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...

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...

Looking for a new idea for a tired fireplace? These fabulous fireplaces look gorgeous, warm toes, and transform each space with style and character.     A dramatic marble fireplace surround anchors the light-filled great room, which looks outside through expansive windows. Hintgen designed twin chaise lounges, made by Van Peursem and covered with Holly Hunt leather, and paired them with a coffee table by Century Furniture. (Photography: Emily Minton Redfield).     In this open concept home designed by Soler Architecture and Design, a modern two-way fireplace is given a reflective façade, thanks to metallic bricks that reflect the abundant natural light in the space.     The...

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...

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...

Let's drift away to Corona del Mar on Newport Beach with one of our favorite designers, Rachel Horn. For her glorious Bahia Serena project, Rachel worked with award-winning architect, Brion S. Jeannette, on every detail of the interior, exterior and garden of this stunning 17,000 sq ft home on the coast of Southern California.     The Contemporary Mediterranean design is equally influenced by California Mission and Spanish Hacienda styles. Horn and her team participated in the design from inception and chose all of the hard finishes for the home. Rachel designed much of the furnishings and decor, most of which was custom...

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...

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,...

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...

As more of us have the opportunity to work from home, the need for designing an efficient and supportive workspace in the home is necessary for success. A well-designed plan can offer you a comfortable, productive, and rewarding place to work. Here are some key elements to consider when planning for a home office. Location Do you require a quiet and secluded room to do your best work? Perhaps a spare bedroom, away from the main living areas, will suit you. Do you need to keep an eye on kids while working? If so, you can set up your office in a...

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....

Justin M. Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency in Portland, Seattle and Palm Springs, shares some simple home staging secrets homeowners can take a cue from. 1. Avoid buying colored furniture. Red, sofas go out of style faster than bell bottom jeans. The same goes for any other color of the rainbow. Whereas neutral sofas like gray or white can stay in style for years to come. If you must have red in your living room, buy red throw pillows and blankets instead. 2. Choose "warm white" light bulbs (2700-3000K). These more closely mimic incandescent lighting. “Daylight" which is 5000K mimics the...

Austin may be a landlocked city, but that doesn’t stop residents from finding ways to enjoy the water. Jennifer Fisher, Principal Designer and Owner of J.Fisher Interiors, has renovated the perfect modern lake house getaway right outside of Austin. Away from the hustle and bustle, this luxe minimalist retreat offers lots of year-long fun in comfort and style. The home is decked out with gorgeous slabs of imported Italian marble in the kitchen and baths, complete with waterfall edges. This dog-friendly paradise keeps a muted color palette, accented with pops of blue. With wide glass panel doors, the interior design is...

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...

GOGO design group was hired by a lovely couple from Lake Forest, Illinois to create their new lake home in Arden Hills, Minnesota. The house is perched on the banks of Lake Josephine, one of Minnesota’s many majestic Lakes. Their goal was to transform an older home into a soulful waterfront retreat, located near their children and grandchildren. The original home was built 20 years ago and needed some serious design and construction TLC. Together with Minneapolis’ Greg Eibensteiner, and my passionate team of Chicagoland resources plus a talented new group of Minnesota vendors and suppliers, we worked miracles around...

We have fallen head over heels in love with this lakefront property from award-winning architect Donlyn Lyndon and custom built by Renaissance Builders. The breathtaking views on this property are only matched by its interesting interiors: eclectic, bold and complex. Get inspired for your next escape to the lake with this Austin stunner. While bright primaries adorn unexpected corners, concrete and sleek finishes cleanse the palate. Sometimes industrial, sometimes mid-century modern and sometimes transparent, the house exudes undeniable character. Its wide open spaces are a reflection of the properties exuberance, while its mix of spaces reflects Austin’s unique aesthetic. The property is...

One of Austin's hottest places to get a facelift is now getting its own dose of beautification, with the design of their newest location. Westlake Dermatology's location in Marble Falls was a ground-up design project strengthened by a collaborative process directly with the clients and the brilliant minds of Matt Fajkus Architecture. Situated along a major Texas highway to the east and overlooking gentle hills to the west, the new medical building is intentionally subtle, minimizing the visual presence of the new construction. The nuanced concrete and glass shell merges with the designed landscape architecture, enveloping the comfortable, bright, and open...

There is a house, and then, there is your home. A big difference spans between the two. Your home is the place where you feel comfortable and complete. Turning a house into a home is the process through which a mix of personal elements should come together to create a refuge. Your home reflects who you are and provides a daily springboard for you to venture out into the world with clarity and enthusiasm. When life wears you down or serves up an unexpected hard knock, your home is the place of refuge and solace to return to for grounding and...

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,...

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...