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  • The Malibu Colony: Where Beautiful Design Meets the Pacific


    Coastline in Malibu

    This colorful illustration depicts the most exclusive community in Malibu, California - The Malibu Colony. Centrally located, near shops and restaurants, The Colony is a gated community in Malibu which is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives. It was one of the first areas inhabited after Malibu became open to the public in 1929. Carpenters from Hollywood studios were hired to build cottages for celebrities, like Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper. At that time, this area was called "Malibu Beach Motion Picture Colony." Today, there are about 120 homes within this famous gated community, 80 of which are located right on the beach.

    Designed and built to benefit from breathtaking ocean views, these pricey homes are unique in both their architecture and their interior design. One thing is consistent though, the coastal scenery is like something straight out of the movies.

    Living at the Beach and Living Room Design

    Beautifully designed, this space is accented perfectly to incorporate the seaside color palette. The silver table lamps and blue glass vases bring a little bit of the outdoors in. The clean white furniture and white walls keep the space simple and clean, allowing the magnificent view to take center stage.

    Beach Home and White Furniture

    This super modern home has a low vaulted ceiling that guides your eyes toward the ocean and straight to the large window that practically doubles as artwork. The minimal decor and linear furniture help keep the space open and fresh.

    Mid-Century Modern Design and Beach House

    This Mid-Century Modern style decor pairs perfectly with the architecture and wood-paneled ceiling. Magnificently designed with an entire wall of windows, it's no wonder this resident has plenty of seating in the living room.

    Organic Living Room Design and Beach House

    Perfect for entertaining, this open living room has no shortage of windows. Minimal furniture, including super chic bar stools keep the space simple, allowing the view to be the focal point of this space.

    There's no question, architecture must take into account its surroundings and it seems to be even more important when designing a home in Malibu. Each and every one of these homes has an incredible amount of windows, with most of them taking up the entire wall. What makes these homes so special is that even with such huge open windows, due to the exclusivity of this neighborhood, the homes remain private to those lucky few who are able to wake up each morning and have a cup of coffee while curling their toes in the sand.

    Images: Malibu Complete, Mark Real Estate-Malibu

  • Modern Island Retreat Integrates Seamlessly with Landscape


     Modern Architecture with Canopy and Glass Window Wall

    What isn't there to love about this beautiful island retreat located on the New Zealand Island of Waiheke? This home designed by Fearon Hay Architects with interiors by Penny Hay takes my breath and my words away. New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places in the world, so being able to capture the 360 degree views from your living room is a true luxury. Innovative architecture joins interior and exterior spaces through the use of canopy-like structures tensioned to the surrounding landscape. Although the architecture is rather harsh in its elements, the surrounding landscape becomes completely integrated with the architecture and the interior creating warmth and harmony.

    Sunken Living Room Sofa Fireplace and Ocean View

    The sunken sofa lies low so you don't miss an inch of the view. The lighting remains as flush as can be although  track lights are a must here. This is a great solution for any home that does not have the space for recessed lighting. I'd be cozying on up in this little sunken haven and just enjoying what is!

    Raw Walnut Dining Table with Metal Chairs

    Natural wood elements of the table mix nicely with the low soft leather sofa, metal chairs, and concrete floors creating a seamless flow with the gorgeous surroundings.

    Stainless Steel and Gray Oak Kitchen with Natural Stone Countertop

    Can't you just imagine whipping up an incredible meal in this stunning kitchen.  I'd write my menu and wine list right there on that chalkboard wall and cook up a meal with ease.  What a perfect combination of elements!  I love a decorative light over an island, so if I wanted to get playful I would swap out one of the standard fixtures with this glass monorail pendant.

    Open plan modern master bathroom suite with freestanding steel soaking tub

    Ladder Storage in Bathroom

    Basic necessities and functional elements have been met with solutions as unique as their surroundings. The idea of keeping things out in the open and revealing their true beauty continues into this open bathroom plan.

     Raw wood headboard and natural linens

    I hear someone calling for a side table in this room!  I think this concrete looking Fiberclay Ottoman is the perfect match!

    Architecture and Landscape

    Invite me over to stay...I don't mind bringing a tent and camping in the yard! Our canopy-like structures can meet with open arms!  

    I look forward to more work from Fearon Hay and Penny Hay in 2012!  

    Images: Fearon Hay ArchitectsPenny Hay Interior Architect

  • Abbot Kinney: Where Art & Culture Meet Beach Town


    Venice, California

    Known as the "Coney Island of the Pacific" in the early 1900's, the area we now know as Venice used to be called Ocean Park until Abbot Kinney took charge of city politics and changed the name in 1911. After traveling the world, Kinney settled along the coast of Southern California in 1880 where he eventually set out to create a place grounded in art and culture. When lecturers and performers failed to create a cultural mecca, he decided to focus on the character of the inhabitants of the then "Ocean Park", which were beach-goers and summer vacationers. In 1906 an area was built that patterned itself after the amusement thoroughfares of the great 19th and 20th century expositions. It featured foreign exhibits, amusements, and freak shows.

    Just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, 20 minutes north in Los Angeles, Venice no longer has the amusement pier or freak shows, but there's plenty to keep you entertained along Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Don't be fooled by this laid back beach town. Contemporary style has emerged all over this quaint town, from restaurants to boutiques and even a pet shop. 

    Urbanic products

    Urbanic is a hip little stationary shop with some of the most unique designs you'll find. They also sell accessories, gift wrapping and some of the best design magazines and books. Like many other small businesses in the area they participate in "First Fridays," where local businesses stay open late the first Friday of every month. This is a way for business owners to mingle with the locals and tourists alike, support each other and create a small town feel in the heart one of the largest cities.

    Axe exterior

    Axe interior

    Axe is a beautifully designed contemporary restaurant that also happens to have amazing food. Highly recommended, this ethical eatery nourishes its patrons with healthy food while providing a chic Scandinavian-style interior. The layout is very open with linear furniture and concrete flooring. Round pendant lights add a little warmth to this otherwise modern space.

    Modern Dog exterior

    Modern Dog interior

    If you own dogs, Modern Dog is the place for you. Bright, bold colors drape the walls and the accessories in this cool boutique. While providing excellent customer service, this shop features dog clothes, spa items, deluxe beds, and many premium brands of dog food. Oh, and it's a pet friendly shop of course!

    Undiscovered exterior

    Undiscovered interior

    Undiscovered was founded by Nilou Ghodsi (who also owns nearby clothing boutique Heist). This eclectically modern space features stylish decor and provides items for the home as well as the closet, while also housing an art gallery upstairs. It's a one-stop-shop that is sure to help furnish both you and your home.

    Ghodsi's original boutique, Heist (below) is a trendy clothing store with contemporary decor. Modern pendant lights and mid-century furniture accent this shop perfectly without taking away from the clothes.

    Heist interior

    Whether you live in Los Angeles or you're visiting from out of town, be sure to visit Venice and experience Abbot Kinney Boulevard, a beach town full of contemporary style and easy going locals. You're sure to eat well, furnish your wardrobe, style your pets and even peruse art galleries. But don't forget to leave time for a stroll on the beach.

    Image credit: Caviar & Cashmere, Thigh Brown, Yelp, Yo Venice

  • Chrome in the Home


      Kitchen Design and Chrome Cabinetry

    Do you find yourself being drawn to shiny objects? Chrome finishes have been popular for quite a while and never seem to go out of style. They add a reflective surface to the design and shout - "I am modern!" When I think of chrome compared to other finishes I think - fresh, new, and modern. The silver hue of chrome can easily blend into any color scheme and is also a great color combination when paired with bright colors.

    Chrome Light Fixtures and Chrome Mirrors

    Bring chrome into your own home with the products featured above.

    Image: emmas designblogg

  • Dream Location for Contemporary Architecture and Design


    Contemporary home overlooking the Pacific.

    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.

    Mid-century modern tract homes in Malibu.

    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.

    Contemporary interior furnishings and accessories.

    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.

    Contemporary home along Pacific Coast Highway.

    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

February, 2012