Located in in the coastal mountains of Northern California, Innermost House is a very small house built by Diana Lorence and her husband. This tiny house is about twelve square feet with five distinct rooms. The living room is eleven feet by seven feet. The kitchen, study and bathroom are five feet by three feet each. A sleeping loft above is accessible by a wooden ladder. The porch provides a shelter for the front door and a place to relax in the open outdoor space. This amazingly small house makes possible a simple life of reflection and high conversation.
This modern home located in Sausalito, California in the San Francisco Bay Area is situated on a steep slope with panoramic views of Richardson Bay. The house has a simple and unassuming front façade, but once inside the house, light and expansive windows open the interior to the grand environment outside. The home also features a rainwater harvesting system, and along with its use of a combination of light and dark woods, the zen-like simplicity makes for responsible living in a neighbourhood with history and sensitivity to its environment.
“Life’s too short for an all-beige room” is the motto of design firm Willey Design LLC. This striking residence in Los Angeles, California has a sense of provocative elegance that is enhanced by bold colours and eclectic furnishings. The contemporary interior decor is somewhat offbeat yet luxurious and sophisticated.
Interior designer David Phoenix created an elegant and relaxed atmosphere for this beachfront home in Malibu, California. The combination of American traditional design with an informal luxury of the West Coast provides the house with a timeless appeal.
Drawing influence from Frank Sinatra to the surf culture, this modern beach house in Manhattan Beach, California has a retro interior decor that connects the interior design with the exterior architecture. The casual sophistication of the interior space has a vibrant colour palette that blends with the exterior environment.
The interior design of Viceroy Palm Springs Hotel in California recaptures the Hollywood Regency decor with a refreshing white, black and citrus colour palette. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, this theatrical version of old European aristocratic decor is a stunning display of glamour and glitz. The sophisticated elegance in a relaxed setting provide contemporary luxury under the sun.
El Andaluz is a beautiful luxury condominium complex in Santa Barbara, California designed by architect Jeff Shelton. The mediterranean style architecture with Moroccan influence captures the essence of Santa Barbara living. The open-air courtyard bring light to the centre of the building and create a peaceful setting for its residents.
The Schnabel House in Brentwood, California — built in 1989 and designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry, whose works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao — recently had a major renovation to bring it forward to the 21st century. The new owner wanted to preserve the integrity of Gehry’s original structure and clean lines, but replace old technology with more environmentally friendly and advanced system controlled by iPad. The mission was to take a beautiful piece of art and make it function as a modern home in 2010. The property is actually composed of four buildings which form a “village”, including a domed structure that looks like an observatory tower.