, design-forward city home. Rehabs usually represent bigger challenges than new construction, and this project wasn’t the exception. When first approaching this project, Andres Galindo and his team knew that they were dealing with an old and poorly built structure with almost no architectural value. For most professionals in the field this house would have been a no-brainer teardown, but for this team, it was a unique opportunity to challenge their capacity to incorporate high-end and sustainable standards into an...

Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we...

At EV we just love this international project, where new life was infused to this old structure, for a modern, minimalist feel. Instead of opting for the Scandinavian minimalism of many contemporary renovations, Stockholm-based design house Note Design Studio chose to use shades of yellow, green and pink when transforming this old office into a home. Over a century old, the 2100+ sq ft property was previously the head office of a fashion brand. The clients asked Stockholm-based design collective Note Design Studio to transform it into a family home that maintained its "19th-century splendor".   The designers' response was...

For an active family with two young boys, this custom, Hill Country home with a contemporary feel marries interior with exterior, to create an ideal environment for family time, recreation and entertaining guests. A true collaboration between Austin-based architecture firm, Vanguard Studio, and interior design firm, Laura Britt Design, this home delivers in both form and function. When it came to the exterior of the home, the clients loved the warmth of wood, stone, and ironwork, as well as the old feel of a barrel tile roof. However, they also wanted the home to tie into the Texas farmhouse vernacular of...

Klopf Architecture and Jesse Ososki Art remodeled an existing Eichler atrium home into a brighter, more open, and more functional version of its original self. The 2,121 sq ft property features 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, located in the heart of Silicon Valley.     The design goals were to preserve the Eichler look and feel without the need to strictly adhere to it. The scope of work included re-configuring the master bedroom/bath, the kitchen, and the hall bath/laundry area, as well as updating interior finishes throughout to be more sophisticated.   The owners are detail-oriented and were very involved in the design process, down to...

  EV travels to stylish Chicago, where Scrafano Architects have revitalized a gorgeous family space with a simple and sleek design that perfectly combines their wishlist for space, with beautiful natural elements. According to the talented architecture team, the Steinbergs raised their kids in this lovely Chicago North Shore tudor home, and were ready to update the 1980s kitchen to bring more light and space into the residence. With several grandchildren, having comfortable space for the entire family to gather often was the top priority.     The architecture team worked very closely with the client on the design of each element to create a large, welcoming and light-filled kosher kitchen where she now...

In late 2015, Clark | Richardson Architects was engaged to design a 2-bedroom, 2-bath main residence and detached guest house located in the North Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin, Texas designed for a client couple living on-site in an existing dwelling. A modern approach, that remained respectful of the existing neighborhood fabric, was paramount at all stages of the project. Residents Brian and Jessica desired a home that would be welcoming and obliging to their frequent visitors. Their North Hyde Park Residence was conceived as a transition node between the exterior and interior realms. A generous covered front porch, extending as...

Kohn Gallery in LA invites us to witness the solo exhibition of new paintings by Mark Innerst, consisting of up to 28 new works, all of which continue the artist’s conceptual investigation into thematic genres of traditional painting. Innerst broke onto the New York art scene in the early 1980s with exquisitely executed small-scale paintings with hand-made frames, and his works were considered part of the Pictures Generation of artists who employed widely varied images as source material culled from the expanding media of the pre-digital age. In fact, Innerst worked in the studio of Robert Longo, one of the preeminent...

Our editors are entranced by the texture and colors of the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. The lavish luxury lodge hosts 128-rooms on Recreation Pier, in the vibrant waterfront community of Fell’s Point and overlooks Baltimore’s Harbor. Opened in March 2017, the hotel quickly became one of the leading names in hospitality design worldwide.   Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is the second property from Pendry Hotels, a luxury hospitality brand from Montage International. In collaboration with Sagamore Development Company, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore features interiors by Patrick Sutton Interior Design.   Patrick Sutton and his team were tasked to tell the story of Baltimore through exploration. The authenticity of...

We have our heads in the clouds with this amazing residential project by Malcolm Davis Architecture. When a cute San Francisco family found it was time to spread out from their 1,600 sq ft home, the need for additional storage and decluttering became pressing. Their desire for a cleaner, more organized space led to their search for local architects to help expand their home, implementing a seamless floorplan to accommodate their growing family. It was architect Malcolm Davis of who caught their eye as they pored over portfolios. Davis, therefore, pulled together two plans—one was modest in scope, but still gave the couple more space,...

In our constant search for beauty and rich expression, this year we came across the work of a great artist and his vibrant, large-scale works, and he’s definitely put a spell on us. FR Bonnin, who lives and works out of his studio in Ponce, Puerto Rico, has set a high bar for local artists and is definitely ready to make an even bigger mark this summer.  After a huge success at his first solo exhibition last year, FR Bonnin has catapulted into the homes and venues of collectors and businesses across the Island and now makes his debut in...

Rolling topography, open fields, and woodlands comprise a 24-acre site in Rappahannock County, Virginia where this new house by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect is located. Extensive site investigation, including erecting scaffolding at various locations, resulted in the placement of the house high on one of the hills, overlooking a meadow at the base of woodlands. The house is organized as a series of volumes, arranged linearly and positioned to optimize distant views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The structure itself becomes a threshold and defines a more intimate, manicured outdoor environment between the house and the edge of the forest. The...

GOGO Design Group recently shared an amazing experience with a Northbrook, Illinois client who dreamed of creating her own personal Spa Retreat. After sharing her inspiration photos featuring monochromatic, contemporary interiors punctuated by subtle rustic elements, we defined her Spa Bath Vision as Rustic Contemporary, a design style that blended perfectly with the rest of her exquisitely tranquil home. This vision served as our guiding light throughout the design process, built upon the strategy to combine unique reclaimed rustic elements with contemporary plumbing fixtures and vanities along with large-scale limestone tile. Our mission was to create a light and airy space that evoked serenity and harmony....

Laura Rathe Fine Art announces the exhibition Bending The Lines, featuring new works by Gil Bruvel with an opening reception on March 21st 5-8 PM at 1700 Post Oak Blvd. Gil Bruvel subtly encompasses different concepts, primarily expressing a sublime, mundane subject—Nature. Yet, Bruvel’s technical skills and knowledge of colors reveal the magic that lies in the ordinary.   Light, airy, and silently captivating, these entirely abstract works, bring the subject matter back into a lighthearted innocence. Wood. Natural. Simple. Returning to the more traditional mediums of craftsmanship, Gil Bruvel honors this utilitarian material by transforming it into abstract geometric sculptures. Previously focusing on...

The “Black Magic” project by Rowland+Broughton is a carefully sited, modern gem with singular use of materials. Nestled in the woods with views of rock outcroppings to the east, the home features black metal corrugated skin, making a bold statement against surrounding mountainside. The home is private with large sliding patio doors opening on to a southern deck with inside and outside livability. By creating a clean interior palette the outdoor elements become center stage. The upper level is an open living floor plan with large expansive glass walls exuding penthouse living in a mountain oasis. Construction of a new single-family residence...

GOGO design group recently transformed a home for a wonderful couple who live in a Chicago North Shore suburb. During the first meeting, the client described the home as functional, but for many years there were many elements that she didn’t like, such as the black and gray color scheme and the lack of warmth. Also, her design style evolved to more traditional rather than the original contemporary home she was living in. Before the studio began their work, the home’s color scheme was black, gray and white, void of any additional color, outside of some lovely glass accessories, a painting and...

Sky Crown Terraces are two identical and adjacent houses designed and built by Bercy Chen Studio in Austin, Texas. The monolithic form, courtyards, and habitable flat roofs evoke the vernacular of the American Southwest interpreted by Modernism. Inspired by the sculpture of Michael Heizer, Eduardo Chillida, and Jorge Yazpik, the strategy of volumetric subtraction enhances the materiality of the basic conception of the houses as stucco boxes crowned by steel panels. The consequentiality of the vernacular together with the elegance of orthogonal abstraction clad in nakedly simple materials do nothing to distract from the peculiar delights of the understated landscape...

Building an indoor tropical rainforest requires special architectural consideration. How does one design a man­made tree that can sustain wildlife? How can that tree be housed within a larger structure? What systems and materials can provide and withstand the constant high temperatures and humidity required by tropical plant life? Canadian architects Brad McTavish and Clive Grout of Grout McTavish encountered these challenges, amongst a plethora of others, as they designed The Green Planet, a living indoor rainforest and educational attraction in Dubai.   Encased within a 98' origami­like glass cube, The Green Planet is comprised of four floors (plus two below­grade spaces) that encircle...

The relocation of designers Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu to Hong Kong has produced a marvelous vision of colors, shine and modern flare. This now uber-fabulous apartment had been in Lim's family for years, but the closed-off space called for new life. The couple, who are founders of the namesake firm Lim+Lu— used the opportunity to leave their own mark on the property. They made beautiful architectural changes to the apartment, with an aim to make the space flexible and full of natural light. Aside from adding vibrant color, they replaced the walls that closed off the rooms with glass-and-steel sliding doors. The...

Pink is on the rise, not only on the boards of rose-crazed art directors in fashion and design, but apparently also at the bar. Fueling the blush dreams of many Instagram artists, Rosé has taken off in the United States over the past several years. Nielsen reports that higher-priced rosés are experiencing double-digit growth, a spike rosé experts attribute to producers focusing more on the quality of the product than they have in the past. Exports from the Provence region of France are up a staggering 4,852% from 2001. Alcohol producers have clearly taken notice and thus pink liquor is making...

The clichéd masculine room is usually either a dark, messy man cave with sports posters and an ancient, ripped-up leather couch; or a stale, minimalist and ultramodern space with chrome fixtures and bare windows that speaks more 'gallery' than actual living quarters. It’s time to break out of those tired notions and embrace the sophistication and versatility that intrinsically masculine design elements can offer to any space. A well-designed masculine room can be classy, strong, understated and warm, while effectively conveying the personality of its occupant. Shape and weight are two of the key factors in determining whether an item looks...

This modern ranch redo in Alamo Heights, Texas respects and embraces the land and the beauty of its surroundings. Architect Craig McMahon brought nature and light in thru well-placed windows and the use of materials including beautifully grained wood floors, counters mimicking stone and wall treatments with a modern take on traditional Texas limestone. The 3600sf, 5 bedroom/4 bath home was designed for clients enamored with mid-century modern architecture. The original 2,200sf home included the typical cut-up floor plan and low ceilings found in many Ranch style homes of the area. The new owners wanted a modern home, but one...

In 1983, Dallas commercial architects Foster+Meier built a custom home for the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach, Tom Landry, in the exclusive “The Hills” neighborhood in Lakeway, Texas. The home was situated on the 18th hole of The Hills Golf Course so that Landry could watch friends and colleagues finish their golf games. In March 2013, new owners found mold had infiltrated the Master Suite and Bath through the flat rooftop patio above. Multiple contractors were ready to rebuild, except the homeowners had differing concepts of how to finish out the space. Time was ticking to keep a continuous workflow. Chris Browarski,...

Vancouver is one of the awesome cities where work takes us, and it's as quaint and hip as can be. On this occasion, we take you on a short virtual trip to one of our favorite eateries: L'Abattoir. This unsophisticated eatery exudes unequivocal character and a curated mix of flavors. L'Abattoir adds to Gastown’s bustling brunch scene with a menu mixing comforting staples with hearty, unique entrees. Thirsty brunchers can sip on creative cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic options such as fresh-pressed juices and tasty virgin cocktails. L’Abattoir is located in the center of Gastown between historic Gaoler’s Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant...

As long as you've got a blank wall or a bare fence that needs beautifying, you can tend edibles, annuals, even perennials and transform any space. One of our favorite vertical garden trends is the use of greenery in small living space. Bringing live plants into reduced, modern apartments has been a staple across many european metropoles. Our featured project is an apartment designed by SVOYA Studio in Ukraine, a firm that is well known for their signature merging of urban nature. The modern look of this living space is beautifully enhanced by floor-to-ceiling greenery. Bright ferns and rich woods are gorgeously...

Constructed in less than two years from scratch, the House On The Corner displays LaRue Architects’ ability to quickly create large yet non-overpowering modern homes on challenging inclines. Built on a slopey leftover lot located in a 1980’s subdivision, the goal of this project was to develop a clean-cut house with a really nice outdoor space for a family. The end result is modern, sophisticated and fun. For this project, the client, “wanted mostly one story and an open plan for a family home,” said LaRue. The focus was on constructing the house inwards to the pool and the outside areas...

What exactly does it mean to creatively thrive, anyhow? I’d like to say it’s as simple as just having adequate time and imagination to devote to your most recent Lego masterpiece (if you’ve deemed yourself too “grown up” for Legos, then I can’t help you), but there are several different aspects that affect the ability to reach that coveted pinnacle. Creativity, if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with it, seeps through your pores and spills out into the world, in one form or another, be it in the way you accessorize, the ideas you come up with for your...