No expense was spared with the building of this 15,000-square-foot luxury estate in Corona, California. The architecture and interior design are fashioned in the French and Italian traditions of European aristocracy. The foyer of the home extends into a central isle with dome glass ceiling. Its grandness is reminiscent of St. Peter’s Basilica. Ionic capital columns support the arched hallways, and marble flooring, crown moulding and baseboards provide an air of opulence and old world elegance. The landscaping of the property has the ambiance of a Tuscan estate with its mature olive trees. The estate has magnificent views of the Santa Ana Mountains and city lights. A 17,000-square-foot swimming pool and party pavilion along with a cinema and ballroom offer grand scale entertaining and living.
Nestled in the hills of Mill Valley, California, the Hillside House is a LEED Plantinum certified home with high sustainability designed by SB Architects. Built on a steep hillside site, the modern red cedar house has a vertical design with multi-level living spaces that reduces its footprint. Views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline can be enjoyed from the numerous balconies and outdoor terraces.
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.