Houzz Tour: Beauty Is Restored to a 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival Home (19 photos)

Photo by Eric Foote

The house enjoys views of the city of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands, as seen through the picture window on the left. To the right are the entry door and picture window we saw on the front facade of the house. To the left is the opening to the dining room. Collins left open a clear path behind the sofa from the front door through to the dining room, which keeps an easy flow in the small house.

When it comes to paint, Collins says, “In small houses I try to keep it simple.” He chose Cottage White by Dunn-Edwards throughout most of the house. “It is a warm white that works well when you are trying to create a sense of age in a home,” he says.

Also adding age are vintage touches in keeping with the period and style of the home. There’s a California seascape by Dedrick Stuber over the mantel, an antique stick wicker coffee table and an old sugar cane mill supporting a fern. The sofa is vintage; Collins had it re-covered in a Colefax and Fowler cut velvet.

Paint: Cottage White, Dunn-Edwards; coffee table: Corner House Antiques

Carrying patterns and colours across living spaces

How do you tie rooms in a living space together, without appearing kitsch or too-perfectly-matching? This apartment by Lugerin Igor of Lugerin Architects shows how a few well-thought-out design themes can lend balance and harmony to your room transitions. Interestingly-placed pieces, unusual materials in muted hues and stand-out details in each room lend your apartment the vogue of one in a magazine, without revealing the work behind the scenes. Undertone patterns and common background colours add a finishing touch, letting bolder colours take centre stage and contrasts take effect.

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Houzz Tour: Kitchen Opens Up to Let the Outdoors In (26 photos)

This den seating area, with sectional sofa, TV and fireplace, is part of the great room. The couple really liked the open shelving in the kitchen, so Yama repeated the design on a larger scale here. The homeowners replaced a wood-burning fireplace with this rectangular gas fireplace. On the right side of this picture, a hallway leads to the front of the house.

My Houzz: A Netherlands Home Opens Up (24 photos)

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Willem Vierdag and Anique Mangnus; their four children, Inez, 18, Pieter, 16, Anna, 15, and Myrte, 13; their chocolate Labrador retriever, Bear; and their golden retriever, Raleigh
Location: Arnhem, Netherlands
Size: 2,153 square feet (200 square meters); five bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms
Year built: 2014

The couple, who own LBL, a content marketing company in Arnhem’s city center, hired architect Suzanne Nagtegaal to help them update their home. Together, they rebuilt the house to add an extra 3 feet in ceiling height and open it up to the scenery.

“We like our updated house better because it is more connected with its surroundings,” Mangnus says. The remodeled home also features an updated interior and solar panels to make it more energy efficient.

A Modern Take On Soviet Minimalism In 3 Stylish Apartments

Iya Turabelidze of interior design company Concretica describes the styles depicted here as Soviet Minimalism. While many Westerners might be more familiar with the bold patterned wallpaper, ornamental rugs, and eclectic curio that decorated early Soviet era apartments, these homes represent a more streamlined approach that rose to prominence in the 60s when minimal modernism became the defining aesthetic of the USSR. These homes even take stylistic influence from pre-Soviet artistic movements like Constructivism and its adversary Suprematism. Art historians might find these spaces especially interesting.

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World of Design: A Tokyo Exhibit Experiments With the Future of ‘Home’ (19 photos)

2. Deliveries From Outside to Inside
“House With Refrigerator Access From Outside” by Fumie Shibata with Yamato Holdings

A home is a platform that supports our daily lives as we manage people, information, things and everything else in a volume and at a pace greater than ever before, a development that is making intelligent logistics — the integration of information technology and product distribution — increasingly important. In Japan, there are now more express-home-delivery distribution centers than post offices, so for modern home living here, the most important distribution system would have to be home package delivery.

House With Refrigerator Access From Outside is a collaboration between Yamato Holdings, Japan’s largest package-delivery company, and renowned product designer Fumie Shibata. Besides doors that allow people to go in and out, there is one more door linking the inside of the home to outside. This extra door not only receives packages when no one is home, but it also allows the delivery person to deliver perishable foods, cleaning products, medicine and the like from the outside, and allows the recipient to receive them while inside. It also has a refrigerated box for deliveries of refrigerated foods so that they can be taken from the box from inside the home whenever it is convenient.

Security and box controls are consolidated in a control panel. In addition, integrating these controls with the Internet of Things will make it possible to develop new features, such as automatic ordering and replenishing of essential refrigerated goods whenever they run out. In short, the system is one way of exploiting advanced technology to make the flow of things in the homes of the future more convenient and efficient.

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Tasteful Indoor Garden Inspiration In Two Open Layout Homes

Are you looking for houseplant inspiration that really stands out from the rest? These interior gardens just might inspire you to think even bigger. This pair of lovely modern homes uses indoor garden installations to draw the eye from anywhere in the room, a useful feature considering the scale of their spacious open layout interiors. Each home takes a different approach – the first features a freestanding bamboo garden, and the second adorns the wall with a vibrant vertical garden. Both techniques are easy to tweak to suit your needs, given a little DIY experience and a skilled green thumb.

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Houzz Tour: Redo Stays True to a California Home’s Ranch Roots (12 photos)

Photos by Joe Schmelzer

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Andrea and Steve Lurie and their two college-aged kids
Location: Los Angeles
Size: 4,000 square feet; four bedrooms, five bathrooms, plus a pool house
Designer: Mark J. Williams

Homeowners Andrea and Steve Lurie aimed to keep the living room, which is used for entertaining, simple and old-world but with a new, modern twist. The room is intentionally well-edited. Marlborough chairs by Alton House feature rolled arms and back and are the perfect spot to perch near a roaring fire.

The gorgeous oversized stone hearth is original — down to the andiron hardware on the door of the firewood cubby on the left. Four antique botanical prints adorn the mantel. “We wanted to keep the fireplace in its original state yet apply it to today’s living,” designer Mark J. Williams says.

My Houzz: Creative Elegance for a Coastal Maine Home (28 photos)

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Kevin Neal and Laura Foster-Neal; daughters Celina, 19, and Kersey, 17; cat Aristotle and rescue puppy Kasper
Location: Cape Neddick, Maine
Size: 2,103 square feet (195 square meters); three bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms

Each member of the family is passionate about art, and they have worked to make their home reflect that. Artworks by family members and local artists fill the walls, and colorful accents abound throughout the interior.

It was also important that the lighting serve as a design element. “Winters can feel long without the natural light pouring in, and the orientation of the windows and doors is a big part of what makes this house great,” Laura says.

The large kitchen is positioned on the corner of the house, and open to the rest of the main dining and living space.

Cabinet paint:
Extra White, Sherwin-Williams; light fixtures: Progress Lighting; builder: Patco Construction

Bold Decor In Small Spaces: 3 Homes Under 50 Square Meters

One of the safest ways to decorate a small space is to simplify everything – subtle patterns, light colors, limited decor, clean lines, etc. These techniques can indeed make a room appear larger and less cluttered, but guidelines like these might seem a little restrictive to all but the most dedicated minimalists. But there’s good news too! The three homes outlined in this post definitely fall on the smaller side (ranging between 30 to 50 square meters) but their bold decor themes feel larger than life. In fact, they break all those stodgy rules and end up even better for it.

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