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Now, this is the kind of news we love... House Beautiful announces America's favorite color (according to their survey). The hue winner is BLUE and we're loving it!
1. Retro Turquoise Metal 9 1/2" Round Wall Clock 2. Swag Style Blue Ikat Giclee Chandelier 3. LBL Miyu Classic Steel Blue Pendant Light 4. Linen Shade Blue Oscar Table LampCopy 5. Clear Glass Nesting Tables 6. Zuo Baby S Blue Kids Chairs
Image: Art Ruby
Yes, stairs can get you from one level to the next, but that's not all the modern stairway design can do! They can be more like sculptural works of art when architects think outside the box, which can make going from one level to the next so much more fun! Whether you choose wood (above), steel, concrete, or glass creating an innovative and beautiful stairway design will make a huge impact in any modern home.
This modern steel staircase (above) gives the appearance of walking through a black box that floats just above the room. And just look at how beautifully the bold black contrasts against the natural materials, but still feels very light and airy. If you don't want to add a stairway or change your current one, black accent furniture can create that visual pop in a space.
Poured concrete stairs mixed with solid block treads create a very organic feel for a modern home (above). This is a great idea for a modern home where the stairs become shelves used to display books and modern home decor. When you think about the alternative for this creative stairway design, there's not much. The architect could have built a wall and made a closet underneath or had an odd area under the stairs... nah. This is a much better option!
A glass staircase does an amazing job of not obstructing the view in this gorgeous outdoor setting (above). The greenery shines through the glass as you view the garden below. This might be a little scary for some, but is stunning nonetheless!
When you think outside the box magic happens!
Images: Amanda-Rae, Tamizo Architects, CastroFerro, The Art of Youthful Revolutions
One of the most sought after locations to live is along the picturesque Pacific Coast of Southern California. Residences on either side of the Los Angeles Pacific Coast Highway easily qualify as "dream" homes and feature award winning architecture. The interiors deserve just as much praise, designed full of chic furnishings and beautiful accessories by talented designers. Let's take a look at just a few of these smart and sophisticated structures overlooking the Pacific.
The Blair Home (above), designed by Architect Bruce Bolander, sits on top of the Malibu hills with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Concrete and steel are the ideal building materials for this contemporary structure, while minimal furnishings keeps the space cool and open.
Some of these swanky coastal homes don't sit on the edge of a cliff, yet still offer a bit of paradise. Malibu West tract homes provide the ideal mid-century modern dwelling for a more understated way of life in this luxurious neighborhood. According to the L.A. Times article, the 200 structures were designed in both traditional and contemporary styles to give the buyer an option, but architects Nisan Matlin and Eugene Dvoretzky favored their contemporary designs. They referred to the open space plans as Post and Beam construction.
The exterior architecture is not the only eye-catching element of these beautiful PCH homes. This modern living room overlooking the Pacific provides a chic yet comfortable retreat for its celebrity owner. The modern floor lamp will clearly only need to be used during the evening hours because there is no shortage of natural light here.
It's hard not to get distracted while driving along the PCH with amazing sites on both sides of the highway. So, next time you are in the area, park your car and take a nice bike ride around this amazing neighborhood that stretches for several miles. There will be no shortage of striking architecture and you will undoubtedly set your dreams in motion.
Images: Homedit, L.A. Times, Jabuhu, Cardilas
Designer Steve Lazar entered the world of residential design as he believes anyone should - as a ditch digger - learning and perfecting the many facets of home building, including the marriage between designing and building. He now runs the successful Lazar design/build firm which focuses on innovation and artful living in Southern California.
Growing up near the ocean, and as an avid surfer and craftsman, Steve Lazar has always been inspired by coastal architecture. His latest home, The Lifeguard Tower, captures the nostalgia of the iconic lifeguard stands with a whimsical nod to contemporary California beach living. The home relies on an influx of natural light during the day and strategically placed track and spotlighting at night to highlight the impressive architectural detailing. Three trapezoidal structures, one atop the other, picturesque "look-out" points with panoramic ocean views, and clever subterranean parking make this inspiring residence an instant icon among the many incredible Pacific Coast homes.
Euro Style Home: Tell us about your inspiration for The Lifeguard Tower residence and how you were able to bring your ideas to life.
Steve Lazar: I was raised on the East Coast and always had an image in my mind of that East Coast style lifeguard tower. After I stumbled onto my career choice, I sketched many renditions of the image and the design constantly changed. Once this plot of dirt became available in Hermosa Beach, it was an easy choice because of the corner lot and grade change.
Euro Style Home: Which element of this eclectic design is your favorite?
Steve Lazar: My favorite element of the house among many has to be the vertical glass transition that connects the weathered barnwood building to the contemporary front of the house. That particlular element was also the most difficult to not only conceptualize, but also to fabricate. Constant hands on engagement, from framing to finish, was necessary to fulfill that feature.
Euro Style Home: When designing a themed house, often times the finished product can become tacky and overstated. What advice do you have for other designers to keep these homes fresh and inspiring like the Lifeguard Tower?
Steve Lazar: I am a firm believer in "less is more," clean lines, and repetition, all coupled with function. Again, constant hands-on engagement was vital to strike a balance for this and all of my creations.
Euro Style Home: What do you love most about designing in a contemporary style?
Steve Lazar: What I find most fulfilling, and at the same time challenging, with contemporary design is balancing how much to do and still manage to maintain something that will be a timeless classic.
Euro Style Home: Of all the homes you have designed, which is your absolute favorite?
Steve Lazar: Each and every project that I do, no matter how big or how small, always is my favorite project.
Images: Lazar design/build
When building a modern home in Manhattan Beach, Michael Lee Architects are the ones to make your vision a reality. They did just that for the Kim Family as they maximized the square footage on this small corner lot and captured views from every angle imaginable! This 4-story home opens up on every level to let the fresh air and the light penetrate through creating a treehouse-like effect. The windows on the top level pocket into the walls on all sides which allows the home to be completely open to the ocean air while the glass railing makes you to feel like you're floating out into the ocean.
See Materials, a West Hollywood showrom and interior design firm, designed the interior and provided all the finish materials for this amazing residence. The fireplace wall is a main feature on the upper level and See Materials was sure to address the feature wall like it was a work of art. The floating Caesarstone base suspends across the room and acts as a platform for the remaining elements on this wall. The walnut components storage from Pianca hides all of the entertainment components in a clean and elegant manner. The tall white laquer units frame the television while keeping the lines sleek and clean without compromising on storage. I'd love to relax in this simple and elegant space where the fireplace and the stars sparkle together!
This gorgeous "Mood" Kitchen, from Scavolini, in a gunmetal gray matte laquer combined with the white glossy laquer flows into this open plan with ease. Furniture-like in its aesthetic and chef-like in it's function, the kitchen becomes a primary feature of the house. Sharing an upper level with the living room, this is by far the most used room of the house. The porcelain tiles look and feel like concrete, but the radiant heating provides the warmth, coziness, and practicality this home needs. The Kim's love Mid-Century furniture so this Saarinen table, chairs and the bubble lamp are the perfect pieces to soften up these clean modern lines. The Kim's debated on whether or not to add bold color in this room through the use of chairs. If they had gone this route these S Chairs in red could've been a great addition!
When these beautiful sliding walnut doors open, the ocean view awaits. You can sit and soak in this undermount tub and look at the stars reflecting off the water! Porcelain tiles resembling a vein-cut marble, a solid color Italian porcelain floor, and the natural walnut combine perfectly to create a spa-like feel in this open master bathroom. You can't go wrong with the clean lines and soft edges of these modern Italian bathroom vanities.
Float down these stairs...
...and let this natural stone lead you from the indoors, out. Layers of natural walnut, concrete, stone, and laquer combine throughout this interior to make this modern coastal living masterpiece feel warm and organic.
Hope you've had a great tour of the Kim's Modern Manhattan Beach Residence. A vacation awaits as you step outside this door. This is coastal living at its best!
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